Greatest New Exhibits and Films on Netflix This Week: Ryan Murphy’s The Promenade, Fairly Little Issues
Netflix is the gift that is given over and over again. If you’re looking for the best new shows and movies on Netflix this week, we’ve got you covered. Here are the best new shows and movies coming out on Netflix the week of December 11-17, 2020 (we launch them on Fridays as Netflix releases its biggest shows).
When you watch the new releases on Netflix this week, all you have to do is shrug your shoulders and hope that things get better next week. That’s what we became. We think we deserve great shows and movies from Netflix EVERY WEEK. Are we so vain? A year ago we were excited to get a show from all over television in a month that we loved. Now we’re sad when Netflix is dry for seven days. The quarantine made us selfish monsters. That said, come on Netflix! Do it better!
All titles will debut on Friday, December 11th, unless otherwise noted. The following was posted on Netflix last week.
If you’re looking for even more hand-picked recommendations, we have plenty. If you want to see the best of what’s coming out on Netflix in December, here are our editors picks for Netflix’s December releases and All That Comes on Service in the Month.
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Ryan Murphy (Hollywood, The Boys In The Band, Netflix Million Dollar Deal) is shooting the Murphy meter in The Prom, a musical comedy film about a high school girl about Broadway celebrities who travel to Indiana to help at 11 The after-school prom experience prohibits her from being with her friend. It will get what I kindly call mediocre ratings. As usual, Murphy draws talent with Meryl Streep, James Corden, Nicole Kidman, Kerry Washington, Andrew Rannells, and Keegan-Michael Key on the cast.
Hilda, season 2
The great thing about Netflix is that all sorts of gems are hidden if you just know which stones to flip over. The British-Canadian animated series Hilda is one of them, a cute children’s show based on the graphic novel that is full of fantasy and wonder at every turn. The title Hilda is a girl whose curiosity leads her to encounters with all sorts of creatures, from ghosts to trolls to gromes. She’s joined by perhaps the cutest animal on TV, her pet Deerfox Twig (you heard me, baby Yoda!). This isn’t one of those shows that have four seasons a year to pump out content as quickly as possible. They are carried out with care. Season 1 came out in 2018. [Trailer / Monday, Dec. 14]
Viola Davis and John Legend Executive are producing this documentary in honor of the late playwright August Wilson by detailing the August Wilson Monologue Contest, which provides disadvantaged youth with the opportunity to perform engaging monologues on Broadway. Yes, it is passé to say that they are all winners, but watching these kids find out who they really are and what they can do is incredibly powerful, no matter who “wins”. Have a handkerchief ready for this. [Trailer]
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Tiny Pretty Things, Season 1
Any show about young women at a school with the words “tiny” and “pretty” requires comparisons to Pretty Little Liars, so let’s get on with that. This time around, the series takes place at an elite dance academy where a young black woman from Chicago is shoved into school to replace a cherished dancer who has pirouetted to a premature death. It looks like cutthroat competition is reaching some of the girls, to the point where attempted murder could be in the mix in this twisty thriller. [Monday, Dec. 14]
A garbage truck for Christmas
It’s another Christmas special for a Netflix kids’ show that is just animated by something other than an algorithm in a tin can. What I’m saying is that, ironically, A Trash Truck Christmas looks better than the other rubbish that has been forced upon us in the past few weeks. [Trailer]
Another animated special, but this one isn’t for kids. The short film follows an older gentleman who loses his inspiration to paint, but years later finds the will to take up the brush again. [Trailer]
The Chaos You Leave Behind, Season 1
I don’t know how you say SO MUCH DRAMA in Spanish, but this film from Spain has it. A teacher joins a new school and takes the place of a suicide teacher. He finds enemy students, many puzzles that are not easy to solve, and death threats. All of that and she gets paid a teacher’s salary? No thanks! [Trailer]
A California Christmas
A senior executive from San Francisco receives an assignment from his boss to buy land from an old farmer (and his attractive and disconnected daughter). Christmas as the deadline in this greasy vacation flick wasn’t good enough for Hallmark Channel. [Trailer / Monday, Dec. 14]
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The musical documentaries, in which artists blow up some of their most famous songs, return with episodes featuring Nine Inch Nails, Dua Lipa, and more. As I understand it, “blasting” in this context means breaking down and explaining the origin of. [Trailer / Tuesday, Dec. 15]
Anitta: Made in Honorio
This documentary accompanies the Brazilian funk-pop queen Anitta through her life, and guess what? It looks like she’s leading a pretty great life. [Trailer / Wednesday, Dec. 16]
Break It All: The History of Rock in Latin America
Break It All: The History of Rock in Latin America is about the history of rock in Latin America. It’s pretty self explanatory you know [Trailer / Wednesday, Dec. 16]
How to Ruin Christmas: The Wedding
Step 1: hold a Christmas wedding! The South African comedy series follows the family’s black sheep as it tries to repair the damage it did to their family after ruining their sister’s wedding. What, I’ll remind you, took place on Christmas. I think I’m on your side [Trailer / Wednesday, Dec. 16]
This documentary describes the Yorkshire Ripper, a serial killer who terrorized northern England in the mid to late 1970s, and efforts to catch him. [Trailer / Wednesday, Dec. 16]
Korean dramas are so great. They are all similar – cute for two hours – just with different professions for the main characters. This time it’s a track star and a movie translator. How valuable is that? [Trailer / Wednesday, Dec. 16]
Vir Das: Outside Inside – The Lockdown Special
Indian comedian Vir Das put together this quarantine special in which he reflects on the new world and how, for once, something is not Pakistan’s fault. [Trailer / Wednesday, Dec. 16]
Stop looking, watch! TV Guide’s Watch Now! Page has even more TV recommendations. Check out our picks to see the best Netflix shows and movies to watch in December.
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