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A VERY MURRAY CHRISTMAS (Netflix)
Bill Murray reunites with Lost in Translation director Sofia Coppola for this charmingly old-fashioned Christmas special. The weather outside is frightful, so Bill scraps plans for an international TV broadcast and holes in up NYC’s Carlyle Hotel for a swinging holiday party full of carols and joy with guests like George Clooney, Miley Cyrus and Paul Shaffer. Have yourself a Murray little Christmas…
GADGET MAN: SERIES 1-4 (Acorn TV)
This British import tests out the newest high-tech toys. Stephen Fry hosts the first season, avilable now, and Richard Ayoade (The IT Crowd) takes over for Seasons 2-4, which will roll out over the next three Mondays in December. Special guests include Jeremy Clarkson (Top Gear), character actor extraordinaire Richard E. Grant and Hello Ladies creator-star Stephen Merchant. Go, go, Gadget men!
ROCKETJUMP: THE SHOW (Hulu)
Freddie Wong and his band of mischief-makers have racked up millions of views for their Videogame High School action-comedy shorts on YouTube, and now Hulu takes you behind the scenes of the productions to see how they’re done. New episodes will be released each Wednesday, focusing on the company’s latest release.
THE MOODYS (Hulu)
And you thought your family was annoying around the holidays. This Australian comedy series follows the aptly named Moody family as they get on each other’s nerves — and into knockdown, drag-out fights — on special occasions. Through anniversaries, birthdays, baby showers and weddings alike, the Moodys never seem to have a g'day, mate.
THE UCB SHOW (Seeso)
NBCUniversal’s nascent streaming comedy service offers a sneak preview of its sketch/standup series filmed at Hollywood’s UCB Theatre and hosted by Upright Citizens Brigade founders Amy Poehler (who also has a cameo in A Very Murray Christmas), Matt Walsh, Ian Roberts and Matt Besser. You can also get a peek at The Cyanide & Happiness Show (based on the popular Web comic/animated series) and Sammy J and Randy in Ricketts Lane (an Aussie puppet show). So if you Seeso, say something!
Currently Senior Articles Editor for Closer Weekly, Bruce Fretts has written for The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, TV Guide, Emmy Magazine, Fast Company, and Vulture. You can follow him on Twitter @brucefretts.