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Netflix steps up its original content game in May.
A year ago, the streaming entered new territory with the release of Grace and Frankie, an original comedy-drama starring Lily Tonlim and Jane Fonda – the kind of series designed to appeal to a more mature crowd than its superhero outings with Marvel. This year, as the duo prepare to return for a second run, Netflix is expanding its horizons even further, with the premiere of Chelsea Handler’s new talk show, Chelsea, which will be recorded in front of a live audience shortly before it’s released worldwide online – with multiple episodes released a week. Marseille, meanwhile, marks the debut of Netflix’s first French original production.
For those who prefer their streaming entertainment on the safer side, rest assured: there are plenty of familiar comforts on offer, from the return of It’s Always Sunny to Season 2 of Bloodline and Chef’s Table’s second serving. There’s even another Adam Sandler comedy on the way too.
Here’s what’s coming soon to Netflix UK in May 2016:
Note: Future release dates are always subject to change – this information is, however, official and provided to us by Netflix. We also regularly update our listings, including this page, to ensure that you have the most up-to-date, comprehensive information available.
iZombie: Season 1 and 2 – 1st May
A nice surprise at the start of the month is the unannounced arrival of Season 1 and 2 of iZombie. The CW’s series, based on the Vertigo comic book series, follows Olivia, a medical resident on the fast track to a perfect life… until she’s turned into a zombie. Transferring to the city morgue to get access to human brains, she finds that chomping on them gives her flashes of the corpse’s memories – including, at times, clues as to how they were killed. Her boss, a brilliant but eccentric conspiracy theorist, encourages her to embrace this gift and to work with an eager, unproven homicide detective to help solve these murders. For more on the show, click here.
X-Men – 1st May
With X-Men: Apocalypse about to explode onto cinema screens, what better time to go back to the beginning of Bryan Singer’s mutant series with this enjoyably understated franchise opener?
An Education – 1st May
Carey Mulligan stole a nation’s heart with her superb performance in this coming-of-age drama. which sees young Oxbridge candidate Jenny whisked away into a world of glamorous possibilities by the Peter Sarsgaard’s older man, David. Watch out for a scene-stealing turn by Rosamund Pike.
Ava’s Possessions – 1st May
Martha Marcy May Marlene’s Louisa Krause stars in this horror comedy about Ava, who’s recovering from demonic possession. Arrives in the UK proper after premiering at the Dead by Dawn Horror Festival last year.
Marseille: Season 1 – 5th May
Netflix’s first French original series, which mixes House of Cards’ political backstabbing with continental class, stars Gerard Depardieu as Robert Taro, the titular city’s Mayor for the last 20 years, who prepares his last coup ahead of the municipal elections: pushing through the vote for the construction of a casino in the historic centre of the Marina. He’s even got his successor, Lucas Barrès, lined up. But the latter’s all-consuming ambition and the secret interests of the city’s leaders, whether they come from its opulent villas or from the cities of the northern suburbs, impede the Mayor’s plans – and a power struggle begins.
Grace and Frankie: Season 2 – 6th May
This tender comedy drama, created by Marta Kauffman, Howard J. Morris, and Paula Weinstein of Friends fame, follows two old nemeses, Grace (Fonda) and Frankie (Tomlin), who face an unexpected last chapter of their lives after their husbands announce they are in love with each other and plan to get married.
Chelsea: Season 1: Episode 1 – 11th May
Chelsea Handler’s talk show will be pre-recorded (in front of a live studio audience) and episodes will be released three days a week – every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday – which means that 90 episodes will air every year. Each one will also come with a preview trial for what’s coming ‘Next time on Chelsea…’
Red Army – 7th May
Anyone who’s ever watched an international football game will be well aware of the importance sports can have on a global scale: a victory can be a symbolic triumph; a defeat, a shaming disgrace. Rewind 30 years and the same is even truer of ice hockey and the Soviet Union. The fascinating documentary Red Army details the rise and fall of team captain Slava Fetisov, as the Soviet team wins the World Championships in the 1970s and 1980s.
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Season 11 – 8th May
More depraved humour, horrible cruelty and Danny DeVito? Sign us up.
Lady Dynamite: Season 1 – 20th May
From Arrested Development’s Mitch Hurwitz and South Park’s Pam Brady, this comedy series starring comedian Maria Bamford as herself is unashamedly self-aware, dizzyingly unpredictable and hilariously surreal.
The Do-Over – 27th May
The second in Netflix’s four-movie deal with Adam Sandler, the film stars Sandler as Max and David Spade as Charlie, old friends tired of their mundane lives who reunite at their 25th high school reunion and decide to wipe the slate clean.
Bloodline: Season 2 – 27th May
Netflix’s thriller, from the creators of Damages, takes us back to Florida Keys, as the Rayburn family struggle to conceal the events of Season 1 and a new hurricane hits – just as a bracing wave of strangers from the past blow in. Lies mount. Alliances are betrayed. Relationship are destroyed. And good people may have to do some very bad things.
Chef’s Table: Season – 27th May
Netflix’s sumptuous cooking documentary, which profiles chefs around the world, what inspires them and how they got to where they are, returns for another mouth-watering helping.
Scream: Season 2 – 31st May
After snapping up the UK rights to Scream’s TV spin-off last year, the horror series returns for Season 2, with episodes arriving weekly from 31st May – within 24 hours of their US broadcast. Season 2 picks up three months after the events of the freshman season. It follows the kids of George Washington High School as they try and get to the bottom of the identity of the Killer’s partner.
Other new releases coming soon to Netflix UK in May 2016
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Runnin’ Down a Dream
The Return of the Living Dead
12 Years Promise: Season 1
Easy Living: Season 1
Easy Living: Season 3
The Black Stallion
Somm: Into the Bottle
Triumph of the Spirit
Gary Gulman: It’s About Time Standup
LoliRock: Season 1
She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry
The Champions Documentaries
Last: Season 1
Kevin Hart Presents Keith Robinson: Back of the Bus Funny
Welcome to Leith
A Matter of Faith
Easy Living: Season 2
The Confessions of Thomas Quick
The Hooligan Factory
Kevin Hart Presents: Plastic Cup Boyz
Kevin Hart Presents Lil Rel: RELevent
That Gal…Who Was in That Thing: That Guy 2
My Last Day Without You
Soul Mates: Season 1
Palm Trees in the Snow
Who’s Driving Doug
Species IV: The Awakening
I Am Road Comic
Sammy J & Randy in Ricketts Lane: Season 1
Julius Jr.: Season 2
Bikes vs Cars
Reign: Season 3, Episode 12
Once Upon a Time: Season 5: Episode 20
4th Man Out
Ali Wong: Baby Cobra
Orphan Black: Season 4, Episode 4
The Chosen Ones
A Stand Up Guy
Reign: Season 3, Episode 13
Once Upon a Time: Season 5: Episode 21
Chelsea: Season 1 (Next time on Chelsea…): Episode 2
Chelsea: Season 1 (Next time on Chelsea…): Episode 3
Orphan Black: Season 4, Episode 5
Good Morning Call: Season 1
Shark: Season 1
Redfern Now: Season 1 & 2
Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas
The Road to El Dorado
Invizimals: Dimensional Battles Kids
Redfern Now: Promise Me
You Carry Me
Reign: Season 3, Episode 14
A Girl Like Her
Chelsea: Season 1 (Next time on Chelsea…): Episode 4
Kung Fu Hustle
To Rome with Love
Chelsea: Season 1 (Next time on Chelsea…): Episode 5
Chelsea: Season 1 (Next time on Chelsea…): Episode 6
Good Morning Call: Season 1
The Man in the Wall
Orphan Black: Season 4, Episode 6
The Ouija Experiment 2: Theatre of Death Horror
Krampus: The Christmas Devil (2013)
The Ouija Experiment
David and Goliath
Dramaworld: Season 1
Chelsea: Season 1 (Next time on Chelsea…): Episode 7
No Man of Her Own
The Court Jester
The Last Man on the Moon
Chelsea: Season 1 (Next time on Chelsea…): Episode 8
Mako Mermaids: An H2O Adventure: Season 4
Chelsea: Season 1 (Next time on Chelsea…): Episode 9
Good Morning Call: Season 1
Orphan Black: Season 4, Episode 7
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