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STREAMING CHEAT SHEET: December delights!

By Sean Fitzgerald, 24 Hrs

Devon Terrell stars in Netflix's Barry, about a young President Barack Obama. NETFLIX

Devon Terrell stars in Netflix's Barry, about a young President Barack Obama. NETFLIX

The weather’s getting chillier, so it’s the perfect time to throw on your comfiest pair of track pants, cook up a huge bucket of microwave popcorn and throw on your favourite streaming service.

 In the month of December, Canadians will have less to choose from, since Rogers and Shaw have said farewell to shomi for good (although there are rumours that Amazon Prime's video service could come to Canada very soon, if it isn’t already announced by the time you read this). We hope you had a chance to binge all of shomi’s available episodes of Mr. Robot, Empire and Sons of Anarchy, which is what we did as the Nov. 30 deadline loomed. We’ll miss you, shomi!

So, for the next month, here are some of the more high-profile titles coming to Netflix Canada and CraveTV:

 Netflix Canada

In terms of Netflix originals, there are some decent options this month – not including the second season of Fuller House, of course (how rude!). On Dec. 16, you’ll be able to watch the film Barry, which chronicles Barack Obama’s life as a student at Columbia University in New York City. The flick has generated some positive press already, and lead actor Devon Terrell seems to have a solid grasp of Obama’s signature speaking style.

The streaming service is also debuting a four-part mini-series about the pope, Call Me Francis, and an original documentary series about Cuban history called The Cuba Libre Story – which carries extra significance following the death of Fidel Castro.

Also keep your eyes open for Academy Award winners 12 Years a Slave, Citizenfour and The Hurt Locker, as well as Marvel blockbusters Thor and Captain America: Civil War.


If you’re a CraveTV user, you can expect the second season of Canadian comedy Letterkenny, which arrives on Christmas Day. If you haven’t finished both seasons of True Detective, they’ll be showing up on Crave Dec. 2.

Music fans can look forward to the concert flick Madonna: Rebel Heart Tour, which chronicles the pop star’s 2015 world tour. Alex Gibney’s fascinating documentary about Hollywood’s favourite cult, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, starts streaming on Dec. 9.

The service also boasts holiday specials aplenty, so you’ll be able to get into the spirit with festive specials and episodes from Seinfeld, The Big Bang Theory, Curb Your Enthusiasm, MasterChef Canada, Frasier, Six Feet Under, Doctor Who and South Park.