Best Shows on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and Yahoo for Jan. 2014
Ringing in the New Year also means raising a toast to a slew of new online entertainment options. In fact, there's plenty to celebrate in terms of original programming, as well as fresh television seasons and episodes to keep the winter blues at bay.
Here is what's on the slate for the coming month, whether the party hats are still on or not.
New Shows on Netflix: January 2014
Two documentaries make their debut on Netflix in January.
"Mitt" (debuts Jan. 24)
The Netflix original from director Greg Whiteley ("New York Doll") and executive producer Seth Gorden ("Undefeated") follows the former candidate's run for president in 2012. The documentary will also be featured at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
“The Square” (debuts Jan. 17)
This Egyptian-American film by Jehane Noujaim focuses on the ongoing Egyptian Revolution of 2011 from its roots in Tahrir Square. The film first premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award for World Cinema. Noujaim updated the ending of the film during the summer of 2013 and it subsequently won the People's Choice Award at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.
Series episodes and seasons that are newly available include:
"Dexter" (Seasons 5-8) Jan. 1
For those fans of the dark Showtime drama “Dexter,” Netflix is making seasons 5-8 available. The series centering on a blood spatter pattern analyst who leads a double life as a serial killer stars Michael C. Hall and has gained a cult following.
"Maron" (Season 1, debuted Dec. 28)
Marc Maron stars as himself, interviewing fellow comedians for his podcast. In the process, he reveals details about his own relationships, neuroses and daily life, which include Internet bullying and dating a dominatrix.
"Toddlers & Tiaras" (Season 6, debuted Dec. 30)
The over-the-top TLC series features the behind-the-scenes dramas of childhood beauty pageants, the young contestants adorned in feathers and sequins and their often badly behaving stage parents.
New Shows on Hulu: January 2014
During the past year Hulu offered a slew of original series. This coming month and through the winter there are more seasons of those same favorite shows and more.Mother Up on Hulu.
"Mother Up!" (Season 1B) Jan. 15
Hulu will launch the second half of Season 1 of the animated comedy half-hour series, which features Eva Longoria as a former music executive turned ill-fated suburban mother.
Deadbeat on Hulu."Deadbeat" (Season 1) January
This supernatural comedy stars Tyler Labine as a gifted but unfortunate medium who sets out to help New York's ghosts remedy their unfinished business. This 10-episode Hulu original series is the first co-production between the streaming service and Lionsgate Television.
"The Bridge" (Seasons 1-2) January
This Hulu exclusive of the Danish/Swedish TV series explores the horrifying mystery surrounding a double murder on the Oresund Bridge between Sweden and Denmark. The 10-episode show stars Sofia Helin and Kim Bodnia.
"Quick Draw" (Season 2) January
Among Hulu's 10 most watched shows last summer, the comedic half-hour Western set in 1875 revolves around a Harvard-educated sheriff and his reluctant deputy as they introduce forensics to the unruly Kansas town that they patrol. Adventures ensue as the duo hunt down bad guys of all kinds, including murderers, robbers and the dangerous riffraff that have impeded the town's progress for years.
Other new series episodes available now on Hulu include:
"Cutthroat Kitchen" (Season 1, episode 4)
"Cake Boss" (Season 5)
"Long Island Medium" (Season 2, episode 6)
New Shows on Amazon Prime: January 2014
For Amazon Prime, recently acquired licensing deals will make the online streaming heavyweight stand out this year.
The recently announced Miramax pact brought hundreds of popular films like "Pulp Fiction," "Good Will Hunting" and "Life is Beautiful" to Amazon Prime. The company also entered into a movie partnership with the A24 studio, in addition to partnerships with Viacom, NBC, PBS, A&E and Nickelodeon.
Besides being the only online outlet to offer Season 3 of "Downton Abbey," Amazon is also offering new episodes of its two original series:
"Betas" (Season 1, a new episode released each week)
In the land of Silicon Valley startups, four friends strive to strike it rich with a new mobile social networking app. Ed Begley Jr, Joe Dinicol and Karan Soni star.
"Alpha House" (Season 1, a new episode released each week)
Another Amazon original, the political satire created by Garry Trudeau and starring John Goodman and Mark Consuelos, follows the often-bumbling lives of four senators who live together in a rented house in Washington, D.C.
Other series episodes now available include:
Sherlock on Amazon Prime."Sherlock"
New Shows on Yahoo: January 2014
Yahoo Screen continues to offer current clips and material from Saturday Night Live's 38-year archive as well as short-term segments from "The Colbert Report" and "The Daily Show."
Other programming includes new episodes from the eight comedy series Yahoo introduced last fall. They include:
"Losing it with John Stamos"
Burning Love on Yahoo."Burning Love" (Season 3)