There are a ton of shows coming to Netflix this December, but I would like to focus on the original content that they’re going to be releasing next month. Why? Well, Netflix is killing it when it comes to original content, and its projected that they will continue along this path. Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of really great movies and shows that will be on Netflix starting in December – like 8 Mile and Catwoman but we are in a time where original content is all the rage. Hene why my post is going to focus on that.
Available: December 1
Voyeur is a documentary that made its debut at the New York Film Festival before heading over to Netflix in a week or two. The premise of the show? For decades, a motel owner outside of Denver used his business as his own private sociology laboratory. He constructed an “observation deck” above the rooms where he could spy on his customers, through the vents. He was primarily interested in sex. He gloats that he was the world’s greatest voyeur. Both of his wives (at different times) aided in his crime. The documentary is being told by Gay Talese, who was a journalist during the 80s. Talese was friends with the motel owner and primary subject of the documentary.
This one might be a bit unconventional in terms of what Netflix usually provides us with, but I think there are many interesting stories out there waiting to be told. This is one of those stories.
Available: December 15
The legendary documentary filmmaker Errol Morris is going to be bringing his filmmaking genius to Netflix with a six-episode series. This documentary looks at the CIA’s LSD experiments in the 1950s and specifically the case of Frank Rudolph Olson. Olson was a CIA employee who plunged to his death from a New York City hotel room in 1953 after secretly been given LSD. His death has been described as both a suicide and murder. His son’s Eric and Nils Olson filed a lawsuit against the government in 2012. I am a big fan of documentaries, and this one has conspiracy theory written all over it. So guess what I’ll be doing on December 15th?
Available: December 22
Bright is rumored to be the most expensive film that Netflix has ever produced. When I first saw the trailer back in the summer, I assumed it was a blockbuster that was going to be released in thousands of theaters. Instead, it’s coming to Netflix. It stars Will Smith as a human cop paired with an orc to solve crimes in an effects-laden, magic-infused version of Los Angeles. What’s interesting about this movie is not the piece of entertainment itself, but the fact that it’s not being released in theaters. It will be interesting to see if and how Netflix will make their money off of this one. It also looks epic, so I highly suggest tuning into this one over the holidays.
Dave Chappelle: Equanimity
Available: December 31
In this brief teaser, we see that Dave Chappelle is spoofing the Netflix show “Stranger Things”. Chapelle is no stranger to pop culture, as his earlier Chapelle Show was filled with pop culture parodies during that time. We don’t have much more information, but knowing Chappelle this is bound to be humorous and entertaining. If you’re not doing anything on New Years Eve, why not spend the evening with Chappelle?
Those aren’t the only original series either debuting or coming back to Netflix in December. Check out the full list below:
- All Hail King Julien: Season 5
- A StoryBots Christmas
- Dark: Season 1
- DreamWorks Home: For the Holidays
- Easy: Season 2
- My Happy Family
- Craig Ferguson: Tickle Fight
- El Camino Christmas
- The Crown: Season 2
- Judd Apatow: The Return
- Christmas Inheritance
- Erased: Season 1
- The Ranch: Part 4
- Trollhunters: Part 2
- Ultimate Beastmaster
- Hello, My Twenties!: Season 2
- Russell Howard: Recalibrate
- The Indian Detective: Season 1
- Peaky Blinders: Season 4
- 72 Dangerous Animals: Latin America: Season 1
- Dope: Season 1
- Fuller House: Season 3 (new episodes)
- The Toys That Made Us: Season 1
- Cable Girls: Season 2
- Todd Barry: Spicey Honey
- Travelers: Season 2
- Bill Nye Saves the World: Season 2: Part 1
- La Mante: Season 1
- The Climb: Season 1