The best movies and TV shows coming to HBO Max, Hulu, Apple TV+ and more in May

Every month, streaming services add movies and TV shows to its library. Here are our picks for some of May’s most promising new titles. (Note: Streaming services occasionally change times without notice. For more recommendations on what to stream, sign up for our Watch the newsletter here.)

Bosch: Legacy’ Season 1
Start streaming: May 6

It’s not often that a new TV series begins with a “previously” recap; but so is “Bosch: Legacy,” a sequel to Amazon’s long-running crime drama “Bosch,” which adapted several of Michael Connelly’s popular novels about Los Angeles police detective Harry Bosch ( Titus Welliver). The flagship title of Amazon’s recently renamed and ad-supported service Amazon Freevee (formerly known as IMDb TV), “Bosch: Legacy” follows the main character after he leaves the force and becomes a detective. private. While Bosch works a case involving a dying billionaire (William Devane) who seeks a living heir, his daughter, Maddie (Madison Lintz), follows in her father’s footsteps and becomes a cop – though she struggles with the routine of to be a humble rookie on patrol.

Also arriving:

May 6

“The Unsolved Murder of Beverly Lynn Smith”

“The Savages” Season 2

May 13

“The Children in the Room”

May 18

“Raised in Love”

May 19

“Bang Bang Baby” Season 1

May 20

“The Kids in the Room: The Comic Punks”

“Night Sky” Season 1

“The Great Conn”
Start streaming: May 6

The writer-director team of James Lee Hernandez and Brian Lazarte continues their quirky true-crime documentary series “McMillions” with another weird-but-true story: “The Big Conn,” a four-part documentary about a Kentucky lawyer who orchestrated a half-billion-dollar Social Security scam. The lawyer is Eric C. Conn, a savvy hustler who has become a local celebrity thanks to his goofy advertisements and his ability to get his clients paid quickly. All the while, he was burning wives, running several barely legal lairs, and tangling the willing and the unconscious in a scheme to defraud the government. Hernandez and Lazarte capture the strange turns this story has taken, with the help of the investigators and reporters involved in the case – many of whom wonder how and why Conn evaded justice for so long.

“The Essex Serpent”
Start streaming: May 13

Based on Sarah Perry’s 2016 novel, “The Essex Serpent” miniseries stars Claire Danes as a late 19th-century English widow whose curiosity for science leads her to the countryside to investigate rumors of a lake monster that she thinks might actually be a dinosaur. Her fervor puts her at odds with two men: a young progressive doctor (Frank Dillane) and a sympathetic local minister (Tom Hiddleston), both of whom are skeptical of the creature’s existence but for different reasons. Screenwriter Anna Symon and director Clio Barnard explore the strange possibilities of their premise in a community prone to superstition and distrust of outsiders. The show is about relationships between intelligent, well-meaning people who disagree about the very nature of the world.

Also arriving:

May 6

“Tehran” Season 2

May 20

“From time to time”

May 23

“Prehistoric Planet”

‘The quest’
Start streaming: May 11

Although it only lasted one season on ABC in the fall of 2014, the sword-and-sorcery-themed reality competition series “The Quest” is fondly remembered for its inventive concept, clever execution, and adorably sincere competitors. Disney+’s new revival brings a few changes. The contestants are now can-do teenagers instead of genuinely geeky adults; and the overall visual style of the series is more movie-like, blurring the line between fantasy and the actual game these kids are playing. But the basic competition remains the same. Participants take on the role of “paladins”, wandering in a fictional medieval world filled with magic and conflict, where they try to overcome various challenges. Combine “Game of Thrones”, “Survivor” and an escape room, and it’s “The Quest”.

‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’
Start streaming: May 27

The latest addition to the “Star Wars” TV universe fills in some of the gaps between the film 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 simmers on the corruption of his student Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) and keeps a distant eye on the young son of Anakin, Luke. “Obi-Wan Kenobi” was originally developed as a standalone movie, which later evolved into this six-episode miniseries. The show should answer some long-standing questions from fans about what eccentric old hermit Kenobi was doing all those years in exile waiting for Luke to grow up.

Also arriving:

May 13


May 20

“Chip ‘n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers”

May 27

“We feed people”

‘Hacks’ Season 2
Start streaming: May 12

In Season 1 of “Hacks,” we caught up with Ava Daniels (Hannah Einbinder), a hip comedy writer who landed a job writing jokes for Las Vegas stand-up comedian Deborah Vance (Jean Smart). then settled into a love-hate relationship with her wealthy but demanding new boss and mentor. In Season 2, Deborah will go on tour to reconnect with her roots as Ava caters to her whims, pushes her to try harder, and tries to avoid angering her too much. In addition to the protagonists’ terrific performances, “Hacks” is often a candid interrogation of the cruelties of show business, as experienced by two talented women at different points in their careers.

“The Time Traveler’s Wife”
Start streaming: May 15

Audrey Niffenegger’s 2003 bestselling novel ‘The Time Traveler’s Wife’ has already been adapted for the screen, for a blockbuster 2009 film. But the new TV version – created by the producer of ‘Doctor Who and “Sherlock” Steven Moffat – has the opportunity to expand a bit and cover more of the metaphysical nuances of the premise. Theo James plays Henry, who has a genetic condition that causes him to swing unpredictably through time, often landing him near Clare (Rose Leslie), the woman he marries. The pair almost always meet when they’re in very different places in their respective timelines, so sometimes she knows more about what’s going on than he does, or vice versa. Moffat and his creative team lean into the humor, tension and irony of this situation while following Niffenegger’s central idea that these two are inextricably linked because they are head over heels in love.

Also arriving:

May 3

“Spring Awakening: Those You’ve Known”

May 5

“Las Bravas FC” Season 1

“Queen Stars Brazil” Season 1

“The Staircase”

May 10

“Catwoman: Hunted”

May 12

“Who’s By Your Side” Season 1

May 26


“That Fucking Michael Che” Season 2

“Tig ‘n’ Seek” Season 4

Start streaming: May 9

In June 1980, a woman named Betty Gore was found murdered in her suburban Dallas home, with 41 ax wounds on her body. The main suspect? One of her best friends, Candy Montgomery, who had an affair with Betty’s husband. The “Candy” miniseries begins on the day of the murder and compares the life of charismatic and observant Candy (Jessica Biel) to that of depressed and exhausted Betty (Melanie Lynskey). ‘Candy’ creators Nick Antosca (best known for his horror anthology ‘Channel Zero’) and Robin Veith (multiple Emmy nominee for his work on ‘Mad Men’) cover the criminal investigation and trial that ensue while looking back at the years leading up to the event, considering how those intertwined lives went so wrong.

Also arriving:

May 6


May 10

“Breeders” Season 3

May 15

“Conversation Between Friends”

May 20

“The valet”

May 26

“A taste of hunger”

May 27

“Shoresy” Season 1

May 31st

“GameStop: The Rise of Gamers”


‘Star Trek: Strange New Worlds’ Season 1
Start streaming: May 5

In Season 2 of “Star Trek: Discovery,” the crew of that show’s spaceship went on an adventure alongside Federation comrades, including Captain Christopher Pike (Anson Mount) and Science Officer Spock (Ethan Peck) of the USS Enterprise. “Star Trek” fans adored Mount’s commanding and charming performance, playing a key character in the franchise’s mythology; so now he and Peck’s Spock return in “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds,” which follows the Enterprise’s journeys in the years before Captain James T. Kirk (the hero of the original 1960s TV series) take command. “Strange New Worlds” retains serialized elements that have become common to the modern “Star Trek” series; but it also listens to the older shows presenting more episodic stories.

Also arriving:

May 11

“The Challenge: All Stars” Season 3

May 15

“Joe Pickett” Season 1

May 20

“RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars” Season 7

‘Girls5eva’ Season 2
Start streaming: May 5

Season one of the delightful ‘Girls5eva’ offered a witty and insightful look at the modern music industry from the perspective of four middle-aged singers – formerly a chart-topping girl group – who are attempting a comeback. at a time when MTV matters less than TIC Tac. As season 2 begins, the ladies appear to be on a roll, ready to record a new album after a breakout moment in a national showcase. But family obligations and the limitations of their aging bodies threaten to dampen their momentum. Once again, creator Meredith Scardino and her writing team steal the jokes and savvy pop culture references while always honoring the dignity and dreams of these four friends. Girls5Eva’s women are often ridiculous, but never desperate.

Also arriving:

May 13

“Fire starter”

May 19


“Dragons Rescue Riders: Heroes of the Sky” Season 3

May 24

“Sins of the Amish”

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