Best new movies and TV series on Netflix Australia: May 2024

Each month, loads of new films and TV shows are added to Netflix Australia‘s library. Eliza Janssen presents her picks for titles worth watching. For the full list of everything arriving on the platform, scroll down. Also, check out Craig Mathieson’s top 50 movies on Netflix list.

Top Picks: TV

A Man In Full: Miniseries (May 2)

There’s serious TV pedigree behind this real estate drama, starring the great Jeff Daniels as an Atlanta mogul facing bankruptcy—one of the medium’s most dominant figures, David E. Kelley, creates the show, adapting its moneyed mayhem from a Tom Wolfe novel. Expect plenty of “oh hey that guy!” character actors, and hopefully a few hefty, stentorian monologues from JD.

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Bodkin: Season 1 (May 9)

If you’re a shameless fan of true crime podcasts, you might get a kick out of this new Irish dramedy. If you can’t stand the unkillable true crime trend, you might also be into it, since it’s a story of three exploitative podcasters getting in way over their heads as they investigate a small-town disappearance. Even if the mystery doesn’t hold up, we’re totally down to listen to some beautiful Irish accents for seven episodes. And to see goofy US comedian Will Forte caught up in the chaos.

Bridgerton: Season 3 Part 1 (May 16)

The second season of Bridgerton was somewhat of a disappointment to our critic, but if anybody can get things back on track it’s gossip maven Lady Whistledown herself—a.k.a. wallflower Penelope (Nicola Coughlan), who has been exposing every Bridgerton kid’s secrets for ages now via her secret, poisoned-pen hobby. This time around, the lovely Coughlan gets to take centre stage, swept up in a friends-to-lovers arc with another hunky Bridgerton son.

Top Picks: Movies + Specials

Unfrosted: The Pop-Tart Story (May 3)

This will either be completely dire or a twisted comedy surprise: a parody of those ubiquitous product origin story biopics we’ve been besieged with lately, directed by and starring Jerry Seinfeld. The cast of is full of fresh comic faces you love (Drew Tarver! Maria Bakalova! Hugh Grant! James Marsden!) and a few who’ve fallen into disrepute of late, namely Amy Schumer and Seinfeld himself to some extent, grouchy as he’s been about the state of comedy and cinema in general. It looks expensive, retro, and ridiculous.

Barbie (May 8)

Speaking of product placement: Greta Gerwig’s daffy doll comedy painted the entire cinematic world pink last year, and is finally available to stream this month. Will Margot Robbie’s quest for selfhood hold up to a rewatch, after we’ve all heard those dang Billie Eilish and “I’m Just Ken” songs a million times already? To me, the movie was a minor disappointment, but the eye-popping playbox production design makes it feel like a special cultural product. C’mon Netflix subscribers, let’s go party.

Atlas (May 24)

Dropping at a time where our mistrust of AI couldn’t be simmering away any more fiercely, this generic-looking sci-fi project stars J.Lo as a brilliant analyst on the trail of a runaway robot. Simu Liu and Sterling K. Brown co-star, in what I’m hoping isn’t a sweeping story about how we’re not so different from artificially intelligent beings. Should be heaps of fun to have on in the background while you’re folding some socks or putting dinner together.

All titles arriving on Netflix Australia in May

May 1

Deaw Special: Super Soft Power
Down the Rabbit Hole
Frankly Speaking
Heeramandi: The Diamond Bazaar
Jujutsu Kaisen 0: The Movie
Justice League: Warworld
Mortal Kombat Legends: Cage Match

May 2

Beautiful Rebel
A Man in Full
Secrets of the Neanderthals
T – P Bon

May 3

John Mulaney Presents: Everybody’s in L.A.
Selling the OC: Season 3
The Unbroken Voice: Season 2

May 4

Katt Williams: Woke Foke

May 5

The Atypical Family
Roast of Tom Brady

May 7

After Every Happy
Super Rich in Korea

May 8

The Final: Attack on Wembley

May 9

The Guardian of the Monarchs
Mother of the Bride
Thank You, Next

May 10

Blood of Zeus: Season 2
Cooking up Murder: Uncovering the Story of Cesar Roman
Living with Leopards
Pokémon Horizons: The Series Part 2
The Ultimatum: South Africa

May 11

Mark Twain Prize Award: Kevin Hart

May 13

Princess Power: Season 3

May 15

Ashley Madison: Sex, Lies & Scandal

May 16

Bridgerton: Season 3 Part 1
Maestro in Blue: Season 2
Spider-Man: No Way Home (Extended Edition)

May 17

The 8 Show: Season 1
Chaos Walking
Thelma the Unicorn

May 18

Below Deck Sailing Yacht: Season 1

May 19

Golden Kamuy

May 21

Rachel Feinstein: Big Guy

May 22

Toughest Forces on Earth

May 23

El vendedor de ilusiones: El caso Generacion Zoe
Franco Escamilla: Ladies’ Man
Garouden: The Way of the Lone Wolf
In Good Hands

May 24

Jurassic World: Chaos Theory
Mulligan: Part 2
My Oni Girl

May 29

Colours of Evil: Red
Dancing for the Devil: The 7M TikTok Cult

May 30

Geek Girl

May 31

Five Nights at Freddy’s
How to Ruin Love: The Proposal
A Part of You
Raising Voices

See also
* Best new movies and TV series Stan
* Best new movies and TV series on Amazon Prime
* Best new movies and TV series on Disney+
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