May heralds the beginning of the summer season and some great new fare from our favorite streaming service. Along with some super new Original programming, you’ll also find some great sci-fi, adult cartoons, fun family viewing, and of course, the edgy comedy and drama new to Netflix this coming month.
Some notable releases include new standup from Wanda Sykes, as well as “Historical Roasts,” from Jeff Ross. Yes, the comedians dress up in period garb to make fun of historical figures from the past. Laugh and learn – what a combination!
Notable Netflix Originals
May brings a host of uplifting and exciting titles new to Netflix. From shocking real-life crime drama to political documentaries to ensemble comedy, Netflix hasn’t run out of great ideas for its Original content.
‘Knock Down the House’
This documentary focuses on four women running for Congress during the 2018 elections. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Cori Bush, Paula Jean Swearengin, and Amy Vilela all bring their A-game in this inspirational story.
Each candidate took on established candidates in their own party. And although only one took the prize — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – this Sundance festival winning documentary gives hope that, sometimes, our democratic system works for everyone.
‘Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile’
Just when you think there have been enough Ted Bundy documentaries, another one pops up with something new to add to the story. In the case of “Extremely Wicked,” the story is told from the viewpoint of his long-time girlfriend, Elizabeth Kloepfer, who had a hard time accepting his guilt.
With Zac Efron as chillingly perfect Bundy — he took home Best Actor for his role from the Mammoth Film Festival —- true crime fans are going to love this Netflix Original Movie.
This is one we’ve been looking forward to for months. Starring some outstanding talent from SNL, we get Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Tina Fey, and Rachel Dratch in this “Coming of a Certain Age” comedy.
Poehler makes her directorial debut in this wine-soaked romp about a group of friends on a weekend away to celebrate a benchmark 50th birthday. But as the drink flows, tongues get loose, and the next thing you know, people are bringing out their drama.
‘Dead to Me’
And speaking of funny ladies, this show starring Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini looks like a blast. Two unlikely friends bond as they grieve together. Applegate plays a widow who lost her husband suddenly and violently. She mourns by examining dented cars, just in case she finds the one that killed her husband in a hit-and-run accident. Cardellini is the free spirit who just lost her fiance.
At least, that’s her story. She may be a criminal, taking advantage of someone’s grief. But to what end? You’ll find it new to Netflix, added to the queue on May 3.
Notable Classic Titles Added New to Netflix
Talking about drama, this classic movie is a must-watch for the stunning performances.
‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’
Midcentury privileged white people get drunk and ugly. And it’s chilling. This 1966 drama was pretty shocking for its time, and it isn’t any less disturbing now. When college professor George and his wife Martha invite the new young faculty couple over for drinks things get surreal. George and Martha unleash some serious vitriol and TMI, while the younger couple gets caught up in their verbal battle to the death.
This drama brought home five Oscars and three BAFTA awards. Most notably, Oscars for Elizabeth Taylor as Best Actress in a Leading Role and Sandy Dennis for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Taylor earned a Best British Actress BAFTA, while Richard Burton won Best British Actor.
Check a few of the movies coming new to Netflix streaming in May 2019. Sometimes it’s fun to revisit a movie from not so long ago for the nostalgia. And sometimes, they’re just great movies worth watching again and again.
‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’
From the mind of Hunter S. Thompson, arranged for your viewing pleasure by Terry Gilliam, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, is the quintessential road trip movie.
A drugged-up Thompson (played by Johnny Depp) hits the road with his psychotic lawyer (Benicio Del Toro) as they travel west to cover a motorcycle race in Las Vegas. They’re searching for the “American Dream,” but what they find is, of course, something much different.
Netflix subscribers get all three of the Matrix movies in May. That’s “The Matrix,” “The Matrix Reloaded,” and “The Matrix Revolutions.” “The Matrix” is cyberpunk at its best, with Keanu Reeves as Neo and Laurence Fishburne as Morpheus.
At the heart of this sci-fi visual feast lies the nature of reality, as computer hacker Neo discovers that humanity is living in a machine-manufactured virtual reality that keeps them in thrall. “Reloaded” and “Revolutions” follow Neo and Morpheus as they battle against the machines for liberation.
You’ll be able to watch the movies that launched a thousand memes starting on May 1.
Family-Friendly Fare for All Ages
Everyone loves the Muppets — so check out this great family movie.
‘The Dark Crystal’
This adorable and beautifully realized movie from Frank Oz and the much-missed Jim Henson will delight fantasy fans young and old. Set on a distant planet in the past, the story follows the young Gelfling Jen, raised by peaceful wizards. Jen seeks the missing shard for the Dark Crystal in order to restore balance and remove the oppressive ruling Skeksis from complete power.
And if you’re planning to watch the new to Netflix prequel series – “The Dark Crystal: The Age of Resistance” when it finally comes to the screen, you’ll want to revisit the world of Thra again. Especially if you have young viewers in the house who need an introduction.
Anticipated TV Series Season
One of the best things about being a Netflix subscriber is being able to binge our favorite TV shows from other networks. If you didn’t have time to watch during the regular season, no worries! You can sit and binge a whole season’s worth at a time. Along with the two notable titles below, we’ll also get new seasons of “Riverdale,” “Arrow,” and “The Flash.” Although these titles aren’t new to viewers, they’re new to Netflix subscribers in season-long bingeable chunks.
This is the moment we’ve all been waiting for. Netflix viewers can finally get “Outlander” — and we’ll get both Season 1 and 2 on May 27. If you’ve been dying to see this time-traveling sci-fi bodice-ripper mashup, but didn’t have Starz, get the popcorn ready!
‘Supernatural’ (Season 14)
Our favorite hunters are back, and you can watch all of Season 14 starting on May 3. Perfect for your Friday night Netflix binge. Longtime fans of the show know that this is the second to last season we will have with the Winchester boys. So, make sure you catch up with their battle against the bad guys before the series finale.
Complete List of New Titles Coming to Netflix for May 2019
Here are all the titles coming to new to Netflix next month. This listing is for U.S. subscribers and is as accurate as the data available to us on the date of publication.
Angels & Demons
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
Chasing Liberty (2004)
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion (Season 1)
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)
Inspector Gadget — Netflix Original Series (Season 3)
John & Yoko: Above Us Only Sky
Kia and Cosmos (2018)
Knock Down the House — Netflix Original Documentary
Munafik 2 — Netflix Original Movie
Roswell, New Mexico (Season 1)
The Da Vinci Code
The Dark Crystal (1982)
The Final Destination (2009)
The Matrix Reloaded
The Matrix Revolutions
To Rome With Love
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
Colony (Season 3)
Olympus Has Fallen
A Pesar De Todo — Netflix Original Movie
All In My Family — Netflix Original Movie
Alles ist gut — Netflix Original Movie
Cupcake & Dino – General Services — Netflix Original Kids Series (Season 2)
Dead to Me — Netflix Original Series (Season 1)
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile — Netflix Original Movie
Flinch (Season 1) Netflix Original Reality Series
Jo Pil-ho: The Dawning Rage — Netflix Original Movie
Supernatural (Season 14)
The Last Summer — Netflix Original Movie
True and the Rainbow Kingdom (Season 3) Netflix Original Kids Series
Tuca & Bertie (Season 1) Netflix Original Series
Undercover (Season 1) Netflix Original Series
War Horse (2011)
Abyss – Netflix Original Series
The Heat: A Kitchen (R)evolution
Queen of the South (Season 3)
Lucifer (Season 4) — Netflix Original Series
Bathtubs Over Broadway
Dry Martina — Netflix Original Movie
Easy (Season 3) Netflix Original Series
Gente que viene y bah — Netflix Original Movie
Harvey Street Kids (Season 2) Netflix Original Kids Series
Jailbirds — Netflix Original Reality Series
Pose (Season 1)
ReMastered: The Lion’s Share — Netflix Original Documentary
Sheherazade— Netflix Original Movie
The Society (Season 1) Netflix Original Series
Wine Country — Netflix Original Movie
Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj: Volume 3 — Netflix Original Standup Comedy
Malibu Rescue (Season 1) — Netflix Original Kids Series
revisions — Netflix Original Anime Series
Still LAUGH-IN: The Stars Celebrate — Netflix Original Comedy
Weed the People
Dennis & Gnasher: Unleashed!
Good Sam — Netflix Original Movie
Take Me Home Tonight
1994: Limited Series — Netflix Original Series
Chip & Potato — Netflix Original Kids Series
It’s Bruno (Season 1) Netflix Original Comedy Series
Maria — Netflix Original Movie
Morir para contar — Netflix Original Movie
Nailed It! (Season 3) — Netflix Original Reality Series
Saverio Raimondo: Il Satiro Parlante (2019) Netflix Original Stand-up Special
See You Yesterday — Netflix Original Movie
The Rain (Season 2) Netflix Original Danish Series
Well Intended Love — Netflix Original Movie
White Gold (Season 2) — Netflix Original Series
The Blackcoat’s Daughter
Prince of Peoria: Part 2 — Netflix Original Kids Series
Rosario Tijeras (Mexico Version) (Season 2)
Arrow (Season 7)
Wanda Sykes: Not Normal — Netflix Original Standup Comedy
A Tale of Two Kitchens — Netflix Original Movie
One Night in Spring — Netflix Original Series
The Flash (Season 5)
Riverdale (Season 3)
Slasher: Solstice — Netflix Original Series
After Maria – Netflix Original
Alta Mar — Netflix Original
High Seas (Season 1) Netflix Original Spanish Series
Joy — Netflix Original Movie
Rim of the World — Netflix Original Movie
She’s Gotta Have It (Season 2) Netflix Original Series
The Perfection — Netflix Original Movie
WHAT / IF — Netflix Original Series
Historical Roasts — Netflix Original Comedy
Outlander (Seasons 1 and 2)
Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
Chopsticks — Netflix Original Movie
My Week with Marilyn
Svaha: The Sixth Finger — Netflix Original Movie
The One I Love
The Last Kids on Earth (Season 1) Netflix Original Kids Series
Always Be My Maybe — Netflix Original Movie
Bad Blood (Season 2) — Netflix Original Series
Black Spot (Season 2) — Netflix Original Kids Series
How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast) — Netflix Original Foreign Series
Killer Ratings — Netflix Original
When They See Us — Netflix Original
Also Coming to Netflix
We don’t have exact dates for these yet, but you’ll find them in the queue during the month of May.
Charmed (2018) (Season 1)
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (Season 4)
The Mechanism (Season 2) — Netflix Original
Supergirl (Season 4)
Leaving Netflix in May 2019
If you haven’t had a chance to catch these shows and movies, now is your last chance to grab them on the streaming service.
Notable Titles You Need to Catch Quick
Notable titles that deserve a revisit include the perfect ‘80s teen flick, “Sixteen Candles.”
“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” stars Jim Carrey in a surprisingly touching performance and the inestimable Kate Winslet. This happy/sad romantic movie will make you ugly cry.
“The Lovely Bones” touched a lot of hearts and nerves as a bestselling novel by Alice Seibold. And the movie that followed gave newcomer Saoirse Ronan a chance to really shine. This tearjerker from director Peter Jackson should be on every drama fan’s agenda.
If you love classic musicals, make time to catch 1961’s “West Side Story.” This Oscar-winning musical plays on Romeo and Juliet with two rival New York City gangs. The underlying racial tensions still play as fresh in this “Best Picture” winner starring Natalie Wood and Rita Moreno, who took home both an Oscar and a Golden Globe for her supporting role.
All the Titles Leaving the Stream
Take a last look at these shows and movies before they leave Netflix for good.
Cold Justice: Collection 3
Dances with Wolves
Disney High School Musical 3: Senior Year
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
For Your Eyes Only
From Dusk Till Dawn
From Russia with Love
Jaws: The Revenge
License to Kill
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
Somm: Into the Bottle
The Dirty Dozen
The English Patient
The Lovely Bones
The Other Boleyn Girl
Tomorrow Never Dies
Switched at Birth (Seasons 1-5)
Bill Nye, the Science Guy: Collection 1
Disney’s Bridge to Terabithia
The Boss Baby
I Know What You Did Last Summer
West Side Story (1961)
Check Back for Future Updates
If you check back next month, we’ll have a fresh list of the new to Netflix Originals and added content for June 2019. Until then, happy bingeing!
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