Looking for something new to watch on Netflix? Here is a list of all the best new shows and movies released on Netflix the week of May 24-May 30.
It's a little quieter than you'd expect a holiday weekend to be on Netflix. There are no major major releases, and the best thing is the second season of the underrated Spike Lee dramedy She's Gotta Have It. There are a couple of fairly big movies, Rim of the World and The Perfection, but neither are particularly good. And the week's biggest drama series release, What/If, is a flop. Beyond that, there are some international movies and shows and a Jeff Ross roast series, which is always a good time if you're into that sort of thing.
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(All titles are out Friday, May 24, unless otherwise specified.)
What/If, Season 1
This is one of those cases where "biggest" doesn't necessarily mean "best." Netflix doesn't have a lot of A+ shows, but it doesn't have a lot of Fs, either. What/If is a rare total failure. It stars Jane Levy as a startup founder who gets an offer from a cruel venture capitalist (Renée Zellweger): She'll fund her company in exchange for a night with her husband (Blake Jenner). If you're thinking "that's Indecent Proposal," you're right! And the show knows it. But Adrian Lyne's movie was a sexy erotic thriller, while What/If is neither sexy nor erotic nor thrilling. Watch at your own risk.
Rim of the World
It's Stranger Things meets Independence Day. You need more than that? OK. Four 13-year-olds have to save the world from an alien invasion. It's directed by McG, a man who knows dumb fun. It's proudly unoriginal -- even the trailer uses that bass drop sound effect and Inception horn blasts -- but maybe kids will like it. (Trailer)
She's Gotta Have It, Season 2
Spike Lee's TV joint is back for a second season that expands Nola Darling's (DeWanda Wise) universe a little bit bigger -- there's a world beyond Fort Greene, Brooklyn, it turns out! Nola's three men are on the backburner, as she has chosen to be with Opal (Ilfanesh Hadera), but all is not well in that relationship, nor is all well with her art or her friendships. She's a work in progress! The good news is Mars Blackmon (Anthony Ramos) is back, and he's not taking his Jordans off for anyone. (Trailer)
Who would have predicted, back in the heyday of Girls, that Allison Williams was going to become a scream queen? The erstwhile Marnie does her Get Out thing in this twisty, gory, kinda unhinged thriller flick. Williams plays a former cello phenom who gets very close to classical music's new rising star (Dear White People's Logan Browning), and then things get real crazy. The trailer above will give you sense of some of the vibe you're in for. The title is probably even more ironic than the producers wanted it to be, because it's extremely imperfect!
This documentary follows three Puerto Rican women as they try to pick up the pieces after they and their families are displaced by Hurricane Maria. It's a heartbreaking documentation of how the government has failed Puerto Rico in the aftermath of the devastating storm. (Trailer)
Alta Mar (High Seas), Season 1
This swoony Spanish series is basically Clue on a cruise ship in the 1940s. Someone falls overboard, and every one of the glamorous characters onboard is a suspect. Whodunit?!?!?! Tune in to find out! (Trailer)
This gritty slice of life drama follows a Nigerian woman working as a prostitute in Vienna, trying to support her family back home and her toddler daughter. It's an unflinching look at a vividly drawn, unrelentingly bleak corner of the world. (Trailer)
Historical Roasts with Jeff Ross
Roastmaster General Jeff Ross is back with a new gimmick: comics in character as historical figures tell roast jokes. For example, Gilbert Gottfried as Hitler. It'll always be "too soon!" (Monday, May 27 / Trailer)
Outlander, Seasons 1 and 2
We don't usually include non-Netflix originals in these roundups, but we gotta make an exception for this one, since this Starz sensation coming to Netflix for the first time means a whole bunch more people are gonna join the fandom as they discover the bodice-ripping tale of Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie (Sam Heughan). (Monday, May 27 / Trailer)
An under-confident young woman goes on a life-changing journey when she enlists a handsome con man to help her recover her stolen car from a goat-loving gangster in this quirky comedy from India. (Thursday, May 30 / Trailer)
Svaha: The Sixth Finger
A cult investigator finds there's something definitely weird about this new group -- something paranormal. A worthy addition to Netflix's pretty expansive library of Korean thrillers. (Thursday, May 30 / Trailer)
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It's been a few weeks since Netflix's latest teen hit The Society hit the streaming service. The 10-episode first season quickly captivated viewers who wanted to know everything about the mysterious world of New Ham and how the 200 or so high schoolers who populated it would survive.
Despite the positive critical and fan response, Netflix has been completely silent regarding the show's potential second season so far. This isn't totally surprising; Netflix often waits a few weeks to see how a show performs over time before handing out a renewal. And to be perfectly honest, we can't imagine Netflix wanting to let this show -- or rising star Kathryn Newton -- go.
If The Society does get a second season, that means fans will get the chance to find out more about whether New Ham really is a parallel world, what the deal is with the dog, and how Grizz (Jack Mulhern) and Sam (Sean Berdy) are so gosh darn perfect together. Oh, and also all the answers to how they're going to survive winter, farm, and take down Campbell (Toby Wallace), too. But really, we're mainly just here for Grizz and Sam.
The Society is available to stream on Netflix now.
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This week marked the end of the season -- and in some cases, the series -- for a lot of TV's biggest shows, so there is a lot to unpack from the latest slate of episodes. Here we've made our picks for the most stand-out moments of the small screen, for better and for worse, with shiny yearbook-style prizes!
The facepalm moment: For Saturday Night Live's final cold open of the season, the show recruited a few of its key guest stars to join its regular cast for a Donald Trump-themed rendition of Queen's "Don't Stop Me Now," and even though it was in keeping with that season's political bend for that segment, it was mostly annoying and unfunny.
Most upsetting snub: Alejandro Aranda was the absolute story of American Idol Season 17. The self-taught artist was beyond compelling from start to finish, often presenting his own original music and inspiring stories with a can-do spirit that inspired judges and fans alike. His audition video alone received over 10 million views on YouTube. So, when he ended up getting second place to Laine Hardy, it was a head-scratcher. What more could he have possibly done to earn that W? Of course, as some have pointed out, there are perks to being the runner-up and side-stepping those intense winner contracts and whatnot.
Most depressing action sequence: Barry ended its second season with its title aspiring actor fully reverting to hitman form, massacring a building full of gangsters he trained to be soldiers in order to get to one man. On a lesser show, this would be played as a badass action moment of the hero asserting himself. But Barry has bigger ideas, and the sequence was actually about how Barry (Bill Hader) can't change himself, and will always let the rage inside him win, no matter how much he doesn't want it to. He'll feel remorse for what he did, but he still did it. Barry is (supposed to be) a comedy!
GIF of the week: The Game of Thrones series finale was ... well, it was what it was. Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) barely got to touch her hard-won Iron Throne before being eliminated by Jon Snow (Kit Harington), who had to go back into exile for his crime. Then, the Lords and Ladies of Westeros got together and decided that Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) should run things with his alarmingly incompetent small council because he has the best stories (???), and it left a lot of loose ends open for interpretation. Perhaps the best moment of the entire episode took place at that Dragonpit summit, though -- and no, we're not talking about all those water bottles that made it into multiple shots. The Stark kids' uncle, Edmure Tully (Tobias Menzies), was one of those missing-in-action characters who finally made it back into the show's final moments, and when he tried to state his case for claiming the crown, it was Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) who spoke for everyone when she politely told him to sit the eff down and stop embarrassing himself.
Least expected burn: Sansa wasn't the only one dishing out sass this week, and one of the other epic takedowns came from an incredibly unlikely source: The Voice host Carson Daly. While promoting NBC's Red Nose Day event on the show's finale week, he had OG coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton join in on the Rudolph-esque fun. As thanks for the country superstar's participation, he told Shelton to go get some of those charitable noses while he was at Walgreens to "pick up some of those little blue pills." Who had Carson Daly making an ED joke on their TV bingo card this week?
The surprise renewal: For a while there, Ellen DeGeneres seemed ready to walk away from her hit talk show after her contract ran out in 2020, revealing that she felt a bit confined by the character work she's doing as host and that her wife Portia de Rossi wasn't fully sold on her continuing with the show. So, when she addressed her audience on Tuesday and compared the show to a relationship, wherein sometimes "you need to take a break," it seemed like the end. In a surprise twist, though, Degeneres revealed she'd signed on for three more years of Ellen because of how many fans have reached out to say that it helped them through tough times. So, yay, lots more dancing and scare-pranks ahead!
Best kept secret: Game of Thrones' anti-leak security system proved to be pretty flawed this season, as anyone with a Twitter and/or Reddit account could see every detail of the final episodes coming. However, the set of NCIS managed to keep their top secret finale twist under lock and key, which meant it was a complete stunner for fans when Cote de Pablo's Ziva David returned to the scene after so many years away.
Most explosive finale: One Chicago was absolutely bananas this week, as the trio of Dick Wolf procedurals wrapped up their seasons. Chicago Med left Natalie (Torrey DeVitto) in potentially mortal danger, Chicago P.D. ended with Antonio Dawson (Jon Seda)'s fate up in the air as well, and Chicago Fire put pretty much put everyone on Ladder 81 on blast, literally speaking, as a lot of the key players were trapped in a mattress factory basement as it was about to explode. Cliffhangers, cliffhangers everywhere!
Best theme song revival: There were a lot of memorable moments in ABC's live-taping of Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear's All in the Family and The Jeffersons, including Marisa Tomei's stellar performance as Edith Bunker and Marla Gibbs' surprise reprisal of her iconic role as Florence. Perhaps the most spirited moment of the evening happened when Jennifer Hudson came along to deliver a new rendition of The Jeffersons' classic theme song, and it was impossible not to bounce right along with every note.
The randomest mic drop: What better way to prepare for Memorial Day weekend than by watching a "visual poem" from the Lonely Island boys about Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco with cameos from Sterling K. Brown, Jenny Slate, the Haim sisters, Hannah Simone, Stephanie Beatriz, and Maya Rudolph? Okay, we don't know either, but this random act of parody popped up on Netflix early Thursday morning and fully commits to the bit. Andy Samberg and Akiva Schaffer play, respectively, Canseco and McGwire, the Bash Brothers of the late 1980s, who hit tons of home runs and courted lots of controversy because of their steroid use. The "unauthorized," 30-minute special -- part Lemonade, part Terrence Malick, all ridiculous -- posits that the pair recorded a rap album during the height of their powers. The result is a must-watch for Lonely Island fans. (Bonus GIF of the week below!)
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