The Best Movies and TV Shows Coming to Netflix in May
Every month, Netflix adds movies and TV shows to its library. Here are our picks for some of May’s most promising new titles. (Note: Streaming services occasionally change times without notice. For more recommendations on what to stream, sign up for our Watch the newsletter here.)
Start streaming: May 5
Swedish maverick filmmaker and music video director Jonas Akerlund (“Spun,” “Lords of Chaos”) brings his visual panache and affection for incorrigible thieves to the six-part biographical drama “Clark.” The series is loosely based on the life of Clark Olofsson, the man credited with inspiring the term “Stockholm Syndrome” after bonding with his hostages during a bank robbery. Akerlund uses fast editing, varied color schemes and dynamic camera movements to emphasize the rush Olofsson received from theft, muggings and drug dealing. Bill Skarsgard (“It”) plays the titular character, capturing both his modest charm and his terrifying willingness to hurt and deceive people.
“On the way for the ride”
Start streaming: May 6
Based on a young adult novel by Sarah Dessen, “Along for the Ride” follows a socially awkward high school graduate named Auden (Emma Pasarow) who spends the summer before college living with her father and stepmother in the beach. There she meets a mysterious and brooding boy, Eli (Belmont Cameli), who like her suffers from insomnia and shares her interests in reading and wandering along the shore. Writer-director Sofia Alvarez works this teen romance plot into a larger story about Auden’s efforts to escape the shadow of her overbearing mother (Andie MacDowell) and learn to take more risks.
‘Lincoln’s Lawyer’ Season 1
Start streaming: May 13
Alongside Detective Harry Bosch, defense attorney Mickey Haller is crime novelist Michael Connelly’s greatest creation: a champion of the innocent who empathizes with his clients in part because he himself is often only to a few bad breaks from calamity. Matthew McConaughey played Haller in a well-received 2011 film, “The Lincoln Lawyer,” based on Connelly’s first book about the character. Season 1 of this new TV series is based on the novel “The Brass Verdict,” and it veers a little closer to the source material — starting with casting Mexican actor Manuel Garcia-Rulfo to play a man who is described as half-Mexican in the original stories. In this first series of episodes, the lawyer inherits the practice of a colleague. While mostly working from his flashy car, Haller must prepare a murder defense for a new celebrity client in less than a week.
Start streaming: May 13
Rebel Wilson stars in this high school comedy, which, like her 2019 film “Isn’t It Romantic?”, reuses the conventions of a popular film genre. In “Senior Year,” Wilson plays Stephanie Conway, who has been in a coma since 2002, when she was captain of her school’s cheerleading squad. In her mind, time hasn’t passed, so Stephanie decides to re-enroll and graduate – though she quickly discovers that because so much has changed about teenage cliques and the pop culture over the past 20 years, it is now more maladjusted than adolescence. queen. Directed by TV sitcom veteran Alex Hardcastle, “Senior Year” is a fish out of water story about a woman coming to terms with her past and her future.
“Stranger Things” Season 4, Volume 1
Start streaming: May 27
When we last left the crew of “Stranger Things,” adventurers Hawkins, Ind., teenagers and their perpetually worried parents and guardians had survived a huge escalation in the interdimensional war against their small town. Season 3 of this nostalgia-tinged sci-fi adventure ended with several characters leaving town after the Soviet Union exacerbated a crisis involving the alternate reality known as “Upside Down.” Pandemic-delayed Season 4 – arriving three years after Season 3 but advancing the plot only six months – will enter the second half of the 1980s. Episodes in this season will be longer and on a larger scale (they will be also split into two parts, the second landing on July 1) as series creators Matt and Ross Duffer begin to piece together the scattered pieces of their story in preparation for a big Season 5 ending.
“The Circle” Season 4
“El Marginal” Season 5
“Meltdown: Three Mile Island”
“Summer” Season 3
“Wild Babies” Season 1
“The Sound of Magic” Season 1
“Welcome to Eden” Season 1
“Outlanders” Season 5
“42 Days of Darkness” Season 1
“Operation Ground Meat”
“Savage Beauty” Season 1
“Bling Empire” Season 2
“Vampire in the Garden” Season 1
“The Future Diary” Season 2
“Cyber Hell: Exposing an Internet Horror”
“A perfect match”
“The Photographer: Murder in Pinamar”
“Love, Death + Robots” Season 3
“Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045” Season 2
“Someone Feed Phil” Season 5