Best series, movies and shows to watch in May 2021 on Netflix UK, Disney Plus, Amazon Prime Video and Britbox
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Another month, means another batch of new releases, with streaming services set to add more award-worthy shows and films to their rosters.
Amongst the highlights is the return on Netflix comedy The Kominsky Method, and Master of None, and Disney’s live action remake of Cruella.
Streaming services will also see a couple of exclusive premieres in May as well, with Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead arriving on Netflix, and Barry Jenkins’ The Underground Railroad hitting Amazon Prime Video.
These are my top TV and film picks to watch this May across the streaming services.
The Underground Railroad
14 May, Amazon Prime Video
Director Barry Jenkins (Moonlight, If Beale Street Could Talk) has put together a show based in an alternate timeline. The Underground Railroad follows a network of abolitionists, hidden routes, and safe houses that helped enslaved African Americans escape to freedom in the mid-1800s.
14 May - Netflix
Ewan McGregor leads a star-studded cast in Ryan Murphy’s next big budget series. The show follows legendary fashion designer Halston during the 70s and 80s, examining Halston’s wild antics, and relationship with Liza Minnelli After Murphy’s success with Ratched, Hollywood, and The Politician, Halston looks set to be another hit.
The Woman in the Window
14 May - Netflix
Amy Adams stars in a new psychological thriller about an agoraphobic psychologist who becomes obsessed with solving a crime she witnesses from her window. The film, based on the 2018 novel of the same name, also features Gary Oldman and Anthony Mackie.
ESPN 30 for 30 Documentaries
19 May - Disney+
The idea was to explore the biggest sporting stories from ESPN's first 30 years on-air, through a series of 30 one-hour films by 30 filmmakers. The project expanded beyond the initial remit and the whole archive was made available on ESPN+ in 2018 with a selection now available to UK Disney+ subscribers.
Army of the Dead
21 May - Netflix
A new Netflix original film from director Zack Snyder (Justice League, Watchmen) sees a group of mercenaries attempt to carry out a daring heist in the midst of a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas.
Master of None Season 3
23 May - Netflix
After a four year hiatus, Master of None returns with a new season focusing on Lena Waithe’s supporting character from season one and two. Subtited “Moments in Love”, the story follows Denise and her partner Alicia (Naomi Ackie) as they work through a long-term relationship.
28 May - Disney+
Set during the UK punk revolution in 70s London, Cruella marks the return of the iconic Disney character Cruella DeVille. Starring Emma Stone as Cruella, the film is the latest live action remake of a Disney animated classic.
The Kominsky Method Season 3
28 May - Netflix
One of the most beloved TV comedies of the last five years will be coming to an end after season three. The Kominsky Method follows Michael Douglas as an acting teacher looking to kickstart his life. The final season will tie up loose ends after Alan Arkin’s departure in season two.
Sir Alex Ferguson: Never Give In
29 May - Amazon Prime Video
An Amazon Original Documentary looking at the life of legendary Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson. The film pays special attention to his recovery from a life-threatening brain haemorrhage in 2018. The documentary was directed by Ferguson’s son, Jason.