What’s coming soon to Netflix in May 2019
Updated 29-04-19 | 08:12 AM | Staff Reporter
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May. A month of sunshine but also, most important of all, two Bank Holidays. Netflix is putting them to good use this year, with a packed month of new titles and old gems. New next month are Ava DuVernay’s When They See Us, and Joe Swanberg’s Easy (bidding farewell with its final run), as well as funny friendship tales Dead to Me, Tuca & Bertie, Derry Girls and People Just Do Nothing – or, in the case of Lord of the Flies-inspired The Society, and Season 2 of dystopian survival thriller The Rain, a tale of friendship that’s distinctly less amusing.
She’s Gotta Have It also returns for Season 2, alongside Good Girls, while What/If, starring Renee Zellwegger, makes its debut. But the hottest arrival has to be Lucifer, which returns for a fourth run of devilish crime-solving. For film lovers, meanwhile, there’s everything from Glenn Close’s Oscar-nominated turn in The Wife and London Film Festival prize winner Joy to Amy Poehler’s directorial debut, Wine Country, and (after quietly arriving on digital platforms last year) the very belated Netflix release of Bong Joon-ho’s modern masterpiece, Snowpiercer.
Here’s what’s coming soon to Netflix UK in May 2019:
Snowpiercer – 1st May
Bong Joon-ho’s dazzling and daft dystopian satire is chillingly relevant, even years after its release.
Knock Down the House – 1st May
This rousing documentary follows four extraordinary women—Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Amy Vilela, Cori Bush, and Paula Jean Swearengin—who take on the congressional establishment by mounting grassroots campaigns and building a movement during a time of historic volatility in American politics.
Munafik 2 – 1st May
Two years after the events in the first movie, the ocean of Ustaz Adam (Syamsul Yusof) was restored after being helped by the death of his wife and son. He started to become a freelance preacher and continued his responsibility to help the people affected by magic / jin disorders everywhere.
Flinch: Season 1 – 3rd May
Faced with various frightening and uncomfortable events, contestants in this game show had better not flinch — or they’ll suffer painful consequences.
Jo Pil-ho: The Dawning Rage – 3rd May
On the run from a dogged internal affairs agent, a corrupt cop reluctantly teams up with a defiant teen to unravel a conspiracy — before it’s too late.
Undercover: Season 1 – 3rd May
A major ecstasy producer living in luxury on the Dutch-Belgian border faces big changes with two undercover agents begin moving in on his operation.
The Last Summer – 3rd May
Standing on the precipice of adulthood, a group of friends navigate new relationships, while re-examining others, during their final summer before college.
Despite Everything – 3rd May
After their mother’s death, four sisters learn a shocking family secret and embark on an adventure to discover the truth about their genealogy.
Alles ist gut – 3rd May
A woman sexually assaulted by her new boss’s brother-in-law tries to move on as if nothing happened, but the night weighs heavily on her mind and body.
Dead to Me: Season 1 – 3rd May
A dark single camera comedy about a powerful friendship that blossoms between a tightly wound widow and a free spirit with a shocking secret.
Tuca & Bertie: Season 1 – 3rd May
Two bird women – a carefree toucan and anxious songbird – live in the same apartment building and share their lives in this animated comedy.
All In My Family – 3rd May
From documentarian Hao Wu comes a heartfelt portrait of how he created a thoroughly modern family in America, only to face the dilemma of introducing his same-sex partner and their children to his deeply traditional parents and relatives in China.
Cupcake & Dino – General Services: Season 2 – 3rd May
The brothers are back for more adventures in the limitless world of general services, where no job is too big, small or silly for this dynamic duo!
True and the Rainbow Kingdom: Mushroom Town – 3rd May
Do-gooding True can solve any problem, from a runaway boaty-float to a sideways sleepover — and a sticky mess at her very own birthday party!
People Just Do Nothing: Season 4 – 5th May
The boys at West London pirate radio station Kurupt FM return for the penultimate season of their hilarious BBC Three mockumentary.
Abyss – 6th May
A prosecutor discovers that she’s been reincarnated into a different person after getting into an accident — and also learns she’s not the only one.
Derry Girls: Season 1 – 8th May
If you’ve missed Lisa McGee’s hysterical comedy about a group of school friends growing up during The Troubles on Channel 4, this is the perfect chance to catch up.
Lucifer: Season 4 – 8th May
As Chloe struggles to come to terms with Lucifer’s disturbing revelation, a rogue priest sets out to stop a long-rumored prophecy.
Tiny House Nation – 9th May
There’s a trend in the U.S. housing market, albeit a very small one. Drawn to the prospect of financial freedom, a simpler lifestyle, and limiting one’s environmental footprint, more buyers are opting to downsize — in some cases, to spaces no larger than 300 square feet — and this series celebrates the “tiny house” movement. Hosts and renovation professionals John Weisbarth and Zack Giffin travel across America to show ingenious small dwellings and their creative inhabitants. They also help families design and construct their own dream minihomes.
Shéhérazade – 10th May
Fresh out of prison and forced to fend for himself on the streets of Marseille, 17-year-old Zac falls in love with young prostitute Shéhérazade.
Wine Country – 10th May
During a vacation to Napa Valley, a group of long time friends reunite and revisit past choices in this hilarious and heartfelt comedy from director Amy Poehler.
The Society – 10th May
When everyone else mysteriously vanishes from their wealthy town, the teen residents of West Ham must forge their own society to survive in Netflix’s new drama, inspired by Lord of the Flies
Harvey Girls Forever!: Season 2 – 10th May
The hardworking Harvey Girls are back, making new enemies in the form of older siblings, finally meeting their boy-band idols – and more!
Dry Martina – 10th May
An odd encounter with a fan and a tryst with that fan’s ex-boyfriend leads a sexually adventurous singer on an escapade in Chile.
Gente que viene y bah – 10th May
After her partner cheats on her, an architect returns to her hometown to reassess her life with the help of her eccentric family. Based on the novel.
Easy: Season 3 – 10th May
Diverse characters fumble through the modern maze of love, sex, technology and culture in Chicago in the final season of Joe Swanberg’s series.
Jailbirds – 10th May
At the Sacramento County Jail, incarcerated women fight the power and one another as they try to make the best of life — and love — on the inside.
Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj: Volume 3 – 12th May
Hasan Minhaj returns with new episodes, bringing his unexpected comedic perspective to current global events and pop culture.
Malibu Rescue – 13th May
When a long list of shenanigans lands Tyler in hot water, he’s forced to suit up and spend his summer training for an elite junior lifeguard program.
The Wife – 13th May
Glenn Close delivers a powerhouse turn in this drama about a wife neglected by her successful author husband.
The Fate of the Furious – 14th May
Big, dumb and obvious, the seventh Fast sequel proves it still has enough fuel to drive boredom away at high speed.
Shaun of the Dead – 16th May
“You’ve got red on you.”
Good Sam – 16th May
When a mysterious good samaritan, aka “Good Sam,” leaves $100,000 cash on seemingly random doorsteps, New York City TV news reporter Kate Bradley (Tiya Sircar) sets out discover Good Sam’s true identity and motive, turning her personal life upside down.
1994: Limited Series – 17th May
1994 is an hour-long 5 episode investigative documentary series that will tell the story of one of the most critical years in Mexico’s history.
Morir para contar – 17th May
Seeking answers after a life-changing incident in 2012, filmmaker Hernán Zin interviews other war reporters about the personal toll of their work.
Maria – 17th May
A woman whose parents were killed by the gang when she was a child grows up to be a hired assassin. Unfortunately, trying to leave that past behind is proving to be more difficult than it seems.
See You Yesterday – 17th May
Two Brooklyn teenage prodigies, C.J. Walker and Sebastian Thomas, build makeshift time machines to save C.J.’s brother, Calvin, from being wrongfully killed by a police officer.
The Rain: Season 2 – 17th May
Trapped in the Zone, Simone and her friends must find a cure for the virus Rasmus is carrying before it kills him — and the rest of humanity.
Chip and Potato – 17th May
Chip is a little pug going through life’s firsts with the encouragement of her secret mouse-friend, Potato.
It’s Bruno – 17th May
A digital series that follows a man and his beloved dog Bruno strolling around his neighborhood
Nailed It!: Season 3 – 17th May
Nicole and Jacques are back to judge the chaos in the kitchen, from half-baked doll cakes to delightfully creepy edible clowns.
Well Intended Love – 17th May
A third-rate actress with leukemia becomes entangled with CEO Ling because she needs him for treatment. In order to receive bone marrow transplant sooner and to continue her career as an actress, Xia Lin enters into a secret marriage with Ling Yi Zhou, the CEO of a company. Despite the conspiracies and misunderstandings they encounter, the two find true love.
One Spring Night – 22nd May
When Lee Jeong-in and Yu Ji-ho meet, something unexpected happens. Or it just may be that spring is in the air — and anything is possible. Two episodes arrive weekly.
A Tale of Two Kitchens – 22nd May
Two countries, two restaurants, one vision. At Gabriela Cámara’s acclaimed Contramar in Mexico City, the welcoming, uniformed waiters are as beloved by diners as the menu featuring fresh, local seafood caught within 24 hours. The entire staff sees themselves as part of an extended family. Meanwhile at Cala in San Francisco, Cámara hires staff from different backgrounds and cultures, including ex-felons and ex-addicts, who view the work as an important opportunity to grow as individuals. A Tale of Two Kitchens explores the ways in which a restaurant can serve as a place of both dignity and community.
Furie – 22nd May
When traffickers kidnap her daughter from their village, vengeful Hai Phuong returns to Saigon — and her outlaw roots — to take down the abductors.
What/If: Season 1 – 24th May
A raw, voyeuristic examination of acceptable people doing unacceptable things– A conflict driven series of high stakes morality plays with a first season narrative focusing on two struggling newlyweds who accept a powerful woman’s ethically perilous proposition to secure a badly needed financial windfall.
High Seas (Alta Mar) – 24th May
Mysterious deaths aboard a luxurious ship traveling from Spain to Rio de Janeiro in the 1940s reveal secrets surrounding two sisters traveling together.
She’s Gotta Have It: Season 2 – 24th May
Romantic turmoil, artistic challenges and an eye-opening trip to Puerto Rico set Nola Darling on a new course.
Rim of the World – 24th May
Four misfit campers must band together and conquer their fears in order to save the world during an alien invasion.
Joy – 24th May
Joy is a young Nigerian woman, caught in the vicious cycle of sex trafficking. She works in this merciless system of exploitation to pay off debts to her exploiter Madame and supporting her family in Nigeria.
The Perfection – 24th May
A troubled musical prodigy (Allison Williams) seeks out the new star pupil (Logan Browning) of her former school with shocking consequences in this elegant and terrifying suspense ride, the most buzzed-about movie at last year’s Fantastic Fest.
After Maria – 24th May
Short following families in Puerto Rico who are currently living in FEMA hotels around New York City. Their stories will unfold observationally over the course of the next month as they face the extreme situation of getting kicked out of the hotel or are forced to go back to Puerto Rico. Many people see these families as illegal immigrants and don’t want them here. We follow these families as they try to maintain their Puerto Rican identity, but assert their American citizenship.
Historical Roasts – 27th May
From Jeff Ross, a series of roasts featuring famous historical figures played by modern day comedians.
Svaha: The Sixth Finger – 30th May
A minister who researches religious cults turns to his Buddhist monk friend for help investigating a new group with mysterious origins.
Chopsticks – 30th May
An under-confident but talented girl, who is side stepped at every stage of her life, seeks out an enigmatic con to help recover her stolen car from a goat – loving crazy Mumbai gangster and in the process finds her confidence and place in the sun.
How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast) – 31st May
24 pg treatment What if a teenager built up a drugs empire from his bedroom in Leipzig? Inspired by real events.
Bad Blood: Season 2 – 31st May
Five years after the death of mob boss, there’s a new king of the Montreal drug trade — until a new breed of mafiosos arrive from Italy to wrestle the city from his grasp.
Good Girls: Season 2 – 31st May
In their second season, the women come face-to-face with the consequences of their criminal behavior.
Black Spot: Season 2 – 31st May
Major Weiss’s recovery prompts residents to question the odd circumstances she was found in, and how she survived injuries that would kill anyone else.
When They See Us – 31st May
A four part limited series from director Ava Duverney that continues themes from her documentary THE 13th, her exploration of the criminal justice system through the true case of the Central Park Five – 5 young teenagers who were wrongfully accused and convicted of rape.
Killer Ratings – 31st May
The true-life story of a Brazilian TV host who literally killed for ratings — and used his crime TV show to cover up the grizzly truth.
Always Be My Maybe – 31st May
Everyone assumed Sasha and Marcus would wind up together except for Sasha and Marcus. Reconnecting after 15 years, the two start to wonder… maybe?
The Mechanism: Season 2 – Date TBC
Despite changes at home and work, Ruffo resumes his fight, following a corrupt new target and a trail of kickbacks into the upper reaches of politics.
Other new releases coming soon to Netflix UK in May 2019:
1st May The Railway Man The Great Gatsby Robin Hood The Rebellion Friends with Benefits Revolt
5th May The Girl with All the Gifts
10th May ReMastered: The Lion’s Share Harvey Girls Forever! Season 2 Schitt’s Creek: Season 5
11th May Katie
14th May Still LAUGH-IN: The Stars Celebrate Horrid Henry: Season 5
15th May RBG
16th May Jane Eyre (2011) Pirate Radio Spartacus Step Up Step Up 3 Step Up: Revolution
17th May Saverio Raimondo: Il Satiro Parlante
19th May Blood Father
21st May Wanda Sykes: Not Normal
27th May Baby Driver