There are a lot of international series, films, and specials premiering in the US and beyond in February. Here are details for our curated list of 40 titles.
Below is our curated list of 40 programs from countries in Africa, Asia, North America, and South America that are premiering in the US (and in many cases other territories, too) in February 2023. Additional programs are listed on our “viewing guide” page.
(For details about the premieres of programs from the UK, Ireland, English-speaking Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, and subtitled original-language programs from countries in Europe, visit The British TV Place, The Down Under TV Place, and The Euro TV Place.)
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The Ark (US)
Set 100 years in the future, when planetary colonization missions have begun as a necessity to help secure the survival of the human race, this sci-fi drama series sees the first of these missions, on the Ark One spacecraft, encounter a catastrophic event that causes massive destruction and loss of life. With a lack of life-sustaining supplies and a loss of leadership while there’s more than a year to go before reaching their target planet, the remaining crew must become the best versions of themselves to stay on course and survive.
Starring Christie Burke (Maid), Richard Fleeshman (The Sandman), Reece Ritchie (The Outpost), Stacey Read (Aneni) and Ryan Adams (Orange Peel), The Ark, a Syfy Original, premieres Wednesday, February 1, at 10 PM ET, on Syfy, with streaming available on Peacock starting February 2.
Abboud at Home (Kuwait)
This family-friendly comedy film centers on two young boys who must work together to stop robbers from breaking in after their family accidentally leaves them home alone during the COVID-19 lockdown. Abboud at Home premieres in the US on Wednesday, February 1, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
The Chorus: Success, Here I Go (Brazil)
In this musical drama, ten young artists reach the final round of auditions to join the Theater Company. They will face their dreams, passions, fears, and uncertainties of the past, which may define their future.
The Chorus: Success, Here I Go, a Disney+ Original, premieres in its entirety on Wednesday, February 1, exclusively on Disney+.
I Will Be Your Bloom (Japan)
Another music drama is this one, in which an ex-high school teacher becomes the live-in manager of a dormitory occupied by a failing boy band, and then joins them in their dream to become top artists. I Will Be Your Bloom premieres in the US on Wednesday, February 1, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
Taiwan Crime Stories (Taiwan)
This twelve-episode anthology series is inspired by four true-crime events that have shaken Taiwan to its core over the years. Each case is dramatized over three episodes, probing the motives behind the crimes while also exploring themes of faith, temptation, redemption, and obligation. The stories include ones about a train derailment that isn’t what it seems, a reporter’s quest to uncover the truth behind a family murder, the death of a popular elementary school teacher, and a child homicide on a military base.
Taiwan Crime Stories, a Hulu Original, premieres in the US in its entirety on Wednesday, February 1, exclusively on Hulu. (You can add it to your watchlist now.)
Uncle Naji 2 (United Arab Emirates)
In this action comedy, Uncle Naji (Ebrahim Almreasy) enlists the help of his grandfather to rid his restaurant of demons, but an ancient artifact gets them in trouble with a gang.
Uncle Naji 2 premieres in the US on Wednesday, February 1, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
Flordelis: A Family Crime (Brazil)
The docuseries investigates the murder of Anderson do Carmo, the husband of Brazilian congresswoman, singer, and evangelical pastor Flordelis de Souza, who was accused of having orchestrated the crime along with six of her more than 50 children.
Flordelis: A Family Crime, a Max Original, premieres in the US on Thursday, February 2, exclusively on HBO Max.
In this Indian adaptation of Netflix’s hit Spanish young adult mystery thriller series, three students from a poor neighborhood secure scholarships to attend Hampton International, a posh boarding school in Delhi. Here the worlds of the haves and the have-nots collide, with the trio of students from families of few means up against the children of Delhi’s elite. It’s a clash of the castes, and more: New friendships, old loyalties and family dramas combine with betrayals, rumors and dark secrets to escalate the conflicts — and lead to murder…
Class, a Netflix Series, premieres globally on Friday, February 3, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
The Plan (Nigeria)
This drama sees a young widow ask her two best friends to help hide her late husband’s stolen cache of gold from the authorities, but can they be trusted to protect it? The Plan premieres in the US on Friday, February 3, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
All That Breathes (UK-India-US)
This Oscar® nominated HBO Documentary Film follows two brothers who devote their lives to the quixotic effort of protecting the black kite, a majestic bird of prey, essential to the ecosystem of New Delhi, that has been falling from the sky at alarming rates. Amid environmental toxicity and social unrest, the “kite brothers” spend day and night caring for the creatures in their makeshift avian hospital. The film explores the connection between the kites and the Muslim brothers who help them return to the skies, offering a mesmerizing chronicle of inter-species coexistence.
All That Breathes has its US linear premiere on Tuesday, February 7, at 9 PM ET/PT, on HBO, with streaming available on HBO Max.
The Exchange (Kuwait)
Inspired by real events, this 1980s-set historical drama follows two trailblazing women as they pioneer the cutthroat Kuwaiti Stock Market and disrupt the corrupt boys club on their way to the top. It’s the heyday of the Kuwait Stock Exchange — a bastion of Middle Eastern men and money, where the bets are bold and the stakes are sky-high. Enter Farida and Munira, two Kuwaiti women (played by Rawan Mahdi (The Cage), Mona Hussain (Mohamed Ali Road)) who make their way into the now not-so-exclusive boys club to blaze a trail in the male-dominated workplace and become the “Wonders of the Exchange.”
The Exchange, a Netflix Series, premieres globally on Wednesday, February 8, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
Santo Maldito (Brazil)
Felipe Camargo (All the Women in the World) stars in this drama series as Reinaldo, an atheist teacher who takes a desperate step to end the suffering of his wife, Maria Clara (Ana Flavia Cavalcanti, Under Pressure), after she goes into a vegetative state. But lo and behold, she regains consciousness, and a local church member filmed the miracle. Believing Reinaldo is a man gifted by God, failed pastor Samuel (Augusto Madeira, Glória) offers him his life savings to preach in his church, which Reinaldo accepts, given the debt he’s incurred for his wife’s hospital expenses. So atheist Reinaldo becomes a religious leader. But as he can’t confess his mistakes and is concerned about his image as a good father to Gabriela and husband to Maria Clara, he embarks on a path of self-discovery to understand who he really is.
Santo Maldito, a Hulu Orignal, premieres in the US in its entirety on Wednesday, February 8, exclusively on Hulu.
The Substitute (Argentina)
This drama stars Juan Minujin (El marginal) as Lucio, a highbrow literature professor who returns to his old neighborhood to teach high school — facing his past, his father, and the reality of his community in the process.
The Substitute premieres in the US on Wednesday, February 8, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
Dear David (Indonesia)
In this romantic comedy-drama, the life of Laras (Shenina Cinnamon, Photocopier), a straight A high school student, is turned upside down when her risqué fantasy blog about her crush is leaked to everyone at school.
Dear David, a Netflix Film, premieres globally on Thursday, February 9, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
Dr. Jason Leong: Ride with Caution (Malaysia)
In his second stand-up comedy special, former doctor Jason Leong emerges from the pandemic to share his diagnoses on aging, the absurdity of middle-aged male cycling enthusiasts and their Lycra, and more.
Dr. Jason Leong: Ride with Caution premieres in the US on Thursday, February 9, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
A cat-and-mouse crime thriller, Farzi follows two men: One is Sunny, a brilliant artist and small-time con artist who gets catapulted into the murky but high-stakes world of counterfeiting when he creates the perfect fake currency note. The other is Michael, a fiery, unorthodox task force officer who wants to rid the country of counterfeiting and the menace it poses.
Farzi premieres globally on Friday, February 10, exclusively on Prime Video. (You can add it to your watchlist now.)
Love to Hate You (South Korea)
This romantic comedy follows the journey of two people who don’t believe in love — from their hostile first encounter, shaped by misunderstanding and suspicion due to biases, to their coming to understand each other. On is rookie entertainment lawyer Yeo Mi-ran (Kim Ok-vin, Dark Hole), who hates losing to men; the other is A-list actor Nam Kang-ho (Yoo Teo, The Window), who harbors a deep mistrust of women.
Love to Hate You, a Netflix Series, premieres globally on Friday, February 10, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
All the Places (Mexico)
In this adventure comedy-drama, two siblings who haven’t seen each other in 15 years reunite at their father’s funeral, mend their relationship, and make a spur-of-the-moment decision to fulfill their childhood dream: do a road trip across Mexico on their old motorbikes.
Starring Mauricio Ochmann (A Not So Merry Christmas) and Ana Serradilla (La rebelión), All the Places, a Netflix Film, premieres globally on Tuesday, February 14, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
Pasión de gavilanes: Seasons 1-2 (Colombia)
This telenovela (soap opera) follows the three Reyes brothers, honest and good-natured men until a shocking tragedy sends them in search of revenge. Their plan takes an unexpected turn when they meet the three Elizondo sisters, the beautiful daughters of the powerful farmer they blame for their misfortune. Pasión de gavilanes: Seasons 1-2 begins streaming in the US on Tuesday, February 14, on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
This horror movie sees six high schoolers being forced to spend the night in their school to order to find the scattered remains of a body hidden within it, lest they be killed over and over by the “Red Person,” repeating the same day forever in a murderous, Groundhog Day-like time loop.
Re/Member, a Netflix Film, premieres globally on Tuesday, February 14, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
A Sunday Affair (Nigeria)
In this romantic drama, lifelong best friends Uche and Toyin both fall for Sunday, a charming, yet complicated eligible bachelor. This love triangle, in which the women are unaware that they are dating the same man, ultimately tests their loyalty to each other as they face a heartbreaking revelation.
A Sunday Affair, a Netflix Film, premieres globally on Tuesday, February 14, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
This comedy series follows college student Marcely, who, bored with her studies, drops out of school to chase her new goal in life: to become an influencer. But life online is harder than it looks… #NoFilter, a Netflix Series, premieres globally on Wednesday, February 15, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
Eva Lasting (Colombia)
This romantic drama sees a mysterious teen girl arrive at an all-boys school in 1970s Colombia, breaking stereotypes, rules, and a few hearts… Eva Lasting, a Netflix Series, premieres globally on Wednesday, February 15, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
Horario Estelar (Mexico)
Óscar Jaenada (Luis Miguel: The Series) stars in this crime thriller series as Ramiro del Solar, a respected television journalist with a knack for uncovering incriminating details for his news stories. When his lover accidentally dies during one of their trysts, Ramiro decides to conceal his involvement in her death — and then is tasked with investigating the crime for the news program. As the police case unfolds, Ramiro uses his skills to twist the facts, misdirect the news audience, and change public opinion while trying to stay one step ahead of the cops…
Horario Estelar, a Hulu Original, premieres in the US in its entirety on Wednesday, February 15, exclusively on Hulu.
Mila in the Multiverse (Brazil)
This adventure comedy-drama series follows Mila (Laura Luz, Vencer la ausencia), a 16-year-old who lives the adventure of a lifetime traveling through the multiverse searching for her mother, Elis (Malu Mader, Burning Hearts). During her travels, Mila becomes a target of The Operators, a mysterious and dangerous group that wants to exterminate all universes. She will have to face them in order to save the vast multiverse.
Rescheduled from January, Mila in the Multiverse premieres in the US in its entirety on Wednesday, February 15, exclusively on Disney+.
In this mystery-crime drama, Sanada Rio (Yoshitaka Yuriko, Security of Justice), the president of a successful pharmaceutical company, becomes a material witness in a murder case that is connected to a missing persons case that she was entangled in fifteen years ago in her hometown. Dearest premieres in the US on Thursday, February 16, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
The Full-Time Wife Escapist (Japan)
Based on “The Full-Time Wife Escapist” manga by Tsunami Umino, this romantic comedy-drama series follows Mikuri Moriyama (Aragaki Yui, Weakest Beast), a single young woman who, after a series of unexpected events, finds herself unemployed. Then she gets hired to work for Hiramasa Tsuzaki (Hoshino Gen, MIU404), a young workaholic, romantically-challenged man as a live-in housekeeper — and as his stand-in wife.
The Full-Time Wife Escapist begins streaming Thursday, February 16, on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
Saving My Stupid Youth (Japan)
In this romantic comedy-drama series, sparks fly when two teachers with a tangled past lead a co-ed class as part of a proposed merger between an all-boys school and an all-girls school. Saving My Stupid Youth premieres in the US on Thursday, February 16, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
Community Squad (Argentina)
In this crime comedy series, a ragtag civilian patrol squad created to improve the image of the police force faces unexpected danger after stumbling on a drug trafficking operation.
Community Squad, a Netflix Series, premieres globally on Friday, February 17, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
The Head of Joaquín Murrieta (Mexico)
Set in post-gold rush California, this western series follows the adventures of two Mexican men who join forces to battle a common enemy: the gringo Harry Love (Steve Wilcox, Sons of Anarchy) One is Joaquín Murrieta (Juan Manuel Bernal, Monarca), a legendary figure known as the Mexican Robin Hood; the other is Joaquín Carrillo (Alejandro Speitzer, Someone Has to Die), one of a group of immigrants fighting a lawless war by the newly-drawn border between Mexico and the US.
The Head of Joaquín Murrieta, an Amazon Original series, premieres globally on Friday, February 17, exclusively on Prime Video. (You can add it to your watchlist now).
Hello Tomorrow! (US)
Starring and executive produced by Primetime Emmy® and Critics Choice Awards winner Billy Crudup (The Morning Show, Big Fish), this dramedy set in a retro-future world centers on a group of traveling salesmen who hawk lunar timeshares. Jack (Crudup) is a salesman of great talent and ambition, whose unshakeable faith in a brighter tomorrow inspires his coworkers and revitalizes his desperate customers, but threatens to leave him dangerously lost in the very dream that sustains him.
The ensemble cast includes Haneefah Wood (Truth Be Told), Alison Pill (Star Trek: Picard), Nicholas Podany (Archive 81), Dewshane Williams (In the Dark), Hank Azaria (Brockmire), Matthew Maher (Our Flag Means Death), and Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook, Animal Kingdom).
Hello Tomorrow! , an Apple Original series, premieres globally with the first three episodes on Friday, February 17, exclusively on Apple TV+. New episodes will drop singly each Friday through April 7.
J-Hope in the Box (South Korea)
This documentary chronicles the making of Jack in the Box, the first solo album by J-Hope of megastar K-pop band BTS. It also details J-Hope’s history-making performance at Lollapalooza 2022, where he was the first Korean artist to headline the annual music festival.
J-Hope in the Box premieres globally on Friday, February 17, exclusively on Disney+.
Set amongst the bedrooms, barrooms, and boardrooms of the greater New York City area — from the penthouses of Fifth Avenue, to the shadowy corners of Queens — this neo-noir psychological thriller’s characters compete for riches and power in a high-stakes game of ambition, greed, lust, and jealousy. Motivations are suspect and expectations are turned upside down when secrets and lies abound and nothing is as it seems.
The cast includes Academy Award® winner Julianne Moore (Still Alice), Primetime Emmy® nominee Sebastian Stan (Pam & Tommy), double Oscar® nominee and six-time Emmy® winner John Lithgow (The Crown), Justice Smith (Generation), and Briana Middleton (The Tender Bar).
Sharper, an Apple Original Film, premieres in select theaters on Friday, February 10, and launches globally on February 17 on Apple TV+.
Unlocked (South Korea)
This crime thriller follows Na-mi (Chun Woo Hee, Argon), a startup marketer whose smartphone holds everything about her life, from photos, videos and texts, to her social security number, banking information, and details of her personal life. On her way home from work one day, she loses her phone, but Jun-yeong (Yim Si-wan, Tracer) finds it and returns it to Na-mi — after he installs spyware on it. Now he tracks her life and learns all he can about her, and approaches her by concealing his true identity.
Elsewhere in the city, police detective Ji-man (Kim Hie-won, On the Line) finds evidence of Jun-yeong, his son, at a murder crime scene and secretly investigates him while fearing the worst. Meanwhile, Na-mi’s life is turned upside down and spirals out of control, and she finds herself in danger — all because she lost her phone.
Unlocked, a Netflix Film, premieres globally on Friday, February 17, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
Whindersson Nunes: Preaching to the Choir (Brazil)
It’s the end of the world and he knows it — he being comedian Whindersson Nunes, who reflects on current affairs, social media, religion, and more in this stand-up special.
Whindersson Nunes: Preaching to the Choir, a Netflix Stand-Up special, premieres globally on Sunday, February 19, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
The Low Tone Club (Colombia)
This musical comedy-drama series follows Amaranto Molina (Carlos Vives, Encanto), an unconventional music teacher who starts teaching at a music school that only encourages students who do well by commercial success standards. Every year Principal Eduardo Kramer (Julián Arango, Narcos: Mexico) chooses five students, nicknamed the High Tones, to be part of the school’s prestigious teen band. Molina is put in charge of the Low Tones, a group of students whose talents aren’t up to snuff for the school. With his disruptive methods, Amaranto and the Low Tones will embark on a musical journey that will help heal wounds and inspire each of them to express their unique talents. Along the way, the students will learn more about Mr. Molina and discover their teacher’s mysterious hidden past…
The Low Tone Club, a Disney+ Original, premieres globally in its entirety on Wednesday, February 22, exclusively on Disney+.
Warner Music Latina artists Yas Gagliardi and Sarah Lenore star as Melody and Layla in this family-friendly, music-driven. coming-of-age series inspired by their real-life stories as emerging recording artists. Featuring original songs performed by Gagliardi, Lenore and the supporting cast, Melody premieres in the US and Latin America on Wednesday, February 22, exclusively on Prime Video.
This mystery-crime thriller series — whose trailer indicates a possible Orphan Black meets Three Identical Strangers story — follows Becca, a forensics expert who, upon approaching the dead body at a crime scene, sees something shocking that she absolutely did not expect: the murder victim looks exactly like her.
Now the homicide investigation has a whole other side to it for Becca. How could there be a woman who could be her identical twin when, as far as she knew, she didn’t have one? Determined to find out the truth, Becca launches her own inquiry, which leads to another shocker: There’s a third woman who is identical to her and the deceased.
As Becca keeps digging, she journeys down a dark rabbit hole. While her family seem determined to hide the truth, others who might know something are disappearing. Now it is even more urgent for Becca to learn how she and these other two women are connected — before she, too, disappears. Or worse: become a murder victim herself.
The series stars Maite Perroni (Dark Desire, Who Killed Sara?) as Becca and the two other identical women. Costars include David Chocarro (All the Places), Flavio Medina (Narcos: Mexico), Nuria Bages (The Heart Is Never Wrong), Ofelia Medina (The Mosquito Coast), Ana Layevska (Mi secreto), Daniella Valdez, and Aldo Gallardo (Monarca).
Triptych, a Netflix Series, premieres globally on Wednesday, February 22, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
Call Me Chihiro (Japan)
This drama follows Chihiro (Kasumi Arimura, Prior Convictions), an unapologetic former sex worker who starts working at a bento stand in a small seaside town, where she becomes a popular figure through bringing comfort to the lonely souls who come her way.
Call Me Chihiro, a Netflix Film, premieres globally on Thursday, February 23, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
The Consultant (US)
Based on the novel of the same name by Bentley Little, The Consultant is a twisted, comedic thriller series that explores the sinister relationship between boss and employee. When app-based gaming company CompWare hires new consultant Regus Patoff ( two-time Academy Awards® winner Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained, Inglorious Basterds) to improve the business, employees experience new demands and challenges that put everything into question — including their lives.
Costarring Nat Wolff (The Stand), Brittany O’Grady (The White Lotus), and Aimee Carrero (The Menu), The Consultant, an Amazon Original series, premieres globally on Friday, February 24, exclusively on Prime Video. (You can add it to your watchlist now.)
For details about the premieres of programs from the UK, Ireland, English-speaking Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, and original-language programs from countries in Europe, please visit The British TV Place, The Down Under TV Place, and The Euro TV Place.