What’s Coming to Netflix: May 2018

Netflix is bringing the heat this May with a fantastic lineup of new movies, TV series, documentaries and specials to brighten up your May. As the case with most months now, the lineup is completely dominated by brand new Netflix Originals with a few returning titles thrown into the mix too. As always, we’ve got your back at choosing the best titles with a selection of highlights here plus the full list of announced titles below. 

As always, this is by no means the complete list of new titles. To keep up with the new titles coming daily, you’ll want to check on our ‘What’s New’ section plus also keep an eye on titles leaving too.


New Release Highlights

New Movies

A slew of new Disney titles are coming to Netflix in May despite the fact that most will be leaving over the course of the next few months. Included in these new Disney titles is Pixar’s 2017 smash hit, Coco. The animated hit is the titles return to form after a few flops for Pixar. Also coming from Disney is the tear jerker Bridge to Terabithia and Disney Channel’s third entry to the High School Musical franchise.

Sticking with musicals, Netflix will be adding perhaps one of the best known musicals from the past decade, Mamma Mia!. The movie features all of Abba’s greatest hits accompanied with a fantastic cast. We’ll also see the return of French title Amelie on May 1st as well as sequel to Hellboy, Hellboy II: The Golden Army.


New TV Series

If you love shows from The CW, you’re going to want to book some time off of work during May. As you may know, The CW shows come to Netflix shortly after their season finale which means we’ve got a ton of shows dropping this month. Riverdale is the biggest show on the list by far. The TV adaptation of the comic of the same name has exploded in popularity in the last year and is an absolute must watch.

A few of The CW’s superheroes are coming to Netflix this month with The Flash and Arrow joining the already added Legends of Tomorrow. Supernatural is getting its fourteenth season added in May too.

ABC’s Scandal just completed its final season on the network and will be joining Netflix in the middle of the month.


New Originals

Martin Freeman, one of the biggest stars in the past few years having appeared on The Hobbit is now heading to Netflix in Cargo. Martin plays a father who while failing to find a cure must secure a new home for his child.

Guillermo Del Toro’s Trollhunters is back for its third part in May. In case you haven’t started already, this is possibly the best animated show on Netflix. Also making her return in May is Kimmy Schmidt in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. The series is shifting to other original sitcoms schedules by splitting up its seasons. Part 1 arrives towards the end of the month.

There’s quite frankly, way too many Netflix Originals to mention to give them justice in a short highlight. In which case, you’ll want to head to our full Netflix Originals preview for May 2018.


Weekly Shows

  • The Joel McHale Show will arrive every Sunday until May 13th when season 1 will conclude.

The complete list of new releases on Netflix in May 2018

May 1st

  • 27: Gone Too Soon (2018)
  • A Life of Its Own: The Truth About Medical Marijuana (2016)
  • Amelie (2001) Returning title
  • Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures: Season 1
  • Beautiful Girls (1996)
  • Darc (2018)
  • God’s Own Country (2017)
  • Hachi: A Dog’s Tale (2009)
  • Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (2008)
  • Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)
  • High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008)
  • John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous Live at Radio City Netflix Original Standup
  • Mr. Woodcock (2007)
  • My Perfect Romance (2018)
  • Pocoyo & Cars
  • Pocoyo & The Space Circus
  • Queens of Comedy: Season 1
  • Reasonable Doubt (2014)
  • Red Dragon (2002)
  • Scream 2 (1997) Returning title
  • Shrek (2001) Returning title
  • Simon: Season 1
  • Sliding Doors (1998)
  • Sometimes Netflix Original
  • The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
  • The Carter Effect (2017)
  • The Clapper (2017)
  • The Reaping (2017)
  • The Strange Name Movie (2017)
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V: Season 2

May 2nd

  • Jailbreak (2017)

May 4th

  • A Little Help with Carol Burnett Netflix Original Series
  • Anon Netflix Original Series
  • Busted!: Season 1– Netflix Original Series
  • Dear White People: Volume 2 Netflix Original Series
  • End Game Netflix Original Series
  • Forgive Us Our Debts Netflix Original Movie
  • Kong: King of the Apes: Season 2 Netflix Original Series
  • Lo más sencillo es complicarlo todo
  • Manhunt Netflix Original Movie
  • My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman: Tina Fey Netflix Original Special
  • No Estoy Loca
  • The Rain: Season 1 Netflix Original Series

May 5th

  • Faces Place (2017)

May 8th

  • Desolation (2017)
  • Hari Kondabolu: Warn Your Relatives Netflix Original Standup

May 9th

  • Dirty Girl (2010)

May 10th

  • Safe

May 11th

  • Bill Nye Saves the World: Season 3 Netflix Original Series
  • Evil Genius: the True Story of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist Netflix Original Movie
  • Spirit Riding Free: Season 5 Netflix Original Series
  • The Kissing Booth Netflix Original Movie
  • The Who Was? Show: Season 1 Netflix Original Series

May 13th

  • Ali Wong: Hard Knock Wife Netflix Original Standup Special

May 14th

  • The Phantom of the Opera (2004)

May 15th

  • Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce: Season 4
  • Grand Designs: Seasons 13 – 14
  • Only God Forgives (2013)
  • The Game 365: Seasons 15 – 16

May 16th

  • 89 (2017)
  • Mamma Mia! (2008)
  • The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)
  • The Kingdom (2007)
  • Wanted (2008)

May 18th

  • Cargo Netflix Original Movie
  • Catching Feelings Netflix Original Movie
  • Inspector Gadget: Season 4 Netflix Original Series

May 19th

  • Bridge to Terabithia (2007)
  • Scandal: Season 7
  • Small Town Crime (2017)
  • Dynasty: Season 1 The CW Early Release

May 20th

  • Some Kind of Beautiful (2014)

May 21st

  • Señora Acero: Season 4

May 22nd

  • Mob Psycho 100: Season 1 Netflix Original Series
  • Shooter: Season 2
  • Terrace House: Opening New Doors: Part 2 Netflix Original Series
  • Tig Notaro Happy To Be Here Netflix Original Standup Special

May 23rd

  • Explained Netflix Original Movie

May 24th

  • Fauda: Season 2 Netflix Original Series
  • Survivors Guide to Prison (2018)
  • Riverdale: Season 2 The CW Early Release

May 25th

  • Ibiza Netflix Original Movie
  • Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life Netflix Original Special
  • The Toys That Made Us: Season 2 Netflix Original Series
  • Trollhunters: Part 3 Netflix Original Series
  • Supernatural: Season 13 The CW Early Release
  • Arrow: Season 6 The CW Early Release

May 26th

  • Sara’s Notebook Netflix Original Movie

May 27th

  • The Break with Michelle Wolf Netflix Original Talk show

May 29th

  • Disney·Pixar Coco Disney Early Release

May 30th

  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 4 – Part 1 Netflix Original Series
  • The Flash: Season 4 The CW Early Release

May 31st

  • Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017)
  • My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman: Howard Stern Netflix Original Special

What are you looking forward to in May?

Kasey Moore

Founder and editor at What's on Netflix - in charge of cataloging the new additions and the future releases.