Not to be shaken by the recent Disney announcement, it’s business as usual for the current champ of streaming services…at least for the next year.
This May, Netflix stocks up on high-profile original series and movies, stacked with big name talent, big-budget features and a huge marketing push.
On the movie front, Zac Efron and Lily Collins lead the charge of original high-profile feature films with Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile. The pic follows the terrifying tale of a single mom who falls for infamous serial killer Ted Bundy. The feature is set for debut on May 3.
Former Girls star Allison Williams plays the part of a something isn’t quite right music student in the thriller The Perfection. Also starring Logan Browning and Steven Weber, the spine-chiller is set for May 24.
Fans of Riverdale‘s leading man might want to cozy up to The Last Summer, which also airs on May 3. Starring K.J. Apa, one-time Disney star Maia Mitchell and Teen Wolf‘s Tyler Posey, the Netflix original movie takes aim at tween and teen audiences with this romance drama.
On May 10, Saturday Night Live alums Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Rachel Dratch and Ana Gasteyer star in a comedy about a birthday weekend getaway in Napa Valley that turns into a messy affair.
On the TV side of the streaming service, Netflix continues to cut its teeth in the gameshow field with Flinch, a reality series in which contestants are challenged to keep their cool in spite harrowing situations or else face the music.
For those who need a laugh, Tiffany Haddish and Ali Wong star in the animated series Tuca & Bertie, brought to you by the fine makers of Bojack Horseman. The toon follows the exploits of best friends Tuca, a bohemian toucan, and Bertie, a tightly-wound song thrush who needs to relax. Hijinx and awkward moments ensue.
On May 10, drama thrill The Society makes its debut. The story follows a group of teens who must form their own social order after everyone in their little townish mysteriously disappears.
And for fans of the former Fox hellbent drama Lucifer, the fourth season in its new Netflix home kicks off on May 8. The devilish series will drop all episodes in a single go, making the show a new binge-worthy contender among the streaming service offerings.
Other original shows returning for another season include the third season of anthology series Easy (May 10), the second season of kiddie toon series Harvey Street Kids (May 10), the sophomore season of the post apocalyptic Scandinavian drama The Rain (May 19), and the second season of the Spike Lee produced She’s Gotta Have It (May 24),
And finally, special events for the month of May include the comedy special Wanda Sykes: Not Normal (May 17), a tribute to the iconic sketch show Laugh-In (May 14), and limited-series When They See Us, which pulls focus to the injustice of the Central Park Five case (May 31).
All show description blurbs provided by Netflix.
- Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)
- Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion (Season 1)
- Chasing Liberty (2004)
- The Final Destination (2009)
- Inside the Mind of a Serial Killer (Season 2)
- Inspector Gadget (Season 4; Netflix Original Series): “Inspector Gadget is back and must face his old enemy, the evil Dr. Claw, who has reactivated MAD, his global crime syndicate.”
- Kia and Cosmos (2018)
- Knock Down the House (Netflix Original Documentary): Go behind the scenes as four determined women — including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — challenge big-money politicians in the 2018 race for Congress.
- Munafik 2 (2019; Netflix Original Foreign Movie): “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.”
- Cupcake & Dino (Season 2; Netflix Original Series): An enterprising cupcake and his cheerful dinosaur brother take on jobs of all sorts as they work to help friends and strangers in their eccentric city.
- Dead to Me (Netflix Original Series): A hotheaded widow searching for the hit-and-run driver who mowed down her husband befriends an eccentric optimist who isn’t quite what she seems.
- Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (Netflix Original Movie): Single mother Liz falls for Ted Bundy and refuses to believe the truth about his crimes for years. A drama based on a true story. Stars Zac Efron as Ted Bundy, Lily Collins and Kaya Scodelario.
- Flinch (Netflix Original Series): Harrowing and hilarious tests await the brave and foolhardy, as well as the judges, in this comedy game show. If they flinch, they feel the pain
- John Carter (2012)
- The Last Summer (Netflix Original Movie): Teens from a Chicago high school grapple with their dreams, relationships and identities in a transformative summer before they leave for college. Stars K.J. Apa, Maia Mitchell and Tyler Posey.
- Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer (2016)
- True and the Rainbow Kingdom (Season 2; Netflix Original Series): When something’s wrong in the Rainbow Kingdom, bighearted guardian True and her best friend, Bartleby, are there to grant wishes and save the day.
- Tuca & Bertie (Season 1; Netflix Original Series): Free-spirited toucan Tuca and self-doubting song thrush Bertie are best friends — and birds — who guide each other through life’s ups and downs. Comedy series stars Tiffany Haddish and Ali Wong.
Undercover (Season 1; Netflix Original Series): Undercover agents infiltrate a drug kingpin’s operation by posing as a couple at the campground where he spends his weekends. Inspired by real events.
- War Horse (2011)
- Lucifer (Season 4; Netflix Original Series): Bored with being the Lord of Hell, the devil relocates to Los Angeles, where he opens a nightclub and forms a connection with a homicide detective.
- Easy (Season 3; Netflix Original Series): This eclectic, star-studded anthology follows diverse Chicagoans fumbling through the modern maze of love, sex, technology and culture. Stars Marc Maron, Elizabeth Reaser, Sophia Bush, Dave Franco, Jake Johnson and more.
- Harvey Street Kids (Season 2; Netflix Original Series): Kids rule in a place called Harvey Street, where a trio of girls right wrongs, ice cream is always an option, and every day feels like Saturday.
- The Society (Season 1; Netflix Original Series): When everyone else mysteriously vanishes from their wealthy town, the teen residents of West Ham must forge their own society to survive.
- Wine Country (Netflix Original Movie): When longtime friends meet up for a wine-soaked birthday getaway in Napa Valley, their perfectly planned weekend turns messier by the minute.
- Malibu Rescue (Netflix Original Series): “A scrappy crew of aspiring Junior Lifeguards team up to take down an elite group of snobby locals for the chance to rule Malibu’s best beach tower.”
- Still Laugh-in: The Stars Celebrate (2019; Netflix Original Stand-up Special): “The stars come out for this special tribute to Laugh-In, the revolutionary sketch comedy show of the 1960s and ’70s.”
- It’s Bruno (Season 1; Netflix Original Limited Series): This short-form series follows a man and his beloved dog, Bruno, as they stroll through the streets of Bushwick, Brooklyn.
- See You Yesterday (2019; Netflix Original Movie): “Two teen prodigies scramble to perfect their homemade time machines so they can go back and prevent a tragedy. Produced by Spike Lee.”
- The Rain (Season 2; Netflix Original Series): Six years after a brutal virus wipes out most of Scandinavia’s population, two siblings join a band of young survivors seeking safety — and answers.
- Wanda Sykes: Not Normal (Netflix Original Special): Wanda Sykes tackles issues big and small in this rollicking, no-holds-barred stand-up special.
- The Perfection (Netflix Original Special): In this twisty thriller, a cello prodigy reunites with her former mentors after a long hiatus, only to find them taken with a talented new pupil.
- She’s Gotta Have It (Season 2; Netflix Original Series): Nola Darling struggles to stay true to herself and her dreams while juggling three lovers in this Spike Lee series based on his breakout film.
- The Last Kids on Earth (Season 1; Netflix Original Series)
- When They See Us (Netflix Original Limited Series): Created, written and directed by Ava DuVernay, this series exposes the breakdown of the U.S. criminal justice system during the Central Park Five case.