Showtime has announced the movies, TV shows and sports programming coming to the service in December. The Showtime December 2021 lineup includes Hip Hop 50, a multiyear, cross-platform programming initiative that celebrates the 50th anniversary of Hip Hop.
Showtime offers three documentary premieres that showcase the genre’s pioneering artists with You’re Watching Video Music Box, Ricky Powell: The Individualist, and Rolling Like Thunder.
The Showtime December 2021 slate also includes the feature documentary The Real Charlie Chaplin. Combining unheard audio recordings, dramatic reconstructions and personal archives, the film traces Charlie Chaplin’s meteoric rise from the slums of Victorian London to the heights of Hollywood superstardom, before his scandalous fall from grace.
VICE takes a bow with the season finale on Sunday, December 26, and psychological drama Wakefield will conclude its season on Friday, December 3.
Showtime Sports rings in the holiday season with Best of Showtime Boxing 2021, a hard-hitting retrospective of highlights from 2021’s biggest knockouts and most exciting fights. Showtime PPV: Davis Vs. Cruz features the unbeaten, five-time world champion Gervonta “Tank” Davis as he defends his 140-pound title against the hard-hitting Isaac Cruz. Davis, who became a three-division world champion when he knocked out Mario Barrios in his last fight.
On Showtime PPV: #PaulFury: One Will Fall, international superstar Jake “The Problem Child” Paul faces undefeated professional boxer and U.K. reality-TV star Tommy “TNT” Fury in a sanctioned eight-round cruiserweight bout after months of heated back and forth between the two men.
Subscribers also have access to the network’s premium movie collection. This December, the streamer highlights Back to December with films like 2nd Chance for Christmas and American Christmas, and a Welcome to the Neighborhood film collection including American Honey, Beauty Shop, Queen Bees and more,
You can view the Showtime December 2021 originals, followed by the movie release schedule and streaming collections, below.
SHOWTIME DECEMBER 2021 ORIGINALS
YOU’RE WATCHING VIDEO MUSIC BOX – Documentary Premieres Friday, December 3
Directed by Emmy and Grammy Award-winning music legend Nasir “Nas” Jones, You’re Watching Video Music Box chronicles the longest-running music video show in the world, Video Music Box, launched and hosted in New York City by visionary DJ and MC Ralph McDaniels. Since its debut in 1983, Video Music Box has remained a Hip Hop mainstay, with McDaniels (or “Uncle Ralph,” as he’s known to legions of fans) serving as a leading Hip Hop influencer, tastemaker and documentarian, showcasing and debuting Hip Hop videos and introducing viewers to future stars like Nas, Jay Z, LL Cool J, Nicki Minaj and Fat Joe long before they were icons of the genre.
With four decades of never-before-seen footage from McDaniel’s packed vault, the film spotlights the series’ global influence on Hip Hop, along with his professional and personal triumphs. You’re Watching Video Music Box is produced by Mass Appeal for Showtime.
WAKEFIELD – Season Finale: Friday, December 3
Wakefield is a psychological drama that shines a comedic light on what happens when the sanest individual working in a psych ward begins to lose his grip. Inspired by show creator Dunphy’s personal experiences, the series follows Nik Katira (Dharmalingam), who after years working as a psych nurse at Wakefield, is exceptionally good at his job.
With a gift for soothing the afflicted and reaching the unreachable, he’s the most stable person in what tends to be a pretty crazy place. But right now, as his own sanity is slipping, the question is … why? Tackling the complexity of mental illness with humor and heart, Wakefield explores the fine line between sanity and madness, powered by an intriguing psychological mystery.
DIRTY TRICKS – Documentary Premieres Wednesday, December 8
Unveiling a cheating scandal at the highest level of bridge, Dirty Tricks follows the story of Lotan Fisher who is an international bridge phenom and his partner who both get accused of cheating at a major tournament.
RICKY POWELL: THE INDIVIDUALIST – Documentary Premieres Friday, December 10
Ricky Powell: The Individualist tells the against-all-odds-story of New York City photographer Ricky Powell, who rose to worldwide fame while capturing one of the wildest, most electric times in popular culture. From the Beastie Boys to Run DMC to Madonna to Warhol and Basquiat, Powell documented the music, fashion and art scenes of the 1980s and ‘90s in downtown New York.
Powell became known as “The Rickster” — a man who wasn’t just covering the scene — he was the scene. Ricky Powell: The Individualist is directed by Josh Swade and produced by TIME Studios and SWADE Films.
THE REAL CHARLIE CHAPLIN – Feature Documentary Premieres Saturday, December 11
From the award-winning creative team behind Listen to Me, Marlon and Notes on Blindness comes a contemporary take on cinema’s most iconic figure. Combining unheard audio recordings, dramatic reconstructions and personal archives, the film traces Charlie Chaplin’s meteoric rise from the slums of Victorian London to the heights of Hollywood superstardom, before his scandalous fall from grace.
This kaleidoscopic documentary portrait explores the many facets of a complex figure whose life was as extraordinary as his art. For decades he was the most famous man in the world. But who was The Real Charlie Chaplin?
ROLLING LIKE THUNDER – Documentary Premieres Friday, December 17
Rolling Like Thunder plunges into the secret underground world and history of freight-train and graffiti culture, uncovering stories of myth-like artists, remarkable romances, competitive graffiti crews and battles with the institution. As street art’s widespread integration bursts into the mainstream vibrancy via posters, books and high-end galleries, the film takes viewers back to the origin of the art in one of its most extreme and risky forms.
The film explores the train-graffiti subculture from turn-of-the-century markings to modern-day masterpieces, forever linking the art form with America’s landscape. Rolling Like Thunder reveals the anonymous outlaws of freight writing, who put life and limb on the line for an obsession to share their voice through their artwork. The film is directed by Roger Gastman and produced by Mass Appeal for Showtime.
VICE – Season Finale: Sunday, December 26
The Peabody Award-winner and two-time Emmy-nominated documentary series VICE relentlessly pursues untold stories of social justice, civil rights and identity, tackling complex geopolitical stories from remote parts of the world and on domestic ground. This season covers a range of topics, from an investigation into the disturbing number of deaths in the Black community living in Louisiana’s so called “Cancer Alley” to the new revolution in Cuba.
The VICE reporting team includes a diverse group of award-winning journalists, including Isobel Yeung, Gianna Toboni, Hind Hassan, Alzo Slade, Seb Walker, Paola Ramos, Ben C. Solomon, David Noriega and Krishna Andavolu.
BELLATOR MMA 272: PETTIS VS HORIGUCHI – Friday, December 3, at 10 p.m. ET/PT
Bellator rings in the holiday season with Bantamweight World Champion Sergio Pettis defending his belt for the first time against former Bellator 135-pound titleholder and current Rizin champion Kyoji Horiguchi. Pettis captured the Bellator bantamweight crown in May by outpointing former champion Juan Archuleta.
The Japanese sensation Horiguchi is the reigning Rizin bantamweight champion, who became a simultaneous, two-promotion champion in 2019 after upsetting then-Bellator champ Darrion Caldwell. Plus, Emmanuel Sanchez vs. Jeremy Kennedy.
SHOWTIME PPV: DAVIS VS. CRUZ – Sunday, December 5, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT
Unbeaten five-time world champion and boxing’s hottest attraction Gervonta “Tank” Davis defends his 140-pound title against the hard-hitting Isaac Cruz. Davis, who became a three-division world champion when he knocked out Mario Barrios in his last fight, headlines his third-straight Showtime PPV event. He faces a stern test with the hardnosed Cruz, who has rightly earned the nickname “Pitbull’’ during his professional career.
Plus, exciting up-and-coming super welterweight star Sebastian Fundora takes on the unbeaten Sergio Garcia.
SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING: DONAIRE VS. GABALLO – Saturday, Dec. 11, at 10 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT
WBC Bantamweight World Champion and surefire future Hall of Famer Nonito Donaire defends his title against undefeated top contender and fellow Filipino countryman Reymart Gaballo in a must-see main event. One of the sport’s most accomplished active fighters, Donaire has captured titles at flyweight, bantamweight, super bantamweight and featherweight.
Gaballo earned his title shot in December 2020 by edging out a decision over former champion Emmanuel Rodriguez. Plus, unbeaten welterweight contenders Kudratillo Abdukakhorov and Cody Crowley meet in the co-main event.
SHOWTIME PPV: #PAULFURY: ONE WILL FALL – Saturday, December 18, at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT
International superstar Jake “The Problem Child” Paul faces undefeated professional boxer and U.K. reality-TV star Tommy “TNT” Fury in a sanctioned eight-round cruiserweight bout after months of heated back and forth between the two men. After impressively overcoming MMA world champion Tyron Woodley in August, the social-media star Paul looks forward to his fifth professional boxing match as he takes a sizable step up in competition and puts his undefeated record on the line against Love Island star Fury, the younger brother of WBC Heavyweight World Champion Tyson Fury.
Plus, seven-division world champion Amanda Serrano vs. Miriam Gutierrez are making their pro boxing debuts, and three-time NBA All-Star and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Deron Williams takes on legendary All-Pro running back Frank Gore in a four-round heavyweight boxing match.
BEST OF SHOWTIME BOXING 2021 – Friday, December 31
Catch the hard-hitting retrospective of highlights from 2021’s biggest knockouts and most exciting fights on Showtime.
A look at the movies that will be available as part of the Showtime December 2021 lineup.
City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly’s Gold
Elle and Abbie (& Ellie’s Dead Aunt)
The Cutting Edge
The Golden Child….
Zack and Miri Make a Porno
AVAILABLE DECEMBER 2
Last Call (Premiere)
AVAILABLE DECEMBER 5
Big Stone Gap
AVAILABLE DECEMBER 6
AVAILABLE DECEMBER 8
The Last of the Mohicans
AVAILABLE DECEMBER 9
It Comes at Night
My Salinger Year (Premiere)
AVAILABLE DECEMBER 15
Queen of the Morning Calm
AVAILABLE DECEMBER 18
Lee Daniels’ The Butler
The Last Black Man in San Francisco
AVAILABLE DECEMBER 21
The Kill Team
AVAILABLE DECEMBER 22
AVAILABLE DECEMBER 23
The Survivalist (Premiere)
AVAILABLE DECEMBER 24
Before I Fall
Through the Glass Darkly
AVAILABLE DECEMBER 26
Last of the Grads
AVAILABLE DECEMBER 27
AVAILABLE DECEMBER 29
In addition to the Showtime December 2021 schedule, you can check out these collections next month.
BACK TO DECEMBER
2nd Chance for Christmas, American Christmas, Christmas at the Chateau, Guest Artist, In Fabric, It Cuts Deep, Last Holiday, My Best Friend’s Christmas, Reindeer Games, The War with Grandpa, When Harry Met Sally, You Better Watch Out.
WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD
American Honey, Barbershop 2: Back in Business, Beauty Shop, Blue Jasmine, Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Director’s Cut), Falling, Last Call, Made in Italy, Midnight Cowboy, Minari, Paradise Cove, Pleasantville, Queen Bees, The Guest, The Nest, The Last Black Man in San Francisco, The War with Grandpa, Young Adult.