Streaming Guide - January 2022

Thursday, December 30, 2021

Two highly anticipated TV series premiere next month in the U.S., but one is appearing on regular TV, not a streaming service. That would be Around the World in 80 Days, the eight-part adaptation of the Jules Verne classic starring David Tennant as Phileas Fogg. It’s already begun airing in the UK on BBC One and makes its U.S. debut Jan. 2 on PBS.

The other series is The Gilded Age, a new period drama from Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes. Set in 1880s New York City, it premieres Jan. 24 on HBO and HBO Max.

Other January highlights include Hellboy II: The Golden Army on Peacock, Martin Scorsese’s Hugo on Hulu and Paramount+, and two adaptations of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, both on Netflix.

Per our usual disclaimer, this listing focuses on services available in the U.S. Some of these services are also available in other countries, but may offer different programming lineups outside the U.S.

Unless otherwise noted, the shows and movies below begin streaming on Jan. 1.

Amazon Prime Video

The Prestige (2006) – Here’s another chance to stream this Christopher Nolan film, which stars Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale as rival magicians in 19th century London.

The cast also includes Michael Caine, Scarlett Johansson, Rebecca Hall, and Andy Serkis, plus David Bowie in a notable appearance as Nikola Tesla. It makes our list as one of the all-time great steampunk films, even if the steampunk elements are not immediately apparent.

More info: Wikipedia | IMDb | Rotten Tomatoes

Amazon Prime will also stream Stargate, the 1994 sci-fi film by Roland Emmerich that later spawned three TV series along with novels, comic books, and video games.

About Amazon Prime Video: Amazon Prime Video is a streaming service available to Amazon Prime customers. It features original programming as well as movies and programs from other entertainment companies. Learn more on the website.

HBO Max

The Gilded Age (Season 1)Downton Abbey was a favorite among many steampunk fans even though it contained not a whiff of science fiction or fantasy. Now creator Julian Fellowes is back with a new period drama that pits old money against new in 1880s New York City.

The ensemble cast includes Christine Baranski, Cynthia Nixon, Carrie Coon, Morgan Spector, Denée Benton, Louisa Jacobson, Taissa Farmiga, and Simon Jones.

Jones, who plays a butler in the series, portrayed King George V in the 2019 Downton Abbey film.

The series premieres Jan. 24 on HBO and HBO Max. In the UK, it premieres Jan. 25 on Sky Atlantic and NOW.

More info: Wikipedia | IMDb

Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts – In this special, cast members from the eight Harry Potter films travel back to Hogwarts and recall their experiences making the movies.

Guests include stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson along with Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Ralph Fiennes, Jason Isaacs, Gary Oldman, Tom Felton, and more. Directors Chris Columbus, Alfonso Cuarón, Mike Newell, and David Yates will also appear.

V for Vendetta (2005) – This adaptation of the graphic novel is set in a future dystopian Britain, which is ruled as a police state. It’s not steampunk but features a retrofuturistic look. Natalie Portman and Hugo Weaving lead a cast that also includes Stephen Rea, Stephen Fry, and John Hurt.

The movie departs considerably from the original story, which was penned by Alan Moore, and Moore was highly critical of the adaptation. However, it received mostly favorable reviews from critics.

HBO is also showing Watchmen (2009), another film adaptation of an Alan Moore story.

More info: Wikipedia | IMDb | Rotten Tomatoes

And there’s more: For fans of Stanley Kubrick films, HBO Max is streaming 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, and The Shining. Other January highlights include Blade Runner: The Final Cut (1982), Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal (1982), King Kong (1933), Kong: Skull Island (2017), Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride (2005), and two films in George Miller’s Mad Max franchise, The Road Warrior (1981) and Mad Max: Fury Road (2015).

About HBO Max: The streaming service from WarnerMedia features content from HBO as well as Warner Bros., DC, Turner Classic Movies, Studio Ghibli, and Adult Swim. It also has original series. Learn more on the website.

Hulu

Hugo (2011) – The Martin Scorsese period film about a boy and his automaton was a box office flop, but it was acclaimed by critics and has become a favorite of steampunk fans.

Asa Butterfield stars as Hugo Cabret, a boy in 1931 Paris who attempts to repair a broken automaton. This leads him to Papa Georges (Ben Kingsley), a toy store owner with a mysterious past. The cast also includes Chloë Grace Moretz as Hugo’s friend Isabelle, along with Sacha Baron Cohen, Jude Law, Helen McCrory, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Christopher Lee.

Hugo will also stream on Paramount+ beginning Jan. 5.

More info: Wikipedia | IMDb | Rotten Tomatoes

About Hulu: Hulu is a streaming service jointly owned by Walt Disney Co. and Comcast. It features original programming as well as content from major broadcast and cable networks. It’s available only in the U.S., but in some countries Hulu content is included under the Star section of Disney+.

Learn more on the website.

Netflix

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) – This musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory starred Gene Wilder as eccentric chocolate maker Willy Wonka.

The film is notable in part for Harper Goff’s production design, including the Inventing Room and its Rube Goldberg contraptions. Goff is also known for his design of the Nautilus in the 1954 Disney adaptation of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

More info: Wikipedia | IMDb | Rotten Tomatoes

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) – Netflix is also streaming Tim Burton’s remake of the 1971 film. It starred Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka and Freddie Highmore as young Charlie Bucket. Critics praised the film’s visuals but were divided on Depp’s performance.

Several writers have noted similarities between the chocolate factory in the film and the steampunk-themed Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen in Orlando.

More info: Wikipedia | IMDb | Rotten Tomatoes

Hook (1991) – Steven Spielberg directed this film adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, which starred Dustin Hoffman as Captain Hook, Robin Williams as Peter, and Julia Roberts as Tinker Bell. Other cast members included Bob Hoskins, Maggie Smith, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Phil Collins. It received mixed reviews.

More info: Wikipedia | IMDb | Rotten Tomatoes

Interview with the Vampire (1994) – Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt star as a pair of vampires in this adaptation of the Anne Rice novel. The film received positive reviews and two Oscar nominations. It streamed in December on HBO Max.

More info: Wikipedia | IMDb | Rotten Tomatoes

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012) – This loose adaptation of the Jules Verne classic serves as a sequel to the equally loose 2008 adaptation of Journey to the Center of the Earth.

Set in the present day, it stars Dwayne Johnson as a former Navy codebreaker who teams with his stepson Sean on a journey to a strange island. The film received mixed reviews but scored well at the box office.

The 2008 Journey to the Center of the Earth adaptation will stream in January on Peacock.

More info: Wikipedia | IMDb | Rotten Tomatoes

Wild Wild West (1999) – Barry Sonnenfeld’s film adaptation of the 1960s TV series was widely panned by critics and scored big at the Razzie Awards, including “wins” for Worst Film, Worst Director, and Worst Screenplay.

Will Smith starred as U.S. Army Captain James West, a role he later came to regret. Kevin Kline had dual roles as sidekick Artemus Gordon and U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant.

It was all a huge disappointment, as the original series is widely regarded as a prototype for steampunk.

More info: Wikipedia | IMDb | Rotten Tomatoes

About Netflix: Netflix is the world’s largest subscription-based streaming service, featuring content licensed from other companies as well as its own original movies and series. Learn more on the website.

Paramount+

As noted above, Martin Scorsese’s Hugo begins streaming here Jan. 5. Also debuting Jan. 5: Trekkies 2, a 2004 documentary about Star Trek fandom around the world. It’s a sequel to the 1997 documentary Trekkies.

About Paramount+: This streaming service from ViacomCBS includes content from CBS, Paramount Pictures, BET, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, and Smithsonian Channel. Learn more on the website.

Peacock

Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008) – Guillermo del Toro directed this sequel to Hellboy, with Ron Perlman returning in the title role, along with Selma Blair as Liz Sherman and Doug Jones as Abe Sapien.

The production design has some strong steampunk elements, especially in the climactic fight scene. The film scored well with critics and has an 86 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

More info: Wikipedia | IMDb | Rotten Tomatoes

Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008) – This contemporary retelling of the Jules Verne classic stars Brendan Fraser as volcanologist Trev Anderson and Josh Hutcherson as his nephew Sean. Notes inside a copy of Verne’s novel lead them on a trip to Iceland and an underground adventure. The film scored mixed reviews from critics.

Hutcherson also played Sean in the film’s 2012 sequel, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, which begins streaming in January on Netflix.

More info: Wikipedia | IMDb | Rotten Tomatoes

Also streaming on Peacock: Serenity, the 2005 Joss Whedon film that served as a sequel of sorts for Whedon’s short-lived TV series Firefly.

About Peacock: Peacock is a streaming service from NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of Comcast. It features original programming as well as content from NBC, Universal Television, Universal Pictures, and other sources. Learn more on the website.

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