What to watch this month from Twin Peaks to Master of None
While most broadcast shows are wrapping up their seasons with action-packed finales, the cable and streaming networks have you covered with a cavalcade of high-profile premieres this month. Here are five shows you can’t afford to miss in May.
I Love Dick (Amazon) – May 12
Jill Soloway’s second series for Amazon after breakout hit Transparent, I Love Dick isn’t the kind of show you want to Google at work, but the deliciously self-aware dramedy is every bit as refreshing as Soloway’s first Amazon opus, with an equally incisive — and sadly underexplored — perspective.
Soloway shrewdly recaptures and reorients the female gaze through the story of Chris (a resplendent Kathryn Hahn), a frustrated filmmaker who relocates with her husband, Sylvere (Griffin Dunne), to the isolated artistic enclave of Marfa, Texas. There, they encounter a charismatic professor named Dick (Kevin Bacon), who forces them to confront their unraveling marriage and their own unspoken desires. You’ve never seen anything like I Love Dick, and although it might prompt some uncomfortable conversations, they’ll definitely be worth having.
Master of None (Netflix) – May 12
The first season of Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang’s hilarious (and surprisingly heartfelt) series was one of the sharpest, most original comedies of the past decade, and Season 2 is no different.
Reviews are embargoed for another couple of days, but it’s safe to say that there’s no sophomore slump on display here. Even when it’s breaking your heart, Master of None is always a joy to watch — if you’re not caught up, start bingeing.
12 Monkeys (Syfy) – May 19
This exceedingly smart and consistently entertaining time-travel drama doesn’t get half as much credit as it deserves, having flown mostly under the radar for its first two seasons.
Syfy is trying something new for its third season, which will premiere as a bingeable three-night release from May 19-21 beginning at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Based on the cult Terry Gilliam movie of the same name, Syfy’s take has expanded and subverted the film’s narrative in fascinating ways, and no one who calls themselves a sci-fi fan should let this gem pass them by.
Twin Peaks (Showtime) – May 21
It’s a revival 25 years in the making.
While we don’t have a clue what David Lynch and Mark Frost have in store for us when we return to the sleepy Washington logging town at 9 p.m. on May 21, you can bet that it’ll be weird, transfixing, and as welcome as a damn fine cup of coffee.
Casual (Hulu) – May 23
Season 3 of Hulu’s charming comedy will see Valerie moving out of Alex’s house and attempting to start fresh. Per Hulu’s season summary, the surprising consequences following Charles’ death propel our three protagonists to rebel, exploring different jobs, partners, and unfulfilled passions. As they adjust to a new normal, can they maintain boundaries or will they revert to the comfort of codependency?
Honorable mentions: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix) – May 19, House of Cards (Netflix) – May 30; Animal Kingdom (TNT) – May 30; Kingdom (Audience Network) – May 31.