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New on Netflix May 2022: The best shows, movies and original series coming soon

Eleven, Mike, Will and friends stare into the distance in an official image from Stranger Things season 4
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So much stuff is new on Netflix in May 2022 that it feels endless. As usual, the streaming service is releasing a ton of original series, movies, comedy specials, documentaries and family programs for your streaming entertainment. There's always something to watch on Netflix among the new movies and shows every weekend

One of the best Netflix shows makes its long-awaited return, Stranger Things season 4 volume 1. Other popular returning series include The Circle season 4, Who Killed Sara season 3, Bling Empire season 2 and Love, Death and Robots season 3. And Love on the Spectrum moves to the U.S. for the first time.

Among the new Netflix movies hitting the stream is Senior Year, a comedy starring Rebel Wilson. Also on tap are Mr. Darcy players Colin Firth and Matthew Macfayden in Operation Mincemeat. 

If you want to browse by specific genres, check out our guides to the best family movies on Netflix, best comedies on Netflix, best Netflix documentaries, best romantic movies on Netflix and the best horror movies on Netflix

Plus, dig into Netflix hidden features which will let you access secret categories, games and more.

In addition to the list of what's new on Netflix for May 2022, we've also got a list of what's leaving Netflix this month.

New on Netflix: Editors' recommendations

Stranger Things season 4 volume 1

Get ready to head back to the Upside Down because the long wait for Stranger Things season 4 is nearly over. When the sci-fi/supernatural series returns, Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) and the gang are separated for the first time. Oh, and they're navigating high school, which might be more horrifying than a demogorgon. The quiet since the Battle of Starcourt is disrupted by a new and dangerous threat, which presents a gruesome mystery. If they can solve it, they might finally put an end to the terrors of the Upside Down.

Premieres May 27

Senior Year

Rebel Wilson's been on a bit of a break from making movies (she was last seen in a furry costume in Cats), but now she's making a comeback to headline this comedy that she describes as "the wildly funny love child of Bring It On and Never Been Kissed.” Bring on the kisses! Wilson plays a 37-year-old woman who wakes up from a 20-year coma and returns to her old high school in hopes of regaining her status as a popular cheerleader and becoming prom queen.

Premieres May 13

Our top selections are in bold, and we've got official synopses from Netflix to help explain its latest originals.

New on Netflix: Coming soon in May

  • Like a Rolling Stone: The Life & Times of Ben Fong-Torres
  • Welcome to Wedding Hell 🇰🇷 (Netflix Series)
    A marriage proposal is supposed to be a happy ending. But for one couple, it becomes the beginning of an uphill struggle over wedding preparations.

Arriving on Netflix May 1

  • 42
  • 3 Ninjas: Kick Back
  • 40-Love
  • A River Runs Through It
  • Are You the One?: Season 6
  • Blippi Wonders: Season 1
  • Corpse Bride
  • Crazy, Stupid, Love.
  • Den of Thieves
  • Dirty Harry
  • Empire State
  • Forrest Gump
  • Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle
  • Hello, My Name Is Doris
  • Jackass: The Movie
  • Jackass 2.5
  • Jackass 3.5
  • John Q
  • Menace II Society
  • Once Upon a Time in America
  • Rambo
  • Rambo: Last Blood
  • Road to Perdition
  • Seven Years in Tibet
  • Soul Surfer
  • Summerland
  • The Gentlemen
  • The Lake House
  • U.S. Marshals (1998)
  • War of the Worlds
  • When Harry Met Sally
  • You've Got Mail

Arriving on Netflix May 2

  • Octonauts: Above & Beyond: Season 2 🇬🇧 (Netflix Family)
    Captain Barnacles, Kwazii and crew discover new environments and protect more critter friends as they hop around the globe on exciting missions.

Arriving on Netflix May 3

  • Hold Your Breath: The Ice Dive (Netflix Documentary)
    Follow free diver Johanna Nordblad in this documentary as she attempts to break the world record for distance traveled under ice with one breath.

Arriving on Netflix May 4

  • 40 Years Young 🇲🇽 (Netflix Film)
    After learning a bitter truth, a chef joins his best friend and restaurant partner in a culinary competition in Cancún to reignite his zest for life.
  • The Circle: Season 4 (Netflix Series) (new episodes weekly)
    They're chatty. They're shady. They're secretly famous. They're this season's players — and all bets are off as they compete for the ultimate prize.
  • El marginal: Season 5 🇦🇷 (Netflix Series)
    In this final season, Miguel seeks redemption behind bars, Diosito struggles in the outside world, and a cult threatens to become Puente Viejo's demise.
  • Meltdown: Three Mile Island (Netflix Documentary)
    Meltdown tackles the near catastrophe at Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania through the lens of chief engineer and whistleblower, Richard Parks, as well as the community it impacted. 
  • Summertime: Season 3 🇮🇹 (Netflix Series)
    Another summer, another string of love triangles as the group navigates their passions and tests the boundaries of friendship.

Arriving on Netflix May 5

  • Blood Sisters 🇳🇬 (Netflix Series)
    Bound by a dangerous secret, best friends Sarah and Kemi are forced to go on the run after a wealthy groom disappears during his engagement party.
  • Clark 🇸🇪 (Netflix Series)
    This is the unbelievable story of Clark Olofsson, the controversial criminal who inspired the term "Stockholm syndrome." Based on his truths and lies.
  • The Pentaverate (Netflix Series)
    What if a secret society of five men has been working to influence world events for the greater good since the Black Plague of 1347? As this new series begins, one unlikely Canadian journalist finds himself embroiled in a mission to uncover the truth and just possibly save the world himself. Remember, the Pentaverate must never be exposed!
  • Thomas & Friends: All Engines Go: Season 1
  • Wild Babies (Netflix Documentary)
    Follow the adventures of baby lions, elephants, penguins, pangolins and more as they learn to navigate the highs and lows of life in the wild.

Arriving on Netflix May 6

  • Along for the Ride (Netflix Film)
    The summer before college, studious Auden meets mysterious Eli, and — on nightly quests — he helps her experience the carefree teen life she was missing.
  • Marmaduke (Netflix Film)
    Messy and mischievous Marmaduke has a big heart but can't stay out of trouble! Does he have what it takes to shine in the swanky dog show world?
  • The Sound of Magic 🇰🇷 (Netflix Series)
    A magician living in an abandoned theme park makes troubles disappear, and hope reappear, for a disenchanted teen enduring harsh realities.
  • Thar 🇮🇳 (Netflix Film)
    A veteran cop sees the chance to prove himself when murder and a stranger's grisly torture plot shake the walls of a sleepy desert town.
  • The Takedown 🇫🇷 (Netflix Film)
    Forced to reteam after a decade, two mismatched cops investigate a murder in a divided French town, where a wider conspiracy looms.
  • Welcome to Eden 🇪🇸 (Netflix Series)
    A group of young adults attend a party on a remote island, but the supposed paradise they find waiting for them is anything but.

Arriving on Netflix May 8

  • Christina P: Mom Genes (Netflix Comedy)
    Christina P is back and better than ever in her new Netflix comedy special Mom Genes. No detail is too intimate as Christina hilariously shares the trials and tribulations of motherhood, marriage, and everything in between. 

Arriving on Netflix May 9

  • Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 Sustainable War 🇯🇵 (Netflix Anime)
    In the year 2045, Motoko Kusanagi and Section 9 return to fight a dangerous new threat in this feature-length recut of the first season of "SAC_2045."

Arriving on Netflix May 10

  • Outlander: Season 5
  • 42 Days of Darkness 🇨🇱 (Netflix Series)
    A woman leads a frantic search to find her missing sister in a town in Chile amid a media storm and the police investigation. Inspired by a true case.
  • Brotherhood: Season 2 🇧🇷 (Netflix Series)
    In the aftermath of a deadly riot, Edson and Cristina grapple with new enemies and threats. But as the stakes rise, their bond is tested.
  • The Getaway King 🇵🇱 (Netflix Film)
    A folk-hero bandit known for his many prison breaks considers a fresh life path when he gets a new girlfriend. Based on the life of Zdzisław Najmrodzki.
  • Workin' Moms: Season 6 🇨🇦 (Netflix Series)
    Work-life balance?!? What's that? Kate, Anne, Jenny, Sloane and Val are clocking in overtime handling big problems at the office and at home.

Arriving on Netflix May 11

  • Operation Mincemeat (Netflix Film)
    Two British intelligence officers hatch an outlandish scheme to trick the Nazis and alter the course of World War II. Based on a true story of deception.
  • Our Father (Netflix Documentary)
    After a woman's at-home DNA test reveals multiple half-siblings, she discovers a shocking scheme involving donor sperm and a popular fertility doctor.
  • The Perfect Family 🇪🇸 (Netflix Film)
    At first, Lucía is taken aback by her son's girlfriend's eclectic family, but little does she know the impact they'll have on her prim and proper life.

Arriving on Netflix May 12

  • Maverix 🇦🇺 (Netflix Comedy)
    Motocross teens go for big air as they try to beat their rivals, bring out the best in each other and win it all in this high-speed series.
  • Savage Beauty 🇿🇦 (Netflix Series)
    Seeking revenge for her tragic past, a mysterious woman embeds herself in a powerful family who possess a global beauty empire — and dark secrets.

Arriving on Netflix May 13

  • Bling Empire: Season 2 (Netflix Series)
    Los Angeles’s beloved uber-rich Asians are back with even more luxury, glamor and crazy. This season, a romance between Kevin and Kim percolates, Cherie and Jessey’s relationship is questioned, and as Kane and Kevin’s best bud friendship is tested, Beverly Hills’s rivaling queens, Christine and Anna, put a new twist on the art of social warfare. 
  • The Life and Movies of Erşan Kuneri 🇹🇷 (Netflix Series)
    Reexamining his own legacy, a renowned figure in erotic cinema decides to branch out and make movies in other genres, from sci-fi to medieval action.
  • The Lincoln Lawyer (Netflix Series)
    An iconoclastic idealist runs his law practice out of the back of his Lincoln in this series based on Michael Connelly's bestselling novels.
  • New Heights 🇨🇭 (Netflix Series)
    When business consultant Michi Wyss inherits his late father’s troubled farm he must confront his rural past — and his family’s future.
  • Senior Year (Netflix Film)
    A cheerleading stunt gone wrong landed her in a 20-year coma. Now she's 37, newly awake and ready to live out her high school dream: becoming prom queen.

Arriving on Netflix May 14

  • Borrego

Arriving on Netflix May 15

  • PJ Masks: Season 4

Arriving on Netflix May 16

  • Blippi's Adventures
  • Servant of the People: Season 2-3
  • Vampire in the Garden 🇯🇵 (Netflix Anime)
    Though mortal enemies, a human girl and a vampire queen set out in search of the paradise where humans and vampires once coexisted in peace.

Arriving on Netflix May 17

  • The Future Diary: Season 2 🇯🇵 (Netflix Series)
    A brand-new love story unfolds when a young office worker in Tokyo finds herself caught between a charming bartender and a handsome medical student.

Arriving on Netflix May 18

  • Cyber Hell: Exposing an Internet Horror (Netflix Documentary)
    Anonymous and exploitative, a network of online chat rooms ran rampant with sex crimes. The hunt to take down its operators required guts and tenacity.
  • Love on the Spectrum U.S. (Netflix Series)
    Following the success of the multi-award winning Australian series, this insightful and warmhearted US based docu-series follows autistic people as they navigate the world of dating and relationships.
  • Toscana 🇩🇰 (Netflix Film)
    When a Danish chef travels to Tuscany to sell his father's business, he meets a local woman who inspires him to rethink his approach to life and love.
  • Who Killed Sara?: Season 3 🇲🇽 (Netflix Series)
    In this final season, as enemies become allies and the truth is finally exposed, Álex becomes fixated on solving a new enigma: What happened to Sara?

Arriving on Netflix May 19

  • A Perfect Pairing (Netflix Film)
    To land a major client, a hard-driving LA wine-company exec (Victoria Justice) travels to an Australian sheep station, where she ends up working as a ranch hand and sparking with a rugged local (Adam Demos).
  • The Boss Baby: Back in the Crib (Netflix Family)
    Picking up where "The Boss Baby: Family Business" left off, adult Ted Templeton Jr. uses Tina’s magical formula to turn himself back into the Boss Baby. But returning to BabyCorp is anything but child’s play.
  • The G Word with Adam Conover (Netflix Documentary)
    The G Word with Adam Conover is a hybrid comedy-documentary series that pulls back the curtain on the surprising ways the US government impacts our everyday lives, from the mundane to the life changing. 
  • Insiders: Season 2 🇪🇸 (Netflix Series) (new episodes weekly)
    Ten new candidates sign up for a casting call for a reality show, unaware the cameras have already started rolling. Let the mind games begin — again.
  • The Photographer: Murder in Pinamar 🇦🇷 (Netflix Documentary)
    This documentary examines the murder of photojournalist José Luis Cabezas, a crime that shook Argentina and exposed a political and financial conspiracy.
  • Rodrigo Sant’Anna: I've Arrived 🇧🇷 (Netflix Comedy)
    A new comedy special from Rodrigo Sant’Anna.

Arriving on Netflix May 20

  • Ben Is Back
  • F*ck Love Too 🇳🇱 (Netflix Film)
    Love triangles and lingering doubts put relationships to the test as Lisa faces a difficult choice, Jack lands in a crisis and Bo questions her marriage.
  • Jackass 4.5
  • Love, Death & Robots: Volume 3 (Netflix Series)
    Uncanny worlds, violent delights and twisted kicks await in the third volume of the Emmy-winning animated anthology from Tim Miller and David Fincher.
  • Wrong Side of the Tracks 🇪🇸 (Netflix Series)
    A war veteran angry at the drug dealers and troublemakers infiltrating his neighborhood sets out to reform his wayward teenage granddaughter.

Arriving on Netflix May 22

  • ONE PIECE: New Episodes

Arriving on Netflix May 23

  • Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045: Season 2 🇯🇵 (Netflix Anime)
    In the year 2045, cybernetic mercenary Motoko Kusanagi returns to Section 9 to face a dangerous new threat: the posthumans.
  • Godspeed 🇹🇷 (Netflix Film)
    An ex-army captain travels to Dalyan to stop his friend's beloved from marrying another man, but grief and trauma from a combat tragedy mar his journey.
  • Sea of Love 🇹🇷 (Netflix Family)
    Bruda and his sea animal friends go on mini-adventures in the ocean and discover that everyday moments are filled with bits of magic.

Arriving on Netflix May 25

  • Larva Pendant 🇰🇷 (Netflix Film)
    When Yellow gets trapped by a mean and mischievous cat Red rushes (noisily) to his rescue.
  • Somebody Feed Phil: Season 5 (Netflix Series)
    In a new season of his reality series, "Everybody Loves Raymond" creator Phil Rosenthal travels the globe to take in local cuisine and culture of new destinations, including Oaxaca, Maine, Helsinki, Portland and Madrid.

Arriving on Netflix May 26

  • My Little Pony: Make Your Mark (Netflix Family)
    When Zipp realizes that the power of the crystals are fading, she goes on a mission to figure out why.
  • Pokémon Master Journeys: The Series: Part 3 🇯🇵 (Netflix Family)
    The adaptation of the hit video game franchise returns for a new season.

Arriving on Netflix May 27

  • Stranger Things 4: Volume 1 (Netflix Series)
    Darkness returns to Hawkins just in time for spring break, triggering fresh terror, disturbing memories — and the threat of war.

Arriving on Netflix May 30

  • Mighty Little Bheem: I Love Taj Mahal 🇮🇳 (Netflix Family)
    On a trip to the beautiful Taj Mahal, Bheem gets distracted trying to return a little girl's lost teddy bear before someone steals it!

Arriving on Netflix May 31

  • Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Season 1
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Season 1

What's leaving Netflix in May 2022

Leaving 5/1/22
Colony: Seasons 1-3
Hoarders: Season 11
WWII in HD: Season 1

Leaving 5/3/22
StartUp: Seasons 1-3
The Clovehitch Killer

Leaving 5/12/22
Eye in the Sky

Leaving 5/19/22
Rosario Tijeras (Mexico): Seasons 1-2

Leaving 5/23/22
Shot Caller

Leaving 5/31/22
Battleship
Bill Burr: You People Are All the Same
Chloe
Closer
Coach Carter
Dennis the Menace
Downton Abbey: Series 1-6
Final Destination 3
Final Destination 5
Free Willy
Hairspray
Happy Endings: Seasons 1-3
Happy Feet
I Know What You Did Last Summer
I Still Know What You Did Last Summer
New Year's Eve
Sniper: Legacy
Stardust
Sucker Punch
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie
The Blind Side
The Devil's Advocate
The Disaster Artist
The Final Destination
Top Gun
Wild Things
Zoolander

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Kelly is a senior writer covering streaming media for Tom’s Guide, so basically, she watches TV for a living. Previously, she was a freelance entertainment writer for Yahoo, Vulture, TV Guide and other outlets. When she’s not watching TV and movies for work, she’s watching them for fun, seeing live music, writing songs, knitting and gardening.