Here's The New Thing To Watch On Netflix Right Now (Jan. 19-25)

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Kiernan Shipka in "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" (Diyah Pera/Netflix)

The Netflix Highlight: “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,” Part 3

What’s up: Netflix’s “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” is a teen drama that focuses on a young witch whose father is the Devil. Sabrina attends human high school and balances the typical challenges of being a teenager with learning how to master the dark arts. According to data from TV Time, “Sabrina” was one of the most popular shows on Netflix in 2019.

By this third “part” of the series, Sabrina (played by Kiernan Shipka, of “Mad Men” fame) has become powerful enough to win battles against rival figures of evil. She and her aunts (who serve as her caretakers on earth) begin to rise to prominence within their Hell-ish community.

The season begins with a creepy voice saying “Welcome to Hell.” Sabrina traverses through a dark, cave-like space with a magical orb lighting her way. She has fear in her eyes. Monstrous faces and limbs poke through the walls of the space. She calls out her boyfriend’s name, “Nicholas.” Nick whispers back and she finds that her boyfriend is trapped in the wall, looking a lot like Han Solo trapped in carbonite. Sabrina uses magic to free him, but then a CGI monster, the Devil (aka her father), starts chasing them. Teenagers have it so hard these days.

Along with Shipka, the main cast includes Lucy Davis, Michelle Gomez, Gavin Leatherwood, Ross Lynch, Miranda Otto and Chance Perdomo.

“Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,” Part 3 runs eight episodes of roughly an hour each. 

Ross Lynch, Jaz Sinclair, Gavin Leatherwood, Kiernan Shipka, Lachlan Watson and Jonathan Whitesell in "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina"

Sum-up: “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” is far from a must-watch, particularly due to its long runtime. I also find it strange that Netflix keeps releasing episodes of this Halloween-esque show in months that aren’t October.

That said, the show offers plenty of unique strangeness to at least consider checking out. The show balances dark gore and witch lore with the comedic and romantic plots that come with teen-centric storylines. That’s quite a...

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