What’s coming soon to Netflix UK in February 2020?
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Studio Ghibli. Those are the two words that sum up February on Netflix UK, as the streaming giant begins the gradual release of the Japanese anime studio’s masterpieces on any streaming platform for the first time. That on its own would be worth the price of a subscription, but it’s just the tip of the iceberg in a packed month of promising arrivals.
The month also sees the return of Altered Carbon, Narcos: Mexico, The Chef Show and Cable Girls for new seasons, and the debut of new originals Locke & Key, Spectros and an interactive Captain Underpants special. There’s also a selection of gems to catch if you missed elsewhere, including Pose and Lady Bird.
A sequel for To All the Boys PS I Still Love You promises to woo any user, while Pokémon fans will be racing to catch the latest animated movie from the Japanese mega-franchise. Mudbound director Dee Rees also makes a welcome return to Netflix with a film starring Anne Hathaway, Willem Dafoe, Toby Jones and Ben Affleck.
For those seeking weekly fixes, meanwhile, the return of RuPaul’s Drag Race is likely to warm anyone’s heart – the perfect antidote to the gradual suspense and tragic drama of Better Call Saul, back for its penultimate season – plus there’s more of Riverdale Season 4 to unravel. And did we mention Studio Ghibli?
Here’s what’s coming soon to Netflix UK in February 2020:
Studio Ghibli – 1st February
Netflix begins its first of three monthly releases of Studio Ghibli movies with Castle in the Sky (1986), My Neighbor Totoro (1988), Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989), Only Yesterday (1991), Porco Rosso (1992), Ocean Waves (1993) and Tales from Earthsea (2006). For more details.
Pose: Season 1 – 1st February
This universally-acclaimed hit drama from Ryan Murphy examines New York’s transgender-Ball culture of the late 1980s and the LGBTQ community during the growing HIV crisis. The series features the largest cast of transgender series regular actors as well as the highest numbers of LGBTQ recurring actors and crew for a scripted show in television history. It is, in short, remarkable.
Lady Bird – 2nd February
Greta Gerwig finds profound universality in everyday specifics with this heartfelt coming-of-age gem.
Tom Papa: You’re Doing Great! – 4th February
In this age of insurmountable consumption of media and where bad news travels fast from all directions, Tom Papa is here to proclaim You’re Doing Great!. That’s the name of his comedy special, which reminds us that life is rough and to take care of ourselves, embrace who we’ve become, and absorb the beauty of life.
The Pharmacist – 5th February
A small town pharmacist stakes a mission to save his community long before the opioid epidemic gains nationwide attention.
Cagaster of an Insect Cage: Season 1 – 6th February
Thirty years after a disease that turns the infected into carnivorous insects emerged, a young exterminator and a teenage girl search for her mother.
Locke & Key: Season 1 – 7th February
Based on the best-selling graphic novels, Locke & Key follows 3 siblings who, after the murder of their father, move to their ancestral home only to find the house has magical keys that give them a vast array of powers and abilities.
Horse Girl – 7th February
Sarah (Alison Brie), an awkward woman with a fondness for crafts, horses, and supernatural crime shows, finds her increasingly lucid dreams trickling into her waking life.
Who Killed Malcolm X? Season 1 – 7th February
Historian, activist and investigative journalist Abdur-Rahman Muhammad helms this deep dive into Malcolm X’s murder.
My Holo Love – 7th February
Unexpected love finds a lonely woman when she forms a connection with a humanlike hologram who looks exactly like his creator.
Dragons: Rescue Riders: Season 2 – 7th February
The Rescue Riders are back for more big adventures! Dak, Leyla and dragon friends work together to save the day in new episodes of Dragons Rescue Riders.
Van Helsing: Season 4 – 8th February
Vanessa and Lily return to the real world as the reimagining of the classic Dracula story continues.
Road to Roma – 11th February
Director Alfonso Cuarón reflects on the childhood memories, period details and creative choices that shaped his Academy Award-winning film Roma.
Captain Underpants Epic Choice-o-Rama – 11th February
In this interactive special, Harold and George need your decision-making skills to stop Krupp from blowing their beloved treehouse to smithereens.
To All the Boys PS I Still Love You – 12th February
Lara Jean and Peter have just taken their relationship from pretend to officially official when another recipient of one of her old love letters enters the picture.
Narcos: Mexico: Season 2 – 13th February
Scoot McNairy goes head-to-head with Diego Luna as Netflix’s Narco spin-off continues to explore the origins of the modern drug war by going back to its roots – the Mexican trafficking world when it was a loose and disorganised confederation of independent growers and dealers. Luna plays Félix Gallardo, who takes the helm of the Guadalajara Cartel in the 1980s, with McNairy playing DEA agent Walt Breslin.
Cable Girls: Season 5, Part 1 – 14th February
The fifth and final season of Netflix’s Spanish period drama, which sees the girls take very different paths towards what seemed like a promising future. The Spain they knew is divided into two sides, and after years of struggle and progress towards equality, freedom is being lost in a Civil War that will change their destiny, as well as those of their families and those of the new characters that will appear to turn everything upside down. The rights obtained in the democratic period will disappear, women will be expelled from the labour market, and all the girls will find themselves against the ropes.
The Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia: Part 1 – 17th February
15-year-old scientist Ashley Garcia explores the great unknown of modern teendom after moving across the the country to work for NASA and live with her fun-loving Uncle, Victor, a pro football player turned high school coach who’s never met a responsibility he can’t shirk.
The Chef Show: Volume 3 – 19th February
Jon Favreau and chef Roy Choi return for a third portion of their mouth-watering cooking series.
Spectros: Season 1 – 20th February
This supernatural thriller, written by Douglas Petrie (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Marvel’s Daredevil), follows a group of teens in Liberdade, a neighborhood in São Paulo known by its large Japanese community. Drawn into an unearthly reality they cannot comprehend, which ties back to the same part of the town in 1908, they discover that someone is bringing back the dead and those spirits want vengeance for the mistakes done in the past.
The Last Thing He Wanted – 21st February
Anne Hathaway, Willem Dafoe, Toby Jones and Ben Affleck star in this new film from Mudbound director Dee Rees. Based on the 1996 novel by Joan Didion, it follows hardscrabble journalist Elena McMahon, who finds herself on dangerous ground as the Iran Contra Affair’s arms for drugs plot reaches its tipping point.
Gentefied – 21st February
The Morales primos love their culture, community, and family. But what happens when you have to choose between them?
Better Call Saul: Season 5 – 24th February
After facing an uphill battle to regain his law license in Season 4, Season 5 sees Jimmy McGill decide to take on the world as Saul Goodman. But in order to do that, he’ll have to build his new persona piece by piece. Needless to say, Jimmy’s transformation into Saul will create unexpected and profound waves of change for those in his orbit – including DEO Hank Schrader, with Dean Norris returning to reprise his role from Breaking Bad.
I Am Not Okay with This – 26th February
Based on Charles Forsman’s graphic novel, I Am Not Okay with This follows a teenage girl navigating the trials and tribulations of high school, all the while dealing with the complexities of her family, her budding sexuality, and… mysterious superpowers just beginning to awaken from deep within her.
Altered Carbon: Season 2 – 27th February
Based on the classic science fiction novels by Richard K. Morgan, Netflix’s drama is set more than 300 years in the future, when society has been transformed by new technology: consciousness can be digitised and human bodies are interchangeable. Season 2 sees Anthony Mackie take over from Joel Kinnaman as Takeshi Kovacs, the lone surviving soldier in a group of elite interstellar warriors who were defeated in an uprising against the new world order.
Pokémon: MewTwo Strikes Back – Evolution – 27th February
When researchers discover and exploit a fossil of the Mythical Pokémon Mew, they unleash a creation that goes against the very laws of nature: Mewtwo, a Legendary Pokémon intended for use as a tool of destruction. But as Mewtwo becomes aware of its own dubious origin, it begins to resent its human creators and seeks revenge — and Ash, Pikachu, and their friends find themselves at the center of its rampage. This new animated movie hits Netflix worldwide on Pokémon Day.
F1: Drive to Survive: Season 2 – 28th February
Building on the success of Season 1, which opened up the pinnacle of motorsport to a whole new audience, Season 2 will see the cameras go behind the scenes once again for the 2019 F1 season, which saw Lewis Hamilton claim his sixth drivers’ title, as his Mercedes team claimed their own sixth consecutive championship.
All the Bright Places – 28th February
Elle Fanning, Keegan-Michael Key and Luke Wilson star in this film, based on Jennifer Niven novel of the same name, which follows Violet and Finch, two teens who want to escape their Indiana hometown. They cross paths when they both climb the school bell tower planning to jump off, but after talking each other down, they embark on a project that sees them explore their home state to find all the important and strange sites.
RuPaul’s Drag Race: Season 12 – 29th February
Start your engines! 13 new queens line up to strut their stuff in front of drag queen royalty RuPaul as the global phenomenon returns for its 12th run.
Other new releases coming soon to Netflix UK in February 2020:
1st February Castle in the Sky (1986) My Neighbor Totoro (1988) Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989) Only Yesterday (1991) Porco Rosso (1992) Ocean Waves (1993) Tales from Earthsea (2006) Clueless Rango The Substitute 2 My Life Hush (1998) For Keeps Love Jacked My Hero Academia: Two Heroes Creeped Out: Season 1 The Promise Love Chunibyo & Other Delusions: Season 1 Love Chunibyo & Other Delusions: Take on Me Love Chunibyo & Other Delusions: Rikka Version Naruto the Movie: Boruto Naruto: The Movie: Major Clash in the Land of Snow Naruto: The Movie: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom Naruto: The Movie: Legend of the Stone of Gelel Naruto Shippuden: The Movie Naruto Shippuden: The Movie: Bonds Naruto Shippuden: The Movie: Blood Prison Naruto Shippuden: The Movie: The Will of Fire Naruto Shippuden: The Movie: The Lost Tower In This Corner of the World Night Is Short, Walk on Girl High School D x D: Season 1 No Game No Life: Season 1 Deadman Wonderland: Season 1 Tempted: Season 1 Extraordinary You: Season 1 Noragam: Season 1 Crash Landing on You: Season 1, Episode 11
2nd February Crash Landing on You: Season 1, Episode 12
3rd February Handsome Siblings: Season 1: Episode 25 Handsome Siblings: Season 1: Episode 26 Team Kaylie: Part 3
4th February Handsome Siblings: Season 1: Episode 27 Handsome Siblings: Season 1: Episode 28
5th February Grandma’s Wedding Uppity Handsome Siblings: Season 1: Episode 29 Handsome Siblings: Season 1: Episode 30
6th February Man Like Mobeen: Season 2 Handsome Siblings: Season 1: Episode 31 Handsome Siblings: Season 1: Episode 32 Riverdale: Season 4, Episode 12
7th February Trainwreck Elvis & Anabelle Handsome Siblings: Season 1: Episode 33 Handsome Siblings: Season 1: Episode 34
8th February The Coldest Game Crash Landing on You: Season 1, Episode 13
9th February Status Update Peter Rabbit (2018) Kursk: The Last Mission Crash Landing on You: Season 1, Episode 14
10th February Power: Season 6, Episode 15 (finale) Handsome Siblings: Season 1: Episode 35 Handsome Siblings: Season 1: Episode 36
11th February Handsome Siblings: Season 1: Episode 37 Handsome Siblings: Season 1: Episode 38
12th February Handsome Siblings: Season 1: Episode 39 Handsome Siblings: Season 1: Episode 40
13th February Handsome Siblings: Season 1: Episode 41 Handsome Siblings: Season 1: Episode 42 Riverdale: Season 4, Episode 13 Dragon Quest Your Story
14th February Inglourious Basterds Handsome Siblings: Season 1: Episode 43 Handsome Siblings: Season 1: Episode 44
15th February The BFG Crash Landing on You: Season 1, Episode 15
16th February Crash Landing on You: Season 1, Episode 16
20th February Riverdale: Season 4, Episode 14