The best new TV to watch on streaming services and channels this May. This month includes spin-offs of The Walking Dead spin-off and Bridgerton. Plus more drama to deliberate, thrillers to get you talking and captivating comedies.
Mon 1 May, Paramount+
An in-depth retelling of the popular thriller from the 1980s. It examines timeless topics like marriage and adultery through the prism of contemporary views on strong women, personality disorders, and coercive control.
According to the 1987 film, the plot centres on a relationship involving married man Dan Gallagher (Joshua Jackson) and his enigmatic girlfriend Alex Forrest (Lizzy Caplan). The relationship quickly spirals out of control. Alex starts acting increasingly bizarrely, including showing up at Dan’s family home and chatting to his wife, Beth (Amanda Peet). What he thought was a casual flirtation turns into something far more serious.
The story will alternate between the days of the disastrous relationship and 15 years later when Dan gets released from jail after serving a sentence for killing Alex.
QUEEN CHARLOTTE: A BRIDGERTON STORY
Thurs 4 May, Netflix
Since 2020 Brigerton has had huge success and has become one of the most know Netflix series globally. In this new spin-off the plot centres on the marriage of Queen Charlotte and King George III in the 18th century. It is set decades before the events of Bridgerton.
The Regency Britain depicted in The Bridgerverse is more ethnically diverse, welcoming persons of colour into high society. Queen Charlotte, whose race was acknowledged as being Black in Bridgerton (although this is debatable), is the driving force behind this world, and her royal union helped to popularise racial peace.
Fri 5 May, Apple TV+
In this dystopian drama, people reside in a massive subterranean silo. They are governed by a number of laws that they believe are in place to shield them from the polluted and decrepit world above ground. Nobody is aware of who constructed it, what brought them there, or what transpired in the outside world.
The bestselling Silo trilogy by author Hugh Howey is brought to life in the dystopian thriller. It stars Rebecca Ferguson (Dune, The Greatest Showman, Mission Impossible), who plays an engineer, and David Oyelowo, who plays a Sheriff. The show explores these two characters’ journey unravelling the mysteries of the silo and finding out the truth behind it.
CITY ON FIRE
Fri 12 May , Apple TV+
New York City in the ’70s. the seedy punk scene in downtown. The estranged heirs of one of the largest fortunes in the city. Love lies, and people die. You’ll lose yourself for hours unravelling this mystery if you have even a passing familiarity with Garth Risk Hallberg’s 2015 book City on Fire.
In Central Park on July 4th, 2003, a student from NYU gets shot. There are no witnesses or substantial physical proof; Samantha Cicciaro is alone herself. Her favourite downtown bar is hosting a performance by her friends’ band, but she departs to see someone, vowing to come back. But she doesn’t return.
Samantha is found to be the key link connecting a string of inexplicable citywide fires, the downtown music scene, and a wealthy uptown real estate family who are straining under the weight of the numerous secrets they hold while the crime against her is probed.
FEAR THE WALKING DEAD
Mon 15 May, AMC
The walking dead is back for is eighth and final season. After season 8, there won’t be another long-running series centred in the same universe, which will be the first time in over fifteen years for fans of The Walking Dead franchise.
A Los Angeles–based spinoff of The Walking Dead. The story follows the efforts of two families to work together in order to survive the coming of the undead.
In the upcoming episodes, Lennie James’ character Morgan and Kim Dickens’ character Madison will face the challenging task of rescuing an 8-year-old child from the island of PADRE. The last season of the show will be all about life and death, and no one will be safe when an all-out zombie war breaks out, according to the teaser. When Morgan begins to write down what he has discovered from long-term survival in that world, there is also a hint to upcoming episodes of The Walking Dead universe.
Fri 19 May, Amazon Freevee
The coming-of-age comedy centres on Rafa Gonzales, a wide-eyed 16-year-old who was inspired by Shea Serrano’s childhood in San Antonio, Texas. Serrano serves as creator and executive producer for the series.
The story follows a youngster from San Antonio as he juggles his dreams for college, societal standards, and a busy family life supported by his lone mother and five uncles. Whether they like it or not, the group—Rafa, his parents, uncles, friends, and crush—will have an impact on one another throughout the series and help one another grow in unexpected ways.
Thurs 25 May, Netflix
With the release of his new FUBAR Netflix series, Arnold Schwarzenegger is making his action-comedy comeback just in time after years of being on a hiatus.
Schwarzenegger will play the lead character in the Nick Santora-produced series FUBAR. It will be his first excursion into the realm of written television. After retiring as a CIA agent, Schwarzenegger (Luke) learns that Monica Barbaro (Emma), who plays his adult daughter, is actually a covert CIA spy. When the two work together on an undercover operation, their private lives converge. Watch the task become a chaotic family affair.
SINGLE DRUNK FEMALE
Weds 31 May, Disney+
The main character of the show is twenty-something alcoholic Samantha Fink (Sofia Black-D’Elia). She is forced to straighten up and return to live with her controlling mother Carol (Ally Sheedy) after blowing up in New York.
Finch’s Single Drunk Female is a comedy that masterfully manages to strike a balance between the light-hearted and the serious. Fans were drawn to Season 1 by its witty banter and comical situations, as well as by its concerns of dysfunctional families and addiction. After one and a half years of sobriety, in Season 2 Sam feels like her life is finally worth celebrating. Sam finds out very away, though, that sometimes life has different plans for her. Sam needs to learn how to make changes when she can, endure suffering where she can’t, and perhaps even enjoy the journey. The upcoming season will also reunite Sheedy with her Breakfast Club co-star Molly Ringwald, who guest-stars as Carol’s sister-in-law Alice.