What to watch on Netflix this month
The Last DanceAvailable now
13 years after his sensational debut, we find Michael Jordan on track to win his sixth NBA title in eight years with the revamped Chicago Bulls, making him perhaps the best basketball player of all time. Yet, club politics mean that this season could see a premature ending to a glittering career. Stacked with archive footage, interviews with all the key players – including a typically nonchalant Dennis Rodman – and a continual stream of the choicest 90s fashion, this fascinating docuseries is a must-watch for sports fans of all stripes.
1 May: Hollywood
Ryan Murphy follows up The Politician with an altogether different cast and setting for the latest production in his multi-million dollar Netflix deal. Set during the post-war Hollywood Golden Age, we join a group of wannabe writers, directors and actors trying to make it in the rapidly-modernising entertainment industry. First, though, they have to navigate a lascivious gas station owner, and the town’s deeply ingrained prejudices. A moving and often hilarious look at a much-mythologised era.
5 May – Jerry Seinfeld: 23 Hours to Kill
Jerry Seinfeld continues his Netflix production slate with his first original comedy special in 23 years. Shot at New York’s Beacon Theatre, 23 Hours features misanthropic musings on everything from the architecture of toilet stalls to the hapless nature of supervillains, and proves a welcome return for the king of observational comedy.
8 May – The Eddy
Following his big screen hits Whiplash and La La Land, jazz fanatic Damien Chazelle continues his fascination with the esoteric genre. For his TV debut, he offers a moody, amorphous tale of pianist Elliot (André Holland) who, in self-imposed exile from New York, finds himself running a struggling Parisien jazz club called The Eddy. With his daughter arriving to stay and his business partner Farid (Tahar Rahim) keeping some nefarious company, his precarious existence soon starts to unravel.
14 May – Schitt’s Creek
The final series of the hysterical, Arrested Development-esque comedy about a formerly wealthy, now decidedly down on their luck brood arrives on UK screens this month. As it kicks off, David and Patrick plan their nuptials, and Alexis gets to say “David” in her inimitable way once again as she tries to convince her brother of her benevolence. As sharp and witty as ever, the Rose family’s messy antics are sure to live on long after the final episode airs.
15 May – White Lines
The seedy underbelly of the party isle comes at the fore in this new drama from Money Heist creator Álex Pina, which delves into the mysterious death of a DJ some 20 years, and his sister’s quest to find out exactly what became of him. From sex parties to some very shady characters, this is pure escapism, with Daniel Mays – recently seen in Sky’s Code 404 – on form as a drug dealer with a murky past.
18 May – The Big Flower Fight
If Bake Off, Sewing Bee and The Great Pottery Throwdown have all had you glued to your screens with their twee competitiveness, this floral-based reality show is sure to be right up your street. Presented by comics Vic Reeves and Natasia Demetriou, ten teams must create increasingly extravagant floral displays in the hope of winning the grand prize: their own floral sculpture in London’s Kew Gardens.
22 May – The Lovebirds
Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani’s comedy was originally destined for a cinematic release, but with coronavirus shutting theatres indefinitely, Netflix have snapped it up instead. When they’re accused of a murder, Leilani (Rae) and Jibran (Nanjiani) go on the run, but will they be able to solve the crime or will they end up being banged up for it?
29 May – Space Force
Hot on the heels of Armando Iannucci’s space-set Avenue 5, Greg Daniels and Steve Carrell, writer and star respectively of the US version of the Office, team up once again for an otherworldly adventure about a new armed force who must “defend satellites from attack and perform other space-related tasks … or something”. Liable to be more Trumpian than the man himself.