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‘Harry Potter 20th Anniversary,’ ‘Cobra Kai,’ ‘Death to 2021’ and other shows to usher in the New Year

By Kara Santos Published Dec 31, 2021 4:28 pm

Kick off a brand new year with Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts, a magical cast reunion special which will reunite original trio Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson with cast and crew for a look back at the eight-film franchise.

The special is set to stream on HBO GO on the same day as the US on Jan. 1.

Streaming giant Netflix continues to dish out loads of new shows to watch each week, with lots to look forward to in the coming year.

In case you missed it, a collection of eight special Original Animation DVD (OAD) episodes of Attack on Titan dropped earlier this month ahead of the Attack on Titan Final Season Part 2 set to premiere on Jan. 10, 2022.

Leave the year behind with the mockumentary Death to 2021, a satirical look at the dreadful events of the past year, featuring archival footage and commentary from fictitious characters played by Hugh Grant, Lucy Liu, Tracey Ullman, Samson Kayo, Joe Keery, William Jackson Harper, Stockard Channing, Cristin Milioti, Diane Morgan, Nick Mohammed and more.

The fourth season of Cobra Kai returns on Netflix on Jan. 1, featuring the latest in the ongoing saga of The Karate Kid rivals turned allies Johnny Lawrence and Daniel LaRusso.

Check out our latest roundup of new movies and series streaming online from Dec. 27 to Jan. 2, 2022.


Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts

Synopsis: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson join filmmaker Chris Columbus and other esteemed cast members across all eight Harry Potter films as they travel back to Hogwarts for the first time to celebrate the anniversary of the franchise's first film, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, which premiered 20 years ago. 

Cry Macho

Synopsis: A one-time rodeo star and washed-up horse breeder takes a job from an ex-boss to bring the man's young son home from Mexico. Forced to take the backroads on their way to Texas, the unlikely pair faces an unexpectedly challenging journey, during which the world-weary horseman finds unexpected connections and his own sense of redemption.


Cobra Kai (Season 4)

Synopsis: Decades after the tournament that changed their lives, the rivalry between Johnny and Daniel reignites in this sequel to the "Karate Kid" films.

Death to 2021

Synopsis: This darkly comedic retrospective mixes real news footage and scripted talking-head interviews as it sends up the year that tried to one-up 2020.

Attack on Titan OAD Series

Synopsis: This collection of bonus episodes includes "The Lost Girls" side stories, focused on the characters of Mikasa and Annie, and more.

Anxious People

Synopsis: A bank robber holds the visitors of an open house hostage and then promptly vanishes, leaving the police baffled—and suspicious of everyone.

The Penthouse: War in Life (Seasons 1 to 2)

Synopsis: A woman attempts to enter high society by becoming the "queen" of a luxury 100th floor penthouse apartment in Gangnam.

Queer Eye (Season 6)

Synopsis: Grab some tissues! An all-new "Fab Five" serve up hip tips, emotionally charged makeovers and heartfelt reveals that bring out all the feels.

The Lost Daughter

Synopsis: A woman's quiet seaside vacation takes an unsettling turn when her fixation on a young mother staying at a nearby villa awakens memories from her past.


Synopsis: When Queen Victoria falls ill, the reclusive Dr. Dolittle, his young apprentice and his animal friends set sail on an epic quest to find a magical cure.

Doctor Sleep

Synopsis: In this sequel to "The Shining," Danny, now a traumatized adult, is sought out by a young psychic as evil beings that feed on their powers close in.

A Quiet Place

Synopsis: In this terrifyingly suspenseful thriller, a family must navigate their lives in silence to avoid mysterious creatures that hunt by sound. Hailed by critics and audiences around the world, experience the must-see movie of the year.

Manifest (Seasons 1 to 3)

Synopsis: When a plane mysteriously lands years after takeoff, the people onboard return to a world that has moved on without them and face strange, new realities.

Dolce Amore

Synopsis: A woman who was raised in Italy by adoptive parents runs away to her birthplace, the Philippines, where she finally meets and falls for her pen pal.

Momshies: Your Soul is Mine

Synopsis: In a fateful encounter, three women with very different lives accidentally swap souls. As they try to switch back, they develop an unshakeable bond.


Hawking: Can You Hear Me

Synopsis: A remarkable human story of Professor Stephen Hawking told by the people who knew him best. Through unprecedented access, those closest to Stephen speak for the first time about the real man behind the public image and the personal cost of Stephen’s status as admired genius and international icon.

The Boss Baby: Family Business

Synopsis: Now adults, Tim Templeton is a stay-at-home dad for two adorable daughters, while his estranged brother, Ted, is a big-shot CEO. They come together in an unexpected way when they take a magical formula that transforms them into babies for 48 hours. Joining forces with Tim's secret-agent daughter, they must go under cover to prevent an evil genius from turning fellow toddlers into monstrous brats.