May Picks: The Movies and TV Shows You Can't Missby IMDb-Editors | last updated - 2 months ago
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"Space Force" | Premieres Friday, May 29 on Netflix
Plot: Four-star general Mark R. Naird (Steve Carell), a decorated pilot with dreams of running the Air Force, is thrown for a loop when he finds himself tapped to lead the newly formed sixth branch of the US Armed Forces: Space Force.
Our Take: Looking forward to Carrell's first return to comedic television since leaving the hit NBC sitcom, "The Office." — Vanessa
"Betty" | Premieres Friday, May 1 on HBO
Plot: A spin-off from the movie Skate Kitchen follows a diverse group of young women navigating their lives through the male-dominated world of skateboarding in New York City.
Our Take: The incredibly underrated Skate Kitchen gets a TV makeover from director Crystal Moselle and I'm so along for the deeper dip into this particular pool. — Arno
"Hollywood" | Premieres Friday, May 1 on Netflix
Plot: A group of aspiring actors and filmmakers in post-World War II Hollywood try to make it big — no matter the cost.
Our Take: As a fan of the high drama that creator Ryan Murphy brings to his work, I'm eager to see what magic and menace will be revealed behind the Old Hollywood movie-making business. — Hannah
"Upload" | Premieres Friday, May 1 on Amazon Prime Video
Plot: A man is able to choose his own afterlife after his untimely death.
Our Take: This show brings together two of my favorite universes: All things Greg Daniels and a "Black Mirror"-esque socio-technological world. I hope the premise of the show holds up. — Sneha
"Into the Night" | Premieres Friday, May 1 on Netflix
Plot: When the sun inexplicably starts killing everything and everyone in its path, the passengers and crew of an overnight flight out of Brussels try to survive as they fly west.
Our Take: I'm unsure if there's any other destructive force aside from nature lurking about in this Belgian series, but I feel like its horrors translate even when I've watched the trailer without sound, so I can only imagine how it will play out late on a Friday night and into Saturday morning, headphones on and susceptible to completely freaking out. — Arno
Thappad | Premieres Friday, May 1 on Amazon Prime Video
Plot:: Amrita's seemingly perfect life is shattered when her husband slaps her at a party. But is one slap enough to question what a relationship stands for?
Our Take: I'm a huge fan of director Anubhav Sinha's narrative style in movies like Mulk and Article 15. So I'm definitely looking forward to his latest social drama about domestic violence.— Sneha
"Rick and Morty" | Season 4B Premieres Sunday, May 3 on Adult Swim
Plot: The final five episodes of Season 4 follow super-scientist Rick and his grandson, Morty, on all new-adventures that include the return of Snuffles, Summer battling with an old frenemy, face-huggers, and more.
Our Take: The first half of "Rick and Morty" Season 4 was so satisfying with its callbacks and cameos, and for me there's no finer TV reason to stay up late on Sunday and be a bit bleary-eyed for work on Monday. We know Tammy is coming back, so is there hope for a Phoenixperson sighting? — Arno
"Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian" | Premieres Monday, May 4 on Disney+
Plot: A behind the scenes look at the making of the Disney+ series "The Mandalorian."
Our Take: I can't recall a time in recent memory being this excited for a behind-the-scenes documentary. Here's hoping that there will be plenty of baby Yoda footage, more end credit concept art, and a deep dive into Lucasfilm's "Stagecraft" technology. — James
"Creepshow" | Premieres Monday, May 4 on AMC and Available to Stream Now on Shudder
Plot: The fictional Creepshow comic books come to life in this anthology series of terrifying tales hosted by the silent Creepshow ghoul.
Our Take: By nature, anthology horror is going to be hit or miss, but it's exciting to see "The Walking Dead" showrunner (and veteran makeup effects artist) Greg Nicotero's anthology horror series go mainstream. Previously only available on horror streaming service Shudder, "Creepshow" moves to AMC to prepare the masses for Season 2 later this year. — James
"Jerry Seinfeld: 23 Hours to Kill" | Premieres Monday, May 5 on Netflix
Plot: Comedian Jerry Seinfeld performs at the Beacon Theatre in New York City with his take on everyday life, uncovering comedy in the commonplace.
Our Take: There's something comforting about Jerry Seinfeld's brand of comedy right now. It's rarely a reflection on the state of the world, and right now jokes about nothing sound like a welcome break from current events. — James
Becoming | Premieres Wednesday, May 6 on Netflix
Plot: Becoming offers a rare and up-close look at Michelle Obama's life, taking viewers behind the scenes as she embarks on a 34-city tour that highlights the power of community to bridge our divides and the spirit of connection that comes when we openly and honestly share our stories.
Our Take: As a huge Michelle Obama fan who didn't get the opportunity to see her book tour, I'm excited to get a behind-the-scenes look at her journey. — Vanessa
Spaceship Earth | Available Friday, May 8 on VOD
Plot: A look at the group of people who built the Biosphere 2, a giant replica of the earth's ecosystem, in 1991.
Our Take: Real-life cults. In space! (Well, really in Arizona.) Who's with me? — Arno
How to Build a Girl | Available Friday, May 8 on VOD
Plot: Teenager Johanna Morrigan reinvents herself as the fast-talking and adventurous Dolly Wilde as she moves to London and gets a job as music critic.
Our Take: Beanie Feldstein giving the Almost Famous story a Britpop treatment sounds like the ideal distraction from real-world events. I also fully support Alfie Allen's post-"GoT" career moves. — Arno
"Valeria" | Premieres Friday, May 8 on Netflix
Plot: This Spanish-language Netflix series tells the story of a writer in crisis who takes refuge in her three best friends: Lola, Carmen, and Nerea.
Our Take: Carrie Bradshaw only seemed to suffer writers' block once during the entire run of "Sex and the City," so I'm curious to see how the condition/curse plays out over a seasonal arc with characters who — saying this as a true "SatC" fan — appear more likable than their Manhattanite predecessors. —Arno
"Solar Opposites" | Premieres Friday, May 8 on Hulu
Plot: This animated series from "Rick and Morty" co-creator Justin Roiland centers on a family of aliens trying to fit in on Earth.
Our Take: It's a bit hard not to hear the voice of Rick Sanchez coming out of a few "Solar Opposites" characters, but that's just a different way to say that I, like you, am anticipating a potential "Rick and Morty" crossover episode as Justin Roiland's introduces his new animated family. May these aliens be the Fantastic Four to the Smith family's X-Men. — Arno
"The Eddy" | Premieres Friday, May 8 on Netflix
Plot: A French club owner deals with the everyday chaos of running a live music venue in the heart of Paris.
Our Take: I'm loving the sexy, moody, Parisian vibes from the trailer, and look forward to discovering the criminal underbelly of this jazz nightclub scene. — Hannah
Capone | Available Friday, May 12 on VOD
Plot: The 47-year old Al Capone, after 10 years in prison, starts suffering from dementia and comes to be haunted by his violent past.
Our Take: I'm a huge fan of the cinematic history of the Italian mob in movies. With Al Capone being such a notorious public figure that has been portrayed in movies before, I'm looking forward to Tom Hardy's interpretation. — Sneha
The Vast of Night | Premieres Friday, May 15 on Prime Video
Plot: Set in the late 1950s: On one fateful night in New Mexico, a young switchboard operator Fay and charismatic radio DJ Everett discover a strange audio frequency that could change their small town and the future forever.
Our Take: I want to believe this small-town sci-fi captures the feeling of when scary stories spread over the airwaves. Knowing that director Andrew Patterson shot the movie on a shoestring and the screenplay earned an Indie Spirit nomination gooses my anticipation. — Arno
"The Great" | Premieres Friday, May 15 on Hulu
Plot: A royal woman living in rural Austria during the 18th century is forced to choose between her own personal happiness and the future of Russia, when she marries an Emperor.
Our Take: I’m not usually one for period dramas, but from the looks of it this new series will involve plenty of humor and antics à la The Favourite (also from creator Tony McNamara), minus the gross gout scenes (fingers crossed, anyway). Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult could make quite the unexpected comedic pair. — Hannah
"The Last Narc" | Premieres Friday, May 15 on Prime Video
Plot: Former cartel insiders divulge the bone-chilling details behind the notorious kidnapping and murder of DEA Agent “Kiki” Camarena.
Our Take: I couldn't get enough of "Narcos" and am a sucker for all true crime documentaries, so I fully expect to binge this four-part docuseries detailing the dark truth behind the DEA's involvement with the Mexican drug cartel in the 1980s. — Hannah
"Hightown" | Premieres Sunday, May 17 on STARZ
Plot: After a body washes ashore during a holiday weekend, a National Marine Fisheries officer is caught up in a web of drama as she tries to solve the case on her own.
Our Take: I'm super-excited for this dark and twisty crime-drama set against the backdrop of my old New England stomping grounds. If your a fan of flawed protagonists and gritty mysteries that keep you guessing, check this one out. — Vanessa
"Snowpiercer" | Premieres Sunday, May 17 on TNT
Plot: Set seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland, the remnants of humanity inhabit a gigantic, perpetually-moving train that circles the globe.
Our Take: I'm open-hearted and optimistic that this TV series will be able to land the themes of class warfare and injustice in a new and entirely separate timeline from the beloved source material. And secretly I love it when Jennifer Connelly gets severe. — Arno
"Stargirl" | Premieres Tuesday, May 19 on The CW
Plot: Based on Geoff Johns' comic book series, "Stargirl" follows high school sophomore Courtney Whitmore (Brec Bassinger) as she inspires an unlikely group of young heroes to stop the villains of the past.
Our Take: I'm always excited when a new hero is added to the CW's pantheon and can't wait for the potential of yet another addition to the ever-growing Arrowverse crossover events. — Vanessa
"The 100" | Season 7 Premieres Wednesday, May 20 on The CW
Plot: Set 97 years after a nuclear war has destroyed civilization, a spaceship housing humanity's lone survivors sends 100 juvenile delinquents back to Earth, in hopes of possibly re-populating the planet.
Our Take: - After 7 seasons, the battle for survival on a harsh Earth comes to a close. As the series has never shied away from offing its main characters, it's time to start speculating which of our favorite survivors will hopefully make it to the end. — Vanessa
"Homecoming" | Season 2 Premieres Friday, May 22 on Prime Video
Plot: In Season 2, a woman wakes in a rowboat adrift a lake, with no memory of how she got there or who she is. Her ensuing search for identity leads her to the Geist Group, the unconventional wellness company behind the Homecoming Initiative.
Our Take: Janelle Monáe takes center stage in Season 2, with Stephan James and Hong Chau reprising their roles in this twisty, suspenseful series. At 30 minutes an episode, this should be an easy must-see binge. — James
"The Big Fib" | Premieres Friday, May 22, on Disney+
Plot: Two grown-ups claim to be experts on a topic, but one of them is lying. It'll be up to a kid contestant to try and figure out which one is telling "the big fib."
Our Take: This game show concept, hosted by Yvette Nicole Brown of "Community," sort of sounds like a live version of the board game Balderdash, and I'm into it. Plus, there's a Fib Foam machine, which takes me back to the Nickelodeon "Slimetime Live" days. — Hannah
"Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." | Season 7 Premieres Wednesday, May 27 on ABC
Plot: The worldwide law-enforcement organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strategic Homeland Intervention Enforcement and Logistics Division) employs an elite team of agents who investigate strange occurrences around the globe and beyond.
Our Take: - Even with its impressive 7-season run, I'm sad to see this series come to a close. I would have happily taken many more years of Hydra busting, alternate-reality hopping, intergalactic-exploring and now time-travelling adventures with Agent Coulson and the gang. This series will be truly missed. — Vanessa
The Lovebirds | Premieres Friday, May 22 on Netflix
Plot: Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani play a couple who experiences a defining moment in the relationship when they are unintentionally embroiled in a murder mystery.
Our Take: Whoever decided to cast Issa and Kumail as lovers and partners in a murder mystery clearly has been reading my fanfic. — Arno
"Legendary" | Premieres Wednesday, May 27 on HBO MAX
Plot: Divas battle on voguing teams called "houses," with the chance to win a cash prize in ballsy fashion and dance challenges to ultimately achieve "Legendary" status.
Our Take: I'm pretty sure this will fill the vogue-sized hole in my life as we wait for the return of "Pose." Super-excited to see these houses battling it out for stylish supremacy. — Vanessa
"Central Park" | Season 1 Available to Stream Friday, May 29 on Apple TV+
Plot: An animated musical series that tells the story of a how a family of caretakers, who live and work in Central Park, end up saving the park, and basically the world.
Our Take: I'm into the idea of more "Bob's Burgers" vibes, especially in the form of an animated musical series. "Central Park" is from "Burgers" co-creator Loren Bouchard and features a crazy talented cast, including Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, Tituss Burgess, and many more. — James
"Ramy" | Season 2 Premieres Friday, May 29 on Hulu
Plot: Ramy, the son of Egyptian immigrants, is on a spiritually conflicting journey in his New Jersey neighborhood, pulled between his Muslim community that thinks life is a constant test, his millennial friends who think life is full of endless possibilities, and a God who's always watching.
Our Take: In Season 1, creator and actor Ramy Youssef's take on the immigrant experience really struck a chord with my own first generation experience in the United States, in how you're juggling multiple identities. Definitely looking forward to watching how the writer continues to portray everyday moments in brown communities. — Sneha
"Love Life" | Premieres Wednesday, May 29 on HBO Max
Plot:: "Love Life," starring Anna Kendrick, is about the journey from first love to last love, and how the people we're with along the way make us into who we are when we finally end up with someone forever.
Our Take: A coming-of-age series about how challenging self growth, career changes and love can be? Sign. Me. Up! Oh also, Paul Feig produced it so I'm definitely watching the first episode, at least. — Sneha
"Quiz" | Premieres Sunday, May 31 on AMC
Plot: "Quiz" tells the story of Charles Ingram, a former British army major, who caused a major scandal after being caught cheating his way to winning £1 million on the game show "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?"
Our Take: My curiosity about this game show scandal (of which I was unaware) is further bolstered by the fact that an incredible duo —Matthew Macfadyen of “Succession” and Sian Clifford of “Fleabag” —portrays the Ingram couple. — Hannah