Netflix is like a content machine: Each new month brings a host of new original movies, documentaries and TV shows. The result is great not only for subscribers but also for shareholders. Shares of Netflix stock are up 60 percent this year, making Netflix one of the fastest growing media companies around. The company is also considering purchasing brick-and-mortar movie theaters, presumably to give theatrical releases to its own original movies. This bodes well for the future of cinema.
But not all of us like to head out of the house for expensive popcorn and parking headaches. Luckily, there are lots of great titles to choose from in May that we can stream from our own comfy couch. Some highlights are a crime thriller starring Clive Owen and Amanda Seyfried, a romantic comedy about a high school kissing booth starring Molly Ringwald and a fun, new family-friendly TV show with the beloved Carol Burnett.
Here are our top picks for what’s coming to Netflix in May.
John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City
If you caught comedian John Mulaney hosting a recent Saturday Night Live, you’ll definitely want to check his exclusive stand-up special.
A Little Help With Carol Burnett
Carol Burnett is still as funny as she’s ever been. Throw in a bunch of precocious kids, and the laughs abound. The premise of the show, filmed before a live audience, is that the children give advice to celebrities with Burnett adding some snappy comebacks.
My Next Guest Needs No Introduction: Tina Fey
If you’re of a certain generation, David Letterman is the definitive TV host. Since Late Show with David Letterman ended and Stephen Colbert took over in 2015, many of us miss Letterman’s clever, hilarious interviews. With his new Netflix show, we get to see him take a deep dive with comedy goddess Tina Fey.
Picture a world without secrets. Every company, government office and neighbor knows everything about you. It may sound like a nightmare, but the upside is that there is no crime. Clive Owen plays a detective who meets a mysterious young woman, a brunette Amanda Seyfried, who has plans to upend the entire system.
It’s no secret that Americans are living longer. This new documentary examines the ups and downs of a longer life and clues to what the future of our aging population might hold.
Dear White People Vol. 2
This witty, socially relevant show has fun while taking a closer look at African-American culture in today’s culturally tricky environment. We can’t wait to see what’s up in Season 2.
This gritty crime thriller stars Michael C. Hall (Dexter) as a father who must find his missing daughter. Quickly, however, he learns that the people closest to him are keeping secrets.
The Kissing Booth
Molly Ringwald plays a teacher and mentor for a group of high school kids trying to navigate the difficult world of love. Ringwald comes full circle after playing a student on Facts of Life and in John Hughes movies.
Evil Genius: The True Story of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist
This strange true story starts with a pizza man who’s forced to rob a bank with a bomb tied around his neck. But who’s behind the horrible heist? This new series explains everything you need to know about the crime.
Lost in the Australian wilderness and trying to escape a deadly virus, a father risks his life to protect his daughter despite being infected himself.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 4
Ellie Kemper and Jane Krakowski are bringing back the kooky, yet heartfelt comedy for a brand-new season.