The 9 Best Shows on TV This May
It's the first of the month, and we have a few great ideas about how to spend it. From two new book-to-series adaptations, a remake of a timeless classic, a reality staple, and some hotly anticipated returning shows, you'll want to watch this month's buzziest series—especially on those for-some-reason-still-cold days. Here's exactly what to watch for every type of TV addict, plus when and how.
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School is back in session at Winchester University, so Sam White (Logan Browning) and classmates must face another year navigating classes, relationships, and social injustice. While the first season closely followed the storyline of the film upon which it's based, season two charts its own path. (May 4 on Netflix)
I'M DYING UP HERE
Season two of dramedy I'm Dying Up Here picks up about six months after the first season ended and continues to delve into the lives of this misfit group of aspiring comedians in 1970s Los Angeles. Melissa Leo, Ari Graynor, Michael Angarano, RJ Cyler, Clark Duke, and Jake Lacy star. (May 6, 10 p.m. ET on Showtime)
Based on Stephanie Danler's debut novel of the same name, Sweetbitter follows Tess (Ella Purnell) as she tries to make her way through life working in N.Y.C.'s cutthroat restaurant industry. With no experience under her belt, she somehow lands a job at an esteemed restaurant, where she has to start from the very bottom and learn the ins and outs of fine dining, as well as the crazy lifestyle it comes with. (May 6 on Starz)
This five-part series is another book adaptation, based on The Patrick Melrose Novels by Edward St Aubyn. Benedict Cumberbatch stars as the titular character, a troubled man with a traumatizing past on the road to redemption. (May 12, 9 p.m. ET on Showtime)
LITTLE WOMEN: A TIMELESS STORY
Kathryn Newton, Maya Hawke, Willa Fitzgerald, and Annes Elwes star as the four March sisters, and Emily Watson as the March matriarch, in this retelling of the classic. Based on Louisa May Alcott's 1868 coming-of-age novel and its subsequent film adaptations (there have been six!), this story has clearly stood the test of time. (May 13, 8 p.m. ET on PBS)
13 REASONS WHY
"The tapes were just the beginning," Netflix tweeted yesterday, April 30, as they announced the season two premiere date of the controversial series about suicide and teenhood. What will be revealed in the wake of Hannah Baker's (Katherine Langford) death? Dylan Minnette and Kate Walsh also star. (May 18 on Netflix)
Our guiltiest pleasure is back after a major, and upsetting, cliffhanger at the end of last season. The Bachelorette returns for its 14th season with fan-favorite Becca Kufrin as the leading lady. We can't wait to see what kind of drama unfolds, so as Becca says, "let's do the damn thing!" (May 28, 8 p.m. ET on ABC).
Olivia Munn joins season two of the Navy SEAL drama Six as a high-level CIA operative. You'll leave your couch feeling a surge of girl power. Walton Goggins, Barry Sloane, Kyle Schmid, and Juan Pablo Raba also star. (May 28, 10 p.m. ET on History Channel)
Season three of Queen Sugar, based on the novel of the same name, will continue following the struggles of the Bordelons as they try to save their family farm and legacy. Rutina Wesley, Dawn Lyen-Gardner, and Kofi Siriboe star as three once-estranged siblings who reunite after their father's death. (Two-night premiere event, May 29 & 30, 10 p.m. ET on OWN)