November is almost over, which means the holidays are fast approaching.While you could spend a bunch of time venturing out to crowded shopping malls and spending way too much money on gifts, a better — or at least more enjoyable — use of your time could be spent on catching up on some Netflix binge-watching. While there isn’t a lot that’s new and exciting hitting the streaming service this December, we still have some recommendations for what to check out. These TV shows and movies hit quite a wide spectrum of tastes and genres (they’re definitely not all Christmas-themed) but when it comes to the best new content hitting Netflix in December, it’s hard to go wrong with any of these 10 picks.
10. Comedy Bang! Bang! Season 4 – December 4
Started as an audio podcast in 2009 by comedian Scott Aukerman, Comedy Bang! Bang! became a TV series in 2012 and has been a staple of comedy programming ever since. Hosted by Aukerman and Reggie Watts, Comedy Bang! Bang! is a mock talkshow of sorts that lampoons the late night circuit. Outlandish and frequently surreal, the show gets a lot of mileage out of its hosts’ interactions with a revolving door of guests, with the likes of Paul Rudd, Seth Rogen, Aziz Ansari, and Anna Kendrick having appeared over the course of the show’s four-and-counting seasons, among a host of others. The fourth season, which is actually wrapping up this December, is being added to Netflix in December, so it will be possible to get the full Comedy Bang! Bang! experience in one place.
9. Tangerine – December 2
An indie film that will surely fly under the radar of most Netflix subscribers, Tangerine is an unconventional comedy that follows a transvestite prostitute as she searches Los Angeles for her double-crossing pimp. Even if the premise doesn’t really sell you on Tangerine, it might be worth checking out anyway due to the fact that the entire film was shot on an iPhone, which you probably wouldn’t be able to tell if you went into it not knowing. Directed by Sean Baker and starring Dee Hemingway, Tangerine is an innovative film that might be just the thing you’re looking for.
8. I’m Brent Morin (Netflix Original) – December 1
Netflix has really been investing heavily in the stand-up comedy game lately (their offerings now seriously rival HBO’s) and Brent Morin’s first Netflix comedy special is the latest one that deserves to be on your radar. Still a relative unknown, Brent Morin is an LA-based comic with a charming, affable brand of comedy who has a bit of a Conan O’Brien vibe about him (which makes sense given that he was a production assistant on both The Tonight Show and Conan). Check out some of his other routines online to get a better idea of Morin’s style of comedy, but considering I’m Brent Morin won’t be a major time commitment when it drops December 1st, it wouldn’t hurt to check it out regardless.
7. F is For Family (Netflix Original) – December 18
A brand new animated series co-created by comedian Bill Burr, F is for Family transplants the cartoon family dynamic originated by shows like The Simpsons and Family Guy to the 1970s and is largely a vehicle to expand upon Burr’s stand-up material. In addition to Burr, the show’s voice talents include Laura Dern, Justin Long, and Sam Rockwell. As the synopsis notes, the 70s were, “a time when you could smack your kid, smoke inside, and bring a gun to the airport.” So, you know, F is for Family will be totally heartwarming and inoffensive.
6. Making A Murderer: Season 1 (Netflix Original) – December 18
For a bit of non-fictional intrigue, why not check out the new Netflix Original documentary crime series Making A Murderer. The ten episode series recounts the story of Steven Avery, who spent 18 years in prison for rape, but was freed after DNA evidence linked another man to the crime. Things get pretty bizarre after that, so it sounds like Making A Murderer could be the best crime-related documentary series since HBO’s The Jinx. Plus, who doesn’t want to celebrate the holidays with a depressing murder documentary?
5. Trailer Park Boys: Drunk, High And Unemployed Live In Austin (Netflix Original) – December 9
At this point, you pretty much know exactly what you’re going to get with a new Trailer Park Boys special, so this latest live release surely won’t win over anyone who doesn’t appreciate Ricky, Bubbles, and Julian’s particular brand of blue collar tomfoolery. If you do however love the Trailer Park Boys (and a lot of people do) you’d be foolish to skip their latest release, which hits Netflix December 9th.
4. Nurse Jackie (Full Series) – December 31
Nurse Jackie is one of those shows that flew under the radar for its entire run; earning a number of awards and nominations, but frequently being left out of the discussion when it comes to highlighting the best, must-watch TV shows. The good news is that you’ll be able to remedy the situation when all seven seasons of the show, which wrapped up back in June, hit Netflix on December 31st. That’s admittedly much too late in the month to get a proper binge going, but this satirical hospital drama starring Emmy Award-winner Edie Falco should carry you well into the new year.
3. A Very Murray Christmas (Netflix Original) – December 4
This one has everything you need to know in the title. Bill Murray is teaming up again with Lost in Translation director Sofia Coppola for a star-studded Christmas musical comedy that’s sure to be a hit based on Murray’s likability alone. Toss in guests such as George Clooney, Amy Poehler, and Rashida Jones, and it’s sure to be one of the best new pieces of Yuletide entertainment this year. Obviously the appeal of A Very Murray Christmas depends solely on how much you actually like Bill Murray, but for the funnyman’s legions of fans, this one’s a no-brainer.
2. Queen of Earth – December 22
A likely awards-contender come the New Year, Queen of Earth is a must-watch psychological thriller starring Elisabeth Moss of Mad Men fame. The plot focuses on Moss’s character, Catherine, as she tries to recover from some seriously awful recent life tragedies by spending time at her best friend Virginia’s lake house. Instead of a picturesque escape, Catherine starts to unravel and go further off the deep end as her relationship with Virginia is pushed to its limit by outside forces. Anchored by a sensational central performance form Moss, Queen of Earth is the opposite of a feel-good holiday movie, but sometimes it’s okay to wallow in other peoples’ misery, especially when it’s presented this well.
1. Broadchurch Season 2 – December 1
One of the best murder mystery dramas on television, Broadchurch will finally see its second season hit Netflix December 1st. Starring David Tenant and Olivia Colman as two detectives forced to work together to solve the murder of a young boy, Broadchurch stands out from the pack of other similar fare by making its setting — a small English coastal town — and its residents as much a part of the story as the actual investigation. Season two focuses on the messy fallout of the first season’s big murder and should definitely be near the top of your list when it comes to Netflix binging over the next month.