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.
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.
Big Sharks Rule
The Mandalorian Chapter 14
Man vs. Shark
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse: Keep On Rollin, The Big Good Wolf
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
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
Max Keeble's Big Move
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.
Stargate SG-1 (Complete Series)
Angela's Christmas Wish (Netflix Original Movie)
Gormiti: Season 1
Super Wings: Season 3
The Holiday Movies That Made Us: Season 1 (Netflix Original Series)
Alien Worlds — Season 1 (Netflix Original series)
Captain Underpants: Mega Blissmas (Netflix Original Special)
Pokémon Journeys: The Series — Part 3 (Netflix Original series)
Detention: The Series — Season 1 (Netflix Original series)
Mighty Express: A Mighty Christmas (Netflix Original Special)
Spirit Riding Free: Ride Along Adventure (Netflix Original Movie)
Super Monsters: Santa's Super Monster Helpers (Netflix Original Special)
Pup Academy: Season 2
The Midnight Sky (Netflix Original Movie)
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Season 4 (Netflix Original Series)
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.
30 Days of Night
Angels & Demons
Charlotte's Web (1973)
Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist
Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties
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
The Hardy Boys: Season 1
The Fairy Princess and the Unicorn
Dr. Seuss' The Grinch Musical!
Madagascar: A Little Wild: Season 2
Hitman: Agent 47
NOS4A2: Season 2
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.
Angels & Demons
Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs
The Spy Who Loved Me
NOVA: The Planets: Season 1 (PBS Documentaries)
Tom & Jerry Tales: Season 1 (Boomerang)
Wild Kratts: China Adventure: Season 1 (PBS Kids)
Clifford the Big Red Dog: Season 3A (Amazon Original Series)
The Wilds: Season 1 (Amazon Original Series)
The Expanse: Season 5 (Amazon Original Series)
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.
The Adventures of Pinocchio
A Cinderella Story: If The Shoe Fits
The Crow: City Of Angels
The Crow: Wicked Prayer
Deep Blue Sea
Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
Falling Skies (Complete Series)
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
Harry And The Hendersons
Joe Versus the Volcano
Kung Fu Panda 2
The Last Samurai
Nancy Drew (2007)
The Omega Man
Shaun of the Dead
Snakes on a Plane
Snow White and the Huntsman (Unrated Version)
Stargirl: Season 1
Tom and Jerry: A Nutcracker Tale
Tom And Jerry: Santa's Little Helpers
Wrath of the Titans
Looney Tunes Cartoons, Bugs Bunny's 24 Carrot, Holiday Special Premiere
Bright Now: Alien Worlds
Sesame Street: Holiday at Hooper's
Wonder Woman 1984
His Dark Materials: Season 2 Finale
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.
The Dark Knight
Fast & Furious 6
Jet Li's Fearless
The Mummy: Tomb of The Dragon Emperor
The Ninth Gate
Tremors 3: Back to Perfection
Tremors 4: The Legend Begins
Tremors 5: Bloodlines
Limetown Season 1
Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town
Child's Play 2
Child's Play 3
CBS ALL ACCESS
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.
Star Trek: Discovery: "The Sanctuary"
Star Trek: Discovery: "Terra Firma Part 1"
Star Trek: Discovery: "Terra Firma Part 2"
The Stand Series Premiere: "The End"
Star Trek: Discovery: "The Citadel"
The Stand: "Pocket Savior"
Star Trek: Discovery: "The Good of the People"
The Stand: "Blank Pages"
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.
Bram Stoker's Dracula
The Lost Boys
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 Fifth Cord
New York Ripper
The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave
The Red Queen Kills Seven Times
Short Night of Glass Dolls
Your Vice is a Locked Room
What Have You Done to Solange
Anything For Jackson (Shudder Original)
Let the Corpses Tan
Eli Roth's History of Horror Season 2
Joe Bob Saves Christmas (Shudder Special)
A Good Woman Is Hard to Find
Let us Prey
The Pale Door (Shudder Original)
A Creepshow Holiday Special (Shudder Special)
Luz: The Flower of Evil
The Soul Collector
28 Weeks Later
Attack the Block
Beyond the Woods
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
Crank 2: High Voltage
Down a Dark Hall
Eat Brains Love
Fly Me to the Moon
Helix - Seasons 1-2
King Arthur (2017)
Kung Fu Panda
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
The November Man
Red Riding Hood
Reign of Fire
The White King