Here are 20 TV shows and movies to stream this May

Blockbusters, brand new sitcoms, and a whole lotta female leads
Published May 4, 2021 2:42 p.m. EST
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Hot off the Oscars, and May is the month some of those nominated films are finally hitting streamers along with a bunch of other bingeable content.

If you’d rather save the critically-acclaimed tears for another time, this month promises a few blockbusters, some brand new sitcoms, and plenty of women taking the lead, from Shrill’s Aidy Bryant to In Treatment’s Uzo Aduba to Cruella’s Emma Stone. What could be better?

The Girlfriend Experience, Season 3

In its third season, The Girlfriend Experience explores sex and technology. More specifically, it follows Iris (The Affair's Julia Goldani Telles), who finds that her sessions with clients give her an edge in the tech world, but soon begins to wonder if her choices are her own or being motivated by something else.

A little off the wall, this is an experience well worth your time.

Watch on Sunday, May 2 on Crave.

Tenet

You can finally watch Christopher Nolan's mind-bending thriller Tenet at home. While that may be very far from the way Nolan intended it, it's certainly safer. You might wanna take notes as you watch, though, as Tenet can get a little tricky – visually and narratively.

It follows a man attempting to save the world through international espionage and a whole lot of time-bending. Make sense yet? Tenet stars John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Michael Caine, and Kenneth Branagh.

Watch on Friday, May 7 on Crave. 

Shrill, Season 3

In its third and final season, Annie (Aidy Bryant) is finally man-free, and has found new momentum and motivation in her writing. Things finally seem to be falling into place but, as things tend to go for Annie, hijinks ensue and very much get in the way.

Produced by Lorne Michaels and Elizabeth Banks, this is one of those all-in-one-weekend watches.

Watch on Friday, May 7 on Crave.

Ziwe

Ziwe, a truly delightful comedian and Desus & Mero writer who found a new popularity during the pandemic with her own Instagram talk show putting people in the hot seat when questioned about race in the west, now has her own weekly television series, and boy is it deserved.

A mix of musical numbers, interviews, guest stars and sketches that challenge America’s discomfort with race, politics, and other cultural issues, Ziwe is bound to be one of a kind.

Watch on Sunday, May 9 on Crave.

The Crime of the Century

One does not miss an Alex Gibney documentary, so put The Crime of the Century at the very top of your list. The two-part doc examines how Big Pharma, political operatives and government regulations led to the opioid crisis, which took 500,000 lives from overdoses in this century alone.

Watch on Monday, May 10 on Crave.

Sound of Metal

Having won two Oscars just a week ago, Sound of Metal is easily one of the best films of the last year, as it follows heavy metal musician Ruben (Riz Ahmed at his absolute best), who makes the heart-breaking realization that he is losing his hearing amidst an American tour with his band.

Forced to put his music on pause, potentially for a lifetime, he finds support at a camp for the deaf, but walks in with a mountain of reluctance. You'll need the Kleenex for this one.

Watch on Friday, May 14 on Crave.

Halston

In Ryan Murphy's latest limited series, Ewan McGregor stars as Halston, the legendary fashion designer whose style and antics defined the 1970s and '80s in New York, and who had to fight to keep control of his most essential asset: his name. Co-starring Bill Pullman, Rory Culkin and Vera Farmiga, this is a must.

Watch on Friday, May 14 on Netflix.

The Woman in the Window

In this long-gestating crime thriller, based on the novel by controversial author and renowned liar AJ Finn (a.k.a. Dan Mallory), the incomparable Amy Adams stars as an agoraphobic child psychologist who begins to spy on the seemingly perfect family living across the street through the windows of her New York City apartment. When she witnesses a crime, it all gets very Rear Window.

Adapted by the singular Tracy Letts, the film co-stars Gary Oldman, Anthony Mackie, Brian Tyree Henry, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Julianne Moore.

Watch on Friday, May 14 on Netflix.

The Underground Railroad

This 10-episode adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel was directed by the Oscar-winning Barry Jenkins (Moonlight, If Beale Street Could Talk) and is set in an alternate reality where the Underground Railroad is a literal railroad and not just a network of abolitionists.

The series follows Cora (Thuso Mbedu), enslaved in Georgia, as she takes the train to freedom in the north.

Watch on Friday, May 14 on Amazon Prime.

Run the World

Following the lives of a group of smart, hilarious and beautiful 30-something Black women in Harlem, Run the World chronicles all the setbacks and heartbreaks in their paths, and how their unique bond helps them keep it together.

The weekly sitcom stars Amber Stevens West, Andrea Bordeaux, Bresha Webb and Corbin Reid.

Watch on Sunday, May 16 on Crave.

Special, Season 2

In the second season of Special, written and starring the hilarious Ryan O'Connell, who based the show on his experience living as a gay man with cerebral palsy, follows his character Ryan dealing with heartache.

This is sadly the series' final season, but episodes have been lengthened from 15 minutes to 30 minutes. With the very funny Punam Patel and always endearing Jessica Hecht co-starring, it's time you caught up on this sweet little series.

Watch on Thursday, May 20 on Netflix.

Wonder Woman 1984

If you missed this blockbuster earlier this year, it'll make for the perfect summer watch, following Gal Gadot's Diana Prince in the wild and vibrant 1980s.

This time, we watch the superhero face off against Maxwell Lord (Pedro Pascal) and the Cheetah, a villainess who possesses superhuman strength and agility, and is played by none other than Kristen Wiig. And yes, Chris Pine does return. In what capacity? You'll find out.

Watch on Friday, May 21 on Crave.

Army of the Dead

Here's all you need to know about writer-director Zack Snyder's latest film, fresh off the release of his Justice League director's cut (watch now on Crave): it's a zombie heist movie.

If you need more convincing, it stars Dave Bautista – who, it's time we admit, is a pretty compelling presence – as the head of a group of mercenaries planning to topple a Vegas casino. With comedian Tig Notaro having replaced Chris D'Elia after he was accused of sexual misconduct (she had to shoot all her scenes against a green screen later), it's bound to be pretty funny, too. Get on it now, with a prequel series and anime series already planned for the soon-to-be franchise.

Watch on Friday, May 21 on Netflix.

Solos

This seven-part sci-fi anthology series about the meaning of being human and how we are connected through shared moments – as vague as it seems – stars Uzo Aduba, Nicole Beharie, Morgan Freeman, Anne Hathaway, Anthony Mackie, Helen Mirren, Dan Stevens and Constance Wu.

Each episode is a tale about a number of things we might expect in a future reality, from time travel to even smarter tech. Sounds potentially messy, sign us up!

Watch on Friday, May 21 on Amazon Prime.

In Treatment, Season 4

It's been a decade since HBO's original version of In Treatment, which starred Gabriel Byrne as its central therapist. In this reboot, however, our therapist is the wonderful Uzo Aduba (Orange is the New Black, Mrs. America), who plays Dr. Brooke Taylor.

Just as it did before, each episode follows her sessions with different patients, who are dealing with everything from the pandemic to work and social strife. And, of course, she's got woes of her own.

Watch on Sunday, May 23 on Crave.

Black Monday, Season 3

If you're late to the outrageously funny Black Monday, this is the time to catch up, as the third season continues to follow a group of misfits taking on Wall Street and, uh, crashing the world's largest financial and glass ceiling.

Black Monday stars a hell of an ensemble: Regina Hall, Don Cheadle, Andrew Rannells, Paul Scheer and Casey Wilson, and was created by Happy Endings' David Caspe. Get into it.

Watch on Sunday, May 23 on Crave.

Master of None, Season 3

It's been several years since the second season of Aziz Ansari's Master of None aired, and now the series finally back with a third. But this time, Ansari is staying behind the camera and in the writer's room, with co-writer Lena Waithe taking the spotlight.

This new five-episode season will follow Waithe's character Denise and her relationship with Naomi Ackie's Alicia, their struggles with fertility, marriage and loss. Oh and, of course, love.

Watch on Sunday, May 23 on Netflix.

Cruella

Emma Stone as Cruella de Vil? Have Christmas, your birthday and Halloween all come early? Yes! Starring as one of the most stylish, sassy villains around, Stone may be no Glenn Close (who is?) but she's sure to bring something fun and wild to this live-action feature all about the icon's rebellious early days.

Watch Friday, May 28 on Disney+.

Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir

The award-winning author of the beloved The Joy Luck Club revisits her life and work in documentarian James Redford's last movie, which further establishes her as key early Asian-American representation in literature through an intimate lens.

We also get to Tan her play with the Rock Bottom Remainders, the band of authors that includes heavy-hitters Stephen King, Scott Turow, Barbara Kingsolver and Matt Groening. Yes, it's very much a thing.

Coming soon in May to Netflix.

HIDDEN GEM: Cashmere Mafia

Criminally short-lived, if you're getting hyped for the upcoming Sex and the City revival coming to Crave later this year, perhaps give 2008's Cashmere Mafia a taste to pre-game. With only one season, it followed a similar recipe, telling the stories of four ambitious women who've been friends since business school, and attempt to break the "male-dominated glass ceiling of the corporate world."

Darren Star (of SATC, Younger, Emily in Paris) produced, while Lucy Liu, Frances O'Connor, Miranda Otto and Bonnie Somerville starred. Yum.

Now streaming on CTV Throwback.

 

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