Coming and Going on Netflix in December 2020

Netflix makes its play for Oscar gold when it releases two highly-anticipated original features in December. Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman star in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, adapted from the play by August Wilson, and David Fincher directs Gary Oldman in Mank, his black-and-white tribute to old Hollywood.

Also new in December: Ryan Murphy directs the Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep, Kerry Washington, and James Corden in the musical The Prom and George Clooney directs and stars in the post-apocalyptic thriller The Midnight Sky. International features include the French drama DNA with Fanny Ardant, Louis Garrel, and actor/director Maiwenn

Italian comedy Rose Island, and the Japanese science fiction thriller Alice in Borderland.

New series include the biographical drama Selena: The Series, the American take on the British historical drama Bridgerton from producer Shonda Rhimes, Tiny Pretty Things set in the cutthroat world of elite ballet, and documentary series The Surgeon’s Cut. Also arriving is the fourth and final season of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and new seasons of Mr. Iglesias, Big Mouth, Home for Christmas, and Song Exploder.

Here’s the list of what’s arriving on Netflix in December, and what’s leaving.

December 1
🎁 Angela’s Christmas Wish (Netflix Film)
🎁 The Holiday Movies That Made Us (Netflix Original)
Natalie Palamides: Nate – A One Man Show (Netflix Comedy Special)
3 Days to Kill (2014)
50 First Dates (2004)
A Thin Line Between Love & Hate (1996)
Angels & Demons (2009)
Are You The One: Seasons 1-2
Chef (2014)
The Da Vinci Code (2006)
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Effie Gray (2014)
Gormiti: Season 1
The Happytime Murders (2018)
Ink Master: Seasons 1-2
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)
Super Wings: Season 3
Stargate SG-1: Seasons 1-10
Transformers Rescue Bots Academy: Season 2
Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family (2011)
Why Did I Get Married? (2007)

December 2
Alien Worlds (Netflix Documentary)
Ari Eldjárn: Pardon My Icelandic (Netflix Comedy Special)
Fierce (Netflix Film)
Hazel Brugger: Tropical (Netflix Comedy Special)

December 3
Break (Netflix Film)
🎁 Chico Bon Bon and the Very Berry Holiday (Netflix Family)
🎁 Just Another Christmas (Tudo Bem No Natal Que Vem) (Netflix Film)

December 4
Bhaag Beanie Bhaag (Netflix Original)
Big Mouth: Season 4 (Netflix Original)
Bombay Rose (Netflix Film)
🎁 Captain Underpants Mega Blissmas (Netflix Family)
🎁 Christmas Crossfire (Wir Können Nicht Anders) (Netflix Film)
🎁 The Great British Baking Show: Holidays: Season 3 (Netflix Original)
Kings of Joburg: Season 1
Leyla Everlasting (Netflix Film)
MANK (Netflix Film)
Pokémon Journeys: The Series: Part 3 (Netflix Family)
Selena: The Series (Netflix Original)

December 5
Detention (Netflix Original)
🎁 Mighty Express: A Mighty Christmas (Netflix Family)

December 7
Ava (2020)
Manhunt: Deadly Games

December 8
Bobbleheads The Movie (2020)
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)
Triple 9 (2016)

December 9
🎁 Ashley Garcia: Genius in Love: Christmas (Netflix Family)
🎁 The Big Show Show: Christmas (Netflix Family)
Rose Island (L’Incredibile storia dell’Isola Delle Rose) (Netflix Film)
The Surgeon’s Cut (Netflix Documentary)

December 10
Alice in Borderland (Netflix Original)

December 11
🎁 A Trash Truck Christmas (Netflix Family)
Canvas (Netflix Film)
Giving Voice (Netflix Documentary)
The Mess You Leave Behind (El desorden que dejas) (Netflix Original)
The Prom (Netflix Film)

December 14
🎁 A California Christmas (Netflix Film)
Hilda: Season 2 (Netflix Family)
Tiny Pretty Things (Netflix Original)

December 15
Black Ink Crew New York: Seasons 1-2
The Challenge: Seasons 10 and 13
Grizzlies (2020)
The Professor and the Madman (2019)
Pup Academy: Season 2
Song Exploder: Volume 2 (Netflix Original)
Teen Mom 2: Seasons 1-2

December 16
Anitta: Made In Honorio (Netflix Documentary)
BREAK IT ALL: The History of Rock in Latin America (Netflix Documentary)
🎁 How To Ruin Christmas: The Wedding (Netflix Original)
Lee Daniels’ The Butler (2013)
Nocturnal Animals (2016)
The Ripper (Netflix Documentary)
Run On (Netflix Original)
Vir Das: Outside In – The Lockdown Special (Netflix Original)

December 17
Braven (2018)

December 18
Guest House (2020)
🎁 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
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Netflix Film)
Sweet Home (Netflix Original)

December 20
Rhys Nicholson Live At The Athenaeum (2019)

December 21
The Con Is On (2018)

December 22
After We Collided (2020)
London Hughes: To Catch a D*ck (Netflix Comedy Special)
Rhyme Time Town Singalongs (Netflix Family)
Shaun the Sheep: The Farmer’s Llamas (2020)
Timmy Time: Season 2

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

December 25
Bridgerton (Netflix Original)

December 26
Asphalt Burning (Børning 3) (Netflix Film)
DNA (Netflix Film)
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)

December 27
Sakho & Mangane: Season 1

December 28
Cops and Robbers (Netflix Film)
Rango (2011)

December 29
Dare Me: Season 1

December 30
Best Leftovers Ever! (Netflix Original)
Equinox (Netflix Original)
Transformers: War For Cybertron Trilogy: Chapter 2: Earthrise — NETFLIX ANIME

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

Leaving Netflix in December

Leaving December 1
Heartbreakers (2001)
The Lobster (2015)

Leaving December 4
Cabin Fever (2016)
Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch (2018)

Leaving December 5
The Rum Diary (2011)

Leaving December 6
The Secret (2006)

Leaving December 7
Berlin, I Love You (2019)
The Art of the Steal (2013)

Leaving December 8
Sin senos sí hay paraíso: Seasons 1-3

Leaving December 10
Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 (2018)

Leaving December 14
Hart of Dixie: Seasons 1-4

Leaving December 17
Ip Man 3 (2015)

Leaving December 22
The Little Hours (2017)

Leaving December 24
The West Wing: Seasons 1-7

Leaving December 25
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

Leaving December 27
Fifty (2015)

Leaving December 28
Lawless (2012)

Leaving December 29
The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016)

Leaving December 30
Dexter: Seasons 1-8
Hell on Wheels: Seasons 1-5
Ip Man (2008)
Ip Man 2 (2010)
Nurse Jackie: Seasons 1-7

Leaving December 31
Airplane! (1980)
An Education (2009)
Anna Karenina (2012)
Baby Mama (2008)
Back to the Future (1985)
Back to the Future Part II (1989)
Back to the Future Part III (1990)
Bad Teacher (2011)
Barbershop (2002)
Being John Malkovich (1999)
Cape Fear (1991)
Casper (1995)
Charlie St. Cloud (2010)
Coneheads (1993)
Definitely, Maybe (2008)
Dennis the Menace (1993)
Drugs, Inc.: Season 6
The Dukes of Hazzard (2005)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Fargo (1996)
For Love or Money (1993)
Frida (2002)
Gossip Girl: Seasons 1-6
Grand Hotel: Seasons 1-3
Her (2013)
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
Nacho Libre (2006)
Not Another Teen Movie (2001)
The Notebook (2004)
Octonauts: Seasons 1-3
The Office : Seasons 1-9
Poltergeist (1982)
Pride & Prejudice (2005)
Session 9 (2001)
Splice (2009)
Starsky & Hutch (2004)
Superman Returns (2006)
The Town (2010)
Troy (2004)
WarGames (1983)
The Witches (1990)

Note that these are just highlights; Stream On Demand will be keeping an eye out for other notable films and TV shows that arrive through the month.

Dates are subject to change without notice.

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Sean Axmaker is a Seattle film critic and writer. He writes the weekly newspaper column Stream On Demand and the companion website, and his work appears at, Turner Classic Movies online, The Film Noir Foundation, and Parallax View.

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