If you thought April was a busy month for Netflix, between Better Call Saul, The Get Down and Mystery Science Theater 3000, wait until May. Fortunately, you won’t have to wait much longer, which means a month of returning Netflix originals, including Sense8, Master of None and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, modern classics, such as Selma and The Virgin Suicides, horror thrills with The Cabin in the Woods and The Descent, and some nostalgic throwbacks, courtesy of Jumanji and Cruel Intentions. Oh, and Brad Pitt satire War Machine and Season 12 of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 12. And did we mention House of Cards?
Here’s what is coming soon to Netflix UK in May 2017:
Note: All dates are subject to change. Bookmark this page: We’ll be keeping it updated throughout the month.
Chicken Run – 1st May
Aardman’s animated take on The Great Escape is full of the stop-motion studio’s trademark wit and humour, as Mel Gibson voices a bird leading the flight to freedom from the tyranny of Tweedy’s farm.
In the Shadow of Iris – 1st May
Iris, the wife of rich banker Antoine Doriot, disappears in the middle of Paris. A young mechanic mired in debt, Max, could very well be linked to her abduction, but the investigators are not even close to finding out the truth about the events unfolding before their very eyes.
Slumdog Millionaire – 1st May
Danny Boyle’s fable of a penniless orphan from the slums of Mumbai entering the famous TV show is fantastically feel-good cinema.
The Virgin Suicides – 1st May
A group of male friends become obsessed with five mysterious sisters who are sheltered by their strict, religious parents in Sofia Coppola’s superb directorial debut.
The Descent – 1st May
Neil Marshall’s horror about a group of women who become trapped in a network of caves is genuinely terrifying.
Maria Bamford: Old Baby – 2nd May
Fresh from her superb Netflix original series Lady Dynamite, Maria Bamford heads back to the stage for this stand-up special.
Sense8: Season 2 – 5th May
“This is not a game. This is war.” From Lana Wachowski, Grant Hill (Cloud Atlas) and J. Michael Straczynski (World War Z), Sense8 centres around eight characters, all from different parts of the world, who experience a shared violent vision. These “Sensates”, though, are a threat to secrecy – and that means that while the group must adapt to their new abilities (and to each other), they must also fight for their survival. In Season 2, dark forces continue to track them all…
The Mars Generation – 5th May
Emmy winner Michael Barnett (HBO’s Superheroes and Showtime’s Becoming Bulletproof) directs this documentary about the race to put humans on the Red Planet.
Handsome: A Netflix Mystery Movie – 5th May
Written by Andrea Seigel (Laggies) and Jeff Garlin (Curb Your Enthusiasm), this comedy is a Columbo-style mystery comedy that follows LA investigator Gene Handsome, who tries to make sense of his life as he solves crime. He’s really good at one of those things.
Spirit: Riding Free: Season 1 – 5th May
Inspired by the Oscar-nominated film Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, Spirit Riding Free follows the heartfelt journey of a wild mustang who could not be tamed. In the animated series, Spirit meets a girl named Lucky whose courage matches his own. Together, they push limits, harness the power of friendship and discover what it means to be free.
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Season 12 – 7th May
The long wait is finally over.
Anne – 12th May
Netflix’s adaptation of Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables follows the eponymous orphan, who, after an abusive childhood spent in orphanages and the homes of strangers, is mistakenly sent to live with the Cuthberts in Prince Edward Island in the late 1890s.
Sahara – 12th May
When his new love is captured by an evil snake charmer, a young cobra and his scorpion best friend set out across the desert on a wild rescue mission in this new Netflix original animated movie.
Master of None: Season 2 – 12th May
After traveling abroad, Season 2 of Aziz Ansari’s comedy sees Dev return to New York to take on challenges in his personal and family life, a new career opportunity, and a complex, developing relationship with someone very meaningful to him.
Get Me Roger Stone – 12th May
Delve deep into the rise of political consultant Roger Stone, a master in the dark arts of politics who’s been with Donald Trump for three decades.
All Hail King Julien: Exiled – 12th May
Season 5 of Netflix’s animated spin-off from the Madagascar franchise about party-loving lemur King Julien.
Selma – 15th May
David Oyelowo is unrecognisable as Martin Luther King in this stirring, powerful drama, which follows his historic march for voting rights in Alabama in 1965.
Tracy Morgan: Staying Alive – 16th May
Eccentric comic Tracy Morgan makes his stand-up return with a set that deals with his Brooklyn roots and his recovery from a serious car accident.
Shrek – 18th May
“We can stay up late, swapping manly stories, and in the morning, I’m making waffles!”
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 3 – 19th May
Fudge yes, Kimmy’s back – and this time, she’s going to college.
The Keepers – 19th May
Making a Murderer fans, mark this date in your diary. The Case Against 8 director Ryan White helms this seven-part documentary about the unsolved murder of a Baltimore nun and the horrific secrets and pain that linger nearly five decades after her death.
Laerte-Se – 19th May
After living as a man for nearly 20 years, Laerte Coutinho, one of Brazil’s most brilliant cartoonists, introduced herself to the world as a woman.
The Cabin in the Woods – 25th May
Drew Goddard’s witty horror flick is a superbly self-aware comedy that is better the less you know about it.
Bloodline: Season 3 – 26th May
We go back to Florida to catch up with the Rayburn family in Bloodline’s dramatic finale, as all things come to a head.
War Machine – 26th May
Brad Pitt stars in David Michod’s pitch-black satire, which follows charismatic four-star General Stanley McChrystal, who leaps in like a rock star to command NATO forces in Afghanistan, only to be taken down by a journalist’s no-holds-barred exposé. Egotistical, passionate, clueless and polarising, the Netflix original film will recreate the general’s rise and fall as part reality, part savage parody. The cast includes Tilda Swinton, Sir Ben Kingsley, Anthony Michael Hall, Will Poulter, Emory Cohen and Scoot McNairy.
Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower – 26th May
When the Chinese Communist Party threatens Hong Kong’s autonomy, teenager Joshua Wong rallies to save his homeland in this inspiring documentary, snapped up by Netflix at this year’s Sundance.
Sarah Silverman: A Speck of Dust – 30th May
Sarah Silverman is the latest big name to join Netflix’s star-studded line-up of stand-up comedy specials.
F Is for Family: Season 2 – 30th May
Bill Burr and Michael Price’s adult animated comedy returns, as we catch up with the Murphy family in the 1970s, a time when political correctness, helicopter parenting and indoor smoking bans weren’t part of anyone’s vocabulary, let alone the norm.
House of Cards: Season 5 – 30th May
Frank Underwood returns for a fifth outing of Netflix’s political drama, with two new additions to the cast: Patricia Clarkson and Campbell Scott, who will be joined by the returning Joel Kinnaman as rival politician Will Conway – whose contest with Frank led to Season 4’s quietly game-changing finale.
Jumanji – 31st May
Board games are enjoying a renaissance, but back in 1995, the idea of someone playing something other than Monopoly was breathtaking. What happens when Jumanji gets into full swing – CGI monsters, shouting children, general pandemonium – is equally so. Even 20 years after its release, pre-Captain America director Joe Johnston’s sense of adventure and spectacle will keep you transfixed. (Feeling nostalgic for the 90s? James and the Giant Peach and Cruel Intentions also arrive on the same day.)
Other new releases coming soon to Netflix UK in May 2017:
10 Years: The Reunion
A Guy Thing
A Yellow Bird
After Porn Ends 2
American Experience: Black Out
American Experience: Fidel Castro
American Experience: The Big Burn
American Experience: The Boys of ’36
American Experience: War of the Worlds
Anvil! The Story of Anvil
Budhia SinghL Born to Run
Chalk It Up
Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War
Dharam Sankat Mein
Dominion Creek: Season 2
Enemy at the Gates
English Babu Desi Mem
Fire in the Blood
Gollu Aur Puppu
Harry Benson: Shoot First
He Even Has Your Eyes
In Defense of Food
Into the Blue 2: The Reef
Japanese Style Originator
JFK: The Making of a President
Jim: The James Foley Story
Kiss & Cry
Losing Sight of Shore
Loving Ibiza: Season 1
Married to the Mob
Moh Maya Money
Mumbai Delhi Mumbai
One by Two
Pyaar Ka Punchnama
Richard Pryor: Icon
Saeed Mirza: The Leftist Sufi
Sense and Sensibility (1995)
Tanu Weds Manu
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
The Hot Spot (1990)
The Iron Lady
The Next Skin
The Night of the Wild Boar
The Secrets of Emily Blair
The Sniffer: Season 1 and 2
The Wishing Tree
What the Fish
Better Call Saul: Season 3, Episode 4
Be Kind Rewind
Bitten: Season 2
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
Once Upon a Time: Season 6: Episode 19
iZombie: Season 3, Episode 5
Pretty Little Liars: Season 7, Episode 13
Bodyguards: Secret Lives from the Watchtower
Daughter of the Lake
Designated Survivor: Episode 19
Servant of the People: Season 1
Schitt’s Creek: Season 3
Simplemente Manu NNa
Riverdale: Episode 12
The Good Witch’s Gift
The Good Witch’s Wonder
Trigun: Season 1
The Kennedys: Season 1
Reign: Season 4, Episode 11
RuPaul’s Drag Race: Season 9, Episode 7
When the Bough Breaks
Stake Land II
Fast & Furious 7
Norma Macdonald: Hilter’s Dog, Gossip & Trickery
Better Call Saul: Season 3, Episode 5
Once Upon a Time: Season 6: Episode 20
iZombie: Season 3, Episode 6
Pretty Little Liars: Season 7, Episode 14
White House Down
The Adventure Club
Bbuddah Hoga Terra Baap
Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2
Designated Survivor: Episode 20
Riverdale: Episode 13
GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling
Can Alzheimer’s Be Stopped?
NOVA: Treasures of the Earth
Reign: Season 4, Episode 12
RuPaul’s Drag Race: Season 9, Episode 8
Diving into the Unknown
Command and Control
Born to Win
Bowie: The Man Who Changed The World
Louis Theroux: A Different Brain
Love, Nina: Season 1
Sinatra: To Be Frank
Smash: Motorised Mayhem
Better Call Saul: Season 3, Episode 6
Sensitive Skin: Season 1 and 2
Zoobabu: Season 1
Natascha Kampusch: The Whole Story
Grimm: Season 5
The Devil’s Mistress
Kabhi Haan Habhi Naa
Once Upon a Time: Season 6: Episode 21
iZombie: Season 3, Episode 7
Pretty Little Liars: Season 7, Episode 15
Designated Survivor: Episode 21
Designated Survivor: Episode 22
Big Fat City
30 Days in September
Leo the Lion
Trick or Treaters
Pitch Perfect 2
My First Home: Season 1 and 2
Moving Art: Season 2
Burned Cocoon: Season 1
Bar Hunters: Season 1
Deep Fried Masters: Season 1
Monsters and Mysteries: Season 1 and 2
How Booze Built America: Season 1
My First Home: Season 1 and 2
Portal to the Unknown: Season 1
FBI: Criminal Pursuit: Season 1
HIGHLAND: Thailand’s Marijuana Awakening: Season 1
Inside West Coast Customs: Season 1
Auction Kings: Season 2
Killer Kids: Season 1
Behzat C: Season 1
Confessions of a Superhero
Hidden Singer: Season 1
Chug: Season 1
Untold Stories of the ER: Season 1
Blackboard Wars: Season 1
BBQ Pitmasters: Collection 1
Emmanuel Macron: Behind the Rise
Love Is in the Air: Season 1
Occult Crimes: Season 1
Meet the Hitlers
Reign: Season 4, Episode 13
RuPaul’s Drag Race: Season 9, Episode 9
The Same Sky
Colombia: Wild Magic
Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King
Better Call Saul: Season 3, Episode 7
This Is My Love
Can We Get Married?
12 Years Promise
Dig Two Graves
Velvet: Season 4
Stranger Than Fiction
Once Upon a Time: Season 6: Episode 22
iZombie: Season 3, Episode 8
Pretty Little Liars: Season 7, Episode 16
The White King
The Skeleton Twins
Can’t Run from Love: Season 1
RuPaul’s Drag Race: Season 9, Episode 8
Better Call Saul: Season 3, Episode 8
One Night Stand
James and the Giant Peach
Rookie Agent Rouge: Season 1
I Am Happiness On Earth
The Truth Is in the Stars
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