The Beat Asia’s Guide to Netflix Exclusives in May 2023


What’s on Netflix? New TV Shows and Movies for May 2023

Ah, May. May we take a minute to sit down in this inexplicably hot month? And we’re not talking about the weather. Netflix just keeps coming up with the goods, and once you’re done with the ultra-watchable “The Night Agent,” we’re afraid to report that there are more reasons for you to stay glued to that couch.

Let’s get on to what we can expect from Netflix for May 2023.


Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story’ | May 4

“Bridgerton” is one of Netflix’s biggest success stories, and that’s in no small part due to the inimitable Queen Charlotte, played to perfection by Golda Rosheuvel. And now, the sovereign will get her own spin-off, exploring the life that led to her queendom. Regal, ridiculous and, most of all, sexy, your eyes will be glued to the screen once you see India Ria Amarteifio play the young queen, who is almost a spitting image of Bridgerton’s most senior ruler.

XO, Kitty’ | May 18

Another spin-off is “XO, Kitty,” a show focused on the little sister of Lara Jean of “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.” Being responsible for her sister and Peter Kavinsky’s getting together, she’s going to move to Korea, follow her mom’s footsteps and, instead of playing matchmaker, will probably embark on her own love story halfway around the world.

FUBAR’ (Fucked Up Beyond All Repair/Recognition) | May 25

Announcing that he’s back mid-trailer, Arnold Schwarzenegger will star in his first major TV series in years. The Terminator is much less robotic in this series but no less exceptional, playing a CIA operative/father Luke Brunner, who finds out that Emma, his daughter played by Monica Barbaro, is also in the same field. Part comedy, spy action and family drama, this may end up as Arnie’s most challenging role yet. And that’s including his bodybuilding career.


The Mother’ | May 12

Those who complained that Jennifer Lopez knew only the role of the damsel in distress will have something different to watch in “The Mother.” This time, it’s J Lo who’s going to dish the distress, as a reclusive assassin who comes out of hiding to shield the daughter she gave up while she herself is trying to escape men who are after her. If the trailer is any indication, this will be a much, much more physical role for J Lo than anything we’ve seen in the past, bar the original “Anaconda.”

Blood & Gold’ | May 25

Here's something actually different: a Spaghetti western set in Nazi Germany with characters seemingly asking multiple times, “Wo ist das Gold?” That’s “Where is the gold” in German, being screamed by Nazis in ever-increasing loudness during the last, desperate days of the Third Reich. We bet you haven’t watched anything funny about this dark period since “Look Who’s Back,” and if you have a wartime itch you need to scratch, this is the movie to watch.


Victim/Suspect’ | May 23

In what Variety called a “blood-boiling doc,” “Victim/Suspect” looks at police investigations that seemingly turn the victims of sexual assault, Nikki Yovino, Emma Manion and Megan Rondini (RIP), into the suspects of the case they reported. A difficult watch in all but the start and finish, this is what happens when justice is warped so much that the victim becomes blamed for the crime.

Wanda Sykes: I’m an Entertainer' | May 23

Wanda Sykes is back for another gut-buster with “Wanda Sykes: I’m an Entertainer.” The last time she released a comedy special, she was nominated for two Emmy awards. To put it delicately, Wanda knows what she’s about and we can expect another no-holds-barred stand-up from one of the circuit’s funniest.

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