December screams Netflix catch-up and now we’ve got the list of all the new TV shows and movies coming to Netflix UK in December 2018. Here are the top picks of what’s being added to the streaming service over the course of the month – all killer, no filler with a mix of comedy, drama and reality TV – no matter whether you’re hibernating for a few weeks at home or prepping downloads for a long-haul flight.
Crazy Ex Girlfriend: Season 4 (1 December)
The Rachel Bloom show returns for a fourth (and final) season of 18 episodes which opens with Rebecca Bunch in jail. There really is nothing else quite like this series, a musical comedy-drama about mental health and relationships, and it’s well worth starting from the beginning if you’re not familiar.
The Big Lebowski (7 December)
1 hour 59 minutes
If you’ve never seen this 90s Coen brothers classic, now you have no excuse. It’s the kind of movie that’s easy to proclaim your favorite – The Big Lebowski has crime, bowling and Jeff Bridges in a dressing gown.
Neo Yokio: Pink Christmas (7th December)
This is a Christmas special for the Ezra Koenig/Jaden Smith hipster anime that people love to hate. If you enjoy the tone and celeb voice cameos, you could easily blitz through the first season in a couple of hours if you’re not caught up.
Roma (14 December)
2 hours 15 minutes
Roma is Netflix’s big Oscars hope for this year and judging by the trailer and early reviews, it looks exquisite. It’s director Alfonso Cuarón’s (Gravity, Y Tu Mamá También, Children of Men) semi-autobiographical labor of love, set in 70s Mexico City. If you’re into Cinema with a capital C, this is a must watch. In black and white.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina – A Midwinter’s Tale (14 December)
Netflix is putting out a bonus holiday ep of its spooky Chilling Adventures of Sabrina series. It’s set during the Winter Solstice and should keep fans of the show going until Season 2 in 2019.
Terrace House: Opening New Doors Part 5 (19 December)
The hit Japanese reality TV show that’s as gentle as British reality TV is brash, Terrace House’s latest eight-episode batch is due just before Christmas. If you find Japanese people being polite in a co-living scenario, with spice from a troupe of delightful commentators, relaxing, give this a go. With subtitles.
Bird Box (21 December)
1 hour 57 minutes
The other big Netflix Original coming in December, aside from Roma, is Susanne Bier and Sandra Bullock’s Bird Box. I’ve seen this described as “A Quiet Place but with seeing” and the trailer doesn’t look that promising but if you fancy a (fairly) big budget, post-apocalyptic thriller, it lands in the third week of the month. Also, Sarah Paulson’s in it! And so is John Malkovich! So that’s something.
Sing (22 December)
1 hour 54 minutes
A sure-fire bet, or so says everyone with kids. Sing is an animated comedy from Garth Jennings that’s basically a bunch of A-listers singing pop classics while playing friendly animals. Think Scarlett Johansson as a pop punk porcupine, that sort of thing.
Fences (30 December)
2 hours 19 minutes
Denzel Washington’s film Fences was first released in 2016. Based on an August Wilson play, it co-stars the incredible Viola Davis (Widows, The Help) who won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance. Perfect if you want something with substance after all the holiday-related saccharine.
Also landing on Netflix UK in December 2018 and worth a look: Borderline Season 2 (1 December), Training Day (1 December), The 40-Year-Old Virgin (7 December), The Holiday (7 December), A Monster Calls (9 December), How to Get Away with Murder Season 4 (9 December), Tomb Raider (16 December), Springsteen on Broadway (16 December), Peaky Blinders Season 4 (19 December), Legally Blonde (21 December), T2: Trainspotting (22 December), The Other Woman (22 December), Avengers: Age of Ultron (26 December), Silence of the Lambs (30 December), The Pianist (30 December) and Tim Minchin: So F**king Rock (30 December).