In the throes of the holiday season, it’s nice to grab a blanket and dive into something captivating. With Netflix at the top of the entertainment food chain, you may be wondering what they’ll bring next to their already-bursting selection.
Whether you’re in the mood for something moving like Malcolm X, something light like Fuller House, or something downright unsettling like It Comes At Night, Netflix has you covered this December. Let’s take a look at the many exciting options waiting at your fingertips this winter.
All Of The Austin Powers Films
Yeah, baby, yeah! Austin Powers is back with his entire trilogy available on Netflix December first. The movies are ridiculous, hilarious, and absolutely absurd at times, but what else would you expect from goofball Mike Myers?
A time-traveling spy, Austin Powers continually comes head to head with his arch-enemy, Dr. Evil, also played by Mike Myers. Full of era-specific culture, gorgeous women, and outlandish threats to society (not to mention an amazing soundtrack) these movies will warm you right up with laughter.
Anything starring Denzel Washington is bound to be amazing, but especially when he’s portraying an activist in the heart of the civil rights movement. The biographical epic shows the evolution of a legendary figure during a groundbreaking era in American history.
After a troubled upbringing, Malcolm faces ten years in prison, during which he devotes himself to the Muslim faith. Later, he becomes a public speaker and leader determined to fight for his rights while sharing his newfound beliefs. Discover the life of Malcolm X December first on Netflix.
Remember the Tanners? They were one of the most popular families in the world of ’90s sitcoms, and they’re back. A continuation of Full House, Fuller House brings together the old cast we love with new members to create more laughs and heartwarming moments.
The show is now in its final season, so loyal fans will be excited to see how it wraps up. Season five, part one is set to air December 6th on Netflix. If you haven’t seen it yet, now’s the time to catch up.
Marriage Story is a new drama starring Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver as a couple facing marital problems. Adam plays a stage director and Scarlett is an actress, both of whom share a son.
A country apart, the couple plans their divorce while attempting to determine what they each truly want. The movie debuted in limited theaters on November 6th, just a month before it will be released on Netflix. Audience reviews have been overwhelmingly positive, so it may be worth the watch.
Based on the novel by Robyn Carr, Virgin River is the story of a woman who moves to a remote town while working as a nurse practitioner. Still reeling from the pain of her deceased husband, Melinda seeks the comfort of an unknown place in the country.
She soon after realizes she has made a mistake. Determined to leave, her mind is changed the moment that she discovers an abandoned baby on her porch. See how Melinda makes the town of Virgin River her home December 6th on Netflix.
From Paris With Love
Don’t let leading man John Travolta or the use of “love” in the title fool you; this is far from being a romantic film. Jonathan Rhys Meyers plays a U.S. ambassador and CIA agent who is assigned to partner up with Charlie Wax (John Travolta).
Wax is a rough-around-the-edges American spy who was sent to Paris in order to prevent a terrorist attack. The plot thickens as Meyer’s character (Reese) discover’s his French fiance is not who he thought she was. Check out this action flick starting on December 8th.
It Comes At Night
Like you might expect with a horror film, It Comes At Night is set in a post-apocalyptic world. A small family, headed by actor Joel Edgerton, stays safe in their secluded cabin in the woods. Everything is relatively calm until a stranger approaches the home.
After determining that this stranger, Will, is simply a desperate survivor with a young family of his own, they decide to allow him to stay. Tension builds as wavering mistrust compromises their newfound alliance. Providing something for both lovers of gore and psychological thrillers, this movie is sure to become a fan favorite when it hits Netflix on December 9th.
Based on a book series by Diana Gabaldon, Outlander is about a WWII nurse, Kathryn, who mistakingly time travels back 200 years. She arrives in Scotland amidst the battle between Great Britain and Ireland.
Knowing their unfortunate fate, Kathryn tries to convince the rebellious warriors she’s found herself involved with to abandon their fight. History buffs who love a good drama may become drawn to this series, which airs on Netflix December 10. They’ll only have season 3, so you may want to catch up on Starz first.
Michael Bay and Ryan Reynolds. Need we say more? If you like long fight scenes, explosions, and witty remarks that don’t match the life-threatening events taking place, this is the movie for you.
6 Underground chronicles six international vigilantes who have faked their own deaths in order to take down criminal giants. Referred to only by their number, the team follows the leadership of “One,” who, of course, is Ryan Reynolds, as they set out to save the world. Catch this purpose-driven action film on Netflix starting December 13th.
Those who love movies about singing and dancing are probably already sold on the fact that this film stars Christina Aguilera and Cher, two of the greatest performers in their arena. But just for kicks, we’ll fill you in on the plot. Aguilera plays a girl from a small town who comes to Los Angeles with big dreams.
Meanwhile, Cher is the owner of a neo-burlesque club that’s on the brink of being shut down. When the two come together, they find that each holds the key to their own success. Catch the upbeat film Burlesque starting on December 16th.
Based on the novel series by Lev Grossman, The Magicians revolves around a group of young adults who attend a secret school in New York for magic enthusiasts. As these friends discover more about the magical world they live in, they also realize that the world is in grave danger.
The Syfy channel show is coming to Netflix on December 16th. However, before you get too excited, they’re only bringing on Season 4. Those who are familiar with the show or books will be happy to stream whenever they’d like, while others may need to fill in the pieces as they go.
The Danish Girl
Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander star in The Danish Girl, a biographical film based on a novel by David Ebershoff. Both were nominated for Academy Awards for their impressive performances in this tale about a married couple in 1920s Denmark.
When Gerda (Vikander) asks her husband Einar (Ebershoff) to pose as a female for the sake of creating a portrait, Einar reveals a life-long identification as a woman. Gerda supports Einar as he re-establishes his identity and becomes the first to attempt a surgical reassignment. This heartwrenching film hits Netflix on December 16th.
Ronny Chieng: Asian Comedian Destroys America!
You may recognize Ronny Chieng as one of the supporting roles in the popular film Crazy Rich Asians. He also works for the Daily Show and has his own sitcom, Ronny Chieng: International Student. Now he’s geared up to turn heads in his own Netflix stand-up special Ronny Chieng: Asian Comedian Destroys America!
In this unapologetic performance, Chieng shares his perspective as a Malaysian raised in America and Australia. With such a diverse background and a comedy special title like that, he’s bound to receive some attention. Check out his special airing on December 17.
Centered in Los Angeles, Soundtrack is a musical drama series that follows the lives of two struggling artists. The romantic show is sure to entice watchers with its use of dance, music, and intersecting relationships as a cast of aspiring dancers reach for all that the big city has to offer.
If that wasn’t enough to capture your attention, the series also stars Jenna Dewan, the star who entered the limelight after starring in Step Up. Tune in on December 18th to watch the cast bust a move to some of today’s hottest singles.
If you’re looking for something you can not only watch, but can also play a videogame version, The Witcher may be perfect for you. Based on a book series by Andrzej Sapkowski, the story revolves around Geralt of Rivia, a monster hunter in a world full of evil.
Life changes for Geralt when he aligns with a sorceress and a princess. The three to face the challenges that plague their dangerous world. Those who love not knowing what to expect next should give this show a try starting December 20th.
The Two Popes
Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce dare to take on the role of conservative Pope Benedict XVI and the liberal future Pope Francis in this biographical drama based on a 2017 play. In the film, the two must find common ground as they discuss the future of the Catholic Church.
Don’t let the heavy subject material fool you. Variety praised the film’s humor and called it “an unexpected hit.” It’s received high accolades from critics and viewers alike. Check out this timely film airing on Nextflix December 20th.
John Mulaney and the Sack Lunch Bunch
This year, John Mulaney is giving viewers the gift of talented children in his Netflix special John Mulaney and the Sack Lunch Bunch, which airs December 24th. Along with other celebrities such as Jake Gyllenhaal and Andre De Shields, John opens up a platform for talented young children to show the world what they’ve got.
The show includes comedy sketches and musical performances from adults and children ages 8 to 13. Get into the holiday spirit with this light-hearted special that aims to bring back the feeling of childhood.
Lost In Space
Those who have seen the first season of Lost In Space on Netflix are probably eagerly awaiting the release of season two, which airs December 24th. Otherwise, you may want to get up to speed on this sci-fi series that updates the 1965 version. Fun fact: the ’65 version is a transformed edition of the 1812 novel The Swiss Family Robinson.
Similar to the book about a family shipwrecked on their way to Australia, this family is space-wrecked on their way to the Alpha Centauri star system. Stranded on a habitable planet, the family must work out how to solve their dilemma.
The psychological thriller You first aired on Lifetime before gaining a larger following on Netflix. Now, followers of the show can’t wait to see the second season, which airs on December 26. The story revolves around a bookstore manager in New York.
After meeting aspiring writer Guinevere, Joe becomes obsessed with her, doing anything in his power to remain in her presence. In this next season, Joe’s infatuation has transferred to Love Quinn, an aspiring chef in Los Angeles. You probably won’t want to be alone when you watch this show.
Lawless is a drama that follows three brothers running an illegal business in the prohibition era. To ward against suspicion, the brothers also run a gas station and a restaurant. With the police already on the prowl, things become further strained when the youngest brother, Jack, begins pining after the daughter of a preacher.
As mobsters and aggressors begin to encroach on the brothers and their business, life becomes a struggle for survival. Based on a novel that recounts a true story, the film sheds light on a troubling side of American society in the ’30s. Catch all of the drama on Netflix starting December 29th.
Secret Life Of Pets 2
Max (Louis C.K.) returns as our favorite New York City terrier. This time around, Max encounters various new animals including hostile foxes and cows and a turkey as he visits the countryside.
Max eventually befriends Rooster, a farm dog who tries to cure Max of his own neuroses. The plot might seem heavier than the original critically-acclaimed film but we promise it delivers plenty of laughs along the way. Secret Life Of Pets 2 comes out on December 27.
In an alternate version of the 1980s, the United States is the last hope for fending off communism. Soviet soldiers invade a small Colorado town where brothers Jed (Patrick Swayze) and Matt Eckert (Charlie Sheen) team up with friends to fight off the invasion.
The boys are helped by Jed and Matt’s father, Tom (Harry Dean Stanton), a prisoner of the invading army who decides to stand up against the enemy. Can they take back their town and win one for the good guys? You can find out when the movie arrives on December 31.
Jon Bernthal, Christopher Abbott, Imogen Poots
Sweet Virginia didn’t make a box office splash when it debuted in 2017 but it has a solid 78% on Rotten Tomatoes which makes it worth a watch if your movie library choices are dwindling. The movie arrives on December 1.
War On Everyone
War On Everyone arrives on December 3, 2019. The 2016 British black comedy stars Alexander Skarsgård, Michael Peña, and Theo James. The film didn’t feature a wide release with a focus on the United Kingdom and Ireland but it has some decent enough star power to draw a Netflix crowd.
The film tells the story of two corrupt cops in New Mexico who attempt to blackmail and frame every criminal that crosses their path. Their plan is going great until they try their scheme on a criminal who is much more dangerous than the two men.
Tomorrow Never Dies
On December 31, 2019, Tomorrow Never Dies debuts on Netflix. Can you believe this James Bond movie was released in 1997 and was the 18th addition to the popular spy series? It was also the second Bond film to star Pierce Brosnan as the famous spy.
In Tomorrow Never Dies, Bond is tasked with stopping Elliot Carver, a power-obsessed media mogul who is attempting to engineer events that will lead to World War III. If you’re a superfan of the James Bond franchise you’ll binge the first 17 films before jumping into Tomorrow Never Dies.
A Family Reunion Christmas
Arriving on December 9 is A Family Reunion Christmas starring Tia Mowry-Hardrict and Jackée Harry. The Sister, Sister stars amused young people in the 1990s and now they’ve been given the chance to hang out on camera once again.
Mowry-Hardrict plays mom Cocoa on the Netflix sitcom Family Reunion and this special Christmas episode seems like a fun way to reunite the actress on the small screen with her extended family.
Don’t let the title fool you; Sweetheart is anything but sweet. The horror film centers on protagonist Jennifer Remming, a young woman who becomes stranded on an island alone. She gradually discovers that some evil entity is there with her.
As Jennifer learns more about the creature in the sea, she realizes that her survival depends on defending herself. This story combines two horrors into one: being stranded on an island, and being haunted by an unknown monster. Catch the hybrid thriller on or after December 25th.
The Adventures Of Sharkboy And Lavagirl
Back before Taylor Lautner was the hunky werewolf in the Twilight saga, he was the angsty costar in The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl. The story centers around an outcasted child named Max who has vivid dreams that come to life.
His imaginary characters Sharkboy (Lautner), and Lavagirl enter Max’s troubled world in an attempt to save his dreamworld from utter defeat by the evil Mr. Electric. This fantasy adventure is a metaphorical tale for the whole family, airing December 1st.
If you love James Bond, you’ll be excited to hear that the seventeenth film in the series, GoldenEye, will be hitting Netflix on December 31st. Ring in the new year with this action-packed flick with our favorite secret agent.
Bond is assigned to investigate an attack in Siberia that resulted in the loss of the control disk for two GoldenEye satellites. Will James manage to overcome the mysterious threat? Check out this ’90s classic to find out.
Coming December 31st is a comedic con movie with a twist. Sigourney Weaver and Jennifer Love Hewitt play a mother-daughter con team who works together to swindle money from rich men.
When the IRS comes after the two women, they agree to do one last pawn before daughter Page takes on a solo con career. However, things get complicated in this last attempt to get out of debt and run scot-free. A film full of laughs, Heartbreakers shows what happens when emotions get in the way of business.
Fast & Furious: Spy Racers
Coming to Netflix on December 26th is a version of the Fast & Furious franchise for kids. Fast & Furious: Spy Racers follows Tony Toretto, the cousin of Dominic Toretto, one of the main characters in the films who was played by Vin Diesel.
Tony and his friends were hired by government officials to overcome a racing league intent on ruling the world. The television series bring age-appropriate action to kids for a heart-pounding dose of accelerated fun.
Alexa & Katie
Season 3 of Alexa & Katie will be airing on Netflix on December 26th. The sitcom centers on two young teenagers who are lifelong best friends. As they enter their freshman year of high school, one of the girls discovers that she has cancer.
The girls stick together as Alexis balances cancer treatment and high school awkwardness while Katie fights to support Alexis through it all. The story sheds a light on friendship and adolescent struggle that far transcends the typical hormone-based drama.
Astronomy Club: The Sketch Show
Astronomy Club: The Sketch Show puts a spin on the typical sketch shows you may be used to. A show within a show, the cast portrays dramatized versions of themselves in between sketches about social and cultural topics.
Headed by the creator of Black-ish, the series features the Astronomy Club, an improv group based out of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. The hilarious stories play on pop culture, history, and human experiences that you sometimes just have to laugh at. The series hits Netflix on December 6th.
Carole & Tuesday
Anime fans may be excited to hear that part two of Carole & Tuesday is hitting Netflix on December 24th. The 24-episode series takes place in the future on the planet Mars. Teenager Tuesday Simmons runs away from her old life in pursuit of music.
Soon after arriving in Alba City, she meets fellow musician Carole Stanley. A guitarist and pianist, the girls decide to team up and become a performance and song-writing duo, calling themselves Carole & Tuesday.
Eastsiders season 4 will air on Netflix December 1st with its final season. The tumultuous comedy chronicles the lives of various couples living in Silverlake, Los Angeles. The show delves into questions of commitment, love, marriage, and the challenges that arise.
This series proves that difficulties arise in various types of relationships and at different stages. Find out what will happen with the big wedding, who is pregnant, and what will come of the many complicated scenarios these Californians find themselves in.
If you love competition shows and makeup, you may want to mark December 6th on your calendar. Glow Up is a BBC series wherein aspiring make-up artists battle to win a shoot for Marie Claire.
Each contestant faces the pressure to be deemed a make-up star while facing challenges to perform make-up tasks on the spot. The artists clamber to impress industry professionals in order to climb to the top of their profession. You’ve never seen makeovers like these ones.
Something that Netflix has been doing a lot of recently is not only bringing in a heaping of comedy specials, but also putting together comedy special series. Enter The Degenerates, a series wherein each episode offers 30 minutes of hilarity from a new standup comedian.
The first season featured comic rising stars such as Christina P. and Joey Diaz. Airing on December 31st is a whole new lineup cast consisting of Nikki Glaser, Ms Pat, Donnell Rawlings, Adrienne Iapalucci, Robert Kelly, and Jim Norton.
Private Practice fans will be thrilled to hear that all six seasons of the series will be hitting Netflix on December 22nd. A spin-off Grey’s Anatomy, the drama follows Dr. Addison Montgomery as she leaves Seattle Grace Hospital and moves to a private practice in LA.
The show chronicles the daily drama both within and beyond the hospital walls. Doctors aim to maintain a balance between their struggling patients and their personal lives in this binge-worthy series.
The Last O.G.
The Last O.G. is a comedy series co-created by Jordan Peele and starring Tracy Morgan and Tiffany Haddish. Tray (Morgan) has just been released after serving 15 years behind bars.
Determined not to return to his old life as a con artist, he returns to Brooklyn where he plans on creating a better life. However, accepting all of the change that has hit the town and his family since he’s been gone proves to be a challenge. Catch season two on Netflix December 4th.
Get ready for a science fiction horror series that will keep you on the edge of your couch. Based on the comics by Jonathan Maberry and Alan Robinson, V-Wars chronicles the gradual destruction of a society that’s become plagued with a fast-spreading disease.
Unlike any pandemic humanity has ever seen, this disease turns humans into vampires. A scientist and his best friend now race to put an end to the crisis before a war ensues.