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New Shows Streaming This Week (1/25/21), Including ‘The Little Things’ and ‘Penguin Bloom’

Fern Siegel

On January 29, “The Little Things” streams on HBO Max, the same day it hits theaters. Oscar winners Denzel Washington, Rami Malek and Jared Leto star in John Lee Hancock’s suspenseful psychological thriller about two California sheriffs and their obsession with a serial killer. The movie joins the service for 31 days.

This week, HBO Max will also see the premiere of crime thriller “Possessions.” Natalie, a French expatriate in Israel, is charged with murdering her husband on their wedding night. The French diplomat helping her navigate the legal system is attracted to her — but he can’t decide if she’s lost or dangerous. In a different galaxy, the fan favorite “Babylon 5” returns to the streamer to play out the space station’s dramas.

In the true-story vein, Netflix’s “Penguin Bloom” recounts the terrible accident endured by a young Aussie mother and how she learned to cope.

Here’s a look at what’s premiering this week:

Monday, Jan. 25

  • “The Secret History of the British Garden” (Acorn) Horticulture writer-broadcaster Monty Don hosts a tour of four of the country’s most important gardens, from the 17th century to today.
  • “The Flame Trees of Thika” (Acorn) The BAFTA-nominated drama stars Hayley Mills, David Robb, and Holly Aird as a British family who relocates to British East Africa (now Kenya) in 1913 to set up a coffee plantation.

Tuesday, Jan.26

  • “Go Dog Go” (Netflix) Inventive pup Tag chases adventures with her best pal, Scooch, solving problems and helping the citizens of Pawston along the way.
  • “Babylon 5” (HBO Max) The beloved sci-fi soap opera series has a new home. It’s about a human military staff and alien diplomats at the space station Babylon 5 in the aftermath of intergalactic wars.
  • “Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel” (HBO Max) The monthly newsmagazine covers news and features about all major sports franchises.

Wednesday, Jan.27

  • “Mixed-Ish: Season 2” (Hulu) A young Rainbow Johnson recounts her experiences growing up in a mixed-race family in the 1980s.
  • “The Haves and Have Nots: Complete Season 7B” (Hulu) The drama chronicles two affluent Savannah families and a neighboring impoverished clan.
  • “Penguin Bloom” (Netflix) A true story about an Australian mother paralyzed after a terrible accident. An injured magpie helps her recovery.

Thursday Jan. 28

  • “Possessions” (HBO Max) A thriller about a French woman charged with killing her Israeli husband. The problem? She remembers nothing of the event.
  • “JAZZ: “The True Welcome (1929-1935)” (PBS) The American art form struggles for acceptance, then finds artistic success.
  • “The Amber Ruffin Show” (Peacock) The events of the week through the prism of the comic’s satire and sass.
  • “Jann: Complete Seasons 1 & 2” (Hulu) The series stars Canadian singer-songwriter Jann Arden as a fictional version of herself.

Friday Jan. 29

  • “The Little Things” (HBO Max) Oscar winners Denzel Washington, Rami Malek and Jared Leto star in John Lee Hancock’s suspenseful psychological thriller about two California sheriffs and their obsession with a serial killer.
  • “Chick Fight” (Amazon Prime Video) It’s “Fight Club” for women, with Bella Thorne and Alec Baldwin.
  • “Mortal” (Amazon Prime Video) A psychologist is attracted to a murder suspect who claims godlike powers.
  • “The Dig” (Netflix) On the eve of World War II, a British widow hires a self-taught archaeologist to dig up mysterious formations on her land, leading to a staggering find.
  • “Epic” (Disney+) The 3D animated film is loosely based on the book “The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs,” about a secret world that protects the forest from wicked creatures.
  • “Ramona and Beezus” (Disney+) The comedy adventure focuses on Ramona Quimby, a plucky kid, and her older sister Beezus, who join forces to save their family home.

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