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Every month, Netflix rotates their selection. Knowing this but not paying attention to the press release lists can lead to some unhappy households (like my husband and I waking up one morning to find X-Files gone) and some super happy nostalgia moments (like my husband cheesy-grinning over the animated The Real Ghostbusters).

With a few days left in April, there are still a few shows and movies scheduled to leave ahead of May 1st. For your convenience, and last-ditch binging planning, I’ve included these leaving in the list below.

First, though, a few highlights of what is coming, presented alphabetically to avoid ranking (although, honestly, I am emphatically most excited about #2).


Netflix Blame Anime
BLAME! is a subtitled Netflix Original film adaptation of Tsutomu Nihei’s cyberpunk manga of the same name. In BLAME!, a loner, Kirii (voiced by Takahiro Sakurai), attempts to save humanity by searching for Net Terminal Genes, a genetic marker that allows humans to access the control network of The City. The City is a vast artificial construct that is continually expanding and inhabited by humans, human-hybrids, and cyborgs. With so much ground to cover and many obstacles, will Kirii succeed?

2. Marvel’s Doctor Strange

This visually stunning Marvel movie ushered magic into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) was the best neurosurgeon around until a car accident mangled his hands. In his quest to return to the top of his career, Dr. Strange finds himself in Kathmandu in search of an experimental treatment to restore full functionality of his hands. What he finds instead sets him upon a path far greater than he expected or fully understands. Doctor Strange takes place in the same universe and time-frame as the majority of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including Iron Man, The Avengers, Thor, and the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming.

RELATED: Watch Benedict Cumberbatch Get Magically Silly in this DOCTOR STRANGE Blooper Reel

3. House of Cards: Season 5
Netflix House of Cards Season 5
The fifth season of Netflix’s original show, House of Cards, has new show runners, Melissa James Gibson and Frank Pugliese, and introduces a few new characters while bringing back those you love (or hate or love to hate). It promises to answer some questions and will most likely raise new ones. What we want to know from this season: With the nation at war with terrorism and his dirty deeds being sniffed out in the media, can Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) maintain his presidency and win an election with wife Claire (Robin Wright) as his running mate? What other obstacles will arise and how will the Underwoods crush them?

RELATED: HOUSE OF CARDS Releases New Creepy Teaser on Inauguration Day

4. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 3
Netflix Kimmy Schmidt Season 3
Season 3 of this Netflix Original is the season in which Kimmy Schmidt (Ellie Kemper), armed with her GED, goes to college! Kimmy must also deal with the fact she is married to her captor, the Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne (Jon Hamm). Her friends, landlady Lillian (Carol Kane) and roommate Titus (Titus Burgess), also have some relationship drama to sort out; Lillian breaks up with her boyfriend while Titus gets revenge on his boyfriend for cheating.


5. The Mars Generation
Netflix Mars Generation
This Netflix Original documentary examines the drive and idea of sending a manned mission to Mars. It includes interviews with the teens dedicating their life to Mars and notable scientists. The documentary, which debuted at The Sundance Film Festival, shares a name with a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring a love of STEM and the idea of deep space exploration, including a mission to Mars.

RELATED: THE MARS GENERATION Gets a Trailer andWill Make Its Way to Netflix on May 5th

6. Riverdale: Season 1
Riverdale Season 1
Riverdale is just a typical small town: quiet and wholesome. At least it is on the surface. A murder over the summer sends ripples through the friendships at the high school and with the new school year, things get crazy. Originally airing on The CW, Riverdale is based on the characters from Archie Comics, bringing Archie (KJ Apa), Jughead (Cole Sprouse), Betty (Lili Reinhart), and Veronica (Camila Mendes) to life in a teen drama / mystery.

7. Sherlock: Season 4

BBC Sherlock Season 4


More Benedict Cumberbatch? Yes, please!
Catch up with Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Watson (Martin Freeman) at 221B Baker Street and see the fallout from Moriarty’s “Did you miss me?” broadcast message from the end of Season 3. This season of BBC‘s Sherlock delves into Mary’s past, puts lives on the line, and bring’s Sherlock’s childhood into the spotlight. There are plenty of twists and misdirection, just the way Sherlock prefers to operate.

RELATED: New SHERLOCK Season 4 Trailer Teases Sherlock Holmes’ Darkest Secret


Please note: items listed with the Netflix icon (N-icon_32x32) are Netflix Originals.


Soon Available for Binging

Arriving May 1

  • American Experience: The Big Burn
  • American Experience: The Boys of ’36
  • Anvil! The Story of Anvil
  • Blood on the Mountain
  • Chaahat
  • Chocolat
  • Decanted
  • Don’t Think Twice
  • Drifter
  • Forrest Gump
  • Happy Feet
  • N-icon_32x32 In the Shadow of Iris
  • Love
  • Losing Sight of Shore
  • Malibu’s Most Wanted
  • Nerdland
  • Raja Hindustani
  • Richard Pryor: Icon
  • Under Arrest: Season 5

Arriving May 2

  • Bodyguards: Secret Lives from the Watchtower
  • Hija De La Laguna
  • N-icon_32x32 Maria Bamford: Old Baby
  • Two Lovers and a Bear

Arriving May 5

  • N-icon_32x32 Chelsea: Season 2  (streaming every Friday)
  • N-icon_32x32 Handsome: A Netflix Mystery Movie
  • N-icon_32x32 Kazoops! Season 3
  • N-icon_32x32 Sense8: Season 2
  • N-icon_32x32 Simplemente Manu NNa
  • N-icon_32x32 Spirit: Riding Free: Season 1
  • N-icon_32x32 The Last Kingdom: Season 2
  • N-icon_32x32 The Mars Generation

Arriving May 6

  • Cold War 2
  • When the Bough Breaks

Arriving May 7

  • LoveTrue
  • Stake Land II
  • The Host

Arriving May 8

  • Beyond the Gates
  • Hunter Gatherer

Arriving May 9

  • N-icon_32x32 Norm Macdonald: Hitler’s Dog, Gossip & Trickery
  • Queen of the South: Season 1

Arriving May 10

  • El apóstata
  • The Adventure Club

Arriving May 11

  • Switched at Birth: Season 5
  • The Fosters: Season 4

Arriving May 12

  • N-icon_32x32 All Hail King Julien: Exiled: Season 1
  • N-icon_32x32 Anne with an E: Season 1
  • N-icon_32x32 Get Me Roger Stone
  • N-icon_32x32 Master of None: Season 2
  • N-icon_32x32 Mindhorn
  • N-icon_32x32 Sahara

Arriving May 15

  • Command and Control
  • Cave
  • Lovesong
  • Sherlock: Season 4
  • The Intent

Arriving May 16

  • N-icon_32x32 Tracy Morgan: Staying Alive
  • The Break-Up
  • The Place Beyond the Pines

Arriving May 18

  • Royal Pains: Season 8
  • Riverdale: Season 1

Arriving May 19

  • N-icon_32x32 BLAME!
  • N-icon_32x32 Laerte-se
  • N-icon_32x32 The Keepers: Season 1
  • N-icon_32x32 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 3

Arriving May 21

  • What’s with Wheat

Arriving May 22

  • Inglourious Bastards
  • They Call Us monsters</li

Arriving May 23

  • N-icon_32x32 Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King
  • Dig Two Graves

Arriving May 24

  • Southpaw

Arriving May 26

  • Believe
  • N-icon_32x32 Bloodline: Season 3
  • I Am Jane Doe
  • N-icon_32x32 Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower
  • N-icon_32x32 War Machine

Arriving May 28

  • Bunk’d: Season 2

Arriving May 29

    Forever Pure

  • A New High

Arriving May 30

  • N-icon_32x32 F is for Family: Season 2
  • N-icon_32x32 House of Cards: Season 5
  • Marvel’s Doctor Strange
  • Masterminds
  • N-icon_32x32 Sarah Silverman: A Speck of Dust

Arriving ??? (No Date Provided)

  • Supergirl: Season 2
  • Supernatural: Season 12
  • The Flash: Season 3

Last Chance Binging
Leaving April 30

  • Under the Tuscan Sun
  • The Mirror
  • Born to Defense
  • The Defender

Leaving May 1

  • 11 Blocks
  • Alfie
  • Bang Bang!
  • Black Mamba: Kiss of Death
  • Cujo
  • Doomsdays
  • Fantastic Four
  • FernGully 2: The Magical Rescue
  • Flicka: Country Pride
  • Garfield’s Fun Fest
  • Invincible
  • Jetsons: The Movie
  • Jurassic Park
  • The Lost World: Jurassic Park
  • Jurassic Park III
  • Paulie
  • Samurai Headhunters
  • Steven King’s Thinner
  • Tales from the Darkside: The Movie
  • The Doors
  • The Real Beauty and the Beast
  • The Seven Dwarfs of Auschwitz
  • The Sons of Katie Elder
  • The Wedding Planner
  • Things We Lost in the Fire
  • To Catch a Thief
  • Treblinka: Hitler’s Killing Machine
  • Truly Strange
  • Turf War: Lions and Hippos
  • Van Wilder: Freshman Year
  • Venom Islands
  • World War II Spy School

Leaving May 2

  • Good Luck Charlie: Season 1 – 4
  • Kickin’ It: Season 1 – 3
  • Scrubs: Season 1 – 9

Leaving May 5

  • Amapola
  • Flubber
  • Grosse Point Blank
  • The Recruit
  • What About Bob?

Leaving May 7

  • American Dad! Season 7
  • Bob’s Burgers: Season 2

Leaving May 11

  • American Dad! Season 8

Leaving May 15

  • Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown: Season 1 – 5

Leaving May 17

  • American Dad! Season 9 – 10

Leaving May 19

  • Step Up

Leaving May 26

  • Graceland: Season 1 – 3
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