Even with Netflix’s recommendation algorithm steadily serving you new movies, new TV shows and original programming tailored to your binging habits, the streaming service’s firehose of content makes what’s coming and going difficult to parse.
That’s why we break down each month’s additions with a spotlight on what to keep on your radar. Netflix’s own “new releases” category is an info dump. Consider us a picture-in-picture talking head, screaming recommendations at the screen.
Available Dec. 1
Battle (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: The right steps. The wrong attitude. But then she shares the dance floor with a new partner, and the rhythm of love takes over.
Bride of Chucky
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Crossroads: One Two Jaga (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: Immigrant laborers and corrupt police. In a world of desperation, doing the right thing isn’t just hard. It’s dangerous.
Friday After Next
The Guillermo Del Toro directed Hellboy features Ron Perlman as the demonic superhero and Selma Blair as the pyrokinetic Liz Sherman. If you’ve never seen this comic adaptation, check it out before the David Harbour-led reboot in April.
Man vs Wild with Sunny Leone: Season 1
Meet Joe Black
The eerie paranormal romance stars a young Brad Pitt as the personification of Death and asks some big questions about life and love. The movie was a notorious bomb, but having been considered over the years, has earned love for its methodical pace.
Memories of the Alhambra (Streaming Every Saturday) (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: While looking for the cryptic creator of an innovative augmented-reality game, an investment firm executive meets a woman who runs a hostel in Spain.
My Bloody Valentine
Shaun of the Dead
The Big Lebowski
If you haven’t seen the Coen Bros. neo-noir comedy since college, where it is regularly canonized as a “stoner masterpiece,” give it another spin — from the character quirks to the electric design work and every oddball turn of the screw, Lebowski’s perfect calibration remains underrated in the Coen filmography, where it’s dwarfed by No Country for Old Men and other “prestige” pictures. We can probably drop “stoner” and just call this one a masterpiece. (Also, go ahead and check out The Man Who Knew Too Little, added to give Netflix an extra Coen bump after the release of The Ballad of Buster Scruggs)
The Great British Baking Show: Masterclass: Season 5 Masterclasses
The Last Dragon
The Man Who Knew Too Little
Available Dec. 2
If you missed Yorgos Lanthimos’ melancholic, romantic parable about a man forced to find love under threat of being transformed into an animal (of his choosing, in fairness), get on that before catching writer-director’s new film, The Favourite, makes waves at the Oscars. Since Dogtooth, Lanthimos has found thrills in building worlds and capping his audience at the knees in unexpected ways. The Lobster is essentially two films in one, each half coming at love in a different way, and you won’t anticipate the revelations in either.
Available Dec. 3
Blue Planet II: Season 1
Hero Mask (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: After a rash of mysterious deaths, Crown prosecutor Sarah Sinclair and SSC agent James Blood discover a conspiracy surrounding uncanny new bio-masks.
The Sound of Your Heart: Reboot Season 2 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: As Ae-bong’s husband and father of an adorable baby daughter, Seok finds fresh inspiration from his new family and changing responsibilities.
Available Dec. 4
The South African sci-fi film put Neill Blomkamp on the map, and it holds up: It’s still a thrill to see Sharlto Copley’s Wikus blasts a path of redemption using alien lasers, and WETA’s special effects that bring alien Christopher Johnson to life continue to dazzle.
Available Dec. 6
Happy!: Season 1
Available Dec. 7
5 Star Christmas (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: Away from their spouses. Away from the paparazzi and nosy reporters. It’s a foolproof, Christmastime tryst — what could go wrong?
Bad Blood (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: This sprawling crime drama follows the true story of the Rizzuto family and its associates, who presided over organized crime in Montreal for decades.
Dogs of Berlin (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Two cops investigate the murder of a famous Turkish-German soccer player, but their ethnic and underworld connections mire the case in controversy.
Dumplin’ (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Dumplin’ (Danielle Macdonald) is the plus-size, teenage daughter of a former beauty queen (Jennifer Aniston), who signs up for her mom’s pageant as a protest that escalates when other contestants follow her footsteps, revolutionizing the pageant and their small Texas town.
Free Rein: The Twelve Neighs of Christmas (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: As Bright Fields preps for its Mistletoe Ball, a broken ornament leads Zoe to a family secret, while Gaby finds herself at the mercy of new boss Mia.
Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (Netflix Film)
Andy Serkis’ take on The Jungle Book finally found a home on Netflix. This darker, grittier take features the voices of Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett and Benedict Cumberbatch as the animals and The Americans star Matthew Rhys as Rudyard Kipling’s father, setting the fantastical tale to be somewhat reality-adjacent. We liked it, with a few reservations.
Nailed It! Holiday! (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: It’s the “Nailed It!” holiday special you’ve been waiting for, with missing ingredients, impossible asks and desserts that look delightfully sad.
Neo Yokio: Pink Christmas (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: The holidays take a hit as Kaz juggles the Secret Santa competition, his Aunt Angelique’s visit and his nemesis Arcangelo’s Christmas plotting.
Pine Gap (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: At top-secret U.S.-Australian joint defense facility Pine Gap, fissures appear in the critical alliance as spies work with, and against, each other.
ReMastered: Who Killed Jam Master Jay? (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: As a groundbreaking ‘80s rap act, Run-D.M.C. brought hip-hop to the mainstream. But the murder of the group’s DJ, Jam Master Jay, remains a mystery.
Super Monsters and the Wish Star (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Deck the halls with holiday magic and get ready for a fun, festive time. It’s a gift from the Super Monsters ... to you!
The American Meme (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Follow four social media disruptors — Paris Hilton, Josh Ostrovsky, Brittany Furlan and Kirill Bichutsky — as they hustle to create online empires.
The Hook Up Plan (Plan Coeur) (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: When Parisian Elsa gets hung up on her ex, her best friends secretly hire a male escort to help her move on. But their plan works a little too well.
The Ranch: Part 6 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Colt confronts the challenges of running a ranch as he and Abby get ready to become parents. And a second new arrival keeps the Bennetts on their toes.
Available Dec. 9
Sin senos sí hay paraíso: Season 3
Available Dec. 10
Michael Jackson’s This Is It
Available Dec. 11
Vir Das: Losing It (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: In a new stand-up special, comedian Vir Das touches on world travel, religion, his desire to be an Indian superhero and more.
Available Dec. 12
Back Street Girls: Gokudols (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: To pay for an epic blunder, three yakuza brothers are forced to alter their bodies, form a girl group and break into the underground J-Pop idol scene.
Out of Many, One (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: As they prepare for their naturalization tests, several legal immigrants discuss what drove them to seek better opportunities in America.
Available Dec. 13
Wanted: Season 3 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: A witness protection deal lands Lola in Adelaide, where a murder sends her and Chelsea on the run through South Australia in search of a missing woman.
Available Dec. 14
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: A Midwinter’s Tale (Netflix Original)
Everyone’s favorite teenage witch gets a winter special, as she and her magical family celebrate the Winter Solistice, while her mortal friends continue on celebrating the regular holidays. Praise Santa, indeed.
Cuckoo: Season 4 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Hoping to build a career for himself, Dale gives hospitality a try, while lawyer Ken copes badly with some professional issues of his own in Season 4.
Dance & Sing with True: Songs (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: True and her friends are making music — and they want you to dance and sing along. So cut loose, silly goose! These fun beats are totally sweet.
Fuller House: Season 4 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: The Tanner-Fuller-Gibblers are back with big laughs. DJ and Steve rekindle their flame — and a new member of the family is on the way!
Inside the Real Narcos (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Special Forces soldier Jason Fox embeds himself with drug cartels in Mexico, Colombia and Peru to understand the people involved and how they operate.
Inside the World’s Toughest Prisons: Season 3 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Investigative journalist Raphael Rowe, who was once wrongfully convicted of murder, visits prisons in Colombia, Costa Rica, Romania and Norway.
Prince of Peoria: A Christmas Moose Miracle (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Teddy’s never missed the Festival of Lights, but the bowling alley’s been snowed in! Not to worry — Emil insists the Christmas moose will save the day.
ROMA (Netflix Film)
Netflix’s golden contender in the Oscar race, the latest film from Alfonso Cuarón follows a year in the life of a family in Mexico City. It’s getting a limited theatrical release in late November, then expanding to more cities during the beginning of December before hitting the platform.
Sunderland Til I Die (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: This docuseries follows English soccer club Sunderland through the 2017-18 season as they try to bounce back after relegation from the Premier League.
The Fix (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Comedians Jimmy Carr, D.L. Hughley and Katherine Ryan tackle the world’s woes with help from a rotating crew of funny guests and actual experts.
The Innocent Man (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Based on the true crime best-seller by John Grisham, the six-part documentary series The Innocent Man focuses on two murders that shook the small town of Ada, Oklahoma, in the 1980s — and the controversial chain of events that followed.
The Protector (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Discovering his ties to a secret ancient order, a young man living in modern Istanbul embarks on a quest to save the city from an immortal enemy.
Tidelands (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Ex-con Cal McTeer’s return to her hometown Orphelin Bay blows the lid off a generations-long conspiracy of silence around murder, drugs and sirens.
Travelers: Season 3 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: With the truth about their existence exposed to the world, MacLaren and his team must cover their tracks, partner with the FBI, and find Traveler 001.
Voltron: Legendary Defender: Season 8 (Netflix Original)
After a divisive seventh season, the band of galactic heroes returns to defend the universe. Will the fandom survive?
Available Dec. 16
Kill the Messenger
Springsteen on Broadway (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: In this acclaimed show based on his best-selling autobiography, Bruce Springsteen performs acoustic versions of his music and shares personal stories.
The Theory of Everything
Available Dec. 18
Baki (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: While martial arts champion Baki Hanma trains hard to surpass his legendary father, five violent death row inmates descend upon Tokyo to take him on.
Ellen DeGeneres: Relatable (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Ellen DeGeneres is “Relatable” in her debut Netflix original comedy special premiering December 18. Filmed at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall, Relatable marks Ellen’s return to stand-up after a 15-year hiatus.
Terrace House: Opening New Doors: Part 5 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Takayuki and Aya keep going on dates, but Takayuki’s heart may be set on someone else. New member Shunsuke begins a journey of self-discovery.
Available Dec. 21
3Below: Tales of Arcadia (Netflix Original)
From Guillermo Del Toro, this latest animated series joins Trollhunters in the Tales of Arcadia canon. Two royal teenage aliens struggle to blend in with humans after their spaceship crash lands.
7 Days Out (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: 7 Days Out offers an intimate look at the excitement and drama of the seven days leading up to the most significant historical and cultural events in the worlds of fashion, food, space, sports, and entertainment. From Karl Lagerfeld preparing for the latest Chanel Haute Couture collection, to NASA’s groundbreaking Cassini mission, 7 Days Out delivers unprecedented, behind-the-scenes access as we countdown the most exciting events in the world. The series comes from the acclaimed director of First Monday in May, Andrew Rossi, from Andrew Fried and Dane Lillegard, Executive Producers of Chef’s Table and Last Chance U, and Executive Producer Joe Zee.
Back With the Ex (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: After years apart, four singles will reunite with the exes they just couldn’t forget. But will their past loves feel the same way about them?
Bad Seeds (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: Troubled by his past, a scam artist who runs a petty racket with his adoptive mom finds redemption while mentoring a group of difficult students.
Bird Box (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: Five years after a wave of mass suicides decimates the population, a woman and her two children embark on a desperate, dangerous quest for sanctuary.
Derry Girls (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Set against the backdrop of the Northern Ireland Troubles, this comic series follows a group of friends as they navigate their teens in the early 1990s.
Diablero (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: A supernatural fight between good and evil unfolds on the colorful streets of Mexico when a priest enlists the help of a crew led by a legendary demon hunter.
Greenleaf: Season 3
LAST HOPE: Part 2 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: The Pandora team continues to endure a barrage of setbacks that threaten the city, while a vengeful Mr. Gold awaits his chance to enact revenge.
Perfume (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: A perfumer with a superhuman sense of smell begins killing female students at a boarding school to distill their essence and create the perfect scent.
Sirius the Jaeger (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: In imperial Tokyo, a group calling themselves “Jaegers” secretly hunt the vampires seeking the Ark of Sirius. Among them is young werewolf, Yuliy.
Struggle: The Life and Lost Art of Szukalski (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: Underground artists in L.A. discover the work of a forgotten Polish sculptor, a mad genius whose true story unfolds chapter by astounding chapter.
Tales by Light: Season 3 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Season 3 follows a trio of image-makers on voyages of discovery into neighborhoods of India, the reefs of Indonesia, and the backcountry of Australia.
The Casketeers (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: A docuseries about the wife-and-husband team at Waitakere Funeral Services, as they work with grieving families in an insightful and emotional way.
Wolf (BÖRÜ) (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Tasked with risky operations across Turkey, members of a special security unit confront danger and tragedy both on the field and at home.
Available Dec. 24
Hi Score Girl (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: A chronic gamer abysmally inept in academics and sports finally meets his match at his usual shady arcade — and it’s his rich classmate, Akira.
The Magicians: Season 3
Available Dec. 25
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown: Season 11
Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War
Available Dec. 26
Alexa & Katie: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: For best friends Alexa and Katie, sophomore year brings budding romance, a major breakup, a birthday milestone — and big lessons they’ll never forget.
Available Dec. 28
Instant Hotel (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Teams of Australian homeowners compete for the title of best Instant Hotel by staying overnight in each other’s rentals and rating their experience.
La noche de 12 años (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: Three political prisoners, including future president of Uruguay José Mujica, are held in clandestine captivity by Uruguay’s military dictatorship.
Selection Day (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Between an overbearing father and an underhanded system, a cricket prodigy and his brother grapple with their own ambitions, demons and identities.
When Angels Sleep (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: A businessman falls asleep at the wheel and hits a woman with his car. His interactions with her frightened friend unleash a string of dark events.
Yummy Mummies (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Follow four young mothers with enviable lifestyles throughout their pregnancies, as they delve into a chaotic new reality with newborn babies.
Available Dec. 30
The Autopsy of Jane Doe
Available Dec. 31
The Bill Murray Stories: Life Lessons Learned From a Mythical Man
Coming in December
Watership Down: Limited Series (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: A warren of rabbits battles many threats on their daring journey to find a new home in this adaptation of the classic novel by Richard Adams.