Coming and Going on Netflix in May 2017

Benedict Cumberbatch is the Master of the Mystic Arts in the Marvel Comics movie

Netflix continues to feed the appetite for superheroes with Doctor Strange, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Marvel Comics’ Master of the Mystic Arts. That’s the marquee attraction for the month of May but Netflix continues to roll out more original movies, documentaries, and continuing series along with the programs it picks up from the studios.

Netflix debuts the original movie War Machine, a military satire starring Brad Pitt, and the original documentary programs The Keepers, a seven-part true crime series, and the family-friendly science series The Mars Generation, about the teenagers aspiring to be the next generation of scientists and engineers working to send the first humans to Mars.

Returning shows include the third and final season of the Netflix original series Bloodline and new seasons of House of Cards, Sense8, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and Master of None. Netflix also streams the debut seasons of CW drama Riverdale and FX thriller Queen of the South and adds the fourth and (at least for now) final series of BBC’s Sherlock with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.

For kids there’s Anne with an E, a new live-action series based on “Anne of Green Gables,” and the new animated shows Spirit: Riding Free and All Hail King Julien: Exiled, plus new seasons of the Freeform shows The Fosters and Switched at Birth.

And yes, there are movies too: the indie comedy Don’t Think Twice from Mike Birbiglia, the boxing drama Southpaw with Jake Gyllenhaal, The Place Beyond the Pines with Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper, and Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds with Brad Pitt and Christoph Waltz, just to name a few.

Among the movies leaving May 1 are the original Jurassic Park trilogy, Hitchcock’s To Catch a Thief, and the 2005 Fantastic Four, and later in the month you’ll see more TV shows leaving the collection, including the entire run of Scrubs, seasons 7-10 of American Dad!, and all three seasons of the FX undercover agents series Graceland.

Here’s the list of what’s arriving on Netflix in May, and what’s leaving.

May 1
American Experience: The Big Burn (2014)
American Experience: The Boys of ’36 (2017)
Anvil! The Story of Anvil (2008)
Blood on the Mountain (2016)
Chaahat (1996)
Chocolat (2000)
Decanted (2016)
Don’t Think Twice (2016)
Drifter (2017)
Forrest Gump (1994)
Happy Feet (2006)
In the Shadow of Iris (Netflix Original Film)
Love (2015)
Losing Sight of Shore (2017)
Malibu’s Most Wanted (2003)
Nerdland (2016)
Raja Hindustani (1996)
Richard Pryor: Icon (2014)
Under Arrest: Season 5 (2016)

May 2
Bodyguards: Secret Lives from the Watchtower (2016)
Hija De La Laguna (2015)
Maria Bamford: Old Baby (Netflix Original)
Two Lovers and a Bear (2016)

May 5
Handsome: A Netflix Mystery Movie (Netflix Original Film)
Kazoops!: Season 3 (Netflix Original)
The Last Kingdom: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
The Mars Generation (Netflix Original)
Sense8: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
Simplemente Manu NNa (Netflix Original)
Spirit: Riding Free: Season 1 (Netflix Original)

May 6
Cold War 2 (2016)
When the Bough Breaks (2017)

May 7
The Host (2013)
LoveTrue (2016)
Stake Land II (2016)

May 8
Beyond the Gates (2016)
Hunter Gatherer (2016)

May 9
All We Had (2016)
Norm Macdonald: Hitler’s Dog, Gossip & Trickery (Netflix Original)
Queen of the South: Season 1 (2016)

May 10
The Adventure Club (2016)
El apóstata (2015)

May 11
The Fosters: Season 4 (2016)
Switched at Birth: Season 5 (2017)

May 12
All Hail King Julien: Exiled: Season 1 (Netflix Original)
Anne with an E: Season 1 (Netflix Original)
Get Me Roger Stone (Netflix Original)
Master of None: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
Mindhorn (Netflix Original Film)
Sahara (Netflix Original Film)

May 15
Cave (2016)
Command and Control (2016)
The Intent (2016)
Lovesong (2016)
Sherlock: Series 4 (2016)

May 16
The Break-Up (2006)
The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)
Tracy Morgan: Staying Alive (Netflix Original)

May 18
Royal Pains: Season 8 (2016)
Riverdale: Season 1 (2016)

May 19
Blame! (Netflix Original Film)
Laerte-se (Netflix Original)
The Keepers: Season 1 (Netflix Original)
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 3 (Netflix Original)

May 21
What’s With Wheat (2017)

May 22
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
They Call Us Monsters (2017)

May 23
Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King (Netflix Original)
Dig Two Graves (2014)

May 24
Southpaw (2015)

May 26
Believe (2016)
Bloodline: Season 3 (Netflix Original)
I Am Jane Doe (2017)
Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower (Netflix Original)
War Machine (Netflix Original Film)

May 28
Bunk’d; Season 2 (2016)

May 29
Forever Pure (2016)
A New High (2015)

May 30
F is for Family: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
House of Cards: Season 5 (Netflix Original)
Marvel’s Doctor Strange (2016)
Masterminds (2016)
Sarah Silverman: A Speck of Dust (Netflix Original)

Here’s what’s leaving Netflix in May:

May 1
11 Blocks
Bang Bang!
Black Mamba: Kiss of Death
The Doors
Fantastic Four
FernGully 2: The Magical Rescue
Flicka: Country Pride
Garfield’s Fun Fest
Jetsons: The Movie
Jurassic Park
Jurassic Park III
The Lost World: Jurassic Park
The Real Beauty and the Beast
Samurai Headhunters
The Seven Dwarfs of Auschwitz
The Sons of Katie Elder
Stephen King’s Thinner
Tales from the Darkside: The Movie
Things We Lost in the Fire
To Catch a Thief
Treblinka: Hitler’s Killing Machine
Truly Strange
Turf War: Lions and Hippos
Van Wilder: Freshman Year
Venom Islands
The Wedding Planner
World War II Spy School

May 2
Good Luck Charlie: Seasons 1-4
Kickin’ It: Seasons 1-3
Scrubs: Season 1-9

May 5
Grosse Pointe Blank
The Recruit
What About Bob?

May 7
American Dad!: Season 7
Bobs Burgers: Season 2

May 11
American Dad!: Season 8

May 15
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown: Seasons 1-5

May 17
American Dad!: Seasons 9-10

May 19
Step Up

May 26
Graceland: Seasons 1-3

Note that these are just highlights; Stream On Demand will be keeping an eye out for other notable films and TV shows that arrive through the month.

Dates are subject to change without notice.

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Sean Axmaker is a Seattle film critic and writer. He writes the weekly newspaper column Stream On Demand and the companion website, and his work appears at, Turner Classic Movies online, The Film Noir Foundation, and Parallax View.

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