Christmas is around the corner. It’s a time for family, friends and giving, however, we at Man of Many see it as a prime opportunity for you to stream until your heart’s content. Ideal for post-Xmas lunch napping, the aftermath of Boxing Day drinks and those moments when your family are driving you nuts, a few episodes of your favourite show certainly can make the break a bit more manageable. To help you get through the hectic holidays, we’ve compiled some of the best of what Netflix has to offer this December.
Dogs of Berlin
Part-cop drama, part-Fifa 19, Dogs of Berlin follows two detectives as they investigate the murder of a famous Turkish-German soccer player. It’s their ethnic underworld connections however that cause controversy and drama at every turn. Fingers crossed they don’t die two weeks from retirement. Check out Dogs of Berlin on the 7th.
The Hook Up Plan
The Hook Up Plan is an eight-part limited series made to fill the hole that Pretty Woman left in your heart. Parisian Elsa is far too hung up on her ex for her own good so her ‘awesome’ best friends hire her a male escort to help her move on. ‘Gasp!’ They also refrain from telling her about it. Catch it on the 7th and brace for the inevitable ‘I can’t believe you didn’t tell me’ and subsequent ‘but you’re a good-looking rooster so all good bro, let’s ride off into the Parisian sunset together’ moment in the last episode.
The ‘El Recluso’ in question is ex-marine Lázaro Mendoza. Like a mean-ass 21 Jump street, he poses as an inmate inside a Mexican prison in order to infiltrate a gang suspected of kidnapping an American judge’s teen daughter. Because there has to be a fkn American? Anyway, El Recluso is out on the 7th.
The Ranch: Part 6
The show that never, ever ends, The Ranch, is back for another season of cheap laughs and heartwarming, yet meagre character developments. In this season, Colt will confront the challenges of running a ranch as he and Abby get ready to become parents. And a second new arrival will certainly keep the Bennetts on their toes. If you love Ashton Kutcher, this one is available to stream on the 7th.
Despite looking genuinely compelling, the fact that this sprawling crime drama is set in Canada does somewhat detract from the ‘tough’ factor of its characters, what with the ‘aboots’. Bad Blood follows the true story of the Rizzuto family and its associates, who have presided over organized crime in Montreal for decades. We’re yet to see a worthy replacement for The Sopranos so here’s hoping this one is up to the task. Bad Blood is out on the 7th.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: A Midwinter’s Tale
A quickly produced follow up to the smash hit that was the first season, the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: A Midwinters Tale is centred around the approaching winter solstice. Sabrina will orchestrate an emotional séance with serious consequences, and Susie’s merry plans turn menacing. Catch up with your favourite witch and her cat on the 14th.
We reckon this one looks pretty darn cool, even if it is a little juvenile. The Protector follows a young bloke who discovers he is linked to a secret, magical ancient order. Set in modern Istanbul, he embarks on a quest to save the city from an immortal enemy, with his snazzy magic ring. The Protector drops on the 14th.
Travellers: Season 3
Set hundreds of years in the future, Travelers are people who can send their consciousness back in time who help save the world from a devastating future. Now the truth about their existence has been exposed to the world, so MacLaren and his team must cover their tracks, partner with the FBI, and find Traveler 001 – the first traveller. Check it out on the 14th.
‘Tidelands’ follows ex-con Cal McTeer’s return to her hometown, Orphelin Bay. Seemingly ordinary, Orphelin bay is anything but, thanks to a population of half-siren, half-human residents. Cal is said to blow the lid off the whole thing, dismantling a generations-long conspiracy of silence, murder, drugs and sirens (with powers we assume?) Tidelands is out on the 14th.
Inside the World’s Toughest Prisons: Season 3
Here to satiate your doco-thirst; Inside The World’s Toughest Prisons, is lead by legit investigative journalist Raphael Rowe, who was once wrongfully convicted of murder (so you know he’s authentic). He’ll visit prisons in Colombia, Costa Rica, Romania and Norway, and reveal to you some of the harshest prison conditions known to man. Inside the World’s Toughest Prisons S3 is out on the 14th.
Loosely based on the startling film of the same name, Perfume is a new Netflix series with a base note of murder and a top note of creepy, long stares from dark corners. A female this time, the Perfumer is gifted (or cursed) with a superhuman sense of smell. Naturally, she begins killing female students at a boarding school to distil their essence and create the perfect scent. Nice. Perfume is out on the 21st.
Trade in ‘Love Actually’ this Christmas for Mexican Constantine. Diablero details a supernatural fight between good and evil (surprise, surprise) as it unfolds on the colourful streets of Mexico. Cue; the priest, rag-tag crew and a legendary demon hunter. Check it out on the 21st.
7 Days Out
A genuinely refreshing new premise, 7 Days Out offers an intimate look at the excitement and drama of the seven days leading up to the most significant historical and cultural events in the worlds of fashion, food, space, sports, and entertainment. From Karl Lagerfeld preparing for the latest Chanel Haute Couture collection to the far more significant NASA Cassini mission, 7 Days Out delivers unprecedented, behind-the-scenes access.
This new docu-series is about a wife-and-husband ‘team’ at Waitakere Funeral Services. For when you’re feeling a bit morbid, you can watch how they work with grieving families in an insightful and emotional (tear-jerking) way. That is if you can look past the tacky title. Casketeers is out on the 21st.
Watership Down: Limited Series
Cue your childhood trauma. For those who have somehow forgotten; Watership Down is about a warren of rabbits battling a tidal wave of harrowing threats on their daring journey to find a new home. This adaptation of the classic novel by Richard Adams is for sure a ‘too soon’ for our taste. We’re still getting over the first one. The Watership Down release date is yet to be announced.
NETFLIX WEEKLY SERIES
Memories of the Alhambra
While looking for the cryptic creator of an innovative augmented-reality game, an investment firm executive meets a woman who runs a hostel in Spain. We suspect that she may have something to do with it all. Memories of the Alhambra is out now.
We had to include the press release blurb: “The right steps. The wrong attitude. But then she shares the dance floor with a new partner, and the rhythm of love takes over.” Give your media writer a raise, Netflix. Lucky for us all, Battle is out now, so boogie on over to your remote and get streaming.
5 Star Christmas
Set in Italy & Budapest, 5 Star Christmas is centred around the Italian Prime Minister as he battles with his political arch-rival and also his lover. Naturally, a myriad of Christmas related hijinx ensues. Check out 5 Star Christmas on the 7th.
Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle
From actor and director, Andy Serkis comes a reimagining of Rudyard Kipling series of short stories. Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle is about ya boi Mowgli from the Jungle Book who is torn between two worlds, that of the jungle and that of humankind. Netflix spared no expense on the cast for this one, with Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch and more.
Dumplin’ (Danielle Macdonald) is the plus-size, teenage daughter of a former beauty queen (Jennifer Aniston), who signs up for her mom’s pageant as a protest that escalates when other contestants follow her footsteps, revolutionizing the pageant and their small Texas town. We think Pageant culture is pretty icky, but if you’re a massive J.A fan, this might be worth a watch. Dumplin is out on the 7th.
Roma is a new film from Oscar winner Alfonso Cuarón, Director of Gravity & Children of Men. Chronicling a tumultuous year in the life of a middle-class family in Mexico City in the early 1970s, it is said that many of the events mirror that of Alfonso’s real life. A quiet Oscar winner favourite, Roma is the first real contender from Netflix to compete at the Academy Awards. Roma is out on the 14th.
Vir Das: Losing It
In his new stand-up special, comedian Vir Das riffs on world travel, religion and his desire to be an Indian superhero. ‘Losing It’ drops on the 11th.
Ellen DeGeneres: Relatable
Day-time talk show royalty, Ellen DeGeneres is back after a 15-year break from stand-up. Filmed at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall, Relatable is out on the 18th and is a must see for those who’ve never had the privilege of watching her perform.
The American Meme
The American Meme is, alas, not a doco about the world of memes and its creators. The new show from Netflix follows four social media ‘disruptors’, being Paris Hilton (HA!), Josh Ostrovsky, Brittany Furlan and Kirill Bichutsky, as they ‘hustle’ to create online empires. The American Meme is available to stream as of the 7th.
Springsteen on Broadway
For fans of the Boss, Springsteen on Broadway has already received much acclaim. This live show based on his best-selling autobiography will see Bruce Springsteen performing acoustic versions of his music and sharing personal stories about what life is like in the world of music. Springsteen on Broadway is out on the 16th