The best TV shows and movies to stream in February 2020
One extra day in February means 24 more hours to binge-watch all the TV and movies that arrive on streaming services this month.
2020 is a leap year, which means you have a 29th day to sit around in your pajamas and binge-watch your favorite shows and films. We can't guarantee that a 366th day in the year means you can shirk your other responsibilities, but it's fun to pretend you can.
To help you take full advantage of a longer month, we picked out the five best TV series and movies that are premiering on services such as Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and Disney+. From the second season of a bold sci-fi show to a comforting entry in a kids' franchise, we have picks that every member of your family will enjoy.
If you enjoy a 'Blade Runner' vibe: 'Altered Carbon'
Netflix's ambitious sci-fi series, based on the novel by Richard K. Morgan, takes place in a world in which humans' consciousness can be transferred between bodies (known as "sleeves"). In Season 1, protagonist Takeshi Kovacs (then played by Joel Kinnaman) was resurrected after hundreds of years and tried to solve the "murder" of a member of the rich ruling class. In Season 2, Anthony Mackie takes on the role of Takeshi, and is still looking for his lost love, Quellcrist Falconer (Renée Elise Goldsberry), while he investigates more futuristic crime.
Stream Season 2 on Netflix Feb. 27.
If you miss the Hot Priest from 'Fleabag': 'Grantchester'
There's no replacement for the wonder of Amazon's "Fleabag" (just ask all those awards-show voters who showered it with trophies), but you may be able to satiate your craving for one small part of the British tragicomedy. If you have a love for swoon-worthy men of the cloth, including Andrew Scott's so-called "Hot Priest," you might try PBS drama "Grantchester." The 1950s period drama follows Sidney (James Norton, "Little Women"), an Anglican vicar (which means he can date), who delivers sermons and solves murders. In the fourth season, Norton left the series and a new young hunk, Will Davenport (Tom Brittney), took over the parish.
If you want to know what the Oscar snubs were all about: 'The Farewell'
Once you watch this poignant family drama, it's easier to see why its fans were so upset when Awkwafina didn't receive an Oscar nomination for her performance. The film, in which a young Asian American woman travels to China to see her dying grandmother (who doesn't know she's dying), finds deep meaning in its dissection of family, grief and Eastern and Western culture.
Stream it Feb. 12 on Amazon Prime.
If you love twisty horror: 'The Cabin in the Woods'
Featuring a pre-"Thor" Chris Hemsworth and a script by Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard ("The Martian"), this surprising horror film plays with the genre's tropes to make something more nuanced and thrilling than a typical slasher. When a group of college kids drives to a cabin in the woods for a weekend of partying, violence and mayhem ensues. But the source is not what you'd expect.
Stream it on Hulu or Amazon Prime Feb. 3.
If you love an existential spork: 'Toy Story 4'
Part of the, well, plus of Disney+ is that the prolific movie studio's theatrical releases will quickly debut exclusively on the new streaming service. Next up is the fourth entry in Pixar's beloved "Toy Story" franchise. This sweet continuation sees Woody (Tom Hanks) wonder about his place in his new child's life, while he tries to wrangle the terrified homemade toy Forky (Tony Hale). Forky has his own Disney+ series of shorts, "Forky Asks a Question," and when you watch "Toy Story 4" again it's easy to see how the trash-loving utensil became good enough for his own spinoff.
Stream it on Disney+ Feb. 5.