There’s mystery, murder, and a peek into the dark side of old Hollywood awaiting you this month on Netflix.

By Lauren Rearick
Apr 30, 2020 @ 11:30 am
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As April comes to a close, Netflix is set to welcome a bunch of new titles, and whether you’re eager to catch up with the Riverdale gang or you’d prefer a night in with the staff at Seattle Grace on Grey’s Anatomy, there’s truly something for everyone in May.

Along with the Netflix debut of the newest seasons of your favorite cable television series, this month features the return of Netflix's own Kimmy Schmidt. The much-beloved character stars in a new interactive special debuting on May 12, and for her return, Schmidt (Ellie Kemper) is joined by Daniel Radcliffe and Jon Hamm. Other highlights this month include The Half Of It, a coming-of-age comedy generating early critical buzz ahead of its May 1 release, and The Eddy, a Netflix series from the director of La La Land that chronicles the happenings (and the struggles) of a Paris jazz club, which premieres on May 8.

In the rush to consume the month’s best new titles, don’t forget to save some time to bid farewell to the old. Throughout the month, a number of hit releases are leaving Netflix, including the entire Scandal series on May 18. Those with a fondness for romance may also want to get in viewings of Dear John, My Girl, and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past before they leave on May 31.

Prepare your May Netflix viewing list accordingly, and scroll through some of our must-watch picks for the month, along with a complete list of May’s arrivals and departures.

Dead to Me: Season 2

Available May 8

Prepare for another season of secrets and laughs when Dead to Me returns to Netflix for its second season. The dark comedy, starring Christina Applegate as grieving widow Jen and Linda Cardellini as Judy, a new friend with a secret, debuted nearly a year ago, and at the conclusion of the first season, viewers were left reeling from a major cliffhanger. Fans of the critically lauded series will have to tune in to see whether Jen and Judy can handle hiding a major murderous secret together — but based on initial trailers, the unlikely accomplices are in for some trouble, and an unexpected visit from the FBI.

Hollywood

Netflix

Available May 1

From the mind of Ryan Murphy, the creator of American Horror Story and Pose, comes Hollywood, a series centered on making it in Tinseltown after World War II. For the seven-episode series, Murphy intermingles the lives of real-life 1940s Hollywood legends with a fictionalized group of aspiring stars. Jim Parsons, Darren Criss, Samara Weaving, and Jeremy Pope are among the all-star list of cast members due to star in the drama.

The Lovebirds

Netflix

Available May 22

Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani star in this romantic comedy with an unexpected twist. Jibran (Nanjiani) and Leilani (Rae)  seem to have it all together, but when they’re forced into the center of a murder mystery, their perfect love is put to the test. Attempting to clear their names, they team up to take down a powerful organization.

Uncut Gems

December 25

We’re used to seeing Adam Sandler be the funny jokester in films, but this time he’s taking on a more serious role in Uncut Gems. The drama centers on a New York City jeweler (Sandler) who has a major gambling problem. His infatuation with the thrill of gambling leads him to a series of high-stakes bets in the midst of other external craziness surrounding his life.

A24

Available May 25

Uncut Gems took both the critical world and social media by storm when it was released last year, as many spoke favorably of Adam Sandler’s acting in this high-stakes drama. The thriller will leave you on the edge of your seat the entire time as you follow along with the story of Howard Ratner (Sandler), a jewelry store owner that’s just trying to get his life together, and failing at every turn. When Ratner finds himself facing potential financial ruin over the sale of a rare black opal, he’ll do everything he can to secure a future filled with riches, even if that means putting his life on the line.

Space Force

Netflix

Available May 29

Some of the biggest names in comedy, including Steve Carell, Lisa Kudrow, John Malkovich, and Jane Lynch, star in Space Force, a fictional comedy based on the very real idea presented by President Donald Trump. Carell leads the series, starring as Mark, the government employee unwillingly pulled into spearheading the force.

Everything Coming to Netflix in May 2020

May 1

All Day and a Night

Almost Happy

Get In

Go! Go! Cory Carson: The Chrissy

The Half Of It

Hollywood

Into the Night

Medici: The Magnificent: Part 2

Mrs. Serial Killer

Reckoning: Season 1

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

Back to the Future

Back to the Future Part II

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Cracked Up, The Darrell Hammond Story

Den of Thieves

For Colored Girls

Fun with Dick & Jane

I Am Divine

Jarhead

Jarhead 2: Field of Fire

Jarhead 3: The Siege

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

Masha and the Bear: Season 4

Material

Monthly Girls' Nozaki Kun: Season 1

Sinister

Song of the Sea

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

The Heartbreak Kid

The Patriot

Thomas & Friends: Marvelous Machinery: A New Arrival

Thomas & Friends: Marvelous Machinery: World of Tomorrow

Thomas & Friends: Thomas and the Royal Engine

Underworld

Underworld: Evolution

Underworld: Rise of the Lycans

Urban Cowboy

What a Girl Wants

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

May 4

Arctic Dogs

May 5

Workin' Moms: Season 4

May 7

Scissor Seven: Season 2

May 8

18 regali

Chico Bon Bon: Monkey with a Tool Belt

Dead to Me: Season 2

The Eddy

The Hollow: Season 2

House at the End of the Street

Restaurants on the Edge: Season 2

Rust Valley Restorers: Season 2

Valeria

May 9

Charmed: Season 2

Grey's Anatomy: Season 16

May 11

Bordertown: Season 3

Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics

Trial By Media

May 12

True: Terrific Tales

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy Vs. the Reverend

May 13

The Wrong Missy

May 14

Riverdale: Season 4

May 15

Chichipatos

District 9

I Love You, Stupid

Inhuman Resources

Magic for Humans: Season 3

She-Ra and the Princesses of Power: Season 5

White Lines

May 16

La reina de Indias y el conquistador

Public Enemies

United 93

May 17

Soul Surfer

May 18

The Big Flower Fight

May 19

Patton Oswalt: I Love Everything

Sweet Magnolias

Trumbo

May 20

Ben Platt Live From Radio City Music Hall

The Flash: Season 6

Rebelión de los Godinez

May 22

Control Z

History 101

Just Go With It

The Loverbirds

Selling Sunset: Season 2

Trailer Park Boys: The Animated Series: Season 2

May 23

Dynasty: Season 3

May 25

Ne Zha

Norm of the North: Family Vacation

Uncut Gems

May 26

Hannah Gadsby: Douglas

May 27

I'm No Longer Here

The Lincoln Lawyer

May 28

Dorohedoro

La corazonada

May 29

Space Force

Somebody Feed Phil: Season 3

May 31

High Strung Free Dance

Everything Leaving Netflix in May 2020

May 1

John Carter

May 15

Limitless

The Place Beyond the Pines

May 17

Royal Pains: Season 1-8

May 18

Scandal: Season 1-7

May 19

Black Snake Moan

Carriers

Evolution

The First Wives Club

It Takes Two

Love, Rosie

She's Out of My League

What's Eating Gilbert Grape

Young Adult

Yours, Mine and Ours

May 25

Bitten: Season 1-3

May 30

Bob Ross: Beauty Is Everywhere: Collection 1

May 31

Austin Powers in Goldmember

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me

Dear John

Final Destination

The Final Destination

Final Destination 2

Final Destination 3

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past

Looney Tunes: Back in Action

My Girl

The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear

The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!

Outbreak

Red Dawn

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