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44 new Netflix original movies and shows premiere in May 2021 – here’s the full list

Published Apr 22nd, 2021 12:37PM EDT
Netflix May 2021 Releases List
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When Netflix announced its most recent earnings on April 20th, the company’s share price sunk like a rock and the reason was simple: Netflix’s subscriber growth has slowed substantially. As recently as a year or two ago, plenty of people found it laughable that all the upcoming streaming competition could actually put a dent in mighty Netflix’s business. Now, however, we’re seeing that the naysayers were wrong. Net streaming services like HBO Max, Peacock, and more are absolutely impacting Netflix’s business, but there’s also another troubling trend taking shape right now. Netflix’s original movies and shows, which are the prime attraction for the streaming service, have been seriously lackluster of late.

Are things looking any better now that the Netflix May 2021 release schedule is out? Let’s take a look.

The first quarter of the year was pretty scarce as far as new high-profile Netflix originals are concerned. Things improved a bit in April with a few big releases that didn’t disappoint, and now we have Shadow & Bone to look forward to on Friday, April 23rd. It’s a very promising new fantasy series based on best-selling books, so it has all the potential in the world. We really hope Netflix doesn’t drop the ball with this one.

Turning now to Netflix’s May release schedule, there are actually several big releases on the docket that could help Netflix get back on track. New seasons of popular series like Master of None, Ragnarok, Castlevania, Lucifer, and Who Killed Sara? are all set to debut over the course of the month in May 2021. On top of that, the new superhero series Jupiter’s Legacy is set to premiere on May 7th. Some people think it could be good enough to give Netflix its own big superhero franchise like the Avengers, but that’s a tall order, to say the least. Zack Snyder’s new movie Army of the Dead is also set to hit Netflix on May 21st, and it should generate some serious buzz.

Wondering what else Netflix has in store for us in May? Check out the full calendar of Netflix original movies and series down below.

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  • Baggio: The Divine Ponytail NETFLIX FILM 🇮🇹
  • High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America NETFLIX FILM
  • Nail Bomber: Manhunt NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY 🇬🇧

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  • Blue Miracle NETFLIX FILM
  • Soy Rada: Serendipity NETFLIX COMEDY SPECIAL 🇦🇷

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  • The Parisian Agency: Exclusive Properties NETFLIX ORIGINAL 🇫🇷

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