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The best TV shows, documentaries and films coming to Netflix in December

If it’s a blockbuster movie with Hollywood cast, then Netflix is the place to go come Christmas Eve.

Meryl Streep, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Timothée Chalamet, Jonah Hill, Chris Evans and Ariana Grande are just a few of the recognisable stars who have been cast in Don’t Look Up, a new comedy from Adam McKay (The Big Short) about a pair of astronomers who try to warn the world about an impending deadly meteor to no avail.

Another major Hollywood actor appearing in a Netflix movie in December is Sandra Bullock, who plays Ruth Slater, a woman just released from prison in The Unforgivable. Struggling against a world that refuses to forgive her, Ruth sets out to find her estranged sister.

As for TV series, I’m most excited for Selling Tampa, a surprise spin-off of the the seriously popular reality series Selling Sunset, which released it’s fourth season in November. There’s also the final instalment of Spanish thriller Money Heist, which comes to an explosive end after five nail-biting seasons.

But it’s the second season of Emily in Paris that viewers will either be looking forward to or dreading. The first batch of episodes caused a stir around the world (particularly when it was nominated for a Golden Globe), but I quite liked it’s campy, silly outlook.

Here are all the best series, documentaries, films and family shows to look out for this December:

Series

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure series 5 Original (1 December)

Multiple generations of the Joestar family – all with the same nickname – confront supernatural villains through a series of time periods.

Lost in Space series 3 Original (1 December)

After crash-landing on an alien planet, the Robinson family fights against all odds to survive and escape. But they’re surrounded by hidden dangers.

Lost in Space (Photo: Netflix)

This Way Up (1 December)

With the help of her sister, a witty young English teacher tries to make sense of her life after a short stay in a mental health facility.

The Coyotes Original (2 December)

A close group of summer campers finds diamonds in the woods, setting off a wild ordeal that tests their friendship – and puts their lives in danger.

#ABTalks (2 December)

In this YouTube show, Emirati entrepreneur and interviewer Anas Bukhash hosts candid one-on-ones with various A-listers, leading to daring revelations.

Rain or Shine (2 December)

Two survivors of a building collapse discover support and love in each other as they overcome the pain of loss and reconstruct a hopeful future.

Coming Out Colton Original (3 December)

Former professional football player and star of The Bachelor Colton Underwood embarks on a journey of self-discovery coming out as a gay man, including addressing his past and embracing his place in the LGBTQ+ community.

Money Heist series 5b Original (3 December)

Eight thieves take hostages and lock themselves in the Royal Mint of Spain as a criminal mastermind manipulates the police to carry out his plan.

Our Beloved Summer Original (6 December)

Years after filming a viral documentary in high school, two bickering ex-lovers get pulled back in front of the camera – and into each other’s lives.

How To Ruin Christmas (Photo: Mosa Hlophe/Netflix)

Titans series 3 Original (8 December)

After striking out on his own, Batman’s former partner Dick Grayson encounters a number of troubled young heroes in desperate need of a mentor.

Shaman King Original (9 December)

Medium Yoh Asakura enters a battle tournament held every 500 years, competing with other shamans in a bid to become the all-powerful Shaman King.

The Family That Sings Together: The Camargos Original (9 December)

Surrounded by family and friends, Zezé Di Camargo and daughter Wanessa spend time together and collaborate creatively in this exclusive reality series.

Aranyak Original (10 December)

Political ploys, personal agendas and a beastly myth all surface as two mismatched hill station cops navigate a web of suspects after a puzzling murder.

How To Ruin Christmas series 2 Original (10 December)

Prodigal daughter Tumi tries to make things right after completely ruining what should have been her sister’s picture-perfect Christmas wedding.

Saturday Morning All Star Hits! Original (10 December)

Wildly irreverent and slightly disturbing, this adult animation, live-action hybrid celebrates the campy, Saturday-morning shows of the 80s and 90s.

Twentysomethings: Austin Original (10 December)

In this coming-of-age reality series set in Austin, Texas, twentysomethings navigate love and friendship and start a new adventure: life.

Twentysomethings: Austin (Photo: Jabari Jacobs/Netflix)

Glow Up series 2 (10 December)

In this competition show, aspiring makeup artists navigate colorful challenges to win a career-making opportunity in the beauty industry.

The Hungry and the Hairy Original (11 December)

On the motorbike road trip of their dreams, buddies Rain and Ro Hong-chul relax and unwind as they delight in tasty eats and scenic locales around Korea.

Bonus Family series 4 Original (14 December)

A new couple, their exes and their children navigate the emotional challenges and tricky logistics of blended family life in this Swedish dramedy.

The Future Diary Original (14 December)

In this reality series, complete strangers meet and receive a diary holding the script to their very own love story. Will true romance follow?

Selling Tampa Original (15 December)

The agents at the all-female, black-owned Allure Realty mix business with fun as they rule the waterfront of a hot Tampa luxury real estate market.

Elite Short Stories: Phillipe Caye Felipe Original (15 December)

Just as Cayetana is trying to get over her ex-boyfriend with the help of her new friend Felipe, the prince reappears in her life.

Superstore series 6 (15 December)

At a big-box megastore in St Louis, a group of employees with larger-than-life personalities put up with customers, day-to-day duties and each other.

Selling Tampa (Photo: Netflix)

Aggretsuko series 4 Original (16 December)

Frustrated with her thankless office job, Retsuko the Red Panda copes with her daily struggles by belting out death metal karaoke after work.

The Salisbury Poisonings (16 December)

The Novichok poisoning of Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter sends ripples through Salisbury and the lives of its townsfolk.

Decoupled Original (17 December)

A misanthropic writer and his startup-founder wife juggle their impending divorce with the absurdities and annoyances of life in their affluent world.

The Witcher series 2 Original (17 December)

Geralt of Rivia, a mutated monster-hunter for hire, journeys toward his destiny in a turbulent world where people often prove more wicked than beasts.

Elite Short Stories: Samuel Omar Original (20 December)

When Samuel is threatened with eviction from his childhood home, Omar proposes an alluring idea to raise money.

Emily in Paris series 2 Original (22 December)

After landing her dream job in Paris, Chicago marketing exec Emily Cooper embraces her adventurous new life while juggling work, friends and romance.

Minnal Murali Original (24 December)

A tailor gains special powers after being struck by lightning, but must take down an unexpected foe if he is to become the superhero his hometown needs.

The Witcher (Photo: Jay Maidment/Netflix)

Stories of a Generation with Pope Francis Original (25 December)

In candid and heartwarming stories, inspiring women and men over 70 share poignant life lessons and pivotal choices from their remarkable journeys.

Kitz Original (30 December)

A year after the tragic death of her brother, 19-year-old Lisi from Kitzbühel enters the decadent world of a Munich clique that comes to the luxury ski resort to celebrate every season. But soon the truth behind the facade full of glamor, money and hedonism is revealed – with uncontrollable consequences.

Cora Kai series 4 Original (31 December)

Decades after the tournament that changed their lives, the rivalry between Johnny and Daniel reignites in this sequel to the Karate Kid films.

Stay Close Original (31 December)

The lives of a photojournalist, a soccer mum and a homicide detective are disturbed by a terrible event from the past.

Queer Eye season 6 Original (31 December)

This season, Queer Eye’s fearless ambassadors head to the Lone Star state with a homebase in Austin, Texas. Watch as they work their life-changing magic yet again and transform the lives of deserving Texans.

Documentaries

I Am Belmaya (1 December)

In this documentary, a young Dalit woman in Nepal studies filmmaking to take charge of her life and stand up to her oppressors.

Emily in Paris (Photo: Stéphanie Branchu/Netflix)

Exploring the Snow – The Final Volume (3 December)

This documentary follows a group of passionate snowmobilers to Romania, Colorado and Sweden as they search for intense new terrain.

Kilimanjaro: Going for Broke (3 December)

Four experienced mountain climbers who have become disabled challenge themselves on an arduous route to the summit of Africa’s tallest peak.

King George VI: The Man Behind the King’s Speech (3 December)

This well-researched documentary provides historical background for the fascinating story behind the Oscar-winning drama The King’s Speech.

Meltdown: In The Shadow of Nepal’s Lost Glaciers (3 December)

This documentary follows an expedition taken by the United Nations to observe the increasingly rapid glacial melt forming at the base of the Himalayas.

Princes of the Palace (3 December)

Royal biographers detail the lives and legacies of Britain’s princes, from Prince Philip to young Prince George.

Reggae in a Babylon (3 December)

Documentary filmmaker Wolfgang Büld turns his cameras on the reggae music movement that blossomed in England in the 70s, a thriving scene born of the union between Jamaican music and spirituality and the rebellious spirit of the times.

Women in Rock (3 December)

Featuring the Slits, LiLiPUT, Siouxsie, Nina Hagen and Girlschool, this documentary tells the story of 80s punk with a female perspective.

Stay Close (Photo: Vishal Sharma/Netflix)

Voir Original (6 December)

Film lovers examine the cinematic moments that thrilled, perplexed, challenged and forever changed them in this collection of visual essays.

The Yukon Assignment (10 December)

This documentary follows two explorers on a father-son adventure as they canoe through the Canadian wilderness and depend on each other for survival.

Puff: Wonders of the Reef Original (16 December)

A baby pufferfish travels through a wondrous microworld full of fantastical creatures as he searches for a home on the Great Barrier Reef.

5 Seconds of Summer: So Perfect (17 December)

These four Aussies aren’t your normal boy band. This documentary follows the rise of pop punk rockers 5 Seconds of Summer and their wild life on tour.

Crime Scene: The Times Square Killer Original (29 December)

This true crime series will look at the danger and depravity of the titular part of New York City in the late 1970s and early 1980s and how that made it possible for one man to torture and murder sex workers in that area.

Stand-up comedy

Nicole Byer: BBW (Big Beautiful Weirdo) Original (7 December)

Karens gone wild. Cat funerals. Trying to hook up during lockdown. Nicole Byer gets delightfully down and dirty in her first Netflix comedy special.

Carolin Kebekus: The Last Christmas Special (Photo: Netflix)

Carolin Kebekus: The Last Christmas Special Original (8 December)

Carolin Kebekus unpacks the many headaches of the Christmas season, from intense hangovers to the agony of Advent calendars to a big gift-giving gap.

Rusell Howard: Lubricant Original (14 December)

This two-part special features comic Russell Howard’s delayed-yet-delighted return to the stage and a look at his life during an unexpected lockdown.

Jimmy Carr: His Dark Material Original (25 December)

Jimmy Carr finds humor in the darkest of places in this stand-up special that features his dry, sardonic wit – and some jokes he calls “career enders”.

Films

Green Snake Original (1 December)

While trying to free her sister from Fahai’s clutches, Xiao Qing winds up in a dystopian city and meets a mysterious man who can’t recall his past life.

The Power of the Dog Original (1 December)

A domineering but charismatic rancher wages a war of intimidation on his brother’s new wife and her teen son – until long-hidden secrets come to light.

Constantine (1 December)

A private detective with a taste for the supernatural investigates an apparent suicide in this thriller based on the comic book Hellblazer.

The Power of the Dog (Photo: Kirsty Griffin/Cross City Films Limited/Netflix)

Executive Decision (1 December)

When terrorists hijack a 747 and turn it into a nerve gas bomb aimed at Washington, DC, commandos use an experimental plane to try to stop them.

The End of the Journey (1 December)

A 40-year-old mother struggles to deal with the anxiety of growing older after her eldest daughter moves out and the youngest distances herself.

Switch (1 December)

Thieves, cops, organised criminals and rollerblading assassins fight tooth and nail around the world for a valuable ancient painting.

The Cleanse (1 December)

A dejected man in need of joy joins a retreat where a juice cleanse turns inner demons into a tangible reality. Warning: side effects will vary.

The Whole Nine Yards (1 December)

An unhappily married dentist becomes mixed up with mobsters and murder plots when he discovers that a notorious hit man has moved in next door.

Tokyo Godfathers (1 December)

After finding an abandoned baby on Christmas Eve, three homeless people go in search of the child’s parents, meeting a host of oddballs along the way.

Villain (1 December)

Fresh out of prison, an ex-con tries to save his debt-ridden brother and the family pub until local mobsters draw him back to a criminal underworld.

Single All The Way (Photo: Philippe Bosse/Netflix)

Single All The Way Original (2 December)

Peter asks his best friend to pose as his boyfriend on a Christmas visit home, but their plan – and feelings – change when his family plays matchmaker.

The Whole Truth Original (2 December)

When two siblings stumble on a strange hole in the wall of their grandparents’ house, horrifying incidents reveal sinister secrets about their family.

Cobalt Blue Original (3 December)

When an aspiring author and his free-spirited sister both fall for the enigmatic paying guest at their home, ensuing events rock their traditional family.

Black Ice (3 December)

A car-enthusiast schoolgirl and a troubled speed racer engage in a tortured romance that results in tragedy and soul-searching.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters (3 December)

When rogue scientists set out to reset the balance of humanity by awakening the world’s monsters, Godzilla must rise to fend off these chaotic titans.

Shorta (3 December)

While on routine patrol, two officers wind up trapped in the concrete jungle of a housing estate amid a riot triggered by police violence.

Sea of Lies (3 December)

A sailing trip turns into a nightmare for an unfaithful couple who are trying to save their marriage when they encounter another couple out at sea.

The Unforgivable (Photo: Kimberley French/Netflix)

True North (4 December)

While wrongfully imprisoned in a labor camp, a young boy from Pyongyang faces daily atrocities that test his belief in the innate goodness of others.

Asakusa Kid Original (9 December)

Before he hit it big, Takeshi Kitano got his start apprenticing with comedy legend Fukami of Asakusa. But as his star rises, his mentor’s declines.

Anonymously Yours Original (10 December

After an accidental text message turns into a digital friendship, Vale and Alex start crushing on each other without realising they’ve met in real life.

Still Out of My League Original (10 December)

After breaking up with her dreamboat, Marta finds love with an artist. But life throws a few twists into the mix for the ailing woman and her friends.

The Unforgivable Original (10 December)

Released from prison into a society that won’t forgive her, a woman convicted of murder searches for the little sister she was forced to leave behind.

Two Original (10 December)

Two strangers awaken to discover their abdomens have been sewn together, and are further shocked when they learn who’s behind their horrifying ordeal.

A Dozen Summers (10 December)

Twelve-year-old twin sisters hijack a children’s movie to tell their own story, where they battle bullies, go on bad dates and set their dad up.

The Hand of God (Photo: Gianni Fiorito/Netflix)

Between Two Women (10 December)

A working-class mother in Northern England struggles mightily with her feelings for her 10-year-old son’s exuberant female teacher.

Blue Lips (10 December)

The lives of six people from disparate cities converge at the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona, as each struggles to overcome a personal crisis.

Candlelight in Algeria (10 December)

In Algeria during World War II, an American sculptor encounters a British agent and becomes entangled in espionage.

Cleft Lip (10 December)

The Greek tragedy of Oedipus gets a contemporary spin with this drama about a brooding young executive who learns a shocking truth about his wife.

Cradle of Fear (10 December)

Even though child killer Kemper is locked up in an asylum, he finds a way to continue his bloody spree through his devoted servant, who’s eager to exact vengeance on those who put away his master.

Seberg (10 December)

In 1960s LA, actor Jean Seberg becomes the target of an FBI investigation as a result of her support for the Black Panthers. Based on a true story.

The Enemies (10 December)

A Belgian boy, a wounded American soldier and a German prisoner form an unlikely friendship as they fight to survive the Battle of the Bulge.

Grumpy Christmas (Photo: Netflix)

A Raven on the Jetty (10 December)

A troubled young boy visits his estranged father in the Lake District and becomes fascinated with the death and decay in the landscape around him.

The Steal (10 December)

In this comic thriller, a lawyer and a hacker set out to get revenge on a developer that cheated the residents of an island out of their land.

While Aya Was Sleeping (10 December)

After his seven-year-old daughter falls asleep in the theatre one night, an actor learns he’s getting replaced by a TV star and picks a fight.

Bad Boys For Life (11 December)

Even bad boys grow up, and Miami cop Marcus is ready for his well-deserved retirement – until partner Mike is targeted by a cutthroat drug cartel.

Countdown (14 December)

When a nurse downloads an app that predicts the user’s exact time of death, she discovers she has three days to beat the clock and change her fate.

The Hand of God Original (15 December)

In 1980s Naples, young Fabietto pursues his love for football as family tragedy strikes, shaping his uncertain but promising future as a filmmaker.

Sparkle (15 December)

When three Detroit sisters rise to fame as a Motown girl group in the 1960s, their sudden success creates conflict that rips their lives apart.

The Lost Daughter (Photo: Yannis Drakoulidis/Netflix)

Warriors of Heaven and Earth (15 December)

Lieutenant Li has abandoned his post within the Middle Kingdom’s Imperial army, and the government has assigned the Japanese fighter Lai Qi to bring him back or kill him once and for all.

A California Christmas: City Lights Original (16 December)

A year after their romance took root, Callie and Joseph are leaving the ranch for family business in San Francisco – with wedding bells on the horizon.

Grumpy Christmas Original (21 December)

A family trip to the beach turns crazy when Servando and Alicia, Alma’s willful aunt, start an over-the-top competition to control Christmas.

1,000 Miles from Christmas Original (24 December)

An auditor who completely despises Christmas is sent to a small town for work, where he meets a woman determined to change his view about the holiday.

Don’t Look Up Original (24 December)

Two astronomers go on a media tour to warn humankind of a planet-killing comet hurtling toward Earth. The response from a distracted world: Meh.

The Lost Daughter Original (31 December)

A woman’s quiet seaside vacation takes an unsettling turn when her fixation on a young mother staying at a nearby villa awakens memories from her past.

Family

Kayko & Kokosh Original (1 December)

Two Slavic warriors do everything in their power to defend the village of Mirmiłowo from the evil order of Knaveknights.

Mixtape (Photo: Jake Giles Netter/Netflix

Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous series 4 Original (3 December)

After waiting his whole life to see dinosaurs, lucky Darius wins the chance to join five other campers on Isla Nublar for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

Mixtape Original (3 December)

In 1999, 12-year-old Beverly discovers a broken mixtape made by her late parents. She sets out to find the songs – and learn more about her mum and dad.

Barbie & Chelsea: The Lost Birthday (3 December)

When Barbie’s sister Chelsea thinks her birthday has been skipped, she hunts for a magic gem on a jungle island that will grant her wish to get it back.

David and the Elves Original (6 December)

A jaded, overworked elf runs off to the real world where he tries to experience the magic of Christmas with the help of a newly befriended young boy.

Centaurworld series 2 Original (7 December)

On a quest to reunite with her trusty rider, a fearless war horse journeys through a whimsical world filled with magic, adventure and singing centaurs.

Back to the Outback (Photo: Netflix)

Go, Dog. Go! series 2 Original (7 December)

Handy and inventive pup Tag chases adventure with her best pal, Scooch, solving problems and helping the citizens of Pawston along the way.

Back to the Outback Original (10 December)

They might look dangerous, but these wildly misunderstood creatures have hearts of gold – and they’re breaking out of captivity on a quest to find home.

StarBeam: Beaming in the New Year Original (14 December)

Summersette’s biggest baddies join forces on New Year’s Eve to battle Zoey and the Beam Team. But cool cousin Zara powers up to help save the day.

Fast & Furious Spy Racers series 6 Original (17 December)

A government agency recruits teen driver Tony Toretto and his thrill-seeking friends to infiltrate a criminal street racing circuit as undercover spies.

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