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What to Watch on Netflix Top 10 Rankings on May 12

Jupiter's Legacy isn't going anywhere

Allison Picurro, Kelly Connolly
Anna Akana, Jupiter's Legacy

Anna Akana, Jupiter's Legacy

Steve Wilkie/Netflix

The Netflix Top 10 list won't tell you how many people are watching a show, but it will tell you which shows people are watching the most. On Wednesday, May 12, the rankings are pretty much the same as they've been all week, with the new superhero series Jupiter's Legacy and the animated film The Mitchells vs. the Machines holding the top two spots. The only new addition to the top 5 is the techie drama StartUp, which takes the No. 3 spot today. Rounding out the rest of the top 5 are the true crime docuseries The Sons of Sam: A Descent Into Darkness and the biographical drama Selena: The Series.

But of the Netflix Top 10, which shows and movies are actually worth watching? We break down the entire Netflix Top 10 list and guide you through what to binge and what to skip. We do the same for Netflix's Top 10 movies, as well as Netflix's Top 10 TV shows.

The Best TV Shows and Movies on Netflix in May 2021

Based on Netflix's Top 10 from Wednesday, May 12

1. Jupiter's Legacy

For fans of: Superheroes, Josh Duhamel's hair | Is it good?: There are better superhero shows out there, but it's a fun watch

Based on Mark Millar's graphic novels, Jupiter's Legacy is a throwback to the pulp comics of the old days, following a team of superheroes with strong morals and ideas of what America should be, but who also butt heads with a younger generation of superheroes -- some of whom are their children -- who have their own ideas about being a superhero. At the heart of their conflict? The use of lethal force; the kids love it, the grown-ups aren't so hot on it. (Yesterday's rank: 1)

2. The Mitchells vs. the Machines

For fans of: Recognizing celebrity voices, families saving the world | Is it good?: It's pretty cute

It's a safe bet that there's probably no other movie you've seen recently that has an internet famous dog in its cast. That honor belongs to the The Mitchells vs. the Machines, which centers around a family who find out they have to save the world while they're on a road trip. The dog in question is Doug the Pug, and his much less famous co-stars include Maya RudolphDanny McBrideAbbi JacobsonOlivia ColmanEric Andre, and Fred Armisen(Yesterday's rank: 2)

3. StartUp

For fans of: Realizing a whole Adam Brody show happened without your knowledge | Is it good?: Let's not go that far

Adam Brody, Martin Freeman, Edi Gathegi, and more star in this drama for people who understand Bitcoin. Brody plays a swindler who invests his money in a digital currency startup with the help of some unlikely conspirators. Freeman is the crooked FBI agent trying to take them down. (Yesterday's rank: 6)

4. The Sons of Sam: A Descent Into Darkness

For fans of: Decades-old murder cases | Is it good?: It gets more interesting as it goes along

Another week, another Netflix true crime docuseries. This one deals with the case of David Berkowitz, also known by his alias Son of Sam, a serial killer who was sentenced to life in prison after a string of murders committed in and around New York City throughout the 1970s. But the author Maury Terry was convinced Berkowitz didn't act alone, forming the premise for the series, which uses archival footage and conversations with people close to the investigation to tell the story of how Terry became consumed by his efforts to prove there was more to the Son of Sam case than anyone expected. (Yesterday's rank: 3)

5. Selena: The Series

For fans of: Selena Quintanilla, good music | Is it good?: It doesn't really do the beloved singer justice, but it's sweet

The second and final part of Selena: The Series chronicles the final years of Selena Quintanilla's (played here by Christian Serratos) life, detailing her rise to fame and her tragic murder at age 23. These episodes are an improvement from the first half of the series, peeling back some of Selena's layers to show us the woman behind the glamour and the great songs. (Yesterday's rank: 5)

6. Shadow and Bone

For fans of: Game of Thrones in the style of Freeform | Is it good?: It's really entertaining

Based on Leigh Bardugo's dueling Grishaverse novel series, Shadow and Bone and Six of Crows, this big-budget young adult fantasy series follows a young woman who discovers she's in possession of a power that can save the kingdom. If you liked The Witcher but could do without its occasional silliness, you'll probably like this. (Yesterday's rank: 7)

7. Dead Man Down

For fans of: Cinematic shoot-outs, Terrence Howard's whole deal | Is it good?: Not at all

Colin Farrell plays a man out for revenge against a powerful kingpin (Terrence Howard) who killed his wife and daughter. Expect a lot of people shooting guns at each other, and Isabelle Huppert, who plays a character in this. (Yesterday's rank: 4)

8. Cocomelon

For fans of: Mashed vegetables, pacifiers | Is it good?: For babies, sure

Colorful objects, preschool songs, and big-headed babies make this catnip for toddlers and younger kids who get screentime. (Yesterday's rank: 9)

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9. Monster

For fans of: Movies with timely premises | Is it good?: The cast makes it work

This film aired at Sundance in 2018, and though it's only getting its wide release now, it's more relevant than ever. It tells the story of a young, gifted Black teenager (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) who gets charged with murder and explores how he's seen as a "monster" by the legal system on account of the color of his skin. Jeffrey Wright and Jennifer Hudson also star. (Yesterday's rank: 8)

10. Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted

For fans of: The voice of Ben Stiller, talking animals | Is it good?: The other Madagascar movies are better, but it's fun!

Frances McDormand inexplicably does a voice in the final film in the Madagascar trilogy, which finds Alex (Ben Stiller), Marty (Chris Rock), Melman (David Schwimmer), and Gloria (Jada Pinkett Smith) joining a traveling circus (sure) on their latest quest to get back to the Central Park Zoo. (Yesterday's rank: 10)

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