Given all the extra idle time you have at home, you've probably watched through your whole Netflix list by now. So, if you're looking for new titles to tide you over the social distancing period, the streaming app is releasing quite a number of exciting ones this month. From films that will tickle your funny bones to mystical dramas that will spark your imagination, Netflix May 2020 releases will surely not disappoint. Beat boredom at home and check out these shows and movies worth your stream.
Into old Hollywood films? Revisit its golden era and watch this miniseries released last 1 May. Created by screenwriter-producer Ryan Murphy, who has worked on titles such as Glee and Eat, Pray, Love, Hollywood brings us back to the industry in the '40s. The seven-episode show follows a group of aspiring creatives played by Darren Criss, David Corenswet, Patti LuPone and more working to make their showbiz dreams come true. More than glitz and glamour, the show will give us a glimpse of the unjust systems and biases that worked behind the curtains at that time. Taking a revisionist spin on history, Hollywood imagines what the entertainment industry would be like if it welcomed diversity in the iconic age.
The Half Of It
Make sure to catch The Half Of It when it comes out on the platform this month. The high school dramedy puts a refreshing twist on the classic Cyrano de Bergerac tale, where Ellie, a shy straight-A student, agrees to write love letters for football player Paul addressed to his crush, Aster. All goes smoothly until Ellie finds herself falling for the same girl. If not for the love triangle drama, watch the coming-of-age film by Alice Wu for the heart-warming bond that forms between the unlikely duo of the nerd and the jock.
Mystic Pop-Up Bar
Speaking of refreshing Netflix May 2020 releases, there's, of course, the Mystic Pop-Up Bar to watch out for. K-Drama fans are sure to enjoy the webtoon-based series coming out this 20 May. As you can surmise from the title alone, the drama tells the fantastical events surrounding the outdoor pop-up bar, which can travel through different worlds. The street-side drinking establishment is run by the ill-tempered Wool Joo (played by Hwang Jung Eum from She Was Pretty). Together with the innocent part-timer Han Kang Bae (played by BTOB's Yook Sung Jae from Goblin), they welcome their customers wholeheartedly and help them solve their problems by visiting their dreams.
For a bit of fun, go right ahead and add The Lovebirds to your watchlist. Initially set to be theatrically released in the US last month, the crime comedy was picked up by Netflix has picked up and is premiering on 22 May. The movie stars Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani as a couple who finds themselves suddenly pulled into a murder mystery. Prompted by the unexpected turn of events, they go on a wild chase to find the real killer and clear their names, saving their relationship while they're at it.
Finally, on the list of Netflix May 2020 releases to watch out for is the upcoming sitcom entitled Space Force. Fans of The Office and Parks and Recreation will definitely enjoy this workplace comedy available on the streaming app this 29 May. Starring the hilarious ensemble led by Steve Carell, the web series centres on their group tasked to establish the US Space Force. So definitely expect some deadpan humour that will have you in stitches the whole time.
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