It’s already hard enough to figure out what to watch with original movies and series constantly premiering on digital streaming platforms like Netflix, Hulu, HBO and Amazon. The recent launch of Disney+ means a whole other repertoire of content to wade through. We’ve all been there before — scrolling through a seemingly endless list of shows for so long that it ends up amounting to an entire episode’s worth of time. To help you avoid getting sucked into a streaming black hole we’ve compiled this list of all the new, inspiring movies and shows we’re most excited about for the upcoming month.
Comedic star and author of the New York Times bestselling book “The Last Black Unicorn,” Tiffany Haddish recently connected with her father and found out that he’s an Eritrean Jew, making her “Jewish by DNA” as she says in an Instagram video. She’s been getting in touch with her newly discovered roots by learning Hebrew and throwing herself a bat mitzvah on the same day her new comedy special premieres on Netflix.
Available on Netflix on Dec. 3.
Rachel Brosnahan returns as the feisty Midge for the third season of the multi-award winning comedy series “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” Set in New York City in the 1950s, the show follows the oftentimes hilarious highs and lows of her life after she discovers her unexpected talent for standup comedy — a significant taboo for women at the time. The second season ended with Midge getting an offer from comedian Shy Baldwin to hit the road as his opening act, so we can expect some travel and misadventures in season three.
Available on Amazon Prime on Dec. 6.
One of the first-ever Disney+ original movies is the quirky holiday film “Noelle” starring Anna Kendrick from Pitch Perfect as Noelle Kringle and Bill Hader from Saturday Night Live as Nick Kringle. In the film, both play the children of the current Santa Claus, descended from a long line of Kringles. Nick is meant to take over the role of the next Santa but gets cold feet and runs off to Phoenix, of all places, to become a yoga instructor — leaving Noelle with the task of bringing him back. We won’t spoil the ending, but we will say while Noelle is no cinematic masterpiece, it’s a feel-good flick that kids and grown-ups alike will enjoy, with an encouragingly progressive twist.
Available on Disney+ now.
If you devour “how’d they do it” entrepreneur podcasts like it’s your job, Shine On with Reese may just become your new favorite show. Hosted by actress and Hello Sunshine founder Reese Witherspoon, each episode of Shine On centers around a different inspiring woman and their unique career stories, from country music legend Dolly Parton to Simone Askew, the first African-American woman at West Point to earn the role of First Captain.
Available on Netflix now.
Consider date night planned — all you need now is a bag of popcorn and an HBO Go subscription (well, and a date). Regardless, “The Sun is Also a Star” is the kind of romantic, thoughtful, and a-little-bit cheesy movie that a cozy night on the couch calls for. The story begins with college-bound Daniel’s and Jamaica-born Natasha’s meet-cute in New York City. The two obviously fall in love within a day, but there’s just one issue — Natasha is fighting her parents’ deportation and set to leave the following day back to Jamaica.
Available on HBO Go on Dec. 21 at 8 p.m.