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.
After a pretty blustering November, Netflix’s December releases are a little more quiet — but not without some big names. Marriage Story and The Two Popes debut on the platform this month, along with epic fantasy series The Witcher. A flurry of international titles and true crime documentaries also drop, along with mid-2000s kiddie cult classic Sharkboy and Lavagirl. And of course, who could forget the third installment in the Christmas Prince series?
Available Dec. 1
Dead Kids (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: A socially awkward teen bonds with a group of misfits who plot to take out the school’s arrogant rich kid — until their kidnapping scheme turns deadly.
A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish
The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl
Time to go down memory lane with the single most batshit movie of the 2000s. From Alita: Battle Angel director Robert Rodriguez, when he was fresh off his Spy Kids kick.
Austin Powers in Goldmember
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
Eastsiders: Season 4
Searching for Sugar Man
The Academy Award-winning documentary dives into the mysterious legacy of Sixto Rodriguez, a folk musician in the ’70s who disappeared from the public eye in the United States, but unknowingly fueled a whole counterculture movement in South Africa.
The Tribes of Palos Verdes
Available Dec. 2
Nightflyers: Season 1
Team Kaylie: Part 2 (Netflix Family)
From Netflix: Ready for more glitz, glam and grit? Kaylie and the Porcupines sharpen their skills for a new slate of action-packed shenanigans.
Available Dec. 3
Especial de Natal Porta dos Fundos: A Primeira Tentação de Cristo (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: Jesus, who’s hitting the big 3-0, brings a surprise guest to meet the family. A Christmas special so wrong, it must be from comedians Porta dos Fundos.
Tiffany Haddish: Black Mitzvah (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: She ready... to celebrate! Tiffany Haddish is getting in touch with her Jewish roots in her upcoming Netflix Original Comedy Special, Black Mitzvah, while she takes us on a revealing journey through her life. With her bold and barrier-breaking brand of comedy, Tiffany reflects on fame, receiving her “inheritance,” the valuable lessons you learn when raising yourself, that time she received a jumpsuit from the one and only...Beyoncé, her infamous New Year’s Eve set, and more. Tiffany Haddish: Black Mitzvah launches globally on Netflix on December 3, 2019. Mazel Tov! The special is executive produced by Haddish for She Ready Productions and Emmy nominated producers Wanda Sykes and Page Hurwitz for Push It Productions.
War on Everyone
Available Dec. 4
The Last O.G.: Season 2
Let’s Dance (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: After his crew breaks up, a gifted but insecure hip-hop dancer teaches at a top ballet school in Paris, where he falls for an aspiring ballerina.
Los Briceño (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: After an argument with her dad, a young woman from a family of macho truck drivers is kicked out of the home and must make her own success as a trucker.
Magic for Humans: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Hilarious and heartfelt, Justin Willman pulls out all the stops and props to amaze real people with playful tricks and showstopping magic routines.
Available Dec. 5
A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: Christmas brings the ultimate gift to Aldovia: a royal baby. But first, Queen Amber must help her family and kingdom by finding a missing peace treaty.
Apache: La vida de Carlos Tevez (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: This gritty dramatization of the life of Carlos Tevez shows his rise to soccer stardom amid the harrowing conditions in Argentina’s Fuerte Apache.
Greenleaf: Season 4
Home for Christmas (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Fed up with the constant comments on her relationship status, perpetually single Johanne starts a 24-day hunt for a partner to bring home for Christmas.
V Wars (Netflix Original)
Ian Somerhalder — who played a vampire in The Vampire Diaries — and Nikki Reed — who played a vampire in Twilight — now face off against vampires. Based on the comics by Jonathan Maberry and Alan Robinson.
Available Dec. 5
Astronomy Club: The Sketch Show (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Astronomy Club: The Sketch Show is a new 6-episode sketch series from Kenya Barris’ Khalabo Ink Society, launching on Netflix on December 6, 2019. The members of the eponymous group, who first formed in 2014 and built a following through live performance in New York, include Shawtane Bowen, Jonathan Braylock, Ray Cordova, James III, Caroline Martin, Jerah Milligan, Monique Moses, and Keisha Zollar. Sketches will explore an array of topics ranging from pop culture and social issues to the Black experience. Barris executive produces the series alongside showrunner Daniel Powell (Inside Amy Schumer, I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson) and Khalabo Ink Society’s Anni Weisband.
The Chosen One: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: The world pours into the once-closed Aguazul as the doctors circle back to the village, and a journalist promises to tell the Chosen One’s story.
The Confession Killer (Netflix Documentary)
From Netflix: Henry Lee Lucas was known as America’s most prolific serial killer. But will DNA results expose the biggest criminal justice hoax in U.S. history?
Fuller House: Season 5 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Jimmy and Steph bring their new baby home and dive headfirst into the world of parenting. But no worries: They’ve got a houseful of hands to help.
Glow Up (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Aspiring makeup artists apply themselves to celebrity looks, movie prosthetics and more in a colorful competition show hosted by Stacey Dooley.
Marriage Story (Netflix Film)
A heart wrenching look at a family in the midst of a divorce, Marriage Story stars Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson.
Spirit Riding Free: The Spirit of Christmas (Netflix Family)
From Netflix: Lucky and friends must figure out how to get home in time for Christmas when a falling boulder — and a serious snowstorm — derail their travel plans.
Teasing Master Takagi-san: Season 2 (Netflix Anime)
From Netflix: Now in his second year of middle school, Nishikata still tries to outplay Takagi, but continues to fail miserably at his quest to get even.
Three Days of Christmas (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Four sisters deal with family drama and secrets throughout three different time periods, all occurring on Christmas Day.
Triad Princess (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: After growing up in the shadow of her mafia-affiliated father, Angie defies his wishes and takes a gig as an undercover bodyguard for a famous actress.
Virgin River (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Searching for a fresh start, a nurse practitioner moves from LA to a remote northern California town and is surprised by what -- and who -- she finds.
Available Dec. 8
From Paris with Love
Available Dec. 9
A Family Reunion Christmas (Netflix Family)
From Netflix: M’Dear and her sisters struggle to keep their singing act together before a church Christmas pageant while Grandpa teaches the kids a valuable lesson.
It Comes at Night
Available Dec. 10
Michelle Wolf: Joke Show (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Comedian Michelle Wolf, wants to fight for women’s equality...but not in like that annoying way. In her upcoming Netflix comedy special, Michelle Wolf: Joke Show, the comedian dissects the differences between men and women, explores gender equality, explains why society should be a little “less” woke and more, all the while, constantly defying expectations. Michelle Wolf: Joke Show launches globally on Netflix on December 10, 2019.
Outlander: Season 3
Available Dec. 11
The Sky Is Pink
Available Dec. 12
Especial de Natal Porta dos Fundos (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: In this biblical “Hangover” spoof, the apostles awaken to find Jesus is missing and must piece together events of the previous night’s wild Last Supper.
Jack Whitehall: Christmas with my Father (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Jack Whitehall attempts to get his notoriously stodgy father into the holiday spirit in this comedy-variety Christmas extravaganza.
Available Dec. 13
6 Underground (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: Meet a new kind of action hero. Six untraceable agents, totally off the grid. They’ve buried their pasts so they can change the future. Ryan Reynolds stars in this gritty globe-trotting action adventure from director Michael Bay.
Available Dec. 15
A Family Man
Dil Dhadakne Do
Karthik Calling Karthik
Available Dec. 16
The Danish Girl
The Magicians: Season 4
Available Dec. 17
Ronny Chieng: Asian Comedian Destroys America! (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Comedian, The Daily Show Correspondent, and Crazy Rich Asians actor Ronny Chieng makes his Netflix comedy special debut in Asian Comedian Destroys America! Born in Malaysia and raised in Manchester, New Hampshire, Singapore, and Australia, Chieng shares his unapologetic perspective about his journey to America thus far. From evaluating the effects of consumerism to theorizing how efficient the U.S. would be with an Asian-American President, Chieng shares what he thinks really makes America great in Ronny Chieng: Asian Comedian Destroys America! when it launches globally on Netflix on December 17, 2019
Available Dec. 18
Don’t F**k With Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer (Netflix Documentary)
From Netflix: Cyber sleuths engage in a dangerous game of cat and mouse with a man who posts sadistic animal-abuse videos online — and then turns to murder.
Soundtrack (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: This romantic musical drama follows the love stories connecting an eclectic group of people in modern-day Los Angeles.
Available Dec. 19
After The Raid (Netflix Documentary)
From Netflix: A large immigration raid in a small Tennessee town leaves emotional fallout as well as far-reaching questions about justice, faith and humanity.
Ultraviolet: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Ola and her team of amateur sleuths continue to solve crimes — including one that hits close to home — as a new detective joins the force.
Twice Upon a Time (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Still reeling from a breakup, Vincent Dauda receives a package with mysterious properties that could give him a chance to win back his ex, Louise.
Available Dec. 20
The Two Popes (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: From Fernando Meirelles, the Academy Award-nominated director of City of God, and three-time Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Anthony McCarten, comes an intimate story of one of the most dramatic transitions of power in the last 2,000 years. Frustrated with the direction of the church, Cardinal Bergoglio (Jonathan Pryce) requests permission to retire in 2012 from Pope Benedict (Anthony Hopkins). Instead, facing scandal and self-doubt, the introspective Pope Benedict summons his harshest critic and future successor to Rome to reveal a secret that would shake the foundations of the Catholic Church. Behind Vatican walls, a struggle commences between both tradition and progress, guilt and forgiveness, as these two very different men confront their pasts in order to find common ground and forge a future for a billion followers around the world. Inspired by true events.
The Witcher (Netflix Original)
Henry Cavill stars as Geralt, the monster hunter from Andrzej Sapkowski’s hit fantasy series. The highly anticipated show will draw from the books, not the games, which means that Geralt only carries one sword, among other details.
Available Dec. 22
Private Practice: Season 1-6
Available Dec. 23
Transformers Rescue Bots Academy: Season 1
Available Dec. 24
CAROLE & TUESDAY: Part 2 (Netflix Anime)
From Netflix: Carole and Tuesday’s newfound attention brings with it new challenges. Angela considers them rivals, and the Mars music business isn’t easy.
Como caído del cielo (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: Legendary Mexican actor-singer Pedro Infante is sent back to Earth in an impersonator’s body to mend his womanizing ways and earn entrance into heaven.
Crash Landing on You (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: A paragliding mishap drops a South Korean heiress in North Korea — and into the life of an army officer, who decides he will help her hide.
John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Emmy Award Winning Comedian John Mulaney aims to recapture the magic of that bygone television era when children sang songs about their feelings with celebrity guests on funky outdoor sets. The result: John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch.
I’m John Mulaney and I am a 37 year old man. The Sack Lunch Bunch is a group of children ages 8-13 who are more talented than me. In this special, we are joined by celebrity guests like David Byrne, Tony Award Winner Andre De Shields, Natasha Lyonne, Annaleigh Ashford, Richard Kind, and Jake Gyllenhaal from the movie Zodiac. The result is a collage of Broadway caliber showstoppers, comedy sketches for all ages, meditations on the unknown from children and adults, and a papier mache volcano.It’s funny, musical, joyous, anxious, and surprisingly profound.
Lost in Space: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
There’s more danger — and adventure — ahead for the Robinson family! With the Jupiter 2 stranded on a mysterious ocean planet without their beloved Robot, the Robinsons must work together, alongside the mischievous and manipulative Dr. Smith and the always charming Don West, to make it back to the Resolute and reunite with the other colonists.
But they quickly find all is not as it seems. A series of incredible new threats and unexpected discoveries emerge as they look for the key to finding Robot and safe passage to Alpha Centauri. They will stop at nothing to keep their family safe ... survival is a Robinson specialty, after all.
TERRACE HOUSE: TOKYO 2019-2020: Part 2 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: As Kenji and Risako’s story reaches its conclusion, Ruka faces a choice. A new member opens the door to the house as life in Tokyo continues.
Available Dec. 25
Available Dec. 26
The App (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: While in Rome to shoot his first movie, actor and industrial heir Nick becomes obsessed with a dating app that sends him into a self-destructive spiral
Le Bazar de la Charité (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Amid a devastating fire in 1897 Paris, three women see their destinies turned upside down by identity theft, forbidden love, betrayal and emancipation.
Fast & Furious Spy Racers (Netflix Family)
From Netflix: Adventures abound as a group of teenagers infiltrates an elite racing league controlled by a nefarious organization bent on world domination.
You: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: The dark drama returns for its second season, with Joe now laying low and hiding from his ex in LA. Can he deal with his past and make a fresh start, this time with the right woman?
Available Dec. 27
The Gift (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: In an Anatolian ruin, an archaeologist finds a mysterious link to a young painter (Beren Saat), who embarks on a quest to uncover secrets in her past.
Kevin Hart: Don’t F**k This Up (Netflix Documentary)
From Netflix: In a new 6-part documentary-series Don’t F**k This Up, Kevin Hart gives unprecedented access to his life over the past year. Tapping into the trials and tribulations of what it means to be a father, a partner, a role-model, and a businessman, Hart reflects on the events that have shaped his life, making him into the person he is today. Viewers will get a behind-the-scenes look at Kevin’s day-to-day life as he deals with the fallout from the Oscar controversy, his marriage, and his growing career. The series includes interviews with Hart’s friends and family, rare archival footage from his childhood and early stand-up days, and personal anecdotes from the comic himself. Kevin Hart: Don’t F**k This Up launches globally on Netflix on December 27, 2019. The series is produced by Hartbeat Productions, Lionsgate, Makemake, 3 Arts Entertainment, and Magical Elves.
The Secret Life of Pets 2
Available Dec. 28
Hot Gimmick: Girl Meets Boy (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: After Hatsumi’s single-minded neighbor blackmails her into being his servant, they learn the real meaning of love and trust. Based on the hit manga.
Available Dec. 29
Available Dec. 30
Alexa & Katie: Season 3 (Netflix Family)
From Netflix: Alexa tries to put cancer behind her, but a new person in her life might make that especially hard, while Katie will need all the support she can get from her best friend. The teen series returns for Season 3.
The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.: Reawakened (Netflix Anime)
From Netflix: Kusuo and his gaggle of self-proclaimed friends are back for more psychic mishaps. If he didn’t have enough problems before, he’s got even more now.
Available Dec. 31
The Degenerates: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: The Netflix Original stand-up comedy series The Degenerates is back for season 2 with six new wild and unfiltered sets from - Adrienne Iapalucci, Donnell Rawlings, Jim Norton, Nikki Glaser, Ms. Pat, and Robert Kelly. Spend your New Years the right way when the second season launches globally on December 31.
Die Another Day
The Neighbor (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Javier, a 20-something struggling with adulthood and his girlfriend, unexpectedly becomes a superhero. Based on Santiago García and Pepo Pérez’s comic.
Tomorrow Never Dies
The World Is Not Enough
Yanxi Palace: Princess Adventures (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Determined to win the heart of a Mongolian prince, a Qing dynasty princess contends with palace intrigue and vendettas against her family.