Every month, kawarthaNOW is the only local media source to bring you a list of what’s coming to Netflix Canada.
Netflix’s shares plunged as much as 13 per cent this week after the streaming service revealed its growth has stalled. The company attributes this to the easing of pandemic lockdowns, but a lack of new shows — with many spring productions delayed because of the pandemic — may also be responsible. There’s also a lot more competition from other streaming services such as Disney+, Apple TV+, and Amazon Prime Video, some of which are now cheaper than Netflix, which recently raised its prices.
That said, here are highlights of some of the more interesting shows coming to Netflix in May.
The new Netflix original superhero series Jupiter’s Legacy, based on the comic book series by Mark Millar and Frank Quitely, tells the story of the children of the world’s first superheros, who struggle to live up to the legacy of their parents. Season one premieres on Friday, May 7th.
VIDEO: “Jupiter’s Legacy” trailer
The following Friday (May 14), Netflix unveils the second volume of its animated anthology series Love, Death & Robots. The adults-only collection of animated shorts spans the genres of science fiction, horror, and fantasy. As with the first volume, expect lots of sex and violence.
VIDEO: “Love, Death & Robots – Volume 2” trailer
Also on Friday, May 14th, the Netflix film The Woman in the Window premieres, based on the novel of the same name by Daniel Mallory (writing as A.J. Finn), who says he was inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s classic film Rear Window. The psychological thriller tells the story of agoraphobic psychologist Anna Fox (Amy Adams) who, obsessed with her new neighbours, tries to solve a brutal crime she witnesses from her window.
VIDEO: “The Woman in the Window” trailer
Fans of zombie films and fans of heist films may both find something to like in the Netflix film Army of the Dead, from filmmaker Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen, Justice League), which premieres on Friday, May 21st. After a zombie outbreak has left Las Vegas in ruins and walled off from the rest of the world, former zombie fighter Scott Ward (Dave Bautista) is hired by casino boss Bly Tanaka (Hiroyuki Sanada) to pull together a gang of mercenaries, enter the zombie-infested quarantine zone, and retrieve $200 million stored in a vault beneath the Las Vegas strip — with just 32 hours to go before the government nukes the city.
VIDEO: “Army of the Dead” trailer
On Wednesday, May 19th, Netflix is releasing the second season of Who Killed Sara?, a Mexican thriller series telling the story of Alex Guzman (Manolo Cardona), who is hellbent on finding out who killed his sister Sara after he spent 18 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. The first season has become Netflix’s most popular non-English language series ever, with an estimated 55 million subscribers tuning in since its launch last month.
Other new Netflix originals include Halston (no release date specified), Mine (May 8), The Upshaws (May 11), Move to Heaven (May 14), Black Space (May 27), and The Parisian Agency: Exclusive Properties (May 31).
Returning Netflix originals include season two of Ragnarok (no release date specified), part two of Selena: The Series (May 4), season two of Girl From Nowhere (May 7), season three of Haunted (May 14), season two of Special (May 20), season two of The Neighbor (May 21), and part two of season five of Lucifer and season three of The Kominsky Method (both on May 28).
Netflix documentaries include The Sons of Sam: A Descent into Darkness (May 5), Money Explained (May 11), and Nail Bomber: Manhunt (May 26).
Netflix films include Milestone and Monster (both on May 7), Dance of the Forty One and Oxygeon (boht on May 12), Ferry, I Am All Girls, and The Strange House (all on May 14), Sardar Ka Grandson (May 18), Baggio: The Divine Ponytail and High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America (both on May 26), and Blue Miracle (May 27).
Theatrically released films include Blood Diamond, Evil Dead, The Forbidden Kingdom, Gandhi, Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, Rambo III, Rambo: First Blood, Rambo: First Blood Part II, Twister, and The Upside (all on May 1), Casino, Honey, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and Weird Science (all on May 5), Patch Adams (May 7), Shaft (May 10), Synchronic (May 14), Little (May 16), Annabelle Comes Home (May 17), Men in Black: International (May 18), The Last Days (May 19), Hating Peter Tatchell (May 20), and Us (May 23).
VIDEO: New to Netflix Canada in May 2021
Here’s the complete list of everything coming to Netflix Canada in May, along with what’s leaving.
Coming in May (no release date specified)
- AlRawabi School for Girls (Netflix original) – Bullied outcasts at an all-girls high school plot the perfect revenge to get back at their tormentors. Created by Tima Shomali.
- Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir (2021)
- Halston (Netflix original) – Ewan McGregor stars in this limited series that tracks the meteoric rise and fall of the first American celebrity fashion designer. From Ryan Murphy.
- Mad for Each Other (Netflix original) – Bothered to realize they are next-door neighbors and share a psychiatrist, a man and a woman find it’s impossible to stay out of each other’s way.
- Master of None (Netflix original) –
- Racket Boys (Netflix original) – A ragtag middle school badminton club makes a bid for the youth championships.
- Ragnarok: Season 2 (Netflix original) – Mythical chaos and environmental disaster loom as Magne looks for help in his fight against colossal foes and contends with his unmanageable brother.
Saturday, May 1
- Blood Diamond
- Dark Skies
- Evil Dead
- The Forbidden Kingdom
- Good Girls Get High
- Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay
- La Moitié gauche du frigo
- My Awkward Sexual Adventure
- New Year’s Eve
- On the Basis of Sex
- Rambo III
- Rambo: First Blood
- Rambo: First Blood Part II
- Total Drama Island
- Total Drama: Action
- Total Drama: All Stars
- Total Drama: Pahkitew Island
- Total Drama: Revenge of the Island
- Total Drama: The Ridonculous Race
- Total Drama: World Tour
- The Upside
Tuesday, May 4
- Selena: The Series: Part 2 (Netflix original) – As Selena’s career gains momentum, the singer fights to remain true to herself, spend quality time with her family and expand her businesses.
- Trash Truck: Season 2 (Netflix family) – Hank, Trash Truck and animal pals Walter, Donny and Ms. Mona let their imaginations take them on heartwarming adventures in their backyard and beyond!
Wednesday, May 5
- Honey 2
- How High
- The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
- The Sons of Sam: A Descent into Darkness (Netflix documentary) – The Son of Sam case grew into a lifelong obsession for journalist Maury Terry, who became convinced that the murders were linked to a satanic cult.
- The Wizard
- Weird Science
Friday, May 7
- Girl from Nowhere: Season 2 (Netflix original) – Nanno is back, doling karmic retribution to more students and faculty in a new season of this anthology series — and this time, she’s not alone.
- Jupiter’s Legacy (Netflix original) – They’re the first generation of superheroes. But as they pass the torch to their children, tensions are rising — and the old rules no longer apply.
- Lost Girls & Love Hotels
- Milestone (Netflix film) – Recently marking 500,000 kilometres on the road, a newly bereaved trucker faces the threat of losing the job that has come to define him to a new intern.
- Monster (Netflix film) – A talented teen implicated in a robbery-turned-murder fights for his innocence and integrity against a criminal justice system that’s already judged him.
- Patch Adams
Saturday, May 8
- Mine (Netflix original) – Encased in a gold-clad life of secrets and lies, two women in a conglomerate family seek to topple all that stands in their way of finding true joy.
Monday, May 10
Tuesday, May 11
- Money, Explained (Netflix documentary) – We spend it, borrow it and save it. Now let’s talk about money and its many minefields, from credit cards to casinos, scammers to student loans.
Wednesday, May 12
- Dance of the Forty One (Netflix film) – A gay congressman marries the Mexican president’s daughter but cavorts with a young man at a secret club. And then scandal hits. Based on a true story.
- Oxygen (Netflix film) – A woman wakes up in a cryogenic unit with no memory. Quickly running out of oxygen, she must find a way to remember who she is in order to survive.
- The Upshaws (Netflix original) – A working-class Black family in Indiana strives for a better life and a happy home while juggling everyday struggles in this comedy series.
Thursday, May 13
- Castlevania: Season 4 (Netflix anime) – Dracula’s influence looms large as Belmont and Sypha investigate plans to resurrect the notorious vampire. Alucard struggles to embrace his humanity.
Friday, May 14
- A Madea Family Funeral
- Ferry (Netflix film) – Before he built a drug empire, Ferry Bouman returns to his hometown on a revenge mission that finds his loyalty tested — and a love that alters his life.
- Haunted: Season 3 (Netflix original) – A menacing mansion. A haunting melody. A demonic cat. More real people share scary stories from their past — and the truth is terrifying.
- I Am All Girls (Netflix film) – A relentless detective finds common ground with a killer systematically targeting the perpetrators running a powerful child-trafficking ring.
- Jungle Beat: The Movie (Netflix family) – When a lost and lonely alien crash-lands on Earth, his new crew of talking animal friends helps him get back home — and try to save the world!
- Love, Death & Robots: Volume 2 (Netflix original) – From wild adventures on far-flung planets to unsettling encounters close to home: The Emmy-winning anthology returns with a crop of provocative tales.
- Move to Heaven (Netflix original) – Finding life in all that’s left behind, a trauma cleaner with Asperger’s and his ex-con uncle deliver the untold stories of the departed to loved ones.
- The Strange House (Netflix film) – When a big-city family moves to a remote town, two young brothers and their new friends try to solve the menacing mystery that haunts their new home.
- The Woman in the Window (Netflix film) – Confined to her home by agoraphobia, a psychologist becomes obsessed with her new neighbours — and solving a brutal crime she witnesses from her window.
Sunday, May 16
Monday, May 17
- Annabelle Comes Home
Tuesdsay, May 18
- Men in Black: International
- Sardar Ka Grandson (Netflix film) – A devoted grandson’s mission to reunite his ailing grandmother with her ancestral home turns into a complicated, comic cross-border affair.
Wednesday, May 19
- The Last Days
- Who Killed Sara?: Season 2 (Netflix original) – To exact his revenge, Álex will have to bring to light his sister’s darker side — and come to terms with the fact that he never knew the real Sara.
Thursday, May 20
- Hating Peter Tatchell
- Special: Season 2 (Netflix original) – Now semi-estranged from his mother, Ryan continues exploring the world on his own, with all the complex ups and downs life and love have to offer.
Friday, May 21
- Army of the Dead (Netflix film) – After a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas, a group of mercenaries takes the ultimate gamble by venturing into the quarantine zone for the greatest heist ever.
- Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous: Season 3 (Netflix family) – The teen campers on Isla Nublar return for another season of working together to escape from the island of free-roaming dinosaurs.
- The Neighbor: Season 2 (Netflix original) – Just when Javi thinks he’s conquered being Earth’s superhero, challenges arise from an unlikely competitor … and some extraterrestrial visitors.
Sunday, May 23
Wednesday, May 26
- Baggio: The Divine Ponytail (Netflix film) – A chronicle of the 22-year career of soccer star Roberto Baggio, including his difficult debut as a player and his deep rifts with some of his coaches.
- High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America (Netflix film) – Food writer Stephen Satterfield embarks on a vibrant and powerful culinary journey that celebrates the courage, artistry, and resourcefulness of the African American people.
- Nail Bomber: Manhunt (Netflix documentary) – This documentary tells the story of the 1999 London bombings that targeted minorities, and the race to find the far-right extremist behind them.
Thursday, May 27
- The Banana Splits Movie
- Black Space (Netflix original) – A rogue detective with unorthodox means leads an investigation into a massacre committed by unicorn mask-wearing assassins at an Israeli high school.
- Blue Miracle (Netflix film) – The incredible true story of Casa Hogar, the Mexican boys home that entered the world’s biggest fishing tournament to save their orphanage.
- Eden (Netflix anime) – Created by Justin Leach (Ghost in the Shell 2), Yasuhiro Irie (Fullmetal Alchemist) directs the story of robots raising the last human child.
- Soy Rada: Serendipity (Netflix comedy special) – The delightful Argentine comic Agustín Aristarán (aka Soy Rada) is back, this time putting the spotlight on family and parenting, magic and music.
Friday, May 28
- Dog Gone Trouble (Netflix family) – The privileged existence of a pampered pooch named Trouble is turned upside down when he gets lost and must learn to survive on the big city streets.
- Lucifer: Season 5 Part 2 (Netflix original) – In Part B of the stunning fifth season of Lucifer, God himself comes to Earth. Secrets will be revealed, heroic sacrifices will be made, and the world will never be the same.
- The Kominsky Method: Season 3 (Netflix original) – A new chapter unfolds for Sandy as he deals with a difficult loss, a daunting financial obligation, an important reunion and a major career boost.
Monday, May 31
- The Parisian Agency: Exclusive Properties (Netflix original) – This unscripted series follows the members of the Kretz family of Paris and their luxury real estate business.
Leaving Netflix Canada in May
Monday, May 3
Thursday, May 13
- Sucker Punch
Friday, May 14
- Sherlock: Series 1-3
Sunday, May 16
- Pacific Rim: Uprising
Thursday, May 20
- Silver Linings Playbook
Saturday, May 29
- American Crime: Seasons 1-3
Monday, May 31
- Full House: Seasons 1-8
All titles and dates are subject to change.