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Top 5 Must-Watch TV Series Premiering in May 2024

May is traditionally a significant month for television, especially with the Emmys eligibility deadline looming on the 31st. However, the aftermath of Hollywood strikes in 2023 has resulted in a noticeable decrease in the number of high-profile projects rushing to meet the cutoff for 2024. While there are some notable highlights this month, such as Benedict Cumberbatch portraying a Jim Henson enthusiast on the brink of a breakdown and an action-packed thriller featuring a protagonist rooted in Black radical politics, the majority of the best new shows in May offer a departure from the typical “Emmy bait” content. This shift towards more diverse and unconventional storytelling is a refreshing change in the TV landscape.

“The Big Cigar” on Apple TV+ delves into the dramatic escape of Black Panther Party co-founder Huey P. Newton to Cuba in 1974. The miniseries, starring André Holland, presents Newton’s story through a critical lens, challenging the traditional Hollywood narrative approach. The series promises a thought-provoking exploration of radical politics and mass culture, setting itself apart from conventional portrayals of historical events.

Trailer for “The Big Cigar”: https://www.youtube.com/embed/d0t0QL7ba1U

“Eric” on Netflix follows the tumultuous journey of Vincent, a children’s television creator, as he grapples with personal demons and family struggles. The series, led by Benedict Cumberbatch, navigates themes of mental illness, creativity, and redemption in a gripping narrative that pushes the boundaries of storytelling in a crime genre saturated with formulaic content.

Trailer for “Eric”: https://www.youtube.com/embed/eGaAl_8QW2c

“John Mulaney Presents: Everybody’s in L.A.” on Netflix offers a unique take on the late-night talk show format, with John Mulaney leading engaging discussions on various aspects of Los Angeles life. The show’s limited run showcases Mulaney’s hosting prowess and comedic talent, hinting at his potential to redefine the late-night genre for a new generation of viewers.

Trailer for “John Mulaney Presents: Everybody’s in L.A.”: https://www.youtube.com/embed/cGSe2T3wgj4

“OMG Fashun” on E! injects fresh energy into the fashion-competition category with its unconventional approach to design challenges. Hosted by Julia Fox and Law Roach, the series offers a fast-paced and creative platform for designers to showcase their talents, breaking away from the traditional reality TV mold with its bold and boundary-pushing concepts.

Trailer for “OMG Fashun”: https://www.youtube.com/embed/rmCFdXgV908

“Stax: Soulsville U.S.A.” on HBO delves into the rich history of Stax Records, a pioneering label that played a pivotal role in shaping Southern soul music. Through insightful interviews and archival footage, the docuseries sheds light on Stax’s impact on the music industry and its cultural significance during a transformative period in American history.

Trailer for “Stax: Soulsville U.S.A.”: https://www.youtube.com/embed/FAjCOWHUGM8