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New on Netflix: best new movies and TV shows on Netflix UK - May 2020

The best new movies and TV shows on Netflix UK
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If you spend more time browsing Netflix than watching it, then what you need is some inspiration. And we are here to provide it. We have recommended the best TV shows available on Netflix, but if you've already ticked those off or are looking for a brand-new Netflix TV series or movie this is the page for you.

Every month, Netflix shakes up its catalogue with a new slate of titles, including old and new classics and cult gems, some of the world's most popular series, and its seemingly never-ending stream of Netflix Originals.

Our picks of the best of the bunch hitting Netflix UK in May are as follows...

Hollywood - Season 1

1st May

A new limited series from Glee and American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy, Hollywood follows a group of aspiring actors and filmmakers in post-World War II Los Angeles as they try to make it in big – no matter the cost.

Steve Jobs (2015)

1st May

Danny Boyle and Aaron Sorkin's critically acclaimed biopic on the man who made the Mac is set backstage at three iconic product launches, ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac. Michael Fassbender is electrifying in his Oscar-nominated portrayal of the Apple co-founder. 

Dead To Me - Season 2

8th May

About two grieving women, Jen (Christina Applegate) and Jude (Linda Cardellini), who bond at a counselling session, this hugely popular Netflix Original returns for a second season, picking up where season one left off on the major cliffhanger.

Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychadelics

11th May

A-list celebrities, comedians and musicians recount their best and worst real-life mind-bending trips through animations, reenactments and more in what's bound to be an amusing documentary.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy Vs the Reverend

12th May

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt gets its own interactive special, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch style! Tina Fey and Robert Carlock's sitcom finale sees Kimmy Schmidt (Ellie Kemper) set off on her biggest adventure yet across three states – and you will be able to make choices for the characters and explore different story branches. Kemper is joined by cast members Tituss Burgess, Jane Krakowski and Carol Kane as well as Daniel Radcliffe.

White Lines

15th May

From the creator of Money Heist comes this Balearic Islands-set drama (expect gorgeous backdrop aplenty) in which Zoe Walker leaves her quiet life to investigate the disappearance of her DJ brother in Ibiza 20 years prior.

Space Force - Season 1

29th May

The Office fans, rejoice. The US sitcom's creative duo Steve Carrell and Greg Daniels have teamed up for a new satirical workplace comedy centred around a group of generals, scientists and pilots tasked with creating a sixth branch of the United States Armed Forces (undoubtedly inspired by Trump's Space Force initiative). Their goal? “To defend satellites from attack” and “perform other space-related tasks.”

More movies and TV shows coming to Netflix in May:

  • All Day and a Night – May 1st
  • Almost Happy (season one) – May 1st
  • Get In – May 1st
  • Into the Night (season one) – May 1st
  • Children of Men (2006) - May 1st
  • Mrs Serial Killer – May 1st
  • Blues Brothers (1980) - May 1st
  • Funny Girl (1968) - May 1st
  • Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life (1983) - May 1st
  • Jerry Seinfeld: 23 Hours to Kill - May 5th
  • The Hollow (season two) - May 8th
  • The Eddy - May 8th
  • Schitt's Creek (season six) - May 14th
  • The Big Flower Fight (season one) - May 18th
  • Selling Sunset (season 2) - May 22nd
  • Spelling the Dream - May 23rd

New on Netflix UK - April 2020

Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

1st April

Let's be honest, we all need this movie in our lives right now. John Hughes' seminal '80s hit, which, for the tragically uninitiated, sees high-school teen Ferris Bueller live out the best fake sick day ever, is coming to Netflix to cheer us all up. Oh Yeeaah, chicka chicka.

Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)

1st April

Studio Ghibli is behind a number of the highest grossing anime films in Japan, with Spirited Away taking top honours in the country's box office history. Since February, Netflix UK has been dropping Studio Ghibli titles by the bunch, and April's dump will take the total to 21. Expect the likes of Pom Poko (1994), Whisper of the Heart (1995), Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea (2008), From Up on Poppy Hill (2011) and – our pick – Howl’s Moving Castle (2004).

La casa de papel (Money Heist) - Part 4

April 3rd


Professor and the gang are back for part four, and the beloved Spanish heist thriller has some loose ends to tie up after the season three finale left us some excruciating cliffhangers. A Money Heist: The Phenomenon docufilm examining the impact of the show around the world will also air on 3rd April.

The Killing Of A Sacred Deer (2017)

5th April

Another overwhelming feat from director Yorgos Lanthimos – the guy who brought us The Favourite, Dogtooth and The Lobster – this spine-tingling chiller about a charismatic surgeon (Colin Farrell) whose mentoring relationship with a young buy turns sinister is a masterfully controlled exercise in suspense.

The Circle France - Season 1

9th April

The French version of the much-hyped social media reality series is coming to Netflix following its British, American and Brazilian seasons. A social media competition where online contestants flirt, befriend and catfish their way toward the highest profile rating (and a €100,000 cash prize), The Circle is very much a reality show for this era.

Sergio (2020)

17th April

A decade after the release of his documentary about United Nations human rights diplomat Sérgio Vieira de Mello, Greg Barker is releasing a theatrical film that dramatises Sérgio's last assignment in the chaotic Baghdad following the US invasion of Iraq.

The Last Dance

20th April

Good news, Ballers: Netflix has brought the release date of the Michael Jordan and 90's Chicago Bulls documentary forward by two months. The story of how Phil Jackson's NBA team (featuring MJ and of course other legends Dennis Rodman and Scottie Pippen) came to dominate basketball includes never-before-seen footage. Netflix UK has tweeted that the 10 episodes will be released over five consecutive Mondays, two at a time – starting on 20th April.

Peaky Blinders - Season 5

22nd April

Missed the BBC's airing of the latest season of Britain's favourite gangster drama last summer? Or have just finished binging the first four series on Netflix? All four episodes of season five are dropping this month.

After Life - Season 2

24th April

Following a happy-go-lucky guy whose life perspective and attitude upends after his wife's death, Ricky Gervais' six-episode, self-starring drama was among the very best things on TV last year. If the highly anticipated second series has even a third of the first's ingenious dark humour and emotional poignancy, it will be a triumph.

Extraction (2020)

24th April

A fearless black market mercenary is enlisted to rescue the kidnapped son of an imprisoned international crime lord. With a screenplay from a Marvel Universe director, and Chris Hemsworth in the leading role, this has killer action thriller written all over it.

More movies and TV shows coming to Netflix in April:

  • Community (season one-six) – 1st April
  • Nailed It! (season four) – 1st April
  • Sunderland 'Til I Die (season two) – 1st April
  • Coffee and Kareem – 3rd April
  • Brews Brothers (season one) – 10th April
  • Tigertail – 10th April
  • Chris D'Elia: No Pain – 14th April
  • The Innocence Files (season one) – 15th April
  • Fauda (season three) – 16th April
  • Mauricio Meirelles: Generating Chaos – 16th April
  • Rising High – 17th April
  • Earth and Blood – 17th April 
  • Too Hot to Handle (season one) – 17th April
  • Cooked With Cannabis (season one) – 20th April 
  • The Midnight Gospel (season one) – 20th April 
  • The Willoughbys – 22nd April 
  • Extracurricular – 29th April


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