May is just around the corner, and the days are getting longer and sunnier. And there’s some real summer blockbuster shows coming to streaming next month, with returns to familiar worlds and brand new ones making their debut. It’s a pretty packed few weeks, so we’ve rounded up the biggest and best things on streaming for May into this list to find the next bingeable show to put on your watchlist.

Clark

Upcoming Swedish language drama Clark arrives on Netflix this month, and focuses on gangster Clark Oloffson, a criminal whose activities popularised the phrase “Stockholm syndrome.” Its biggest draw is its lead Bill Skårsgard, who rose to prominence in Britain and America starring as Pennywise the Clown in the It films, following his father Stellan and brother Alexander in acting fame. Alongside him are Swedish actors Alicia Agneson, Vilhelm Blomgren and Sandra Ilar. The series will chart his life and what made him into a violent criminal, and is partially based on “the truth and lies” of Oloffson’s own autobiography Vafan var det som hände. It’s sure to be a wild ride of a crime thriller, and showing why Olofsson became Sweden’s first “celebrity gangster.” It’ll be six parts long, and arrives on Netflix on 5th May.

WHERE TO WATCH: Netflix

WHEN TO WATCH: 5th May

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The Pentaverate

Don’t mind the oddball title- the big reason you should be watching this new Netflix comedy is that it marks the return of Mike Myers to a main starring role in anything in over a decade. Myers disappeared from the entertainment world and the spotlight after the fourth Shrek film in 2010, sporadically popping up here and there in in small roles in films like Bohemian Rhapsody. Now however, he’s finally back to what he does best: playing multiple whacky, hilarious characters in over the top fashion. The new series sees Myers’ character Ken Scarbourough, a Canadian news journalist, attempting to uncover a worldwide conspiracy that seeks to influence the future of the planet in a truly weird and off the wall plot. Some of Myers’ other characters in it include a tech genius, a conspiracy theorist, a far right radio host and, presciently, an ex-Russian oligarch. And if Myers isn’t enough for you, there’s also big comedy names like Jennifer Saunders, Keegan Michael Key and Ken Jeong.

WHERE TO WATCH: Netflix

WHEN TO WATCH: 5th May

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The Staircase

This murder thriller is based on from a 2004 French documentary about the case of Kathleen Peterson, who was found dead at the bottom of the stairs in her Forest Hills mansion, and the subsequent trial of her husband, novelist Michael Peterson, for her murder. The new series from HBO, available on Sky Atlantic, is a drama adaptation of the documentary and the events surrounding the case. Starring in the lead role of Michael Peterson is Colin Firth, acting opposite Toni Colette as Kathleen. With Peterson vehemently denying that he murdered his wife, the series will depict his trial and the doubts cast over his version of events- that she overdosed on valium and fell down the stairs. The two leads are joined by Sophie Turner and Dane DeHaan in supporting roles. With the murder being a mysterious case and fuelling theories as to what may have happened, and the acclaim of the original documentary, this new series is one to check out.

WHERE TO WATCH: Sky Atlantic

WHEN TO WATCH: 5th May

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Our Father

Also a true crime story, but this time in a documentary format, Our Father is one of the weirdest shows to appear on Netflix so far: it tells the story of a woman who discovers that she has dozens of half-siblings across the US without knowing it. Upon investigating further, she uncovers a truly shocking and disturbing secret: a doctor had been secretly using his own sperm to inseminate patients without consent for years, and was not found out. The series features interviews with Ballard and the rest of those caught up in the life changing discovery, and there’s reconstructions portraying Cline’s nefarious deeds. What’s even more shocking is that what the Indianapolis doctor did is not legally considered a crime, and you’ll see the injustice that his victims feel throughout the course of the show. Distrubing, jaw dropping and groteseuqe, this might be Netflix’s most creepily watchable documentary to date.

WHERE TO WATCH: Netflix

WHEN TO WATCH: 11th May

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Pistol

One of the most influential and important bands in music history is getting the biopic (or bio-series) treatment this month: Pistol will tell the story of the Sex Pistols when it arrives on Disney+ on 31st May. Focussing on the band’s brief yet impactful existence and controversial exploits, it’s adapted from guitarist Steve Jones’ memoir Lonely Boy: Tales of a Sex Pistol. It stars a largely unknown cast in the lead band roles, while Game of Thrones star Maisie Willaims will appear as punk star Jordan, and Thomas Brodie Sangster stars as Malcom McLaren. Expect a raucous and chaotic trip through the punk rock scene of the 70s in every episode, and plenty of the events that made bassist Sid Viscious and vocalist Johnny Lydon so notorious at the time. It’s described as having a raw and unglossy feel to it to match the Pistols’ style, and is directed by the legendary director Danny Boyle.

WHERE TO WATCH: Disney+

WHEN TO WATCH: 31st May

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The Essex Serpent

This upcoming period drama from Apple TV+ is based on a novel by British author Sarah Perry, and tells the tale of a woman recently freed from her relationship with her abusive husband and moves to a small Essex village. Set in the 1890s, it stars Homeland star Claire Danes in the main role of Cora Seaborne, and Loki’s Tom Hiddleston as Will Ransome, the village vicar whom Cora is drawn to. Cora becomes enthralled in the town’s mysterious claim that it is haunted by a mythical creature known as the Essex Serpent, and gets more than she bargained for when she is accused of attracting the creature to the village after a tragic event occurs not long after her arrival. It’ll run for six parts, and you’ll be able to delve into the strange world of the village when it arrives on 13th May.

WHERE TO WATCH: Apple TV+

WHEN TO WATCH: 13th May

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Ten Percent

There’s pretty high expectations for Amazon’s upcoming comedy series Ten Percent: the show is remake of the acclaimed hit series Call My Agent!, one of France’s biggest shows in recent years. Adapting a popular show from abroad is hard, but the new English language version hopes to become as big a hit here as it has been amongst French viewers. The original Call My Agent! (Dix pour cent in France), as you might guess from the name, is set in a talent agency in Paris, with the show’s regulars finding it difficult to juggle diva-ish celebrity clients and highly demanding production studios. Some big celeb cameos have been confirmed for the series like Helena Bonham Carter, Dominic West and David Oyelowo, playing comedic versions of themselves in a similar way to Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s Extras. Ten Percent adapts this basic concept to a London agency, bringing over some characters and plot lines but changing things to suit Britain, rather than just making a carbon copy. It’s coming from some of the same team behind acclaimed BBC comedies W1A and Twenty-Twelve, so it’ll hopefully be a great show in its own right. It *technically* releases at the very end of April, but we’ve snuck it in here to put on your radar as something to watch in May anyway.

WHERE TO WATCH: Amazon Prime

WHEN TO WATCH: 29th April

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Stranger Things

One of the most anticipated TV returns of this year, Stranger Things finally returns this May with its fourth (and penultimate) season. The 80s horror sci-fi series has snowballed into a phenonmenom since its debut in 2016, not only making stars out of its cast but cementing itself as one of the biggest TV shows in history. This new season continues on from the climatic ending of season 3, which saw the Battle of Starcourt and Jim Hopper (David Harbour)’s apparent death in an explosive fight with hitman Grigori, as well as Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown)’s loss of her powers. Season 4 features the characters six months on, struggling to adjust to the direction their lives are taking and trying to navigate high school. Oh, and Hopper is (somehow) still alive too. This season is described as being bigger in scope than the previous ones (with a huge $30 million budget per episode) and will set up the fifth and final season. Having been much delayed, the return to Hawkins is finally close for fans, with the release of Volume One being only a month away on 27th May, followed by Volume Two in June.

WHERE TO WATCH: Netflix

WHEN TO WATCH: 27th May

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Obi Wan Kenobi

27th May is shaping up to be a big day for streaming platform wars: if there’s one franchise that can go up against Netflix and Stranger Things, it’s Star Wars. After successes with The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett, Disney is bringing out the big guns with a new series about one of the space saga’s most enduring characters: Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi. Long rumoured and heavily requested by fans, the new Disney+ show will see Ewan McGregor’s return to the role he first stepped into 1999, and for the first time since 2005’s Revenge of the Sith. Set in between Revenge and A New Hope, it focuses on Obi-Wan’s life in exile and his survival following the rise to power of the villainous Galactic Empire and murder of the Jedi. Starring alongside McGregor is Anatomy of a Scandal’s Rupert Friend, Silicon Valley and Eternals star Kumail Nanjiani, and Joel Edgerton, who appeared in two previous Star Wars instalments as Luke Skywalker’s uncle Owen Lars. But its not only McGregor that’s fuelling the hype for this series: Hayden Christensen will also be returning as Anakin Skywalker, who became Darth Vader at the end of Revenge of the Sith. Expectations then are unsurprisingly very high for this next venture to a galaxy far, far away.

WHERE TO WATCH: Disney+

WHEN TO WATCH: 27th May

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