What’s New on Netflix: December 2020.

What's New on Netflix: December 2020.

The Holidays are merry at Netflix, where a solid variety of specials hits the streaming library.

While December does not quite feel as jam-packed as other months on Netflix, the presents under the tree look to have been selected with care. We’ve got musicals, theater adaptations, foreign series, the return of favorite original series, and the requisite Christmas special bonanza.

New and Notable

Alien Worlds (Dec. 2)

In the last two decades, astronomers have discovered thousands of planets outside our solar system; they believe there are trillions more. If life exists on only a fraction of them, then the cosmos must be teeming with alien species. But what do those aliens look like? How do they feed, reproduce and evolve?

By applying the laws of life on Earth to the rest of the universe, it is possible to imagine what livesbeyond – on Alien Worlds.

I’ll take speculative science fiction any day, especially when plays more to the science part, and it looks as slick as this does.

Alice in Borderland (Dec. 10)

Arisu—a listless, jobless and video-game-obsessed young man—suddenly finds himself in a strange, emptied-out version of Tokyo in which he and his friends must compete in dangerous games in order to survive. In this strange world, Arisu meets Usagi, a young woman who’s navigating the games alone. Together, they set out to unravel one mystery after another as they risk their lives and confront what it means to live.

Based on a surreal manga, this series hits the trifecta for me: dangerous dystopian worlds, cunning traps, and lots of fast-paced action. Think Escape from New York meets Death Note with some Escape Room thrown in.

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Dec. 18)

Tensions and temperatures rise over the course of an afternoon recording session in 1920s Chicago as a band of musicians await trailblazing performer, the legendary “Mother of the Blues,” Ma Rainey (Viola Davis). Late to the session, the fearless, fiery Ma engages in a battle of wills with her white manager and producer over control of her music. As the band waits in the studio’s claustrophobic rehearsal room, ambitious cornet player Levee (Chadwick Boseman) — who has an eye for Ma’s girlfriend and is determined to stake his own claim on the music industry — spurs his fellow musicians into an eruption of stories revealing truths that will forever change the course of their lives.

One of Chadwick Boseman’s final performances, paired with the phenomenal Viola Davis, Ma Rainey’s is sure to be one hell of a ride.

Netflix: December 2020

*Netflix Originals in Bold


  • Angela’s Christmas Wish
  • The Holiday Movies That Made Us
  • Natalie Palamides: Nate – A One Man Show
  • 3 Days to Kill (2014)
  • 50 First Dates (2004)
  • A Thin Line Between Love & Hate (1996)
  • Angels & Demons (2009)
  • Are You The One: S1-2
  • Chef (2014)
  • The Da Vinci Code (2006)
  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
  • Effie Gray (2014)
  • Gormiti: S1
  • The Happytime Murders (2018)
  • Ink Master: S1-2
  • 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: S3
  • Stargate SG-1: S1-10
  • Transformers Rescue Bots Academy: S2
  • Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family (2011)
  • Why Did I Get Married? (2007)


  • Alien Worlds
  • Ari Eldjárn: Pardon My Icelandic
  • Fierce
  • Hazel Brugger: Tropical


  • Break
  • Chico Bon Bon and the Very Berry Holiday
  • Just Another Christmas (Tudo Bem No Natal Que Vem)


  • Bhaag Beanie Bhaag
  • Big Mouth: S4
  • Bombay Rose
  • Captain Underpants Mega Blissmas
  • Christmas Crossfire (Wir Können Nicht Anders)
  • The Great British Baking Show: Holidays: S3
  • Kings of Joburg:  S1
  • Leyla Everlasting
  • MANK
  • Pokémon Journeys: The Series: P3
  • Selena: The Series


  • Detention
  • Mighty Express: A Mighty Christmas


  • Ava (2020)
  • Manhunt: Deadly Games


  • Bobbleheads The Movie (2020)
  • Emicida: AmarElo – É Tudo Para Ontem
  • Lovestruck in the City
  • Mr. Iglesias: P3
  • Spirit Riding Free: Ride Along Adventure
  • Super Monsters: Santa’s Super Monster Helpers
  • Triple 9 (2016)


  • Ashley Garcia: Genius in Love: Christmas
  • The Big Show Show: Christmas
  • Rose Island (L’Incredibile storia dell’Isola Delle Rose)
  • The Surgeon’s Cut


  • Alice in Borderland


  • A Trash Truck Christmas
  • Canvas
  • Giving Voice
  • The Mess You Leave Behind (El desorden que dejas)
  • The Prom


  • A California Christmas
  • Hilda: S2
  • Tiny Pretty Things


  • Black Ink Crew New York: S1-2
  • The Challenge: S10+13
  • Grizzlies (2020)
  • The Professor and the Madman (2019)
  • Pup Academy: S2
  • Song Exploder: V2
  • Teen Mom 2: S1-2


  • Anitta: Made In Honorio
  • BREAK IT ALL: The History of Rock in Latin America
  • How To Ruin Christmas: The Wedding
  • Nocturnal Animals (2016)
  • The Ripper
  • Run On
  • Vir Das: Outside In – The Lockdown Special


  • Braven (2018)

December 18

  • Guest House (2020)
  • Home for Christmas: S2
  • Jeopardy! Champion Run V
  • Jeopardy! Champion Run VI
  • Jeopardy! Teacher’s Tournament
  • Jeopardy! College Championship
  • Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions
  • Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
  • Sweet Home


  • Rhys Nicholson Live At The Athenaeum (2019)


  • The Con Is On (2018)

December 22

  • After We Collided (2020)
  • London Hughes: To Catch a D*ck
  • Rhyme Time Town Singalongs
  • Shaun the Sheep: The Farmer’s Llamas (2020)
  • Timmy Time: S2


  • The Midnight Sky
  • Your Name Engraved Herein


  • Bridgerton


  • Asphalt Burning (Børning 3)
  • DNA
  • Fast & Furious Spy Racers: S3: Sahara
  • Go! Go! Cory Carson: S3
  • The Magic School Bus Rides Again In the Zone


  • Sakho & Mangane: S1


  • Cops and Robbers
  • Rango (2011)


  • Dare Me: S1


  • Best Leftovers Ever!
  • Equinox
  • Transformers: War For Cybertron Trilogy: Ch2 Earthrise


  • Best of Stand-Up 2020
  • Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: P4

*Check out Netlfix’s roster for November 2020 here.

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