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New on Netflix May 2021: The best shows, movies and original series coming soon

New on Netflix May 2021: Lucifer, Woman in the Window, Master of None
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May brings flowers and a slate of shows and movies that are new on Netflix. This month delivers more Netflix originals, movies, documentaries, comedy specials and kids programming for your streaming pleasure. Looking for a weekend binge? Well, there will be plenty of options new on Netflix, including Lucifer season 5 part 2 and the surprise return of the long-awaited Master of None season 3.

Plus, in 2021, Netflix is releasing at least one major movie every week. Check out the 15 most exciting Netflix movies in 2021. April brings several great original films, including Zack Snyder's Army of the Dead and the thriller Woman in the Window with Amy Adams.

The new on Netflix calendar also features new seasons of The Kominsky Method, Who Killed Sara? and Selena: The Series. Oh, and don't miss out on Castlevania season 4, which is the anime show's final chapter.

The streaming service is debuting more absorbing documentaries, including The Son of Sam: A Descent Into Darkness and Money, Explained (for all of us who could use some financial knowledge).

Browsing by specific genres? Check out our guides to the best family movies on Netflix, the best romantic movies on Netflix and the best horror movies on Netflix

In addition to the list of what's new on Netflix for May 2021, we've also got a list of what's leaving Netflix this month.

Best new shows and movies on Netflix in May 2021

The Woman in the Window

Arrives on Netflix May 14
The thriller has traveled a long road to get here. The movie was first scheduled to open in theaters back in 2019 (!), but was delayed so that director Joe Wright could reshoot some scenes following poor test screenings. Then, it was supposed to come out last May, but you know, pandemic. Now, it's finally seeing the light of day on Netflix. Amy Adams stars as an agoraphobic psychologist who befriends a neighbor (Julianne Moore). But while peeping from across the street, Adams sees something is very, very wrong — and her own life turns upside down as a result.

Army of the Dead

Arrives on Netflix May 21
It's a big year for director Zack Snyder. First, he got to release the Snyder Cut of Justice League on HBO Max. Now, he's returning to his zombie roots with this Netflix flick (Snyder made his directorial debut with a remake of Dawn of the Dead). The story follows a group of mercenaries (Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Omari Hardwick, Ana de la Reguera and others) who use the opportunity presented by a zombie outbreak to execute a heist on a Las Vegas casino. Really, what could go wrong?

Lucifer season 5 part 2

New on Netflix: Lucifer

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Arrives on Netflix May 28
The devil is back! Lucifer season 5 part 2 picks up right where the first half left off, with Lucifer (Tom Ellis) battling Maze while his twin brother Michael faced off against Amenadiel. God (Dennis Haysbert) shows up and declares, "Children, I know I hate it when you fight." Chaos of biblical proportion ensues. The second half of the season looks to be a real trip — there's a musical episode! — and it'll set up the final season of the drama. 

Master of None

New on Netflix: Master of None

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Arrives on Netflix May 23
Well, this is a surprise: Netflix's calendar for May includes a brief mention of Master of None in their "coming soon" section. It doesn't have a date or a synopsis, which isn't much fanfare for an Emmy-winning series, but looks like season 3 is finally here — four years after the second installment. Star/creator Aziz Ansari took some time off after he was hit by an allegation of sexual misconduct. But earlier this year, reports filtered out that Ansari and co-creator Alan Yang had already quietly filmed season 3 in London. This mini season will focus on Lena Waithe's Denise and her partner Alicia (Naomi Ackie).

Our top selections are in bold, and we've got quotes from Netflix to help explain its latest originals that you might not know about.

New on Netflix: Coming soon in May

  • HALSTON (Netflix Original)
    "Ewan McGregor stars in this limited series that tracks the meteoric rise and fall of the first American celebrity fashion designer. From Ryan Murphy."
  • AlRawabi School for Girls (Netflix Original)
  • Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir (2021)
  • Mad for Each Other (Netflix Original)
  • Racket Boys (Netflix Original)
  • Ragnarok: Season 2 (Netflix Original)

New on Netflix May 1

  • Aliens Stole My Body
  • Angelina Ballerina: Season 5
  • Angelina Ballerina: Season 6
  • Back to the Future
  • Back to the Future Part II
  • Back to the Future Part III
  • Barney and Friends: Season 13
  • Barney and Friends: Season 14
  • Best of the Best
  • Dead Again in Tombstone
  • Due Date
  • Fun with Dick and Jane (2005)
  • G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
  • Green Zone
  • Hachi: A Dog's Tale
  • JT LeRoy
  • Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted
  • Mystic River
  • Never Back Down
  • Notting Hill
  • Open Season
  • Resident Evil: Afterlife
  • Resident Evil: Extinction
  • S.M.A.R.T Chase
  • Scarface
  • Stargate
  • State of Play
  • The Land Before Time
  • The Land Before Time II: The Great Valley Adventure
  • The Lovely Bones
  • The Pelican Brief
  • The Sweetest Thing
  • The Whole Nine Yards (2000)
  • Under Siege
  • Waist Deep
  • Your Highness
  • Zack and Miri Make a Porno
  • Zombieland

New on Netflix May 2

  • Hoarders: Season 11

New on Netflix May 4

  • Selena: The Series: Part 2 (Netflix Original)
    "As Selena's career gains momentum, the singer fights to remain true to herself, spend quality time with her family and expand her businesses."
  • The Clovehitch Killer
  • Trash Truck: Season 2 (Netflix Family)

New on Netflix May 5

  • The Sons of Sam: A Descent into Darkness (Netflix Documentary)
    "The Son of Sam case grew into a lifelong obsession for journalist Maury Terry, who became convinced that the murders were linked to a satanic cult."
  • Framing John DeLorean

New on Netflix May 6

  • Dead Man Down

New on Netflix May 7

  • Jupiter's Legacy (Netflix Original)
    "They're the first generation of superheroes. But as they pass the torch to their children, tensions are rising — and the old rules no longer apply."
  • Monster (Netflix Film)
    "A talented teen implicated in a robbery-turned-murder fights for his innocence and integrity against a criminal justice system that’s already judged him."
  • Girl from Nowhere: Season 2 (Netflix Original) 
  • Milestone (Netflix Film)

New on Netflix May 8

  • Mine (Netflix Original)
  • Sleepless

New on Netflix May 11

  • Money, Explained (Netflix Documentary)
    "We spend it, borrow it and save it. Now let's talk about money and its many minefields, from credit cards to casinos, scammers to student loans."

New on Netflix May 12

  • The Upshaws (Netflix Original)
    "A working-class Black family in Indiana strives for a better life and a happy home while juggling everyday struggles in this comedy series."
  • Dance of the Forty One (Netflix Film)
  • Oxygen (Netflix Film)

New on Netflix May 13

  • Castlevania: Season 4 (Netflix Anime)
    "Dracula's influence looms large as Belmont and Sypha investigate plans to resurrect the notorious vampire. Alucard struggles to embrace his humanity."
  • Layer Cake

New on Netflix May 14

  • Love, Death & Robots: Volume 2 (Netflix Original)
    "From wild adventures on far-flung planets to unsettling encounters close to home: The Emmy-winning anthology returns with a crop of provocative tales."
  • The Woman in the Window (Netflix Film)
    "Confined to her home by agoraphobia, a psychologist becomes obsessed with her new neighbors — and solving a brutal crime she witnesses from her window."
  • Ferry (Netflix Film)
  • Haunted: Season 3 (Netflix Original)
  • I Am All Girls (Netflix Film)
  • Jungle Beat: The Movie (Netflix Family)
  • Move to Heaven (Netflix Original)
  • The Strange House (Netflix Film)

New on Netflix May 16

  • Sleight

New on Netflix May 18

  • Sardar Ka Grandson (Netflix Film) 

New on Netflix May 19

  • Who Killed Sara?: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
    "To exact his revenge, Álex will have to bring to light his sister's darker side – and come to terms with the fact that he never knew the real Sara."
  • The Last Days
  • Sabotage 
  • Small Town Crime

New on Netflix May 20

  • Special: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
    "Now semi-estranged from his mother, Ryan continues exploring the world on his own, with all the complex ups and downs life and love have to offer."
  • Hating Peter Tatchell
  • Spy Kids: All the Time in the World

New on Netflix May 21

  • Army of the Dead (Netflix Film)
    "After a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas, a group of mercenaries takes the ultimate gamble by venturing into the quarantine zone for the greatest heist ever."
  • Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous: Season 3 (Netflix Family)
    "The teen campers on Isla Nublar return for another season of working together to escape from the island of free-roaming dinosaurs."
  • The Neighbor: Season 2 (Netflix Original)

New on Netflix May 22

  • Sam Smith: Love Goes - Live At Abbey Road Studios

New on Netflix May 23

  • Master of None: Moments in Love (Netflix Original)

New on Netflix May 25

  • Home

New on Netflix May 26

  • High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America (Netflix Film)
    "Food writer Stephen Satterfield embarks on a vibrant and powerful culinary journey that celebrates the courage, artistry, and resourcefulness of the African American people."
  • Baggio: The Divine Ponytail (Netflix Film)
  • Nail Bomber: Manhunt (Netflix Documentary)

New on Netflix May 27

  • Black Space (Netflix Original)
    "A rogue detective with unorthodox means leads an investigation into a massacre committed by unicorn mask-wearing assassins at an Israeli high school."
  • Blue Miracle (Netflix Film)
    "The incredible true story of Casa Hogar, the Mexican boys home that entered the world's biggest fishing tournament to save their orphanage."
  • Eden (Netflix Anime) 
  • Soy Rada: Serendipity (Netflix Comedy Special)

New on Netflix May 28

  • Dog Gone Trouble (Netflix Family)
    "The privileged existence of a pampered pooch named Trouble is turned upside down when he gets lost and must learn to survive on the big city streets."
  • Lucifer: Season 5 Part 2 (Netflix Original)
    "In Part B of the stunning fifth season of Lucifer, God himself comes to Earth. Secrets will be revealed, heroic sacrifices will be made, and the world will never be the same."
  • The Kominsky Method: Season 3 (Netflix Original)
    "A new chapter unfolds for Sandy as he deals with a difficult loss, a daunting financial obligation, an important reunion and a major career boost."

New on Netflix May 31

  • Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story
  • The Parisian Agency: Exclusive Properties (Netflix Original) 

What’s leaving Netflix in May 2021 and end of April 2021

Leaving April 22
Liv and Maddie: Seasons 1-4

Leaving April 23
Mirror Mirror 

Leaving April 24
Django Unchained

Leaving April 26
The Sapphires 

Leaving April 27
The Car

Leaving April 28
Paul Blart: Mall Cop

Leaving April 30
17 Again
Can't Hardly Wait
Den of Thieves
How to Be a Latin Lover
I Am Legend
Jumping the Broom
Kingdom: Seasons 1-3
Knock Knock
Palm Trees in the Snow
Runaway Bride
The Green Hornet
The Indian in the Cupboard

Leaving May 1
Hoarders: Season 10

Leaving May 3
War Horse

Leaving May 5

Leaving May 6
City of God: 10 Years Later

Leaving May 7
The Chosen Ones
House at the End of the Street

Leaving May 10

Leaving May 14
Sherlock: Series 1-4

Leaving May 18

Leaving May 29
American Crime: Seasons 1-3
My Week with Marilyn
The One I Love

Leaving May 31
50 First Dates
Act of Valor
All Dogs Go to Heaven
The Blair Witch Project
Brokeback Mountain
The Boy
Deliver Us from Eva
The Help
I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry
Julie & Julia
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz
The Pursuit of Happyness
The Scorpion King 2: Rise of a Warrior
The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption
Soul Surfer