By Mike Murphy
After a middling selection of offerings over the past few months, Netflix Inc. is gearing up as summer arrives, with some fan-favorite series returning in May, along with some big-name original movies.
The biggest of the bunch looks to be Zack Snyder’s zombie/casino-heist mashup, “Army of the Dead” (May 21), a gleefully violent caper movie starring Dave Bautista. On the film front, there’s also “The Woman in the Window” (May 14), starring Amy Adams in a “Rear Window” sort of psychological thriller that saw its release delayed a year due to the pandemic; and “Oxygen” (May 12), a French sci-fi thriller starring Mélanie Laurent as a woman trapped in a cryogenic chamber.
Most intriguingly, Aziz Ansari’s Emmy-winning comedy series “Master of None” returns for its third season (May 23) after a four-year gap, which saw sexual misconduct allegations raised against Ansari in 2018. The new season moved filming from New York to London, and will focus on the relationship between Lena Waithe’s character, Denise, and her partner, Alicia, played by Naomi Ackie.
Netflix /zigman2/quotes/202353025/composite NFLX -1.41% also has the second part of Season 5 of the supernatural crime drama (and fan favorite) “Lucifer” (May 28); and part two of “Selena: The Series” (May 4), about the life of the late Mexican-American pop superstar. There’s also “Halston” (May 14), a limited series from Ryan Murphy and starring Ewan McGregor as the iconic fashion designer; the true-crime docuseries “The Sons of Sam: A Descent into Darkness” May 5); the superhero-comic adaptation “Jupiter’s Legacy” (May 7), starring Josh Duhamel and Leslie Bibb; the financial docuseries “Money, Explained” (May 11); the sitcom “The Upshaws” (May 12), starring Mike Epps, Wanda Sykes and Kim Fields; a new season of the Emmy-winning animated anthology series “Love, Death & Robots: Volume 2” (May 14); Season 2 of the popular Mexican thriller “Who Killed Sara?” (May 19); the second season of “Special” (May 20), the comedy about a young gay man with cerebral palsy; and Season 3 of the comedy “The Kominsky Method” (May 28), starring Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin.
And a word of warning for Benedict Cumberbatch fans: Seasons 1-4 of “Sherlock” will be leaving Netflix on May 14.
Here’s the complete lineup, as of April 26 (release dates are subject to change):
What’s coming in May 2021
Coming soon (no date announced) AlRawabi School for Girls — Netflix OriginalAmy Tan: Unintended Memoir (2021)Halston — Netflix OriginalMad for Each Other — Netflix OriginalRacket Boys — Netflix OriginalRagnarok: Season 2 — Netflix Original
May 1 Aliens Stole My BodyAngelina Ballerina: Season 5Angelina Ballerina: Season 6Back to the FutureBack to the Future Part IIBack to the Future Part IIIBarney and Friends: Season 13Barney and Friends: Season 14Best of the BestDead Again in TombstoneDue DateFun with Dick and Jane (2005)G.I. Joe: The Rise of CobraGreen ZoneHachi: A Dog’s TaleJT LeRoyMadagascar 3: Europe’s Most WantedMystic RiverNever Back DownNotting HillOpen SeasonResident Evil: AfterlifeResident Evil: ExtinctionS.M.A.R.T ChaseScarfaceSitting in LimboStargateState of PlayThe Land Before TimeThe Land Before Time II: The Great Valley AdventureThe Lovely BonesThe Pelican BriefThe Sweetest ThingThe Whole Nine Yards Under SiegeWaist DeepYour HighnessZack and Miri Make a PornoZombieland
May 2 Hoarders: Season 11
May 4 The Clovehitch KillerSelena: The Series: Part 2 — Netflix Original
Trash Truck: Season 2 — Netflix Family
May 5 Framing John DeLoreanThe Sons of Sam: A Descent into Darkness — Netflix Documentary
May 6 Dead Man Down
May 7 Girl from Nowhere: Season 2 — Netflix OriginalJupiter’s Legacy — Netflix Original
Milestone — Netflix FilmMonster — Netflix Film
May 8 Mine — Netflix OriginalSleepless
May 11 Money, Explained — Netflix Documentary
May 12 Dance of the Forty One — Netflix FilmOxygen — Netflix Film
The Upshaws — Netflix Original
May 13 Castlevania: Season 4 — Netflix AnimeLayer Cake