What to watch on Netflix Canada in May 2020

Including Hannah Gadsby: Douglas, Snowpiercer, Ryan Murphy's Hollywood, and The Lovebirds starring Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae

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      By NOW staff

      Hannah Gadsby: Douglas

      When Hannah Gadsby released Nanette in 2018, Netflix billed it as a "comedy special." It proved to be much more: a memoir, cultural commentary and a reflection on trauma. It won her both a Peabody and an Emmy. Naturally, expectations for her second special, Douglas, are high. And she may even be returning on a lighter note, considering the name of her new show is that of one of her dogs. Still, this one touches on many of the themes in Nanette, namely, the patriarchy. And anti-vaxxers. Expect a punch in the gut.  May 26


      The latest series from Ryan Murphy, the master of glitz and camp, follows a group of aspiring actors and filmmakers in postwar Tinseltown. If his previous series of this era, Feud: Bette And Joan, is anything to go by, Hollywood promises not only vintage eye candy but plenty of biting commentary on the inner workings of the film industry and its many biases when it comes to gender, sexuality and, this time, race. No one bats an eye at female directors or Black screenwriters—in fact, it's the norm, which sounds like much-needed revisionist history. The cast includes Murphy regulars Darren Criss, Patti Lupone and Dylan McDermott along with Laura Harrier and Jim Parsons.  May 1

      The Half of It

      Alice Wu’s high school romance is a teenage riff on Cyrano de Bergerac, starring Nancy Drew’s Leah Lewis as brainy misfit Ellie Chu, who’s enlisted to help lovelorn butcher’s son Paul Munsky (Daniel Diemer) woo his crush Aster Flores (Alexxis Lemire) through carefully crafted love letters and DMs. There’s just one little complication: Ellie is even more in love with Aster than Paul is. This is writer/director Wu’s first picture since her 2004 debut Saving Face—an indie charmer that became a touchstone of queer Asian cinema—so expectations are high.  May 1


      This series is an adaptation of the 2013 film by recent Oscar winner Bong Joon-ho, which was adapted the film from a 1982 French comic book. It's hard to imagine this project living up to earlier versions but the dystopian premise leaves plenty of room for more storytelling. The story is about a perpetually moving train that contains what is left of humanity after the world freezes over. The good news: Bong is executive producing, the cast is led by Jennifer Connelly and it's already been renewed for season two. The bad news: It had a relatively troubled production, faced several delays, creative in-fighting spilled into the press and the show flip-flopped between networks. A train wreck worth witnessing?  Coming soon.

      The Eddy

      Netflix has spared no expense on this new limited series, a multilingual ensemble drama written by award-winning screenwriter and playwright Jack Thorne (The Fades, Harry Potter and The Cursed Child). Netflix has also revealed almost nothing about it, other than the fact that it’s set in and around a Paris jazz club and stars André Holland, Amandla Stenberg, Tahar Rahim and Cold War’s Joanna Kulig. The first two episodes are directed by La La Land Oscar-winner Damien Chazelle, so expect at least one speech per hour about the significance of jazz as the only truly American art form.  May 8

      Issa Rae (left) and Kumail Nanjiani star in The Lovebirds.
      Skip Bolen/Netflix

      The Lovebirds

      Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae are a New Orleans couple whose relationship is heavily tested when they’re framed for murder and forced to go on the run to clear their names. (Don’t worry, it’s a comedy—written by The Go-Getters’ Aaron Abrams and Brendan Gall!) Paramount Pictures had positioned this as its big April release until COVID-19 shuttered all the movie theatres, so now it’s premiering on Netflix, which is probably very happy to have yoinked Nanjiani’s reunion with The Big Sick director Michael Showalter away from Amazon Studios, which released the previous film.  May 22

      Space Force

      Fifteen years ago, Steve Carell and Greg Daniels helped redefine the American sitcom with The Office. Now they’ve co-created a new workplace comedy—this one focused on the poor saps who have to turn Donald Trump’s bold new military initiative into something workable. Carell is the four-star general trying to wrangle a base full of eccentrics—including cranky head astrophysicist John Malkovich and an obnoxious marketing dweeb Ben Schwartz—while also parenting his teenage daughter (Booksmart’s Diana Silvers), because that’s how sitcoms work.  May 29

      Have A Good Trip: Adventures In Psychedelics 

      Since none of us is taking a physical trip for the next little while, why not watch a movie about some awesome mind-bending inner trips? That's the premise of this documentary about celebs recounting their favourite drug-induced voyages, all thanks to psychedelics.  May 11

      Patton Oswalt: I Love Everything

      Oswalt is fine in his TV and film appearances (Young Adult, Ratatouille, BoJack Horseman), and he's extremely funny on Twitter, but as anyone who's seen his live stand-up act knows, the stage is where he rules. In his latest comedy special, he discusses things like attending his daughter's second-grade art show and the dangers of buying a house. Neither of those things sounds particularly funny, but Oswalt—a shrewd, self-effacing comic with impeccable timing—will make them so.  May 19

      Ben Platt Live From Radio City Music Hall 

      The Tony, Emmy and Grammy Award-winning star of Dear Evan Hansen and the Pitch Perfect movies (not to mention Run This Town and The Politician) performed a solo concert at Radio City Music Hall last September, the final spot on his big tour. Expect lots of big emoting, both from his Broadway career and his recent solo album debut.  May 20

      Selling Sunset (season 2)

      With Netflix churning out delectable reality rubbish seemingly by the day, the second season of Selling Sunset couldn't have better timing. Released quietly last summer, it was a bit of a sleeper hit, following the ferocious real estate world in Los Angeles. Featuring elite agency the Oppenheim Group (which only seems to hire tall, thin blonds) agents get cut-throat just because and makes for incredibly binge-worthy content. The prettiest part is the sprawling Hollywood Hills estates we're invited into. The second season promises "larger listings, mind-blowing mansions, shocking new romances and explosive truths." What could be more over-the-top? For reality buffs, this one's a must.  May 22

      TV shows

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      Blood & Water

      Kenny Sebastian: The Most Interesting Person In The Room

      Mystic Pop-up Bar


      May 1

      Almost Happy

      Go! Go! Cory Carson: The Chrissy


      Medici: The Magnificent (part 2)

      Reckoning (season 1)

      Masha And The Bear (season 4)

      May 5

      Jerry Seinfeld: 23 Hours To Kill

      May 7

      Scissor Seven (season 2)

      May 8

      Chico Bon Bon: Monkey With A Tool Belt

      Dead To Me (season 2)

      The Eddy

      The Hollow (season 2)


      May 11

      Bordertown (season 3)

      Trial By Media

      May 12

      True: Terrific Tales

      Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy Vs. The Reverend

      May 13

      The Great Canadian Baking Show (season 3)

      May 14

      Knightfall (season 2)

      May 15


      Inhuman Resources

      Magic For Humans (season 3)

      She-Ra And The Princesses Of Power (season 5)

      White Lines

      May 16

      La reina de Indias y el conquistador

      May 18

      The Big Flower Fight

      May 19

      Patton Oswalt: I Love Everything

      Sweet Magnolias

      May 20

      Ben Platt Live From Radio City Music Hall

      May 22

      Control Z

      History 101

      The 100 (season 7)

      Selling Sunset (season 2)

      Trailer Park Boys: The Animated Series (season 2)

      May 23

      Dynasty (season 3)

      May 24

      Heartland (season 13)

      May 26

      Hannah Gadsby: Douglas

      May 28

      Animal Kingdom (season 4)


      May 29

      Space Force


      May 1

      3 Ninjas: Kick Back

      All Day And A Night

      Back To The Future

      Back To The Future Part II

      Bad Boys


      Barely Lethal

      The Cold Light Of Day

      Cracked Up, The Darrell Hammond Story

      Dante’s Peak

      Das Boot: Director’s Cut

      Deadpool 2

      The Devil’s Own

      Fifty Shades Freed

      Get In


      The Half Of It

      Happy Feet

      I Am Divine

      The Interpreter

      Into The Night

      Mrs. Serial Killer

      The New Adventures Of Pippi Longstocking


      Penguins Of Madagascar: The Movie


      The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants 2


      To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything! Julie Newmar



      Underworld: Awakening

      Underworld: Rise Of The Lycans


      May 6

      The Adjustment Bureau

      Ali G Indahouse

      The Big Lebowski

      Captains Courageous

      Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant

      Love Actually

      Scent Of A Woman

      Smokin’ Aces

      May 7

      Iron Man 3

      May 8

      18 Regali

      May 10


      May 11

      Have A Good Trip: Adventures In Psychedelics

      May 13

      The Wrong Missy

      May 15

      I Love You, Stupid

      May 16

      This Is The End

      May 17

      Pacific Rim: Uprising

      May 19


      May 20

      Rebelión de los Godinez

      May 22

      The Lovebirds

      May 25

      Ne Zha

      May 27

      I’m No Longer Here

      May 28

      La corazonada

      May 29

      Somebody Feed Phil (season 3)

      May 31

      High Strung Free Dance

      Last Call

      TV series and movies leaving Netflix this month.

      May 4

      The House Bunny

      May 5

      Erin Brockovich

      May 23

      Drop Dead Diva (season 1-6)

      May 31

      Center Stage