It’s getting chillier everyday, but that’s the perfect weather for staying indoors. If binging is your thing, get the popcorn ready and settle in with these five shows during May, currently streaming on Showmax.
There’s something for everyone on the May lineup, including new seasons of familiar favourites, drama and adventures.
A Discovery of Witches – Season 1
A Discovery of Witches is adapted from Deborah Harkness’s All Souls trilogy. If vampires, daemons and witches is your vibe, then this won’t disappoint.
It’s a modern-day love story set in a world where otherwordly creatures live alongside humans, hidden in plain sight.
Release date: Now streaming.
IMDb rating: 8.2
Cast: A Discover of Witches stars Teresa Palmer from I Am Number Four and Matthew Goode from Downton Abbey. The main cast list is as follows:
- Teresa Palmer as Diana Bishop
- Matthew Goode as Matthew Clairmont
- Edward Bluemel as Marcus Whitmore
- Louise Brealy as Gillian Chamberlain
- Malin Buska as Satu Jarvinen
- Aiysha Hart as Miriam Shephard
- Owen Teale as Peter Knox
- Alex Kingston as Sarah Bishop
- Most watch series of 2018 on Sky One.
- Also the most successful title in the history of Sundance Now.
Barry – Season 2
The show follows Barry, a depressed war vet-turned-hitman who finds passion in a local acting class after he followed a target to the LA class back in season one.
He tries to extricate himself from a violent criminal triangle while dodging his boss, who has found it exceedingly difficult to hire a replacement as capable as his onetime ace assassin.
Release date: From 20 May 2019.
IMDb rating: 8.1
- Bill Hader as Barry Berkman/Barry Block
- Stephen Root as Monroe Fuches
- Sarah Goldberg as Sally Reed
- Anthony Carrigan as NoHo Hank
- Henry Winkler as Gene Cousineau
- Darrel Britt-Gibson as Jermaine Jefrint
- Kirby Howell-Baptiste as Sasha Baxter
- Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Sound Mixing, Emmys, 2018
- Best Comedy, Best Actor & Best Supporting Actor nominations, Golden Globes, 2019
Animals – Season 3
Whether it’s lovelorn rats, gender-questioning pigeons or aging bedbugs in the midst of a midlife crisis, the awkward small talk, moral ambiguity and existential woes of non-human urbanites prove startlingly similar to our own.
Season three returns to show the human-less post-apocalyptic Big Apple. In addition, the show blends life-action with animation and includes a strong cost, from Anthony Mackie from Infinity War to David Harbour from Stranter Things.
Release date: Now streaming on Showmax.
IMDb rating: 7.2
- Phil Matarese as himself
- Mike Luciano as himself
- Neil Casey as Principal Leif
- Lauren Lapkus as Jacob
- Meghan O’Neill as Meghan
- Mary Holland as 69-69-420X
- Demi Moore as ‘General’
- Mel Rodriguez as ‘Lieutenant’
- Jon Early as ‘The Assistant’
- Lucy Liu as Yumi
- Jon Lovitz as Old Ben
- 4% critics rating and 85% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.
- Also described by David Wiegand from San Francisco Chronicle as “cute” and “delicioius off-the-wall comedy.”
Escape at Dannemora
An employee at a maximum security prison (Patricia Arquette) in upstate New York becomes romantically involved with a pair of inmates and helps them escape. It’s directed by Ben Stiller.
The limited TV series – only seven episodes – is based on the real-life Clinton Correctional Facility Escape of 2015. Massive manhunt for the evicted murderers ensued, which was said to have cost about $23m.
Release date: On Showmax from 22 May.
IMDb rating: 8.1
Cast: The Oscar-winning also cast includes:
- Patricia Arquette as Tilly Mitchell
- Benicio Del Toro as Richard Matt
- Paul Dano as David Sweat
- Bonnie Hunt as Catherine Scott
- Eric Lange as Lyle Mitchell
- David Morse as Gene Palmer
- Jeremy Bobb as Dennis Lambert
- Michael Beasley as ‘Murder’
- Calvin Dutton as ‘Kilo’
- 2019 Golden Globe: Best Actress in a Limited Series (Patricia Arquette)
- 2019 Directors Guild of America Award for Limited Series (Ben Stiller)
Set in 1832, Gentleman Jack focuses on real-life English landowner Anne Lister and her determination to transform the fate of her faded ancestral home, Shibden Hall, by reopening her coal mines and marrying well.
However, the charismatic, single-minded Lister has no intention of marrying a man. Instead, she is determined to stay true to her nature by marrying Ann Walker.
Release date: Stream weekly on Showmax from 28 May, at 22:00 (Same slot as M-Net)
IMDb rating: 7.4
- Suranne Jones as Anne Lister
- Sophie Rundle as Ann Walker
- Gemma Whelan as Marianne Lister
- Timothy West as Jeremy Lister
- Gemma Jones as Aunt Anne Lister
- Katherine Kelly as Elizabeth Sutherland
- Sofie Gråbøl as Queen Marie of Denmark
- 81% critics rating, Rotten Tomatoes
- Described as a “funny, smart and touching story.”