NBC and Universal’s signature streaming service Peacock offers a wide variety of movies and TV shows that change from month to month, with many big titles leaving in May 2023. Peacock first launched in July 2020 and got its start by carrying some of NBC’s most popular shows and movies from day one. Since then, the streamer has diversified its platform by creating hit original shows such as Bel-Air, and it has quickly positioned itself as one of the best subscription services on the market. Despite its wealth of content, Peacock is in a constant state of flux, which sees many shows and movies exit each month.


With the backing of a powerful company like NBC, Peacock has thrown its hat into the original content ring, producing new shows and movies that rival even the best network television has to offer. In addition, the streamer has also branched out into the world of live sports, making Peacock a live streaming destination for fans of professional wrestling, football and motorsports. The best new shows on Peacock have gained a loyal subscriber base, but with additions also comes the departure of popular content. And some of these films and TV series will leave the Peacock in May 2023.

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The Harry Potter series

Students sail by boat to Hogwarts in Harry Potter

  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001)
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1 (2010)
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2 (2011)

Perhaps the most high-profile departure from Peacock in May 2023 is the streamer’s loss of the original Harry Potter movie. Warner Brothers’ eight-film saga has bounced between streaming services in recent years, and Peacock’s loss of the films is certainly a blow to the increasingly popular service. With confirmation of a Harry Potter TV show in development on HBO Max, it’s likely that the films will find a more stable home on that service, as Warner Bros. continues to expand the franchise in the future.

The Fifty Shades Of Gray Trilogy

Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan watch in Fifty Shades of Grey

  • Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)
  • Fifty shades darker (2017)
  • Fifty Shades Freed (2018)

Based on the wildly popular romance book series of the same name by author EL James, the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy will leave the Peacock in May 2023. Starting with the release of 2015’s Fifty Shades of Greythe erotic romance adaptations did big business for Universal Pictures with the first film generating over $500 million (via Box Office Mojo). Although the films were almost universally panned by critics, they were all smash hits that turned a nice profit for Universal. After his departure from Peacock, Fifty Shades of Grey will remain available on HBO Max, even if the sequels are not.

The Smurfs series

The main characters in the live-action/animated film The Smurfs.

  • The Smurfs (2011)
  • the Smurfs 2 (2013)

The crowd-pleasing live-action adaptation of the The Smurfs is leaving Peacock in May, and will be joined by the sequel the Smurfs 2. Despite mostly negative reviews, 2011’s The Smurfs drew the family crowd and performed well enough to get a sequel just a few years later in 2013. The films featured an epic cast including Neil Patrick Harris, Katy Perry and Anton Yelchin and were a fitting tribute to the classic cartoon that inspired them.

Are we there yet? Series

The poster for Are we there yet?

  • Are we there yet? (2005)
  • Are we done yet? (2007)

Comedy hit from the mid-00s Are we there yet? and its successor Are we done yet? both will leave the Peacock’s catalog in May 2023, among a host of other high-profile comedies. Starring rapper Ice Cube, the family-friendly farce was a surprise at the box office, and the cast of Are we there yet? mostly returned en masse for the follow-up a few years later. Fortunately for fans of both films, they will remain streaming on HBO Max after May.

The Dirty Dancing series

Baby and Johnny are about to kiss on the floor in Dirty Dancing

  • Sexy dance (1987)
  • Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights (2004)

The classic from 1987 Sexy dance made stars out of Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, and it was popular enough to spawn an ill-fated sequel in 2004 called Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights. The original film has become an epitome of 1980s culture and featured one of the most beloved soundtracks of the entire decade. Both dance-centric romance films will leave Peacock’s catalog in May.

The ultimate gift trilogy

Abigail Breslin looks to the stars of The Ultimate Gift

  • The ultimate gift (2006)
  • The ultimate life (2013)
  • The ultimate legacy (2016)

The spiritually driven drama from 2006 The ultimate gift started a bit of a franchise in the form of two sequels over the ensuing decade, and all three films in the trilogy leave the Peacock in May. Although mainstream critics mostly panned all three films, the trilogy found success with its target demographic and The ultimate gift was one of the earliest roles for its star Abigail Breslin.

Adam Sandler movie

Billy sits with the kids in Billy Madison

  • Billy Madison (1995)
  • Bulletproof (1996)
  • Happy Gilmore (1996)

Adam Sandler’s famous catalog of films has remained popular with each generation of viewers who discover them, and some underrated Sandler films have even found new life on streaming services like Peacock. However, several of Sandler’s biggest hits will leave the Peacock in May, departing on Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore. Along with the two films that helped Sandler become a bona fide movie star, the action movie Bulletproof also leaves Peacock and is one of the hidden gems in Sandler’s filmography.

Hallmark movie

A man points to a map in the Hallmark Original movie The Beach House

  • The beach house (2018)
  • Carrot Cake Murder: A Hannah Swensen Mystery (2023)
  • The Christmas train (2017)
  • Debbie Macombers crashes through the snow (2015)
  • Debbie Macomber’s Trade Christmas (2011)
  • Dream mothers (2023)
  • Flip That Romance (2019)
  • Hearts in the game (2023)
  • Hidden gems (2022)
  • Jane Mysteries: The Inheritance Lost (2023)
  • The journey of my heart (2021)
  • Karen Kingsbury’s The Bridge (2015)
  • Karen Kingsbury’s The Bridge Part 2 (2016)
  • The Love Club: Sydney’s Journey (2023)
  • Love under the rainbow (2019)
  • Love in Zion National: A National Park Romance (2023)
  • Matchmaker Mysteries: A Fatal Romance (2020)
  • Mystery 101: Playing Dead (2019)
  • Picture Perfect Mysteries: Dead Over Diamonds (2020)
  • The breakthrough of spring (2023)
  • Nikki & Nora: Sister Sleuths (2022)

The Peacock has long been a repository for many of Hallmark Channel’s movies and series, and in May 2023, a large selection of Hallmark originals will depart. Stretching as far back as the 2011s Debbie Macomber’s Trade Christmasthe list of Hallmark content leaving Peacock in May even includes relatively new releases from earlier in 2023. Despite a heaping helping of the channel’s romance and mystery films leaving in May, Peacock will continue to host Hallmark- content in the coming months.

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90s action

Castor and Sean point guns at each other in Face/Off.

  • Enemy of the state (1998)
  • Face/Off (1997)
  • Mercury is rising (1998)
  • Speed (1994)
  • True lies (1994)
  • Water the world (1995)

The 1990s was a great decade for action movies, and some of the most popular movies from that era were high-octane thrillers. Peacock has often had a strong selection of action movies from all eras, but the movies that left the streamer in May 2023 represent some of the best action movies of the 90s. While they weren’t all smash hits, the bulk of ’90s action movies that left the Peacock perfectly represent the decade’s blockbuster sensibility.

Award winners

Cate Blanchett as Lydia Tar conducts in Tar

  • 8 miles (2002)
  • Brokeback Mountain (2005)
  • An everlasting sunshine in a spotless mind (2004)
  • Gandhi (1982)
  • Joy Luck Club (1993)
  • Life of Pi (2012)
  • Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)
  • My cousin Vinny (1992)
  • Schindler’s List (1993)
  • She said (2022)
  • Sicario (2015)
  • Tar (2022)

Positioning itself as one of the most well-rounded streaming services, Peacock’s catalog contains something for every type of viewer, including a strong selection of award-winning films. Peacock’s clout has also made it the landing spot for some of the latest critical darlings of the past few years, and films like 2022’s Tar and She said leaving their original streaming home in May 2023. Along with newer gems, older award-winning films such as Gandhi and Schindler’s List will also leave.

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Family favourites

Batman jumps into action with Robin and Batgirl in The Lego Batman Movie

  • How to train your dragon 2 (2014)
  • Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014)
  • The Lego Batman Movie (2017)

Like most streaming services, Peacock has tailored some of its catalog for families, often featuring some of the most popular children’s movies and shows. 2014’s critical tax How to train your dragon 2 leaving the Peacock in May, along with the equally popular The Lego Batman Movie from 2017. Outside of these two extremely successful franchise films, Dreamworks’ underrated animated film Mr. Peabody & Sherman also leaves the streaming service at the same time.

Everything else leaves the peacock in May 2023

David Harbor as Santa holds a beer in Violent Night

  • Bleeding steel (2017)
  • Bruce the Almighty (2003)
  • The change (2011)
  • Definitely Maybe (2008)
  • Doom (2005)
  • Dragon Blade (2015)
  • The fighting temptations (2003)
  • Fist fight (2017)
  • For Love of the Game (1999)
  • The Good Shepherd (2006)
  • The Grandmaster (2013)
  • Half baked (1998)
  • How high (2001)
  • Oblivion (2013)
  • Pop Star: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016)
  • Run with 2 (2016)
  • Salt (2010)
  • Spy game (2001)
  • The tuxedo (2002)
  • Violent night (2022)
  • Waist deep (2006)
  • While you were sleeping (1995)
  • The Wolverine (2013)
  • Next Boy (2015)

Among the nearly 90 films and shows leaving the Peacock in May 2023 are a mix of obscure films and big hits, with some even being recent releases. Classic stoner comedies like Half baked and How high leave in May, as well as hit mainstream films like Jim Carrey’s Bruce the Almighty. Interestingly, 2022 Christmas action comedy Violent night is also leaving Peacock in May, moving on from its original streaming home since its release. Also with its addition to Disney Plus, 2013’s Marvel comics extravaganza Wolverine will not be available on Peacock after May.

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