Best new things you should watch on Netflix this month

Lots of very good reasons to stay on your sofa

What to watch on Netflix 

December is here and you know what that means? Netflix is about to be flooded with festive family flicks and snowy rom-coms, and we cannot wait.

From ultimate Christmas classics like The Holiday (hello, Jude Law) to feel good movies like Legally Blonde, perfect for a girly night in with mince pies and mulled wine.

Plus Netflix has some brilliant new original series and the inimitable Ellen Degeneres has a standup show that is not to be missed.

Whether you want want laughter, tears, romance, documentaries or Hugh Grant learning how to let people in (About a Boy, we're looking at you), Netflix has something for everyone this Christmas season.

Who said you ever had to leave the house?

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Obsessed with an aspiring writer, a brilliant bookstore manager begins quietly and strategically removing all obstacles that keep her from him. This Netflix Original has been hotly anticipated for some whole and we can't wait to get stuck in.


Available 26th December
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Ellen DeGeneres: Relatable

In her first special since 2003, Ellen revisits her road to stardom and details the heartfelt -- and hilarious -- lessons she's learned along the way.

Available 18th December

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The Innocent Man

In the 1980s, the small town of Ada, Oklahoma, was the site of two horrific crimes with conclusions that remain controversial to this day. Could this be December's version of Making a Murderer? Maybe.

Available 14th December

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Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle

Acclaimed actor and director Andy Serkis reinvents Rudyard Kipling’s beloved masterpiece, in which a boy who would become a legend, wants nothing more than to find a home. Torn between two worlds, that of the jungle and that of humankind, Mowgli must navigate the inherent dangers in each on a journey to discover who he really is. Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch, Freida Pinto, Matthew Rhys and Naomie Harris lead an all-star cast, and we cannot wait.

Available 7th December

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Overboard

Kate (Anna Farris) is a single, working-class mother of three who's hired to clean a luxury yacht that belongs to Leonardo -- a selfish, spoiled and wealthy Mexican playboy. After unjustly firing Kate, Leonardo falls off the boat and wakes up with no memory of who he is. To get payback, Kate shows up at the hospital and convinces the confused amnesiac that they're married. As Leonardo tries to get used to manual labor and his new family, Kate starts to wonder how long she can keep fooling her fake husband.

Available 25th December

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The Holiday

This film needs little introduction but we will give it one anyone (that's the format of the roundup, after all). Dumped and depressed, English rose Iris (Kate Winslet) agrees to swap homes with similarly unlucky in love Californian Amanda (Cameron Diaz) for a much-needed break. Iris finds herself in a palatial Hollywood mansion while Amanda navigates the lanes of a picture-perfect English village. Soon enough, both lovelorn ladies bump into local lads perfect for a romantic pick-me-up.

Available 7th December

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About a Boy

This is what happens when an independent bachelor (Hugh Grant) gets unwittingly entangled in the life of a school boy and his mother. Heartwarming, tear-jerking and very, very funny, this film shows us how much is to be gained from letting people in and being vulnerable.

Available 7th December

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Legally Blonde

Has there ever been a better way to get one over on your ex-boyfriend than getting into law school, becoming valedictorian and then publicly rejecting him when he comes crawling back? All while looking fabulous? No, no there is not. Elle Woods wins every time in this hilarious rom-com.

Available 21st December

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Fences

Troy Maxson (Denzel Washington) makes his living as a sanitation worker in 1950s Pittsburgh. Maxson once dreamed of becoming a professional baseball player, but was deemed too old when the major leagues began admitting black athletes. Bitter over his missed opportunity, Troy creates further tension in his family when he squashes his son's (Jovan Adepo) chance to meet a college football recruiter.

Available 30th December

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P.S. I Love You

This heartfelt, humorous and sometimes pretty damn teary romcom follows Holly Kennedy (Hilary Swank) in the aftermath of her husband's death (who happens to be Gerrard Butler).

If you're thinking that that doesn't leave much room for humour then you'd be right, except for the fact that Holly's late husband had planned ahead before his death and left a series of letters to help his wife move on.

This is one for a glass of wine, a blanket and a pair of cashmere pyjamas.

Available 10th November

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The Light Between Oceans

Tom is a World War I veteran who lives in a lighthouse off the shore of Australia with his wife Isabel, who is desperate to have a baby. Her prayers seem to be answered when a baby washes up in a rowing boat but when they incidentally come across her biological mother the couple are forced to make some pretty tough decisions.

Disclaimer: bring tissues.

Available 4th November

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Allied

Another World War movie, but this time World War II. Some of you might remember the furore around Marion Cotillard and Brad Pitt's film but we're just here for the good TV.

The two A-listers play operatives who are unable to reveal their true identities. After falling in love during a risky mission, they want to leave all that double-dealing behind them and start new lives. Instead, suspicion and danger envelop their marriage as they become pitted against each other in an escalating.

Available 3rd November

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The Good Place: Season 3

If, like us, you are utterly hooked on this zany, otherworldly comedy then you will be pleased to hear that you can now catch a new episode every week.

Will Eleanor finally become a good person? Will Chidi finally make a decision? Will Janet and Jason finally end up together?

We have so many questions!

New episodes available every Friday

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Follow This: Part Three

Follow BuzzFeed reporters as they delve into all kinds of topics from quirky internet crazes to rigid beauty standards in India.

This is truly an eye-opening watch.

Available 1st November

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A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding

If you haven't had enough of royal weddings this year then you are in luck, because Netflix are about to release another one - and this time we are all invited!

A Christmas Prince made a big splash this time last year and this sequel picks up from where the first left off: as journalist Amber and her beau, Prince Richard plan their impending nuptials.

Light-hearted and entertaining, a brilliant one for a hangover or a girls night in.

Available 30th November

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The Princess Switch

When a down-to-earth Chicago baker and a soon-to-be princess discover they look like twins, they hatch a Christmastime plan to trade places. As you can imagine, chaos ensues...

Available 16th November

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The Holiday Calendar

A struggling but talented photographer inherits an antique holiday advent calendar, the contents of which seem to predict the future. It will take her on a journey that will change the way she thinks about Christmas.

It's everything we love at this time of year: festive, funny and romantic. Oh, and totally cheesy.

Available 2nd November

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Death by Magic

This isn't one for the faint hearted. As magician Drummond Money-Coutts sets off on a mission to uncover the stories of magicians who died performing the most dangerous stunts ever attempted. He travels the world to track down where the fatal performances took place and to work out exactly what went wrong.

Available 30th November

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The Final Table

Teams of chefs vie to impress some of the world's toughest palates as they whip up iconic dishes from different areas of the globe.

If you've exhausted the TV cookery shows available then this is something new for you to get your teeth into, so to speak.

Available 20th November

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The Sinner: Season 2

Detective Harry Ambrose returns to his hometown in rural New York to assess an unsettling and heart-wrenching crime - the murder of two people by their 11-year-old son.

Ambrose realises there's nothing ordinary about the boy or where he came from and get's pulled into a complicated web.

Available 9th November

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Four Weddings and a Funeral

Who doesn't love this classic film? With so many familiar faces, including Hugh Grant, this relatable story about the intimacies of weddings and the nitty gritty of life is pulled together in hilarious fashion. We can't wait to watch this over and over again.

Available 1st October

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The Goonies

Old-fashioned yarn about a band of adventurous kids who take on the might of a property developing company which plans to destroy their home to build a country club. When the children discover an old pirate map in the attic, they follow it into an underground cavern in search of lost treasure but come up against plenty of dangerous obstacles along the way.

Available 15th October

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Thelma & Louise

Meek housewife Thelma joins her friend Louise (Susan Sarandon), an independent waitress, on a short fishing trip. However, their trip becomes a flight from the law when Louise shoots and kills a man who tries to rape Thelma at a bar. Louise decides to flee to Mexico, and Thelma joins her. On the way, Thelma falls for sexy young thief J.D. (Brad Pitt) and the sympathetic Detective Slocumb tries to convince the two women to surrender before their fates are sealed.

Available 1st October

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Superbad

This is a great one for a cosy night in when you're too tired to focus on something more high brow, or to watch with friends accompanied by a takeaway and a lot of laughs. Two inseparable best friends navigate the last weeks of high school and are invited to a gigantic house party. Together with their nerdy friend, they spend a long day trying to score enough alcohol to supply the party and inebriate two girls in order to kick-start their sex lives before they go off to college. Their quest is complicated after one of them falls in with two inept cops who are determined to show him a good time.

Available 21st October

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Along Came Polly

If you've been watching Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green in the entire boxset of Friends on Netflix then perhaps it's time to branch out and watch her take on a different role?

In this typical rom-com Ben Stiller plays a risk assessment analyst so aware of the risks inherent in all situations that he is unable to risk anything. His bride, Lisa Kramer (Debra Messing), seems perfect but cheats on him during their honeymoon. Back home in New York City, his best friend, former child star Sandy, urges him to attend a party where meets an ex-classmate, Polly Prince (Jennifer Aniston), whose both delights him and terrifies him.

Available 17th October

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Girl On A Train

This mystery drama was raved about in both book and film form so we are delighted to able to watch it again, and really dissect it, when it arrives on Netflix later this month.

Emily Blunt plays a commuter who becomes obsessed with a couple she sees from her train window every day. She imagines their lives as perfect but nothing could be further from the truth. After seeing something out of the ordinary through their window one morning, Rachel (Emily Blunt) is dragged into a tangled web of lies and deceit that lead her to question herself.

Available 7th October

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Making A Murderer: Part 2

For Making a Murderer Part 2, Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos return to the Midwest to investigate the cases against Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey. The filmmakers once again got access to their families and legal teams. The 10-episode new seasons will provide an "in-depth look at the high-stakes postconviction process, exploring the emotional toll the process takes on all involved," according to Netflix.

Available 19th October

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Derren Brown: Sacrifice

In this latest experience from Derren Brown, the illusionist will attempt to radically transform one man's prejudices using covert psychological techniques, and ultimately create a scenario in which the man will have to decide whether or not to make the ultimate sacrifice, and lay down his life for a complete stranger that he wouldn't normally have identified with.

Available 19th October

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Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Ever wondered whether you were clinically insane after a breakup? Pondered whether you'd taken stalking your ex too far? Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is a wonderful all-singing, all-dancing insight into how crazy love can send us and what the potent cocktail created when mixed with a unstable mental state.

New episodes weekly

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The Good Place

When Eleanor Shellstrop finds herself in the afterlife, she's both relieved and surprised that she's made it into the Good Place. But it doesn't take long for Eleanor to realise she's there by mistake.

With the help of her new friends -- and a few enemies -- Eleanor becomes determined to shed her old way of life in hopes of discovering a new one in the afterlife.

Available 28th September

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