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These Are the Best Shows and Movies to Watch on Netflix in May

Your prayers for new episodes of Lucifer have been answered

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Kelly Connolly
Tom Ellis, Lucifer

Tom Ellis, Lucifer

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Looking for the best new shows and movies to watch on Netflix this month? Netflix heard your calls for more sinfully good content and is here to deliver. The biggest premiere of the month is the second half of Lucifer Season 5, which would have been the drama's final season before it rose from the dead for a second time. The rest of Season 5, now the hit procedural's second to last season, debuts on Friday, May 28. But while Lucifer has been saved (hallelujah), plenty of other shows are signing off for good this month, including Selena: The Series, Castlevania, and Special.

May's other big releases include a true crime docuseries about the Son of Sam, a nail-biting French film about a woman trapped in a cryogenic pod, and Amy Adams' long-delayed thriller The Woman in the Window.

Our list of suggestions for the best shows and moves on Netflix in May is below, but here's the full list of what's new on Netflix in May. If you'd like even more hand-picked suggestions, click over to our full list of recommendations.


The Best TV Shows and Movies on Netflix in May

Selena: The Series
Part 2 available May 4
The final chapter in Netflix's two-part biographical series about iconic Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla (played by Christian Serratos) is making its debut over a week earlier than previously expected. Part 2 of Selena: The Series picks up as Selena's star is on the rise, following her attempt to balance family, romance, and a music career. But as she's on the way to becoming the most successful female Latin artist of all time, her tragic end also grows nearer.

The Sons of Sam: A Descent Into Darkness
Available May 5
Your true crime flavor of the month will be this docuseries that takes a deep dive into the case of David Berkowitz, aka Son of Sam. The Son of Sam investigation became a lifelong obsession for the late journalist Maury Terry, who believed Berkowitz did not act alone. Inspired by Terry's book The Ultimate Evil, the series digs into his theory that there were more Sons of Sam out there, and that they may have been linked to a satanic cult.

Oxygen
Available May 12
In a sci-fi twist on your classic buried alive nightmare, this French thriller, from horror director Alexandre Aja, stars Mélanie Laurent as a woman who wakes up in a cryogenic pod with no memory of who she is or what she's doing there. She'll need to remember both in order to find her way out of the chamber, which is running out of air. 

Castlevania
Season 4 available May 13
The hit anime spin on the hit video game Castlevania wraps up its run with one last season, which promises to be as packed with violence and vamps as ever. Dracula looms large over Season 4, as Belmont (Richard Armitage) and Sypha (Alejandra Reynoso) look into plans to resurrect the infamous vampire. Season 3 was hailed as Castlevania's finest chapter yet; can the final season outdo it?

The Woman in the Window
Available May 14
Amy Adams gets a Rear Window of her very own with this claustrophobic thriller, which finally debuts after a long delay, due first to re-edits and then to the pandemic. Adams plays a child psychologist with agoraphobia who keeps tabs on the seemingly perfect family across the street from her New York City brownstone — and winds up witnessing a brutal crime. 

Who Killed Sara?
Season 2 available May 19
The first season of this Spanish thriller, which follows a man who sets out to exact revenge on the people who framed him for his sister's murder, shot up Netflix's Top 10 when it debuted in March. Fans who tore through the melodramatic mystery won't have to sit with that cliffhanger ending for long at all.

Special
Season 2 available May 20
Ryan O'Connell's Emmy-nominated comedy returns for its second and final season, which will expand from 15-minute to half-hour episodes. O'Connell stars in the semi-autobiographical series as Ryan, a gay man with mild cerebral palsy who's determined to take control of his life. Season 2 finds Ryan partly estranged from his mother and exploring the world on his own.

Lucifer
Season 5, Part 2 available May 28
Talk about divine intervention. The first half of Lucifer Season 5 finally brought God (Dennis Haysbert) to Earth in one hell of a midseason finale cliffhanger. Part 2 should find Lucifer (Tom Ellis) dealing with some of those daddy issues, but as usual, the show will be having plenty of fun along the way. The eight-episode second half of the season will also feature a musical episode (guest starring Debbie Gibson!) and the return of Eve (Inbar Lavi). Here's everything else we know about Lucifer Season 5, Part 2.

Want to know what else is coming to Netflix? Here's everything new on Netflix in Mayhere's what came out on Netflix in April, and here are our picks for what came out on Netflix in April.