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Netflix USA: What's New in May 2017

Poster for House of Cards - Season 5
Angie Maddison Tue, 25/04/2017 - 17:41

May is almost upon us and as always, the new month brings fresh new content from our streaming giant friends at Netflix. Let’s check out the highlights we can look forward to snuggling up to over the next month.

Netflix Original series, Sense8, returns for a second season on the 5th. If you weren’t across the first season, Sense8 tells the story of 8 strangers from around the globe who are suddenly linked mentally. As is always the case when someone develops a freakish power, there are bad guys just waiting to exploit and/or destroy them. Starring Terrence Mann (The Dresden Files), Jamie Clayton (Hung) and Daryl Hannah (Kill Bill).

Also returning for a second season is talk show, Chelsea. Starring American talk-show host Chelsea Handler, this is Netflix’s first venture into a late-night style talk show. The first season drew some criticism for being little more than footage of Handler and her celebrity friends hanging out. The new season is to be delivered in a new format, with a new hour long episode being offered up each Friday evening. If you were a fan of the first season, chances are you’ll find plenty to love about the second one.

Worth a look is The Mars Generation. This Netflix Original documentary explores the history of NASA’s quest to reach Mars but through the fresh eyes of a group of teens who, as aspiring astronauts, could well be the first to set foot on the Red Planet. With commentary from leading experts in the field of space exploration, the documentary reveals how advancing technology could see this long-held dream become a reality sooner than we might believe – and what such a feat would mean for scientific advancement.

House of Cards fans rejoice for the morally bankrupt President Underwood and his ice cold wife, Claire, return for the 5th season of the wildly popular political drama. If audiences need at least one good guy to invest in and cheer for, it’s hard to pinpoint why this series, starring Kevin Spacey (Horrible Bosses) and Robin Wright (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo), has struck such a chord when it is populated by largely unlikeable characters. But maybe that’s the appeal! Either way, Season 5 has us all wondering if the tangled web the Underwoods weave may finally begin to unravel. Streams for May 30.

Looking for longer format viewing? There are a bunch of great movie additions this month. Consider the haunting drama, The Place Beyond the Pines, starring Ryan Gosling (La La Land) and Eva Mendes (We Own the Night) and directed by Derek Cianfrance who is best known for his critically acclaimed film, Blue Valentine, also starring Gosling. Southpaw starring Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain) is another gritty drama available for streaming this month, but if you’re after something a titch lighter then consider Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds. Of course, no Tarantino film is ever ‘light’ viewing but if you like dark comedy and Brad Pitt, then this film has both!

If you’ve been watching Scrubs on Netflix, you only have until May 2nd to finish up as Seasons 1-9 will disappear after that.

Check out the complete list of May’s offerings below.

New on US Netflix in May:

Available May 1
American Experience: The Big Burn (2014)
American Experience: The Boys of '36 (2017)
Anvil! The Story of Anvil (2008)
Blood on the Mountain (2016)
Chaahat (1996)
Chocolat (2000)
Decanted (2016)
Don’t Think Twice (2016)
Drifter (2017)
Forrest Gump (1994)
Happy Feet (2006)
In the Shadow of Iris -- Netflix Original Film
Love (2015)
Losing Sight of Shore (2017)
Malibu's Most Wanted (2003)
Nerdland (2016)
Raja Hindustani (1996)
Richard Pryor: Icon (2014)
Under Arrest: Season 5 (2016)

May 2
Bodyguards: Secret Lives from the Watchtower (2016)
Hija De La Laguna (2015)
Maria Bamford: Old Baby -- Netflix Original
Two Lovers and a Bear (2016)

May 5
Chelsea: Season 2 (streaming every Friday) -- Netflix Original
Handsome: A Netflix Mystery Movie -- Netflix Original Film
Kazoops!: Season 3 -- Netflix Original
Sense8: Season 2 -- Netflix Original
Simplemente Manu NNa -- Netflix Original
Spirit: Riding Free: Season 1 -- Netflix Original
The Last Kingdom: Season 2 -- Netflix Original
The Mars Generation -- Netflix Original

May 6
Cold War 2 (2016)
When the Bough Breaks (2017)

May 7
LoveTrue (2016)
Stake Land II (2016)
The Host (2013)

May 8
Beyond the Gates (2016)
Hunter Gatherer (2016)

May 9
Norm Macdonald: Hitler's Dog, Gossip & Trickery -- Netflix Original
Queen of the South: Season 1 (2016)
All We Had (2016)

May 10
El apóstata (2015)
The Adventure Club (2016)

May 11
Switched at Birth: Season 5 (2017)
The Fosters: Season 4 (2016)

May 12
All Hail King Julien: Exiled: Season 1 -- Netflix Original
Anne with an E: Season 1 -- Netflix Original
Get Me Roger Stone -- Netflix Original
Master of None: Season 2 -- Netflix Original
Mindhorn -- Netflix Original Film
Sahara -- Netflix Original Film

May 15
Command and Control (2016)
Cave (2016)
Lovesong (2016)
Sherlock: Series 4 (2016)
The Intent (2016)

May 16
Tracy Morgan: Staying Alive -- Netflix Original
The Break-Up (2006)
The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)

May 18
Royal Pains: Season 8 (2016)
Riverdale: Season 1 (2016)

May 19
Blame -- Netflix Original Film
Laerte-se -- Netflix Original
The Keepers: Season 1 -- Netflix Original
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 3 -- Netflix Original

May 21
What's With Wheat (2017)

May 22
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
They Call Us Monsters (2017)

May 23
Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King -- Netflix Original
Dig Two Graves (2014)

May 24
Southpaw (2015)

May 26
Believe (2016)
Bloodline: Season 3 -- Netflix Original
I am Jane Doe (2017)
Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower -- Netflix Original
War Machine -- Netflix Original Film

May 28
Bunk'd: Season 2 (2016)

May 29
Forever Pure (2016)
A New High (2015)

May 30
F is for Family: Season 2 -- Netflix Original
House of Cards: Season 5 -- Netflix Original
Doctor Strange (2016)
Sarah Silverman A Speck of Dust -- Netflix Original

Leaving Netflix in May:

Leaving May 1
11 Blocks
Bang Bang
Black Mamba: Kiss of Death
Fantastic Four
FernGully 2: The Magical Rescue
Flicka: Country Pride
Garfield’s Fun Fest
Jetsons: The Movie
Jurassic Park III
Jurassic Park
The Lost World: Jurassic Park
Samurai Headhunters
Stephen King's Thinner
Tales from the Darkside: The Movie
The Doors
The Real Beauty and the Beast
The Seven Dwarfs of Auschwitz
The Sons of Katie Elder
The Wedding Planner
Things We Lost in the Fire
To Catch a Thief
Treblinka: Hitler's Killing Machine
Truly Strange
Turf War: Lions and Hippos
Van Wilder: Freshman Year
Venom Islands
World War II Spy School

May 2
Good Luck Charlie: Seasons 1 – 4
Kickin' It: Seasons 1 – 3
Scrubs: Seasons 1 – 9

May 5
Grosse Pointe Blank
The Recruit
What About Bob?

May 7
American Dad: Season 7
Bob's Burgers: Season 2

May 11
American Dad: Season 8

May 15
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown: Seasons 1 – 5

May 17
American Dad!: Seasons 9 & 10
Step Up
Graceland: Seasons 1 – 3


Angie Maddison is a contributor for Streambly. You can follow Angie on Twitter.

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