As populations across the world are confined to their homes during the pandemic, millions have turned to Netflix to pass the time.
The steaming service added 15.8 million subscribers in the first 3 months of this year, more than double the 7.2 million that were expected.
Netflix has today confirmed its list of new releases for May – with some fantastic series and films among the new additions.
Here’s what’s new on Netflix in May
A new limited series from Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan, HOLLYWOOD follows a group of aspiring actors and filmmakers in post-World War II Hollywood as they try to make it in Tinseltown — no matter the cost. Each character offers a unique glimpse behind the gilded curtain of Hollywood’s Golden Age, spotlighting the unfair systems and biases across race, gender and sexuality that continue to this day. Provocative and incisive, HOLLYWOOD exposes and examines decades-old power dynamics, and what the entertainment landscape might look like if they had been dismantled.
Medici: The Magnificent: Part 2 01/05/2020
In the wake of the conspiracy, Lorenzo is driven by vengeance. Giuliano’s son appears while the Medici fortune hangs in the balance on the eve of war.
Into the Night 01/05/2020
When the sun suddenly starts killing everything in its path, passengers on an overnight flight from Brussels attempt to survive by any means necessary.
Workin’ Moms: Season 4 06/05/2020
Big changes are in the air as the moms stand up for their children, their partners, their businesses — and more importantly, themselves.
Dead to Me: Season 2 08/05/2020
Jen (Christina Applegate), Judy (Linda Cardellini) and the lies that entwine them are back. Picking up in the aftermath of that bloody backyard reveal, the irrepressible pair once again struggle to keep their secrets buried. With a surprising new visitor in town and Detective Perez (Diana Maria Riva) hot on their heels, Jen and Judy take drastic measures to protect their loved ones and each other — no matter the cost. From Emmy Award-winning creator Liz Feldman, Dead to Me returns for an addictively dark second season, where the stakes are higher, the friendship is deeper and the traumas that bond loom larger than ever before.
The Eddy 08/05/2020
Set in the vibrant multicultural neighbourhoods of modern-day Paris, THE EDDY tells the story of the owner of a struggling club, its house band and the dangers they face from the chaotic city that surrounds them.
A writer in a creative and marital crisis finds refuge and support in her three best friends. Based on the novels by Elisabet Benavent.
Restaurants on the Edge: Season 2 08/05/2020
The experts continue on their international restaurant rescue mission. With a little encouragement and a lot of overhaul, miracles can happen.
Rust Valley Restorers: Season 2 08/05/2020
Life motors on as Mike and the gang restore a slew of classics, including some good ole Detroit muscle. Also, Avery takes on a new role at the shop.
Bordertown: Season 3 11/05/2020
While juggling concerns about his family’s future and a spate of new crimes, Kari squares off against an adversary who’s been studying his past cases.
A magician hired for a party lands in hot water when he makes a drug boss disappear during a performance — but is then unable to make him reappear!
White Lines 15/05/2020
From the teams that brought you La Casa de Papel (writer) and The Crown (production company) comes WHITE LINES. The body of a legendary Manchester DJ is discovered twenty years after his mysterious disappearance from Ibiza. When his sister returns to the beautiful Spanish island to find out what happened, her investigation leads her through a thrilling world of dance clubs, lies and cover-ups, forcing her to confront the darker sides of her own character in a place where people live life on the edge. The dialogue is in a mix of English and Spanish. Laura Haddock (Guardians of the Galaxy, Transformers: The Last Knight), Marta Milans (Shazam, The Pier), Juan Diego Botto (Good Behavior), Nuno Lopes (Saint George, Lines of Wellington), Daniel Mays (Line of Duty), Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), Laurence Fox (Victoria, Lewis) and Angela Griffin (Turn Up Charlie, The Detail).
Magic for Humans: Season 3 15/05/2020
He’s back to pull a rabbit out of a … piñata? Justin Willman always surprises with frisky magic skills that amuse and charm, trick and disarm.
Unemployed and desperate to turn his life around, Alain Delambre is ready to do anything to secure a job at corporate giant Exxya.
La reina de Indias y el conquistador 16/05/2020
Years after Spanish conquistador Pedro de Heredia betrayed her people and broke her heart, indigenous woman Catalina reenters his life to get revenge.
Mystic Pop-up Bar – Coming Soon
Wol-ju, the bartender, is not of this world, or the underworld—she is the weaver of dreams between worlds. Though she might seem obscene and unhindered to some, she provides solace and advice to the weary souls whose dreams she enters. After a drink with Wol-ju, one feels spirited and able to turn the page on their own misfortunes. At the Mystic Pop-up Bar, she is able to cross the threshold between this world and the other, between past and present, revealing visions that rectify her customer’s suffering.
The Big Flower Fight 18/05/2020
Teams of florists, sculptors and garden designers push their talents to the limit to create extravagant floral installations in this competition show.
Sweet Magnolias 19/05/2020
Maddie Townsend has a lot on her plate — including three kids, a cheating husband and one unlikely suitor who has everyone in town talking.
History 101 22/05/2020
Infographics and archival footage deliver bite-size history lessons on scientific breakthroughs, social movements and world-changing discoveries.
Selling Sunset: Season 2 22/05/2020
The reality series that follows LA’s most elite real estate agents returns for Season 2, documenting their juicy private lives, posh listings and high-profile clients.
Dynasty: Season 3 23/05/2020
The modern-day reboot of the iconic soap that follows two of America’s wealthiest families returns for Season 3.
Trailer Park Boys: The Animated Series: Season 2 22/05/2020
The animated series returns for Season 2, with the entire gang transformed into cartoons.
Control Z 22/05/2020
When a hacker begins releasing students’ secrets to the entire high school, the socially isolated but observant Sofía works to uncover his/her identity.
Blood & Water – Coming Soon
A 16-year-old gets herself transferred to the same high school as a girl whom she suspects is her sister, who was kidnapped at birth 17 years earlier.
Space Force 29/05/2020
A comedy series about the people tasked with creating Space Force, a new branch of the U.S. military. From Greg Daniels and star Steve Carell.
WEEKLY TV SHOWS
Snowpiercer (Coming in May)
In this futuristic thriller, the world has become a frozen wasteland, and the remaining humans inhabit a giant train that perpetually circles the globe.
NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM
The Half Of It 01/05/2020
Shy, straight-A student Ellie helps sweet jock Paul woo his crush. But their unlikely friendship grows complicated when Ellie falls for the same girl.
On their return from vacation, a family find their house occupied by disturbing squatters.
All Day and a Night 01/05/2020
While serving life in prison, a young man looks back at the people, the circumstances and the system that set him on the path toward his crime.
When a doctor gets jailed for a string of shocking murders, his loyal wife sets out to commit a copycat crime to prove his innocence.
18 Regali 08/05/2020
Images A pregnant mother with terminal cancer leaves behind 18 sentimental gifts for her unborn daughter to receive every birthday until she reaches womanhood.
The Wrong Missy 13/05/2020
Tim thinks he’s invited the woman of his dreams on a work retreat to Hawaii, realizing too late he mistakenly asked someone from a nightmare blind date.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy Vs. the Reverend 12/05/2020
Kimmy sets off on her biggest adventure yet. Three states! Explosions! A dancing hamburger! And you, the viewer, get to decide how the story goes.
Te quiero, imbécil 15/05/2020
After he loses his girlfriend and his job on the same day, a man in his 30s sees his life turned upside down.
Rebelión de los Godinez 20/05/2020
When Omar’s grandfather forces him to get a job at a tech company in Mexico City, he meets a quirky ensemble of nine-to-fivers … and some nemeses.
THE LOVEBIRDS 22/05/2020
A couple (Issa Rae & Kumail Nanjiani) experiences a defining moment in their relationship when they are unintentionally embroiled in a murder mystery. As their journey to clear their names takes them from one extreme – and hilarious – circumstance to the next, they must figure out how they, and their relationship, can survive the night.
I’m No Longer Here 27/05/2020
In the mountains of Monterrey, Mexico, a small street gang named “Los Terkos” spend their days listening to slowed down cumbia music and attending dance parties, showing off their outfits, hairstyles and gang alliances. These different bands of disaffected youth refer to themselves as Kolombianos, combining the Cholo culture with Colombian music. Ulises Samperio (17), the leader of Los Terkos, tries to protect his friends from the nefarious elements of a quickly evolving drug/political war, but after a misunderstanding with a local cartel, he is forced to leave for Jackson Heights, Queens, a diverse immigrant community in New York City. Ulises tries to assimilate, but when he learns that his gang and the whole Kolombia culture is under threat, he questions his place in America and longs to return home.
La corazonada 28/05/2020
A rookie cop (Luisana Lopilato) and a police detective (Joaquín Furriel) investigate the murder of a woman, 19, whose best friend is the prime suspect.
NETFLIX ORIGINAL COMEDY
Jerry Seinfeld: 23 Hours To Kill 05/05/2020
Jerry Seinfeld’s new hour-long special, Jerry Seinfeld: 23 Hours to Kill, reinforces his reputation as the precision-craftsman of stand-up comedy. Premiering on May 5, 2020, only on Netflix, the special features a spectacular arrival to the Beacon Theatre in New York City, and showcases Seinfeld’s sharp angles on everyday life, uncovering comedy in the commonplace.
Patton Oswalt: I Love Everything 19/05/2020
Like the ancient grains of Babylon, Patton provides a healthy dose of witticism in his newest Netflix comedy special, Patton Oswalt: I Love Everything. Enjoy yourself as the Emmy and Grammy winning comedian reflects on hilarious existential anecdotes after recently embracing his fifties, which includes attending his daughter’s second-grade art show that cost him the chance to board a full-scale Millennium Falcon or how buying a house is like hiring a suicide squad of superhuman subcontractors. Patton Oswalt: I Love Everything premieres globally on Netflix on May 19, 2020. And stick around post-credits for Bob Rubin: Oddities & Rarities, a bonus one-hour comedy special presented by Patton himself!
Hannah Gadsby: Douglas 26/05/2020
Emmy and Peabody award winning comedian Hannah Gadsby stopped the comedy world in its tracks with her genre bending show, Nanette. Having given herself her very own tough act to follow, she named her difficult second album after her eldest dog and took it for a walk across the planet, finishing up in Los Angeles and recording her second Netflix comedy special, Hannah Gadbsy: Douglas. You can expect your expectations to be set and met by Douglas: a tour from the dog park to the renaissance and back guided by one of comedy’s most sparkling and surprising minds. Hannah Gadsby: Douglas premieres globally on Netflix on May 26, 2020.
Kenny Sebastian: The Most Interesting Person in the Room – Coming Soon
Fusing his musical and comedy chops, Kenny Sebastian gets analytical about frumpy footwear, flightless birds and his fear of not being funny enough.
NETFLIX ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARIES
BECOMING is an intimate look into the life of former First Lady Michelle Obama during a moment of profound change, not only for her personally but for the country she and her husband served over eight impactful years in the White House. The film offers a rare and up-close look at her life, taking viewers behind the scenes as she embarks on a 34-city tour that highlights the power of community to bridge our divides and the spirit of connection that comes when we openly and honestly share our stories.
Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics 11/05/2020
Celebrities recall their most mind-bending trips via animations, re-enactments and more in this comedic documentary exploring the story of psychedelics.
Trial By Media 11/05/2020
In this true crime documentary series, history’s most dramatic trials are examined with an emphasis on how the media may have impacted verdicts.
Take a deep dive on ARASHI member Masaki Aiba’s individual history, personality and thoughts on the group’s decision.
Ben Platt Live From Radio City Music Hall 20/05/2020
Actor and singer Ben Platt performs in a sold-out show recorded at Radio City Music Hall in New York.
Somebody Feed Phil: Season 3 29/05/2020
“Everybody Loves Raymond” creator Phil Rosenthal continues to travel the globe, sampling different cuisines and cultures. New episodes follow Phil as he travels to Marrakesh, Seoul, Montreal, Chicago and London.
NETFLIX KIDS & FAMILY
Go! Go! Cory Carson: The Chrissy 01/05/2020
The Carson kids win a talent show with a dance that Cory created. But when “The Chrissy” catches on, his sister gets all of the attention!
Chico Bon Bon: Monkey with a Tool Belt 08/05/2020
This fun, silly series teaches preschoolers about the mechanical world and how things work. Based on Chris Monroe’s picture book series.
The Hollow: Season 2 08/05/2020
After discovering the truth behind the Hollow, friends Adam, Mira and Kai must face their fears and tackle even bigger challenges together.
True: Terrific Tales 12/05/2020
Through the magic of the Story Spinner, True and friends create their own versions of Pinocchio, Little Red Riding Hood and other classic fairy tales.
She-Ra and the Princesses of Power: Season 5 15/05/2020
As the princesses prepare to face Horde Prime and his hive mind army in one final battle, Adora must confront her most elusive adversary yet: herself.
NETFLIX ORIGINAL ANIME
Scissor Seven: Season 2 07/05/2020
Hairdresser by day, freelance hit man by night. The series about an underpaid, scissor-wielding assassin who’s not quite cut out for the job returns for Season 2.
Amnesiac Caiman seeks to undo his lizard head curse by killing the sorcerer responsible, with his friend Nikaido’s help. In the Hole, that’s a threat.
Licenced Content Highlights
An American Tail (1986)
Blues Brothers (1980)
Children of Men (2006)
Dr Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat (2003)
Funny Girl (1968)
Justice League (2017)
Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life (1983)
Steve Jobs (2015)
Schitts Creek S6
The Rugrats Movie (1998)