Coming and Going on Netflix in December 2017

Will Smith and Joel Edgerton star in the crime fantasy from director David Ayer

Will Smith is a human cop in a world shared with fantastical creatures in Bright, a fantasy crime thriller directed by David Ayer (director of Suicide Squad) and the biggest original film yet from Netflix, while direct from the big screen comes Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2, the colorful odyssey to the center of the universe with Marvel’s intergalactic team of misfit heroes.

Oscar-winning filmmaker Errol Morris combines documentary and dramatic recreations in the mini-series Wormwood, a real-life murder mystery, and journalist Gay Talese becomes the subject of the documentary Voyeur when a controversial new story gets caught up in ethical questions, just two of new Netflix nonfiction original programs.

From Germany comes the supernatural family drama Dark and Claire Foy returns as Queen Elizabeth II in the second season of the lavish historical drama The Crown. There are new seasons of the family sitcoms Fuller House and The Ranch, Spanish melodrama Cable Girls, British gangster drama Peaky Blinders, and educational series Bill Nye Saves the World, and stand-up comedy specials from Dave Chappelle, Craig Ferguson, Judd Apatpw, and Todd Barry.

New films arriving for December include 8 Mile with Eminem, The Young Victoria with Emily Blunt, and (just in time for Christmas) the Tim Allen comedies The Santa Clause and sequels.

Streaming TV includes young adult fantasy thriller The Magicians: Season 2 from SyFy and the period dramas TURN: Washington’s Spies: Season 4 and Halt and Catch Fire: Season 4 from AMC.

Among the programs leaving Netflix in November are Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl with Johnny Depp, modern noir Nightcrawler with Jake Gyllenhaal, family drama Holes, and all 11 season of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

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

December 1
8 Mile
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls
All Hail King Julien: Season 5 (Netflix Original)
August Rush
Chef & My Fridge: 2017
Dark: Season 1 (Netflix Original)
Diana: In Her Own Words
DreamWorks Home: For the Holidays (Netflix Original)
Easy: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
Exporting Raymond
The Farthest – Voyager in Space
Forbidden Games: The Justin Fashanu Story
Full Metal Jacket
The Little Rascals
My Happy Family (Netflix Original)
Nacho Libre
A StoryBots Christmas (Netflix Original)
TURN: Washington’s Spies: Season 4
V for Vendetta
Voyeur (Netflix Original)
The Wackness
While You Were Sleeping
The Young Victoria

December 4
When Calls the Heart: Season 4

December 5
Craig Ferguson: Tickle Fight (Netflix Original)
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

December 6
Trolls Holiday Special

December 8
El Camino Christmas (Netflix Original)
The Crown: Season 2 (Netflix Original)

December 11
The Magicians: Season 2

December 12
Disney’s The Santa Clause
Disney’s The Santa Clause 2
Disney’s The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
Judd Apatow: The Return (Netflix Original)

December 14
41 Dogs in My Home
A&E: When Patients Attack
Ainsley Eats the Streets: Season 1
Halt and Catch Fire: Season 4

December 15
Christmas Inheritance (Netflix Original)
Discovering Bigfoot
El Señor de los Cielos: Season 5
Erased: Season 1 (Netflix Original)
A Five Star Life
Freeway: Crack In The System
The Haunting of Helena
The Mafia Kills Only in Summer
The Ranch: Part 4 (Netflix Original)
Reggie Yates Outside Man: Volume 2
Trollhunters: Part 2 (Netflix Original)
Ultimate Beastmaster (Netflix Original)
Wormwood (Netflix Original)

December 18
Hello, My Twenties!: Season 2 (Netflix Original)

December 19
Miss Me This Christmas
Russell Howard: Recalibrate (Netflix Original)
The Indian Detective: Season 1 (Netflix Original)
You Can’t Fight Christmas

December 20
La Casa de Papel: Season 1 (Netflix Original)

December 21
Peaky Blinders: Season 4 (Netflix Original)

December 22
72 Dangerous Animals: Latin America: Season 1 (Netflix Original)
Bright (Netflix Original)
Dope: Season 1 (Netflix Original)
Fuller House: Season 3, New Episodes (Netflix Original)
Rosario Tijeras: Season 1
The Toys That Made Us: Season 1 (Netflix Original)

December 23
Creep 2
Myths & Monsters: Season 1

December 25
Cable Girls: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
Planet Earth II

December 26
Todd Barry: Spicy Honey (Netflix Original)
Travelers: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
All Hail King Julien: New Year’s Eve Countdown 2018
Beat Bugs: New Year’s Eve Countdown 2018
Larva: New Year’s Eve Countdown 2018
Pororo: New Year’s Eve Countdown 2018
Puffin Rock: New Year’s Eve Countdown 2018
Skylanders Academy: New Year’s Eve Countdown 2018
Trollhunters: New Year’s Eve Countdown 2018
True and The Rainbow Kingdom: New Year’s Eve Countdown 2018
Word Party: New Year’s Eve Countdown 2018

December 27

December 29
Bill Nye Saves the World: Season 2: Part 1 (Netflix Original)
Killer Legends
La Mante: Season 1 (Netflix Original)
The Climb (Netflix Original)

December 31
Dave Chappelle: Equanimity (Netflix Original)
Fun Mom Dinner

Leaving Netflix in December

December 1
All I Want for Christmas
Black Snake Moan
Cousin Bette
The Crucible
The Gospel Road: A Story of Jesus
La Viuda Negra: Season 1
The Man from Snowy River
Picture Perfect
Practical Magic
Scary Movie 2
Scary Movie 3
Super Size Me
Terriers: Season 1
Touch: Season 2
Two Girls and a Guy
Waking Life
Young Frankenstein
Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time
Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal: Seasons 1-2

December 5

December 9
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Seasons 1-11

December 10
Lucky Number Slevin
The Rite

December 11
Dollhouse: Season 2

December 13
The Queen of Versailles

December 15
America’s Funniest Home Video Kids: Holidazed
America’s Funniest Home Videos Kids: Animals with Attitude: Season 1
America’s Funniest Home Videos Kids: It’s Tough Being a Kid: Season 1
America’s Funniest Home Videos Kids: Playtime Ain’t for Wimps: Season 1
America’s Funniest Home Videos: New Collection D: Nincompoop Nation
Jeff Dunham: Arguing with Myself

December 19
Dance Academy: Series 1-3

December 20
Che: Parts 1 & 2

December 24
Amores Perros

December 25
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

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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