What to Watch on Netflix This May

As the network TV season starts to wind down, Netflix May releases rev up. The streaming platform is full of comedy favorites, intense documentaries and extreme thrillers this month. Missing Olivia Pope already? Netflix has something to help you forget her name in no time.

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Returning Favorites

Return to Winchester University for season 2 of Dear White People (May 4). If the teaser can be trusted, this season will break down cultural appropriation, racist bots, sex and gender norms and of course, Jesus. Everyone’s favorite science guy is back to solve science’s most pressing problems. Don’t miss season 3 of Bill Nye Saves the World (May 11). And she’s back! Catch up with former doomsday cult member Kimmy Schmidt when part one of season 4 drops (May 30).

True Life

Jewel’s Catch One (May 1) takes viewers inside of our country’s oldest black-owned disco clubs, Catch One. Meet the owner, Jewels Thais-Williams, an advocate for the LGBTQ, black and AIDS-impacted communities in LA. Three days later, start at the end. End Game (May 4) takes viewers inside a hospice care center where patients and medical professionals contemplate life’s biggest mystery: death.

Laugh Out Loud

Outside the scripted series mentioned above, the comedy selection this month is all over the map. Look out for the standup special John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City (May 1) and the Korean variety special Busted (May 4). Netflix’s talk show selection keeps growing. At the end of the month, former The Daily Show writer Michelle Wolf debuts The Break with Michelle Wolf (May 27).

Catch Some Thrills

If you prefer a scream rather than a laugh with your binge, fear not. The Rain (May 4) follows two siblings on their journey to safety after a virus destroys the population. Cargo (May 18) is a post-apocalyptic thriller about a man who would do anything to save his baby from zombies.

Movie Night

The movie selection is a bit random this month. Ibiza (May 25) is about an American tourist searching for a DJ in Spain. The Kissing Booth (May 11) is a romantic teen comedy about the risks of forbidden love.

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