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All the sci-fi TV and movies coming to streaming in December 2020

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Nov 30, 2020, 11:00 AM EST

It's the holiday season, and there's plenty of awesome stuff to watch on streaming — even outside all the usual Santa-centric fare you might expect. From space adventures to Pixar's latest, let's dig in.

Amazon Prime is bringing the fifth (and penultimate) season of The Expanse, which finds a massive threat headed toward Earth and a whole bunch of space exploring drama. Disney Plus is continuing to roll out more episodes of The Mandalorian, plus the buzzy new Pixar flick Soul. Netflix, not to be outdone, is also dropping its high-concept sci-fi film The Midnight Sky, from George Clooney. The OG streamer is also adding the full run of Stargate SG-1 for your bingeing pleasure.

HBO Max arguably has the biggest surprise of any service, with the debut of new DC flick Wonder Woman 1984, which is being simultaneously released in theaters and on the streamer. Hulu has its new Hardy Boys mystery, along with the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the creepy thriller Rent-A-Pal (starring Trek alum Wil Wheaton). CBS All Access has its high-concept adaptation of The Stand, plus new episodes of Star Trek: Discovery.

And that's not even mentioning what's coming to Peacock, Shudder and the rest! Let's dig in.

DISNEY PLUS

HIGHLIGHTS

Soul: Pixar's next big film is skipping theaters and heading straight to Disney+ as an exclusive original film. Unlike Mulan, it'll be available for all subscribers with no additional fee. So, Merry Christmas! The film carries some spiritual connections to fellow Pixar hit Inside Out, and follows a music teacher (Jamie Foxx) who suffers an accident, and has to team up with an entity voiced by Tina Fey to try and return his soul to his body.

The Mandalorian: The second season of the live-action Star Wars series continues its rollout into December, with Mando and The Child on the search for the remaining Jedi still scattered around the galaxy. Season 2 has been action-packed and looks to keep on rocking toward Christmas.

December 4
Anastasia
Big

Big Sharks Rule
Godmothered
The Mandalorian Chapter 14

Man vs. Shark
Mulan (1998)

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
Sky High
The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse: Keep On Rollin, The Big Good Wolf

December 11
Disney Channel's Epic Holiday Showdown
Disney Holiday Magic Quest
The Mandalorian Chapter 15

Ralph Breaks the Internet

The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse: The Brave Little Squire, An Ordinary Date

December 18
Arendelle Castle Yule Log
Buried Truth of the Maya
Cosmos: Possible Worlds (S1)
Disney Parks Sunrise Series (S1)

Disney Rapunzel's Tangled Adventure (S3)
Dory's Reef Cam

Eddie the Eagle
Into the Woods

The Mandalorian: Chapter 16

The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse: Supermarket Scramble, Just the Four of Us

December 25

Max Keeble's Big Move

Pixar Spark
Short Burrow
Soul


NETFLIX

HIGHLIGHTS

The Midnight Sky: The streamer is taking one of its biggest original sci-fi swings this month with Midnight Sky, an epic space tale starring George Clooney and Felicity Jones. The story follows a scientist who is racing to help stop a team of astronauts from returning to Earth due to a global catastrophe. The film is directed by Clooney and based on Lily Brooks-Dalton's acclaimed novel Good Morning, Midnight.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Season 4: The final batch of episodes for the teen-centric horror series finally arrives, bringing some of the most ambitious (and yeah, chilling) storylines to date. It's a shame to see the series go, but it certainly looks like it'll go out with a bang, some blood, and plenty of scares.

Stargate SG-1 (Complete Series): It's bounced around other services in recent years, but now the long-running Stargate SG-1 series is hitting Netflix. If you're looking to revisit the sci-fi adventure (it makes for some mighty fine, world-saving comfort food), or discover it for the first time — there's never a bad time to step through the ‘gate.

December 1
Stargate SG-1 (Complete Series)
Angela's Christmas Wish (Netflix Original Movie)
Gormiti: Season 1
Peppermint
Super Wings: Season 3
The Holiday Movies That Made Us: Season 1 (Netflix Original Series)
U-Turn

December 2
Alien Worlds — Season 1 (Netflix Original series)

December 4
Captain Underpants: Mega Blissmas (Netflix Original Special)
Pokémon Journeys: The Series — Part 3 (Netflix Original series)

December 5
Detention: The Series — Season 1 (Netflix Original series)
Mighty Express: A Mighty Christmas (Netflix Original Special)

December 7
Spirit Riding Free: Ride Along Adventure (Netflix Original Movie)
Super Monsters: Santa's Super Monster Helpers (Netflix Original Special)

December 15
Pup Academy: Season 2

December 23
The Midnight Sky (Netflix Original Movie)

December 31
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Season 4 (Netflix Original Series)


HULU

HIGHLIGHTS

The Hardy Boys: Hulu is getting in on the Nancy Drew-esque action with a Hardy Boys slant with this fresh adaptation. It'll follow the young sleuths as they dig into the tragedy that changed their loves. Expect lots of sinister secrets along the way.

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy: All these years later, and Peter Jackson's OG Middle-earth trilogy remains one of the greatest fantasy adventures ever put to film. And now? You can stream it all, conveniently, in one place in its entirety.

Rent-A-Pal: This freaky thriller, starring Star Trek fan favorite Will Wheaton, is set in 1990 and follows a lonely man who tries to "rent" a friend through a VHS tape service. It only gets a whole lot weirder and more terrifying from there.

December 1
30 Days of Night
Angels & Demons
Charlotte's Web (1973)
Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist
Dr. No
Dragonball: Evolution
Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties
Goldeneye
Goldfinger
Hulk
Sunshine
The 6th Day
The Da Vinci Code
The Fifth Element
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
The Mummy: Tomb of The Dragon Emperor
The November Man
The Spy Who Loved Me

December 4
The Hardy Boys: Season 1

December 8
The Fairy Princess and the Unicorn

December 10
Dr. Seuss' The Grinch Musical!

December 11
Rent-A-Pal
Spy Cat
Madagascar: A Little Wild: Season 2

December 15
Hitman: Agent 47

December 21
NOS4A2: Season 2


AMAZON PRIME

HIGHLIGHTS

The Expanse (Season 5): One of the greatest sci-fi shows in modern history returns with a brand new batch of episodes. The Ring is open, there are worlds to explore, and humanity is still as fractured and screwed up as ever. Oh, and did we mention there's an attack headed for Earth? Thankfully, the creative team has plenty of time left to work out the rest of the drama, as the show has already been renewed for a sixth and final season.

December 1
2012
Anaconda
Angels & Demons
Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs
Dr. No
Goldeneye
Goldfinger
Priest
The Spy Who Loved Me
True Lies
NOVA: The Planets: Season 1 (PBS Documentaries)
Tom & Jerry Tales: Season 1 (Boomerang)
Wild Kratts: China Adventure: Season 1 (PBS Kids)

December 11
Clifford the Big Red Dog: Season 3A (Amazon Original Series)
The Wilds: Season 1 (Amazon Original Series)

December 16
The Expanse: Season 5 (Amazon Original Series)


HBO MAX

HIGHLIGHTS

Falling Skies (Complete Series): It's been a long time since this fan favorite sci-fi series, about the remnants of humanity fighting back in an alien-occupied world, has been available on streaming. But it's finally back in action and easy to find. The show ran on TNT from 2011-2015, and starred Noah Wyle and Moon Bloodgood as survivors trying to keep their friends and families alive.

Wonder Woman 1984: Due to the pandemic, one of the biggest movies of 2020 is coming straight to HBO Max — and it'll make for one heck of a good Christmas gift. After being delayed a couple of times, the eagerly anticipated Wonder Woman sequel will have a simultaneous HBO Max and theatrical release (where theaters are still open at this point). The film brings back Gal Gadot and Chris Pine, and introduces Kristen Wiig and Pedro Pascal to this stunning corner of the DC Universe.

December 1
The Adventures of Pinocchio
Annabelle: Creation
A Cinderella Story: If The Shoe Fits
Code 46
The Crow
The Crow: City Of Angels
The Crow: Wicked Prayer
Deep Blue Sea
Demolition Man
Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
Fallen
Falling Skies (Complete Series)
Final Destination
Final Destination 2
Final Destination 3
The Final Destination
Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home
Free Willy 3: The Rescue
Free Willy: Escape from Pirate's Cove
The Girl With All The Gifts
Gladiator
Harry And The Hendersons
Hot Fuzz
Joe Versus the Volcano
Kung Fu Panda 2
The Last Samurai
Logan's Run
Mars Attacks!
Misery
Nancy Drew (2007)
The Omega Man
Outbreak
Robots
Sanctum
The Sentinel
Shaun of the Dead
Snakes on a Plane
Snow White and the Huntsman (Unrated Version)
SPAWN (1997)
Stargirl: Season 1
THX 1138
Tom and Jerry: A Nutcracker Tale
Tom And Jerry: Santa's Little Helpers
Westworld (1973)
Wrath of the Titans
Yogi Bear

December 3
Looney Tunes Cartoons, Bugs Bunny's 24 Carrot, Holiday Special Premiere

December 4
Bright Now: Alien Worlds

December 17
Sesame Street: Holiday at Hooper's

December 25
Wonder Woman 1984

December 28
His Dark Materials: Season 2 Finale


PEACOCK

HIGHLIGHTS

Tremors Film Series: Looking for a little horror and comedy to keep you busy? Peacock is digging deep with several episodes in the Tremors film series, about a group of ragtag heroes who take on underground monsters dubbed Graboids. From its humble small town desert roots, the franchise has expanded out to everywhere from the jungles to the arctic in subsequent sequels. So there's plenty to keep the concept fresh.

Limetown Season 1: The acclaimed original series that first debuted on Facebook Watch makes the jump to Peacock, based on the podcast of the same name, about a journalist looking into a rash of disappearances at a research facility. The series stars Jessica Biel and Stanley Tucci.

The Skulls: This is Peak 2000 in all the best ways. It stars Joshua Jackson, Paul Walker and Leslie Bibb, and digs into a secret society conspiracy. Jackson's character is a "townie" who gets in way too deep in the secret society known as "The Skulls." Critics absolutely savaged the film, though for fans of the era and the age, holds a certain cult appeal.

December 1
Batman Begins
Beetlejuice
The Dark Knight
Fast & Furious 6
The Goonies
Hulk
Jet Li's Fearless
The Mummy: Tomb of The Dragon Emperor
The Ninth Gate
Red 2
Robin Hood
Santa's Slay
Se7en
Serenity
The Skulls
Sleepy Hollow
Space Jam
Tremors
Tremors II
Tremors 3: Back to Perfection
Tremors 4: The Legend Begins
Tremors 5: Bloodlines

December 3
Limetown Season 1

December 20
Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town

December 31
Child's Play 2
Child's Play 3


CBS ALL ACCESS

HIGHLIGHTS

The Stand: One of CBS All Access' most ambitious projects to date finally arrives in The Stand, a miniseries adaptation of one of Stephen King's most ambitious works. Directed by Josh Boone (The New Mutants), the post-apocalyptic tale of a world ravaged by a virus (ahem) stars a bevy of A-listers, including James Marsden, Amber Heard, Greg Kinnear, Whoopi Goldberg, Ezra Miller and a whole lot more.

December 3
Star Trek: Discovery: "The Sanctuary"

December 10
Star Trek: Discovery: "Terra Firma Part 1"

December 17
Star Trek: Discovery: "Terra Firma Part 2"
The Stand Series Premiere: "The End"

December 24
Star Trek: Discovery: "The Citadel"
The Stand: "Pocket Savior"

December 31
Star Trek: Discovery: "The Good of the People"
The Stand: "Blank Pages"


SHUDDER

HIGHLIGHTS

A Creepshow Holiday Special: Showrunner Greg Nicotero directs this special episode of the horror anthology, starring Adam Pally and Anna Camp. The hour-long, holiday-themed episode "Shapeshifters Anonymous" follows a man (Pally) with a unique condition searching for a support group.

Shudder

December 1
Bram Stoker's Dracula
The Lost Boys

December 2
A Blade in the Dark
Black Belly of the Tarantula
The Case of the Bloody Iris
The Corruption of Chris Miller
Death Laid an Egg
The Editor
The Fifth Cord
New York Ripper
The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave
The Red Queen Kills Seven Times
Short Night of Glass Dolls
Stagefright
Torso
Trauma
Your Vice is a Locked Room
What Have You Done to Solange

December 3
Anything For Jackson (Shudder Original)
Castle Freak

December 7
Let the Corpses Tan
VFW
Zombi Child

December 10
Eli Roth's History of Horror Season 2

December 11
Joe Bob Saves Christmas (Shudder Special)

December 14
A Good Woman Is Hard to Find
Let us Prey

December 17
The Pale Door (Shudder Original)

December 18
A Creepshow Holiday Special (Shudder Special)

December 21
Luz: The Flower of Evil
The Soul Collector


TUBI

December 1
28 Weeks Later
Anaconda
Attack the Block
Beyond the Woods
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
Crank 2: High Voltage
Down a Dark Hall
Eat Brains Love
Escape Plan
Fly Me to the Moon
Helix - Seasons 1-2
Hitman
Hostage
I, Frankenstein
Imagine That
Jumper
King Arthur (2017)
Kung Fu Panda
Max Payne 
Miss Minoes
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
The November Man
Predators
Reasonable Doubt
Red Riding Hood
Reign of Fire
TMNT
The White King

December 11
Gravity