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Netflix USA: What's New in May 2018

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Angie Maddison Wed, 02/05/2018 - 19:59

Welcome to May with Netflix where there’s no shortage of streaming entertainment to enjoy. Whether you’re looking for comedy specials, wholesome family fun or new series to binge on, there’s plenty on offer this month.

Netflix Original Bill Nye Saves The World is a must watch for fans of the popular American science educator and TV presenter aka Bill Nye the Science Guy. Season 3 continues to explore science and its impact on politics, society and pop culture.

Two of America’s most acclaimed and beloved comedians and writers star in Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life. A live comedy set filmed in South Carolina and featuring musical acts The Steep Canyon Rangers and jazz pianist, Jeff Babko, the comedians filmed the Netflix special during their tour of the same name which continues throughout 2018. Expect musical sketches and conversations about their incredible careers. Check it out from May 25.

Also notable, Netflix Comedy Special, Tig Notaro’s Happy to Be Here. The stand-up comedienne is known for her dead-pan delivery and riffing on her androgynous image. Streaming from May 22.

Season 1 of Danish thriller The Rain comes to Netflix this month. The series begins with two siblings emerging from a bunker to discover that a virus has completely decimated civilisation. Follow their journey through post-apocalyptic Scandinavia from May 1.

Also check out Season 2 of action drama Shooter. The series stars Ryan Phillipe (Secrets and Lies) as Bob Lee Swagger, a highly-decorated war veteran who finds himself tasked with the unenviable job of preventing a plot to assassinate the President.

If you’re looking for family friendly entertainment, then make a note of May 25 when Trollhunters Season 3 begins streaming. Jim is an ordinary kid whose life becomes something quite extraordinary when a magic amulet chooses him to be a Trollhunter. The animated series from Dreamworks features the voices of Kelsey Grammer (Frasier) and Charlie Saxton (Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life).

Disney Pixar’s 2017 offering Coco hits the streaming giant in May. The animated film centres around young Miguel whose dream of becoming a musician is at odds with his family’s generations-old ban on music. A mysterious unfolding of events sees Miguel transported to the Land of the Dead where he sets off on a journey to uncover the secrets of his family history. Sit down with the kids to catch this sweet Oscar award-winning film from May 29.

If you’re looking for movies to cosy up on the couch with, there are a bunch to consider. Judd Apatow’s hilarious The 40-Year-Old Virgin stars Steve Carell (Anchorman) as the hapless but deeply adorable virgin. Scream 2 is available from May 1 if you fancy some classic Hollywood slasher fun. Also available from the first of the month, The Bourne Ultimatum is the third film in the Jason Bourne franchise starring Matt Damon (Interstellar). And if you liked 2011’s critically acclaimed Drive, then check out Only God Forgives which sees star Ryan Gosling and director Nicolas Winding Refn team up again for more seriously dark and disturbing cinema.

Read on for a full list of new arrivals along with what’s leaving Netflix this month.

Read on for a complete list of new titles this May.

New on US Netflix in May:

Available May 1st
27: Gone Too Soon
A Life of Its Own: The Truth About Medical Marijuana
Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures: Season 1
Beautiful Girls
God’s Own Country
Hachi: A Dog’s Tale
Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay
Hellboy II: The Golden Army
High School Musical 3: Senior Year
John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous Live at Radio City
Mr. Woodcock
My Perfect Romance
Pocoyo & Cars
Pocoyo & The Space Circus
Queens of Comedy: Season 1
Reasonable Doubt
Red Dragon
Scream 2
Simon: Season 1
Sliding Doors
The Bourne Ultimatum
The Carter Effect
The Clapper
The Reaping
The Strange Name Movie
Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V: Season 2
Credit: Dreamworks

May 2
A Little Help with Carol Burnett
Busted!: Season 1
Dear White People: Volume 2
End Game
Forgive Us Our Debts
Kong: King of the Apes: Season 2
Lo más sencillo es complicarlo todo
My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman: Tina Fey
No Estoy Loca
The Rain: Season 1

May 5
Faces Places

May 6
The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale (streaming every Sunday; season 1 finale on May 13)

May 8v
Hari Kondabolu: Warn Your Relatives

May 9
Dirty Girl

May 11
Bill Nye Saves the World: Season 3
Evil Genius: The True Story of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist
Spirit Riding Free: Season 5
The Kissing Booth
The Who Was? Show: Season 1
Bill Nye Save's The World

May 13
Ali Wong: Hard Knock Wife

May 14
The Phantom of the Opera

May 15
Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce: Season 4
Grand Designs: Seasons 13–14
Only God Forgives
The Game 365: Seasons 15–16

May 16
Mamma Mia!
The 40-Year-Old Virgin
The Kingdom

May 18
Catching Feelings
Inspector Gadget: Season 4

May 19
Bridge to Terabithia
Scandal: Season 7
Small Town Crime

May 20
Some Kind of Beautiful

May 21
Señora Acero: Season 4

May 22
Mob Psycho 100: Season 1
Shooter: Season 2
Terrace House: Opening New Doors: Part 2
Tig Notaro: Happy To Be Here

May 23

May 24
Fauda: Season 2
Survivors Guide to Prison

May 25
Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life
The Toys That Made Us: Season 2
Trollhunters: Part 3

May 26
Sara’s Notebook

May 27
The Break with Michelle Wolf
May 29

May 30
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 4

May 31
Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story
My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman: Howard Stern

Date TBD
Arrow: Season 6
Dynasty: Season 1
Riverdale: Season 2
Supernatural: Season 13
The Flash: Season 4

Leaving Netflix in May:

Leaving May 1st
Bridget Jones’s Diary
Charlotte’s Web
Field of Dreams
Ocean’s Eleven
Silent Hill
The Exorcism of Emily Rose
The Hurt Locker
To Rome With Love
To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar

May 2
12 Dates of Christmas
Beauty & the Briefcase
Cadet Kelly
Camp Rock
Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam
Cow Belles
Disney’s The Cheetah Girls
Disney’s The Cheetah Girls 2
Disney’s The Cheetah Girls: One World
Geek Charming
Good Luck Charlie: It’s Christmas
Hello Sister, Goodbye Life
High School Musical
High School Musical 2
Jump In!
Lemonade Mouth
Little Einsteins: Seasons 1–2
My Fake Fiancé
Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension
Phineas and Ferb: Seasons 1–4
Princess Protection Program
Princess: A Modern Fairytale
Read It and Weep
Revenge of the Bridesmaids
Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure
Special Agent Oso: Seasons 1–2
Teen Spirit
The Secret Life of the American Teenager: Seasons 1–5
Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior
Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie

May 7
The Host
Leaving May 12
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
Leaving May 30
Disney’s The Jungle Book


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

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