'House of Cards' publicity photo courtesy Netflix

Netflix in May: Big month for new stuff

Text Gary Chun

Several of Netflix's strongest original series returns to the powerhouse online lineup throughout next month. Look at it as a kind of counter-programming to what the networks will be offering during the Nielsen sweeps period.

The fifth season of the political intrigue that is House of Cards starts up, along with the return of top-notch comedies Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Aziz Ansari's Master of None, plus the second season of the Wachowskis' mind-bending Sense8.

The movie highlight on the streaming/VOD service is the dark political satire War Machine, starring Brad Pitt as a charismatic four-star general chosen to command NATO forces in Afghanistan, only to be taken down by a journalist's exposé. Tilda Swinton and Ben Kingsley co-star.

Here's what's coming up in May (Netflix original series, comedy specials and films in bold):

May 1

American Experience: The Big Burn
American Experience: The Boys of ‘36
Anvil! The Story of Anvil
Blood on the Mountain
Don’t Think Twice
Forrest Gump
Happy Feet
In the Shadow of Iris
Losing Sight of Shore
Malibu’s Most Wanted
Raja Hindustani
Richard Pryor: Icon
Under Arrest:
Season 5

May 2

Bodyguards: Secret Lives from the Watchtower
Hija De La Laguna
Maria Bamford: Old Baby
Two Lovers and a Bear

May 5

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

May 6

Cold War 2
When the Bough Breaks

May 7

Stake Land II
The Host

May 8

Beyond the Gates
Hunter Gatherer

May 9

Norm Macdonald: Hitler’s Dog, Gossip & Trickery
Queen of the South: Season 1
All We Had

May 10

El apóstata
The Adventure Club

May 11

Switched at Birth: Season 5
The Fosters: Season 4

May 12

All Hail King Julien: Exiled: Season 1
Anne with an E: Season 1
Get Me Roger Stone
Master of None: Season 2

May 15

Command and Control

Sherlock: Series 4
The Intent

May 16

Tracy Morgan: Staying Alive
The Break-Up
The Place Beyond the Pines

May 18

Royal Pains: Season 8
Riverdale: Season 1

May 19

The Keepers:
Season 1
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 3

May 21

What’s With Wheat

May 22

Inglourious Basterds
They Call Us Monsters

May 23

Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King
Dig Two Graves

May 24


May 26

Season 3
I am Jane Doe
Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower
War Machine

May 28

Bunk’d: Season 2

May 29

Forever Pure
A New High

May 30

F is for Family: Season 2
House of Cards: Season 5

Marvel’s Doctor Strange
Sarah Silverman: A Speck of Dust


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