The 10 movies and TV shows you'll be watching on streaming services over the Christmas break.


The Christmas break means lots of time to spend with family and friends.

But when you’re overly full of Christmas ham and chocolate, or nursing a headache from one too many drinks, or um, stuck inside because of hazardous smoke levels, you’re going to want to sit on the couch and watch some decent TV shows and movies.

So we’ve got you covered.

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Here’s what all your favourite streaming services are releasing over the Christmas break, so you’ve always got something decent to watch.


Marriage Story.

Release date: Streaming now.

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Marriage Story stars Scarlett Johansson as Nicole, an actress who made a name for herself in a risqué teen film and then moved to New York City to pursue a more-serious career on the stage. While treading the boards in off-Broadway plays, she fell in love with a brilliant up-and-coming theatre director named Charlie, played by Adam Driver.

After several years of marriage, Nicole and Charlie have grown apart and their feelings of love have now turned to ones of grating annoyance and maddening despair that they no longer work as a couple.

Their divorce proceedings quickly become even more strained and complicated when Nicole returns to her hometown of Los Angeles to shoot a TV pilot while Charlie remains in New York to move his play to Broadway, forcing a complicated custody battle over their 8-year-old son, Henry (Azhy Robertson).


It sounds bleak, but Marriage Story will not only pull at your heartstrings: It also somehow manages to find both the humour and the heart in divorce, diving deep into how a family can ultimately put itself back together in a different kind of way.

There's a reason everyone is talking about this film.

You season two.

Release date: December 26.

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If you’re anything like us, you probably devoured all ten episodes of Netflix’s binge-worthy show YOU in one single sitting last December.

The trashy but oh-so-addictive psychological thriller, based on a novel of the same name by Caroline Kepnes, follows bookstore manager Joe who quickly becomes infatuated with aspiring writer Beck after crossing paths with her.

Joe (played almost too well by Penn Badgley of Gossip Girl fame) will stop at nothing to get Beck (Once Upon a Time‘s Elizabeth Lail); stalking her online to gather information to get close to her, stealing her phone to keep an eye on her, lurking outside her apartment window, as well as removing every obstacle – and person – in his way to be with her. Yes, that even includes murder.

If not: Get on that, ASAP.

Season two is perfectly timed for Boxing Day, so you can spend the post-Christmas come down watching it all.

The second season will delve more into Joe’s background and childhood trauma, and given he uh, killed everyone in season one, we'll likely to meeting a whole new bunch of characters (don't get too attached).

Sex Education season two.

Release date: January 17.

Asa Butterfield and Gillian Anderson in Sex Education. Source: Netflix.

Sex Education was one of 2019's most surprising break outs.

Despite its raunchy sounding name, there’s a genuinely funny and heartwarming side to this new series. It’s cringe-worthy in a good way and takes a very unique look at the universally awkward coming-of-age experience all teenagers go through at some stage during their high school years.

Otis (Asa Butterfield), Maeve (Emma Mackey), Eric (Ncuti Gatwa) and of course, Otis' sex-therapist mother (the legendary Gillian Anderson) return, no doubt to offer more cringe, more laughs and more genuinely heartfelt, touching moments.


The Other Guy season two.

Release date: December 13.

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After the highly successful first season of Stan's original Australian series The Other Guy in 2017, the series is finally returning for a second season and it's fully binge-able from Friday 13.

The series follows a successful radio host (Matt Okine) who finds himself in the dating world for the first time in a decade and in season two, he's got his eye on bigger and better thing: A TV career.

Sure, he’s technically homeless and he’s very low on friends, but he’s positive he can turn it all around if he can just get on a celebrity reality show.


It's going to be laugh-out-loud-funny and absolutely outrageous.

The Commons.

Release date: Christmas Day.

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You know those weird hours following Christmas lunch, when you're physically unable to move on account of all the ham and pavlova you consumed? When the only thing you feel like doing is... nothing?


The Commons is here to help.

The character-driven thriller, which will take place over eight hour-long episodes, is best described as a heady mix of relationship drama and intense mystery, all which plays out as rising temperatures give way to drought, dust storms and fires across Australia.

The series also puts a personal spin on what's at stake for both humanity and the planet in the future as climate change takes over.

The upcoming series stars Golden Globe winner and three-time Emmy nominee, Joanne Froggatt, who appeared in Downton Abbey as Anna Bates, as well as actors David Lyons, Ryan Corr and Rupert Penry-Jones.

The Gloaming.

Release date: January 1.

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New eight-part murder mystery series The Gloaming will premiere on Stan on New Year's Day, so order your Uber Eats and get comfy.

The series stars Australian actress Emma Booth in the show's lead role of Detective Molly McGee opposite Ewen Leslie as fellow police officer Alex O'Connell.

Filmed in Tasmania, Booth and Leslie's characters are both bound by a childhood tragedy. But when an unidentified local woman is brutally murdered, the two detectives team up in order to find her killer, while uncovering a world of superstition and supernatural forces.

Amazon Prime.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel season three.

Release date: Streaming now.

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Miriam "Midge" Maisel (played by award-winning actress Rachel Brosnahan) is an upper-middle-class housewife and mother of two with a wicked sense of humour. After her marriage breaks down, Midge realises she has a bit of a knack for stand-up comedy.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel has received critical acclaim and a slew of awards (3 Golden Globes and 5 Critics' Choice Television Awards) but it doesn't seem to have made the splash it deserves in Australia.

Basically, it's the show we should all be watching. Season three dropped on Amazon Prime earlier this month, so there's plenty of binge-watching potential already available.

The Aeronauts.

Release date: December 20.

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The Aeronauts is a nail biting story of two people who aim to go higher than any human has before. In a hot air balloon. In 1862.

A fictionalised version of a real story, Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones star as headstrong scientist James Glaisher and wealthy young widow Amelia Wren who mount a balloon expedition to fly higher than anyone in history.

It sounds idyllic, but is supposedly full of anxiety inducing suspense and nail-biting moments.

Disney Plus.


Release date: December 20.

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An epic adventure movie focused on a dog? We're in.

Togo centers on two key figures in the 1925 serum run to Nome, also known as the Great Race of Mercy, in which dog-sled teams relayed to transport diphtheria antitoxin serum through harsh conditions over nearly 700 miles to save the Alaskan town of Nome from a diphtheria epidemic.

William Dafoe plays Leonhard Seppala, who together with dog Togo traverses the most dangerous part of the journey, facing temperatures of -30 degrees in gale-force winds.

Diary of a Female President.

Release date: January.



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Diary of a Female President is told through narration from the diary of Cuban-American 12-year-old Elena (Tess Romero), as she navigates the ups and downs of middle school and her journey to becoming the future president of the United States (played by Gina Rodriguez).

Happy viewing!

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