Best Stuff Streaming on Netflix: May 2017
May is going to be a great month for Netflix original programming. There’s close to two-dozen returning or new Netflix original shows and a handful of original movies to choose from. The new additions, like the new doc Get Me Roger Stone about the controversial political strategist, look especially promising. But enough with the preamble, let’s get to the list!
25. All Hail King Julien: Exiled: Season 1 (Netflix Original)
Part of the insanely popular Madagascar children’s film universe, the show focuses on the continuing adventures of the gray ring-tailed lemur ruler who, as you might imagine, is forced into exile. The show is sure to continue to delight your kids and maybe even entertain an adult or two.
24. Anne with an E: Season 1 (Netflix Original)
Because Netflix is reimagining the beloved 80’s miniseries Anne of Green Gables, centered on the ginger orphan at the turn of the 19th century. Expect lots of cutesy quips and timely, moralistic stories centered on feminism and bullying.
23. Get Me Roger Stone (Netflix Original)
Roger Stone was maybe one of the oddest members of Trump’s campaign rogues gallery. When he’s not dressing like the Penguin, he’s out actively trying to ruin our nation (and not just through garish pinstripe suits). Apparently 45 tried to get Stone to drop any involvement with the documentary, but Stone just loves himself too darn much.
22. Master of None: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
If you don’t follow Eric Wareheim on Instagram, you’ve probably been missing his documenting of the filming of the second season of Master of None. In summation: he and Aziz Ansari have been scooting and drinking white wine through most of Italy. We assume this is what you can expect from the second season of the award-winning show.
21. Mindhorn (Netflix Original)
Mindhorn has already premiered in the UK but is just now making its way stateside in this Netflix “sort of Original.” The movie was created and directed by the minds behind the cult comedy favorite The Might Boosh so you should know what to expect in terms of tone. The film centers on a washed up actor who starred in an 80s bionic-cop TV show (think Six Million Dollar Man) but must come out of retirement to solve a real crime.
20. Tracy Morgan: Staying Alive (Netflix Original)
If you’re like us and were wholly disappointed with the new Dave Chappelle specials, perhaps this will bring some cheer to you this May. Tracy Morgan is returning to the stage for the first time since 2014’s Bona Fide. Expect jokes!
19. House of Cards: Season 5 (Netflix Original)
Let’s be real for a second: with all the actual political intrigue going on in Washington, does anyone really need to see it played out in drama? Like, this House of Cards season could literally just be C-SPAN for 10 hours.
18. BLAME! (Netflix Original)
The massively popular cyberpunk manga BLAME! is getting the series treatment this year. The show centers around a distant future where the entirety of the human population lives in a giant labyrinth called the Megastructure, which is spiraling toward oblivion and only one man can save humanity. So, again, not much different that real life.
17. The Mars Generation (Netflix Original)
If the human race is going to survive into the future, it’s been said that we need to colonize other planets, and the young folks in this documentary are preparing to do just that. The film follows a group of teenagers training to be the astronauts who will one day bring life to the red planet.
16. In the Shadow of Iris (Netflix Original)
Another of Netflix’s “sort of Originals,” as In the Shadow of Iris has already made its debut in its native France. The film is a neo-noir focusing a man in the wake of the abduction of his wife. In trying to get her back, he unravels a larger mystery full of sex and secret fetishes. The film promises to be very French.
15. Handsome: A Netflix Mystery Movie
Jeff Garlin is set to have a great year—apparently Curb Your Enthusiasm is coming back to HBO in the fall and Netflix gave him his own movie. In Handsome, Garlin plays LA homicide detective Gene Handsome, who’s trying to solve mysteries both criminal and personal.
14. Bloodline: Season 3 (Netflix Original)
Unfortunately a hardboiled family drama based in the Florida Keys just proved to be too “out there” for Netflix subscribers and this will be Bloodline’s final season. What secrets will be unearthed in the wake of Coach, er, John Rayburn’s sudden departure? How will the family survive without their de facto leader/fratricidal brother? Here’s to hoping the final season is as strong, or stronger, than the first.
13. War Machine (Netflix Original)
Based on the bestselling novel, The Operators, War Machine is centered on a four-star general who’s beset with ending the war in Afghanistan. We’re sure this will be fraught with peril. The film stars Brad Pitt with Anthony Michael Hall, Tilda Swinton, Topher Grace and Ben Kingsley so there’s no way it could suck.
12. F is for Family: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
The first season of Bill Burr’s animated sitcom made us pine for the old days of sitcoms with very un-politically correct fathers, clueless children and doting wives. The second season should deliver the exact same but with more episodes (10!).
11. The Keepers (Netflix Original)
People really love learning about brutal and tragic murders and the people left in the wake. If Making a Murder was any indication of just how much we can get swept up in killings, then The Keepers will be a surefire success. The seven part docuseries will follow the 40-year old unsolved case of a nun, Sister Cathy, in Baltimore, the possible reasons for her death and the cover-up that the series will no doubt allude to.
10. The Place Beyond the Pines
This movie came out in 2012 with two of the biggest actors of the day—Bradley Cooper and Ryan Gosling. For some reason it didn’t get as much fanfare as it deserved, maybe because of Gosling’s tattoos or (SPOILER ALERT) the fact that he dies in the first act. Either way, it’s kind of an American masterpiece and has an incredibly unique narrative style. Definitely worth the watch.
9. Riverdale: Season 1
The CW made a sexy teen drama based on the characters from Archie comics. And, apparently, it’s pretty good. According to Rotten Tomatoes (where it maintains an astonishing 89%), it’s “eerie, odd, daring and… addictive.” Okay, sign me up I guess.
8. What’s With Wheat
The documentary examines the reasons (or non-reasons) behind the growing rate of reported gluten intolerance. Show this to your friend who claims they’re gluten-free or “just a little celiac.”
7. Inglorious Basterds
Quentin Tarantino’s World War II epic returns to Netflix for those of us who just can’t get enough of Brad Pitt in uniform. Watch him and an all-Jewish platoon hunt Nazis and murder Hitler.
8. Marvel’s Doctor Strange
The film is one of the most pleasantly surprising Marvel movies to come out yet despite the fact that it’s literally 99% CGI. Benedict Cumberbatch plays the doctor, and Tilda Swinton plays an Asian? Not sure on that second one but, yeah, the movie is pretty cool.
7. Supernatural: Season 12
Are you as surprised as I am that this show is still going? The two guys have to be, like, 40 years old now.
6. Dig Two Graves
After the disappearance of her brother, 14-year-old Jacqueline is visited by three moonshiners who claim they can bring him back to life in exchange for the life of someone else. Never heard of this movie, director, or actors, but it sounds awesome.
5. Sherlock: Series 4
Cumberbatch is CumberBACK as the eponymous detective. He’s gonna be solving some mysteries, y’all.
4. Norm Macdonald: Hitler’s Dog, Gossip & Trickery (Netflix Original)
Thought we were done with the Netflix Originals? Think again! Netflix doubles down on their resurrection of dad-joke-comedians (see Dana Carvey’s Straight, White Male, 60) with this from the guy who did Dirty Work and hosted SNL’s Weekend Update for a little while. Oh and he was KFC’s Colonel Sanders there for a minute.
3. Beyond the Gates
Two brothers get zapped into a VHS world after they find a board game their father played before his mysterious disappearance. Think Are You Afraid of the Dark meets Jumanji meets TRON. This actually might be pretty cool.
2. Stake Land II
Okay, so vampires are dead. And not metaphorically, but cinematically. At least until they get resurrected again in ten years. But the original Stake Land was a gas and this sequel, with an all-new cast, just may be a decent return to post-apocalyptic vampire-stricken America.
1. Two Lovers and a Bear
The name really summarizes the film better than any blurb can. Two lovers in a small town near the North Pole and a philosophizing polar bear wander around in the snow.
We thought it prudent to mention that Jurassic Park is leaving Netflix in May! Get your Jurassic Park while you can!