Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story
This prequel to the bodice-ripping “Bridgerton” series focuses on the youthful love between Queen Charlotte and King George of England, which transformed high society. Expect the wittiest of banter and the poshest of British accents.
Ben Affleck directs the story of how Nike negotiated a sneaker endorsement deal with a young basketball player named Michael Jordan. Everyone knows how this one ends, but Affleck, working from a solid screenplay by first-time screenwriter Alex Convery, has created something that Hollywood has seemed incapable of making in recent years: a smart, entertaining movie that, for all its foregone conclusions and familiar beats, unfolds with the offhand confidence of the most casually impressive layup.
John Mulaney: Baby J
Comedian John Mulaney has been through a lot the past few years — including rehab, a divorce and fatherhood, all fodder for his third Netflix special, which was shot in Boston’s Symphony Hall in February.
Succession, Season 4
The final season of the award-winning HBO drama about the backbiting Roy family doesn’t hold back. We are finally, after several seasons spent in an admittedly entertaining rut (with Jeremy Strong’s Kendall rebelling against his dad again only to lose again, break down again, bounce back again, rebel again …), entering a period of high-stakes, irreversible change.
Television writer Lee Sung Jin was inspired by a real-life road rage episode — his own — to create this 10-episode series about two strangers whose lives become intertwined. What compelled the driver to blow up at him? Did Lee seem to be a more malicious person behind the wheel? The questions rattled around his brain until he reached the natural conclusion for a writer: Hey, maybe there’s something here.
Barry, Season 4
Like all good things, “Barry” is finally coming to an end and the bill is coming due. The final season — entirely directed by star Bill Hader — handles the show’s tonal challenges, and Barry’s arc, with style and one extremely bold and surprising twist.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Season 5
It’s the farewell season for the Emmy-winning, 1960s-set series about a New York housewife-turned-comedian: Back to the club for Midge (Rachel Brosnahan) while Susie (Alex Borstein) tries to get her a job writing for a prime-time talk show.
This new drama, about a world dominated by an algorithm (think: ChatGPT on steroids) and a nun seeking to destroy it, is like nothing you’ve ever seen: a rollicking, absurd, moving extravaganza about the power of cliches and the pleasure of smashing them.
Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies
The Pink Ladies from the “Grease” franchise get their origin story in this TV musical set in 1954, before Frenchy, Rizzo and Sandy came on the scene. The 10-episode series features songs by Justin Tranter and choreography by Jamal Sims.
Where to watch: Paramount Plus
The Mandalorian, Season 3
Jon Favreau’s beloved series — a space Western centering on a mysterious bounty hunter (Pedro Pascal) and the internet darling Grogu (a.k.a. Baby Yoda) — is back and has yet to lose its luster.
Mo’Nique: My Name Is Mo’Nique
The comedian, known for her breakout on “The Parkers” and her Oscar-winning turn in “Precious,” is as brash and unapologetic as ever in this special for Netflix, which follows her years-long pay discrimination battle with the streamer.
Ted Lasso, Season 3
The new season of “Ted Lasso,” about a lovable Midwestern football coach who moves to England to coach a mediocre soccer team, is still fun but feels like it’s treading water. Is this season likely its last?
Tiny Beautiful Things
Based on a popular collection of advice columns and essays by Cheryl Strayed (“Dear Sugar”), this eight-episode series stars Kathryn Hahn as a struggling writer.
Schmigadoon!, Season 2
Bored with their lives, Melissa (Cecily Strong) and Josh (Keegan-Michael Key) seek to return to Schmigadoon, but instead stumble upon Schmicago, where the show takes aim at musicals from the ’60s and ’70, again with a star-laden cast.
The Last Thing He Told Me
In this thriller series based on the novel of the same name by Laura Dave, Jennifer Garner stars as Hannah, who is trying to develop a relationship with her teenage stepdaughter (Angourie Rice) to find out the truth of her husband’s disappearance.
Dave, Season 3
Dave is going on tour in the latest season of this pandemic-era hit, based on the life of rapper and comedian Dave Burd (a.k.a. Lil Dicky).
Where to watch: FX
Emma Mackey plays the title character, author Emily Brontë, in actress-turned filmmaker Frances O’Connor’s provocatively revisionist biography.
Where to watch: Apple TV Plus, Microsoft, Prime Video, Vudu
The First Step
The documentary looks at lawyer/activist/political commentator Van Jones and the bipartisan coalition that fought to pass the 2018 First Step Act, a piece of landmark criminal justice legislation.
Where to watch: Google Play, Prime Video
Charlotte Rampling plays an alcoholic former war correspondent trying to form a relationship with her self-destructive teenage grandson (George Ferrier).
One Day as a Lion
An inept hit man (Scott Caan) pursues his irritated quarry (J.K. Simmons) in this crime comedy, also starring Frank Grillo and Virginia Madsen.
Set in the world of competitive praise teams, this drama centers on the rivalry between a megachurch’s professional team, fronted by a talented paid singer (gospel diva Koryn Hawthorne), and the scrappy underdog singers from a small church, fronted by an aspiring unknown (Chloe Bailey).
This seven-part series, based on the novel by Julie Orringer, is inspired by the true story of American journalist Varian Fry, who helped countless writers and artists escape the Nazis in France.
A Black Lady Sketch Show, Season 4
The Emmy-winning sketch show created by Robin Thede has three new cast members — DaMya Gurley, Tamara Jade and Angel Laketa Moore — and features such guests as Tracee Ellis Ross, Colman Domingo and Jay Ellis.
The Last Kingdom: Seven Kings Must Die
Based on a 13-book series by Bernard Cornwell about the birth of England in the ninth and 10th centuries, “The Last Kingdom” ran for five seasons, first on BBC Two, and subsequently on Netflix. The new feature film finds the hero, Uhtred of Bebbenburg (Alexander Dreymon), fighting to form a united kingdom amid invaders and pretenders to the throne.
Waco: The Aftermath
This docuseries chronicles the aftermath of the 1993 standoff in Waco, Tex., that fueled the so-called Patriot movement that led to a terrorist act in Oklahoma City.
Where to watch: Showtime
From executive producer Steve James, director of the Oscar-nominated “Hoop Dreams,” this inspirational documentary tells the story of a high school football team in Milwaukee, formed from a collaboration between two nearby schools — one predominantly black, the other largely white, and neither with enough players to field an entire squad.
Where to watch: Apple TV Plus, Google Play, Prime Video, Vudu
Shot on grainy 16mm color film that accentuates the creepy setting of this art-house horror flick — a windswept island off the coast of Cornwall — “Enys Men” follows a solitary researcher (Mary Wioodvine) who is babysitting a small clump of odd-looking flowers. It’s all atmosphere, and the line between what’s actually happening and what’s only imagined by the protagonist is deliberately unclear.
In this “kinetic, intimate and immersive” French drama about a young woman who infiltrates the male-dominated subculture of ATV riders in the suburbs of Paris, Julie Ledru makes her acting debut in a role partly based on her own biography.
Where to watch: Apple TV Plus, Prime Video, DirecTV
Algiers, America: The Relentless Pursuit
This docuseries chronicles the journey of Coach Brice Brown and the Edna Karr Cougars as they work to achieve their dream of winning a fifth state football championship in six seasons.
This four-part docuseries, narrated by actor Mahershala Ali, is an intimate look at a chimpanzee community in Uganda, one of the largest in the world.
Am I Being Unreasonable?
In this dark comedy thriller, Nic (Daisy May Cooper) is grieving a loss she can’t share with anyone, but the arrival of Jen (Selin Hizli) causes Nic’s secrets to bubble to the surface.
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Once & Always
In an anniversary special celebrating the 30th year of the sci-fi action series, two of the show’s original rangers team up with their successors to do battle with a threat from their shared past.
This new political drama from Debora Cahn, who also worked on “Homeland” and “The West Wing,” is a perfect vehicle for actress Keri Russell, who plays the ambassador to the United Kingdom.
Broken Lizard, the five-man comedy and filmmaking group who brought the world such films as certified box-office hit “Super Troopers,” a lackluster sequel and the dud “Beerfest,” turn their attention to the hunchback of Notre Dame, in this comedy about Quasimodo.
Paul Bettany, who was nominated for an Emmy for his portrayal of the android Vision in “WandaVision,” provides the voice of a talking robotic bong in this series, which mixes real science with lowbrow stoner humor.
Lewis Capaldi: How I’m Feeling Now
Lewis Capaldi is an unlikely pop star: an unglamorous Scottish singer-songwriter whose bedroom recordings launched him from pub stages to the top of the U.S. and U.K. singles charts. This documentary goes behind the scenes as Capaldi works on his upcoming album while struggling with his mental health and a diagnosis of Tourette’s Syndrome.
Rachel Weisz stars in a modern, gender-swapped take on David Cronenberg’s 1988 thriller as twins Elliot and Beverly Mantle, who share everything, including a propensity to push the boundaries on medical ethics.
This five-part docuseries, directed by Allen Hughes, shines a light on the life of feminist darling and Black Panther Party member Afeni Shakur and her son, legendary rapper Tupac Shakur.
Chris Evans plays a normal guy who falls hard for an enigmatic woman (Ana de Armas), only to find that she’s a CIA agent in this action-adventure rom-com.
Mia Wasikowska plays a marine biologist who, while helping her mother (Radha Mitchell) recover from a stroke, recalls her childhood when she developed a special connection with a giant blue grouper while diving off the coast of Australia. Also starring Eric Bana.
In this family dramedy, Steve Zahn plays a drunken, deadbeat dad whose teenage daughter (Jess Gabor) tracks him down in Mexico for some father-daughter bonding.
Where to watch: Apple TV Plus, Google Play, Prime Video, YouTube
Judy Blume Forever
In the lead-up to the release of “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret,” the long-awaited film adaptation of Judy Blume’s best-selling 1970 coming-of-age book, this documentary looks at the author’s life and work.
Little Richard: I Am Everything
This 2023 Sundance-nominated documentary looks at the life and musical career of Richard Wayne Penniman (a.k.a. Little Richard), the rock-and-roll dynamo known for his gender-bending stage persona.
Where to watch: Google Play, Prime Video, YouTube, Spectrum
Donnie Yen, the actor, director and martial arts legend now stealing the spotlight from Keanu Reeves as the blind assassin Caine in “John Wick: Chapter 4,” directed, produced and stars in this Chinese action film about the leader of a roving band of martial artists who has been falsely accused of murder.
Where to watch: Apple TV Plus, Prime Video, Redbox, Vudu
This tense thriller, Sweden’s official Oscar submission, follows a naive freshman (Tawfeek Barhom) at Cairo’s Al Azhar University who gets caught up in political and religious intrigue. Full of betrayal and chicanery, the engrossing tale casts the Egyptian political-military complex and the religious hierarchy as riddled with corruption.
Where to watch: DirecTV
Somebody Somewhere, Season 2
Bridget Everett stars in this refreshingly un-condescending comedy about a woman who returns to her hometown of Manhattan, Kan. (Everett’s real hometown), after her sister dies.
In this Hulu mystery, based on Alexis Schaitkin’s novel of the same name, Alycia Debnam-Carey (“Fear the Walking Dead,” “The 100”) plays a woman who embarks on a precarious investigation into the mysterious death of her sister years after the tragedy unfolded during their family’s luxe Caribbean vacation.
Love & Death
This new crime drama written by David E. Kelley is based on the true story of a Texas woman accused of brutally murdering her best friend. (The story was also dramatized in the 2022 Hulu series “Candy.”) The standout cast includes Elizabeth Olsen and Jesse Plemons.
The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning
This unscripted series, executive produced and narrated by Amy Poehler, is centered around the decidedly Swedish idea of decluttering with one’s inevitable death in mind, as explored in Margareta Magnusson’s minimalistic bestseller.
This new spy series, with multiple global storylines, has already been renewed for a second season. It stars Richard Madden, Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Stanley Tucci.
Dianna Agron (“Shiva Baby”) plays a childless 30-something who undergoes experimental therapies to repair her “broken” biological clock in this psychological horror film.
Frog and Toad
The children’s book series about amphibian best friends by Arnold Lobel, which has won both Newbery and Caldecott honors, gets an animated show. The voice cast includes such comedic talents as Fortune Feimster, Aparna Nancherla and Margaret Cho.
Invitation to a Murder
Mischa Barton of “The O.C.” plays an amateur detective in an Agatha Christie-esque whodunit about a group of people who have been invited to the island home of a reclusive billionaire, only to discover that one of the guests has been murdered.
Where to watch: Apple TV Plus, Google Play, Prime Video, YouTube
Peter Pan & Wendy
Director David Lowery (“A Ghost Story,” “The Green Knight”) brings his otherworldly sensibilities to the live-action adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s classic fantasy adventure “Peter Pan,” starring Jude Law and Jim Gaffigan as the pirates captain Hook and Smee.
Documentarian Brett Morgen’s dizzying documentary portrait of David Bowie at any moment might juxtapose a clip from D.A. Pennebaker’s 1973 film “Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars” with behind-the-scenes shots from Bowie’s 1984 tour or even a 21st-century music video. It’s a disorienting strategy. And it may be the best approach to summing up the chameleonic Bowie.
Where to watch: HBO Max and Prime Video
This series reimagines the 1987 erotic thriller, nominated for six Oscars, about a woman who doesn’t take a breakup lightly, to say the least. This time, Lizzy Caplan plays the woman scorned (originally portrayed by Glenn Close), who terrorizes her married paramour (Joshua Jackson in a role created by Michael Douglas).
Where to watch: Paramount Plus
White House Plumbers
This five-part satirical drama takes creative liberties with the story of how E. Howard Hunt (Woody Harrelson) and G. Gordon Liddy (Justin Theroux) found themselves on the Committee to Re-Elect the President and end up toppling Richard Nixon’s presidency and ruining their lives. Maybe rent a room at the Watergate to set the mood?
A Small Light
A dramatization of the story of Miep Gies (Bel Powley), a Dutch woman who put her morals above self-preservation when she sheltered Anne Frank and her family from the Nazis for more than two years.
Where to watch: Disney Plus and National Geographic
A fictionalized version of the life of comic and ladies man Pete Davidson (no, not “The King of Staten Island”) with possibly the best cast of any new series. The main cast consists of Davidson himself, Emmy winner Edie Falco and Oscar winner Joe Pesci. Guests include: Jon Stewart, Kenan Thompson, Steve Buscemi, John Mulaney and J.J. Abrams.
Star Wars: Visions, Season 2
A creative new form of animated storytelling, this series features nine new Star Wars shorts from nine studios around the world, each featuring a unique animation style and depicting how filmmakers view the Star Wars galaxy. Fingers crossed for more Baby Yoda content.
The Other Two, Season 3
After comparing themselves for years to their much-younger pop star brother (Case Walker) and powerful talk show host mother (Molly Shannon), Brooke (Heléne Yorke) and Cary (Drew Tarver) find success only to once again fall victim to the green-eyed monster.
Based on the book series of the same name, this series centers on a community that has survived a dystopian future by living in a giant underground silo and following rules they believe are meant to protect them. When the silo’s sheriff breaks a rule and people start mysteriously dying, engineer Juliette (Rebecca Ferguson) begins to discover sinister secrets that haunt the silo.
French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy directs this documentary, described as a “war diary” and shot during the second half of 2022 in Ukraine. The film features the testimony of soldiers and civilians in the war-torn country.
Where to watch: On demand
In this terrorism-themed thriller, Thomas Jane plays a Texas ranger whose pursuit of a bank robber (Dean Jagger) leads him to partner, unexpectedly, with a British intelligence operative (Dominique Tipper) and her boss (John Malkovich).
In this silly comedy, Owen Wilson plays a chauvinistic artist, very loosely based on the late Bob Ross, whose gig hosting a long-running public television painting show is threatened by the station’s hiring of a young woman (Ciara Renée) in another time slot.
In this thriller, Garrett Hedlund (“Mudbound”) plays Ethan, a tutor whose newest client — the son of a billionaire — takes an unhealthy interest in his teacher’s private life, threatening to expose Ethan's secrets to his girlfriend (Victoria Justice).
Where to watch: On demand
Class of ’09
Featuring Brian Tyree Henry (“Atlanta”) and Kate Mara (“The Martian”), this limited series follows a class of FBI agents, who at three different points in time grapple with the changes to the U.S. criminal justice system caused by artificial intelligence. This thriller spans multiple decades and is told through interweaving timelines.
This sci-fi film centers on a teenager (Isaiah Russell-Bailey) living in a lunar mining colony who embarks on an adventure with his friends. Mckenna Grace of “The Handmaid’s Tale” also stars.
Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie
The new film by Davis Guggenheim (“He Named Me Malala”) uses archival footage, documentary interviews and scripted scenes to tell the story of the actor Michael J. Fox’s career, life and struggle with Parkinson’s disease.
In this action thriller, Jennifer Lopez plays a reformed assassin who comes out of hiding to save the daughter she has never met from violent thugs.
The Great, Season 3
Russia’s most dysfunctional couple is back and trying to make their complicated relationship work. Catherine (Elle Fanning) begins to make a name for herself beyond her country’s borders, while Peter (Nicholas Hoult) attempts to busy himself as first husband but is plagued by visions of his father (Jason Isaacs) belittling him.
The Five Devils
Newcomer Sally Dramé plays a young girl with a supernatural sense of smell in this haunting French drama, with Adèle Exarchopoulos (“Blue Is the Warmest Color”) as her mother, whose secrets are exhumed in a haunting story that blends time travel and personal intrigue.
Where to watch: Mubi
The minds behind “30 Rock” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” have created this animated comedy set in a post-apocalyptic future where humanity is trying to rebuild after aliens destroyed much of the planet and the human race. Tina Fey, Nat Faxon, Sam Richardson, Dana Carvey, Chrissy Teigen and Phil LaMarr will be regular voices in the cast with Daniel Radcliffe, Ayo Edebiri and Ronny Chieng as recurring guests.
Fear the Walking Dead, Season 8
Picking off where Season 7 of “The Walking Dead” spinoff series left off, Morgan (Lennie James), Madison (Kim Dickens) and the others they brought to the island are now living under PADRE’s tyrannical rule. With the rest of the gang dejected, Morgan’s daughter Mo is tasked with reigniting a belief in a better world in the final season.
Where to watch: May 14 on AMC Plus
To Catch a Killer
Shailene Woodley stars as a police investigator (billed as a young, Clarice Starling-esque character who is wrestling with the demons of her past) who teams up with an FBI agent (Ben Mendelsohn) to profile and track the work of a disturbed criminal in this film thriller.
Where to watch: May 16 on demand
Anna Nicole Smith: You Don’t Know Me
From director Ursula Macfarlane (“Untouchable”) comes a new look at the life and death of Anna Nicole Smith — model, actress and 90s bombshell. With never-before-seen home videos and interviews from key figures in her story, this documentary reveals fresh insights into Smith’s glamorization in a cutthroat media-scape and how it played into the end of her life.
Where to watch: May 16 on Netflix
This new series introduces Peggy Newman, a woman with a drug-riddled past who decides to become a private investigator after the death of her mother in the desert town of Yucca Valley, Calif. It’s like “Breaking Bad” but with more laughs and fewer gunfights.
Where to watch: May 17 Apple TV Plus
The Family Stallone
In a new framing of Sylvester Stallone that betrays his masculine public image, this new reality series follows his life with his wife, Jennifer, and their three daughters — Sophia, Sistine and Scarlet, hosts of the podcast “Unwaxed.” Rocky who?
Where to watch: May 17 on Paramount Plus
Queenmaker: The Making of an It Girl
Directed by Zackary Drucker, this documentary examines Manhattan’s elite and the “Park Avenue Peerage” blog. Told through the voices of insiders and experts, it looks at what happened when an anonymous blogger, who infiltrated socialite society, was unmasked.
Where to watch: May 17 on Hulu
Selling Sunset, Season 6
The latest season of the reality show, about a group of high-end real estate agents in Southern California, has its usual glitz and glam, but it’s missing one of its main characters, Christine Quinn. Still, expect the same cutthroat drama as agents fight over clients.
Where to watch: May 19 on Netflix
White Men Can’t Jump
In rapper Jack Harlow’s acting debut, this remake of the 1992 film of the same name follows two basketball hustlers who create lucrative cons while aiming to stay ahead of mobsters — and their wives. This casting, the subject of some controversy, begs the question of whether Harlow can do justice to a sports comedy classic.
Where to watch: May 19 on Hulu
Produced by Michael Schur, “The Good Place” creator, this new single-camera comedy tells the coming-of-age story of Rafa, a teenager in San Antonio living with his mother and five overbearing uncles as he traverses the seas of adolescence, finishing high school, leaving for college and meeting the girl of his dreams.
Where to watch: May 19 on Amazon Freevee
Ghosts of Beirut
This limited series centers on the manhunt for Imad Maghnieh, the Lebanese terrorist who escaped the CIA and Mossad for more than 20 years. Through documentary-style journalistic research, it tells an espionage story in four parts.
Where to watch: May 21 on Showtime
Love to Love You, Donna Summer
Co-directed by Roger Ross Williams, director of the Oscar-nominated “Life, Animated,” and Brooklyn Sudano, the daughter of Donna Summer, this feature documentary takes a look at the life and career of the disco diva.
Where to Watch: HBO Max
This documentary centers on the work of Rae de Leon, a journalist with the Center for Investigative Reporting who has discovered a disturbing pattern: young women who report sexual assault only to find that they have been arrested for filing a false report.
Where to watch: May 23 on Netflix
This documentary profiles an all-girls robotics team from Afghanistan competing internationally while under the restrictions of Taliban rule.
Where to watch: May 23 on Paramount Plus
SmartLess: On the Road
This six-part docuseries follows “SmartLess” hosts Will Arnett, Jason Bateman and Sean Hayes as they take their successful podcast on the road and interview such celebs as Conan O’Brien, Will Ferrell, Matt Damon, Jimmy Kimmel, Kevin Hart, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and David Letterman.
Where to watch: May 23 on Max
American Born Chinese
The all-star cast of “Everything Everywhere All at Once” (Stephanie Hsu, Michelle Yeoh and Ke Huy Quan) reunites in this comedy series based on a graphic novel about a teenage boy who must adjust to being a new high school student as he finds himself embroiled in a battle between Chinese mythological gods.
Where to watch: May 24 on Disney Plus
From the director of the raunchy comedy “Neighbors,” former BFFs, played by Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne, reconnect after a long break only for their midlife crisis friendship to consume their lives.
Where to watch: May 24 on Apple TV Plus
Based on the novel “In the Clearing” by J.P. Pomare, this limited drama series follows a woman (Teresa Palmer) who must confront her past demons to stop a secret cult from kidnapping hoards of innocent children to fulfill its master plan — very “American Horror Story: Hotel.”
Where to watch: May 24 on Hulu
Arnold Schwarzenegger makes his Netflix debut in this spy dramedy about a father-daughter duo who learn they both secretly work for the CIA and must complete an undercover mission while processing their dysfunctional family dynamics. A good Father’s Day option if you’ve somehow grown tired of re-watching “Terminator 2.”
Where to watch: May 25 on Netflix
Being Mary Tyler Moore
This documentary looks back on the 60-year career of the late actress, executive, humanitarian and feminist, who died in 2017.
Where to watch: May 26 on HBO Max
I Think You Should Leave With Tim Robinson, Season 3
The show that launched a thousand memes has returned for another season in all its hot-dog-suit glory. Former “Saturday Night Live” writer Tim Robinson brings his unique flair to this absurdist sketch comedy spectacular. Here’s hoping for a Dan Flashes sketch sequel about face masks with complicated patterns.
Where to watch: May 30 on Netflix
Drag Me to Dinner
An unscripted series celebrating the art of the dinner party. Each episode features two teams of famous drag queens competing to throw the most memorable dinner party, which is judged by Neil Patrick Harris (“How I Met Your Mother”), David Burtka, drag superstar Bianca Del Rio and Haneefah Wood (“Hello Tomorrow!). Comedian Murray Hill hosts.
Where to watch: May 31 on Hulu
An earlier version of this article said that "The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning" is a scripted series. It is an unscripted series. The article has been corrected.