With the growth of entertainment within streaming platforms, different series and movies are available to the public during the holidays, from science fiction to romantic comedies. Together with Bloomberg, a list of all the possibilities is made, including the platform to which they belong.
Highlights include Top Gun Maverick on Paramount+, Arcane from League of Legends, The Crown and Merlina on Netflix, Peacemaker and The Flight Attendant on HBO Max, as well as Loki and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings on Disney+.
The complete list reaches to recommend a total of 151 audiovisual products, mixing between films and series. Below are the ones that stand out the most from the bunch.
Guardians of the Galaxy Christmas Special on Disney+
Written and directed by James Gunn, who wows the galaxy with this hilarious animated adventure in which the two goofy superheroes of the gang scour Los Angeles to gift Star-Lord, played by Chris Pratt, to actor Kevin Bacon. The product lasts around 40 minutes, which is full of contagious fun and a soundtrack in the same style as the one presented in the movies.
Last Christmas, movie on Prime Video
Emilia Clarke, actress of Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones, is a struggling singer who takes a job as an elf in a Christmas store. Things get better when she meets the character played by Henry Golding.
Pinocchio by Guillermo del Toro, movie on Netflix
The classic story of the puppet who dreams of becoming a real boy, rendered in stunning stop-motion animation.
The Afterparty, series on Apple TV+
At a high school reunion, everything spirals out of control, resulting in the shocking death of the host. Detective Danner, played by Tiffany Haddish, makes the decision to take charge of solving the mystery in this ingenious whodunit where no one is above suspicion.
Peacemaker, HBO Max series
Like another of James Gunn’s products, the story deals with the super human like no other. John Cena, starring as Peacemaker, embarks on a series of missions in which they demonstrate his unique personality that allowed him to stand out from the public. Currently, the series only has one season of eight episodes.
The Crown, series on Netflix
A great precursor to the highly anticipated documentary Harry & Meghan that Netflix presents in this trailer—AP reported that it will air on December 8—this award-winning period drama masterfully chronicles the reign of Queen Elizabeth II and the impact of the monarchy on her family, nation and commonwealth. For more on the royals, Kristen Stewart offers a harrowing portrait of Princess Diana in Spencer on Hulu.
Merlina, series on Netflix
Tim Burton’s new series revolves around one of the most important members of the Addams family, Wednesday or Merlina, depending on the language. The story begins when the character goes to a boarding school for unique beings where she will be able to continue her school life, only to find herself involved in a series of murders that seem to have her as an objective, for which she will use her new powers to solve this plot. Starring Jenna Ortega, Christina Ricci, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Luis Guzmán.
Falling For Christmas, Netflix movie
Mean Girls star Lindsay Lohan returns as a pampered hotel heiress in this fluffy fairy tale. With a nod to her old friend Paris Hilton and dressed to the nines in a hot pink Barbicore ski suit, the striking redhead falls on the slopes and ends up with amnesia and in the care of an unfortunate widower. But for a good laugh, watch Cooking with Paris, which has an epic holiday episode on Netflix.
Wedding Season, movie on Netflix
An enchanting look at wedding season as a flurry of invitations arrives at two strangers pretending to be a couple to please their American Indian parents. They sparkle in a whirlwind of romance as they dance through a calendar of elegant affairs. It stars Suraj Sharma, actor of Life of Pi.
Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, movie on Netflix
Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams bring laughs as they battle pop stars in a global music competition, with the help of the ghost of Demi Lovato and the evil Icelandic elves.
Succession, HBO Max series
Adult children vie for control of the family’s media empire with dizzying plot twists and turns. The Emmy-winning series is loosely based on Rupert Murdoch’s reign at News Corp., as featured in the CNN documentary The Murdochs: Empire of Influence.
The Morning Show, series on Apple TV+
A national television news network is thrown into chaos amid allegations of sexual misconduct. Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Steve Carrell and Mark Duplass star in this witty drama, with Jon Hamm joining in the premiere season.
Outlander, series on Netflix
A WWII nurse on her honeymoon in the Scottish Highlands stumbles upon a portal that transports her 200 years into the past.
The First Lady, series on Showtime
A moving portrait of Michelle Obama, Betty Ford and Eleanor Roosevelt and their contributions during pivotal moments in history while their husbands served as Presidents of the United States. Powerful ensemble performances from Viola Davis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Gillian Anderson, Dakota Fanning, Aaron Eckhart, Keifer Sutherland and OT Fagbenie. Another great story to watch about Barack Obama is Barry, as he comes of age attending college in crime-ridden New York City in the 1980s.
Judas and the Black Messiah, Movie on Prime Video
An FBI informant infiltrates the Illinois Black Panther Party to take down their leader. Pair with Seberg, which is about an actress targeted by the FBI for supporting the civil rights movement, starring Kristen Stewart.
Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, movie coming to Netflix
The highly anticipated cameo-packed sequel to Rian Johnson’s whodunit, Knives Out (on Prime Video) is a lot of fun, with a completely different vibe, transporting your first-class detective to an exotic Greek island.
The Flight Attendant, HBO Max series
A reckless flight attendant is wanted for murder after waking up to a dead man in her bed in this Hitchcock-inspired thriller starring Kelly Cuoco.
Andor, Disney+ series
A gripping story of a rogue hero who discovers that he can play a key role in the overthrow of the Galactic Empire – temperamental, cerebral and packed with palpable suspense. A standout in the Star Wars franchise that includes The Mandalorian, and a class above HBO Max’s House of the Dragon and Amazon’s Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.
Arcane, Netflix series
Two sisters are separated in an epic fight for justice and freedom for the slums of the city of Piltover, what would come to be known as the nation of Zaun. A moving story based on some of the classic League of Legends characters, mainly Vi and Powder, better known as Jinx. The series was also awarded as best video game adaptation at the Game Awards 2022.
Top Gun: Maverick, movie on Paramount+
Sequel to one of the most famous films by actor Tom Cruise, in addition to being one of the highest grossing films of the year and with a large collection of US$1,488 million.
Dune, HBO Max movie
Timothée Chalamet is the son of a noble family who finds himself adrift on a new desert world, protecting the most valuable resource in the galaxy: spice.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, movie on Disney+
A martial arts master must confront his past as he finds himself drawn into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Starring Simu Liu from Kim’s Convenience.
Loki, Disney+ series
Marvel villain Loki is hunted across the realms for altering the timeline. Starring Tom Hiddleston and Owen Wilson.
Stranger Things, series on Netflix
If you haven’t caught up yet, now is the time. Millie Bobby Brown and Winona Ryder star in this hair-raising 1980s horror homage in which a small town is invaded by terrifying supernatural forces.
Avatar, movie on Disney+
This CGI eco-adventure holds the spot for the highest-grossing film of all time, before the return to the world of Pandora, a sequel more than a decade in the making, was even announced; Avatar: The Path of Water.
The Queen’s Gambit, miniseries on Netflix
A girl abandoned by her mother and in the care of an orphanage becomes an international chess sensation in this stunning period piece, starring Anya Taylor-Joy.