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Romance and Period Drama Watchlist For December 2018

A new feature letting you know what to watch in the romance, Romanticism, and period drama genres. From TV to Streaming to Movie Releases and even Video On Demand.

With Christmas coming soon, there’s no shortage of romantic Christmas movies to watch this month. Besides that, you won’t want to miss the fantasy period drama, Mary Poppins Returns which hits theaters on December 19th. You’ll also want to watch live (or set your DVD) for the Timeless 2-hour series finale on NBC, December 20th. And then to top it off, the holiday specials for Call the Midwife and When Calls the Heart air on Christmas Day. For more to choose from, check out the rest of the list below…


Below you’ll find watchlist highlights for premieres, standout episodes of current shows (IE: season finales), new movie releases, and new VOD for the month of December 2018. What you won’t find are all the repeats, movies on every paid cable channel (HBO, Showtime, STARZ, etc.) or streaming, and other extraneous content. This watchlist is for what’s new or a special standout in the genres of romance, Romanticism, and Period Drama! So, it’s not inclusive of everything. Schedules and release dates are subject to change. Times are EST.

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(NOTE: We typically aim to share less explicit content that has PG-13 “like” content and below minus a few exceptions for artistic merit and/or genre interest. If a program is Rated R or TV-M, we will let you know.)


December 2018

New Releases in Theaters

Mary Poppins Returns; Romance and Period Drama Watchlist For December 2018
Mary Poppins Returns. Photo: Disney

12/7 Mary, Queen of Scots (Rated R) (Nationwide Release)

12/7 Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (Netflix and Limited Release)

12/7 Schindler’s List: Remastered (Rated R) (Limited Release)

12/14 If Beale Street Could Talk (Rated R) (Limited Release)

12/14 Mortal Engines (Nationwide Release)

12/19 Mary Poppins Returns (Nationwide Release)

12/21 Aquaman (Nationwide Release)

12/21 Cold War (Rated R) (Limited Release)

12/21 Second Act (Nationwide Release)

12/21 Welcome to Marwen (Nationwide Release)

12/25 Holmes & Watson (Nationwide Release)

12/25 On the Basis of Sex (Limited Release)

12/28 Stan and Ollie (Limited Release)

New on VOD

Little Women 2018; Romance and Period Drama Watchlist For December 2018

12/3 Dog Days

12/4 God Bless the Broken Road

12/4 Mission: Impossible – Fallout

12/4 Operation Finale

12/11 Colette (Rated R)

12/12 A Boy. A Girl. A Dream (Rated R)

12/18 Life Itself (Rated R)

12/18 The House With a Clock in its Walls

12/18 Little Women (2018 – modern adaptation)

12/21 Cold War (Rated R)

New TV Highlights

Call the Midwife 2018 Holiday Special; Romance and Period Drama Watchlist For December 2018
Call the Midwife Holiday Special. Credit: Courtesy of Neal Street Productions 2018

12/2 Christmas Catch (UP TV – 7 pm)

12/2 Merry Christmas (TV One – 7 pm)

12/2 Nightflyers, Series Premiere (Syfy – 10 pm)

12/9 A Snow White Christmas (ION – 9 pm)

12/9 Christmas With a Prince (Up TV – 7 pm)

12/10 No Sleep ‘Til Christmas (Freeform, 9 pm)

12/15 Country Christmas Album (ION, 9 pm)

12/16 A Christmas in Royal Fashion (ION, 9 pm)

12/16 Coins for Christmas (TV One, 7 pm)

12/20 Timeless TV Movie (NBC, 8 pm)

12/21 Marvel’s Runaways, Season 2 premiere (Hulu)

12/25 Call the Midwife: Holiday Special (PBS, 9 pm)

12/25 Watership Down (Netflix)

12/25 When Calls the Heart: Christmas Special (Hallmark, 8 pm)

Hallmark and Lifetime Christmas Movies

Check out our articles with dates for all the romantic Christmas movies coming to Hallmark and Lifetime in December.

Hallmark Christmas 2018 Part 2: Under the Mistletoe Romance!

24 New Lifetime Christmas Movies To Watch

New to Streaming

Fuller House. Photo: Netflix

For what’s new to streaming (including new originals), check out our lists for Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and International (Acorn TV, Britbox, Viki) below:

The Best Romances Coming to Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime in December 2018

The Best International Romances to Watch in December – Acorn TV, BritBox, & Viki

Further Information: 

  • To find out the times for the many romances and period dramas on TCM, check out the full schedule HERE.
  • For current shows airing on Viki (Asian Dramas), go HERE.

What’s on your Romance and Period Drama Watchlist this month? Let me know in the comments! 

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By on December 1st, 2018

About Amber Topping

Amber works as a blogger/writer full-time and fell in love with stories and imagination at an early age. She has a Humanities and Film Degree from BYU, co-created The Silver Petticoat Review, contributed as a writer to various magazines, and has an MS in Publishing from Pace University, where she received the Publishing Award of Excellence and wrote her thesis on transmedia, Jane Austen, and the romance genre. Her ultimate dreams are publishing books, writing and producing movies, traveling around the world, and forming a creative village of talented storytellers trying to change the world through art.

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