IMDb Picks: May TV Premieres

by IMDb-Editors | created - 15 Apr 2016 | updated - 27 Apr 2016 | Public

May marks the end of the traditional broadcast television season. In the Peak TV era, a lot of shows are just getting started. See which new and returning shows premiere in May.

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1. Penny Dreadful (2014–2016)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Explorer Sir Malcolm Murray, American gunslinger Ethan Chandler, scientist Victor Frankenstein and medium Vanessa Ives unite to combat supernatural threats in Victorian London.

Stars: Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green, Reeve Carney

Votes: 111,535

"Penny Dreadful" premieres Sunday, May 1, at 10 p.m. PT/ET on Showtime.

2. Keeping Up with the Kardashians (2006– )

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Family, Reality-TV

A peek inside the exploits and privileged private lives of the blended Kardashian-Jenner family, including sisters Kim, Kourtney, Khloé, Kendall and Kylie.

Stars: Khloé Kardashian, Kim Kardashian West, Kourtney Kardashian, Kris Jenner

Votes: 26,442

"Keeping Up with the Kardashians" premieres Sunday, May 1, at 9 p.m. PT/ET on E!

3. Rich Kids of Beverly Hills (2014– )

30 min | Reality-TV

A look into the privileged lives of several twenty-somethings.

Stars: Morgan Stewart, Dorothy Wang, Brendan Fitzpatrick, Jonny Drubel

Votes: 765

"Rich Kids of Beverly Hills" premieres Sunday, May 1, at 10 p.m. PT/ET on E!

4. Fat N' Furious: Rolling Thunder (2014– )


Four brothers in the Youngstown Ohio area run a mechanic shop

Stars: Tommy Christmas, Chuck Kountz, Steve McGranahan, Andy Pivarnik

Votes: 249

"Fat N' Furious: Rolling Thunder" premieres Monday, May 2, at 8 p.m. PT/ET on Discovery.

5. Houdini and Doyle (2016)

TV-14 | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

At the turn of the 20th century the Metropolitan Police were overwhelmed with bizarre cases so they turned to outsiders including Houdini and Doyle, who collaborated with New Scotland Yard on some unsolved and inexplicable crimes.

Stars: Michael Weston, Stephen Mangan, Rebecca Liddiard, Emily Carey

Votes: 2,630

"Houdini and Doyle" premieres Monday, May 2, at 9 p.m. PT/ET on FOX.

6. Person of Interest (2011–2016)

TV-14 | 43 min | Action, Crime, Drama

An ex-CIA agent and a wealthy programmer save lives via a surveillance AI that sends them the identities of civilians involved in impending crimes. However, the details of the crimes, including the civilians' roles, are left a mystery.

Stars: Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Chapman, Michael Emerson

Votes: 162,652

The final season of "Person of Interest" premieres Tuesday, May 3, at 10 p.m. PT/ET on CBS.

7. Maron (2013–2016)

TV-MA | 22 min | Comedy

Marc Maron has been a comedian for 25 years. He's had his problems. He was an angry, drunk, self involved, twice divorced compulsive mess for most of his adult life, but with the popularity... See full summary »

Stars: Marc Maron, Dave Anthony, Andy Kindler, Josh Brener

Votes: 4,554

"Maron" premieres Wednesday, May 4, at 9 p.m. PT/ET on IFC.

8. The Challenge (1998– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Adventure, Game-Show, Reality-TV

Past members of "The Real World," "Road Rules," "Are You the One?," first time cast members called 'Fresh Meat,' relatives of these members, and past members from other shows compete against each other for the chance to win a cash prize.

Stars: T.J. Lavin, Johnny 'Bananas' Devenanzio, Chris 'C.T.' Tamburello, Cara Maria Sorbello

Votes: 2,400

"The Challenge: Rivals III" premieres Wednesday, May 4, at 10 p.m. PT/ET on MTV.

9. Marseille (2016–2018)

TV-MA | 41 min | Drama

A tale of power, corruption and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the French port city of Marseille.

Stars: Karen Strassman, Anne Yatco, Gérard Depardieu, Benoît Magimel

Votes: 4,548

The complete first season of "Marseillie" premieres Thursday, May 5 on Netflix.

10. Grace and Frankie (2015– )

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy

Finding out that their husbands are not just work partners, but have also been romantically involved for the last twenty years, two women with an already strained relationship try to cope with the circumstances together.

Stars: Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, Sam Waterston, Martin Sheen

Votes: 38,449

The complete second season of "Grace and Frankie" premieres Friday, May 6 on Netflix.

11. Wallander (2008–2016)

TV-PG | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A television show centered on a soul-searching Swedish cop.

Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Richard McCabe, Jeany Spark, Sarah Smart

Votes: 12,675

"Wallander" premieres Sunday, May 8, at 9 p.m. PT/ET on PBS.

12. Sister Wives (2010– )

TV-14 | 42 min | Reality-TV

Kody Brown, with his four wives Meri, Janelle, Robyn and Christine and their combined 17 children, attempt to navigate life as a "normal" family in a society that shuns their lifestyle. ... See full summary »

Stars: Meri Brown, Kody Brown, Christine Brown, Janelle Brown

Votes: 2,117

"Sister Wives" premieres Sunday, May 8, at 10 p.m. PT/ET on TLC.

13. Arranged (2015– )


Three American couples from very different backgrounds prepare for their arranged marriages.

Stars: Ragini Gajjar, Veeral Gajjar, Meghan Huggins Tavernier, Christian Miller

Votes: 105

"Arranged" premieres Tuesday, May 10, at 9 p.m. PT/ET on FYI.

14. Botched (2014– )

42 min | Reality-TV

Horrible plastic surgeries gone wrong are looked at by two of California's best plastic surgeons.

Stars: Paul Nassif, Terry J. Dubrow, Rajee Narinesingh, Janice Dickinson

Votes: 1,054

"Botched" premieres Tuesday, May 10, at 9 p.m. PT/ET on E!

15. Little People, Big World (2006– )

TV-G | 60 min | Documentary, Reality-TV

In the most in-depth television documentation of the lives of Little People, the series follows the Roloffs - an extraordinary family composed of both little and average-sized people. Over ... See full summary »

Stars: Matthew Roloff, Amy Roloff, Jeremy Roloff, Molly Roloff

Votes: 2,305

"Little People, Big World" premieres Tuesday, May 10, at 9 p.m. PT/ET on TLC.

16. Undercover Boss (2010– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Reality-TV

Bosses of chain businesses go undercover to their own stores in various locations and various jobs around the store and interact with the employees. Depending on the employee's impression, ... See full summary »

Stars: Mark Keller, Brie Thiele, Stephen J. Cloobeck, Sheldon Yellen

Votes: 3,194

"Undercover Boss" premieres Sunday, May 15, at 9 p.m. PT/ET on CBS.

17. Royal Pains (2009–2016)

TV-PG | 42 min | Comedy, Drama

An unfairly discredited but brilliant diagnostic surgeon winds up working with his cheesy brother in the Hamptons as a concierge doctor to the uber-rich and ultra-elite.

Stars: Mark Feuerstein, Paulo Costanzo, Reshma Shetty, Brooke D'Orsay

Votes: 19,112

"Royal Pains" premieres Tuesday, May 17 at 10 p.m. PT/ET on USA.

18. Lady Dynamite (2016–2017)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy

Series is based on what Maria has accepted to be "her life." The occasionally surreal episodes, refracted across multiple periods of the actor/comedian's life, tell the story of a woman who loses - and then finds - herself.

Stars: Maria Bamford, Fred Melamed, Mary Kay Place, Ana Gasteyer

Votes: 3,250

The complete 12-episode Season 1 of "Lady Dynamite" premieres Friday, May 20 on Netflix.

19. Masters of Illusion (2014– )

41 min | Reality-TV

Some of the world's top magicians perform their best illusions in front of a live audience, without assistance from camera or computer gimmickry.

Stars: Murray SawChuck, Michael Grandinetti, Jonathan Pendragon, Dean Cain

Votes: 155

"Masters of Illusion" premieres Friday, May 20 at 8 p.m. PT/ET on CW.

20. Food Network Star (2005– )

TV-G | 60 min | Game-Show, Reality-TV

A food network contest to find a well rounded great chef with a unique point of view and hosting type of personality to host their own show!

Stars: Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis, Bob Tuschman, Susie Fogelson

Votes: 1,122

"Food Network Star" premieres Sunday, May 22 at 9 p.m. PT/ET on Food.

21. Preacher (2016–2019)

TV-MA | 60 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

After a supernatural event at his church, a preacher enlists the help of a vampire and his ex to find God.

Stars: Dominic Cooper, Joseph Gilgun, Ruth Negga, Ian Colletti

Votes: 67,478

"Preacher" premieres Sunday, May 22 at 10 p.m. PT/ET on AMC.

22. The Bachelorette (2003– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Game-Show, Reality-TV

A single bachelorette dates multiple men over several weeks, narrowing them down to hopefully find her true love.

Stars: Chris Harrison, Nick Viall, Joelle Fletcher, Ali Fedotowsky

Votes: 4,863

"The Bachelorette" premieres Monday, May 23 at 8 p.m. PT/ET on ABC.

23. Hotel Hell (2012–2016)

TV-14 | 60 min | Reality-TV

Chef Gordon Ramsay visits struggling, disfunctional hotels across America and spends a week trying to help them become successful.

Stars: Gordon Ramsay, Robert Dean II, Ari Nikki, Giulian Jones

Votes: 3,965

"Hotel Hell" premieres Tuesday, May 24 at 8 p.m. PT/ET on FOX.

24. Wayward Pines (2015–2016)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

A Secret Service agent goes to Wayward Pines, Idaho, in search of two federal agents who have gone missing in the bucolic town. He soon learns that he may never get out of Wayward Pines alive.

Stars: Siobhan Fallon Hogan, Toby Jones, Shannyn Sossamon, Hope Davis

Votes: 51,809

"Wayward Pines" premieres Wednesday, May 25 at 9 p.m. PT/ET on FOX.

25. 500 Questions (2015– )

60 min | Game-Show

Competitors answer questions against other geniuses to win money.

Stars: Richard Quest, Dan Harris, Steve Bahnaman, Adam Villani

Votes: 259

"500 Questions" premieres Thursday, May 26 at 8 p.m. PT/ET on ABC.

26. Bloodline (2015–2017)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Thriller

A family finds themselves forced to face their past secrets and scars when the black sheep returns home.

Stars: Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini, Sissy Spacek

Votes: 43,659

The complete 10-episode Season 2 of "Bloodline" premieres Friday, May 27 on Netflix.

27. Chef's Table (2015– )

TV-MA | 50 min | Documentary

Chef's Table goes inside the lives and kitchens of six of the world's most renowned international chefs. Each episode focuses on a single chef and their unique look at their lives, talents and passion from their piece of culinary heaven.

Stars: Dan Barber, Massimo Bottura, Bill Buford, Lara Gilmore

Votes: 13,352

The complete 6-episode Season 2 of "Chef's Table" premieres Friday, May 27 on Netflix.

28. Mistresses (I) (2013–2016)

TV-14 | 43 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

Follows the scandalous lives of a group of four girlfriends, each on her own path to self-discovery as they brave the turbulent journey together.

Stars: Alyssa Milano, Jes Macallan, Rochelle Aytes, Yunjin Kim

Votes: 12,615

"Mistresses" premieres Monday, May 27 at 10 p.m. PT/ET on ABC.

29. Roots (2016)

TV-MA | 90 min | Biography, Drama, History

An adaptation of Alex Haley's "Roots", chronicling the history of an African man sold to slavery in America, and his descendants.

Stars: Herbert Cavalier Jr., Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Malachi Kirby, Forest Whitaker

Votes: 7,214

"Roots" premieres Monday, May 30 at 9 p.m. PT/ET on History, A&E and Lifetime. The miniseries will air for four consecutive nights.

30. Scream: The TV Series (2015–2019)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

A serialized anthology series that follows a group of teenagers being targeted by a masked serial killer.

Stars: Willa Fitzgerald, Bex Taylor-Klaus, John Karna, Carlson Young

Votes: 33,872

"Scream: the TV Series" premieres Monday, May 30 at 10 p.m. PT/ET on MTV.

31. So You Think You Can Dance (2005– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Game-Show, Music, Reality-TV

Dancers skilled in everything from ballroom and ballet to salsa, jive, hip-hop and krumping, all compete to be named the best. Dancers must impress the judges with their moves and rigorous ... See full summary »

Stars: Nigel Lythgoe, Cat Deeley, Mark Thompson, Mary Murphy

Votes: 9,947

"So You Think You Can Dance" premieres Monday, May 30 at 8 p.m. PT/ET on FOX.

32. America's Got Talent (2006– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Family, Game-Show, Music

A weekly talent competition where an array of performers -- from singers and dancers, to comedians and novelty acts -- vie for a $1 million cash prize.

Stars: Howie Mandel, Nick Cannon, Heidi Klum, Sharon Osbourne

Votes: 9,023

"America's Got Talent" premieres Tuesday, May 31 at 8 p.m. PT/ET on NBC.

33. Feed the Beast (2016)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama

Two friends open up a restaurant together.

Stars: David Schwimmer, Jim Sturgess, Lorenza Izzo, Michael Gladis

Votes: 3,245

"Feed the Beast" premieres Tuesday, May 31 at 10 p.m. PT/ET on AMC.

34. Maya & Marty (2016)

60 min | Comedy, Music

"Maya and Marty" is a brand new show that blends musical numbers, comedy sketches and celebrity guests into one jam-packed hour of prime-time TV.

Stars: Maya Rudolph, Martin Short, Kenan Thompson, Mikey Day

Votes: 916

"Maya and Marty in Manhattan" premieres Tuesday, May 31 at 10 p.m. PT/ET on NBC.

35. Powers (2015–2016)

TV-MA | 42 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Set in a world where humans and super heroes co-exist, a homicide detective, who had his own powers taken from him, investigates crimes involving superhumans along with his partner.

Stars: Sharlto Copley, Susan Heyward, Noah Taylor, Eddie Izzard

Votes: 6,158

"Powers" premieres Tuesday, May 31 on PSN.

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