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What’s New on Netflix Canada—Plus, What’s Leaving—in December

A new Selena biopic, Chadwick Boseman's final role, and more can't-miss gems are heading to the streamer before the end of the year

Everything that’s coming to Netflix Canada in December

Dec 1: A Christmas Catch
Dec 1: Angela’s Christmas Wish
Dec 1: Christmas With a Prince
Dec 1: Christmas Wonderland
Dec 1: Don’t Let Go
Dec 1: Natalie Palamides: Nate – A One Man Show
Dec 1: The Dressmaker
Dec 1: 2012
Dec 1: Annie
Dec 1: Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
Dec 1: Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
Dec 1: G.I. Joe: Retaliation
Dec 1: G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra
Dec 1: Godzilla
Dec 1: Gridiron Gang
Dec 1: Gormit, Season 1
Dec 1: Heart & Soul, Season 1
Dec 1: The Holiday Movies That Made Us, Volume 1
Dec 1: Juliet Naked
Dec 1: Odd Squad, Seasons 1–2
Dec 1: The Vow
Dec 1: Walking Tall
Dec 1: Transformers Rescue Bots Academy, Season 2
Dec 1: Super Wings, Season 3
Dec 1: They Shall Not Grow Old
Dec 1: Thomas & Friends: Thomas and the Royal Engine
Dec 1: Traffik
Dec 1: U-Turn, Season 1
Dec 2: Alien Worlds, Season 1
Dec 2: Ari Eldjarn: Pardon My Icelandic
Dec 2: Fierce
Dec 2: Battleship
Dec 2: Big Fat Liar
Dec 2: Carlito’s Way
Dec 2: Children of Men
Dec 2: Half Baked
Dec 2: Workin’ Moms, Season 4
Dec 2: Hazel Brugger: Tropical
Dec 2: Johnny English
Dec 3: Break
Dec 3: Chico Bon Bon and the Very Berry Holiday, Season 1
Dec 3: Just Another Christmas
Dec 4: Big Mouth, Season 4
Dec 4: Bombay Rose
Dec 4: Bhaag Beanie Bhaag
Dec 4: Captain Underpants: Mega Blissmass, Season 1
Dec 4: Christmas Crossfire
Dec 4: Kings of Jo’Burg, Season 1
Dec 4: Leyla Everlasting
Dec 4: Mank (2020)
Dec 4: Selena: The Series, Part 1
Dec 5: Detention: The Series, Season 1
Dec 5: The Grinch (2018)
Dec 5: Mighty Express: A Mighty Christmas, Season 1
Dec 6: Everybody Knows
Dec 7: 100 Days My Prince, Season 1
Dec 7: Ava
Dec 7: The Claus Family
Dec 8: Andre & His Olive Tree
Dec 8: Lovestruck in the City
Dec 8: Emicida: AmarElo – It’s All For Yesterday
Dec 8: Mr. Iglesias, Part 3
Dec 8: Spirit Riding Free: Ride Along Adventures
Dec 8: Super Monsters: Santa’s Super Monster Helpers, Season 1
Dec 9: Ashley Garcia: Genius In Love: Christmas (New episodes)
Dec 9: The Big Show Show: Christmas (New episodes)
Dec 9: Regiment Diaries, Season 2
Dec 9: Rose Island (2020)
Dec 9: The Surgeon’s Cut
Dec 10: Alice in Borderland, Season 1
Dec 11: A Trash Truck Christmas, Season 1
Dec 11: El desorden que dejas/ The Mess You Leave Behind
Dec 11: Giving Voice
Dec 11: Canvas
Dec 11: The Prom
Dec 14: Tiny Pretty Things, Season 1
Dec 14: Hilda, Season 2
Dec 14: A California Christmas
Dec 15: Song Exploder, Volume 2
Dec 15: PAW Patrol, Season 7
Dec 15: Pup Academy, Season 1–2
Dec 16: Anitta: Made In Honório, Season 1
Dec 16: Break It All: The History of Rock in Latin America
Dec 16: How to Ruin Christmas: The Wedding
Dec 16: The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
Dec 16: The Ripper
Dec 16: Run On
Dec 16: Vir Das: Outside In – The Lockdown Special
Dec 18: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Dec 18: Home for Christmas, Season 2
Dec 18: Sweet Home
Dec 22: London Hughes: To Catch a Dick
Dec 22: Rhyme Time Town Singalongs
Dec 23: The Midnight Sky
Dec 23: Your Name Engraved Herein
Dec 24: A Dog’s Way Home
Dec 24: Holmes & Watson
Dec 25: Bridgerton, Season 1
Dec 25: Grandma’s Last Wishes
Dec 25: Rogue
Dec 26: Asphalt Burning
Dec 26: DNA
Dec 26: Fast & Furious Spy Racer, Season 3: Sahara
Dec 26: Go! Go! Cory Carson, Season 3
Dec 26: The Magic School Bus Rides Again in the Zone
Dec 28: A Simple Favor
Dec 28: Cops and Robbers
Dec 28: Isn’t It Romantic
Dec 28: The Spy Who Dumped Me
Dec 30: Best Leftovers Ever!
Dec 30 Equinox
Dec 30: Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy: Chapter 2, Earthrise
Dec 30: Wentworth, Season 8
Dec 31: A Nice Girl Like You
Dec 31: Best of Stand-Up 2020
Dec 31: The Children Act
Dec 31: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Part 4
Dec 31: Dragon Ball Super: Broly
Dec 31: Hotel Artemis
Dec 31: Sorry to Bother You

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We did it, everyone. We’ve made it to the final weeks of 2020!

What a year, huh? Lots of tough stuff, but maybe a few glimmers of hope in the mix? Just enough of a tease to suggest that for all the challenges we faced together over these last twelve months, the road ahead will be bright? I believe so, and I say that with little more than a copy of Kylie Minogue’s DISCO, a photograph of Kamala Harris and a surprisingly flattering home haircut.

After a solid year of original content (Never Have I Ever, The Queen’s Gambit, Unsolved Mysteries, The Baby-Sitters Club), Netflix Canada ends it on a high note. Want your Shonda soaps? A Ryan Murphy musical? A David Fincher original? All here, plus so much more.

So, kick back, relax and treat yourself to some Grade A content. Here, our top picks for what to watch on Netflix Canada in December.

Mank (12/04)

After dabbling with serial killer profiling for two seasons on Mindhunter, David Fincher shifts gears to Golden Era Hollywood with this biographical drama about Citizen Kane screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz, starring Gary Oldman, Amanda Seyfried and Lily Collins, and written by Fincher’s father, Jack. Advance reviews have been overwhelmingly positive, and the trailers (in typical Fincher style) have been incredible. I expect this one to get some Oscar love.

Selena: The Series (12/04)

The tragic story of Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla-Perez was famously adapted into the 1997 drama that kickstarted Jennifer Lopez’s film career, but (believe it or not) that was twenty-three years ago and you are officially old! Despite claims from the original film’s producer that he had exclusive access to the singer’s life rights, her father and sister went ahead and sanctioned this Netflix original series adaptation—and so a swirl of conflict continues to exist around this poor woman’s legacy. Sigh. Nonetheless, this looks to be a bit more in-depth than J.Lo’s film, so it should be worth a watch.

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The Prom (12/11)

Thought experiment time! Try to imagine the gayest musical you possibly can. Would it be a film based on a Broadway play about New York City stage stars, rallying around a same-sex couple going to prom in their conservative small town? OK! Would it star Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Andrew Rannells, James Cordon and Kerry Washington? Sure! Would it be produced by Ryan Murphy and released on Netflix, with an eye to awards consideration? Totally! Well, congratulations, y’all. Dreams really do come true.

Tiny Pretty Things (12/14)

Sona Charaipotra’s best-selling novel about the ruthless dancers at an elite ballet school who will stop at nothing to be prima finally makes its way to the small screen. It’s Back Swan meets Pretty Little Liars! Look, as someone who loves ballet, drama and homicide, this is ticking all the boxes for me. Plus, it was shot in Toronto! And the creator/showrunner is Queer as Folk/Bomb Girls’ Michael MacLennan! And Lauren Holly headlines it!

The Midnight Sky (12/23)

From Wikipedia: “This post-apocalyptic tale follows Augustine (George Clooney), a lonely scientist in the Arctic, as he races to stop Sully (Felicity Jones) and her fellow astronauts from returning home to a mysterious global catastrophe.” Directed by Clooney, this buzz-worthy feature is based on Lily Brooks-Dalton’s popular novel Good Morning, Midnight and stars David Oyelowo, Tiffany Boone and Kyle Chandler. This cast! So full of rugged babes, OMG.

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Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (12/18)

In a regular year (and a regular awards season), this film would be selling out just about every arthouse theatre in town. An adaptation of the August Wilson play that centres on legendary blues singer Ma Rainey’s recording of “Mother of the Blues,” this flick stars Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman (in his final onscreen appearance) and is produced by Denzel Washington. Universal acclaim! And a possible posthumous Oscar for Boseman? Maybe. I know I’ll be watching.

Bridgerton (12/25)

If Gossip Girl had sex with a Jane Austen novel and then had a baby, you’d probably get something akin to Julia Quinn’s bestselling Bridgerton book series. Well, here is the Netflix adaptation, shepherded by none other than Grey’s Anatomy mastermind Shonda Rhimes! Ooooh, this looks juicy in all the right ways, combining the ensemble sparkle of the best Shondaland shows with the repressed, period-specific romance of all Regency era productions.  This thing was basically grown in a lab to appeal to you, my loyal readers. Check it out.

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (12/31)

All good things must come to an end…even dark witchcraft-related coming-of-age stories. Netflix decided to put an end to Kiernan Shipka’s Riverdale spin-off after two seasons, but leaves us with eight action-packed episodes designed to give fans some element of closure—or at least I hope they do? I think the cancellation came as a bit of a surprise to the creative team. Who knows! Anyhow, watch as The Eldritch Terrors descend upon Greendale, forcing Sabrina & co. to fight them off once and for all.

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Plus, make sure you catch these titles before they’re gone for good!

Everything that’s leaving Netflix in December

Leaving Dec 2: Billy Madison
Leaving Dec 2: The Fast and the Furious
Leaving Dec 2: 2 Fast 2 Furious
Leaving Dec 2: The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
Leaving Dec 2: Fast & Furious
Leaving Dec 2: Fast Five
Leaving Dec 2: Fast & Furious 6
Leaving Dec 2: Furious 7
Leaving Dec 30: The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Seasons 1–6
Leaving Dec 31: Forensic Files, Collections 1–9 (Trust me, my mom is devastated.)
Leaving Dec 31: Gossip Girl, Seasons 1–6