All the movies and TV shows hitting Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime in December 2020

Highlights include the first season of a Boston police drama.

Kevin Bacon as Jackie Rohr and Aldis Hodge as Decourcy Ward in "City on a Hill." Claire Folger/SHOWTIME

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As the days get shorter and the weather gets colder, December is shaping up to be a month filled with movies and TV shows. While movie theaters continue to showcase new releases, most blockbusters and Oscar hopefuls are moving to streaming platforms or waiting until 2021.

Thankfully, December looks like another great month for streaming, as Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime will bring plenty of new releases, including plenty of holiday movies and specials.

Here’s the full list of new movies and TV shows arriving on the three platforms in December, as well as our must-watch picks from each company.



Top Pick: “Sunshine”

In the future, the sun’s power is slowly fading, spelling an end to life in our solar system. Humanity’s last hope is to send a group of scientists — played by the likes of Cillian Murphy (“Batman Begins”), Rose Byrne (“Bridesmaids”), and Sudbury native Chris Evans (“Captain America”) — to drop a nuclear bomb into the sun’s core in an attempt to restart it. It may sound like an absurd sequel to “Armageddon,” but Danny Boyle’s heady sci-fi/thriller is much more than that, owing more of its cerebral DNA to the likes of “Solaris” and “2001: A Space Odyssey.” Evans is understated but effective in this pre-Marvel performance, and with daylight hours dwindling, Boyle’s absolutely gorgeous solar visuals will cast a warming glow in your living room.

Dec. 1
30 Days of Night (2007)
50 First Dates (2004)
About Last Night (1986)
Angels & Demons (2009)
Any Given Sunday (1999)
Black Dynamite (2009)
Body of Evidence (1993)
Cake (2006)
Charlotte’s Web (1973)
Cliffhanger (1993)
Con Air (1997)
Diary Of A Mad Black Woman (2005)
Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist (2005)
Dr. No (1962)
Dragonball: Evolution (2009)
Euphoria (2018)
Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties (2006)
Goldeneye (1995)
Goldfinger (1964)
Hemingway’s Garden of Eden (2010)
Here On Earth (1999)
Hot Air (2019)
Into the Blue (2005)
Love Potion No. 9 (1992)
Our Family Wedding (2009)
Sands of Iwo Jima (1950)
Shrink (2009)
Sleeping with the Enemy (1991)
Southside With You (2016)
Strategic Air Command (1955)
Sunshine (2007)
The 6th Day (2000)
The Chumscrubber (2005)
The Client (1994)
The Color of Money (1986)
The Da Vinci Code (2006)
The Fifth Element (1997)
The Hand that Rocks the Cradle (1992)
The Hulk (2003)
The Hurt Locker (2009)
The January Man (1989)
The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring (2001)
The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King (2003)
The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
The Mummy: Tomb of The Dragon Emperor (2008)
The November Man (2014)
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
The Young Victoria (2009)
True Confessions (1981)
Two Weeks (2006)
Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)
Why Did I Get Married? (2007)


Dec. 4
She Dies Tomorrow (2020)

Dec. 5
Black Ops (2020)
God’s Own Country (2017)
It Had To Be You (2015)
Mr. Jones (2020)
Waiting For The Barbarians (2020)

Dec. 6
How To Fake A War (2019)
The Secret Garden (2020)

Dec. 7
Valley Girl (2020)

Dec. 8
The Fairy Princess and the Unicorn (2020)

Dec. 10
Out Stealing Horses (2019)

Dec. 11
Rent-A-Pal (2020)
Spy Cat (2020)

Dec. 12
Endless (2020)

Dec. 15
Dirt Music (2019)
Hitman: Agent 47 (2015)

Dec. 16
Amy Winehouse: A Final Goodbye (2016)

Dec. 18
The Hero (2017)

Dec. 22
You Cannot Kill David Arquette (2020)

Dec. 23
Someone Marry Barry (2014)
The Little Hours (2017)

Dec. 25
Soldiers of Fortune (2012)

Dec. 27
American Animals (2018)

Dec. 28
Hope Gap (2020)
Our Idiot Brother (2011)

Dec. 31
Bayou Caviar (2018)
Supervized (2019)

TV Shows/Specials

Top TV pick: “Letterkenny” (Season 9)

As “Schitt’s Creek” proved with its record-setting Emmys sweep earlier this year, some of the best current TV comedies are Canadian imports. “Letterkenny” follows the trials and tribulations of a rural Canadian town of the same name. The series leads — farm stand operators Wayne and Katy — are amusing in their own right, but it’s the town’s broad tapestry of oddball cliques — from the out-of-town hockey players to the rebellious “skids” — that make the show binge-worthy.

Dec. 1
CMA Country Christmas: Special
Disney Holiday Singalong: Special
Lupin the 3rd Part 5: Complete Season 1

Dec. 4
The Hardy Boys: Complete Season 1
Brassic: Complete Season 2
Deutschland 89: Complete Season 1
My Hero Academia: Complete Season 4

Dec. 8
Nurses: Series Premiere

Dec. 10
Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch Musical!

Dec. 11
Madagascar: A Little Wild: Complete Season 2

Dec. 21
NOS4A2: Complete Season 2

Dec. 26
Letterkenny: Complete Season 9



Top pick: “MANK”

Over the last decade, having David Fincher direct your movie is one of the best bets at landing an Oscar nomination, as he’s proven with the likes of “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “The Social Network,” and “Gone Girl.” That’s what Netflix is gunning for with “MANK,” which stars Gary Oldman (“Batman Begins”) as “Citizen Kane” screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz as he struggles with Orson Welles to create what’s generally regarded as the greatest American film of all time. A must-see for film history buffs and an enjoyable watch for most others, “MANK” debuts Dec. 4.


Dec. 1
Angela’s Christmas Wish (Netflix Family)
3 Days to Kill (2014)
50 First Dates (2004)
A Thin Line Between Love & Hate (1996)
Angels & Demons (2009)
Chef (2014)
The Da Vinci Code (2006)
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Effie Gray (2014)
The Happytime Murders (2018)
Jurassic Park (1993)
Jurassic Park III (2001)
Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)
Little Nicky (2000)
The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)
Monster House (2006)
Peppermint (2018)
Quigley Down Under (1990)
Runaway Bride (1999)
Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family (2011)
Why Did I Get Married? (2007)

Dec. 2
Fierce (Netflix Film)

Dec. 3
Break (Netflix Film)
Tudo Bem No Natal Que Vem (aka Just Another Christmas) (Netflix Film)

Dec. 4
Bombay Rose (Netflix Film)
Christmas Crossfire (Netflix Film)
Leyla Everlasting (Netflix Film)
MANK (Netflix Film)

Dec. 7
Ava (2020)

Dec. 8
Bobbleheads The Movie (2020)
Emicida: AmarElo – É Tudo Para Ontem (Netflix Documentary)
Triple 9 (2016)

Dec. 9
Rose Island (Netflix Film)

Dec. 11
Canvas (Netflix Film)
Giving Voice (Netflix Documentary)
The Prom (Netflix Film)

Dec. 14
A California Christmas (Netflix Film)

Dec. 15
Grizzlies (2020)
The Professor and the Madman (2019)

Dec. 16
Nocturnal Animals (2016)

Dec. 17
Braven (2018)

Dec. 18
Guest House (2020)
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Netflix Film)

Dec. 21
The Con Is On (2018)

Dec. 22
After We Collided (2020)
Shaun the Sheep: The Farmer’s Llamas (2020)

Dec. 23
The Midnight Sky (Netflix Film)
Your Name Engraved Herein (Netflix Film)

Dec. 26
Asphalt Burning (Børning 3) (Netflix Film)
DNA (Netflix Film)

Dec. 28
Cops and Robbers (Netflix Film)
Rango (2011)

TV Shows/Specials

Top pick: “Big Mouth” (Season 4)

“Big Mouth” is a ribald animated comedy about puberty that features cartoon genitalia, masturbation jokes, and literal “hormone monsters.” It’s also extremely funny, and offers more honesty and compassion about sex education than you’ll find in most public schools. Season 4 brings the tween cast to summer camp, where anxiety rears its ugly head. Featuring a deep cast that includes Nick Kroll (“Sausage Party”), John Mulaney (“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”), and Nahant native Jason Mantzoukas (“The League”), season four will also feature the voice of Milton native Jenny Slate (“The Secret Life of Pets”) playing Missy, a role she departed earlier this year because Missy is a biracial character while Slate is white. Season 4 arrives on Netflix Dec. 4.


Angela’s Christmas Wish (Netflix Family)
The Holiday Movies That Made Us (Netflix Original)
Natalie Palamides: Nate – A One Man Show (Netflix Comedy Special)
Are You the One?: Seasons 1-2
Gormiti: Season 1
Ink Master: Seasons 1-2
Super Wings: Season 3
Stargate SG-1: Seasons 1-10
Transformers Rescue Bots Academy: Season 2

Dec. 2
Alien Worlds (Netflix Documentary)
Ari Eldjárn: Pardon My Icelandic (Netflix Comedy Special)
Hazel Brugger: Tropical (Netflix Comedy Special)

Dec. 3
Chico Bon Bon and the Very Berry Holiday (Netflix Family)

Dec. 4
Bhaag Beanie Bhaag (Netflix Original)
Big Mouth: Season 4 (Netflix Original)
Captain Underpants Mega Blissmas (Netflix Family)
The Great British Baking Show: Holidays: Season 3 (Netflix Original)
Kings of Joburg: Season 1
Pokémon Journeys: The Series: Part 3 (Netflix Family)
Selena: The Series: Netflix Original

Dec. 5
Mighty Express: A Mighty Christmas (Netflix Family)
Detention (Netflix Original)

Dec. 8
Emicida: AmarElo – É Tudo Para Ontem (Netflix Documentary)
Lovestruck in the City (Netflix Original)
Mr. Iglesias: Part 3 (Netflix Original)
Spirit Riding Free: Ride Along Adventure (Netflix Family)
Super Monsters: Santa’s Super Monster Helpers (Netflix Family)

Dec. 9
Ashley Garcia: Genius in Love: Christmas (Netflix Family)
The Big Show Show: Christmas (Netflix Family)
The Surgeon’s Cut (Netflix Documentary)

Dec. 10
Alice is Borderland (Netflix Original)

Dec. 11
A Trash Truck Christmas (Netflix Family)
The Mess You Leave Behind (El desorden que dejas) (Netflix Original)

Dec. 14
Hilda: Season 2 (Netflix Family)
Tiny Pretty Things (Netflix Original)

Dec. 15
Black Ink Crew New York: Seasons 1-2
The Challenge: Seasons 10 and 13
Pup Academy: Season 2
Song Exploder: Volume 2 (Netflix Original)
Teen Mom 2: Seasons 1-2


Dec. 16
Anitta: Made in Honório (Netflix Original)
Break It All: The History of Rock in Latin America (Netflix Documentary)
How to Ruin Christmas: The Wedding (Netflix Original)
The Ripper (Netflix Documentary)
Run On (Netflix Original)
Vir Das: Outside In – The Lockdown Special (Netflix Original)

Dec. 18
Home for Christmas: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
Jeopardy! Champion Run V
Jeopardy! Champion Run VI
Jeopardy! Teacher’s Tournament
Jeopardy! College Championship
Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions
Sweet Home (Netflix Original)

Dec. 20
Rhys Nicholson Live at the Athenaeum (2019)

Dec. 22
London Hughes: To Catch a D*ck (Netflix Comedy Special)
Rhyme Time Town Singalongs (Netflix Family)
Timmy Time: Season 2

Dec. 25
Bridgerton (Netflix Original)

Dec. 26
Fast & Furious Spy Racers: Season 3: Sahara (Netflix Family)
Go! Go! Cory Carson: Season 3 (Netflix Family)
The Magic School Bus Rides Again in the Zone (Netflix Family)

Dec. 27
Sakho & Mangane: Season 1

Dec. 29
Dare Me: Season 1

Dec. 30
Best Leftovers Ever! (Netflix Original)
Equinox (Netflix Original)
Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy: Chapter 2: Earthrise (Netflix Anime)

Dec. 31
Best of Stand-Up 2020 (Netflix Comedy Special)
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Part 4 (Netflix Original)

Amazon Prime


Top Pick: “The Natural”

If you’re looking for some comfort viewing in the shape of a sports movie classic, Amazon is bringing 1984’s “The Natural” to its service on Dec. 1. Otherworldly ballplayer Roy Hobbs (Robert Redford) gets a second chance at a professional career 16 years after being shot at age 19, joining the struggling Knights and reviving both their pennant chances and his confidence.

Dec. 1
12 Disasters (2012)
2012 (2009)
Air Force One (1997)
A League Of Their Own (1992)
Anaconda (1997)
Angels & Demons (2009)
Assassin Of Youth (1938)
Body Of Evidence (1993)
Cake (2006)
Christmas Chalet (2019)
Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs (2009)
Diary Of A Mad Black Woman (2005)
Dr. No (1963)
Euphoria (2019)
Full Moon High (1981)
Gandhi (1982)
Ghost Town (1936)
Goldeneye (1995)
Goldfinger (1965)
Gringo: The Dangerous Life of John McAfee (2016)
Gun Brothers (1956)
Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay (2008)
Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle (2004)
Hemingway’s Garden Of Eden (2010)
Hot Air (2019)
Into The Blue (2005)
Letters To Juliet (2010)
Los Rodriguez el más allá (2019)
Love at the Christmas Table (2012)
Nick And Norah’s Infinite Playlist (2008)
Outlaw’s Son (1957)
Priest (2011)
Snowbound for Christmas (2019)
Spanglish (2004)
Thank You For Smoking (2006)
The Chumscrubber (2005)
The Hurt Locker (2009)
The King’s Speech (2010)
The Kingmaker (2019)
The Natural (1984)
The People Vs. Larry Flynt (1996)
The Pursuit Of Happyness (2006)
The Spy Who Loved Me (1997)
Tombstone (1993)
True Confessions (1981)
True Lies (1994)
Why Did I Get Married? (2007)
Year One (2009)


Dec. 7
Valley Girl (2020)

Dec. 23
Pawn Sacrifice (2015)
Someone Marry Barry (2017)
The Little Hours (2017)

Dec. 25
Soldiers Of Fortune (2012)

Dec. 27
The House Sitter (2016)

Dec. 28
Hope Gap (2020)

Dec. 31
Supervized (2019)

TV Shows/Specials

Top pick: “City on a Hill” (Season 1)

Showtime’s crime drama about 1990s Boston may be a work of fiction, but there are a number of real-life people and events that drive the show’s narrative, which centers around an FBI investigator (Kevin Bacon, “Footloose”) and an assistant district attorney (Aldis Hodge, “Hidden Figures”) teaming up to take down a gang of armored car robbers. While the show’s second season doesn’t have a release date yet, producer Ben Affleck and creator/producer Chuck MacLean hope to do for Boston what “The Wire” did for Baltimore over the course of at least five seasons, so it’s worth catching up now while you can.

Dec. 1
A House Divided: Season 1
City On A Hill: Season 1
Enterprise: Season 1
George Gently: Season 1
How the States Got Their Shapes: Season 1
Idiomatic: Season 1
Lidia Celebrates America Home for the Holidays: Season 1
L Word Generation Q: Season 
Mr. Selfridge: Season 1
Murder in the Bayou: Season 1
My Crazy Ex: Season 1
No Passport Required: Season 1
NOVA: The Planets: Season 1
Ray Donovan: Season 1
Roadkill: Season 1
Spanish Princess: Season 1
The Affair: Season 1
The Berlin Dance School: Season 1
Tom & Jerry Tales: Season 1
Wild Kratts: China Adventure: Season 1
Work in Progress: Season 1

Dec. 8
Mad About You: Seasons 1-8

Dec. 11
Clifford the Big Red Dog: Season 3A
Victoria Small (Pequeña Victoria): Season 1

Dec. 30
Yearly Departed

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