Everything Coming To Netflix In December 2016, Because 'Tis The Season For Entertainment
December is a month with a whole lot attached to it. The holiday season — with its gift-giving, its huge feasts, and its songs — can take up a lot of space in the old noggin. Sometimes a nice, clean detox into new content on Netflix in December is the best way to deal with the sometimes overwhelming holiday season. Snuggling under the covers in your new flannel PJs and fuzzy socks with a mug of (spiked) cocoa is just the ticket. Throw in some Nutella (maybe on toast, maybe just a spoon and jar of it — no judgements here) and you've got yourself a heck of an evening — without all the ho-ho-hullabaloo of the holiday.
So yeah, maybe you got an invite to a white elephant party and it could be totally fun, but you know what would be more fun? Sitting on the couch with a hot, cheesy pizza and an episode of Comedy Bang! Bang! And sure, the Hanukkah Ball in that artist's warehouse sounds awesome, but you know what would be more awesome? Making yourself a bunch of latkes and applesauce and basking in the nostalgia of Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. Having friends is great and all, but you know who will never leave you (until Netflix takes them off the site)? This fun new December content.
1. Fuller House (2016)
If you liked Season 1, then meeting Kimmy Gibbler's cute brother, Jimmy, is going to blow your mind in Netflix's Fuller House Season 2. If seeing Danny Tanner in some interesting hip-hop themed attire doesn't give you a heart attack first.
2. Honey, I Shrunk The Kids (1989)
Does anybody else miss Rick Moranis' acting career? Sigh. Catch a glimpse of the '80s icon in all his huge glasses-wearing, apologetic glory in Honey, I Shrunk The Kids.
3. Chasing Cameron (2016)
Have you ever wondered what it's like to be an internet superstar? Vine star Cameron Dallas' unscripted reality series will follow the 22-year-old as he and his crew set out on their first MAGCON international tour. Get ready for a lot of screaming girls from many different countries.
4. The Little Rascals (1994)
It's time to get the "I've Got A Pickle" song stuck in your head for the rest of winter. May it keep you warm on the inside when the weather is cold on the outside.
5. Fauda (2015)
Netflix is going international by streaming Season 1 of the Israeli political thriller television series about the escapades of "mista’arvim," an undercover branch of the Israeli Defense Forces. The soldiers in this commando unit of the Israel army practice the dress, mannerisms, and language of Palestinians to thwart terror attacks and assist in military action. Make sure to wear gloves while watching if you're a nail-biter because this show is intense.
6. Captain America: Civil War (2016)
Now is the time to remedy the great wrong done, if you didn't take the time to go see Civil War in theaters. This heart-wrenching look at the dark side of being a superhero is almost thought-provoking.
7. Pacific Heat (2016)
Fans of the comedy spy series Archer will most likely be down with Pacific Heat, an animated series set in Australia's Gold Coast. The goofy series follows the adventures of an undercover unit, "Pacific Heat," who use unconventional means to take down everyone from the smallest crook to the grandest cartel. Unfortunately, they aren't often successful.
8. Barry (2016)
It's never to soon for a biopic on one of the nation's coolest presidents — possibly the nation's coolest president. Get ready to fall in love with Barack Obama all over again in Netflix's original movie as we get a view of college-aged Obama. Oh my.
9. Club de Cuervos (2015)
If you're looking to brush up on that high school Spanish while also viewing the comedy-drama that ensues when a wealthy family patriarch dies, Netflix's first exclusively Spanish language series is the show for you. Season 2 comes out Dec. 9 and follows the patriarch's family members as they fight over control of his favorite soccer team, the Cuervos of Nuevo Toledo.
10. White Rabbit Project (2016)
The "Build Team" from Mythbusters indulged fans with fun experiments, which would prove or disprove the myths and urban legends the show covered — but they weren't hosts just guests of the show. Now, Netflix is giving the team — which is comprised of Kari Byron, Tory Belleci, and Grant Imahara — their own time to shine in the sun. In the series, the team will investigate mysterious and amazing phenomena and pop culture.
11. Medici: Masters of Florence (2016)
If you're jonsesing for Game of Thrones vibes of power-play and on-point period garb, look no further than Medici. Plus, there's the added bonus of historical background along with the intrigue — the series follows the wealthy and powerful Medici family in the 15th century after Cosimo de' Medici takes over the dynasty from his father Giovanni, who may or may not have been murdered.
12. Merlí (2015)
Netflix also grabbed up a Catalonian series (from a region of Spain called Catalonia) about a philosophy teacher named Merlí, who uses unorthodox tools to interest his secondary school students. More international television with a slice of drama. Sounds good to me.
13. Comedy Bang! Bang! (2012)
From podcast to IFC series, Comedy Bang! Bang! continues to perplex and amuse fans with the bizarre and discomforting sense of humor of its host, Scott Aukerman. And now you can watch Season 5 on Netflix, which features Weird Al Yankovic as the band leader, replacing Season 4's Kid Cudi.
14. Blue Jay (2016)
In this indie flick, a pair of high school sweethearts accidentally bump into each in their hometown after 20 years. The duo, played by Sarah Paulson and Mark Duplass, spends the day together in Blue Jay, and the fun they share in adorable and bittersweet to see.
15. House of Wax (2005)
If you can handle watching a movie in which a bunch of people get turned into wax dolls for a creepy museum, then you'll get the prize of seeing Paris Hilton act in a terrifying horror film. Pretty cool, right?
16. Picture Perfect (1997)
In this '90s rom-com, Jennifer Aniston plays Kate, a hard-working lady at a business firm who gets passed up for a job because she's not "stable" (aka unmarried). Thanks, patriarchy. Kate fakes her engagement to get a promotion, but what if she also happens to fall in love?
17. Hannibal (2001)
Nothing will fight the holiday warm and fuzzies quite like the horror movie terrors of Hannibal the Cannibal. Give this movie a watch for the Anthony Hopkins juju if you can't get over Westworld.
18. The Spirit of Christmas (2015)
It's hard to date in the 21st century. It's even harder when the guy you're into is technically dead and not from the 21st century. The tragic couple in this made-for-television movie are the perfect tool to get those catharsis tears out.
19. The Angry Birds Movie (2016)
The time has come for us to find out the reason the Angry Birds are so grouchy. But honestly, no matter what the reason, those fluffy balls of fun will always be exciting.
20. The Crucible (1996)
Maybe you're a bit of a Scrooge and you're tired of all the happy feels. Then the ideal flick for you is a deep dive into the the bad parts of humanity like deceit, violence, and group think showcased in Arthur Miller's play-turned-movie, The Crucible.
21. Angels In The Snow (2015)
The holiday season is the prime time to go on family vacations that may or may not make everyone feel a little nutty. But not every family is lucky enough to get snowed in with some people who can help them understand the real meaning of Christmas. That part is something most of us can only get through watching this holiday movie.
22. White Girl (2016)
Maybe for your Netflix and chill you like to get a little more deep and thoughtful by hitting the indie films. Then White Girl, which dives into the underbelly of New York City teen life, will be exactly what your heart desires.
23. Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
You've probably seen this Eddie Murphy classic a zillion times. It's one of those types of movies. Why not make that a zillion and one?
24. Merry Kissmas (2015)
Sometimes you just need a feel-good love story to keep you going. This made-for-TV movie is that story. Because in this movie, the protagonist, Kayla, wishes for true love, and this movie will be darned if she doesn't get it.
25. I Am Not A Serial Killer (2016)
Christopher Lloyd terrifies in this thriller as a supernatual serial killer. He's being chased down by a teen with his own homicidal leanings, so needless to say this movie goes right into the darkest sides of human nature. Plan for a nice, kind gentle movie after this one to quiet your brain.
26. Toys (1992)
There are very few things as comforting as the comedy of Robin Williams. In Toys, Williams does his standard shtick — goofy accents, physical gags, etc. — but this time he's playing a toymaker around Christmastime so it's even more awesome.
27. The Way Of The Dragon (1972)
Spend some time this holiday season with martial arts master, Bruce Lee. There's something really satisfying about a bunch of guys beating each other up.
28. Holiday Engagement (2011)
The fake fiancé bit never gets old. Ever. This Hallmark movie does the trope again and it's adorable. When Hillary gets dumped she needs to bring somebody home for Christmas. Of course, she'll probably fall in love with whichever guy she chooses.
There you have it. Your automatic get-out-of-hangs card. Thank you, Netflix, for always being there when I need you. Especially when I get invited to another non-denominational winter potluck and need the perfect excuse.
Editor's Note: This article has been updated from its original version.
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