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15 Exciting TV shows and films to stream in May 2024

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By Marissa Chin

15 Exciting TV shows and films to stream in May 2024

This month, sit back and enjoy a thrilling lineup of new small-screen offerings to keep you entertained. From side-splitting comedies and dark mystery thrillers to swoon-worthy romances, finding something good to watch won’t be a case of “maybe” (yes, the pun is very much intended) but definitely! Ahead, here are 15 exciting TV shows and films to stream in May 2024.


The Idea of You

When and where: 2 May 2024 on Prime Video 

Watch if: You’re looking for a whirlwind romance 

Starring: Anne Hathaway, Nicholas Galitzine

Imagine your mother dating the frontman of a famous pop boy band. In The Idea of You, Solène unexpectedly captures the attention of Hayes Campbell, the lead singer of August Moon AKA the hottest boy band on the planet. While the chemistry between the pair is immediate and undeniable, the 40-year-old single mother must come to terms with whether this whirlwind romance with the 24-year-old pop star is worth fighting for under the glare of the spotlight.

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Turtles All The Way Down 

When and where: 2 May 2024 on HBO Go 

Watch if: You want to see how OCD is portrayed in a relationship

Starring: Isabela Merced, Cree, Felix Mallard

Life isn’t easy for 17-year-old Aza Holmes. On top of trying to be a good daughter, friend and model student, she also suffers from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and is trapped in the prison of her thoughts. When she reconnects with Davis, her childhood crush, Aza is confronted with fundamental questions about her potential for love, happiness, friendship, and hope.

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When and where: 3 May 2024 on Netflix 

Watch if: You love a good origin story 

Starring: Jerry Seinfeld, Melissa McCarthy, Hugh Grant, Jim Gaffigan, Amy Schumer

In the world of cereal, nothing is more tense than the sworn rivalry between Kellogg’s and Post. Set in 1963 Michigan, the two brands engage in a cereal race to change the concept of breakfast forever. Expect betrayal, ambition, sugary-sweet success and menacing milkmen in this comedy. Now, if they can tackle the age-old debate of whether it should be cereal or milk first, that would be great…

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Monsters at Work Season 2 

When and where: 5 May 2024 on Disney+ Hotstar

Watch if: You love the Disney movie 

In the second season of the beloved animated film’s spin-off series, screams are out and laughter is in. Thanks to Mike and Sulley’s discovery that laughter generates 10 times more energy than screams, the city of Monstropolis has evolved to harvest the power of giggles. Tylor Tuskmon looks like a typical monster and has always thought he would grow up to be a scarer. Unsure of whether he should pursue his new dream of being a Jokester instead, he is assigned to the Monsters, Inc. Facilities Team with a team of misfits. Follow the creature as he decides what his true calling is.

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Dark Matter

When and where: 8 May 2024 on Apple TV+

Watch if: You’re seeking a hard science fiction series to get stuck in 

Starring: Joel Edgerton, Jennifer Connelly, Alice Braga, Jimmi Simpson, Dayo Okeniyi, Oakes Fegley

Hailed as one of the best sci-fi novels of the decade, Dark Matter is a story you won’t be prepared for. One day, Jason Dessen, a physicist, professor and family man, is abducted into an alternative version of his life. Curiosity soon turns into a nightmare when he tries to return to his reality amid the mind-bending landscape of lives he could have lived. To get back to the world and life he knows, he must embark on a harrowing journey that will take him through a labyrinth of realities and save himself from the most terrifying foe: himself.

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Maxton Hall

When and where: 9 May 2024 on Prime Video

Watch if: You’re a sucker for clichés

Starring: Harriet Herbig-Matten, Damian Hardung, Ben Felipe

Based on Mona Kasten’s bestselling novel Save Me, Maxton Hall is a German series set in an exclusive private school full of heirs and high-achieving scholars. When Ruby accidentally witnesses an explosive secret, the arrogant millionaire heir James Beaufort has to deal with the quick-witted scholarship student before things get out of hand. This becomes a lot harder when the two enemies start to feel a spark ignite between each other…

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Mother of the Bride

When and where: 9 May 2024 on Netflix

Watch if: You already love the star-studded cast

Starring: Brooke Shields, Benjamin Bratt, Miranda Cosgrove, Chad Michael Murray, Sean Teale

It’s all wedding bells when Lana’s daughter returns from abroad and announces that she’s getting married—in Thailand, in a month! While Lana is happy for her daughter, things quickly get awkward when she realises that the man who captured Emma’s heart is the son of the man who broke hers years ago. Will Lana find the closure she’s been looking for and open her heart again to second chances? 

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Pretty Little Liars: Summer School

When and where: 9 May 2024 on HBO (Astro Channel 411)

Watch if: The PLL universe never gets old 

Starring: Bailee Madison, Chandler Kinney, Zaria, Malia Pyles, Maia Reficco

Following the harrowing events of Pretty Little Liar: Original Sin, the girls face a fate even worse than death—summer school. While dealing with part-time jobs and dreamy love interests, a new villain (who may or may not have a connection to A), has come to town to put the liars to the test. 



When and where: 13 May 2024 on Disney+ Hotstar

Watch if: You enjoy cop dramas

Starring: Lee Min Ki, Kwak Sun Young, Heo Sung Tae

The Traffic Crime Investigation (TCI) Team doesn’t exactly spring to mind when you think of security forces. Repeatedly ignored by the rest of the force and considered a joke by man, the TCI team has much to prove. When a genius mathematician joins the team, things quickly turn around as he can deduce the cause of an accident from his impressive cognitive abilities. However, he lacks social skills and isn’t exactly a team player. Can the TCI Team escape the shadow of obscurity and climb their way to respect?

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Uncle Samsik

When and where: 15 May 2024 on Disney+ Hotstar

Watch if: Period dramas are your weakness 

Starring: Song Kang Ho, Byun Yo Han, Jin Ki Joo

Set in 1960s Korea, Uncle Samsik follows Kim San, an ambitious idealist who strives to change the fortune of his country. Determined to transform South Korea into an industrial nation, he attracts the attention of a man named Uncle Samsik, a shady fixer who will do anything to accomplish his boss’ goals. Together, the pair form an uneasy alliance as they take on the complexities of an established system, united by their shared goal of a prosperous future.

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Bridgerton: Season 3 Part 1 

When and where: 16 May 2024 on Netflix 

Watch if: A story between a wallflower and eligible bachelor has you feeling butterflies 

Starring: Nicola Coughlan, Luke Newton, Claudia Jessie, Jonathan Bailey, Simone Ashley

In the highly anticipated third season, the Bridgerton family returns to the small screen to look for love and happiness in London high society. Can friendship lead to love for the pair? Penelope Featherington has finally given up on her long-held crush on Colin Bridgerton and decided to take on a husband all the while failing spectacularly. Meanwhile, Colin returns from his summer travels a new man and is quickly disheartened when his dear friend Penelope gives him the cold shoulder. In his efforts to win back her friendship, he gives her lessons on love. However, when his tips start to work a little too well, he must grapple with his true feelings for Penelope before it’s too late.

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The 8 Show

When and where: 17 May 2024 on Netflix 

Watch if: You want a Squid Game-coded show 

Starring: Ryu Jun Yeol, Park Jeong Min, Chun Woo Hee, Bae Seong Woo

Fans of South Korea’s killer death game genre will want to tune in to The 8 Show. In this upcoming series, eight individuals from different walks of life are trapped in a mysterious eight-storey building where they must participate in a tempting but dangerous show to earn money for a mysterious audience. 

Watch here.



When and where: 24 May 2024 on Netflix

Watch if: Simu Liu as an evil AI robot. That’s it.

Starring: Jennifer Lopez, Simu Liu, Sterling K. Brown

In this action-packed feature, Atlas Shepherd, a brilliant but misanthropic data analyst with a deep distrust of artificial intelligence (AI), joins a mission to capture a rogue robot with whom she shares a mysterious past. However, when plans go awry, she must trust AI to save the future of humanity. 

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Australia’s Sleep Revolution with Michael Mosley

When and where: 28 May 2024 (9:55pm) on Astro channel 554, UnifiTV channel 501 and BBC Player

Watch if: The concept of sleep fascinates you

Ever wondered why people suffer from insomnia and what happens to your body if you don’t get enough sleep? Australia has developed the world’s first sleep treatment programme and medical journalist Dr Michael Mosley is going to put his body on the line to find out. In this informative docuseries, discover cutting-edge sleep monitoring technology and how sleep is integral to our lives. 



When and where: 30 May 2024 on Netflix 

Watch if: You want a crime drama with a twist

Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Gaby Hoffmann, McKinley Belcher III

Set in 1980s New York, this limited series follows the desperate search of a father when his nine-year-old son disappears on the way to school. Vincent is one of the city’s leading puppeteers and creator of a hugely popular children’s television show. After his son goes missing, he becomes increasingly disillusioned and volatile, clinging to the hope that if he can bring his son’s drawings of a blue monster puppet, Eric, to life, Edgar will come home. As his increasingly destructive behaviour alienates him from those trying to help him, Vincent finds himself obsessively relying on Eric to bring his son home. 

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