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New on Netflix December 2021: The best shows, movies and original series coming soon

Henry Cavill holds a sword in The Witcher season 2
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What's new on Netflix in December 2021? So much stuff that you might as well ask what isn't new on Netflix. This month sees the premieres of even more Netflix original series, movies, comedy specials, documentaries and family programs for your streaming entertainment.

Several fan-favorite Netflix series return, including The Witcher season 2, Cobra Kai season 4 and Emily in Paris season 2. December also brings movies that are expected to be in awards contention, such as The Power of the Dog from director Jane Campion and The Lost Daughter from Maggie Gyllenhaal in her directorial debut. 

More holiday-themed content is on its way. The Great British Baking Show: Holidays ready to deliver Christmas treats, while Single All the Way mines the classic trope of someone who brings a fake boyfriend home to meet the family.

If you want to browse by specific genres, check out our guides to the best family movies on Netflix, the best romantic movies on Netflix and the best horror movies on Netflix. In search of lighter fare? Here's the best comedies on Netflix

Don't know what to watch? We tried Netflix’s Play Something feature — and the results surprised us. Speaking of features, behind the scenes Netflix is getting an upgrade that will make it easier to stream videos on a slow internet connection

In addition to the list of what's new on Netflix for December 2021, we've also got a list of what's leaving Netflix this month.

Our top selections are in bold, and we've got official synopses from Netflix to help explain its latest originals that you might not know about.

New on Netflix: Coming soon in December

  • Decoupled 🇮🇳 (Netflix Series)

New on Netflix December 1

  • Lost in Space: Season 3 (Netflix Series)
    In an epic final season, the Robinsons' survival instincts kick into hyperdrive as they race to reunite and protect Alpha Centauri from a robot invasion.
  • The Power of the Dog (Netflix Film)
    Charismatic rancher Phil Burbank inspires fear and awe in those around him. When his brother brings home a new wife and her son, Phil torments them until he finds himself exposed to the possibility of love.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: STONE OCEAN 🇯🇵 (Netflix Anime)
  • Kayko and Kokosh 🇵🇱 (Netflix Family)
  • Kayko and Kokosh: Season 2 🇵🇱 (Netflix Family)
  • Are You The One: Season 3
  • Blood and Bone
  • Body of Lies
  • Bordertown: Mural Murders
  • Chloe
  • Chocolat
  • Closer
  • Death at a Funeral
  • Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat
  • The Final Destination
  • Final Destination 3
  • Final Destination 5
  • Fool's Gold
  • The Fourth Kind
  • Ink Master: Season 3
  • Ink Master: Season 4
  • Knight Rider 2000
  • Knight Rider: Seasons 1-4
  • Law Abiding Citizen
  • The Legend of Zorro
  • Life
  • Looper
  • The Mask of Zorro
  • Minority Report
  • Pet Sematary (1989)
  • Premonition
  • Sabrina (1995)
  • Soul Surfer
  • Stepmom
  • Stuart Little 2
  • Sucker Punch
  • Think Like a Man
  • Tremors
  • We Were Soldiers
  • Wild Things
  • Wyatt Earp

New on Netflix December 2

  • Single All the Way (Netflix Film)
    Peter asks his best friend to pose as his boyfriend on a Christmas visit home, but their plan — and feelings — change when his family plays matchmaker.
  • The Alpinist
  • Coyotes 🇧🇪​​ (Netflix Series)
  • Escalona: Season 1
  • The Whole Truth 🇹🇭 (Netflix Film)

New on Netflix December 3

  • Coming Out Colton (Netflix Series)
    Former professional football player and star of THE BACHELOR Colton Underwood embarks on a journey of self-discovery coming out as a gay man, including addressing his past and embracing his place in the LGBTQ community.
  • The Great British Baking Show: Holidays: Season 4 🇬🇧 (Netflix Series)
    Familiar faces return to the tent to make delicious mincemeat of the competition and be crowned star baker by hosts Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood.
  • Money Heist: Part 5 Vol 2 🇪🇸 (Netflix Series)
    The stakes couldn't be higher for the embattled Professor as he races to get the gold — and more importantly, his team — out of the bank.
  • Shaun the Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas 🇬🇧 (Netflix Family)
    When Shaun's hunt for a bigger stocking hits a snag, the whole farm sets out on a wild holiday adventure — complete with a sleigh!
  • Cobalt Blue 🇮🇳 (Netflix Film)
  • Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous: Season 4 (Netflix Family)
  • Mixtape (Netflix Film)
  • Money Heist: From Tokyo to Berlin: Volume 2 🇪🇸 (Netflix Documentary)

New on Netflix December 5

  • JAPAN SINKS: People of Hope: Season 1 (episode 8)

New on Netflix December 6

  • Voir (Netflix Documentary)
    Film lovers examine the cinematic moments that thrilled, perplexed, challenged and forever changed them in this collection of visual essays.
  • David and the Elves 🇵🇱 (Netflix Film)

New on Netflix December 7

  • Nicole Byer: BBW (Big Beautiful Weirdo) (Netflix Comedy)
    With her first hour-long Netflix comedy special, Nicole Byer's Big Beautiful Weirdo is sexy, fun and honest. Filmed at the Gramercy Theatre in New York City, the city where she first got her start in stand-up, Nicole discusses everything from how she basically is a vegan (she's just doing her part), what she's looking for in a man, just how crazy this past year-and-a-half has been and much more. 
  • Centaurworld: Season 2 (Netflix Family)
  • Go Dog Go: Season 2 (Netflix Family)

New on Netflix December 8

  • Carolin Kebekus: The Last Christmas Special 🇩🇪 (Netflix Comedy)

New on Netflix December 9

  • Asakusa Kid 🇯🇵 (Netflix Film)
  • Bathtubs Over Broadway
  • Bonus Family: Season 4 🇸🇪 (Netflix Series)
  • The Family That Sings Together: The Camargos 🇧🇷 (Netflix Documentary)

New on Netflix December 10

  • The Unforgivable (Netflix Film)
    Released from prison into a society that won't forgive her, a woman convicted of murder searches for the little sister she was forced to leave behind.
  • Anonymously Yours 🇲🇽 (Netflix Film)
  • Aranyak 🇮🇳 (Netflix Series)
  • Back to the Outback (Netflix Film)
  • How To Ruin Christmas: The Funeral (Netflix Series)
  • Saturday Morning All Star Hits! (Netflix Series)
  • The Shack
  • Still Out of My League 🇮🇹 (Netflix Film)
  • Twentysomethings: Austin (formerly Roaring Twenties) (Netflix Series)
  • Two 🇪🇸 (Netflix Film)

New on Netflix December 11

  • Fast Color
  • The Hungry and the Hairy 🇰🇷 (Netflix Series)

New on Netflix December 12

  • JAPAN SINKS: People of Hope: Season 1 (episode 9)

New on Netflix December 13

  • Eye in the Sky

New on Netflix December 14

  • The Future Diary 🇯🇵 (Netflix Series)
  • Russell Howard: Lubricant 🇬🇧 (Netflix Comedy)
  • StarBeam: Beaming in the New Year 🇨🇦 (Netflix Family)

New on Netflix December 15

  • Elite Short Stories: Phillipe Caye Felipe 🇪🇸 (Netflix Series)
    Just as Cayetana is trying to get over her ex--boyfriend, with the help of her new friend Felipe, the prince reappears in her life.
  • Selling Tampa (Netflix Series)
    The agents at the all-female, Black-owned Allure Realty mix business with fun as they rule the waterfront of a hot Tampa luxury real estate market.
  • Black Ink Crew New York: Seasons 3-4
  • The Challenge: Season 12
  • The Challenge: Season 25
  • The Giver
  • The Hand of God 🇮🇹 (Netflix Film)
  • Masha and the Bear: Nursery Rhymes: Season 1 Part 2
  • Masha and the Bear: Season 5
  • Teen Mom 2: Seasons 3-4

New on Netflix December 16

  • A California Christmas: City Lights (Netflix Film)
  • A Naija Christmas 🇳🇬 (Netflix Film)
  • Aggretsuko: Season 4 🇯🇵 (Netflix Anime)
  • Darkest Hour
  • Puff: Wonders of the Reef (Netflix Documentary) 

New on Netflix December 17

  • The Witcher: Season 2 (Netflix Series)
    The epic series of monsters, magic and fate returns for a second season.
  • Fast & Furious Spy Racers: Season 6: Homecoming (Netflix Family)

New on Netflix December 18

  • Bulgasal: Immortal Souls 🇰🇷 (Netflix Series)
  • Oldboy

New on Netflix December 19

  • What Happened in Oslo 🇳🇴 (Netflix Series)

New on Netflix December 20

  • Elite Short Stories: Samuel Omar 🇪🇸 (Netflix Series)
    When Samuel is threatened with eviction from his childhood home, Omar proposes an alluring idea to raise money.

New on Netflix December 21

  • Jim Gaffigan: Comedy Monster (Netflix Comedy)
    Comedy icon Jim Gaffigan offers some thoughts on the hot mess that was 2021, as well as his takes on marching bands, billionaires in space and more.
  • Grumpy Christmas 🇲🇽 (Netflix Film)

New on Netflix December 22

  • Emily in Paris: Season 2 (Netflix Series)
    More fun. More fashion. More faux pas. As Emily finds her footing in Paris, the fallout from a night of passion could send her stumbling into trouble.

New on Netflix December 23

  • Elite Short Stories: Patrick 🇪🇸 (Netflix Series)
    Patrick's trip to a cabin in the woods during Christmastime results in an unexpected but significant outcome.

New on Netflix December 24

  • Don't Look Up (Netflix Film)
    Two astronomers go on a media tour to warn humankind of a planet-killing comet hurtling toward Earth. The response from a distracted world: Meh.
  • 1000 Miles from Christmas (Netflix Film)
  • Minnal Murali 🇮🇳 (Netflix Film)
  • The Silent Sea 🇰🇷 (Netflix Series)
  • STAND BY ME Doraemon 2 🇯🇵 (Netflix Film)
  • Vicky and Her Mystery 🇫🇷 (Netflix Film)
  • Zach Stone is Gonna Be Famous

New on Netflix December 25

  • Single’s Inferno 🇰🇷 (Netflix Series)
  • Jimmy Carr: His Dark Material (Netflix Comedy)
  • Stories of a Generation - with Pope Francis (Netflix Documentary)

New on Netflix December 26

  • Lulli 🇧🇷 (Netflix Film)

New on Netflix December 28

  • Word Party Presents: Math! (Netflix Family)

New on Netflix December 29

  • Anxious People (Netflix Series)
    Anxious People is a drama comedy about a bank robber failing miserably by robbing a cashless bank and ends up taking eight persons hostage during an open house. After giving up, the apartment is stormed by the two dysfunctional police officers Jack and Jim, who also happen to be father and son. There is just one problem: The apartment is... empty.
  • Crime Scene: The Times Square Killer (Netflix Documentary)
    Crime Scene: The Times Square Killer will examine how the danger and depravity of New York’s Times Square in the late 1970s and early 1980s made it possible for one man to commit — and nearly get away with — unthinkable acts in a nearly lawless area rife with drugs and sex work.

New on Netflix December 30

  • Kitz 🇩🇪 (Netflix Series)
  • Hilda and the Mountain King 🇬🇧 (Netflix Film)

New on Netflix December 31

  • Cobra Kai: Season 4 (Netflix Series)
    Season 4 finds the Miyagi-Do and Eagle Fang dojos joining forces to take down Cobra Kai at the All Valley Under 18 Karate Tournament... and whoever loses must hang up their gi. As Samantha and Miguel try to maintain the dojo alliance and Robby goes all in at Cobra Kai, the fate of the Valley has never been more precarious. What tricks does Kreese have up his sleeve? Can Daniel and Johnny bury their decades-long hatchet to defeat Kreese? Or will Cobra Kai become the face of karate in the valley?
  • The Lost Daughter (Netflix Film)
    A woman's quiet seaside vacation takes an unsettling turn when her fixation on a young mother staying at a nearby villa awakens memories from her past.
  • Queer Eye: Season 6 (Netflix Series)
    This season, Queer Eye’s fearless ambassadors head to the Lone Star state with a homebase in Austin, TX. Watch as they work their life-changing magic yet again and transform the lives of deserving Texans.
  • Stay Close 🇬🇧 (Netflix Series)
  • Seal Team (Netflix Film)

What’s leaving Netflix in December 2021

Leaving 12/3/21
The Last O.G.: Seasons 1-2

Leaving 12/4/21
The Guest

Leaving 12/7/21
Before I Fall

Leaving 12/8/21
It Comes at Night
Mariah Carey's Merriest Christmas

Leaving 12/13/21
Halt and Catch Fire: Seasons 1-4

Leaving 12/13/21
Fifty: The Series: Seasons 1-2
Saint Seiya: Seasons 1-6

Leaving 12/15/21
Lee Daniels' The Butler
Maps to the Stars
The Theory of Everything

Leaving 12/21/21
Jacob's Ladder
Private Practice: Seasons 1-6

Leaving 12/25/21
Captain Fantastic

Leaving 12/30/21

Leaving 12/31/21
A Cinderella Story
American Gangster
Beethoven's 2nd
Charlie's Angels
Cold Mountain
The Devil Inside
Do the Right Thing
Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood
Double Jeopardy
Forensic Files: Collections 1-9
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood: Parts 1-5
Fullmetal Alchemist: Season 1
The Great British Baking Show: The Beginnings: Season 1
House Party
House Party 2
House Party 3
Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life
The Last Airbender
Like Crazy
Love Don't Cost a Thing
Love Jones
The Lovely Bones
The Machinist
Memoirs of a Geisha
My Fair Lady
Mystic Pizza
Pan's Labyrinth
Puss in Boots
Rumor Has It...
Spy Kids
Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams
Spy Kids 3: Game Over
Stuart Little
The Strangers
Tommy Boy
Underworld: Awakening
Underworld: Rise of the Lycans
What a Girl Wants
What's Eating Gilbert Grape

Kelly Woo

Kelly is a senior writer covering streaming media for Tom’s Guide, so basically, she watches TV for a living. Previously, she was a freelance entertainment writer for Yahoo, Vulture, TV Guide and other outlets. When she’s not watching TV and movies for work, she’s watching them for fun, seeing live music, writing songs, knitting and gardening.