12 Binge-Worthy Shows and Movies to Watch on Netflix this Month
Netflix is celebrating the month of May by bringing in an array of new shows and movies, so there will be something for everyone’s interests. Old favourites will be updated, and new originals will also be premiering. Here is a list of some some of the most notable titles to binge-watch this month:
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
This popular Emmy-nominated comedy will be releasing a new season on May 19. After Kimmy Schmidt was rescued from a doomsday cult after being held captive in a bunker for 15 years, she tries to rebuild her life from the ground up in New York City. In the new season, Kimmy will be facing one of life’s trying challenges: college. With a dynamic cast and outrageous plot, this show is perfect when you need a laugh.
Season 2 of this exciting sci-fi drama will finally be airing on May 5 after a two-year wait. A group of eight individuals from around the world experience the same vision, they discover that they are linked mentally and emotionally, which enables them to communicate and share knowledge and skills with each other. In addition to the engaging plot, the show explores complex themes of gender, sexuality, power and identity.
The fact that this movie won multiple acclaimed film awards is an indicator that it’s worth watching. It’s a heart-wrenching coming-of-age drama depicting three stages in the life of a young, African-American as he faces challenges with his sexuality and identity while growing up in a tough neighbourhood in Miami. If you’re looking for a thought-provoking and compelling film, this is the one for you. You may want to get your tissues ready though. It airs on Netflix on May 21.
Catch up with your favourite precinct as Detective Jake Peralta and his ragtag team continue their comedic cop exploits in the new season. In addition to the original ensemble, season 4 will feature a roster of guest stars, as the plot picks up where things left off the last season. Catch the latest season on Netflix starting May 24.
The Mars Generation
If you have an affinity for astronomy and a heart for space travel, this Netflix original documentary is the one for you. The film captures the hopes and dreams of students who are passionate about human space exploration, and features interviews with renowned professionals like Neil deGrasse Tyson and Bill Nye. It explores the science, politics and philosophy involved in future plans to travel to Mars. You might even find this documentary to be out of this world. It comes out on May 5.
Bill Nye Saves the World
For an even larger dose of Bill Nye, catch his Netflix Original series, Bill Nye Saves the World. The show gives a scientific look at different myths and issues, and even brings in a stacked guest cast for panel discussions and experiments including Steve Aoki, Karlie Kloss, Zach Braff, and more. The show already has 1 full season released on Netflix.
This Netflix Original film coming out on May 26 features heartthrob Brad Pitt as a proud American general tasked with taking charge of NATO forces in Afghanistan to win the war, and his tumultuous rise and fall. Though it’s loosely based on real events and people, the film takes a satirical approach.
Watch Canada’s best and brightest home cooks from coast to coast face off in an intense competition to win the coveted MasterChef trophy and $100 000. Contestants have to race against time as they take on each challenge and use their skill and creativity to whip up dishes to win over the three judges, who are household names in the culinary world. Each episode is engaging and entertaining, with the downside being that you get hungry by the end of it. Season 4 will be coming May 26.
Drama in the small town of Riverdale continues to escalate in this high school murder mystery series. The show is loosely based off the Archie comics, and in addition to the main gang, original characters with dynamic personalities are added to the mix. As the plot twists and turns, tune in to weekly episodes as the gang continues to find shocking revelations about the death of Jason Blossom.
The life of a cop portrayed on screen versus real life is no doubt very different. If you want to get a better understanding of the duties of real police officers (and move on from the donut-eating cop stereotype), check out the new season of this documentary series. This 90s-era filmed show sees Canadian police officers on the job as they solve crimes, bust lawbreakers and bring about justice. And we’ve gotta admit, there are some pretty outrageous arrests. With five seasons already out on Netflix, you can spread your binge-watching over a few weeks.
Master of None
Aziz Ansari, charismatic public figure and author, also directs and stars in this popular comedic drama series airing on May 12. He plays Dev Shah, a single 30-year-old actor living in New York, tries to jump-start his love life with the help of his quirky group of friends. In the new season, he finds himself falling for an unavailable woman, and some interesting drama can be expected. This show is not only relatable and funny, but also explores deeper themes of immigration, male privilege and ageing.
If, like most of North America, you’re fascinated with the mysterious murder case of JonBenet Ramsey, then you’re going to want to watch this Netflix Original documentary, which gives a fresh take on the case. Instead of centering on JonBenet’s family, police or crime experts, the film offers perspectives from the actors auditioning play the family members, giving insight on the phenomenon surrounding the case. Spoiler: if you’re hoping for answers or conclusions, you won’t find them here. Watch it on Netflix now.
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Lisa is a journalism student at Carleton University and an aspiring travel writer. When she’s not struggling with writer’s block, she loves hitting up the hottest foodie spots around the city and taking photos of everything.