As the winter chill sets in and the festive lights twinkle, December brings more than just the promise of snowflakes and holiday cheer. It's the perfect time to snuggle up under a warm blanket, hot cocoa in hand, and immerse yourself in the world of streaming. This December, our streaming services are decking the halls with an array of shows and movies that promise to keep you entertained, warmed, and wonderfully whisked away to worlds of adventure, romance, and holiday magic. So, let the outside world hibernate as we take you through a wonderland of the best streaming content to enjoy from the comfort of your cozy couch.
What’s Streaming on Netflix?
- May December (Dec. 1): For fans of Black Swan and The Hours, in this introspective drama, a family's dynamic unravels under the scrutiny of Hollywood's gaze. A young Hollywood actress (Natalie Portman) comes to live with an aging actress (Julianne Moore) and her much younger husband to prepare for an upcoming film role. As she immerses herself in their lives, the lines between reality and performance blur, revealing the complexities of love, age, and public scrutiny.
- Blood Coast (Dec. 6): In the shadowy corners of Marseille, a group of unorthodox policemen embark on a high-stakes mission to track down a notorious criminal. Their goal: to avert a looming bloodbath that threatens to engulf the city. With tactics as mysterious as their quarry, this French police crime drama weaves a tale of suspense and intrigue, reminiscent of the captivating style of "Lupin." As the story unfolds, much remains cloaked in secrecy, promising a thrilling journey through the darker alleys of law enforcement.
- The Archies (Dec. 7): In a vibrant reimagining of the classic Archie Comics, a new musical comedy springs to life, set against the colorful backdrop of 1960s India. This live-action adaptation brings a fresh twist to the beloved characters, infusing them with the spirit and culture of a dynamic era. As the story unfolds, audiences are treated to a nostalgic yet novel journey, where timeless tales meet the rhythm and hues of a different world, all set to the beat of catchy tunes and lively performances.
- Leave the World Behind (Dec. 8): A family's idyllic vacation turns into a nightmare when their rented luxury home becomes the unexpected shelter for two strangers in the dead of night. These uninvited guests bring ominous news of a mysterious cyberattack, upending the family's sense of security. As the threat outside grows increasingly dire, tensions rise, alliances form, and survival instincts kick in. Julia Roberts and Ethan Hawke lead a stellar cast, including Kevin Bacon and Mahershala Ali, in this gripping apocalyptic thriller that explores the fragility of normalcy in the face of unforeseen chaos.
- Under Pressure: The US Women’s Cup Team (Dec. 12): A docuseries going behind the scenes of the world’s most decorated women’s football team, who had a terrible run in the latest Women’s World Cup.
- The Crown S6P2 (Dec. 14): In its final stretch, "The Crown" brings its sixth season to a close, focusing on the younger generation of the British royal family. This part of the series delves into the early relationship of Prince William and Kate Middleton at St. Andrews College, alongside the evolving dynamics of Charles and Camilla. Dominic West and Imelda Staunton return as Charles and Queen Elizabeth, with new faces portraying the younger royals. As the series wraps up, it continues to blend historical depth with dramatic storytelling, offering a nuanced look at the royal family's personal and political trials during a pivotal era. This final installment of "The Crown" marks the end of a saga that has captivated audiences with its portrayal of one of the world's most famous families.
- Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget (Dec. 15): Ginger and Rocky, now free from the farm, embrace a new chapter as they welcome a little adventurer into their flock. However, their newfound peace is short-lived as they face a grave new threat that endangers chicken-kind itself. This sequel, arriving 23 years after the beloved original, promises more feathered escapades and daring escapes, blending humor, heart, and a touch of adventure.
- Maestro (Dec. 20): In an emotionally charged portrayal of family and love, a fearless love story unfolds, chronicling the lifelong relationship between the iconic composer Leonard Bernstein and his wife, Felicia Montealegre Cohn Bernstein. This narrative is a profound love letter to life and art, capturing the essence of their enduring bond. The film stars Bradley Cooper, Carey Mulligan, and Matt Bomer, bringing to life the complexities and depths of a relationship that transcended the ordinary.
- Rebel Moon: A Child of Fire (Dec. 22): In a galaxy's peaceful outskirts, a colony faces the threat of a tyrannical force's armies. Amidst the villagers lives Kora, a mysterious stranger who emerges as their beacon of hope. Charged with rallying a group of fighters, Kora brings together a diverse band of warriors from various worlds, each driven by a personal quest for redemption and revenge. This unlikely assembly of outsiders, insurgents, peasants, and war orphans unites to confront the overwhelming might of the Mother World. As they stand against the encroaching shadow of a powerful realm, their struggle becomes a pivotal battle for the galaxy's fate, forging a new legion of heroes in the process.
- Berlin S1 (Dec. 29): In the vibrant city of Paris, before the events of Netflix's "Money Heist," Berlin, the charismatic and cunning criminal, assembles a masterful gang. Together, they embark on planning one of his most audacious heists, a venture that promises to be as thrilling as it is perilous. This prequel delves into Berlin's golden age, revealing the intricate planning and daring exploits that define his legendary status in the criminal underworld.
What’s Streaming on Apple TV+?
- Slow Horses S3 (Dec. 1): Dive into the murky world of espionage where a band of MI5's most unlikely agents, led by the notoriously brusque Jackson Lamb, played by the incomparable Gary Oldman, tackle threats to England. In this season, a romantic liaison in Istanbul threatens to expose a buried MI5 secret in London. Lamb and his team of misfits find themselves caught in a conspiracy that endangers not just Slough House but MI5 itself. Fans of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy or The Night Manager might want to add this series to their watchlist!
- Spirited (Dec. 1): You may remember this musical twist on the classic tale of "A Christmas Carol" starring Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell from last year's holiday season! Adding to the festive cheer, Apple TV+ is re-releasing "Spirited" as a sing-along version, inviting audiences to join in on the catchy, original songs. This new format promises to enhance the viewing experience, making it an interactive and joyous holiday event for families and fans of musicals. The sing-along edition of "Spirited" offers a fresh way to enjoy this modern holiday classic, blending comedy, music, and the timeless message of Christmas.
- The Family Plan (Dec. 15): In this action-packed comedy, Mark Wahlberg portrays a former assassin whose attempt at a peaceful family road trip to Las Vegas quickly spirals into chaos. Alongside Michelle Monaghan, they navigate a series of unexpected and dangerous encounters, blending high-octane action with humorous family dynamics. As they race against time and adversaries, the family's bond is put to the test, leading to an explosive and entertaining adventure where every turn brings a new challenge.
What’s Streaming on Disney+?
- Timeless Heroes: Indiana Jones and Harrison Ford (Dec. 1): A documentary film exploring how Harrison Ford has remained a global mega-star for so long, particularly how his image and legacy have been defined by his time as the iconic Spielberg creation Indiana Jones.
- Doctor Who: Wild Blue Yonder (Dec. 2): In a highly anticipated special, part of Doctor Who's 60th-anniversary celebrations, the Time Lord embarks on an enigmatic adventure. This episode promises to captivate fans with its blend of the unknown and the unexpected. With details kept tightly under wraps, anticipation builds for a storyline that intertwines the familiar with the unforeseen. As the Doctor traverses the intricate tapestry of time and space, viewers can expect a journey filled with intrigue, nostalgia, and groundbreaking moments.
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid Christmas: Cabin Fever (Dec. 8): The winter holidays are turning out to be especially stressful for Greg Heffley this year. After accidentally damaging a snowplow while making a snowman with best friend Rowley Jefferson, Greg worries he won't get the new video game console he so desperately wants for Christmas. To make matters worse, he gets snowed in with his family, including his grumpy older brother Rodrick and annoying younger brother Manny.
- Percy Jackson and the Olympians S1 (Dec. 20): Percy Jackson fans have been waiting years for this! A 12-year-old boy discovers he's no ordinary kid but a modern-day demigod. As he grapples with his newfound divine powers, he finds himself in the crosshairs of the mighty sky god, Zeus, who accuses him of an audacious theft: stealing his master lightning bolt. With the help of his friends, he embarks on an epic quest to restore balance to the realm of the gods and clear his name. This thrilling adventure, rooted in popular mythology, continues the saga from the beloved movie series adapted from Rick Riordan’s novels.
What’s Streaming on Other Platforms?
- Candy Cane Lane (Dec. 1) - Streaming on Prime Video: Eddie Murphy brings his comedic charm to the holiday season as Chris, a man determined to win his neighborhood's Christmas decoration contest. Things take a wild turn when Chris unwittingly strikes a deal with a mischievous elf, Pepper. Pepper's spell brings the 12 Days of Christmas to life, unleashing chaos throughout the town. Now, Chris, along with his wife Carol and their three children, must navigate a world filled with magical mischief to break the spell, outwit fantastical foes, and save Christmas for their family and the entire town.
- Mr. Monk’s Last Case: A Monk Movie (Dec. 8) - Streaming on Peacock: Adrian Monk, the brilliant but obsessive-compulsive detective, is back to untangle a mystery that hits close to home. His stepdaughter Molly, a journalist on the brink of her wedding, finds herself at the heart of a perplexing case. With Tony Shalhoub reprising his iconic role, this film reunites viewers with the quirks and genius of Monk, promising a blend of humor, nostalgia, and captivating detective work. Alongside him are series regulars including Ted Levine, Traylor Howard, and Melora Hardin, ensuring a reunion that fans of the original series won't want to miss.
- Merry Little Batman (Dec. 8) - Streaming on Prime Video: This Christmas, Damian Wayne wants to be a superhero like his dad--the one and only Batman (voiced by Luke Wilson). When Damian is left home alone while Batman takes on Gotham's worst supervillains on Christmas Eve, he stumbles upon a villainous plot to steal Christmas and leaps at the chance to save the day.
- Culprits S1 (Dec. 8) - Streaming on Hulu: A disbanded heist crew faces a new, deadly challenge when a relentless killer starts hunting them down. The tension mounts as each member, including standout performances by Niamh Algar, Gemma Arterton, and Eddie Izzard, is forced to reckon with their past deeds and shaky alliances. This series masterfully combines elements of crime, suspense, and dark humor, creating a riveting narrative that keeps viewers guessing at every turn.
- Finestkind (Dec. 15) - Streaming on Paramount+: Two estranged brothers, each shaped by vastly different upbringings, find their paths converging over a tumultuous summer. Their story unfolds against the gritty and unforgiving world of commercial fishing. As they grapple with their complex past and uncertain future, a dangerous bargain with a ruthless Boston crime syndicate ensnares them. Amidst this high-stakes drama, a young woman becomes dangerously entangled in their plight. As tensions mount, the brothers face harrowing choices, testing the very limits of their bond and survival.
- Reacher (Dec. 15) - Streaming on Prime Video: In the upcoming season of the action-packed series, the formidable Jack Reacher finds himself embroiled in a new web of intrigue. This time, he's drawn into a complex case that challenges his unique skills and unyielding sense of justice. As Reacher navigates a treacherous path of deception and danger, he encounters a diverse cast of characters, each with their own hidden agendas. This season promises to deliver an adrenaline-fueled ride, combining intense action sequences with a deep, engaging storyline that keeps viewers on the edge of their seats.
- Dr. Death S2 (Dec. 21) - Streaming on Peacock: In the gripping second season, the story delves into the life of Paolo Macchiarini, a surgeon renowned for his pioneering techniques but plagued by controversy. The narrative weaves through the intricate layers of medical ethics, ambition, and fame, as viewers are introduced to a world where the lines between right and wrong are blurred. Starring Joshua Jackson and Mandy Moore, this season promises a compelling mix of drama and real-life intrigue, exploring the darker side of the medical world.
What a spectacular lineup to look forward to this December! Now that your watchlists are brimming with everything from heartwarming holiday specials to edge-of-your-seat thrillers, it's the perfect time to snuggle up and dive into a world of endless entertainment. So, grab that cozy blanket, pour yourself a hot apple cider, and let the streaming marathon begin!
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