The year is ending with a bang when it comes to streaming, with OG services and upstarts all bringing plenty of A-list material to keep us warm this winter. From space sagas to fantasy epics, there's plenty to check out.
Netflix is absolutely loaded for December, with ambitious original series The Witcher (starring Henry Cavill) making its long-awaited debut. The service is also dropping Season 2 of the sci-fi adventure Lost in Space, plus the vampire thriller series V Wars. On the original film side, the Ryan Reynolds spy-fi-ish vehicle 6 Underground also debuts in December.
Amazon is taking a big swing with an acquired original, as the fourth season of the acclaimed sci-fi series The Expanse premieres. Hulu is bringing a treat for Marvel fans with the third and final season of The Runaways going live. The service will also have a double dose of its horror anthology Into the Dark.
Looking to the newbies, Disney+ will have new episode of the Star Wars live-action series The Mandalorian, while Apple TV+ will be rolling out new installments of SEE, For All Mankind, and M. Night Shyamalan’s mysterious new scare-fest Servant. We’ve also spotlighted some horror classics coming to niche horror streamer Shudder for the month.
V Wars: This series looks to take an action spin on a vampire outbreak, focusing on its effects on society and how a world might cope with modern-day vampires. It's violent, bloody, and could make for a great winter binge.
The Witcher: It’s finally here. Netflix is bringing the beloved Witcher franchise to live action with A-lister Henry Cavill front and center. Early trailers and footage have looked gorgeous, and this could certainly be the breakout hit for Netflix this season.
6 Underground: Think Fast and Furious meets Mission: Impossible and you’ll have an inkling of what this Ryan Reynolds action vehicle directed by Michael Bay is bringing to the mix. We’d expect plenty of that trademark Deadpool-esque charm mixed in amongst the action scenes.
Lost in Space (Season 2): The first season of this largely family-friendly sci-fi adventure was a romp through a strange new world and dropped some major shake-ups in the finale that sets up a potentially darker arc for Season 2.
A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish
The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl
Austin Powers in Goldmember
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
Nightflyers: Season 1
Magic for Humans: Season 2
V Wars — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Spirit Riding Free: The Spirit of Christmas
Outlander: Season 3
6 Underground (Netflix Film)
The Witcher (Netflix Original)
Transformers Rescue Bots Academy: Season 1
Lost in Space: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
Fast & Furious Spy Racers
The Secret Life of Pets 2
Die Another Day
Tomorrow Never Dies
The World Is Not Enough
Into The Dark: "A Nasty Piece of Work," "Midnight Kiss": Episode Premiere: Hulu's horror anthology is still going strong, and fans get two freaky new episodes to ring in this Christmas season.
Marvel’s Runaways: Season 3: It's a shame this series is coming to an end with its third season, but at least fans get a whole new season of adventures to send these teenage heroes out in style.
Bumblebee: This low-key revamp of the Transformers franchise gave the giant robots some much-needed heart, and if you happened to miss it the first time around, this is a perfect opportunity to head back to the 1980s for a long-lost adventure.
Unikitty: Complete Season 2A (Cartoon Network)
2 Fast 2 Furious
28 Weeks Later
A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner!
The Fast and the Furious
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
Half-Shell Heroes: Blast to the Past
Hellboy II: The Golden Army
Kill Bill: Volume 1
Kill Bill: Volume 2
How to Train Your Dragon: Homecoming
How to Train Your Dragon: Snoggletog Log
Into The Dark: A Nasty Piece of Work: Episode Premiere
Marvel’s Runaways: Complete Season 3
Fast & Furious
Into The Dark: Midnight Kiss: Episode Premiere
Preacher: Complete Season 4
The Orville: Complete Season 2
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
The Expanse Season 4: It’s basically Game of Thrones in space, though hopefully without such a divisive ending (when the ending eventually comes).
Bumblebee: Yep, this one is also on Amazon. So, plenty of options to see where the Transformers franchise is going next.
Clifford: Season 1A, Amazon Original
The Expanse: Season 4, Amazon Original
The Aeronauts: Amazon Original movie
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
The Mandalorian: We don't get a new original series, but December will see the first season of Star Wars’ first-ever live-action TV series continue to roll out new episodes. What's the full story of Baby Yoda? Tune in to find out.
Thor: Ragnarok: One of the coolest, funniest Marvel movies ever made is set to spice up the Disney+ lineup to end the year. Sure, you’ve probably seen it 100 times. It doesn't matter, because it's still awesome the 101st time.
Henry Hugglemonster (Seasons 1-2)
Miles From Tomorrowland (Seasons 1-3)
Star vs. The Forces of Evil (Seasons 1-4)
The Lion Guard (Season 3)
Marvel Rising: Chasing Ghosts
Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors, Heart of Iron
One Day at Disney
The Mandalorian, Chapter 5
Marvel's Hero Project, Episode 105: Mighty Rebekah
The Imagineering Story, Part 5: A Carousel of Progress
The World According to Jeff Goldblum, Episode 105, BBQ
Forky Asks A Question: What Is Love?
Alice Through the Looking Glass
The Mandalorian, Chapter 6
Marvel's Hero Project, Episode 106: Make Way For Jahkil
The Imagineering Story: Finale, Part 6: To Infinity and Beyond
The World According to Jeff Goldblum, Episode 106: Gaming
Forky Asks A Question, What Is a Computer?
*More movies and TV shows are expected to roll out toward the end of December, but they have not been officially announced or confirmed by Disney.
Apple’s streaming service still has plenty of new episodes left to roll out in December. Ongoing originals For All Mankind and SEE will continue, while newcomer Servant (which debuted on Thanksgiving) will also have new episodes coming throughout December. Servant is the buzzy M. Night Shyamalan horror series about a creepy baby doll and some much deeper mysteries around it.
There are plenty of horror classics joining the scare-focused streaming service this month, but arguably the most interesting highlight is Joe Bob's Red Christmas, which is a hosted "event" pulling together some cult classics to ring in the holiday season with a bit of blood.
The Lost Boys
The People Under the Stairs
The Serpent and the Rainbow
Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2
The Head Hunter
Iskander: Shadow of the River (Miniseries)
Joe Bob's Red Christmas
Class of 1984
From the Dark
Smoke and Mirrors: The Story of Tom Savini