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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Akron chapter.

I don’t know about you, but I am stressed at the end of the year. From my internship to work to finals and holidays plus the stresses of COVID-19 and life in general, I need to relax. One of my favorite things to do after a long day is put on Netflix or Hulu and fall into bed, grateful to be thinking about someone else’s issues for change. Maybe I’ll be watching the staffers on the West Wing squabble, Olivia Benson singlehandedly destroy rape culture with her bare hands on Law & Order: SVU, Blanche on The Golden Girls dive into her next messy relationship or the endless drama on Love Island; there’s nothing like the classics. However, if you’re in the mood for something new – you’re in luck! Hulu and Netflix will be updating their streaming libraries next week for December, and it will be just in time for the holidays. 

Netflix has added some exciting new television shows such as Selena: The Series (Season 1) and Bridgerton (Season 1). It has also added new reality shows such as Are You The One? (Seasons 1 & 2), The Great British Baking Show: Holidays (Season 3), and Ink Masters (Seasons 1-2). Netflix has also added the fourth season of Big Mouth and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Netflix’s extensive movie catalog has also grown, according to What’s On Netflix, with the addition of sci-fi classics such as E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Jurassic Park (1993), The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997), and Jurassic Park III (2001). Some rom-com hits that you can now stream are 50 First Dates (2004) and Runaway Bride (1999). To round out the new December additions, I am excited to check out The Da Vinci Code (2006), Lee Daniels’ The Butler (2013), Nocturnal Animals (2016), and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2020).

Hulu’s collection has grown even larger with its newest additions, according to TV Insider. Hulu will be streaming in December its Hulu Originals, The Hardy Boys (Season 1) and Letterkenny (Season 9). Nurses from NBC will also premiere in December. Hulu also added dozens of movies, notably romances such as 50 First Dates (2004), Southside With You (2016) Diary of Mad Black Woman (2005), Under the Tuscan Sun (2003), and God’s Own Country (2017). In terms of classics, Hulu has added the Bond thrillers Dr. No (1962), Goldfinger (1964), and Goldeneye (1995), as well as The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring (2001), The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers (2002), and The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King (2003). Other movies include Eyes Wide Shut (1999), The Da Vinci Code (2006), The Hulk (2003), and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008). NBC’s Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch Musical! (2020) will also be out for the holidays. I am personally interested in watching the 2020 remakes of The Secret Garden and Valley Girl—one of my all-time favorite 80s romances.

Emily Janikowski, otherwise known as Em, can be found usually lurking in the depths of the Polsky building as a writing tutor, and when she isn't there, she is curled up in bed binge watching Law & Order SVU. Her passion lies in changing the world, and she hopes to accomplish this through majoring in social work.