Apr 27, 2023
What's streaming in May
Ah, May—my favorite month, and not just because it’s my birthday. May means gearing up for the summer and with that comes a whole barrage of fresh new shows to stream. And there are plenty, including a new Michael J. Fox movie, Sly Stallone documentary, a new Schwarzenegger movie, some true crime, some comedy, and more reality shows. Here’s a look at the new content dropping on some of your favorite platforms this month.
HBO & HBO Max
Love & Death – This new series released April 27, but it’s worth mentioning in May. Here’s why you’re gonna want to watch it, especially if you’re true-crime story obsessed. Starring Elizabeth Olsen (WandaVision), the show centers on small-town Texas housewife Candy Montgomery (Olsen), who murdered her friend Betty Gore (Lily Rabe, American Horror Story). Candy was having an affair with Betty’s husband Alan, played by Jesse Plemons (Game Night), and shortly after they called off their relationship, Betty was found dead. The series is written by David E. Kelley, the big brain behind Big Little Lies and The Undoing.
Now streaming on HBO and HBO Max
White House Plumbers – Justin Theroux (Mosquito Coast), Domhnall Gleeson (The Patient), Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men), Lena Headey (Game of Thrones), and Woody Harrelson (Zombieland) star in this new five-part drama exploring how President Nixon’s own political saboteurs, Watergate masterminds E. Howard Hunt and G. Gordon Liddy, inadvertently toppled the presidency. If you watched the Starz series Gaslit, you saw Julia Roberts slowly driven insane and drugged by Hunt and Liddy (and her husband) in her portrayal of Martha Mitchell, the outspoken wife of then-attorney general John Mitchell. She was the first person to signal Nixon’s involvement in the Watergate break-in.
White House Plumbers premieres May 1
The Other Two, Season 3 – If you haven’t seen the first two seasons of this show, you absolutely should make the time to do so before rolling into the new season. This underrated comedy dives into what celebrity status can do to a family, following two older siblings of a Justin Bieber-type pop star and their Ellen Degeneres-esque mom (Molly Shannon). The story is created, written, and produced by former SNL co-head writers Chris Kelly ad Sarah Schneider. When 14-year-old ChaseDreams retires from pop stardom, the family’s situation becomes even more complicated as the 53-year-old matriarch gains fame with her own talk show, which leaves the two non-famous siblings feeling humiliated once again. It’s pretty funny and definitely worth a watch. Stars Ken Marino (Party Down), Wanda Sykes (The Upshaws), Brandon Scott Jones (Ghosts), Alison Rich (The Goldbergs), and Richard Kind (The Watcher).
Streaming May 4
Angel City – This three-part documentary series goes behind the scenes and onto the pitch of the groundbreaking L.A.-based professional women’s soccer team, Angel City Football Club. It tells their origin story and showcases the passion and grit needed to build a franchise from scratch and blaze a bold trail in the world of professional sports.
Arrives May 16
Love to Love You, Donna Summer – This portrait of the disco queen uses archival footage to give us a peek behind her mask. It follows Summer’s life and career.
Debuts May 20
Primo – From Freevee and Mike Shur, executive producer of Parks & Recreation and The Good Place, this new series follows a San Antonio teenager balancing college aspirations, societal expectations, and a hectic home life anchored by his single mother and five uncles.
Releases May 19
Jimmy O. Yang: Guess How Much – Most nerds, like me, know him as Jian Yang from the hit HBO series Silicon Valley, a shady Chinese app developer with a the driest, most hilarious sense of humor. But he has a real name and he’s also one damn funny stand-up comedian. He’s back with his second Amazon comedy special, so if you haven’t seen his first, Jimmy O. Yang: Good Deal, now’s a good time; you can find it on Prime Video.
Debuts May 2
*Other comedy specials premiering this month: Tommy Little: Pretty Fly for a Dickhead (May 5) and Zarna Garg: One in a Billion (May 16)
A Small Light –A National Geographic limited series, it tells the inspiring, real-life story of Miep Gies, who played a critical role in hiding Anne Frank and her family during the Nazi occupation in Amsterdan.
Streaming May 2
Class of ’09 –This suspense thriller follows a class of FBI agents set in three distinct points in time who grapple with immense changes as the U.S. criminal justice system is altered by artificial intelligence. The limited series spans multiple decades and is told across interweaving timelines as it examines the nature of justice, humanity, and the choice people make that ultimately define their lives and legacy. It stars Tayo, one of the most unorthodox agents to ever join the bureau, and Poet, one of the most successful undercover agents of all time. It also stars Kate Mara (Fantastic Four), Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta), Brian J. Smith (Treadstone), and Jon Jon Briones (Ratched).
Premieres May 10
The Locksmith – An expert locksmith is released from prison and pulled back into a world of crooked cops and small-town gangsters, despite the future he hoped to build with his ex-girlfriend, a detective, and their daughter. Starring Ving Rhames (Mission Impossible franchise), Kate Bosworth (Barbarian), Ryan Phillippe (Crash), and Tom Wright (Daisy Jones & the Six).
Drops May 13
White Men Can’t Jump – Hulu attempts to bring back the comedy film classic that originally starred Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes. If you haven’t seen the original, the story follows two ballers, who are total opposites and seemingly miles apart, as they find they have more in common than they ever thought possible. I’ve given you both trailers because I love you.
Premieres May 19
The Secrets of Hillsong – Whoo, Lord. This story generated a lot of interest. The first documentary, Hillsong: A Megachurch Exposed, released in 2022 and explosively exposed the horrors that were going on in the church that attracted celebrity congregants like Justin and Hailey Bieber, Kevin Durant, and Kylie Jenner—namely sexual abuse, exploitation, and cover-ups. The Secrets of Hillsong is a four-part docuseries featuring interviews with former pastors Carl and Laura Lentz since their public ousting, as well as congregants still navigating the still-unfolding global reckoning as the megachurch faces a rash of new revelations.
Premieres May 20
The Clearing – Based on J.P. Pomare’s best-selling thriller “In the Clearing”, this eight-part miniseries is a psychological thriller about one woman trying to stop a nightmarish cult that preys upon children in hopes of fulfilling a master plan. Before she can help anyone, though, she must face her own past. This looks to be the perfect amount of creepy, with too many identically dressed blonde kids and tension-evoking strings accompanying flashbacks and lush Australian footage. Stars Teresa Palmer (A Discovery of Witches), Guy Pearce (A Christmas Carol), and Miranda Otto (Lord of the Rings).
Two-episode premiere May 24
Mayans M.C. – Man, I’m so bummed this series is ending. It continued my biker fix after Sons of Anarchy ended, so now that the spinoff is ending, what’s next? Both Charlie Hunnam (Jax Teller, SOA) and Theo Rossi (Juice, SOA) have both alluded to a possible SOA revival, but as of yet, there is no “official” word. A girl can dream, though. Mayans M.C. will have a 10-episode final season. If you’ve yet to tune in, the series follows the life of Ezekiel “EZ” Reyes (JD Pardo, The Twilight Saga), president of the Mayans M.C. charter on the Cali/Mexi border. A former golden boy with the American Dream right in his hand, EZ has now risen to lead his brother and the Santo Padre M.C. in a bloody war against their rival M.C., the Sons of Anarchy.
Streaming May 25
Prank Panel – Starring Gabourey Sidibe (Precious), Eric André (Eric André Show), and Johnny Knoxville (Jackass movies), this irreverent series focuses on ordinary people who throw pranks at friends, family, and co-workers with a panel of the world’s best pranksters. Airs May 25
*Also premiering this month: Taste the Nation, Season 2 (May 5); The Great, Season 3 (May 12); Queenmaker: The Making of an It Girl (May 17); and The Kardashians, Season 3 (May 25)
Silo – In a ruined and toxic future, a community exists in a giant underground silo that plunges hundreds of stories deep. Thousands live in the giant silo, and after its sheriff breaks a cardinal rule and residents die mysteriously, engineer Juliette (Rebecca Ferguson, The White Princess) starts to uncover shocking secrets that lead to the truth about the silo and the regulations meant to protect them. Also stars Tim Robbins (The Shawshank Redemption) and Rashida Jones (Office Space).
Debuts May 5
STILL: A Michael J. Fox Movie – Back to the Future favorite Michael J. Fox returns in this documentary featuring archival and scripted elements as the 80’s pop sensation recounts his life and career up to and beyond his devastating Parkinson’s Disease diagnosis. This is going to be emotionally excellent, so be sure to catch it when it drops; you won’t want to miss it.
Streaming May 12
City on Fire – When a college student is shot in Central Park on July 4, 2003, the investigation starts to connect a series of mysterious citywide fires with the downtown music scene and a wealthy uptown real estate family fraying under the strain of the many secrets they keep. Stars Omid Abtahi (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2), Chase Sui Wonders (Bodies Bodies Bodies), Wyatt Oleff (It Chapter Two), John Cameron Mitchell (The Sandman), Nico Tortorello (Scream 4), and Jemima Kirke (Sex Education).
Releases May 12
High Desert – Patricia Arquette (Severance) is Peggy, a former addict who decides to make a new start by becoming a private investigator after the death of her beloved mother, with whom she lived in the small desert town of Yucca Valley, Calif. Also stars Christine Taylor (Dodgeball), Brad Garrett (Wildflower), Bernadette Peters (The Good Fight), and Matt Dillon (Wayward Pines).
Premieres May 17
Platonic – When former (platonic) best friends Seth Rogen (Pineapple Express) and Rose Byrne (Bridesmaids) approach midlife and reconnect after a long rift, the duo’s friendship becomes more consuming and destabilizes their lives in this new rom-com.
Airs May 24
King Charles: The Boy Who Walked Alone – An intimate, unique look at King Charles as close friends, confidantes, and former lovers share stories and personal letters that shed light on the man behind the crown.
Debuts May 2
The Family Stallone – Sylvester Stallone peels back the curtain and offers direct access to his life with wife Jennifer Flavin (Rocky V) and daughters Sophia, 26, Sistine, 24, and 20-year-old Scarlet, who are absolutely beautiful.
Catch the series May 17
Bupkis – I don’t know about you guys, but I sure do miss Pete Davidson being on SNL. His skit with Timothée Chalamet is still one of my all-time favorites. But here, Davidson is back on Peacock with his semiautobiographical comedy series, which features a heightened, fictionalized version of the American comedian’s life and an all-star cast of heavy hitters: Joe Pesci (My Cousin Vinny), Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), Ray Romano (Everybody Loves Raymond), Brad Garrett (Everybody Loves Raymond), Simon Rex (Saw), Charlie Day (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), and Kenan Thompson (SNL).
Streaming May 4
Menendez + Menudo: Boys Betrayed – This docuseries highlights a connection between José Menendez and Edgardo Dias that gives a new dimension to the Menendez brothers’ case. Roy Rosselló tells his story as a member of the famous boy band Menudo and finds new witnesses in his crusade for justice. Features in-depth interviews from people close to both cases and raises questions about child sexual abuse that extends for 30 years with no action or investigation from the authorities. As Roy seeks to change that, he is willing to go where needed to find voices who support him.
Drops May 2
Rainn Wilson and the Geography of Bliss – Centers on host and intrepid traveler Rainn Wilson as he traverses the world searching for the secrets to the happiest and least happiest places on earth.
Releases May 15
The Mother – Jennifer Lopez stars in this Netflix original movie about an assassin fleeing from dangerous assailants, who comes out of hiding to protect her daughter she left behind earlier in life. Also stars Paul Raci (Perry Mason), Gael García Bernal (Mozart in the Jungle), and Joseph Fiennes (The Handmaid’s Tale).
Premieres May 12
Anna Nicole Smith: You Don’t Know Me – From director Ursula Macfarlane (Untouchable) comes an unflinching and humanizing examination of the life, death, and secrets of Vickie Lynn Hogan—better known as model and actress Anna Nicole Smith. From her first appearance in Playboy in 1992, Anna Nicole’s dizzying ascent was the very essence of the American dream, brought to a tragic halt with her untimely passing in 2007. With access to never-before-seen footage, home movies, and interviews with key figures who have not spoken out until now, this documentary reveals new insights into the story of the blonde bombshell hardly anyone really knew.
Airs May 16
Victim/Suspect – Young women tell the police they’ve been sexually assaulted, but instead of finding justice, they’re charged with the crime of making a false report. Then, they’re arrested and imprisoned by the system they believed would protect them. Investigative journalist Rae de Leon uncovers and examines the patterns of young women being ignored by authorities.
Streaming May 23
Sanctuary – This sport drama series tells the story of a sumo wrestler who is driven to the edge of a cliff and believes that money, a woman, and fame are all buried in the ring.
Debuts May 4
Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story – The Bridgerton spinoff about the life of Queen Charlotte arrives May 4. Catch everything you need to know about it HERE.
FUBAR – Arnold Schwarzenegger is back in this series about a C.I.A. operative on the edge of retirement who discovers a family secret and is called back into the field for one last job. Also stars Adam Pally (The Mindy Project), comedian Fortune Feimster (Summer Camp Island), Jay Baruchel (How to Train Your Dragon), Barbara Eve Harris (The Amazing Spider-Man), and Monica Barbaro (Top Gun: Maverick).
Releases May 25
*Other titles premiering: Love Village (May 2), Jewish Matchmaking (May 3), Dance Brothers (May 10), Ultraman (May 11), Black Knight (May 12), Queer Eye, Season 7 (May 12), Xo, Kitty (May 18), Selling Sunset, Season 6 (May 19), The Ultimatum (May 24)
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