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New on Netflix in December 2022

Whether you’ve caught yourself clicking along to Tim Burton’s Addams Family reinterpretation Wednesday or you’re still confused as to how they managed to renew Dahmer for another two seasons, Netflix does not care. The monstrous streamer has already moved on, dropping another delicious round of binge-worthy material to keep you entertained and occupied while they try to figure out which video game franchise they want to exploit next. This month, it’s more of the same – a schedule locked and loaded with a big dawg buffet of movies, series and documentaries set to square your eyes and drain your brain. From the blockbuster return of Daniel Craig’s southern detective Benoit Blanc in Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery to whatever the f*ck Dance Monsters is, Netflix isn’t placing all its eggs in one basket, and neither should you. Buckle up buddy, here’s what’s New on Netflix in December 2022.

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Best New Series on Netflix

The whole reason we come to the streamer in the first place, new Netflix series launches are the stuff of gold. This month, we’ve got a whole host of new releases, headlined by an Aussie addition and a prequel of truly epic proportions. Here are the best new series coming to Netflix in December 2022.

The Recruit

Oh baby, Netflix is showing its action cards this month. The Recruit follows young CIA lawyer Owen Hendricks as he attempts to thwart world disasters one by one. Tasked by his needlessly shady superiors with reviewing threats to reveal classified information, Hendricks stumbles across a deadly cover-up.

Fumbling his way through one deadly situation after another, the young spy embodies the kind of youthful exuberance Barbara Broccoli and co have already outlined for the next James Bond. Perhaps lead Noah Centineo, better known for his string of teeny rom-coms, is in the hot seat for a surprise call-up to 00-status. For now, however, we’re watching intently for when The Recruit drops on Netflix.

Want to read more about Netflix’s heart-stopping new series The Recruit? Check out our full guide.

Release Date: December 16

The Witcher: Blood Origin

You might think you know the story of The Witcher, but you don’t. Sure, you’ve seen big sexy Henry Cavill (soon to Liam Hemsworth) on-screen hunting ghouls and monsters, but where exactly does the folklore originate? In The Witcher: Blood Origin, we finally get a taste of the eerie backstory behind the incredible series.

Taking place 1,200 years prior to the events of TV series, this new Netflix show is loosely adapted from The Witcher novel series written by Andrzej Sapkowski and will explore the lesser-known/unseen side of the universe, one where Geralt of Rivera isn’t even born yet.

The Witcher: Blood Origin will tell the story of how the first Witcher came into being and the events leading to the Conjunction of the Spheres, “when the worlds of monsters, men, and elves merged to become one.” The series will also dive into the ancient Elven civilisation before it was wiped out. Sign us up.

Want to read more about The Witcher prequel Blood Origin? Check out our full guide.

Release Date: December 25

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Treason

Daredevil is back, but before you see Charlie Cox slip into the red suit one more time, Netflix is serving up a seriously juicy thriller with the English actor in the box seat. Treason is the brainchild of writer Matt Charman, best known for his film Bridge of Spies and sees Cox take on the role of M16 agent Adam Lawrence.

Fresh out of training, the new recruit is tasked with collecting espionage intel for the UK’s national security. However, things suddenly take a turn when Lawrence crosses Kara, a Russian spy with whom he shares a complicated past.

Insert an intriguing triangular relationship between Kara, Adam, and his wife, and you’ve got yourself a surefire winner. Treason is a five-part series that kicks off on December 26, making for the perfect, post-Christmas lazy day viewing. Get amongst it.

Want to read more about Netflix’s latest spy thriller Treason?? Check out our full guide.

Release Date: December 26

Irreverent

Netflix is surging ahead with its quest to drop more Aussie content and the latest release might actually hit the nail on the head. After stellar showings with The Stranger, the streaming service is proving that you can make quality productions Down Under.

This time around, Irreverent, which was filmed locally at Mission Beach in Queensland, sees Paulo, a criminal from Chicago stuck in remote Queensland assuming the identity of the reverend who robbed him. Sure, it sounds improbable and the Aussie accent is as jarring as ever, but you’ll have a bit of fun pointing out places you’ve actually visit before.

Release Date: December 4

Best New Movies on Netflix

While the quality of Netflix’s films is a bit up and down, this month, the streamer has thrown its weight behind a few major releases. Daniel Craig is back cracking mysteries in Glass Onion and Guillermo del Toro’s returns to scare the living daylights out of us with Pinocchio, so buckle up. Here are the best new movies on Netflix this month.

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

You already know we’re keen on this one. After smashing it out of the park with his first instalment, Rian Johnson is backing it up with Glass Onion: A Knives Out MysteryLanding just in time for the holiday season, this iteration sees Daniel Craig return as the charismatic southern detective Benoit Blanc on a quest to solve another chilling murder. However, this time, he’s swapped the creepy old mansion for a far more exotic locale.

In the sequel, the master of deduction’s unleashed on a team of squabbling guests, trapped on an exotic private island owned by tech billionaire Miles Bron. Bron is played expertly by Fight Club favourite Edward Norton, landing somewhere between budding crypto bro and finance foe, however, his reign at the top begins to crumble when one of his guests winds up dead. As is usually the case, everyone is a suspect and Benoit Blanc is able to unravel the layers of intrigue to get to the truth.

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery once again sees an ensemble cast at their very best, with Janelle Monáe, Kathryn Hahn (Private Life), Leslie Odom Jr., Jessica Henwick (The Gray Man), Madelyn Cline (Outer Banks), with Kate Hudson, and Dave Bautista (Army of the Dead) all onboard for the fun.

In the latest trailer, Netflix has finally given a bit of background into the diverse cast of characters, revealing their own unique motivations for being there. Among the suspects, we see a YouTube sensation, a fashion mogul, and a senate hopeful all under Blanc’s microscope, but just who is the killer remains anyone’s guess.

Release Date: December 23

Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio

It’s one of the best-loved children’s stories of all time and now acclaimed horror/fantasy filmmaker Guillermo del Toro is putting his spin on Pinocchio. In this retelling of the classic tale, we once again follow the beleaguered journey of the wooden boy puppet with a long nose who wishes upon a star, however, there are some new elements thrown in.  Award-winning, stop-motion legend Mark Gustafson is on-hand to deliver a truly unforgettable visual experience that Netflix describes as a “whimsical tour de force”.

Release Date: December 9

Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical

When Tim Minchin stepped away from comedy and focused on penning musicals, we were certain he’d knock it out of the park. However, even the most fervent of admirers couldn’t have predicted just how successful the Aussie piano man would become. In just a few short years, Minchin has racked up award after award, with his version of Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical securing near cult-like status. now, it’s finally coming to screens, landing on Netflix on Christmas Day.

Inspired by the beloved book by the incomparable Roald Dahl, this musical follows the extraordinary girl who discovers her superpower and summons the remarkable courage, against all odds, to help others change their stories. As anyone who saw the stage play will attest, this brand new take on the Tony and Olivier award-winning musical is well worth the price of admission.

Release Date: December 25

White Noise

Adam Driver, Greta Gerwig and Don Cheadle take the reins in this new apocalyptic feature from Marriage Story director Noah Baumbach. Described as “at once hilarious and horrifying, lyrical and absurd, ordinary and apocalyptic,” White Noise follows one family’s attempt to survive the modern world and all its’ horrifying tropes.

When Jack Gladney, professor of Hitler studies at the College-on-the-Hill, husband to Babette and father to four children, is torn asunder by “the Airborne Toxic Event”, a cataclysmic train accident that casts chemical waste over his town, he’s forced to take stock of his own life, with dire consequences.

Release Date: December 30

Lady Chatterley’s Lover

The Crown star Emma Corrin takes on another historic role this month when she tackles the iconic Lady Chatterley’s Lover. In this retelling of D. H. Lawrence’s 1928 novel, we follow Lady Chatterley as she pursues a torrid affair with the gamekeeper on their estate after falling out of love with her husband. Within that, she begins to uncover her own internal biases, confronting some outrageous concerns.

While it’s a classic piece of prose that demands recognition, this variation lands a little closer to Bridgerton than The Great Gatsby, dishing up steamy sex scenes that your mum will definitely watch while your dad is at work.

Release Date: December 3

New Documentaries on Netflix

This month, Netflix has streamlined the number of new documentaries, focusing on one major historical murder series, alongside another great true-crime series. Here are the best new documentaries coming to Netflix in December 2022.

Sr.

Before Robert Downey Jr. was a worldwide star, there was Robert Downey Sr. A Pioneer of counter-culture, the elder statesman made a career out of making films that went against the grain, delivering some of the iconic cult releases of all time. In this stunning new documentary, we finally learn a little more about the Late Robert Downey Sr. from both his son and himself.

The documentary also draws attention to Sr.’s much-appreciated film, Putney Swope, and applauds his fierce determination to portray scandalous subjects like corruption in the corporate system or racism in Hollywood films in his work. An alt-culture filmmaker and a dedicated father, a superstar and a modest son, the Sr. documentary ventures all avenues of both Robert Downey Sr. and Jr.

Want to read more about Netflix’s latest documentary “Sr.”? Check out our full guide.

Release Date: December 2

Last Chance U: Basketball: Season 2

The critically-acclaimed, Emmy-nominated basketball series is heading back to East Los Angeles College. For season two of Last Chance U: Basketball, we pick up a year after COVID caused an abrupt and emotional end to ELAC’s championship run.

Head coach John Mosley is eager to get back on the court with an almost entirely new roster of Huskies, but off the court, players get vulnerable sharing their personal struggles of family instability, mental health, homelessness, and more. The eight-episode season is directed by Greg Whiteley, Adam Leibowitz, and Daniel George McDonald, so you can expect it to be beautifully shot.

Release Date: December 13

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The Masked Scammer

Like The Tindler Swindler but with French elites, The Masked Scammer is going to be big. This new Netflix docu-series follows a conniving mastermind who somehow managed to scam elites out of millions of euros, without ever really offering anything of value. Hear it all from the horse’s mouth, with interviews with his accomplices and victims alike.

Release Date: December 1

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Don’t Pick Up The Phone

This new docu-series follows one of the most bizarre stories from the past few decades, revealing how one hoax caller convinced managers to strip-search employees at fast food businesses across the US. Honestly. Wild.

Release Date: December 14

New Comedy on Netflix

When it comes to laughs, Netflix has delivered the goods this month, with specials arriving from a host of the world’s best comedians. Here are the top comedy specials landing on Netflix in December 2022.

Who Killed Santa? A Murderville Murder Mystery

If you didn’t get into Murderville when it was released earlier this year, you definitely missed out. The unscripted comedy series saw Will Arnett play Senior Detective Terry Seattle joined by a different celebrity guest each episode as they attempted to solve a murder.

The awkward and clearly improvised nature of the show was downright electric and made for a perfect binge-watching session, so we’re pretty pumped to see it back for Christmas. This time around, Seattle is joined by celebrity guest stars, Jason Bateman and Maya Rudolph, as they try to figure out…who killed Santa.

Release Date: December 15

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Chelsea Handler: Revolution

Chelsea Handler is back with her new Netflix stand-up special, REVOLUTION. The celebrated, award-winning comedian lets loose on her life – including her choice to remain childless and alone (with the exception of her dogs), dating during the pandemic while her family invades her home, and her vision for a future where men don’t wear flip flops.

Release Date: December 27

Everything Coming to Netflix in December 2022

With all the best movies, series and documentaries Netflix has to offer delved into, it’s time to put the whole schedule on display. Here is everything coming to Netflix in December 2022 for your viewing pleasure.

  • Dead End (01/12/2022)
  • Firefly Lane: Season 2 Part 1 (2/12/2022)
  • Hot Skull (02/12/2022)
  • My Unorthodox Life: Season 2 (02/12/2022)
  • Irreverent (04/12/2022)
  • The Most Beautiful Flower (07/12/2022)
  • Smiley (07/12/2022)
  • I Hate Christmas (07/12/2022)
  • Too Hot to Handle: Season 4 (Rolling episodes from 07/12/2022)
  • How to Ruin Christmas: The Baby Shower (09/12/2022)
  • Dream Home Makeover: Season 4 (09/12/2022)
  • CAT (09/12/2022)
  • Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area Part 2 (09/12/2022)
  • Alchemy of Souls: Season 1 Part 2 (10/12/2022)
  • Single’s Inferno: Season 2 (13/12/2022)
  • Glitter (14/12/2022)
  • The Recruit (16/12/2022)
  • Paradise PD: Part 4 (16/12/2022)
  • A Storm for Christmas (16/12/2022)
  • Far From Home (16/12/2022)
  • Cook at all Costs (16/12/2022)
  • Summer Job (16/12/2022)
  • Dance Monsters (16/12/2022)
  • Trolley (19/12/2022)
  • Emily in Paris: Season 3 (21/12/2022)
  • Alice in Borderland: Season 2 (22/12/2022)
  • Piñata Masters! (23/12/2022)
  • Time Hustler (25/12/2022)
  • The Witcher: Blood Origin (25/12/2022)
  • Daughter From Another Mother: Season 3 (25/12/2022)
  • Treason (26/12/2022)
  • The Circle: Season 5 (28/12/2022)
  • Rise of Empires: Ottoman: Season 2 (29/12/2022)
  • Chicago Party Aunt: Part 2 (30/12/2022)
  • Alpha Males (30/12/2022)
  • La Reina del Sur: Season 3 (30/12/2022)
  • My Next Guest with David Letterman and Volodymyr Zelenskyy (Coming Soon)
  • The Glory (Coming Soon)
  • The Interest of Love (Coming Soon)
  • Troll (01/12/2022)
  • Qala (01/12/2022)
  • Scrooge: A Christmas Carol (02/12/2022)
  • Lady Chatterley’s Lover (02/12/2022)
  • Warriors of Future (02/12/2022)
  • Delivery by Christmas (06/12/2022)
  • The Marriage App (07/12/2022)
  • Burning Patience (07/12/2022)
  • Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio (09/12/2022)
  • I Believe in Santa (14/12/2022)
  • The Big 4 (15/12/2022)
  • BARDO, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths (16/12/2022)
  • Private Lesson (16/12/2022)
  • A Not So Merry Christmas (20/12/2022)
  • Disconnect: The Wedding Planner (21/12/2022)
  • Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (23/12/2022)
  • Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical (25/12/2022)
  • A Night at the Kindergarten (28/12/2022)
  • Stuck with You (28/12/2022)
  • 7 Women and a Murder (28/12/2022)
  • White Noise (30/12/2022)
  • God’s Crooked Lines (Coming Soon)
  • Sebastian Maniscalco: Is It Me? (06/12/2022)
  • Tom Papa: What A Day! (13/12/2022)
  • Who Killed Santa? A Murderville Murder Mystery (15/12/2022)
  • Mathieu Dufour at Bell Centre (22/12/2022)
  • Vir Das: Landing (25/12/2022)
  • Chelsea Handler: Revolution (27/12/2022)
  • Best of Stand Up 2022 (31/12/2022)
  • The Masked Scammer (01/12/2022)
  • “Sr.” (02/12/2022)
  • In Broad Daylight: The Narvarte Case (08/12/2022)
  • The Elephant Whisperers (08/12/2022)
  • Last Chance U: Basketball: Season 2 (13/12/2022)
  • Kangaroo Valley (14/12/2022)
  • Don’t Pick Up The Phone (14/12/2022)
  • The Volcano: Rescue from Whakaari (16/12/2022)
  • I AM A KILLER: Season 4 (21/12/2022)
  • Mighty Express: Mighty Trains Race (05/12/2022)
  • The Boss Baby: Christmas Bonus (06/12/2022)
  • Sonic Prime (15/12/2022)
  • Brown and Friends (29/12/2022)
  • Secrets of Summer: Season 2 (30/12/2022)
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure STONE OCEAN Episodes 25-38 The Final Episodes (01/12/2022)
  • Lookism (08/12/2022)
  • Dragon Age: Absolution (09/12/2022)
  • Gudetama: An Eggcellent Adventure (13/12/2022)
  • Violet Evergarden: Recollections (15/12/2022)
  • The Seven Deadly Sins: Grudge of Edinburgh Part 1 (20/12/2022)
  • Too Hot To Handle: Love is a Game (Coming Soon)
  • Solitaire (Coming Soon)
  • Scriptic: Crime Stories (Coming Soon)
  • Puzzle Gods (Coming Soon)
  • Crazy Rich Asians (01/12/2022)
  • Bad Santa 2 (01/12/2022)
  • Fred Claus (01/12/2022)
  • The Batman (01/12/2022)
  • Rick and Morty: Season 6 (05/12/2022) Episode 9
  • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (09/12/2022)

General FAQs

What new movies are coming to Netflix in December 2022?

There are a number of new films coming to Netflix in December 2022. These include: Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical, White Noise, Troll, Qala, Lady Chatterley's lover, Warriors of Future, Delivery By Christmas, The Marriage App, Burning Patience, The Big 4, and Private Lesson.

What new series are coming to Netflix in December 2022?

Known for its originals, Netflix is home to some great series. In December 2022, Netflix is adding: Dead End, Firefly Lane: Season 2 part 1, Hot Skull, Irreverant, The Most Beautiful Flower, Smiley, CAT, Money Heist: Korea - Joint Economic Area Part 2, The Witcher: Blood Origin, Treason, Glitter, The Recruit, Trolley, Emily in Paris - Season3, and Alice in Borderland - Season 2.

What new documentaries are coming to Netflix in December 2022?

There are a bunch of new documentaries coming to Netflix in December 2022. These include: The Masked Scammer, Sr, In Broad Daylight: The Narvarte Case, The Elephant Whisperers, Last Chance U: Basketball season 2, Kangaroo Valley, Don't Pick Up the Phone, The Volcan: Rescue from Whakaari, and I AM A KILLER: Season 4.

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Nick Hall

Nick Hall is the Editor-in-Chief of Man of Many and an accomplished journalist. He completed a Bachelor of Creative Industries at the Queensland University of Technology, with a double major in Journalism and Music. Prior to working at Man of Many, Nick spent two years as a journalist with Inside Franchise Business, focusing on small business, finance and legal reporting. In 2021, Nick was named B&T's Best of the Best Journalist of the Year. With an extensive background in the media industry, Nick specialises in feature writing, fashion, lifestyle and entertainment content. A qualified barber and men's stylist, Nick also holds a Cert III in Barbering from the Queensland Hairdressing Academy.