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This December, Netflix is gifting its subscribers with a whole bunch of cool movies and TV shows. Just in time for the holidays: Sam Raimi’s first superhero movie, one of the most critically acclaimed independent films of 2015, a Christmas variety special starring Bill Murray, and another dose of the darkest science fiction show to ever emerge from England.

Read on for our picks for the best shows and movies coming to Netflix this December (as well as a complete list of every new title).

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The Best Films and Shows Leaving Netflix in December 2015

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It’s time for our monthly tragedy. It’s time to take a deep breath and see what movies and television shows are departing Netflix in December, so we can throw together a must-watch-now list and try to see everything before it goes. The films leaving Netflix this month include a few bonafide cinematic classics, a vital superhero movie, two Jim Henson favorites, and two of the best horror movies ever made.

Read on for our recommendations for the shows and movies leaving Netflix that you need to watch right now.

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Real Rob Trailer

Netflix has revived everything from Arrested Development to The Killing to Full House to Gilmore Girls, and apparently they figured while they were at it, they might as well bring back Rob Schneider‘s short-lived CBS sitcom ¡Rob!, too.

Well, not really. But the company is putting out another sitcom named after and starring Schneider. Real Rob promises to be somewhat more autobiographical, though. This is to Schneider what Master of None was to Aziz Ansari. Whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing depends on what you think of Schneider’s brand of comedy. Watch the first Real Rob trailer after the jump.  Read More »

11.22.63 trailer

The pedigree behind the upcoming miniseries 11.22.63 is certainly intriguing. You have Hulu taking another huge step into the the world of original content (consider this a direct parry to Netflix’s constant blows). You have source material from the great Stephen King, whose novel of the same name is the one of the most acclaimed he’s written in years. You have J.J. Abrams on board as an executive producer. And then you have James Franco, that slippery wild card of a leading man, headlining an ensemble stuffed with interesting actors.

The first trailer for the nine-epiosde limited series has arrived and while it’s only a minor tease, it’s certainly going to turn a few heads. There are too many interesting parties involved to not dredge up interest.

Watch the 11.22.63 trailer after the jump.

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A Very Murray Christmas

Once upon a time, a holiday variety special hosted by Bill Murray would have been a star-studded live affair airing on a major television network. As a sign of changing times and tastes, A Very Murray Christmas is heading straight to Netflix and it looks like it captures the kind of melancholy and dryly funny humor that infect so many of us during the more festive months of the year.

After a series of brief teasers, the first actual trailer for A Very Murray Christmas has arrived and it feels far different than what we were expecting. What initially looked like it was going to be a riff on kitschy Christmas specials of old now appears to be very much a project of late-era Bill Murray: the comedy is only matched by loneliness, sadness, and sense of detachment. But if there’s one thing we know, it’s that few people are capable of mining comedy from those concepts quite like Murray.

So grab some eggnog, load it up with the alcohol of your choice, and watch the A Very Murray Christmas trailer after the jump.

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jessica jones clips

Marvel’s new Netflix series, Jessica Jones, will drop its first season this Friday, November 20, 2015. The source material is terrific. The trailers have been great. Early reviews have been promising. Yes, we will be binge-watching the whole thing and returning with some cool coverage for you to enjoy on the following Monday.

But that’s all days away. So you can eat up some precious seconds of waiting time by sitting back and enjoying these new clips from the series, which place the focus on David Tennant‘s villainous Zebediah Kilgrave, a.k.a. the Purple Man, a Marvel baddie with the ability to force others to do whatever he says.

You want to check out those Jessica Jones clips after the jump. Go ahead. No one is forcing you to click that using dark, psychic abilities. Nope. Not at all. Just click. Click.

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final jessica jones trailer

Jessica Jones could be something special. The second collaboration between Marvel Studios and Netflix, the series is a loose adaptation of Alias, the critically acclaimed comic run from writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Michael Gaydos that followed costumed superhero Jessica Jones as she hung up her tights and opened her own private investigation business. The result remains one of the best comics of the millennium so far, and the perfect template upon which to build a television series.

The massive success of Daredevil has given Marvel and Netflix a confidence that has spilled into the marketing for Jessica Jones. Each teaser and every trailer is on point – they just have to flash the Marvel name and you know exactly what you’re getting. The final Jessica Jones trailer has arrived and it’s more of the same: traumatized former superhero downs booze and punches the stuffing out of bad guys while hunting her archenemy. Thankfully, that “same” still looks awfully good.

Watch the final Jessica Jones trailer after the jump.

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making a murderer

Even as Netflix stops being the preeminent destination to watch every movie and TV show you want to see (its library waxes and wanes unpredictably), the world’s most famous streaming service has shown tremendous good taste and savvy with its original content. As countless niche services battle for their piece of the streaming pie, Netflix, along with larger rivals like Amazon and Hulu, have seemingly decided to focus on cake. And by cake, we mean producing and acquiring original, exclusive content. And – this is the important part – the majority of Netflix’s exclusive content has been expertly made and critically acclaimed.

When you think of Netflix, you don’t think of Hemlock Grove and Marco Polo. You think of well-liked original series like Daredevil, House of Cards, BoJack Horseman, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and Orange Is the New Black. You think of genuinely great documentaries that managed to find a home, like The Square, The Battered Bastards of Baseball, Virunga, and Tig. So the news that Netflix is bringing another documentary series to its library is terrific news. That’s all of their strengths in one place.

The series is titled Making a Murderer and it sounds like something that will scratch your Serial and The Jinx true-crime itches something fierce. Investigate the details after the jump.

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F is for family pic

Netflix has a lot of exciting original content coming out in the next few months. For me, their next must-see show is F is for Family. The animated show, created by comedian Bill Burr and Michael Price (writer on The Simpsons), is loosely based on Burr’s childhood. If you’ve ever seen the comic’s standup, then you know his childhood would make for a hilarious television show.

Watch the teaser for F is For Family after the jump.

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