12 Netflix originals you need to binge in the month of May

With Christmas and Easter behind us, we can’t let the inevitable end-of-gift-season hangover get us down. Luckily, Netflix will have our back this month with a host of exciting original shows and films that will keep our boredom at bay.

It is time to break out the leftover chocolate and get yourself comfortable – here are the Netflix titles you will be adding to your instant queue in the month of May:

The Mars Generation – May 5

Featuring Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson, The Mars Generation follows a group of 15-18 year old space enthusiasts at the U.S. Space and Rocket Centre as they explore the potential of human life on Mars. With an inside look into the technology and planning that goes into space travel, this is sure to be a fascinating watch.

Sense 8 season 2 – May 5

This sci-fi series follows eight strangers from different cultures and parts of the world who discover they are mentally and emotionally linked. If you haven’t gotten around to checking it out yet, it is never too late to catch up on season one.

The Last Kingdom season 2 – May 5

If you’re a fan of Vikings and Game of Thrones, then this might be your next must-watch show! The series is based on The Saxon Stories series of novels by Bernard Cornwell, and follows Uhtred, born a Saxon but raised by Vikings, as he struggles to make a choice between his ancestry and his upbringing.

Get me Roger Stone – May 12

This documentary looks into the life and work of political consultant Roger Stone. For over 40 years Stone has been involved in American politics, from Nixon to the current Trump presidency. Often called controversial and manipulative, for better, or worse, Stone has had an influence on politics as we know it.

Anne with an E – May 12

Based on the classic novel Anne of Green Gables, the series (set in the late 1890s) centres on Anne, a young orphaned girl who, after an abusive childhood spent in orphanages and the homes of strangers, is mistakenly sent to live with an ageing sister and brother. Despite the challenges she faces, Anne powers through with her endless positivity and strong imagination.

Master of None season 2 – May 12

At the end of season one, we left Dev (Aziz Ansari) as he decided to head to Italy and learn to make pasta. Watching the trailer, it looks like he made it happen and is living it up with his best friend Arnold (Eric Wareheim). If you haven’t yet seen season one, the series focuses on Dev, an aspiring actor in New York. With its diverse cast and Ansari’s unique brand of humour, Master of None is a bit different than your usual ‘young people looking for love in New York’ style comedy. Catch up on season one on Netflix now.

The Keepers – May 19

This seven-part documentary series investigates the unsolved murder of Sister Cathy Cesnik, a nun and Catholic high school teacher in Baltimore who went missing on Nov. 7, 1969. Featuring interviews from friends, family and locals, this series looks like perfect viewing for anyone who is a fan of Making a murderer, or true crime in general.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt season 3 – May 19

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, for those who haven’t seen it, is the story of Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) who is starting her life over in New York after having lived in a cult for fifteen years. The season three trailer is worth checking out just to see Titus (Tituss Burgess) doing ‘Lemonade’.

Laerte-se – May 19

Laerte Coutinho is a Brazillian cartoonist, comic strip artist and screenwriter. Born as a male, she is now living her life as a female. In Netflix’s first original Portuguese documentary, we embark on Laerte’s journey as she discovers what it means to be a woman.

Blame! – May 20

Based on the manga by Tsutomu Nihei, Blame! is set in a distant dystopian future and follows the story of Killy, who is on a quest to reclaim a dwindling civilization from the brink of oblivion.

War Machine – May 26

Inspired by the book ‘The Operators: The Wild & Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan’, by the late journalist Michael Hastings, War Machine stars Brad Pitt as General Dan McMahon. McMahon is sent to Afghanistan to bring the war to an end but instead, finds himself under attack. The black comedy stars a number of big names, including Anthony Michael Hall, Topher Grace, Will Poulter, Tilda Swinton, and Ben Kingsley.

House of Cards season 5 – May 30

The Emmy-nominated political drama is back for a fifth season. Francis Underwood (Kevin Spacey) and Claire Underwood (Robin Wright) have always been each other’s strongest allies, but now cracks start to show in their relationship. Not much has been revealed about the upcoming season, but we do know that it will be the first without creator Beau Willimon. Though, with two senior writers stepping up, it is sure to be as captivating as the past four seasons.

So there you have it; your to-do list for May. Now off to invent some excuses for some much-needed sick days.

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12 Netflix originals you need to binge in the month of May

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