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The Binge List: 10 New TV Shows To Catch On Netflix, Apple TV+, BBC in May 2020

The Binge List: 10 New TV Shows To Catch On Netflix, Apple TV+, BBC in May 2020


By now, you would have heard, watched and read of the many ways to combat the cabin fever. We are into our second month of home isolation (and hopefully the last too) and I have since read up on countless cocktail recipes, a tarot forecast for the coronavirus pandemic, a list of calming candles to work from home with, and even a piece on my editor’s chaotic #WFH colleagues

Thankfully, it’s May, and I’d like to say we are slowly starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. But if you are starting to run out of ideas to entertain yourself, fret not. We have compiled a list of the newest, and most promising TV shows to binge on throughout the month of May across Netflix, Apple TV+, and BBC! 

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1. The Half of It


This Half of It is a quiet masterpiece that you watch with zero expectations, only to be impressed with everything it delivers. The story follows straight-A student Ellie Chu, who ghost-writes her schoolmates’ assignments for extra cash, getting hired to write a love letter for a jock. It wasn’t before she realised that she might have developed feelings for his crush.


The Half of It is available on Netflix now.


2. Trying


You would have seen plenty of films or dramas on modern romance, but Apple TV+’s all-new, hilarious British comedy is as heart-warming as it gets. Featuring a simple premise and storyline that follows a couple’s quest to getting a baby (and the process of adopting one), Trying easily hooks you in and is perfectly capable of making you invested in the couple. You would want to root for them in every step of the way.    


Trying is available on Apple TV+ now.


3. George Clarke’s Old House New Homes, Season Four

BBC Lifestyle

Historical homes are known to provide myriad problems, along with some state regulations, to homeowners today. Here, English architect George Clarke lends his penchant for design to help homeowners transform places of history that is fit for modern living.  


George Clarke’s Old House New Homes, Season Four is available on BBC Lifestyle now.


4. Valeria


If you haven’t already noticed, Spanish shows on Netflix have been rather interesting of late. Valeria, to me, reminds me of a Spanish version of “Sex and The City” set in the city of Madrid. Here, a struggling writer, who suffers from imposter syndrome, confides in her three friends of her dissolving marriage, her uncompleted novel and more. 


Valeria is on Netflix now.


5. The Wrong Missy


In stressful times like today, we could use some laughs. The Wrong Missy is all about a date gone wrong, but somehow managed to salvage itself with bouts of ruckus, ridiculous theatrics and mild stupidity. The trailer pretty much tells you the premise of the story, and judging from the looks of it, the film promises plenty of laughter.  


The Wrong Missy is available on Netflix on 13 May 2020.


6. Van Der Valk

BBC First, Van Der Valk

Based on the novels of Nicolas Freeling, the charismatic Simon “Piet” Van Der Valk is a Dutch detective, whose unapologetic, street-smart methods, along with his astute observation, helps his team tackles tough crimes in Amsterdam. This series is a remake of the original, which was set in the 1970s and 1990s.


Van Der Valk is available on BBC First on 15 May 2020.


7. Sweet Magnolias


The upcoming American romance drama series tells the tale of a close-knitted friendship between three best friends, Maddie, Dana and Helen, who have known one another since high school. Together, they have supported one another through thick and thin, and when Maddie’s marriage upended, Dana and Helen decide to rope her in to open a fitness spa for women.

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Sweet Magnolias is available on Netflix on 19 May 2020.


8. Ben Platt Live from Radio City Music Hall

Netflix, Ben Platt
Ben Platt Live From Radio City Music Hall

Filmed in late September last year at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City, the Tony, Grammy and Emmy-Award winning singer Ben Platt will make another appearance in a new Netflix special feature. Be ready to swoon as he performs hits from his debut album, “Sing to Me Instead”, including his new single “Rain”. This would be the “Pitch Perfect” actor’s second Netflix project, following his role in “The Politician”.


Ben Platt Live from Radio City Music Hall is available on Netflix on 20 May 2020.  


9. Mystic Pop-Up Bar


Starring Hwang Jung-Eum, Yook Sung-Hae and Choi Won-Young, Mystic Pop-Up Bar is a K-fantasy drama about a wandering bartender who offers help and solace to diners – both human and the spirits – at her mysterious outdoor bar.


Mystic Pop Up Bar is available on Netflix on 20 May 2020.


10. Space Force


Another binge-worthy comedy TV series to watch in the late-May, Space Force is produced by the team behind acclaimed hit comedy series, “The Office”, and features “The Office” ’s alumnus Steve Carell. Here, a decorated pilot gets his dreams dashed when he is tasked to establish the sixth branch of the United States Armed Forces, instead of running the Air Force. This workplace comedy resembles the likes of “The Office” and I can see myself re-watching it whenever I can.


Space Force is available on Netflix on 29 May 2020.