Every month, streaming services add movies and TV shows to its library. Listed below are our picks for a few of May’s most promising recent titles. (Note: Streaming services occasionally change schedules without giving notice. For more recommendations on what to stream, join for our Watching newsletter here.)
Latest to Amazon Prime Video
‘Bosch: Legacy’ Season 1
Starts streaming: May 6
It’s infrequently that a recent TV series begins with a “previously on” recap; but so it goes for “Bosch: Legacy,” a sequel to Amazon’s long-running crime drama “Bosch,” which adapted several of Michael Connelly’s popular novels concerning the Los Angeles police detective Harry Bosch (Titus Welliver). A flagship title for Amazon’s newly rebranded, ad-supported Amazon Freevee service (previously often known as IMDb TV), “Bosch: Legacy” follows the title character after he quits the force and becomes a personal investigator. While Bosch is working a case involving a dying billionaire (William Devane) who’s on the lookout for a living heir, his daughter, Maddie (Madison Lintz), follows in her dad’s footsteps and becomes a cop — although she struggles with the grind of being a lowly rookie on patrol.
“The Unsolved Murder of Beverly Lynn Smith”
“The Wilds” Season 2
“The Kids within the Hall”
“Bang Bang Baby” Season 1
“Kids within the Hall: Comedy Punks”
“Night Sky” Season 1
Latest to Apple TV+
‘The Big Conn’
Starts streaming: May 6
The author-director team of James Lee Hernandez and Brian Lazarte follow up their offbeat true crime docu-series “McMillions” with one other strange-but-true story: “The Big Conn,” a four-part documentary a few Kentucky lawyer who masterminded a half-billion dollar Social Security swindle. The attorney is Eric C. Conn, a media-savvy hustler who became something of a neighborhood celebrity due to his kooky commercials and his ability to get his clients paid quickly. All of the while, he was burning through wives, running multiple barely legal vice dens and entangling the witting and the unwitting in a scheme to defraud the federal government. Hernandez and Lazarte capture the odd turns this tale took, with the assistance of the investigators and journalists involved with this case — lots of whom query how and why Conn eluded justice for therefore long.
‘The Essex Serpent’
Starts streaming: May 13
Based on the 2016 Sarah Perry novel, the mini-series “The Essex Serpent” stars Claire Danes as a late nineteenth century English widow whose scientific curiosity leads her to the countryside to analyze rumors of a lake-dwelling monster she thinks might actually be a dinosaur. Her fervor puts her at odds with two men: a progressive young doctor (Frank Dillane) and a congenial local minister (Tom Hiddleston), each of whom are skeptical of the creature’s existence but for various reasons. The screenwriter Anna Symon and the director Clio Barnard explore the eerie possibilities of their premise in a community liable to superstition and to mistrust of outsiders. The show is concerning the relationships between smart, well-meaning individuals who disagree concerning the very nature of the world.
“Tehran” Season 2
“Now and Then”
Latest to Disney+
Starts streaming: May 11
Even though it ran for less than one season on ABC in the autumn of 2014, the sword-and-sorcery themed reality competition series “The Quest” is fondly remembered for its inventive concept, clever execution and lovably sincere contestants. The brand new Disney+ revival makes a couple of changes. The competitors are actually can-do teenagers as a substitute of earnestly geeky adults; and the show’s overall visual style looks more like a movie, obscuring the road between fantasy and the real-life game these kids are playing. But the fundamental contest stays the identical. The participants are playacting as “paladins,” roaming through a fictional medieval world stuffed with magic and conflict, where they struggle to succeed at various challenges. Mix “Game of Thrones,” “Survivor” and an escape room, and that’s “The Quest.”
Starts streaming: May 27
The newest addition to the “Star Wars” TV universe fills a number of the gaps between the movie trilogies, telling a story set between Episode III and Episode IV. Ewan McGregor reprises his big-screen role as Obi-Wan Kenobi, a disillusioned Jedi Master living in hiding on the planet Tatooine, where he stews over the corruption of his student Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) and keeps a distant eye on Anakin’s young son, Luke. “Obi-Wan Kenobi” was originally developed as a stand-alone film, which later evolved into this six-episode mini-series. The show should answer some longstanding fan questions on what the eccentric old hermit Kenobi was as much as for all those years in exile while waiting for Luke to grow up.
“Chip ‘n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers”
“We Feed People”
Latest to HBO Max
‘Hacks’ Season 2
Starts streaming: May 12
In Season 1 of “Hacks,” we met Ava Daniels (Hannah Einbinder), a hip comedy author who landed a job writing jokes for the fading Las Vegas stand-up comic Deborah Vance (Jean Smart) after which settled right into a love-hate relationship together with her wealthy but demanding recent boss and mentor. In Season 2, Deborah will head out on tour to get back in contact together with her roots as Ava caters to her whims, pushes her to try harder and tries to avoid making her too indignant. Along with the terrific performances by the leads, “Hacks” is usually a frank interrogation of the cruelties of show business, as experienced by two talented women at different points of their careers.
‘The Time Traveler’s Wife’
Starts streaming: May 15
Audrey Niffenegger’s best-selling 2003 novel “The Time Traveler’s Wife” has been adapted to the screen before, for a success 2009 movie. But the brand new TV version — created by the “Doctor Who” and “Sherlock” producer Steven Moffat — has the room to sprawl out a bit and canopy more of the premise’s metaphysical nuances. Theo James plays Henry, who has a genetic condition that yanks him unpredictably backwards and forwards through time, often landing him near Clare (Rose Leslie), the lady he marries. The couple nearly at all times meet while they’re at wildly different places on their respective timelines, such that sometimes she knows greater than he does about what’s happening, or vice versa. Moffat and his creative team lean into the humor, tension and irony of this example while hewing to Niffenegger’s central concept that these two are inextricably linked because they’re hopelessly in love.
“Spring Awakening: Those You’ve Known”
“Las Bravas F.C.” Season 1
“Queen Stars Brazil” Season 1
“Who’s by Your Side” Season 1
“That Rattling Michael Che” Season 2
“Tig ‘n’ Seek” Season 4
Latest to Hulu
Starts streaming: May 9
In June of 1980, a lady named Betty Gore was found murdered in her suburban Dallas home, with 41 ax wounds on her body. The prime suspect? Considered one of her best friends, Candy Montgomery, who had an affair with Betty’s husband. The mini-series “Candy” begins on the day of the murder and compares the lifetime of the charismatic, churchgoing Candy (Jessica Biel) with the depressed, exhausted Betty (Melanie Lynskey). The “Candy” creators Nick Antosca (best-known for his horror anthology “Channel Zero”) and Robin Veith (a multiple Emmy nominee for her work on “Mad Men”) cover the following criminal investigation and trial while also flashing back to the years leading up the event, considering how these intertwined lives went so awry.
“Breeders” Season 3
“Conversations With Friends”
“A Taste of Hunger”
“Shoresy” Season 1
“GameStop: Rise of the Players”
Latest to Paramount+
‘Star Trek: Strange Latest Worlds’ Season 1
Starts streaming: May 5
In Season 2 of “Star Trek: Discovery,” that show’s starship crew had an adventure alongside some Federation comrades, including Captain Christopher Pike (Anson Mount) and Science Officer Spock (Ethan Peck) of the united statesS. Enterprise. “Star Trek” fans raved about Mount’s commanding and charming performance, playing a key character from the franchise’s mythology; so now he and Peck’s Spock are returning in “Star Trek: Strange Latest Worlds,” which follows the journeys of the Enterprise within the years before Captain James T. Kirk (the hero of the unique Nineteen Sixties TV series) took command. “Strange Latest Worlds” retains the serialized elements which have grow to be common to modern “Star Trek” series; nevertheless it also hearkens to the older shows by featuring more episodic stories.
“The Challenge: All Stars” Season 3
“Joe Pickett” Season 1
“RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars” Season 7
Latest to Peacock
‘Girls5eva’ Season 2
Starts streaming: May 5
The primary season of the delightful “Girls5eva” offered a witty and insightful peek inside the fashionable music business from the attitude of 4 middle-aged singers — formerly a chart-topping girl group — who attempt a comeback at a time when MTV matters lower than TikTok. As Season 2 begins, the women appear to be on an upswing, able to record a recent album after a breakout moment at a national showcase. But family obligations and the constraints of their aging bodies threaten to stall their momentum. Once more, the creator Meredith Scardino and her writing staff keep the jokes and the savvy popular culture references flying while at all times honoring the dignity and the dreams of those 4 friends. The ladies of Girls5Eva are sometimes ridiculous, but never hopeless.
“Dragons Rescue Riders: Heroes of the Sky” Season 3
“Sins of the Amish”