Everything streaming on Netflix, Stan, BINGE, Amazon Prime Video and DISNEY+ that’s worth your time from December 20-26.
Jim Gaffigan: Comedy Monster (21st)
Jim Gaffigan’s comedy special deals with 2021, the pandemic that will not die, the realities of having five (!) children and other wry, light-hearted observations about modern life. Agreeable nonsense that’s perfect for the silly season.
Emily in Paris S2 (22nd)
If you loved Emily’s first season of adventures in an alarmingly stereotypical version of France, you’ll probably want to tune into the next season too. Lily Collins is delightful even if the scripts aren’t always up to her level.
There’s a really big lizard. There’s a really big monkey. And friends, they are going to punch on like they’ve just realised the other one’s been catfishing them for months. Place your bets on who wins in this entertaining monster mash!
The Silent Sea (24th)
Brand spanking new South Korean sci-fi series about a perilous mission to the moon looks like a tense, engaging winner. Expect plenty of twists and turns along the way in this lunar yarn.
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Don’t Look Up (24th)
Hilarious, sharp and star-studded satire about scientists attempting to warn people about an approaching asteroid… and not being listened to (sound familiar?). Stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence, Cate Blanchett and basically everyone currently alive in Hollywood.
Jimmy Carr: His Dark Material (25th)
The UK’s snarkiest Pom, Jimmy Carr, returns with a comedy special that’s sure to delight and offend in equal measure. Probably not one for the whole family, mind you, but fans of dry, dark wit will rejoice.
Evil S2 (20th)
The second season of the criminally underrated series — about a psychologist and a priest-in-training solving supernatural mysteries — is here and guaranteed to put a shiver up your spine.
The Vicar of Dibley: Christmas Special 2020: Dibley in Lockdown (22nd)
So, look, yes this is the Vicar of Dibley special from 2020. But 2020 was basically just an unnecessary reboot of 2021, so the same jokes pretty much apply. Perfect lightweight, easily digestible Christmas fun.
Bump S2 (26th)
Bump was one of the best surprises of 2021, and the first season of a superb Aussie TV series. Well, season two is here already and will bring more of the smart comedy and surprising pathos that made the first outing such a treat.
The First Silent Night (24th)
Join delightful British actor Simon Callow (Four Weddings and a Funeral) as he journeys to Austria to discover the origins of the popular Chrissy carol, "Silent Night".
It’s Christmas Eve. The kids are feral, the relatives even more so and it’s going to get worse before it gets better. Why not grab a cheeky bucket of wine and enjoy this classic musical. With headphones. Hiding under the bed. Go on. We won’t tell anyone.
Love Me S1 (26th)
Superb-looking Aussie drama starring Hugo Weaving and Bojana Novakovic, about different family members dealing with modern love at different stages of their life. Could be a must-see if early buzz is to be believed.
Being the Ricardos (21st)
Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing, The Trial of the Chicago 7) has a crack at bringing the true story of Lucille Ball and Desi Amaz to life. Starring Nicole Kidman (!) and Javier Bardem, this could go either way… but we’ll defo be watching it regardless.
I, Tonya (21st)
Although it allegedly has an... erm, complicated relationship with the true events, this Tonya Harding biopic flick starring Margot Robbie and Allison Janney is an absolute cracker and well worth your time.
Yearly Departed (24th)
Yvonne Orji hosts this comedy roast/eulogy of 2021. Also stars Jane Fonda, X Mayo, Aparna Nancherla, Chelsea Peretti, Dulcé Sloan and Megan Stalter, and a musical performance by Alessia Cara.
Final Account (25th)
Never before seen interviews with survivors from the last living generation of Hitler’s Third Reich. So, you know, that should be cheerful Christmas viewing.
Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD S7 (22nd)
Although it seems a little dodgy compared to the likes of Loki and WandaVision, AoS was a fun little yarn that deserves to be appreciated on streaming. And now it can be!
The Con S1 (22nd)
Narrated by Whoopi Goldberg, The Con is a docu-series exploring the troubling tales of people being taken in by offers that were quite literally too good to be true.
Marvel’s Runaways S3 (22nd)
Another slightly underappreciated Marvel adaptation, this one revolving around a group of superpowered kids whose parents are legit evil. Which, you know, should be relatable for a lot of teenagers.
Fight Club (24th)
Starring Edward Norton and Brad Pitt, directed by David Fincher and based on the incendiary book by Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club is one of the most subversive and smartest films ever made. It’s not exactly a Chrissy movie, mind you, so maybe wait until the kids are asleep.
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