Netflix: 15 TV Shows And Movies You Didn’t Know Were Coming In May

Fifteen of the best new shows, movies, and Netflix Originals coming to the streaming service in May of 2018, including Dear White People and Coco.

This month, Netflix has the usual mix of original series, classic films, and new releases coming to viewers - including the return of more than one hit original series, with the continuation of both The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Dear White People. In addition, there are some fantastic family-friendly options coming to the streaming service, including classics like Shrek, and Disney/Pixar’s latest huge hit, Coco.

It’s definitely a month with plenty of comedy and kid-friendly fun to enjoy, but there are also a few new horror films for fans of the slasher genre, and more than one new post-apocalyptic survival options for those viewers looking for something to replace The Walking Dead since the series finale. Here are fifteen of the best new shows and films to look out for on Netflix this month.

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15. Shrek


It’s been seventeen years since this take on the classic fairy tales about princes and princesses hit the screen, and it’s still just as magical today as it was in 2001. The animated story of a grumpy ogre, a princess with a secret, and a donkey voiced by Eddie Murphy is sure to charm kids and adults alike - with plenty of jokes that will have the grown-ups sniggering over something the little ones won’t be old enough to get. Shrek has, of course, spawned an entire franchise since its release, but the original is still well worth a re-watch.

Arriving: May 1

14. Coco

For families after something a little more recent, don’t miss this Oscar-winning animation from last year. Coco brings the Land of the Dead to life, drawing on the traditions of the Mexican Day of the Dead. This visually stunning film follows the young Miguel as he journeys to the Land of the Dead to follow his dreams of becoming a musician, despite his family’s ban on all musical pursuits…

Arriving: May 29

13. Hellboy 2: The Golden Army

Ron Pearlman and Selma Blair in Hellboy 2: The Golden Army

Hellboy may be one of the most underrated comic book movie franchises out there, and Guillermo Del Toro’s take on a cigar smoking demon battling the forces of evil is absolutely worth watching. The Golden Army is the 2008 follow up to 2004’s Hellboy, starring Ron Perlman as the titular character. This time, he’s battling the creatures of myth in a fantasy-style film that should please any comic fan.

Arriving: May 1

12. The 40-Year-Old Virgin

Steve Carell in The 40-Year-Old Virgin

Thirteen years after its initial release, some of the humor in this sex comedy is definitely a little outdated… but the star-studded cast makes it still worth the re-watch. Steve Carell stars as Andy, the shy and dorky electronics store employee who has never had sex, despite now being in middle age. When his colleagues (including Paul Rudd, Romany Malco, and Seth Rogen) find out, they decide to ‘help’ him remedy this… with hilarious results and a happy ending.

Arriving: May 16

11. The Bourne Ultimatum

Pic1 - The Bourne Ultimatum

Action-movie fans will be happy to learn that the third installment in the Bourne franchise is also hitting Netflix this month, as The Bourne Ultimatum arrives on the 1st. Starring Matt Damon as the amnesiac assassin, this Oscar-winning action flick has all the ingredients that fans of the genre love. Sadly, however, the entire Bourne franchise isn’t on the streaming service right now, so it won’t be possible to binge watch.

Arriving: May 1

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10. Amelie

Audrey Tautou in Amelie

This beautiful and unique French film is a perfect watch for anyone who wants something of a different take on the classic romance movie. Amelie stars Audrey Tautou as the titular character, a whimsical young woman with a vivid fantasy life, who decides to do good things to help the people around her, and builds a relationship with an equally quirky young man who collects discarded passport photos…

Arriving: May 1

9. Dear White People Vol 2

Dear White People Trailer

Netflix Original series Dear White People returns with a second season this month, following on from the critically acclaimed (but controversial) first season that hit the streaming service last spring. Vol 2 will continue to follow the lives of the black students at their mostly-white Ivy League school, told from the perspectives of various different students each episode, but all intersecting as the series continues.

Arriving: May 2

8. Mamma Mia

This summer, the cast of Mamma Mia returns to the big screen with Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again… and now the original film is coming to Netflix, just in time for a re-watch ahead of the sequel. This fun summery Abba musical is set on a Greek island, where a young bride tries to figure out who her real father is before her wedding.

Arriving: May 16

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