These shows might have been gone for a minute, but they’re back to bring us the heat we need to close out the year.
While you’re enjoying this abundance of more time spent indoors, you won’t have to worry about getting bored with what’s on TV. Some of your favorite shows are back to pick up where they’ve left off and address all of your unanswered questions, while the new series’ are swooping in to bring us fresh drama to sink our teeth into. Best of all, you won’t need to leave your living room to see the new movies you’ve been waiting on.
See all the shows and movies to expect in December 2020, as well as their premiere date, below.
Small Axe’s Red, White and Blue — December 4
Small Axe is an anthology comprised of five original films set from the late 1960s to the mid-1980s that tell personal stories from London’s West Indian community, whose lives have been shaped by their own force of will despite rampant racism and discrimination. The remaining stories include: Red, White and Blue, starring John Boyega, on December 4; Alex Wheatle on Decemeber 11; and the finale, Education on December 18. Films become available every Friday on Amazon Prime Video.
Power Book II: Ghost — December 6
Power Book II: Ghost picks up shortly after the earth-shattering events of Power as Tariq St. Patrick grapples with his father deaths and his mother, Tasha, facing murder charges. The series will return on Sunday, December 6 at 8PM ET/PT on STARZ.
Euphoria — Special Episode — December 6
In the aftermath of being left by Jules at the train station and relapsing, the first special episode follows Rue (played by Emmy®-winner—our current Nov/Dec cover star Zendaya) as she celebrates Christmas. This special episode premieres December 6th on HBO.
Real Housewives Of Atlanta — December 6
Keep your mask and your wig on tight! The ladies of RHOA are back and their lives are showing no signs of slowing down. We’ll see Cynthia’s strut down the aisle as she marries Mike Hill, Kenya’s explosive relationship drama with husband Marc Daly, and a bachelorette party that caused quite a scandal.
40 Years A Prisoner — December 8
40 Years A Prisoner chronicles one of the most controversial shootouts in American history: the 1978 police raid on the radical, back-to-nature group MOVE by the Philadelphia Police Department. Using eyewitness accounts and archival footage of the not widely known confrontation, the film illuminates the story of a city grappling with racial tension and police brutality with alarming topicality and modern-day relevance. 40 Years A Prisoner debuts on HBO and will stream on HBO Max Tuesday, December 8th.
Farewell Amor — December 11
Tanzanian American director Ekwa Msangi tells the story of an Angolan immigrant family reunited after 17 years. Told through three points of view, the film navigates their shared and singular journey to become one family in a new land. Farewell Amor premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival; IFC Films will release the film in theaters and on demand on December 11th.
Jayme Lawson from Farewell Amor | IFC Films
Homeschool Musical: Class of 2020 — December 17
Told in a self-shot documentary style, “Homeschool Musical: Class of 2020” shines a light on the personal experiences and incredible musical talent of teens across America that have been confronted with the many unique challenges of 2020. This special will premiere December 17th on HBO Max.
Fatale — December 18
Need a sexy thriller break from all the cheerful holiday movies in your queue? Look no further than Fatale, starring Michael Ealy and Hilary Swank. After a wild one night stand together, Ealy’s character watches his life spin out of control. Also starring Mike Colter (Luke Cage) and Damaris Lewis; available December 18 via theaters and PCOD.
Sylvie’s Love — December 23
Sylvie (Tessa Thompson), who dreams of a career in television, spends her summer days helping around her father’s record store, as she waits for her fiancé to return from war. When Robert (Nnamdi Asomugha) takes a part-time job at the record store, the two begin a friendship that sparks a deep passion in each of them unlike anything they have felt before. SYLVIE’S LOVE will launch worldwide on Prime Video on December 23rd. NOTE: Essence Studios is a proud partner of Sylvie’s Love.
Soul — December 25
Pixar Animation Studios’ Soul introduces Joe Gardner (voice of Jamie Foxx) – a middle-school band teacher who gets the chance of a lifetime to play at the best jazz club in town. But one small misstep takes him from the streets of New York City to The Great Before – a place where new souls get their personalities, quirks and interests before they go to Earth. Soul will debut exclusively on Disney+ on December 25.
WONDER WOMAN 1984 — December 25
WONDER WOMAN 1984, directed by Patty Jenkins, will become the first title on HBO Max available in 4K Ultra HD, HDR 10, Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos when it premieres on December 25th. Also we’re excited to finally see if Insecure‘s Natasha Rothwell will be a friend or foe to Wonder Woman.
Yearly Departed — December 30
A lineup of all-women comedians—including a few of our faves such as Ziwe (Book of Ziwe), Tiffany Haddish (Girls Trip) and Natasha Rothwell (Insecure)—will deliver a series of eulogies of things they “lost” in the year 2020 in the Amazon Prime Video event Yearly Departed. Hosted by Phoebe Robinson (2 Dope Queens), Yearly Departed will premiere December 30th.