What to watch in May 2022: Best TV shows, movies streaming online now

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May is a month of returns, featuring new adventures with familiar faces that involve everyone from the crew of the USS Enterprise to Doctor Strange to the kids in the lobby to members of Girls5eva.

But it’s also a month filled with promising premieres, including a true crime drama, a film featuring creepy Norwegian children and an intriguing new comedy starring two former SNL cast members. It kicks off the month, so let’s start there.

I like it for you (Showtime, May 1)

It was time for Vanessa Bayer to have her own show. Bayer’s first major project since leaving SNL, I like it for you presents her as a survivor of childhood leukemia who, about to lose her dream job in a teleshopping network, fakes a recurrence to evoke sympathy. Bayer, who co-created the series with Jeremy Beiler based on his own experiences with cancer, has always excelled at playing characters whose beaming smiles never quite hid that there was something that was wrong with them, so it sounds like a dream role. Companion SNL vet Molly Shannon co-stars. watch with a Free 30 day trial to Showtime here.

Girls5eva (Season 2 premiere, Peacock, May 5)

One of last year’s best comedy series returns with a second season after the surviving members (Sara Bareilles, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Busy Philipps, Paula Pell) of a briefly popular girl group from the 90s as they attempt an unlikely return to middle age. Watch on Peacock here.

The staircase (HBO Max, May 5)

Documentary mini-series by Jean-Xavier de Lestrade in 2004 The staircase reopened the case of novelist Michael Peterson who was convicted of murdering his wife Kathleen in 2001. But did he? Lestrade’s film (and its two sequels) raised a lot of questions about several aspects of the case. This new drama miniseries of the same name, co-created by Maggie Cohn (American crime history) and Antonio Campos (Christina) revisits it once again, with Colin Firth and Toni Collette playing the Petersons. Watch on HBO Max here.

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds (Paramount+, May 5)

The wave of Paramount+ star trek the series have had ups and downs but they have always benefited from a beautiful cast. This includes the arrival of Anson Mount to play young Christopher Pike – James T. Kirk’s predecessor as head of the Enterprise – in the second season of Star Trek: Discovery. His charismatic work proved to be the highlight of this season and now Pike and the Enterprise are getting their own spin-off, with Rebecca Romijn and Ethan Peck doing a fine job playing young Spock alongside Mount. in this same discovery season. watch with a Paramount+ free trial here.

Candy (Hulu, May 9)

The Peterson saga isn’t the only true crime story to be turned into a drama miniseries this month. In Candy, Jessica Biel plays Candy Montgomery, a Texas woman who was tried for murder after killing her best friend Betty Gore (Melanie Lynskey) with an axe. But is the truth more complicated than it seems? watch with a free trial at Hulu here.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (Theaters, May 6)

In this sequel to strange doctor (and, in some ways, a bunch of other MCU movies), Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) has to deal with the consequences of tampering with the multiverse in Spider-Man: No Coming Home. Elizabeth Olsen returns as Scarlet Witch, alongside a host of other past and present MCU actors in a film that is sure to be filled with twists and turns directed by Sam Raimi, making a return to cinema after too long an absence of nine years. To see tickets and timetables here.

hacks (Season 2 premiere, HBO Max, May 12)

The first season of this outstanding series found veteran Las Vegas stand-up Deborah (Jean Smart) and Ava (Hannah Einbinder), the millennial comedy writer whom Deborah hires to pep up her act, developing a respect mutual reaching an uneasy deal as Deborah reluctantly agrees to try a different type of material. If the first season suggests anything, however, it’s that this deal will likely be short-lived. Watch on HBO Max here.

The Essex Serpent (Apple TV+, May 13)

During the last decade of the Victorian era, a wealthy widow named Cora (Keira Knightley) decides to take up paleontology and investigate rumors of a fearsome sea serpent called the Blackwater Beast. His investigation leads to a complicated relationship with a local pastor (Tom Hiddleston), in this adaptation of a best-selling Sarah Perry novel. Watch on Apple TV here.

The children in the room (Amazon Prime, May 13)

The beloved Canadian comedy series The children in the room ran for five seasons between 1988 and 1995 and that was it (aside from a movie, a few tours, and the occasional reunion project). So Far: Reuniting All Five Cast Members, Amazon Prime Has Brought Back Kids for a sixth season, giving old fans a reason to celebrate and the curious a reason to see what it was all about. Those who want to go even further can check out the companion documentary Kids in the room: comic punks. watch with a Free 30-day trial on Amazon Prime here.

Innocents (Theaters, May 13)

Norwegian writer and director Eskil Vogt is best known outside his home country as the co-screenwriter of Joachim Trier’s films like the recent The worst person in the world. But that might change with this well-received (and super-scary) supernatural thriller in which a group of kids with supernatural powers don’t always put them to good use.

Conversations with friends (Hulu, May 15)

Hulu’s normal peopleadapted by Sally Rooney novel of the same name, was a big hit, so it’s no surprise to see the service deepen Rooney’s bibliography with this adaptation of his debut novel. Alison Oliver, Sasha Lane, Joe Always and Jemima Kirke co-star as a quartet of friends whose lives intertwine. watch with a free trial at Hulu here.

angelyne (Peacock, May 19)

Beginning in 1984, Los Angeles found itself hosting a series of billboards promoting a suggestively posed blonde woman named Angelyne. Who was she? What did she do? Above all, she was famous for being famous. But was there something else going on there? Based on a 2017 Hollywood journalist investigation, this new mini-series attempts to tell the story behind the image. Emmy Rossum plays. Watch on Peacock here.

night sky (Amazon Prime, May 20)

With this new series and the one from last month Outdoor beach, Prime seems to be developing a specialty in science fiction set in the heartland of the United States. JK Simmons and Sissy Spacek co-star as a married couple with a garden shed that doubles as a portal to a distant planet. But will they be able to keep the secret to themselves when a newcomer (Chai Hansen) arrives? watch with a Free 30-day trial on Amazon Prime here.

Chip’n Dale: Rescue Rangers (Disney+, May 20)

In need of ensuring that new shows and movies arrive at a steady pace, Disney+ has revived everything from Doogie Howser, MD for The proud family. Now it’s the turn of this ’90s after-school staple, but there’s a twist: directed by Akiva Schaffer (Lonely Island member and director of Pop star), the film finds former partners Chip (voiced by John Mulaney) and Dale (Andy Samberg) as now estranged ex-stars in a meta-comedy filled with jokes about animation and Hollywood stardom who seem to be in the tradition of Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Watch on Disney+ here.

Men (Theaters, May 20)

A new movie from Alex Garland is always a reason to sit up and pay attention and this ominous-looking new thriller seems rich with the ominous wit that Garland brought to Ex Machina and Annihilation. Jessie Buckley stars as a recent widow who tries to take advantage of a weekend in the English countryside to find some peace. Rory Kinnear co-stars, well, that’s unclear right now, but it’ll probably be confusing when we find out.

stranger things (Season 4, Netflix, May 27)

The year is 1986 and Hawkins, Indiana and its people find themselves threatened, once again, by supernatural forces that do not have their best interests in mind. Will they prevail again? Probably, but it will mean dealing with the aftershocks of the season three finale, which found several characters scattered far from Hawkins and each other. Watch on Netflix here.

Obi Wan Kenobi (Disney+, May 27)

In Disney+’s latest TV addition to the star wars universe, Ewan McGregor reprises his role as the famed Jedi Master, now living a life of isolation as he (remotely) cares for a young Luke Skywalker as he grows up on Tatooine. But all is not quiet on the desert planet (is it always?) thanks to potential threats like the Empire’s Grand Inquisitor (Rupert Friend) and none other than Obi-Wan’s former apprentice, Annakin. Skywalker (Hayden Christensen), now going by a different name and sporting a different wardrobe. Watch on Disney+ here.

Bob’s Burgers movie information (Theaters, May 27)

While star wars makes another adventure on the small screen, a long-running television series goes big. This feature film shows the Belcher family grappling with both familiar and new issues as they struggle to make ends meet while facing a chasm that may hold hidden secrets. The cast of the beloved series reprise their roles (as if anyone else could) and they’re joined by a cast of guest stars, many of whom return to characters they’ve played on the show over the years. years.

Top Gun: Maverick (Theaters, May 27)

A sequel to Superior gun seemed unlikely for years, in part because there didn’t seem to be many more stories to tell. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell developed skills to match his hotshot attitude in the first movie. Where do you go from there? How about back? In this sequel, Maverick is tasked with a group of up-and-coming new pilots, though not all of them revere him. Miles Teller stars as the son of Goose, the best friend Maverick lost in the first movie in 1986.

Gun (Hulu, May 31)

Memoirs of Steve Jones Lonely Boy: Tales of a Sex Pistol serves as the basis for this six-part miniseries starring Toby Wallace as Jones, the guitarist who gave the Sex Pistols their cutting edge sound. Danny Boyle leads a cast that includes Maisie Williams in the influential role of London punk scene Jordan.

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