What’s new on Netflix in May

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This buffet is fully loaded.

Netflix’s May programming slate is stuffed to the gills with original releases. Netflix original documentary Knock Down the House chronicles four women politicians making their first run for office, focusing heavily on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.). From BoJack Horseman production designer and producer Lisa Hanawalt comes Tuca & Bertie, a new animated comedy about two 30-year-old bird women (voiced by Tiffany Haddish and Ali Wong) navigating their personal and professional lives. And of course, there’s Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, the highly anticipated new Ted Bundy biopic starring Zac Efron as the infamous serial killer.

Check out the full listings below to see what’s new on Netflix in May.

What’s new on Netflix: Editor’s picks

Knock Down the House

The star of Knock Down the House is Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), and there’s really no way around it. But Rachel Lears’ film documentary wouldn’t be complete without three other women who ran for Congress in their respective districts in 2018: West Virginia’s Paula Jean Swearengin, Missouri’s Cori Bush, and Nevada’s Amy Vilela. Lears gives us a real-time look at the campaign trail hustle for everyday citizens. She also shows the emotional stakes. Initially funded on Kickstarter, it was purchased by Netflix earlier this year for a stunning $10 million. It’s clear there’s a desire to see these feel-good, grassroots stories of the progressive movement, even as the rapidly changing landscape leading to 2020 recontextualizes them. —Audra Schroeder

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Special stars Ryan (creator Ryan O’Connell), a young gay man with cerebral palsy who starts an internship in Los Angeles at a website aimed toward “woke” millennials. Ryan’s boss, Olivia (Marla Mindelle), pushes the writers for the site to bare their souls for crappy pay (or, in Ryan’s case, no pay, since he is an intern). Ryan writes about a recent accident where he was hit by a car—and decides to hide his CP from his co-workers and boss rather than admit that he is disabled. Special—with O’Connell’s obvious talent as a writer and star—makes a compelling case for why disabled writers, creators, and actors should be leading the way in expanding media representation for people with a variety of disabilities. —Anna Hamilton

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Someone Great

When Rolling Stone calls, aspiring music journalist Jenny (Gina Rodriguez) knows she has to answer—even if it means moving across the country to San Francisco and jeopardizing her relationship with Nate (Lakeith Stanfield), her boyfriend of nine years. Someone Great is a coming-of-age story about transitioning out of your twenties and saying goodbye to people and places that no longer belong in your life. The heart-wrenching and relatable film challenges its viewers with the idea that sometimes, the best decision for yourself is the hardest one to make. —Tess Cagle

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Bryan Rolli

Bryan Rolli

Bryan Rolli is a reporter who specializes in streaming entertainment. He writes about music and film for Forbes, Billboard, and the Austin American-Statesman. He met Flavor Flav in two separate Las Vegas bowling alleys and still can’t stop talking about it.