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New Netflix Shows and Movies in May 2024

Dearest reader, Bridgerton is back

Allison Picurro
Nicola Coughlan, Bridgerton

Nicola Coughlan, Bridgerton

Liam Daniel/Netflix

As the seasons transition from the end of spring to the beginning of summer, the new shows and movies on Netflix are getting appropriately steamy with the premiere of Season 3 Part 1 of Bridgerton, which finds our dear Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan) taking center stage. Also out in the month are Will Forte's new murder podcast comedy Bodkin, Benedict Cumberbatch's Eric, Jerry Seinfeld's Unfrosted, and the Jennifer Lopez-starring action movie Atlas. But the most important news of the month is that all six seasons of Reba are available to watch on Netflix, for all the surviiiiiivoooors out there.

Scroll on for more on the month's highlights, plus the full list of everything coming to and leaving Netflix in May 2024.

Next month's guide: New Netflix Shows and Movies in June 2024
Last month's guide: New Netflix Shows and Movies in April 2024

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The best new Netflix movies and shows in May

Will Forte, Siobhán Cullen, and Robyn Cara, Bodkin

Will Forte, Siobhán Cullen, and Robyn Cara, Bodkin

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A Man in Full (May 2)

Wealthy, powerful men plummeting from grace always make for juicy drama, so it's no surprise that David E. Kelley adapted Tom Wolfe's novel about an Atlanta real estate mogul going bankrupt into a limited series. Jeff Daniels adopts a Southern twang as Charlie Croker, whose imminent downfall stokes a feeding frenzy for his crumbs, while Croker hisses at them to stay away as he attempts a rebuild. Daniels is joined by Diane Lane, William Jackson Harper, Tom Pelphrey, Lucy Liu, and more, with Regina King and Thomas Schlamme behind the camera. Loaded with chest thumping, obscene wealth, sex, and more, this feels like a Showtime series that somehow landed on Netflix. -Tim Surette [Trailer]

Unfrosted (May 3)

What is the deal with Pop-Tarts? Jerry Seinfeld co-wrote and directed this film, which seems like it amounts to a big budget version of History's excellent The Food That Built America, focusing on the competition between Kellogg's and Post to create a new breakfast product in the 1960s. (Spoiler: It was the Pop-Tart!) The cast includes Seinfeld, Melissa McCarthyJim GaffiganJames Marsden (as Jack LaLanne!), Christian Slater, and more. -Tim Surette [Trailer]

Bodkin Season 1 (May 9)

Will Forte's new show sort of looks like if Only Murders in the Building were less whimsical. The dark comedy follows a trio of podcasters who take it upon themselves to investigate a series of disappearances in a small town in Ireland. -Allison Picurro [Trailer]

Bridgerton Season 3 Part 1 (May 16)

Since the start of Bridgerton, Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan) has harbored feelings for Colin Bridgerton (Luke Newton). Season 3 will finally explore this friends-to-lovers relationship, and make Penelope — who is secretly Lady Whistledown — the subject of her own gossip column. Bridgerton is based on Julia Quinn's historical romance novels, and the first two seasons chronologically followed the love stories in the original titles. Season 3 skips the third book, An Offer From a Gentleman, which is focused on Benedict Bridgerton (Luke Thompson), and adapts the fourth, Romancing Mister Bridgerton. It's #Polin time. And we'll be spending two months at the ton, because Bridgerton Season 3 launches in two parts: on May 16 and June 13. -Kat Moon [Trailer]

Atlas (May 24)

Artificial intelligence is the hero and the villain in Jennifer Lopez's new action movie, in which she plays an AI-hating data analyst who discovers that the hyper-intelligent software might be her greatest ally while trying to capture a rogue robot. Lopez seems like she's having fun, and that's all that really matters. -Allison Picurro [Trailer]

Eric Season 1 (May 30)

In my book, the weirder, the better. And Eric looks like one of the better things Netflix is putting out this month. In this dark mystery series set in the the scummy '80s of New York City, Benedict Cumberbatch stars as a puppeteer on a popular children's show whose life and mental stability are derailed when his 9-year-old son is kidnapped. As he slips on the pool of his own melting sanity, he finds an unusual ally in his search for his son: Eric, the blue monster puppet that his son created, brought to life by his own deteriorating imagination. Yes! -Tim Surette

More on Netflix:

Everything coming to Netflix in May

May 1
Deaw Special: Super Soft Power Down The Rabbit Hole
Frankly Speaking
Heeramandi: The Diamond Bazaar
Airport '77
Airport 1975
The Best Man Holiday
Blue Mountain State: Season 1
Blue Mountain State: Season 2
Blue Mountain State: Season 3
Blue Mountain State: The Rise of Thadland
Eat Pray Love
The Edge of Seventeen
The Equalizer
The Gentlemen
Hellboy (2019)
Jumanji (1995)
Liar Liar
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
The Matrix Resurrections
Mortal Kombat (2021)
Mr. & Mrs. Smith
The Nutty Professor
The Nutty Professor II: The Klumps
Outlander: Season 6
Patriots Day
Public Enemies
Ride Along
Shrek Forever After
Starship Troopers
The Wedding Planner
White House Down
Woody Woodpecker
The Young Victoria

May 2
A Man in Full
Beautiful Rebel
Secrets of the Neanderthals

May 3
2 Hearts
John Mulaney Presents: Everybody's In L.A
Selling the OC: Season 3
The Unbroken Voice: Season 2

May 4
The Atypical Family
Katt Williams: Woke Foke

May 5
The Peanut Butter Falcon
Roast of Tom Brady

May 6
30 for 30: Broke
30 for 30: Deion's Double Play
30 for 30: The Two Escobars
Reba: Seasons 1-6

May 7
Super Rich in Korea

May 8
The Final: Attack on Wembley
War Dogs

May 9
The Guardian of the Monarchs
Mother of The Bride
Sing Street
Thank You, Next

May 10
Blood of Zeus: Season 2
Cooking Up Murder: Uncovering the Story of César Román
Living with Leopards
Pokémon Horizons: The Series Part 2
The Ultimatum: South Africa

May 11
Mark Twain Prize Award: Kevin Hart

May 13
Archer: Seasons 1-13
Princess Power: Season 3

May 14
Married at First Sight: Season 15

May 15
Ashley Madison: Sex, Lies & Scandal
The Clovehitch Killer

May 16
Bridgerton: Season 3 Part 1
Dumb and Dumber To
Maestro in Blue: Season 2

May 17
The 8 Show
Thelma the Unicorn

May 19
A Simple Favor
Golden Kamuy

May 20
The Parisian Agency: Exclusive Properties: Season 4

May 21
Rachel Feinstein: Big Guy
Wildfire: Seasons 1-4

May 22
Act Your Age: Season 1
Toughest Forces on Earth

May 23
El vendedor de ilusiones: El caso Generación Zoe
Franco Escamilla: Ladies' Man
Garouden: The Way of the Lone Wolf
In Good Hands 2

May 24
Butterfly in the Sky: The Story of Reading Rainbow
Jurassic World: Chaos Theory
Mulligan: Part 2
My Oni Girl

May 28

May 29
Colors of Evil: Red
Dancing for the Devil: The 7M TikTok Cult
Patrick Melrose

May 30
Geek Girl

May 31
A Part of You
Chola Chabuca
How to Ruin Love: The Proposal
Raising Voices

Everything leaving Netflix in May

May 1
Bennett's War
Magic Mike's Last Dance

May 2
Survive the Night

May 3
Arctic Dogs

May 8
Uncut Gems

May 9
Puss in Boots: The Last Wish

May 10
St. Vincent

May 11
Where the Crawdads Sing

May 14
Fifty Shades of Black

May 19
Rosario Tijeras (Mexico): Seasons 1-3

May 21
Sam Smith: Love Goes - Live at Abbey Road Studios

May 22
The Boxtrolls

May 26
Mako Mermaids: An H2O Adventure: Seasons 3-4

May 31
Boyz n the Hood
The Choice
The Disaster Artist
Forever My Girl
The Great Gatsby
Happy Gilmore
The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2
The Impossible
L.A. Confidential
Lakeview Terrace
The Mick: Seasons 1-2
Oh, Ramona!
The Other Guys
Silent Hill
Think Like a Man
Think Like a Man Too
You've Got Mail