May has arrived and the summer is just around the corner. With some of your favorite shows reaching a climax this coming month, you may be left with a bit of a hole in your life. Lucky for you, Babble Royale is here to fill up your cravings. Here are 10 shows to watch in May:
The Last Kingdom
May 5th – Netflix
For all the historical drama fans, this one is certainly a great one to check out. The Last Kingdom centers around a protagonist named Uhtred during the late 9th century in England. At the time, England was split into seven kingdoms, with Danes (vikings) moving in to claim land as well. I’ll avoid going too in-depth, but the basic premise is of a man born of English ancestry and raised by Danes who must discover where his allegiances lie. The story is excellent (based off of The Saxon Story novels by Bernard Cornwell) and anyone looking for sword and shield type action will be able to get their fill with this show.
Anne With An E
May 12th – Netflix
Based on the beloved children’s novel Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery, Anne With An E tells the story of a young, orphan girl named Anne who is mistakenly adopted by a brother and sister who wanted to adopt a boy in order to help with their struggling farm. Taking place on Prince Edward Island, Canada during the early 20th century, this coming-of-age tale has the potential to be a heart-warming entry to the already impressive library of Netflix original series.
I Love Dick
May 12th – Amazon
This one has such a unique premise that you feel compelled to at least have a look. Based on the groundbreaking novel by Chris Kraus, I Love Dick tells the story of a woman who becomes enamored with a man who is not her husband, causing her to rethink her marriage. However, the source material makes this show all the more intriguing. The novel was written as a mix of memoir and fiction, talking about a man she simply called “Dick” while making references to real people in her life in these event retellings. The whole concept is immensely gossipy, and the transition to television will likely present a unique look at this material.
Master of None
May 12th – Netflix
The return of the critically acclaimed series is a welcome sight. The Aziz Ansari-led dramedy was a wonderful addition to Netflix in 2015, providing a unique look at relationships and every day life with the comedic expertise of Ansari at the helm. The show was then nominated for several awards, including winning an Emmy for Outstanding Writing. Now with the second season, Netflix hopes that the second season is just as excellent as the first.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
May 19th – Netflix
The quirky comedy has come back around for a third go. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is one of the earliest successes in the Netflix original library. Starring Ellie Kemper, the story of a girl who was tricked into a bunker as a teen and freed 15 years later has entertained millions in the first two seasons, while also garnering major critical success. While there has been some controversy, the series has built up a huge audience and will likely provide another strong season of laughs this May.
May 21st – Showtime
Revival television seems to be in full swing. Twin Peaks is the most reason in an influx of revived television shows, bringing back a cult classic series from the 90s. The series centered around FBI Agent Dale Cooper (played by Kyle MacLachlan) investigating a murder in a small town called Twin Peaks. During this investigation, Cooper begins to discover various supernatural elements at play in this town. Despite garnering high ratings early on, Twin Peaks trailed off and was cancelled after two seasons. Now, Showtime is bringing it back for a single season with the possibility of growing further if the audience returns.
May 26th – Netflix
Bloodline is an interesting entry in the Netflix library. While the first season garnered a positive critical response, the second season was not received as well, and the series now has one more season left to tell. Based in Key West, Florida, Bloodline tells of a family, all of whom living in relative comfort, who must face the demons of their past when their estranged brother returns home. The story told is one filled with secrets and twists, which bodes well for any fan looking for an engaging story. With this season being the final season, the stakes will likely be very high for this family.
Still Star Crossed
May 29th – ABC
Shonda Rhimes seems to have quite a hold in ABC Television. Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy, How To Get Away With Murder, and The Catch are all shows created by ABC that were created by Shonda Rhimes. Now, another show is being added to the list, but with a very different premise. Still Star Crossed is based on a novel by the same name which chronicles the events following the famous deaths of Romeo and Juliet. With a period setting and a story connected to one of the most famous love stories of all time, there is enough intrigue to check out how this show plays out.
May 30th – MTV
Another member of the revival train, Fear Factor is coming back to gross everyone out. MTV, which has become almost devoid of music, has decided to bring back the stunt game show for what will be the third run of the show. For those unfamiliar with the premise, Fear Factor is a game show which asks contestants to overcome their fear of [insert whatever challenge they planned for the show here] to win a cash prize. While there is no guarantee that this will be a good quality show, the nostalgia of this return will likely build some kind of audience.
House of Cards
May 31st – Netflix
For the final Netflix show to arrive this May, House of Cards makes a triumphant return. The political drama expertly led by Kevin Spacey has remained at the top of TV lists since it first began, garnering universal acclaim and consistent award nominations in the process. Now, as the show enters its fifth season, fans everywhere waited for the next phase in the Underwoods’ lives, as the political game they play becomes more dangerous with each passing season.
And that’s my list. Know of any shows that left off? Let me know in the comments below, and don’t forget to like this post, share it on social media, and subscribe to Babble Royale for more list and articles.