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What to watch: New shows and movies to stream in December

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‘Tis the season of chilly weather, cozy blankets, festive decorations, and of course, a sleigh-load of new TV shows and movies. So, grab your hot cocoa and get ready for a binge-watching session because we’ve got the ultimate list of what to watch on your favorite streaming services this month.

From holiday classics with a twist and laugh-out-loud comedies to mind-bending thrillers and adrenaline-pumping action adventures, the top streaming platforms are delivering the gift of entertainment right to your living rooms this holiday season. 

Let’s unwrap the titles that streaming services have in store for you in December 2023.

What to watch: Best shows to stream in December 2023

Wondering what to watch this month? Here are some of the best TV shows arriving on streaming sites soon.


Release date: December 8, 2023

Are you a fan of heist dramas? Well, you’re in for a treat this holiday season because Hulu is bringing you a limited TV series that focuses on what happens after a group of misfits pull off a heist. Culprit is based on an anthology series of the same name. It revolves around a crew of specialists running for their lives from a masked assassin years after pulling a major job in London.

While there is no love lost between the former partners, they have to stick together to figure out who’s taking them out one by one. The British crime thriller consists of eight episodes and stars Nathan Stewart-Jarrett and Gemma Arterton in the main roles.

If you live outside the US, you can watch Culprit on Hulu with PureVPN from anywhere in the world without any hassle.

The Crown – Season 6 part 2 

Release date: December 14, 2023

If the last installment of The Crown left you shattered and heartbroken with its retelling of Princess Diana’s final days, the upcoming installment will hopefully lift your spirits. The hit Netflix show retelling the story of the British Monarchy is returning to the streaming platform with its final chapter. 

The second part of The Crown Season 6 will take place 15 years after the untimely death of Princess Diana. The final six episodes of the award-winning series will revolve around Prince William, as he joins the University of St. Andrews and enters adulthood. It will also focus on his relationship with his future wife, Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton.

You can watch The Crown Season 6 part 2 this December. However, if the title is not available in your region, you can check out our guide on how to unlock the US Netflix library with PureVPN.

Reacher – Season 2 

Release date: December 15, 2023

After a successful first season, Reacher is returning to Amazon Prime Video with a new installment that will keep you glued to your screen throughout its run. The upcoming season of the popular crime drama will feature the former military police investigator, Jack Reacher, receiving an encrypted message about members of his former army unit being targeted and killed one after the other.

The news will force Jack to team up with his former teammates and investigate the mysterious murders before the murderer kills them all. Reacher Season 2 will take you on a heart-pounding journey as the 110th MP Special Investigations finds itself battling betrayals and unknown assassins. 

You can watch Reacher Season 2 on Amazon Prime Video this December. It features Alan Ritchson in the titular role and will consist of eight episodes. 

Percy Jackson and the Olympians 

Release date: December 20, 2023

Remember the popular Percy Jackson movies? The franchise is being rebooted, and this time, it’s hitting the screens in the form of a TV series. Based on a bestselling novel series of the same name, Percy Jackson and the Olympians is coming to Disney+ later this year. It centers on a 12-year-old who finds out he is not a demigod but has also been accused by Zeus, the Greek god of sky and thunder, of stealing his thunderbolt.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians will feature Walker Scobell in the main role. The first season will center on the first book in the fantasy books series, with Percy discovering that Greek gods are indeed real and that he’s the half-blood son of Poseidon, the god of the sea.

If you want to watch Percy Jackson and the Olympians but can’t access it from your location,  you can connect to PureVPN to stream it on Disney+ regardless of where you are.

Dr. Death – Season 2 

Release date: December 21, 2023

Dr. Death is yet another great show for those wondering what to stream in December. The true crime drama revolves around doctors who were convicted of abusing and killing their patients. The first season of the anthology series followed the bone-chilling story of a neurosurgeon named Christopher Duntsch, who was found guilty of mutilating and murdering his patients.

The second season of Dr. Death will center on Paolo Macchiarini, a disgraced Swiss-Italian surgeon and medical researcher. He was charged with gross assault for implanting artificial tracheas in three patients, killing them.

You can stream this series on Peacock later this month. However, if the streaming service is not available in your region, you can use PureVPN to access Peacock.

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What to watch: Best movies to stream in December 2023

Are you still wondering what to stream on streaming services this month? Here’s a list of moves heading to top streaming sites this holiday season.

It’s a Wonderful Knife

Release Date: December 1, 2023

Do you love the Christmas classic It’s a Wonderful Life? You’ll probably be glad to know that a new Shudder flick is putting a spin on the iconic movie mixing thriller and murder with the festivities. It’s a Wonderful Knife is an upcoming mystery thriller revolving around a woman named Winnie Carruthers who finds herself in a mind-boggling situation a year after saving her town from a masker killer.

The movie takes place on Christmas Eve, with Winnie finding herself in an alternate dimension after her wish to never have been born comes true quite literally. Since she doesn’t exist, the killer goes on a murder spree in her lovely little town, Angel Falls. Now, it’s up to Winnie to help the townspeople once more. 

It’s a Wonderful Knife will arrive on the streaming platform at the beginning of the month. However, if it’s not available in your region, you can use PureVPN to watch content on Shudder.

Great Photo, Lovely Life

Release Date: December 5, 2023

When it comes to the best streaming services with top-rated content, HBO Max takes the cake. This December, the streaming giant is all set to release a unique documentary tackling sexual abuse. Filmed over eight years, Great Photo, Lovely Life is directed by Amanda Mustard, a photojournalist who documented the sexual abuse crimes committed by her grandfather.

The documentary aims to break the cycle of generational trauma by featuring the voices of those who survived the heinous crimes. It also includes the voice of her grandfather, along with old home movies, photographs, archived footage, and photographs.

You can stream Great Photo, Lovely Life this December. However, if you live outside the US, you may find our guide on how to access HBO Max with PureVPN handy.

Leave the World Behind

Release Date: December 8, 2023

Fans of psychological thrillers are in for a treat because Netflix is releasing Leave the World Behind this December. The star-studded flick features Julia Roberts, Mahershala Ali, Ethan Hawke, and Kevin Bacon in the lead roles. 

The movie revolves around a couple whose Long Island getaway turns into an ominous event after two strangers – a father and a daughter – appear at the doorsteps of their rental following a cyberattack that renders their devices useless. Without the internet, both families cannot verify each other’s identities, which leaves them grappling with a lot of uncertainties while trying to survive a potential crisis.

You can check out Leave the World Behind later this holiday season. 


Release Date: December 15, 2023

Written and directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Brian Helgeland, Finestkind is an upcoming crime thriller that tells the story of two estranged brothers whose involvement with the Boston crime syndicate puts them and their loved ones in grave danger.

Starring an impressive line-up of award-winning actors – including Tommy Lee Jones, Ben Foster, Toby Wallace, and Jenna Ortega – Finestkind revolves around the themes of crime, drama, family, and how not every father sets the best example for their offspring.  

You can watch this movie on Paramount+. In case this streaming service is not available in your country, you can connect to PureVPN for streaming content on Paramount+.

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What to watch: Best sports events to stream in December 2023

Now that you know what to stream on Netflix, Hulu, and other streaming platforms in December, let’s look at some of the sports events you can stream this season.

FIFA Club World Cup Final

Date: December 22, 2023

The FIFA Club World Cup 2023 is also kicking off in Saudi Arabia in December. This international football competition will feature champion clubs from each of the six continental confederations as well as the champion club from the host nation, serving as a showcase for the world’s top football clubs to compete for global supremacy. 

Starting on December 12, the tournament will end on December 22, 2023. It will be streamed on several channels, including BBC iPlayer and ITV Hub. You can also stream live sports on PureVPN regardless of your location. 

NBA Christmas Day Games 

Date: December 25, 2023

NBA Christmas Day Games is a long-held tradition that brings families together to watch their favorite players go toe-to-toe on Christmas day every year. Held by the National Basketball Association every year since 1947, this sports event is a staple in American culture. 

This year, the 10 teams competing in the Christmas Day Games include Milwaukee Bucks, New York Knicks, Golden State Warriors, Denver Nuggets, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers, Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks, and Phoenix Suns.

You can watch these games on ESPN online anywhere with PureVPN.

To wrap it up

This holiday season brings a wide variety of TV shows, movies, and sports events to the top streaming services. Whether you want to binge-watch some crime thrillers or want to indulge in some on-screen family drama, the streaming line-up for this month includes something for everyone.

Stay connected to PureVPN Blog to learn what to watch on streaming sites in the coming months. You can also share your thoughts and comments with us in the comments section below. 

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