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Whether you're cueing up a weekend binge or a date night movie, Netflix has a May through August lineup stacked with home streaming entertainment.
From Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani in romantic comedy The Lovebirds to the gathering of The Office's Greg Daniels and Steve Carell in the Space Force intergalactic comedy, here are the series and films that we are most looking forward to. (Fair warning: many of these picks just don't have release dates yet. So keep your eyes peeled and your queues ready for the whole summer.)
This limited series, produced by Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan, follows starry-eyed actors and filmmakers trying to make it into Hollywood after World War II. A critical look at the historically biased atmosphere of the entertainment industry - one that still impedes marginalized artists gaining influence and opportunity today - Hollywood promises powerful drama and a meaningful application of revisionist history. Performances by Darren Criss, Samara Weaving, Jim Parsons, Jeremy Pope and more.
2.Dead to Me Season 2
The Dead to Me bonkers world is back for another twists and turns onslaught. Creator and showrunner Liz Feldman returns to Shepherd Jen and Judy (once again played by the masterful Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini) in a Season 2 that promises answers - or at least more confusion - about the premature deaths of Ted and Steve (James Marsden) and the uncertain future of Nick (Brandon Scott), who certainly knows too much.
3.Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. The Reverend
Everybody's favorite personified former captive-turned-positivity is back with its own interactive special. In Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. The Reverend, Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) is guided by viewers through a series of choices with big consequences. Honeymoons! Scenes to action! Somewhat of a war robot! With Unbreakable newcomer Daniel Radcliffe, Tituss Burgess, Jane Krakowski, Carol Kane and Jon Hamm return.
The Office’s Greg Daniels and Steve Carell reunite for Space Force, an intergalactic workplace comedy centered on the sixth branch of the armed forces. We don’t know a ton about this one yet, but we’ve got great photos and high hopes. Performances by John Malkovich, Diana Silvers, Ben Schwartz, Tawny Newsome, Noah Emmerich, and Jimmy O. Yang.
5.The Baby-Sitters Club
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Return to Stoneybrook with Kristy Thomas (Sophie Grace), Mary-Anne Spier (Malia Baker), Claudia Kishi (Momona Tamada), Stacey McGill (Shay Rudolph), and Dawn Schafer (Xochitl Gomez) in The Baby-Sitters Club's Netflix reboot. Based on Ann M. Martin's beloved novels, this revival under the guidance of GLOW's Rachel Shukert promises the drama and core of the original. Featuring Alicia Silverstone as Kristy's mother Elizabeth and her stepdad Watson as Mark Feuerstein.
6.Queer Eye Season 5
Now more than ever the world needs the power of the Fab Five. Stars Antoni Porowski, Bobby Berk, Jonathan Van Ness, Karamo Brown, and Tan France head to the City of Brotherly Love for helping a new batch of Philadelphia-based heroes find their best selves in the fifth season of Netflix's beloved lifestyle makeover show.
7.The Politician Season 2
Once again Ryan Murphy will depart from reality with The Politician's Season 2 expected this summer. With McAfee (Laura Dreyfuss), James (Theo Germaine), Astrid (Lucy Boynton), Alice (Julia Schlaepfer), and Skye (Rahne Jones) at his side, we pick up where the series left off in September, meaning Payton Hobart (Ben Platt) is up against state senate leader Dede Standish (Judith Light) for her spot in local government.
8.Dating Around Season 2
What would become of summer without another dose of reality from Netflix? The first ever dating show on the streaming platform, Dating Around, is set to return in the coming months for a Season 2 with a new cast of eligible singles out for a night out on the town.
9.All Day and a Night
The story of Jahkor Abraham Lincoln (Ashton Sanders) examines what it takes to break a generational cycle, from Black Panther co-writer Joe Robert Cole. Set in the volatile world of the gang scene in Oakland, All Day and a Night embarks on a journey of self-discovery that seems both poignant and painful.
10.The Half Of It
Brace yourself for another charming, teen misadventure from Netflix. The Half Of It follows Ellie Chu (Leah Lewis) as she works to help shy jock Paul (Daniel Diemer) win over his dream girl, Aster Flores (Alexxis Lemire), with love letters and well-worded texts - only to discover that she likes Aster too.
In Becoming, the documentary Nadia Hallgren paints an intimate portrait of Michelle Obama. Chronicling the 34-city tour of the former First Lady surrounding the release of her memoirs, the film offers an insight into Obama's life after the White House, and what it means to continue building her legacy.
12.Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics
Gather around the streaming hearth in Donick Cary's Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics to hear trippy tales of metaphysical misadventure. Comedians, actors, and musicians - like Nick Offerman, Adam Scott, Sarah Silverman, Rosie Perez, A$ AP Rocky, and more - share their experiences with hallucinogens through re-enactments and animations examining the highs and lows of spiritual drug use.
13.The Wrong Missy
Lauren Lapkus enjoys the starring comedy role that she deserves as the titular "wrong Missy." When Tim Morris (David Spade) accidentally texts the wrong contact and invites a bad blind date (Lapkus) to retire from his company, all hell breaks loose. Apparently.
Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani in The Lovebirds are extremely excellent casting couples, a romantic comedy-meet-murder mystery featuring a high-speed chase and some really comfortable looking disguises. When our leading couple gets enmeshed in a vehicular homicide, they have to find the killer or answer for the crimes of someone else. Yikes ...
The 2016 investigation into Larry Nassar by the Indianapolis Star was just the beginning of an exposé on gymnastics abuse by his team. Directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk (known for An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power), Athlete A chronicles the efforts of these journalists to shed light on the Olympic world's predation.