The must-watch May TV shows, from superheroes to therapy


Primetime will bloom this month with a slew of new and returning series packed into the coming weeks.

From the hotly anticipated continuation of HBO’s “In Treatment” to big stars of the film (Barry Jenkins, Ewan McGregor) coming to the small screen, here are the must-watch shows to keep watch for as May gets underway. 

“Girls5Eva,” May 6 on Peacock 

Executive produced by Tina Fey and starring Sara Bareilles and Busy Philipps, this musical comedy follows a former ’90s girl band who get a chance to make a comeback. 

“From Cradle to Stage,” May 6 on Paramount+

The docuseries hailing from Dave Grohl of Nirvana and The Foo Fighters fame, and his mom Virginia looks at the relationships between rock stars and their mothers. Featured musicians include Pharell, Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave), Dan Reynolds (Imagine Dragons) and more.

Dave Grohl (left) and his mom Virginia (right) in "From Cradle to Stage"
Dave Grohl (left) and his mom Virginia (right) in “From Cradle to Stage”
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“Jupiter’s Legacy,” May 7 on Netflix 

For fans of “The Boys”: this series co-starring Josh Duhamel and Leslie Bibb follows a group of legendary superheroes and their children, who struggle in their parents’ towering shadows. 

David Julian Hirsh (left), Ben Daniels, Josh Duhamel, Leslie Bibb, Mike Wade, and Matt Lanter in "Jupiter's Legacy"
David Julian Hirsh (left), Ben Daniels, Josh Duhamel, Leslie Bibb, Mike Wade, and Matt Lanter (right) in “Jupiter’s Legacy”
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“The Underground Railroad,” May 14 on Amazon Prime

Helmed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Barry Jenkins (“Moonlight”), it’s a drama based on this the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Colson Whitehead. Set in the 1800s, the alt-history series imagines that the historical underground railroad was a real railroad system, following two formerly enslaved people, Cora (Thuso Mbedu) and Caesar (Aaron Pierre) as they try to escape to freedom. 

Thuso Mbedu as Cora in "The Underground Railroad" on Amazon
Thuso Mbedu as Cora in “The Underground Railroad” on Amazon
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“Halston,” May 14 Netflix

Ryan Murphy’s latest splashy endeavor centers on legendary fashion designer Halston (played by Ewan McGregor in a rare small-screen role). It’s sure to be outlandish like Murphy’s usual oeuvre; its cast of movie stars also includes Vera Farmiga and Bill Pullman. 

Evan McGregor as Halston and Krysta Rodriguez as Liza Minelli in "Halston"
Evan McGregor as Halston and Krysta Rodriguez as Liza Minelli in “Halston”
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“Run the World,” Starz, May 16 on Starz (8:30 p.m.)

One of the many complaints that HBO’s “Girls” got during its run was its lack of diversity — so here’s the answer to that. “Run the World” follows a group of black women who are friends in Harlem. It’s directed by Yvette Lee Bowser (“Living Single”) and stars Amber Stevens West (“22 Jump Street”) and Corbin Reed (“How to Get Away with Murder”).

“In Treatment,” May 23 on HBO (9 p.m.)

At long last, HBO’s therapy drama series returns. The original show (2008-2010) starred Gabriel Byrne as therapist Paul Weston. Here, Uzo Aduba (“Orange Is the New Black”) plays therapist Dr. Brooke Taylor. 

Uzo Aduba in "In Treatment" Season 4
Uzo Aduba in “In Treatment” Season 4

Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K., May 21 on Hulu 

Based on a Marvel comic of the same name, this animated series follows supervillain MODOK (Patton Oswalt, also the series co-creator), as he struggles with his family and a mid-life crisis. Jon Hamm, Bill Hader, Nathan Fillion and Whoopi Goldberg lend their voices to recurring characters. 

Marvel's M.O.D.O.K.
Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K. (right), voiced by Patton Oswalt

“Crime Scene Kitchen,” May 26 on Fox (9 p.m.)

A new cooking competition series hosted by game show veteran Joel McHale in which bakers follow “clues” and try to recreate previous dishes that were made. The winner gets a $100,000 prize. 

“HouseBroken,” May 31 on Fox (9 p.m.) 

This adult animated series follows a dog who puts other neighborhood animals through therapy sessions. The voice cast includes Lisa Kudrow, Will Forte, Tony Hale, and Sam Richardson, among others. 

“Small Fortune,” May 31 on NBC (10 p.m.)

It’s a competition series hosted by Lil Rel Howery and adapted from a British import, which follows teams of people undergoing “fun-sized” competitions that require dexterity and precision (using tiny chopsticks on a minuscule sushi conveyor belt, for example). 

Lil Rel Howery hosts new game show "Small Fortune" on NBC
Lil Rel Howery hosts new competition show “Small Fortune” on NBC
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“Flatbush Misdemeanors,” May 23 on Showtime (10:30 p.m.)

Think “Broad City” with two guys. This new comedy follows two pals (played by series creators Kevin Iso and Dan Perlman) struggling through life in Brooklyn. 



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