35 best new Netflix movies and shows coming in May 2020

(L-R) Linda Cardellini and Christina Applegate in Dead to Me, Season 2 - Courtesy of Netflix
(L-R) Linda Cardellini and Christina Applegate in Dead to Me, Season 2 - Courtesy of Netflix /
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The 35 best new movies and TV shows coming to Netflix in May 2020, including Dead to Me, Hollywood, The Lovebirds, Grey’s Anatomy, and Riverdale.

Because Netflix knows you’re rapidly powering through your watch list, the streaming giant’s list of new releases coming in May boasts an impressive number of high-profile titles you won’t want to miss. From the second season of last year’s hit dark comedy Dead to Me to the debut of Ryan Murphy’s latest limited series Hollywood, there’s plenty of new bingeable new shows (and tons of throwback movies) arriving to keep you busy for at least another month of quarantine.

Also premiering this month are Space Force, Control Z and Sweet Magnolias, as well as the Netflix original films The Half of It, All Day and a Night and recent acquisition The Lovebirds. May also welcomes the return of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt in the form of the comedy series’ interactive special Kimmy vs. the Reverend, Hannah Gadsby’s latest comedy special Douglas, and The Politician star Ben Platt’s concert documentary special. As with every May, the latest seasons of small-screen favorites like Riverdale, Grey’s Anatomy and Dynasty begin streaming.

Find your next lineup of brand-new titles to marathon this spring with our comprehensive list of the 35 best movies and TV shows coming to Netflix in May 2020, and comment below with your favorite picks!

35. Trumbo

Release Year: 2015

Directed By: Jay Roach

Starring: Bryan Cranston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Louis C.K., David James Elliott, Elle Fanning, John Goodman, Diane Lane, Michael Stuhlbarg, Alan Tudyk, Helen Mirren

Release Date: Tuesday, May 19

Based on the biography Dalton Trumbo by Bruce Alexander Cook, Trumbo stars Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston as successful 1940s screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, who wrote films such as Roman Holiday, Exodus and Spartacus. The film follows Trumbo as he and 10 other Hollywood screenwriters find themselves blacklisted for their affiliation with the Communist Party and testified for their use of propaganda in their films.

Trumbo comes from director Jay Roach, who also directed such movies as the Austin Powers trilogy, Meet the Parents, Dinner for Schmucks, Game Change, The Campaign and Bombshell. Although a box office disappointment, the film earned positive reviews from critics, holding a 74% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and garnered several award nominations. Cranston grabbed an Academy Award and Golden Globe nod, while Mirren was nominated for a Golden Globe. Don’t miss the politically tinged biopic when it begins streaming on Netflix on May 19.