February 2022 saw Netflix introducing a variety of new titles across all genres that have been a massive support to viewers on their bingeing sessions, especially on Valentine’s Day. From Netflix Original series to old classics and comedy flicks, the month of love is indeed brimming with content.
In terms of films, the platform has come through with various thrilling Original releases, namely the gruesome Texas Chainsaw Massacre, the scathing documentary about an Israeli Ponzi scheme scammer in The Tinder Swindler as well as the more raunchy Korean film Love and Leashes. Netflix also brought back various classics like The Dark Knight, Caddyshack, The Addams Family and more for cinephiles who cannot help but bask in the glory of their nostalgic past.
Netflix has had an interesting lineup of shows, with the notorious Anna Delvey coming to the screens in Shonda Rhimes’ Inventing Anna, among other titles.
Here are the ten best series you can watch on Netflix in February 2022:
The 10 best series to watch on Netflix in February 2022
10. Toy Boy (Cesar Benitez, Juan Carlos Cueto, Rocio Martinez Llano)
With an abundance of strippers, riches, murder and thrill, the Spanish miniseries focuses on an ex-convicted stripper trying to prove his innocence in a murder case along with a lawyer who genuinely believes him. As their worlds collide, the stripper must master the darkness around him while trying to bring the truth to the fore.
After the first season ends on a cliffhanger, the second season begins with a huge explosion that almost costs the lawyer her life. The stripper, determined to avenge her, sets out on a mission to find the person responsible. Meanwhile, the plot thickens as the lives of the strippers get entangled in the complicated ones of their clients.
The series premiered on Netflix on February 11th, 2022.
9. Back to 15 (Vivianne Jundi, Dainara Toffoli)
If you were a fan of the 2004 film 13 Going on 30, starring Mark Ruffalo and Jennifer Garner, you will instantly fall in love with this upcoming Brazilian series. Starring Maisa Silva, Camila Queiroz and Lucca Picon, among others, the series will take the viewers back to the early 2000s nostalgia with plenty of fun and madness.
A journey of maturity, self-acceptance and growth, the series will focus on Maisa, a 30-year-old whose lonely life turned out to be nothing like she had envisioned back at the age of 15. With the help of magic, she travels back in time, with her 30-year-old self residing in the body of a 15-year-old Maisa. As she navigates through the complications of high school yet again, journeying through friendship, love and heartbreak, she comes to understand the true purpose of her existence.
The series is slated for a February 25th, 2022 premiere.
8. Sweet Magnolias (Sheryl J. Anderson)
Based on Sherryl Woods’ eponymous books, the show stars Jamie Lynn Spears, JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Heather Headley and Brooke Elliott. A story of female friendships, it revolves around the lives of three women from a small town who have been each other’s rock since childhood and how they navigate through life, dealing with the complications of career, family, romance and subsequent hardships while retaining their quirks and idiosyncrasies.
A feel-good show, the second season had ten episodes, and viewers are already demanding a third to answer some of their questions. While it has often been compared to Hallmark films and Gilmore Girls, the show celebrates womanhood and friendship that deserves viewer attention. The second season brings in a variety of big reveals, reunions, pregnancy and more that already sets the premise for a possible and much-awaited third season.
The second season premiered on Netflix on February 4th, 2022.
7. Forecasting Love and Weather (Cha Young-hoon)
This series is a part of Netflix’s visionary idea to introduce over 20 Korean titles to connect with the global audience with weekly episodes. Starring Song Kang and Park Min-young in lead roles, this romantic drama focuses on an office romance and the ensuing melodrama that follows, when love blossoms between two employees of the National Weather Service.
A fastidious and meticulous lady is diligent in her work but an outcast due to her cold demeanour. She finds herself attracted to a free-spirited employee with whom she gradually falls in love. The series chronicles the daily mundane nature of life and the changing landscape of their romantic pursuits.
The series premiered on Netflix on February 12th, 2022.
6. Cat Burglar (Charlie Brooker)
After his success with the scary anthology series Black Mirror, Charlie Brooker is back with another foray into a gamelike, interactive cartoon for viewers, titled Cat Burglar. With a criminal cat named Rowdy being pursued by a security dog named Peanut, the cartoon is inspired by classic Tex Avery cartoons and might take the viewers back to the nostalgia of Tom and Jerry with its aesthetics and setting.
With plenty of trivia and rapid-fire questions, the over-the-top punishments for the wrong answers are part of its hilarious and charming premise. With a funny trailer and the promise to murder Rowdy in unique and grisly ways each time the viewer answers incorrectly, the show seems to be Brooker’s light-hearted foray into the world of interactive gaming, after Black Mirror: Bandersnatch.
The series is slated for a February 22nd, 2022 premiere.
5. Fishbowl Wives (Michiko Namiki)
Adapted from Ryo Kurosawa’s widely-acclaimed manga, Kingyo Tsuma, the eight-episode series chronicles the tales of infidelity and extramarital affairs of women in a luxury penthouse whose different narratives and life experience compel them to seek freedom from the stifling constraints of abusive marriages. The title of the drama series hints at the suffocation and frustration that propels them to try and break free.
With brilliant performances and relevant issues being addressed throughout the series, the show has an abundance of titillating raunchy scenes that are in tandem with moments of craving genuine human connection. Gloomy and brooding, the anthology presents the realities of life while relying heavily on the titular fishbowl metaphor.
The series premiered on Netflix on February 14th, 2022.
4. Finding Ola (Hadi El Bagoury)
With a deep-rooted Egyptian sensibility, the show is set in Cairo and revolves around the sudden shift in the lifestyle of the titular upper-middle-class middle-aged woman, Ola, when her husband decides to divorce her. Initially shocked and heartbroken, she gradually picks up the broken pieces of herself and reconnects with old friends and other single women to find the true meaning and purpose of life while also basking in newfound love.
The show deals with social and cultural issues that are relevant to women who are on the cusp of middle-age and are battling with various problems and insecurities. Starring Hend Sabry as the titular character, this Arabic Netflix Original shows how she regains control over her agency and life in a traditional Egypt, dealing with all the challenges on her own and prioritising her happiness and her family.
The series premiered on Netflix on February 3rd, 2022.
3. Raising Dion (Carol Barbee)
Starring Ja’Siah Young, Michael B. Jordan and Alisha Wainwright in major roles, the second season focuses on the further adventures of Dion as he hones his superpowers under the constant guidance of his mother. Soon, he is posed with the dangerous challenge of protecting the entire city of Atlanta against a looming threat.
Diverse, inclusive and well-represented, this heartwarming series is a welcome breath of fresh air in the oversaturated market of superheroes. Focusing on a moving relationship between Dion and his mother, the show is a brilliant blend between sci-fi and reality as it weaves in the fantastical elements within the nitty-gritty of everyday hardships.
The series premiered on Netflix on February 1st, 2022.
2. Vikings: Valhalla (Michael Hirst, Jeb Stuart)
The 24-episode series will be split into three seasons as it tells a spin-off tale to the original Vikings. One of the most anticipated titles of the year, the series promises plenty of blood and gore as well as emotional turbulence while dealing with heavyweight themes like sexual assault, violence and faith.
Set nearly a hundred years after the original series, the show will witness the near obliteration of the Vikings as the English kingdom marches out against the Scandinavian raiders. It will also focus on how the three claims to the throne following King Edward’s demise changes the course of history forever.
The highly anticipated series is slated for a February 25th, 2022 premiere.
1. Inventing Anna (Shonda Rhimes)
This limited ten-episode series is based on the real-life story of the iconic scam artist Anna Sorokin, who posed as Anna Delvey, a fake German heiress, to extort money from the elite of New York City. Assuming fake identity as a wealthy socialite, this cunning 28-year-old woman became the face of the American dream and was hailed as an anti-hero.
Loosely based on Jessica Pressler’s New York Magazine article, ‘How Anna Delvey Tricked New York’s Party People’, the series stars Julia Garner and Anna Chlumsky in lead roles, as Anna Delvey and the journalist, respectively, as it delves deeper into the intricacies of the SoHo scammer’s infamous fraudulence.
The series premiered on Netflix on February 11th, 2022.