The Best Streaming Service for December 2022

Dec. 23 Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

Rian Johnson’s Knives Out topped critics’ lists after its release in 2019, and Glass Onion is the first of two sequels he’s making for Netflix: Daniel Craig reprises his role as private detective Benoit Blanc, and this time he’s joined by Edward Norton, Ethan Hawke, Janelle Monáe, Dave Bautista, and Kate Hudson, among many others. And if you like this, you might want to keep Netflix for another month: Johnson’s Poker Face, a mystery dramedy series starring Natasha Lyonne, arrives January 26.

Dec. 25 Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical

Dahl’s beloved novel Matilda previously inspired a feature film by Danny DeVito in 1996; the stage musical—with songs by comedian Tim Minchin—first premiered in the UK in 2010, and upon its move to Broadway, was nominated for 13 Tonys and won five. Netflix’s new movie, a film adaptation of the show, stars Alisha Weir as the extraordinary titular character; Emma Thompson as the pigtail-tossing boarding-school headmistress determined to break her; and The Woman King’s Lashana Lynch as Matilda’s beloved teacher, Miss Honey.

Noteworthy Original TV Series

Dec. 02 Hot Skull, season 1

Afşin Kum’s novel is the basis for this dystopic Turkish-language sci-fi series. Strictly for viewers who don’t have pandemic fatigue, Hot Skull dramatizes the effects of a worldwide plague transmitted via language and speech.

Dec. 07 Too Hot To Handle, season 4

Any old dating reality show can air episodes in which sexy singles can’t keep their hands off each other. Too Hot To Handle sets itself apart by requiring that its contestants practice abstinence, both with and without partners. The most diabolical part? These poor fools think they’ve signed up for a Mario Lopez-hosted show called Wild Love, only to find out during the premiere shoot that they’re going to have to keep it in their pants. (Released in two five-episode batches on December 7 and December 14.)

Dec. 09 Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area Part 2

When it ended its run last winter, the Spanish drama Money Heist was Netflix’s #1 show of all time, so giving it a remake in another location was just good business. The new season picks up where Part 1 (which dropped this June) left off: Inspired by the heist in Spain, a strategist known as “The Professor” (Yoo Ji-tae) has assembled a crew to rob the Korean mint, and must constantly tweak his elaborate plan in response to unexpected twists.

Dec. 13 Last Chance U: Basketball, season 2

The platform’s Last Chance U documented the challenges of junior college football players; this spinoff brings the same care and empathy to the stories of disadvantaged athletes trying to make it as basketball players. Season 2 picks back up at East Los Angeles College, and covers, among other issues the students face, the effects of the COVID pandemic.

Dec. 16 The Recruit, season 1

Noah Centineo has entranced teen and tween viewers with his role in Netflix’s To All The Boys series…and Netflix’s Sierra Burgess Is A Loser…and Netflix’s The Perfect Date. Now he’s pulling out of the cutie-pie lane for The Recruit. In this drama series from The Rookie creator Alexi Hawley, Centineo plays a lawyer whose new job at the CIA takes a treacherous turn when he meets a former agent with her own agenda.

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