Your House Is OK: The Best New Netflix, Stan & SBS To Stream In May
Every year feels like it goes faster than the next, so yep that’s right – it’s already May.
Given April featured a lot of you, at home, we’re sure you’ve already smashed through the various streaming services’ April offerings (here’s the best ones just in case).
As restrictions begin to relax, we hope you find yourself outside in Perth’s glorious Autumn weather more (safely and socially distant of course).
For those at-home times though, there’s plenty of great new stuff across the major streaming platforms, and here’s a few we’re looking forward to:
Hollywood Season 1 (May 1)
If Once Upon A Time In Hollywood taught us anything, it’s that we still love the old romantic notions of the Hollywood of yesteryear, and Netflix’s new limited series looks to capture some of that magic. It’s set in post-World War II Hollywood, following a bunch of young actors and filmmakers trying to make it big, and looks pretty slick:
Jerry Seinfeld: 23 Hours To Kill (May 5)
It’s Jerry Seinfeld doing stand up comedy – what else do you need to know?
Rick & Morty Season 4 (May 6)
After what feels like an interminable wait, the second half of Ricky & Morty Season 4 finally comes to our screens. The dynamic duo are the hero these times call for.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy Vs The Reverend (May 12)
Remember the Black Mirror episode where you had control of what the characters did? If you ever watched/played that and thought, ‘jeez I wish I could do this but for a one-off episode of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’, then you’re in luck! Choose her wedding dress and help her defeat the evil Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne for good.
White Lines Season 1 (May 15)
Money Heist has only seemed to grow in popularity over its four season run, and White Lines is from the same creator, so we expect you’ll be into this one. Set in Ibiza, it follows a woman looking for answers after the body of her Manchester DJ brother is found 20 years after he disappeared.
Snowpiercer Season 1 (May 17)
Before he won the Best Picture Oscar for Parasite this year, Bong Joon-Ho made his first foray into the American film market with 2013’s Snowpiercer, a pretty bleak sci-fi film looking into a very miserable-looking future. The long-gestating TV series by the same name is a reboot following passengers of the Snowpiercer train – a gigantic, perpetually moving train that circles the globe carrying the last humans in a world that is now a frozen wasteland.
Space Force Season 1 (May 29)
The plot synopsis for this show is basically Steve Carrell’s The Office, but in space. That’ll do for us!
Liam Gallagher: As It Was (May 2)
One of rock’n’rolls biggest stars, biggest enigmas, and biggest…arseholes, this documentary tracks the electrifying heights and the booze-fuelled lows of Oasis’s legendary frontman.
Billions Season 5 (May 3)
If you’re not already invested in the duelings of Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis) and Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti) of Billions, well you’ve got a lot of catching up to do. After establishing some sort of friendship in recent seasons, the two of them are back at it in Season 5, which is what we all signed up for with Billions in the first place, so bring it on.
The Great (May 16)
If you were a fan of The Favourite a couple of years, better mark this new limited series in your diary. Written and created by the Australian writer behind The Favourite, Tony McNamara, The Great is a satirical re-telling about the rise of Catherine The Great. It stars Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hault, and looks delightfully naughty.
United States Of Tara Complete Series (May 22)
The TV series that broke Toni Collette to American audiences, you can re-visit the entire United States Of Tara series on Stan next month. In it Collette plays a suburban artist and mother coping with dissociative identity disorder. Collette’s star turn, combined with Diablo Cody (Juno, Young Adult)’s sharp writing makes it one worth re-visiting.
SBS ON DEMAND
The 7 Up Series
The full groundbreaking Up Series comes to SBS On Demand in May, and it makes for fascinating viewing. It follows the lives of 14 British children from 1964 at the age of seven. From there the documentary crew return every seven years to catch up with the original subjects, spanning 56 (!) years.
Happy Endings Complete Series (May 2)
Happy Endings was one of those American comedies that kinda got tossed aside for being…well an American comedy. But the three-season series about a group of friends and their dysfunctional and very relatable lives has since found a strong cult following, and now’s your chance to find out why.
ZeroZeroZero (May 14)
Based on a book by Italian author Roberto Saviano, this series follows a cocaine shipment travelling from Mexico to Italy. Dark and gritty-looking hi-jinx ensue, and this looks like a must-watch:
Looking for more things to do in self-isolation?