10 things you need to watch on Netflix this December

10 things you need to watch on Netflix this December
If you need a break from Christmas (Picture: Netflix)

If you’re looking for a break from all the festive TV specials this December, look no further than Netflix.

Over the final 31 days of the year, the streaming service will premiere a brand-new German-language supernatural drama and a true crime docuseries.

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It will also welcome the return of its two-time Golden Globe winning historical epic, a hipster-friendly anthology and an old-school red state comedy.

On the movie front, there are also first airings for a voyeuristic true-life tale, an A-list fantastical cop thriller and one of this year’s biggest blockbusters.

Here’s a closer look at everything you need to look out for over the next few weeks.

Dark (Dec 1)

Netflix’s first original German-language series, Dark, is a supernatural drama which, thanks to its missing kids premise, is inevitably drawing comparisons to Stranger Things.

Set in the small German town of Winden, the 10-parter explores the disappearances of three young children spanning over half a century, with elements of time-travel, sci-fi and Twin Peaks-esque horror also thrown into the mix.

Voyeur (Dec 1)

This original documentary sees legendary New York journalist Gay Talese explore one of his most famous and most recent stories – the creepy tale of Colorado motel owner Gerald Foos.

Foos made headlines last year following a New Yorker article in which Talese claimed he was a voyeur who had secretly spied on his guests via an ‘observation platform’ he’d constructed in the building’s attic.

Easy Season 2 (Dec 1)

The first series of mumblecore director Joe Swanberg’s anthology was a hit-and-miss affair, which ranged from the charming (Vegan Cinderella) to hipster self-indulgence (Art And Life).

The latter’s Marc Maron is just one of many names returning for a second helping of Chicago-based relationship short stories, with Aubrey Plaza (Parks And Recreation), Joe Lo Truglio (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) and Judy Greer (Arrested Development) being some of the new faces on board.

Guardians Of The Galaxy 2 (Dec 5)

Looking for a big-budget blockbuster that all the family can sit around the TV and watch this Christmas? Look no further than this sequel to the franchise starter that turned Chris Pratt into Hollywood’s newest hero.

Guardians Of The Galaxy 2 doesn’t quite hit the heights of the original – Pratt is pretty much sidelined, while the finale descends into the kind of bombastic nonsense that befalls most modern superhero films – but it’s still an enjoyable ride from start to finish.

The Crown Season 2 (Dec 8)

Winner of an Emmy and two Golden Globes, one of Netflix’s most successful original dramas now returns, with all the royal action now taking place from 1955 to 1964.

The Queen and Prince Phillip’s early relationship struggles will take centre stage, with Prime Ministers Anthony Eden and Harold Macmillan, US President John F. Kennedy and Princess Margaret’s husband Lord Snowdon just some of the new famous figures joining the fold.

Judd Apatow: The Return (Dec 12)

Russell Howard, Craig Ferguson and Dave Chappelle (for a third time in 2017 alone) all have new Netflix originals airing in December, but the most interesting new comedy special undoubtedly belongs to Judd Apatow.

The director of such contemporary comedy classics as The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up and Funny People will be returning to the stage to perform his first stand-up set in 25 years.

Wormwood (Dec 15)

Netflix’s latest venture into true crime combines archival footage, interviews and dramatic reconstructions starring Peter Sarsgaard (An Education) into a six-part series directed by one of the genre’s veterans, Oscar winner Errol Morris (The Thin Blue Line)

Wormwood focuses on Eric Olson’s attempts to discover the truth about his father, who fell to his death from a hotel room in 1953.

It’s a quest that delves deep into the murky world of the CIA, LSD and chemical weapons.

The Ranch Part 4 (Dec 15)

The Ranch Season 2
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The story of a failed pro footballer who heads back to his red state hometown to help out at his family’s troubled estate, The Ranch is a tonally strange blend of traditional studio sitcom and gritty working-class dramedy that divided critics when it first aired last year.

Part four will see audiences finally discover just what happened to Colt’s (Ashton Kutcher) ex-girlfriend Heather and their unborn baby following the alarming call he received from her mother at the hospital at the end of the last episode.

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Bright (Dec 22)

After the critical mauling given to Collateral Beauty, Will Smith will be hoping to get his career back on track by teaming up for a second time with Suicide Squad director David Ayer.

Bright stars Smith as an LAPD officer who joins forces with an Orc (Joel Edgerton) in a fantastical take on the cop thriller, which Netflix reportedly paid a whopping $90m for.

Creep 2 (Dec 23)

Not to be confused with the London underground horror of the same name, 2014 found footage Creep certainly lived up to its name thanks to a hugely unnerving performance from Mark Duplass as the kind of poster that gives Craigslist a bad name.

Duplass’ deranged serial killer returns for this similarly low-key sequel, only this time the videographer he’s hired to document his every move is a little more clued-up and a little tougher to crack.

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