What to Watch in May for Kids and Adults

As we get closer to summertime, more brand-new titles are on the way! We’ll see shows and films for families to enjoy together and options for adults to watch when the kids are down for the night. Whether you’re an avid moviegoer or would rather relax on the couch, I promise you’ll find something new to enjoy. Take a look below to see what movies and TV series have May release dates for the theater and popular streaming platforms.

There are some super fun movies for the family to enjoy together at the movie theater or at home for a fun weekend. Below are the anticipated May releases for kids and families.

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In this Spanish-Chinese film, a young girl forms an unlikely bond with a dragon. They travel across ancient China to save the dragons from becoming extinct.

IF (2024)
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When a young girl suddenly starts seeing forgotten imaginary friends, she sets out on an adventure to reunite the “IFs” with their kids.

The Garfield Movie
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Garfield returns in a brand-new animated film where he meets his long-lost father, who gets him involved in a heist.

Pokemon Horizons: The Series
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The second part of the first season of this new Pokémon series is coming to Netflix in May.

Thelma the Unicorn
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A pony dreams of becoming a unicorn, and one day, she transforms into one! This film is based on the children’s book where Thelma learns that fame and glitter aren’t everything.

Jurassic World: Chaos Theory
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This animated series is a spinoff that takes place after the events of Camp Cretaceous.

Geek Girl, Limited Series
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Based on the book series, this show is about a neurodivergent teen girl who pursues modeling in hopes of ending bullying at school.

Star Wars: Tales of the Empire
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This is the premiere of the animated series that follows the backstory of Morgan Elsbeth and how she became a villain in the Star Wars universe.

Whether you’re searching for a date night activity or something interesting to watch from your couch, there’s plenty of new content releasing this May.

The Fall Guy
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After retiring as a stuntman due to an almost fatal injury, Colt Seavers returns to the business when an actor mysteriously goes missing.

Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes
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When a new ape builds an empire years after Caesar’s reign, a young ape goes on a journey that will define the future of apes and humans.

Not Another Church Movie
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This parody film follows a man who claims to be on a holy mission given to him by God.

Back to Black film
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This biographical drama tells the life and career of the late Amy Winehouse and how she rose to fame with her album “Back to Black.”

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga
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Taking place in the Mad Max universe, this film tells the origin story of a young Furiosa and how she battles to get home after being kidnapped.

1992 (2024)
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Based on the L.A. uprising in the ’90s, an ex-criminal and shopkeeper must save his son from an angry mob.

Summer Camp (2024)
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Three childhood friends reunite after many years when they have a chance to return to the same summer camp they used to attend.

Outlander, Season 6 – May 1, 2024

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The highly anticipated sixth season of the popular Starz series will release on Netflix this May.

A Man in Full (2024)
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When a real estate mogul’s empire begins to crumble, he must find his way back to the top before the competition tries to take over.

Secrets of the Neanderthals – May 2, 2024

Secrets of the Neanderthals
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Narrated by Sir Patrick Stewart, this documentary dives into the mystery of the lives of the Neanderthals and their disappearance.

John Mulaney Presents: Everybody’s in LA, Season 1 – May 3, 2024

John Mulaney Presents: Everybody's in LA
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This is a new docuseries that follows John Mulaney as he travels around Los Angeles to meet other famous funny people.

Selling the OC, Season 3
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The popular reality series about the Oppenheim Group returns to Netflix with all-new real estate and drama.

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Created by Jerry Seinfeld, this film follows the origin of the Pop-Tarts and the rivalry between Kellogg’s and Post.

Katt Williams: Woke Foke
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This new comedy special will stream live on Netflix as part of the “Netflix is a Joke Fest.”

The Greatest Roast Of All Time: Tom Brady
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Also part of “Netflix is a Joke Fest,” this special will feature comedian Kevin Hart hosting a live roast of professional football star Tom Brady.

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Podcasters investigate the mysterious disappearance of three strangers in a small town in Ireland.

Mother of the Bride
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When a young woman announces her wedding, her mother soon discovers that the groom’s father is one of her exes.

Bridgerton, Season 3
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The first four episodes of the third season of the popular series premieres this May.

Shane Gillis
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When a man inherits his father’s auto shop, he must save it from closing while enduring torture from his cousin/employee, Shane.

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A data analyst must overcome her distrust of AI when a mission to hunt down a renegade robot doesn’t go as planned.

Eric, Limited Series
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A puppeteer’s son goes missing, and he uses his son’s drawings of the monster puppet, Eric, as a way to get him home.

Shardlake, Season 1
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During the Tudor Era, a man named Matthew Shardlake investigates the death of a commissioner in a remote town.

The Contestant
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This is a documentary about a Japanese reality star who was left naked in a room for a year and could only earn food and clothing through magazine sweepstakes.

Prom Dates
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Two friends make a pact to have the perfect prom but break up with their dates the day before. They must find new ones in time to make their dream a reality.

Black Twitter: A People's History
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This docuseries focuses on the rise and memes that made Black Twitter an influential part of American politics and culture.

The Kardashians, Season 5
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The fifth season of the reality series that follows the Kardashian family as they navigate their lives and fame premieres this May.

The Idea of You
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A single mom in her 40s begins a romance with a 24-year-old singer from a band she met at Coachella.

Outer Range, Season 2
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In the second season of this drama series, the neighboring family tries to take the Abbotts’ land while they mourn the disappearance of their daughter-in-law.

Dark Matter
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A man embarks on a journey back to his family after he’s abducted into an alternate reality.

Trying, Season 4
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This relatable comedy of a couple exploring adoption after infertility returns for a fourth season in May.

Doctor Who: Series 14
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The Fifteenth Doctor, played by Ncuti Gatwa, will be featured in season 14 of Doctor Who this May.

The Beach Boys
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An all-new documentary about the life and career of The Beach Boys is streaming exclusively on Disney Plus.

Jim Henson Idea Man
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This documentary will feature the late Jim Henson’s work as well as interviews with fans.

What to Watch on HBO and MAX

Hacks, Season 3
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The third season of this dark comedy featuring a legendary Las Vegas comic and an outcast premieres this May.

Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin, Season 2
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The second season continues with a brand-new set of liars who are tortured by a new assailant 20 years after the original series.

No matter the genre you and your family enjoy watching, there’s something for everyone to experience and enjoy this May. We hope you’ve found a series or movie to get excited about!


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