What’s Worth Streaming: Here’s what’s coming to Netflix in May 2021 — and what’s leaving


After a middling selection of offerings over the past few months, Netflix Inc. is gearing up as summer arrives, with some fan-favorite series returning in May, along with some big-name original movies.

The biggest of the bunch looks to be Zack Snyder’s zombie/casino-heist mashup, “Army of the Dead” (May 21), a gleefully violent caper movie starring Dave Bautista. On the film front, there’s also “The Woman in the Window” (May 14), starring Amy Adams in a “Rear Window” sort of thriller that saw its released delayed a year due to the pandemic; and “Oxygen” (May 12), a French sci-fi thriller starring Mélanie Laurent as a woman trapped in a cryogenic chamber.

Most intriguingly, Aziz Ansari’s Emmy-winning comedy series “Master of None” returns for its third season (date TBA) after a four-year gap, which saw sexual misconduct allegations against Ansari in 2018. The new season moved filming from New York to London, and reportedly will focus more on Lena Waithe’s character, Denise.


also has the second part of Season 5 of the supernatural crime drama (and fan favorite) “Lucifer” (May 28); and part two of “Selena: The Series” (May 4), about the life of the late Mexican-American pop superstar. There’s also “Halston” (date TBA), a limited series from Ryan Murphy and starring Ewan McGregor as the iconic fashion designer; the true-crime docuseries “The Sons of Sam: A Descent into Darkness” May 5); the superhero-comic adaptation “Jupiter’s Legacy” (May 7), starring Josh Duhamel and Leslie Bibb; the financial docuseries “Money, Explained” (May 11); the sitcom “The Upshaws” (May 12), starring Mike Epps, Wanda Sykes and Kim Fields; a new season of the Emmy-winning anthology series “Love, Death & Robots: Volume 2” (May 14); Season 2 of the popular Mexican thriller “Who Killed Sara?” (May 19); the second season of “Special” (May 20), the comedy about a young gay man with cerebral palsy; and Season 3 of the comedy “The Kominsky Method” (May 28), starring Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin.

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And a word of warning for Benedict Cumberbatch fans: Seasons 1-4 of “Sherlock” will be leaving Netflix on May 14.

Here’s the complete lineup, as of April 21 (release dates are subject to change):

What’s coming in May 2021

Coming soon (no date announced)
AlRawabi School for Girls — Netflix Original
Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir (2021)
Halston — Netflix Original
Mad for Each Other — Netflix Original
Master of None — Netflix Original
Racket Boys — Netflix Original
Ragnarok: Season 2 — Netflix Original

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
Sitting in Limbo
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
Under Siege
Waist Deep
Your Highness
Zack and Miri Make a Porno

May 2
Hoarders: Season 11

May 4
The Clovehitch Killer
Selena: The Series: Part 2 — Netflix Original

Trash Truck: Season 2 — Netflix Family

May 5
Framing John DeLorean
The Sons of Sam: A Descent into Darkness — Netflix Documentary

May 6
Dead Man Down

May 7
Girl from Nowhere: Season 2 — Netflix Original
Jupiter’s Legacy — Netflix Original

Milestone — Netflix Film
Monster — Netflix Film

May 8
Mine — Netflix Original

May 11
Money, Explained — Netflix Documentary

May 12
Dance of the Forty One — Netflix Film
Oxygen — Netflix Film

The Upshaws — Netflix Original

May 13
Castlevania: Season 4 — Netflix Anime
Layer Cake

May 14
Ferry — Netflix Film
Haunted: Season 3 — Netflix Original
I Am All Girls — Netflix Film
Jungle Beat: The Movie — Netflix Family
Love, Death & Robots: Volume 2 — Netflix Original

Move to Heaven — Netflix Original
The Strange House — Netflix Film
The Woman in the Window — Netflix Film

May 16

May 18
Sardar Ka Grandson — Netflix Film

May 19
The Last Days
Small Town Crime
Who Killed Sara?: Season 2 — Netflix Original

May 20
Hating Peter Tatchell
Special: Season 2 — Netflix Original
Spy Kids: All the Time in the World

May 21
Army of the Dead — Netflix Film
Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous: Season 3 — Netflix Family
The Neighbor: Season 2 — Netflix Original

May 22
Sam Smith: Love Goes —Live At Abbey Road Studios

May 25

May 26
Baggio: The Divine Ponytail — Netflix Film
High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America — Netflix Documentary
Nail Bomber: Manhunt — Netflix Documentary

May 27
Black Space — Netflix Original
Blue Miracle — Netflix Film
Eden — Netflix Anime
Soy Rada: Serendipity — Netflix Comedy Special

May 28
Dog Gone Trouble — Netflix Family
Lucifer: Season 5 Part 2 — Netflix Original
The Kominsky Method: Season 3 — Netflix Original

May 31
Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story
The Parisian Agency: Exclusive Properties — Netflix Original

What’s leaving in May

May 1
Hoarders: Season 10

May 3
War Horse

May 5

May 6
City of God: 10 Years Later

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

May 10

May 14
Sherlock: Series 1-4

May 18

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

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
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