In the #Mood for… Finding a New Show to Obsess Over? 😎
Must-Watch No. 1: The Comedy That Understands Modern Love
Master of None (Season 2)
Aziz Ansari's Emmy award-winning sitcom is back for a second season. After jetting off to Italy for some much-needed self-exploration (and pasta-making classes), Dev is back in New York to tackle all the unexpected intricacies of adult life.
Available to Stream: May 12
Stars: Aziz Ansari, Eric Wareheim
Director: Eric Wareheim
Fun Fact: Instead of finding actors to portray his character's parents, Ansari cast his own mom and dad in the roles. Although their backgrounds may be in the medical field, Ansari coached them through their first time acting (and enjoyed a major bonding moment in the process).
Must-Watch No. 2: The Oddball Series Written by a Comedic Genius
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Season 3)
Prepare for one of the best binge-watching sessions of the year: Tina Fey's Netflix original has returned for a third season. Get ready for plenty of '90s references, jaw-dropping one-liners, and a Lemonade-inspired sequence that already looks incredible.
Stars: Ellie Kemper, Tituss Burgess, Carol Kane, Jane Krakowski
Director: Tristam Shapeero
Fun Fact: Although his character Tituss Andromedon is a struggling New York City actor, actor Tituss Burgess had actually starred in four Broadway musicals before earning this role.
Must-Watch No. 3: The Show That Will Make You Feel Like a Kid Again
Anne With an E
This brand new series tells the story of the 1908 novel, Anne of Green Gables—but this time, it's updated with plenty of stories that any teenager can relate to, involving crushes, bullying, and feminism.
Available to Stream: May 12
Stars: Amybeth McNulty, Aymeric Jett Montaz, Dalila Bela
Fun Fact: This beloved book has seen the screen before, most notably in the form of a beloved mini-series in the '80s—but Netflix has a new approach. Anne With an E (originally named Anne) will explore more of the titular character's dark backstory.
In the #Mood for… Spending Some Time With Your Favorite Comedians? 😂
Must-Watch No. 4: The Hilarious One-Man Show From the New "Homecoming King"
Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King
This charming Daily Show correspondent is making it big on his own with this new comedy special about growing up as a first generation Indian-American. After taking his show, Homecoming King, on the road for about a year and a half, Minhaj now offers up a show you can stream right at home. Thanks, Hasan!
Available to Stream: May 23
Stars: Hasan Minhaj
Fun Fact: If you haven't seen a ton of Minhaj's work, get a look at it now—after recently booking a slot as the host of the White House Correspondents' Dinner, he's on the rise, and poised to make an even bigger break.
Must-Watch No. 5: The Comedy Special That Will Make You Feel Better About Everything
Maria Bamford: Old Baby
Sometimes it helps to be a little self-deprecating—that's Maria Bamford's philosophy, when it comes to talking about everything from anxiety to adulthood. Get ready to wish the Lady Dynamite star were your real-life BFF.
Available to Stream: May 2
Stars: Maria Bamford
Fun Fact: Bamford's humor is extremely dry—for her last comedy special, The Special Special Special!, she performed her set in her living room, with her parents as her only audience.
In the #Mood for… Finding Your Next Crush 😍
Must-Watch No. 6: The Summer Blockbuster Starring Your Favorite British Heartthrob
Doctor Strange centers around the story of a wildly successful and exceedingly narcissistic neurosurgeon named Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), who loses the use of his hands after a terrible car accident. After traditional medicine has no cure to offer, he begins to scour the world for an alternative solution. His search leads him to the faraway land of Kamar-Taj, where he trains under The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton), learning to harness all manner of supernatural power, and finding himself embroiled in a battle to save the planet in the process.
Available to Stream: May 30
Original Release: October 20, 2016
Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tilda Swinton, Rachel McAdams
Director: Scott Derrickson
Fun Fact: This film is the 14th entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe—the 15th, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, is out May 5, and there are nine more feature films currently slated for production.
Must-Watch No. 7: The Small-Town Drama About a Rebel With a Cause
The Place Beyond the Pines
When motorcycle stunt rider Luke Glanton (Ryan Gosling) learns he has a child with his ex-girlfriend Romina (Eva Mendes), he turns to bank robbery to support his new family. His newfound career as a criminal leads to a pivotal run-in with police officer Avery Cross (Bradley Cooper), after which all of their lives are never the same.
Available to Stream: May 16
Original Release: March 29, 2013
Stars: Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes
Director: Derek Cianfrance
Fun Fact: The film takes place in the town of Schenectady, New York, and its title is the English translation of that Mohawk word.
In the #Mood for… Cracking Up When You Least Expect It 😝
Must-Watch No. 8: The Murder Mystery Unlike Any Other Murder Mystery
After the body of a young woman is discovered, L.A. homicide detective Gene Handsome is tasked with finding her killer. Comedy ensues as he struggles to figure out the problems in his own life, let alone solve the case. If you've been waiting since Clue for another classic comic murder mystery, this may just be it.
Available to Stream: May 5
Stars: Jeff Garlin, Natasha Lyonne, Amy Sedaris
Fun Fact: Didn't get enough Jeff Garlin in Curb Your Enthusiasm? Well, you'll love Handsome—Garlin directed, co-wrote, and starred in the film.
Must-Watch No. 9: The Action Comedy That Shows a Hollywood Superstar in a Whole New Light
Based on Michael Hastings's 2012 book, The Operators, War Machine is a satirical dark comedy inspired by Hastings's account of American General Stanley McChrystal's ill-fated attempts to end the war in Afghanistan.
Available to Stream: May 26
Stars: Brad Pitt, Topher Grace, Ben Kingsley
Fun Fact: Though based on a true story, the film doesn't place General McChrystal front and center—Brad Pitt is instead recast as a fictional general by the name of Glen McMahon.
Must-Watch No. 10: The Way-Too-Real Movie You Need to See With Your Best Friend
Don't Think Twice
Improv is all about support, trust, and love. But when Jack (Keegan-Michael Key) gets a call to audition for Weekend Live (yes, a fictional version of Saturday Night Live), that all starts to break down as ambition, jealousy, and competition begin to infiltrate his friend group.
Available to Stream: May 1
Original Release: July 22, 2016
Stars: Keegan-Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs, Kate Micucci, Mike Birbiglia, Tami Sagher, Chris Gethard
Fun Fact: This movie got a 99% on Rotten Tomatoes. 99%! That's better than Inside Out, Gone With the Wind, and Moonlight.