Even with Netflix’s recommendation algorithm steadily serving you new movies, new TV shows and original programming tailored to your binging habits, the streaming service’s firehose of content makes what’s coming and going difficult to parse. That’s why we break down each month’s additions with a spotlight on what to keep on your radar.
May brings us a lot of favorite movie series — two Austin Powers movies, the Matrix trilogy, Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons and the Da Vinci Code — along with an eclectic mixup of Award-winners (Scarface, Moonlight), raunchy comedies (Dumb and Dumber, Wedding Crashers), and kid-friendly spoops (Casper, Gremlins).
On the Netflix originals end, catch Ted Bundy biopic Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, a limited series from Ava Duvernay, a comedy from Amy Poehler, and a new adult comedy from the team behind Bojack Horseman.
Available in May
Charmed (2018): Season 1
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: Season 4
The Mechanism: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Despite changes at home and work, Ruffo resumes his fight, following a corrupt new target and a trail of kickbacks into the upper reaches of politics.
Supergirl: Season 4
Available May 1
Knock Down The House (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: This rousing documentary follows four extraordinary women—Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Amy Vilela, Cori Bush, and Paula Jean Swearengin—who take on the congressional establishment by mounting grassroots campaigns and building a movement during a time of historic volatility in American politics.
Munafik 2 (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: Haunted by terrifying visions, a Muslim healer finds his faith tested when he helps a woman locked in battle, body and soul, with a diabolical leader.
Angels & Demons
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
Code Geass Lelouch of the Rebellion Part 1 & 2
Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat
Dumb and Dumber
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay
Her Only Choice
Inside the Mind of a Serial Killer: Season 2
John & Yoko: Above Us Only Sky
Roswell, New Mexico: Season 1
The Da Vinci Code
The Dark Crystal (1982)
The Matrix Reloaded
The Matrix Revolutions
On the 20th anniversary of the first Matrix film, enjoy the masterful action sequences, groundbreaking special effects, and deeper existential questions of the Wachowski’s full trilogy.
To Rome With Love
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Available May 2
Colony: Season 3
Olympus Has Fallen
Available May 3
A Pesar De Todo (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: After their mother’s death, four sisters learn a shocking family secret and embark on an adventure to discover the truth about their genealogy.
All In My Family (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: From documentarian Hao Wu comes a heartfelt portrait of how he created a thoroughly modern family in America, only to face the dilemma of introducing his same-sex partner and their children to his deeply traditional parents and relatives in China.
Alles ist gut (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: A woman sexually assaulted by her new boss’s brother-in-law tries to move on as if nothing happened, but the night weighs heavily on her mind and body.
Cupcake & Dino - General Services: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: The brothers are back for more adventures in the limitless world of general services, where no job is too big, small or silly for this dynamic duo!
Dead to Me (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: A dark single camera comedy about a powerful friendship that blossoms between a tightly wound widow and a free spirit with a shocking secret.
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (Netflix Film)
Zac Efron takes on the role of notorious serial killer Ted Bundy. The biopic is told through the eyes of Bundy’s girlfriend Liz (Lily Collins) and juxtaposes the sensational nature of his trial with the heinous acts he committed.
Flinch (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Faced with various frightening and uncomfortable events, contestants in this game show had better not flinch — or they’ll suffer painful consequences.
Jo Pil-ho: The Dawning Rage (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: On the run from a dogged internal affairs agent, a corrupt cop reluctantly teams up with a defiant teen to unravel a conspiracy — before it’s too late.
The Last Summer (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: Standing on the precipice of adulthood, a group of friends navigate new relationships, while reexamining others, during their final summer before college.
Supernatural: Season 14
True and the Rainbow Kingdom: Mushroom Town (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Do-gooding True can solve any problem, from a runaway boaty-float to a sideways sleepover, and a sticky mess at her very own birthday party!
Tuca & Bertie (Netflix Original)
From the team behind Bojack Horseman comes a colorful adult comedy focused on the lives of two bird women: the carefree Tuca and the anxious Bertie. Creator Lisa Hanawalt aimed to make an adult comedy for women.
Undercover (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: A major ecstasy producer living in luxury on the Dutch-Belgian border faces big changes with two undercover agents begin moving in on his operation.
Available May 5
Available May 6
Abyss (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: A prosecutor discovers that she’s been reincarnated into a different person after getting into an accident -- and also learns she’s not the only one.
Available May 7
The Heat: A Kitchen (R)evolution
Queen of the South: Season 3
Available May 8
Lucifer: Season 4 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: As Chloe struggles to come to terms with Lucifer’s disturbing revelation, a rogue priest sets out to stop a long-rumored prophecy.
Available May 9
Bathtubs Over Broadway
Available May 10
Dry Martina (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: An odd encounter with a fan and a tryst with that fan’s ex-boyfriend leads a sexually adventurous singer on an escapade in Chile.
Easy: Season 3 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Diverse characters fumble through the modern maze of love, sex, technology and culture in Chicago.
Gente que viene y bah (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: After her partner cheats on her, an architect returns to her hometown to reassess her life with the help of her eccentric family. Based on the novel.
Harvey Girls Forever!: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: The hardworking Harvey Girls are back, making new enemies in the form of older siblings, finally meeting their boy-band idols — and more!
Jailbirds (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: At the Sacramento County Jail, incarcerated women fight the power and one another as they try to make the best of life — and love — on the inside.
Pose: Season 1
ReMastered: The Lion’s Share (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: ReMastered: A long form documentary series of high profile, in-depth stories about music’s impact on society, as told by critically acclaimed directors, with each episode revealing surprising insight beyond the expected or commonly known. Lion’s Share tracks South African journalist Rian Malan’s journey to find the original writers of the legendary song “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” which earned over 15 million dollars in royalties for American groups like The Tokens, Pete Seeger and the Weavers. Malan discovers the original writer, a black South African named Solomon Linda, whose family currently lives in poverty in the slums of Sweto. Driven by his own guilt that his uncle was one of the architects of apartheid, Malan goes after fat cat businessmen in the US music industry to force them to pay their fair share to Linda’s family.
Shéhérazade (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: Fresh out of prison and forced to fend for himself on the streets of Marseille, 17-year-old Zac falls in love with a young prostitute Shéhérazade.
The Society (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: The Society follows a group of teenagers who are mysteriously transported to a facsimile of their wealthy New England town without any trace of their parents. Their newfound freedom will be fun... but it will also be very dangerous. As they struggle to figure out what has happened to them and how to get home, they must establish order and form alliances if they want to survive.
Wine Country (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: During a vacation to Napa Valley, a group of long time friends reunite and revisit past choices in this hilarious and heartfelt comedy from director Amy Poehler.
Available May 12
Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj: Volume 3 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Hasan Minhaj’s Peabody Award-winning series returns with new episodes, bringing his unexpected comedic perspective to current global events and pop culture.
Available May 13
Malibu Rescue (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: When a long list of shenanigans lands Tyler in hot water, he’s forced to suit up and spend his summer training for an elite junior lifeguard program.
Available May 14
revisions (Netflix Anime)
From Netflix: When Shibuya time-warps to 2388, high schooler Daisuke and his friends are conscripted by AHRV agent Milo to fight the hostile cyborg race, revisions.
Still LAUGH-IN: The Stars Celebrate (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: The stars come out for this special tribute to “Laugh-in,” the revolutionary sketch comedy show of the 1960s and ’70s.
Weed the People
Available May 15
Dennis & Gnasher: Unleashed!
Available May 16
Good Sam (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: When a mysterious good Samaritan, aka “Good Sam,” leaves $100,000 cash on seemingly random doorsteps, New York City TV news reporter Kate Bradley (Tiya Sircar) sets out to discover Good Sam’s true identity and motive, turning her personal life upside down.
Take Me Home Tonight
Available May 17
1994: Limited Series (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: 1994 is an hour-long 5 episode investigative documentary series that will tell the story of one of the most critical years in Mexico’s history.
Chip & Potato (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Chip is a little pug going through life’s firsts with the encouragement of her secret mouse-friend, Potato.
It’s Bruno (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: A digital series that follows a man and his beloved dog Bruno strolling around his neighborhood.
Maria (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: A woman whose parents were killed by a gang when she was a child grows up to be a hired assassin. Unfortunately, trying to leave that past behind is proving to be more difficult than it seems.
Morir para contar (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: Seeking answers after a life-changing incident in 2012, filmmaker Hernán Zin interviews other war reporters about the personal toll of their work.
Nailed It!: Season 3 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Nicole and Jacques are back to judge the chaos in the kitchen, from half-baked doll cakes to delightfully creepy edible clowns.
See You Yesterday (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: Two Brooklyn teenage prodigies, C.J. Walker and Sebastian Thomas, build makeshift time machines to save C.J.’s brother, Calvin, from being wrongfully killed by a police officer.
The Rain: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Trapped in the Zone, Simone and her friends must find a cure for the virus Rasmus is carrying before it kills him — and the rest of humanity.
Well Intended Love (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: A third-rate actress with leukemia becomes entangled with CEO Ling because she needs him for treatment. In order to receive bone marrow transplant sooner and to continue her career as an actress, Xia Lin enters into a secret marriage with Ling Yi Zhou, the CEO of a company. Despite the conspiracies and misunderstandings they encounter, the two find true love.
White Gold: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: After forcing Walsh out, Vincent’s headaches include answering to a gangster boss and a new rival salesperson who’s swooping up all the best jobs.
Available May 18
The Blackcoat’s Daughter
Available May 20
Prince of Peoria: Part 2 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: While Teddy works toward finishing his application for MIT’s summer robotics program, Emil tries to squeeze even more fun out of his time in Peoria.
Rosario Tijeras (Mexico Version): Season 2
Available May 21
Arrow: Season 7
Yes, the 2016 Academy Award for Best Picture did go to Barry Jenkins’ coming-of-age drama. Stellar performances by Mahershala Ali and Naomie Harris, beautiful cinematography, and a story exploring black and queer identity make it more than worthy of the accolade.
Wanda Sykes: Not Normal (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Emmy Award-nominated actress and 30-year comedy veteran, Wanda Sykes, delivers a sharp-witted and hilarious critique on the state of the world in her first Netflix comedy special, Wanda Sykes: Not Normal. The one-hour special addresses the comedian’s perspective on the current political and cultural climate, which she can only describe as, well … not normal!
Available May 22
A Tale of Two Kitchens (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Two countries, two restaurants, one vision. At Gabriela Cámara’s acclaimed Contramar in Mexico City, the welcoming, uniformed waiters are as beloved by diners as the menu featuring fresh, local seafood caught within 24 hours. The entire staff sees themselves as part of an extended family. Meanwhile at Cala in San Francisco, Cámara hires staff from different backgrounds and cultures, including ex-felons and ex-addicts, who view the work as an important opportunity to grow as individuals. A Tale of Two Kitchens explores the ways in which a restaurant can serve as a place of both dignity and community.
One Night in Spring (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: When Lee Jeong-in and Yu Ji-ho meet, something unexpected happens. Or it just may be that spring is in the air — and anything is possible.
The Flash: Season 5
Available May 23
Riverdale: Season 3
Now you too can keep up with Riverdale’s coolest teens. What have Archie, Betty, Veronica, and Jughead been up to this season? Musicals, cults, prison breaks, and more!
Slasher: Solstice (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Rampaging serial killers leave carnage in their wake as their next victims fight to stay alive in this honor anthology series.
Available May 24
After Maria (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Short following families in Puerto Rico who are currently living in FEMA hotels around New York City. Their stories will unfold observationally over the course of the next month as they face the extreme situation of getting kicked out of the hotel or are forced to go back to Puerto Rico. Many people see these families as illegal immigrants and don’t want them here. We follow these families as they try to maintain their Puerto Rican identity, but assert their American citizenship.
Alta Mar (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Mysterious deaths aboard a luxurious ship traveling from Spain to Rio de Janeiro in the 1940s reveal secrets surrounding two sisters traveling together.
Joy (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: Joy is a young Nigerian woman, caught in the vicious cycle of sex trafficking. She works in this merciless system of exploitation to pay off debts to her exploiter Madame and supporting her family in Nigeria.
Rim of the World (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: Four misfit campers must band together and conquer their fears in order to save the world during an alien invasion.
She’s Gotta Have It: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Romantic turmoil, artistic challenges and an eye-opening trip to Puerto Rico set Nola Darling on a new course.
The Perfection (Netflix Film)
A chilling horror flick with a trailer that might bug you, The Perfection stars Allison Williams (Get Out) as a troubled musical prodigy who grows jealous of the new star pupil of her former school.
WHAT / IF (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: A raw, voyeuristic examination of acceptable people doing unacceptable things. A conflict driven series of high stakes morality plays with a first season narrative focusing on two struggling newlyweds who accept a powerful woman’s ethically perilous proposition to secure a badly needed financial windfall.
Available May 27
Historical Roasts (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Renowned “Roastmaster General” Jeff Ross’s new half-hour comedy series Historical Roasts brings together A-list comedians in period-appropriate garb to celebrate prominent historical figures of the past, from Presidents (Abe Lincoln) to Rockstars (Freddie Mercury) and everything in between. Based on the Los Angeles live show of the same name, the six-episode series is “teaching history a lesson” and honoring some of the most important voices of our time the only way they know how — with a searing roast. Launching globally on Netflix Monday, May 27, Historical Roasts features a stellar lineup of comedian guest stars including Bob Saget, John Stamos, Natasha Leggero, Jaleel White, Fred Willard, Nikki Glaser, Rachel Feinstein, Ryan Phillippe, Ken Marino, Gilbert Gottfried, Seth Green, Yamaneika Saunders, and Neal Brennan to name a few. The series is produced by OBB Pictures.
Outlander: Seasons 1-2
Available May 28
Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
If you didn’t catch the special-effects packed Disney Christmas spectacle in theaters, you probably made a good choice. Check it out directly at home instead!
Available May 30
Chopsticks (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: An under-confident but talented girl, who is sidestepped at every stage of her life, seeks out an enigmatic con to help recover her stolen car from a goat-loving crazy Mumbai gangster and in the process finds her confidence and place in the sun.
My Week with Marilyn
Svaha: The Sixth Finger (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: A minister who researches religious cults turns to his Buddhist monk friend for help investigating a new group with mysterious origins.
The One I Love
Available May 31
Always Be My Maybe (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: Everyone assumed Sasha and Marcus would wind up together except for Sasha and Marcus. Reconnecting after 15 years, the two start to wonder... maybe?
Bad Blood: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Five years after the death of mob boss, there’s a new king of the Montreal drug trade — until a new breed of mafiosos arrive from Italy to wrestle the city from his grasp.
Black Spot: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Major Weiss’s recovery prompts residents to question the odd circumstances she was found in, and how she survived injuries that would kill anyone else.
How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast) (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: What if a teenager built up a drugs empire from his bedroom in Leipzig? Inspired by real events.
Killer Ratings (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: The true-life story of a Brazilian TV host who literally killed for ratings -- and used his crime TV show to cover up the grizzly truth.
When They See Us (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: A four part limited series from director Ava DuVernay that continues themes from her documentary 13th, her exploration of the criminal justice system through the true case of the Central Park Five - 5 young teenagers who were wrongfully accused and convicted of rape.