WHAT'S COMING TO NETFLIX THIS DECEMBER
It's the first of the month, so here's a rundown of everything original to look out for on Netflix through the new year!
DARK: This German-language crime/mystery series, about a small town where two young children go missing, aims to scratch your "Stranger Things" itch. It's live on Netflix now.
EASY: Joe Swanberg's romance-themed anthology series has returned for a second season of stories, some of which feature characters who were introduced in Season 1. Dave Franco, Zazie Beetz, Kate Micucci and Jane Adams return while Kate Berlant, Joe Lo Truglio, Aubrey Plaza and Judy Greer join the cast. You can stream Season 2 now.
CRAIG FERGUSON: TICKLE FIGHT: The former late night host's first stand-up special for Netflix drops on December 5.
THE CROWN: Season 2 of Peter Morgan's prestige drama about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, which took Best Drama at this year's Emmy Awards, hits Netflix on December 8. Though John Lithgow will not re-appear as Winston Churchill, Matthew Goode joins the cast as Lord Snowdon, while Michael C. Hall and Jodi Balfour will portray John and Jackie Kennedy. This will be the final season in which Claire Foy plays Queen Elizabeth; she'll be replaced by Olivia Colman for Seasons 3 and 4.
JUDD APATOW: THE RETURN: The famed film director and producer makes his Netflix special debut in "The Return," which was recorded at Montreal's Just for Laughs comedy festival. Apatow recently re-started his stand-up career after a 25 year hiatus.
41 DOGS IN MY HOME: I'll be honest with you, dear reader... This is listed on Netflix's December programming schedule, and seems to refer to an Australian reality series. But now I'm really curious for more details. If you have any info about what "41 Dogs in My Home" might be all about, hit reply on this email and let me know.
ERASED: This live-action series from Japan is adapted from a manga by Kei Sanbe, and was already turned into a popular 2016 anime series. It follows a manga artist who gains the ability to turn back time and prevent past tragedies. Season 1 debuts on December 15.
THE RANCH: This comedy series, set on a fictional Colorado ranch, stars Ashton Kutcher, Debra Winger, Sam Elliott and Danny Masterson. Rather than seasons, "The Ranch" is divided into 10-episode "parts." Part 4 premieres on December 15. The show is continuing despite the recent rape allegations against Masterson.
TROLLHUNTERS: New episodes of Guillermo del Toro's animated fantasy series, about a boy named Jim who becomes the protector of a society of friendly trolls, debut on December 15.
WORMWOOD: Peter Sarsgaard stars in this combination documentary/scripted mini-series from the great Errol Morris. It relates the story of Frank Olson, a CIA operative who famously plummeted to his death from a Manhattan hotel window in 1953, and attempts to determine whether Olson was thrown out or jumped. The series cuts back and forth between interviews with Olson's son, Eric, and dramatic re-enactments of the events leading to his death. "Wormwood" premieres on December 15.
RUSSELL HOWARD: RECALIBRATE: The comedian filmed his first Netflix special on a stop in Brighton, England, during his recent "Round the World" tour. It debuts on December 19.
LA CASA DE PAPEL: This drama from Spain follows a crew planning to enter that country's Royal Mint and print out 2.4 billion euros. The 15-episode Spanish-language show, intended to only run for the single season, arrives on Netflix December 20.
PEAKY BLINDERS: Season 4 of the BBC Two period gangster drama hits Netflix on December 21.
BRIGHT: David Ayer's fantasy-action-drama film is set in an alternate reality Los Angeles where magical creatures co-exist with humans. Will Smith plays a human cop forced to work alongside an orc (Joel Edgerton) to retrieve a dangerous new weapon. It lands on Netflix December 22.
FULLER HOUSE: The second half of the revival show's third season, featuring nine new episodes, will arrive on December 22.
CABLE GIRLS: Season 2 of this Spanish-language period drama series debuts on December 25. It tells the story of four women in 1928 who move to Madrid to work as telephone operators.
TODD BARRY: SPICY HONEY: The deadpan comedian's one-hour Netflix special starts streaming on December 26. Barry released a promo in which he workshops material with an encouraging bartender.
TRAVELERS: This Canadian-American co-production between Netflix and Showtime follows operatives from the future who are sent back in time to prevent civilization's collapse. To do so, these "travelers" take over human bodies moments before people are going to die. Season 2 hits Netflix on December 26.
DAVE CHAPPELLE: EQUANIMITY: The iconic comedian's third special for Netflix - the last one outlined in his reportedly $60 million deal with the streaming company - was filmed at Washington DC's Warner Theater. It lands on New Years Eve.