Netflix’s new releases for the start of 2015

Deanna Pierce ­ , Managing Editor

In 2014 Netflix became a household staple, replacing cable TV and movie rentals for my friends and myself, as well as some 50 million people worldwide. That’s right, according to CNN, Netflix announced last year that they have over 50 million members now in about 40 countries, and the numbers are only continuing to grow.

With that in mind, CEO Reed Hastings and team have decided to kick it up a notch in the new year.

Starting off with a bang on Jan. 1, Netflix came out with a plentiful buffet of new and exciting releases like the entire series of the quintessential 90’s sitcom “Friends,” the 2004 instant classic “Mean Girls,” which just celebrated its 10 year anniversary, as well as other old favorites. Some of mine include  “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” starring Johnny Depp, “Cast Away” starring Tom Hanks, “Wayne’s World 2,” “Bruce Almighty,” “Jeepers Creepers,” and “Shall We Dance?”

The rest of January continued to bring a parade of one hit title after another. It ranges from Michael Moore’s provocative 2002 documentary “Bowling for Columbine” to Patrick Swayze’s big breakouts “Dirty Dancing” and “Ghost.” “Mystic Pizza,” “The Running Man,” “Footloose,” and “Robocop” were released and give us all a taste of the 80s. “Deep Impact,” “Four Weddings and A Funeral,” “Notting Hill” and “Swingers” represent the 1990s. “Sunset Boulevard” is the oldest of the newcomers, hailing from the 1950s.

I am personally most excited to see that “Fried Green Tomatoes” is now available. This 1991 movie starring Kathy Bates and Jessica Tandy and directed by Jon Avnet, also known for directing “Black Swan” (2010) and “88 Minutes” (2007), is a personal favorite. Based on the 1987 Fannie Flagg novel, “Fried Green Tomatoes” is a truly touching and must­see movie about a middle­aged woman who is unhappy with the life she’s lived so far and the impact of an elderly woman’s old stories on her life. Towanda!

As far as the rest of 2015 goes, if this month is any indication of what’s to come, viewers have nothing to worry about. The first season of the Breaking Bad spinoff “Better Call Saul” will be released in February as well as the latest season of “House of Cards.”

We also have a new Tina Fey NBC sitcom “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” coming out in March, “Marvel’s Daredevil” to be released in April and the new “Orange is the New Black” season this July. All of these titles aren’t even a fraction of the full list of new Netflix releases, so buckle up, or should I say settle in, for the great year ahead on Netflix.