Master of None Season 2 (May 12)
Aziz Ansari is one of those triple-threat comedians. He stars in, writes and directs Master of None, a comedy series somewhat based on his life (his real-life parents play his folks on the show, which speaks to just how autobiographical it is). The show centres around Dev, a 30-year-old actor in New York trying to navigate life, relationships, hook-ups and TV auditions. The first season was a smash hit, at once hilarious and uncouth, then suddenly poignant as any drama on your watch list. Binge potential? High.
House of Cards Season 5 (May 30)
Played by Golden Globe-winning stars Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright, Francis and Claire Underwood remain in a dark, political nightmare that continues into its fifth season, premiering at the end of the month. If you’re not caught up yet, you should be, and if you are, buckle up.
The Place Beyond the Pines (May 16)
This powerful drama, from the director of Blue Valentine, explores the bond between fathers and sons. Luke (Ryan Gosling) stars as a motorcycle stunt performer who reconnects with former flame Romina (played by Eva Mendes), and in doing so learns she has given birth to their son, Jason, without telling him. In an attempt to take care of his new family, Luke decides to change gears and take on a job as a mechanic. But then he and his boss take to robbing banks instead. In short, it’s a heist film with serious indie chops and very good-looking people.
Southpaw (May 24)
When rising boxing star Billy (Jake Gyllenhaal) suffers a personal tragedy, he must find a way to protect his family and his title by unlearning the savagery of his earlier years. A raw performance by Jake Gyllenhaal elevates this boxing underdog tale into a serious tear-jerker.
Marvel’s Doctor Strange (May 30)
Marvel’s untrammelled success continues with Doctor Strange, an action movie about dimension-bending wizards who protect the earth from eldritch horrors. Benedict Cumberbatch stars as world-famous neurosurgeon Stephen Strange, who, after a horrific car accident, seeks healing in a mysterious place and discovers he’s a powerful sorcerer.
Norm Macdonald: Hitler’s Dog, Gossip and Trickery (May 9)
In this new stand-up special, Norm Macdonald delivers sly, deadpan observations from an older – and perhaps even wiser – point of view.
Sarah Silverman: A Speck of Dust (May 30)
In this R18+ Netflix special, the enviably funny Sarah Silverman takes to the stage in LA to discuss laser-hair removal, the stress of getting a new dog, and her sisters, among other things.
The Keepers (May 19)
Poised to reach the same critical success as Making a Murderer (also a Netflix doco-series), The Keepers delves into the cover-up and unsolved murder of a Baltimore nun that led to revelations about rampant sexual abuse in one of America’s most troubled cities. It’s haunting, thought-provoking and masterful storytelling.
What’s leaving Netflix in May?
Scrubs, Bob’s Burgers, Jurassic Park, Step Up, and Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown.