Posted on Thursday, April 20th, 2017 by Ethan Anderton
The blockbuster summer will kick off in a couple weeks, giving audiences plenty of reasons to leave their house and head to the multiplex. But Netflix has plenty of new content to keep you at home if you’re not feeling like braving the crowds on opening weekend. In addition to some great new movies, there are also a few new seasons of television that you’re going to want to seek out.
Below, find the best TV shows and movies coming to Netflix in May 2017.
Don’t Think Twice
This was easily one of the most underseen movies of 2016, which is a shame, because it’s an absolutely hilarious and genuine comedy with just enough drama to tug at your heartstrings. The story follows an improv troupe as each member tries to make a life for themselves by doing comedy for a living, no matter how much the odds are against them as they continue to get older. Mike Birbiglia writes and directs again (his sophomore effort) and also stars in the movie alongside an great cast of comedic talent including Keegan-Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs, Chris Gethard, Kate Micucci and Tami Sagher.
Available on May 1
You can be as mad as you want that this movie beat out Pulp Fiction for Best Picture back in 1994, and that’s totally fine, but I still stand by this movie as a wonderful slice of Americana. Tom Hanks gives one of the finest performances of his career, it has an amazing soundtrack, and though it can certainly be melodramatic, that doesn’t take away from its charms in my opinion. So again, it’s fine to be up in arms about this movie stealing Best Picture from Pulp Fiction, but that’s no reason to bash it into the ground.
Available May 1
Unlike most romantic comedies of its kind, this one has the courage to be a little more authentic in its portrayal of what it’s like to go through a break-up. There are some exaggerated moments as Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn try to make each other jealous, but the emotions on display throughout feel real and will undoubtedly feel familiar for anyone who has ever gone through a break-up before. Plus, the ending thankfully avoids the cliches that usually come with a movie like this.
Available May 16
Quentin Tarantino tackling World War II is just as fantastic as you’d think it would be. The fact that he incorporates a movie theater into a plot to assassinate Hitler is a fantastic touch for cinephiles. But that detail takes a backseat to some outstanding performances, especially from Brad Pitt as a notorious Nazi killer, Eli Roth as one of his wild-eyed soldiers, and Christoph Waltz getting his big break into American movies as the dastardly Colonel Hans Landa, a role that would be the inspiration for him being cast as countless villains throughout the decade that followed.
Available May 22
It’s hard for us to say whether this will really be one of the best movies coming to Netflix this month since all we have to go on is a trailer so far. But it’s fitting that this movie is coming to Netflix the same month that Inglourious Basterds is hitting the streaming service when Brad Pitt is again putting on a bit of a silly voice to play a military leader.
Available May 26
The exclusive deal that Netflix has with Disney is great for fans who may not be keen on buying the studio’s titles as soon as they hit home video, so plenty of people will be happy to see Doctor Strange hit the streaming service. It arrives a little late for fans to watch it before Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theaters, but the true fans will have already seen this in theaters last year anyway, so it doesn’t really matter. This installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a little familiar thanks to the Tony Stark-esque lead character Benedict Cumberbatch plays, but since it takes us into the mystical side of the MCU, it’s just refreshing enough to be engaging and fun.
Available May 30
Master of None Season 2
After Dev (Aziz Ansari) went to Italy at the end of the first season to take some cooking classes, we’ll get to see how he spends his time abroad in the upcoming second season. He won’t spend the entire time in Europe though, as the trailer has teased Dev trying to get back on the dating scene once he’s back in NYC. We’ve been waiting since November 2015 for a new season, so it’s good to finally have some new episodes.
Available May 12
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Season 3
Since 30 Rock is one of my favorite comedies, I’m absolutely in love with the latest series from executive producers Robert Carlock and Tina Fey. It’s quirky, hilarious, and the jokes come flying fast and furious, sometimes forcing a rewind to make sure you don’t miss anything. With Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) heading to college this season, I just know that this will be another fantastic round of episodes for the comedy series.
Available May 19
Get the full list of movies and TV shows coming to and leaving Netflix in May 2017 on the next page.