Throw on the holiday-themed onesies and claim your favourite spot on the couch because December is delivering some seriously binge-worthy shows. We’re talking novel adaptations like Vanity Fair, quick-witted comedy with The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and a couple of mega mysteries, including Australia’s own Tidelands.
Here are all the shows to get stuck in to in December.
Australia’s first ever Netflix original is here, and it’s got us asking so many questions. Like, what is a “Tidelander”? How many murders are we about to see? And is Elsa Pataky the most beautiful woman on the planet? Answer: yes. Set in the mysterious town of Orphelin Bay, the show centres around two women, ex-con Cal McTeer and the ethereal Adrielle, and a conspiracy to cover up murder, drugs and… sirens. Consider our interest piqued. Dive into Tidelands on December 14.
Penn Badgley is returning to our screens and boy is he creepy. YOU is the thrilling/thriller story of Joe Goldberg, a super smart stalker so gifted in manipulation he can go from boy-in-the-shadows to boyfriend in no time. However, while he may be fooling Beck, the object of his obsession, Beck’s best friend is not so easily charmed. That’s not going to stop Joe though. YOU will make your hair stand up on end December 26.
The Innocent Man
Still hooked on true-crime stories? The Innocent Man is here to feed our addiction. Based on John Grisham’s best-seller by the same name, the docu-series details the conviction of four men for two murders. Only, upon reflection, nobody seems confident they actually did it. The 1980s case is reopened in small-town Oklahoma to answer just one question: if these men aren’t guilty… who is? The Innocent Man is out December 14.
Man In an Orange Shirt
Man in an Orange Shirt tells two heartbreaking stories an entire generation apart. The first is of Michael and his loving, painful, and forbidden relationship with fellow veteran, Thomas; the other is of Michael’s grandson, Adam, and his own battle with coming out. Between them both is Michael’s wife, and Adam’s grandmother, (played by living legend Vanessa Redgrave) struggling with unrequited love and ingrained bigotry. Exploring society’s interference with matters of the heart, both then and now, Man in an Orange Shirt is bound to be a tear-jerker. Watch it from December 6.
RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars 4
Need we say more? This season preaches Monét X Change, Latrice Royale, Trinity “the tuck” Taylor, and mask-wearing scene-stealing beauty Valentina. Not to mention the woman whose catchphrase is on permanent repeat, Gia Gunn. Expect insane mini and maxi challenges and death-dropping lip-syncs. Drag Race premiers December 15.
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The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 2
If you haven’t seen season one of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel yet, cancel all your plans and go watch it right now. Arguably the best of Amazon Prime’s originals, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is an Emmy magnet, because it’s good — damn good — and one of the funniest, freshest shows on any streaming service. All about the lovely Mrs. Maisel discovering she has a talent for stand up comedy as her life turns to utter crapola around her, it delivers huge belly laughs mixed with sensational 60s fashion. Season two promises more of the same fun as Mrs. Maisel takes on the man’s world of comedy in her little black dress and pearls. Make a martini and settle in to watch from December 5.
Adapted from William Makepeace Thackeray’s novel, Vanity Fair is a bonnet drama with bite. Becky Sharp doesn’t care that women are meant to be meek, she’s going to make hay while the sun shines - and with whoever she pleases. She’ll drink as she wants, do as she wants, and social climb. Climb as far as society will let her. Handsome men, pretty dresses and scandal, scandal, scandal. Vanity Fair is out on December 21.
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