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Here's what's coming to (and leaving from) Netflix in December

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December’s always been a big month for film, with Oscar hopefuls flooding cinemas alongside the kinds of blockbuster fare that tend to attract families home for the holidays. As its December slate illustrates, Netflix is no different, with the streamer unleashing movies, shows, and specials from a glittering assortment of names like Ellen DeGeneres, Jennifer Aniston, Bill Murray, Thanos, and Bruce goddamned Springsteen.


There’s also Sandra Bullock, who stars in Susanne Bier’s adaptation of Josh Malerman’s horror novel Bird Box. The story of creatures so something that they drive whoever sees them to suicide should keep horror hounds happy alongside other new arrivals like the underrated The Autopsy of Jane Doe, a new serial killer tale called Perfume, and the recently announced Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina Christmas special.

Meanwhile, expect Alfonso Cuarón’s intimate, visually sumptuous Roma to dominate the Oscar chatter after it launches on December 14. It joins other high-profile releases like the Jennifer Aniston vehicle Dumplin’ and Andy Serkis’ Mowgli: Legend Of The Jungle, which features the likes of Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, and Benedict Cumberbatch.

In terms of live specials, DeGeneres’ Relatable marks the TV host’s first stab at stand-up in 15 years. Springsteen, meanwhile, will regale viewers with personal stories culled from his autobiography in between acoustic versions of his best songs in Springsteen on Broadway, a filmed presentation of his hit theatrical production.

There’s lots of new series hitting the service as well, from the six-part true crime docuseries The Innocent Man to a Nailed It! holiday special to an anime called Hero Mask featuring a character named James Blood. There’s also a limited series adaptation of Watership Down on the way, though the streamer has yet to announce a premiere date for that. If self-flagellation’s more your thing, however, Fuller House will launch its fourth season on December 14.

You can see the full list of what’s coming to (and going from) Netflix in December below, along with a promo video with some clips.

Available December 1: 

8 Mile

Astro Boy


Bride of Chucky


Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Crossroads: One Two Jaga


Friday After Next


Man vs Wild with Sunny Leone: Season 1

Meet Joe Black

Memories of the Alhambra

My Bloody Valentine

Next Friday

Reindeer Games

Seven Pounds

Shaun of the Dead

Terminator Salvation

The Big Lebowski

The Great British Baking Show: Masterclass: Season 5 Masterclasses

The Last Dragon

The Man Who Knew Too Little

Available December 2:

The Lobster

Available December 3:

Blue Planet II: Season 1

Hero Mask

The Sound of Your Heart: Reboot Season 2

Available December 4:

District 9

Available December 6:

Happy!: Season 1

Available December 7:

5 Star Christmas

Bad Blood

Dogs of Berlin


Free Rein: The Twelve Neighs of Christmas

Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle

Nailed It! Holiday!

Neo Yokio: Pink Christmas

Pine Gap

ReMastered: Who Killed Jam Master Jay?

Super Monsters and the Wish Star

The American Meme

The Hook Up Plan (Plan Coeur)

The Ranch: Part 6

Available December 9:

Sin senos sí hay paraíso: Season 3

Available December 10:

Michael Jackson’s This Is It

Available December 11:

Vir Das: Losing It

Available December 12:

Back Street Girls: Gokudols

Out of Many, One

Available December 13:

Wanted: Season 3

Available December 14:

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: A Midwinter’s Tale

Cuckoo: Season 4

Dance & Sing with True: Songs

Fuller House: Season 4

Inside the Real Narcos

Inside the World’s Toughest Prisons: Season 3

Prince of Peoria: A Christmas Moose Miracle


Sunderland Til I Die

The Fix

The Innocent Man

The Protector


Travelers: Season 3

Voltron: Legendary Defender: Season 8

Available December 16:

Baby Mama

Kill the Messenger

One Day

Springsteen on Broadway

The Theory of Everything

Available December 18:


Ellen DeGeneres: Relatable

Terrace House: Opening New Doors: Part 5

Available December 21:

3Below: Tales of Arcadia

7 Days Out

Back With the Ex

Bad Seeds

Bird Box

Derry Girls


Greenleaf: Season 3



Sirius the Jaeger

Struggle: The Life and Lost Art of Szukalski

Tales by Light: Season 3

The Casketeers

Wolf (BÖRÜ)

Available December 24:

Hi Score Girl

The Magicians: Season 3

Available December 25: 

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown: Season 11

Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War

Available December 26: 

Alexa & Katie: Season 2


Available December 28:

Instant Hotel

La noche de 12 años

Selection Day

When Angels Sleep

Yummy Mummies

Available December 30: 

The Autopsy of Jane Doe

Available December 30: 

The Bill Murray Stories: Life Lessons Learned From a Mythical Man

Leaving December 1:

Cabin Fever

Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever

Groundhog Day

Happily N’Ever After

Happily N’Ever After 2: Snow White

Hellbound: Hellraiser II


Sons of Anarchy: Seasons 1-7

Spider-Man 3

Spy Hard

Stephen King’s Children of the Corn

Swept Under

The Covenant

The Game

Leaving December 4:

Air Bud: Seventh Inning Fetch

Air Bud: Spikes Back

Air Bud: World Pup

Air Buddies

Cars Toon: Mater’s Tall Tales

Spooky Buddies

Tarzan & Jane

The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars

The Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue

The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos

The Search for Santa Paws

Tinker Bell

Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue

Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure

Leaving December 7:


Leaving December 10:

Battle Royale

Battle Royale 2


Leaving December 15:

Step Up 2: The Streets

Leaving December 16:

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Leaving December 17:

Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2

Leaving December 19:

Ip Man: The Final Fight

Leaving December 20:

Disney’s Moana

Food, Inc.

I Give It a Year

Leaving December 22:


Leaving December 25:

Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Leaving December 31:



Randall Colburn is The A.V. Club's Internet Culture Editor. He lives in Chicago, occasionally writes plays, and was a talking head in Best Worst Movie, the documentary about Troll 2.