What to Watch in May: The 25 Best New Streaming Releases on HBO Max, Paramount+, Disney+ and Netflix

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It’s hard not to love May. Not only does it bring the promise of summer and fun with friends and outdoor activities, but it’s also one of the best months in the TV calendar. Once upon a time, networks used to save all of their big finales or must-see episodes for something called May Sweeps. That’s when Nielsen, which tracks ratings, would pay closer attention to the shows people were watching. Higher ratings could potentially translate into advertising dollars, so you always knew something good would be on.

These days, with so many great streaming services to choose from, May continues to be a heavy hitter because anything that’s going to be considered for this year’s Emmys needs to debut by May 31. That means there are tons of new streaming releases to watch this month.

We’re talking about the return of shows like Stranger Things, which is back after a three-year hiatus, and the final few episodes of Ozark. Or the debut of the anticipated Jessica Biel drama Candy over at Hulu, not to mention the Letterkenny spinoff, Shoresy. We’re also looking forward to the second season of Jean Smart’s Hacks, as well as a World War II drama starring Colin Firth.

Add in the Obi-Wan Kenobe series over at Disney+, an adaptation of Stephen King’s Firestarter over at Peacock, the Bosch: Legacy premiere on the newly launched Freevee portion of Prime Video and a new season of Kids in the Hall, and May is shaping up to be a pretty great month for new content.

Want to know what to stream in May 2022? We’ve rounded up all of the best new streaming releases of the month below. Whether you subscribe to Hulu, Netflix, Paramount Plus or all of the above, we’ve got some great streaming options for you. Keep scrolling for all of our most anticipated premieres, finales and streaming events.

  

1. Moon Knight

MAY 4

There have been many (many) twists over this six-part limited series starring Oscar Isaac and Ethan Hawke, but now the MCU brings it all home with one of this month’s most highly anticipated finales. Moon Knight was one of the best new streaming releases when it debuted back in March, and it’s still at the top of our must-watch list.

  

2. Star Trek: Strange New Worlds

MAY 5

Boldy go into the next Star Trek offering from this streaming service when it debuts this month. The series is a prequel to the original series and follows the USS Enterprise under Captain Christopher Pike — played here by Anson Mount. Rebecca Romjin and Ethan Peck also star. If you’re a sci-fi lover, then this new series is one of the best new streaming releases of the month.

  

3. The Pentaverate

MAY 5

If you’ve missed Mike Myers in your life and just aren’t feeling another Austin Powers or Wayne’s World re-watch, Netflix has you covered this month with another film from the comedian’s questionable brain. Here he plays an unlikely Canadian journalist who wants to uncover the truth about a mysterious order — and save the world in the process. However, he’s also playing seven other characters for the fans out there who just want to see Mike do his thing. Jeremy Irons, Ken Jeong and Keegan-Michael Key also star.

  

4. The Staircase

MAY 5

Colin Firth is in demand. On top of starring in this month’s Netflix release of Operation Mincemeat, he also plays crime novelist Michael Peterson in this dramatized retelling of the famous murder on HBO Max. Peterson was convicted of killing his second wife, Kathleen (Toni Collette) back in 2003 after she was found dead at the bottom of their staircase. But eight years later he was granted a new trial for misleading testimony, resulting in a 16-year ordeal that’s thoroughly explored in this limited series. Sophie Turner and Rosemarie DeWitt also star.

  

5. Bosch: Legacy

MAY 6

When we last left Bosch (Titus Welliver) he was done with the LAPD and the red tape that stopped him at every turn. Now, when he returns for this spinoff (which is really more like a continuation), he’s working as a private investigator intent on uncovering some hard truths. His newly minted LAPD rookie daughter Maddie (Madison Lintz) and former enemy Honey (Mimi Rogers) join him for all of the fun.

  

6. Tehran (Season 2)

MAY 6

If you haven’t caught this Israeli spy thriller yet, now’s the time to do so as the second season unrolls this month. The story of a Mossad agent (Niv Sultan) who unsuccessfully tried to hack Tehran in a mission to destroy Iran’s nuclear reactor is certainly intense. But this season Glenn Close joins the action as a British woman living in Tehran to up the ante even further.

  

7. Candy

MAY 9

If you thought Friday the 13th was just a superstition, this limited series may have you thinking otherwise. Jessica Biel stars as Candy Montgomery, a housewife in the 1980s who murdered her friend Betty Gore (Melanie Lynskey) with an axe on the day in question. “Swinging an axe 41 times, that can’t be easy,” the trailer previews. Catch the complicated story this month as the show unrolls new episodes daily.

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8. Operation Mincemeat

MAY 11

The title may make this World War II-set film sound like a comedy, but director John Madden definitely sets a dramatic tone in this story about two intelligence officers who use a corpse to try and outwit Hitler. For those who aren’t familiar, the operation was in fact a real-life mission, one that to this day is considered one of the most successful deceptions ever achieved during the war. Colin Firth, Matthew Macfadyen, Kelly Macdonald and Rufus Wright star.

  

9. Hacks (Season 2)

MAY 12

Jean Smart is back for a second helping of her Emmy-winning role following a critically beloved first-season run. When we return, Deborah Vance hits the road with her sarcastic 25-year-old writer Ava (Hannah Einbinder) to reclaim her voice (and funny bone) following that bomb of a set in the first-season finale.

  

10. The Wilds (Season 2)

MAY 6

When we return for the second season of this survival drama, the stranded girls are now aware of two things: the plane crash was staged, and they aren’t alone. This season they’ll meet the boys who have also been playing out their own version of Lord of the Flies on an adjacent island, spicing up the overall drama.

  

11. The Time Traveler’s Wife

MAY 15

It’s okay to lose yourself in the romance of it all as Rose Leslie and Theo James team for this adaptation of Audrey Niffenegger’s novel of the same name. Not to be confused with the 2006 big-screen iteration, this six-part take is adapted by Steven Moffat (Doctor Who) and follows the “intricate and magical love story between Claire and Henry.”

  

12. The Lincoln Lawyer

MAY 13

You saw the big-screen flick starring Matthew McConaughey and you’ve read the books by Michael Connelly on which the character is based. Now see how Manuel Garcia-Rulfo does as Mick Haller when he tackles the role for this series. The first season is based on Connelly’s The Brass Verdict in particular, with Neve Campbell and Christopher Gorham rounding out the cast.

  

13. Firestarter

MAY 13

Zac Efron is all grown up in this very adult adaptation of Stephen King’s novel of the same name, which revolves around a young girl (Ryan Kiera Armstrong) who tries to understand why she can suddenly set things aflame with her mind. Gloria Reuben and Kurtwood Smith also star.

  

14. The Essex Serpent

MAY 13

This adaptation of Sarah Perry’s 1983-set novel of the same name brings Claire Danes and Tom Hiddleston together on the small screen. The story revolves around a widow named Cora who moves to Essex to investigate a mythical snake. But when tragedy strikes, the locals quickly turn on her and her seemingly witchy ways.

  

15. The Kids in the Hall

MAY 13

Canada’s most famous sketch troupe is back. Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney and Scott Thompson team up once again for a new season of offbeat characters and old favorites, continuing a successful shtick they first popularized all the way back in 1989. Guest stars include Paul Bellini, Pete Davidson, Catherine O’Hara, Kenan Thompson, Brandon Ash-Mohammed, Will Forte, Catherine Reitman, Samantha Bee, Fred Armisen, Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, Jay Baruchel, Eddie Izzard, Tracee Ellis Ross, Mark Hamill and Colin Mochrie.

  

16. Conversations with Friends

MAY 15

If you were into Normal People, mark your calendars for this show from the same creative team. It’s based on the 2017 novel by Sally Rooney and stars Joe Alwyn and Alison Oliver as two college students in Dublin who make an unexpected (and kind of weird) connection with a married couple.

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17. Angelyne

MAY 19

If you didn’t know about Los Angeles’ mysterious billboard icon before, Emmy Rossum (Shameless) is here to educate you. She stars as the title character in this series, which is based on a Hollywood Reporter investigative article about the mysterious character.

  

18. Love, Death + Robots (Volume 3)

MAY 20

The beloved animated shorts are back to break more tropes and deliver unique viewing experiences with a third volume this month. All eight episodes drop at once, and at least two stories from the first season have been confirmed, so we’ll be keeping our eyes peeled for that. “Some characters are coming back,” creator Tim Miller teased during a live Reddit AMA. “Three of them, three characters. Three robots are actually returning for a sequel.”

  

19. Night Sky

MAY 20

Sissy Spacek and J.K. Simmons team for this dramatic fantasy, in which a couple discovers a chamber buried in their backyard that leads them to a strange and deserted new planet.

  

20. Jackass 4.5

MAY 20

Need more ridiculous stunts in your life? Of course you do. That’s why the streaming service is dropping this follow-up to Jackass Forever so quickly. Okay, so technically this isn’t a new movie, but considering it’s full of leftover footage that just didn’t make it into the last film, we’ll take what we can get.

  

21. RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars

MAY 20

Can it be considered a true all-star season if you aren’t only recruiting previous winners? Not in this drag race. When the season kicks off, follow eight queens and previous champs as they fight it out for a double crowning and the ultimate bragging rights, not to mention a coveted cash prize.

  

22. Stranger Things

MAY 27

Of all the new streaming releases coming in May 2022, this is the one we’re most looking forward to.

The Upside Down players are finally back for the first half of the show’s anticipated fourth season, three long years since the last season wrapped. The action picks up six months following the Battle of Starcourt, as new supernatural threats surface. In other words, grab some Eggos and fuel up, because it’s going to be an intense season. The first half drops this month, with the final four episodes coming in hot on July 1.

  

23. Obi-Wan Kenobi

MAY 27

Ewan McGregor reprises the title role for this spinoff series revolving around the Jedi Master, but when we pick up he’s definitely a little worse for wear. The series follows Obi-Wan during his exile on Tatooine. There, he avoids the wrath of Jedi hunters and the famed Darth Vader (Hayden Christensen, who reprises his role), all while watching over a young Luke Skywalker. Joel Edgerton, Rupert Friend, Kumail Nanjiani and Maya Erskine also star.

  

24. Shoresy

MAY 27

First Jared Keeso and Jacob Tierney graced us with Letterkenny, the delightful Canadian series about hicks, skids and hockey players. Now they’re teaming up for this spinoff series revolving around one of our favorite puck brawlers, Shoresy. No word on how much time Keeso will spend upside down and naked in this hockey-centric take, but if the original show is any indication there will be plenty of chirps in store. You may want to warn your mother in advance.

  

25. Pistol

MAY 31

If you’ve ever considered yourself a Sex Pistols fan then you’ll definitely want to mark your calendar for the debut of this dramatized mini-series revolving around guitarist Steve Jones. Here he’s played by Toby Wallace, with a supporting cast that includes Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones), Dylan Llewellyn (Derry Girls) and Louis Partridge (Enola Holmes).

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Rewind: The Best New Streaming Releases of April 2022

If you’re all caught up on the best new streaming releases of May 2022, then it’s not too late to catch up on the best new series, movies and streaming events from April. Last month was full of more can’t-miss movies and bingeable TV shows. All of the best streaming services had big debuts in April 2022, including the debut of an in-depth Tony Hawk documentary]. We were also jazzed about the debut of A Very British Scandal, given how much noise its predecessor, A Very English Scandal, made at the 2019 Emmys.

The sixth and final season of Better Call Saul also kicked off last month, as did the third season of Bill Hader’s Barry after a three-year wait. Then there was the buzzy new Kardashians series at Hulu, the second seasons of The Flight Attendant and Russian Doll, and the Ansel Elgort-starring series Tokyo Vice.

What else were we streaming in April? Read on for all of our picks

1. Moon Knight

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Okay, technically, this was the top streaming event of March 2022, but we’re guessing most people have yet to catch the premiere of Moon Knight, and we couldn’t resist including it again in our guide to the best new streaming releases of April 2022. The latest MCU TV series has landed on Disney+ with the first of six episodes starring Oscar Isaac, the late Gaspard Ulliel, Ethan Hawke and May Calamawy. The project is the 10th installment of the MCU’s Phase Four.

  

2. The Bubble

April 1

Judd Apatow is back with this cornball comedy that looks so bad it’s good. The movie features a slew of notable actors (David Duchovny, Fred Armisen, Keegan-Michael Key, Pedro Pascal, Maria Bakalova, Karen Gillan) who play stars stuck at a European hotel during the pandemic. There, they hope to finish their latest CGI-heavy spinoff film, but before long cabin fever begins to set in.

  

3. The Outlaws

APRIL 1

Stephen Merchant (The Office) teams with Elgin James (Mayans M.C.) to bring American audiences another taste of his dry British humor, this time through a six-part comedy about minor lawbreakers. The players in question are all ordered to perform community service, but what bands them together is fear after one of them gets tangled up with organized crime. Merchant stars alongside Christopher Walken, Clare Perkins, Rhianne Barreto, Gamba Cole, Eleanor Tomlinson and Darren Boyd.

  

4. Slow Horses

APRIL 1

Apple TV+ continues to bring its big guns, this month with an adaptation of Mike Herron’s novel of the same name. The series revolves around a lowly section of MI5 agents called Slough House, where only the worst agents with the biggest muck-ups are sent. There, they’re led by a guy named Jackson Lamb (played by Gary Oldman in his first regular TV gig), who may be the biggest screw-up of them all. Kristin Scott Thomas, Jonathan Pryce, Olivia Cooke, and Jack Lowden also star. If you’re trying to figure out what to watch in April, this is a great place to start.

  

5. The 64th Annual Grammy Awards

APRIL 3

One of the biggest (and also one of the most controversial) musical awards shows finally goes down this month after being delayed by several months as a result of the coronavirus. This year Trevor Noah returns to host the festivities, with performers like Billie Eilish, Nas, Olivia Rodrigo and Silk Sonic joining him onstage. One person who won’t be performing is Kanye (or is that Ye?) following his outbursts at Noah on social media in March. But hey, as they say in the biz, the show must go on.

  

6. Tony Hawk: Until the Wheels Fall Off

APRIL 5

If you’ve always been interested in skateboarding or the downright legend that is Tony Hawk, you’ll definitely want to set some time aside to take in this documentary film from the Duplass brothers. Not only does the film trace his life and career, but it’s already being dubbed the definitive take on the man behind the board. There’s unprecedented access and brand new footage, not to mention other prominent figures like Stacy Peralta, Rodney Mullen, Mike McGill, Lance Mountain and Steve Caballero weighing in on it all.

  

7. Tokyo Vice

APRIL 7

In the need for a new high-octane thriller with even higher stakes and notable acting? This Japanese-set series from director Michael Mann (Miami Vice) is sure to entertain. Ansel Elgort tackles his very first TV gig as leading man Jake Adelstein — a Western journalist working for a Tokyo publication in hopes of peeling back the city’s underbelly and exposing one of its most powerful crime bosses. The first three of 10 episodes drop in the debut, with a weekly rollout to follow. Ken Watanabe, Rachel Keller and Tomohisa Yamashita also star.

  

8. All the Old Knives

APRIL 8

Chris Pine and Thandiwe Newton team with director James Metz for this tension-filled thriller about two CIA agents who become each other’s suspects in a terrorist plane hijacking that went down eight years ago. Of course, there’s more to this pair of colleagues than meets the eye: not only were they former partners at work, but they also teamed up in the bedroom. Now, in order to get to the bottom of it all they’ll have to challenge the memories they thought they had, all while carving out new insights about each other. Laurence Fishburne and Jonathan Pryce also star in the project, which is based on the 2015 novel of the same name by Olen Steinhauer.

  

9. 61st Street

APRIL 10

Wondering what to watch in April? This timely crime drama from award-winning writer Peter Moffat hits AMC Plus this month with its anticipated debut. The show (which has already been renewed for a second season) revolves around the Chicago criminal justice system and in particular a black high school athlete who becomes the target of police and prosecutors intent on avenging the death of a cop. Courtney B. Vance, Aunjanue Ellis and Holt McCallany star.

  

10. Our Great National Parks

APRIL 13

With Earth Day coming up on April 22, you can expect a slew of Earth-centered programming to hit this month. One project we’re particularly excited about is this five-part look at some of the world’s greatest national parks and wild spaces. Former President Barack Obama narrates as the cameras capture stunning wildlife footage from Indonesia, Kenya, Patagonia and beyond. If nothing else, this project may solidify Obama’s place among some of the greatest narrators of our time, right beside Morgan Freeman and David Attenborough.

  

11. The Kardashians

APRIL 14

If you aren’t sick of hearing about Kim and her sisters just yet, or if you really just want to see what all the fuss is about for yourself, join the famous reality siblings in their latest, lucrative Hulu series. It’s not for everyone, sure. But if you want to hear more about Kim’s new relationship with Pete Davidson or Kourtney’s wedding plans with Travis Barker, this is definitely the place to be.

  

12. Killing It

APRIL 14

Dan Goor and Luke Del Tredici (part of the crew behind Brooklyn Nine-Nine) team for this new series starring another NBC fave: Craig Robinson. Here the comedian stars as a prison guard and father who will do pretty much anything to buy a property of his own. So when he learns about a massive snake hunt with a hefty cash prize, he learns all he can about the lost art of python killing. All 10 episodes drop on the streamer at once.

  

13. Anatomy of a Scandal

APRIL 15

If you’ve been looking for a new anthology series to dig into, David E. Kelley is teaming with Netflix for this incoming tale. Each season focuses on a whole new story, with the first installment based on Sarah Vaughn’s novel of the same name. The fictional psychological thriller traces a sexual-consent scandal with a renowned British politician and examines how the subsequent fallout affects the women in his life. Sienna Miller, Rupert Friend and Michelle Dockery star.

  

14. Outer Range

APRIL 15

If you’re missing Yellowstone in your life, you may want to consider this series from Prime Video, which offers some of those Yellowstone vibes, only with a supernatural twist. Josh Brolin stars as a Wyoming rancher intent on protecting his land no matter what, especially from his gaudy neighbors. But when the man discovers an inexplicable black void in his pasture, suddenly all bets are off. Imogen Poots, Lili Taylor, Tamara Podemski, Lewis Pullman, Tom Pelphrey, Noah Reid, Shaun Sipos and Will Patton also star.

  

15. Better Call Saul (S6)

APRIL 18

It’s been a long goodbye to the world of Breaking Bad, but with the sixth and final season of its spinoff kicking off this month, that farewell is starting to seem closer than ever. Bob Odenkirk (now recovered from his scary on-set heart attack in 2021) is back as Saul Goodman/Jimmy McGill, the shady lawyer first popularized on the mothership series. His origins story comes to a close in a season that’s split into two parts, the latter of which will be announced at a later date.

  

16. Russian Doll

APRIL 20

It’s been three years since the first season of this award-winning series hit the streaming service, but now it’s back with a whole new story for viewers to unravel. This year star and co-creator Natasha Lyonne took over showrunning duties to tell a whole new story of a cynical woman named Nadia, who once again finds herself entangled in a strange time-loop as she approaches her 40th birthday. Charlie Barnett, whose character was stuck in a similar time-loop in the first season, also returns as Alan Zaveri.

  

17. The Flight Attendant

APRIL 21

Kaley Cuoco’s follow-up to The Big Bang Theory returns for a second season this month despite a rather closed-ended finale back in Season 1. When we return to Cassie Bowden’s (Cuoco) world, she’s living her best, sober life in Los Angeles. There she moonlights as a CIA agent “in her spare time.” However, when she accidentally witnesses another international murder, she finds herself getting pulled into chaos all over again. Sharon Stone, Mo McRae, Callie Hernandez, Cheryl Hines, Jessie Ennis, Margaret Cho, Santiago Cabrera, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Mae Martin and JJ Soria join the Season 2 cast.

  

18. They Call Me Magic

APRIL 22

If you couldn’t stop watching the 2020 Michael Jordan documentary The Last Dance, you’ll probably want to schedule some time to watch Magic Johnson’s own docuseries when it hits later this month. The four-part project from director Rick Famuyiwa traces the NBA star’s path from high school, to college, to the majors, and it also pauses to look at his participation in USA basketball’s first-ever Dream Team in 1992.

  

19. A Very British Scandal

APRIL 22

If you love a good, dramatized retelling of a classic British story, then this is precisely what you want to watch in April. The three-part project is from the same team as the 2018 miniseries A Very English Scandal, only this time they tackle the real-life, headline-generating love story between the Duke and Duchess of Argyll. Paul Bettany and Claire Foy join as the couple in question to unravel a sensationalized story of divorce, bribery, theft, drug use and many other things that would make royals everywhere quiver.

  

20. Barry (S3)

APRIL 24

The third season of Bill Hader’s darkly comedic series returns after a long hiatus this month, continuing the story of a hitman who has big dreams of becoming an actor.

“Even more bad things happen,” Hader teased of the season during the Television Critics Association (TCA) winter press tour. “His one kind of boneheaded way of trying to get in touch with himself ended up really hurting a lot of people. I don’t think he knew the extent that he’s hurt people, and that’s what he’s learning. But yes, there’s much more to discover.”

Henry Winkler, Stephen Root, Sarah Goldberg and Anthony Carrigan also star.

  

21. Gaslit

APRIL 24

Producer Sam Esmail (Mr. Robot, Homecoming) returns with a brand new take on the Watergate scandal, this time to tell the story of some of history’s lesser-known players. The project (which is technically an anthology if it winds up being renewed) is adapted from the Slate podcast Slow Burn and features an impressive cast including Julia Roberts, Sean Penn, Dan Stevens, Betty Gilpin, Shea Whigham, Allison Tolman and Patton Oswalt.

  

22. We Own This City

APRIL 25

Writer David Simon (The Wire) returns to Baltimore to adapt this book of the same name by journalist Justin Fenton. The six-episode series follows the rise and fall of the Baltimore Police Department’s Gun Trace Task Force, which eventually became the target of an FBI investigation. There’s no McNulty, but Jon Bernthal leads a cast including Wunmi Mosaku, Josh Charles, McKinley Belcher III, Dagmara Domińczyk and Treat Williams.

  

23. The Survivor

APRIL 27

Director Barry Levinson is already earning plenty of buzz for this true-story film, in which he traces the story of Auschwitz survivor Harry Haft (played by Ben Foster). While a prisoner, Haft was forced into fighting in gladiator-style boxing matches with his fellow men. Following the war, he returned to boxing as a way to reclaim his life. Vicky Krieps, Peter Sarsgaard, Billy Magnussen, John Leguizamo, and Danny DeVito also star.

  

24. Bubble

APRIL 28

Not to be confused with The Bubble, which debuts earlier in the month, Bubble is a sci-fi anime from the team behind Attack on Titan. It traces what happens after bubbles that broke the laws of gravity came to Earth, and in particular, it follows a group of young people without families in Tokyo, who have been cut off from the outside world as a result of that aforementioned event.

  

25. The Offer

APRIL 28

Love The Godfather? Interested to see how it was made? Well if you’ve got some time, this 10-episode offering is here to break it all down for you. The dramatized retelling stars Dan Fogler as director Francis Ford Coppola, Patrick Gallo as author Mario Puzo, Matthew Goode as Paramount head Robert Evans and Miles Teller as Godfather producer Albert S. Ruddy.

The Offer is the incredible story of producer Al Ruddy going to the mattresses to get his film made,” executive producer Nikki Toscano revealed during the winter TCA press tour. “It’s told from Ruddy’s POV, and it examines the many challenges he faced. Evading mandates from his corporate bosses at Gulf + Western, to threats from the real Mafia, all the while navigating the nuances of Hollywood to get the job done. This series is about the making of an iconic film.”

  

Rewind: Best New Streaming Releases from March 2022

Spring is right around the corner — seriously, it’s so, so close — but that doesn’t mean we’re quite ready to decrease our TV and movie intake over here. In fact, there are tons of new shows and films that debuted in March 2022. In fact, there were so many that you probably didn’t have time to watch them all. So if you’ve run out of new streaming releases and still need something to watch, check out these can’t-miss streaming releases from last month.

In March, all of the best streaming services brought their A games with plenty of new offerings to keep us entertained. There were more than a few dramatized retellings of big water-cooler events, such as the story of killer Pam Hupp, Theranos leader Elizabeth Holmes and the personalities behind WeWork. The LA Lakers also got a dramatic retelling last month, but that wasn’t the only sports offering in store: March Madness officially arrived, as did one of the most anticipated UFC tickets of the year.

Last month we also added the Oscars to our list, as well as the long-awaited heroics of Moon Knight on Disney+ and an animated The Boys spinoff on Prime Video. Add in a quirky horror-comedy starring Courteney Cox and the return of Admiral Jean-Luc Picard, and there’s something for everyone to stream.

Whether you’re having company over for the big fight or you just want to lounge out on your comfy couch and decompress, here’s everything we were excited to stream in March.

  

1. West Side Story (2021)

MARCH 2

Steven Spielberg’s reimagining of the classic movie-musical West Side Story is finally online for your viewing pleasure, and just in time for the 2022 Academy Awards. The movie is nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars, which is another one of the top new streaming releases to watch in March. As is becoming more common, Spielberg’s West Side Story isn’t limited to a single streaming service. You can stream West Side Story on both HBO Max and Disney Plus starting March 2, which means you could be singing along to your favorite songs right now.

  

2. The Dropout

MARCH 3

No matter how many times we hear the story of Elizabeth Holmes and the way she convinced all of those powerful people to invest in her blood-testing company Theranos, it never gets old. But while we’ve taken in plenty of docs on the subject, this dramatized retelling is as good as it gets. Amanda Seyfried stars as the creator in question and traces the story of how she grew her billion-dollar empire before losing it all.

“The timing for me was just, it made it a lot more real,” Seyfried revealed to reporters, including SPY, at the winter Television Critics Association press tour. “Like sometimes you’re on set and you forget that the things that you’re saying actually were said by people, and the things that are being done were actually being done by people, and that someone is actually being prosecuted for these things.”

  

3. Joe vs Carole

MARCH 3

If you’re anything like us, you were also obsessed with Tiger King for a while there, back at the beginning of quarantine. Well here we are two years later, and this dramatized retelling of the story of Joe Exotic and Carole Baskin is coming at us hard and fast. It’s worth a watch if only to see how Kate McKinnon channels her inner questionable cat lady as Carole, but John Cameron Mitchell is pretty spot-on as Joe, too. Joe vs. Carole is definitely one of the top new streaming releases of March 2022, but we have to ask, can the fictional retelling really match the insanity of the real thing?

  

4. Star Trek: Picard

MARCH 3

Patrick Stewart is bringing Admiral Jean-Luc Picard back for a second round of this revival series, and this time around he’s bringing even more familiar faces with him. In this new batch of episodes, John de Lancie and Whoopi Goldberg reprise their respective roles as Q and Guinan, as Picard and his cohorts go back in time to 21st Century Los Angeles.

  

5. The Tourist

MARCH 3

Jamie Dornan continues to prove his dramatic chops with this incoming six-part BBC One drama, which drops in the US this month. It follows a Brit (Dornan) who awakens in Australia with amnesia after a horrific car accident. There, in the Outback, he races to rediscover himself as past enemies begin closing in.

  

6. The Boys Presents: Diabolical

MARCH 4

Need more The Boys in your life? The universe expands this week with new, unseen stories from your favorite rogue superheroes. This animated show features eight, 12-14 minute episodes, each one of which features a different animation style. And yes, all eight episodes drop at once.

  

7. UFC – Covington vs Masvidal

MARCH 5

What happens when former friends and training partners meet up in the octagon? We’re about to find out when this anticipated UFC fight between Colby Covington and Jorge Masvidal goes down this month.

Read More: How To Watch UFC 272

  

8. Shining Vale

MARCH 6

If comedy horrors are among your favorite TV genres, definitely mark this star-studded offering down. Courteney Cox leads the cast as a writer and mom who has lost her muse (and therefore, potentially the advance on her latest book). But when she and her husband (Greg Kinnear) move their family into a haunted house, the resident ghost (Mira Sorvino) becomes more than inspiration.

  

9. Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty

MARCH 6

Head back to 1979 Los Angeles in producer Adam McKay’s (Don’t Look Up) dramatized retelling of the rise of the Lakers, led by visionary Dr. Jerry Buss (John C. Reilly) and basketball superstar Magic Johnson (Quincy Isaiah). “What’s so amazing about Magic, we know the smile, we know the incredible creativity, but he was a winner,” McKay told outlets, including SPY, recently at the winter Television Critics Association press tour. “I think that’s what’s so exciting about this story was you really saw this style that previously people would have rolled their eyes at become the dominant style of the NBA.”

The 10-episode miniseries is based on the book Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s by Jeff Pearlman. The first episode drops this March 6, with subsequent installments hitting each Sunday.

  

10. The Thing About Pam

MARCH 9

Renée Zellweger is used to playing unrecognizable roles, but this may be her most distorted look yet. To play Pam Hupp, the figure at the center of this true-crime drama, Zellweger went all-out with the prosthetics. The story is even more surreal, as it follows the dramatized and murderous events that led to the conviction of this real-life figure, who shot to fame following a podcast of the same name. In fact, that’s what led Zellweger to the role in the first place.

“This is one of those stories that you couldn’t make up,” she said to SPY and other reporters at the winter Television Critics Association press tour. “I binged the podcast, actually, when I was driving up and down the 5 Freeway, going to take my dog to get his hip replaced up in San Francisco, and I couldn’t believe it. It was just an experience of escalating absurdities.”

  

11. The Adam Project

MARCH 11

Director Shawn Levy and Ryan Reynolds had so much fun teaming up together for last year’s flick Free Guy that they decided to do it all over again for this original Netflix movie. The sci-fi offering revolves around a time-traveling fighter pilot named Adam Reed (Reynolds) who accidentally crashes in 2022. There, he teams up with his 12-year-old self to save the future. Mark Ruffalo, Ryan Reynolds, Jennifer Garner, Catherine Keener, Walker Scobell and Zoe Saldana also star.

  

12. The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey

MARCH 11

Samuel L. Jackson is the latest big-name actor to join the ranks of Apple TV+ original stars in this adaptation of the novel of the same name by Walter Mosley. The limited series revolves around a 91-year-old man with dementia, who is given the opportunity to regain his memories. With them, he pledges to solve his nephew’s death, all while coming to terms with the past.

  

13. Turning Red

MARCH 11

Looking for a family-friendly offering that will finally give you a break from Encanto this month? We mean, how many times can you NOT talk about Bruno anyhow? Luckily for you, Pixar’s latest big-screen offering is once again skipping theatres and going directly to Disney+. Sandra Oh and Rosalie Chiang team as the voice talents behind this fable, in which a 13-year-old girl turns into a giant red panda whenever she gets too excited.

  

14. March Madness

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The biggest tournament in NCAA sports is finally here. There are tons of games to take in over the next several weeks as 68 teams compete for the iconic trophy. Will last year’s winners, the Baylor Bears, be usurped in that famous bracket? Will Auburn, Gonzaga and Arizona prove projections to be right and make it far? We’ll have to tune in to find out.

How To Watch March Madness and Get Your Basketball Fix All Month Long

  

15. Deep Water

MARCH 18

Want to see the movie that ignited all those sparks between Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas? (Back before he reunited with Jennifer Lopez, that is.) The Adrian Lyne-directed film hits Hulu this week, unraveling the story of a man who allows his wife to have affairs in order to avoid divorce. But things take a sudden shift when he becomes the prime suspect in the disappearance of her lovers.

  

16. WeCrashed

MARCH 18

Following the pandemic, it’s hard to envision a world in which we ever return to the traditional workforce. But back in 2010, a company called WeWork had big visions about how tech startups and other ventures could create flexible workspaces. This dramatized retelling of the rise and fall of the billion-dollar company and its controversial owners (played by Jared Leto and Anne Hathaway) goes even deeper, adding in narcissism and chaotic love for good measure.

  

17. Windfall

MARCH 18

We think director Charlie McDowell shows a whole new side to his trio of cast members in this Hitchcockian thriller, and that alone makes it worth a watch. Jason Segel stars as a deranged man who breaks into a tech billionaire’s vacation home while he’s away, but when the man (Jesse Plemons) and his wife (Lily Collins) unexpectedly show up, the real psychological fun begins.

  

18. Atlanta

MARCH 24

The anticipated third season of Donald Glover’s critically acclaimed comedy is finally back, and it’s a moment fans have been waiting for since the second season finale back in May 2018. A fourth and final season is also in store for this fall, which is good news considering Glover originally wanted to end the show after two seasons.

“Death is natural,” he said at the Television Critics Association winter press tour. “I feel like when the conditions are right for something, they happen, and when the conditions aren’t right, they don’t happen. I don’t feel any longevity. Because then things start to get weird. The story was always supposed to be what it was… I think it ends perfectly.”

  

19. Halo

MARCH 24

The anticipated show, based on the beloved Xbox game, finally hits the Paramount Plus streaming service this month after an eight-year development process. Pablo Schreiber, Natascha McElhone, Yerin Ha and Bokeem Woodbine star in the series, which tells the story of aliens attempting to take over humans in the 26th century. Schreiber, who plays Master Chief, promises the wait will be worth it.

“We shot what we shot while we were in Budapest over the last couple of years, and now we’re getting to see it fleshed out in a way on the screen that is just truly mind-blowing,” he said at the winter Television Critics Association press tour. “[It] fits the universe of Halo in such a beautiful way.”

Read More: How To Watch the Halo TV Show for Free

  

20. The Oscars

MARCH 27

The biggest night in movies is here, or at least if you’re into awards it is. This year’s three-hour show has made some notable changes, such as cutting eight live categories (including original score and film editing) from the broadcast. This year’s show also marks the first time in years there will be more than two hosts: Amy Schumer, Regina Hall and Wanda Sykes have agreed to co-host, with each of the leading ladies helming their own hour.

Read More: How To Watch All the Oscar Best Picture Nominees in 2022

  

21. Moon Knight

MARCH 30

Easily one of the top new streaming releases of the month (the year?), Moon Knight is coming soon to Disney+. The latest TV series in the MCU hits the streaming service in late March with the first of six overall episodes. Oscar Isaac, the late Gaspard Ulliel, Ethan Hawke and May Calamawy star in the story of a gift shop employee who happens to share his body with a mercenary named Marc Spector, not to mention the Egyptian moon god Khonshu. The project is the 10th installment of the MCU’s Phase Four, and marks the 19th TV series in the overall universe.

  

Rewind: What We Were Streaming in February 2022

Considering February is the coldest month of the year, there wasn’t much else to do but bundle up, eat some extra chocolate, pretend to hold onto those New Year’s resolutions a bit longer and, of course, watch some football. Oh, and TV — lots of TV. While February isn’t the most enjoyable month of the year, it is great for TV fans, as the shortest month of the year was packed full of can’t miss streaming releases.

In February, there were tons of new streaming releases, including romantic comedies (thank you, Valentine’s Day), a few anticipated season finales (ahem, Boba Fett), and more than a couple of buzzy TV shows and movies.

RELATED: All The Best TV Streaming Services of 2022

Jabari Banks as Will in Bel-Air Courtesy of Peacock

The Super Bowl and Winter Olympics were at the top of our must-watch list in February, and you could watch them both on Peacock TV for just $5. HBO Max also had an impressive slate of titles — South Park Season 25, the season finale of Euphoria and Kimi, a new sci-fi thriller from director Steven Soderbergh. On Disney+, the season finale of The Book of Boba Fett was one of the biggest streaming releases of the month, and now you can binge-watch the entire series. Of course, that’s just our shortlist, and you can keep scrolling for even more of the best TV shows and movies streaming in February 2022.

Whether you’re in the mood for an excellent new documentary, a campy reality show, or you want something that will create a whole new mood from the comfort of your couch, here are our picks for the 21 best new streaming releases from February. So if you’ve finished watching all of our recommendations for March, read on for even more great titles.

  

1. The 2022 Winter Olympics

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The Winter Olympics are happening now, and there’s already been a lot of drama. Between Shaun White’s final Olympic run and (another) Russian doping scandal, the Winter Olympics have delivered big drama day after day. You can catch all the action on the Peacock App, or check out the best cable TV alternatives to watch the live broadcasts on your smart TV.

  

2. South Park Season 25

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Stan, Kyle, Cartman and Kenny are back for the 25th season of animated antics and social commentary, not to mention the expected celebrity roasts (we see you, Matt Damon). This latest season comes on the heels of the two pandemic specials (The Pandemic Special and South ParQ Vaccination Special), which served as Season 24.

If you want to check out episodes of South Park for free, you can catch them on SouthPark.cc.com, CC.com, or the Comedy Central App.

RELATED: Every Single Way to Watch South Park Online for Free

  

3. The Book of Boba Fett (finale)

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Temuera Morrison’s take on the popular Star Wars character comes to a close this month with the inaugural season finale. Sure, it’s debatable as to whether the series was a deep dive into Boba Fett or an extended episode of The Mandalorian, but either way, the fan service is real.

“I made the most of [my] opportunity when I appeared in The Mandalorian,” Morrison recently told reporters, including SPY, at the winter Television Critics Association press tour. “And I had in the back of my mind this could lead to some more or possibly a show like The Book of Boba, which it did. I’m very honored, very fortunate, and I’m very lucky that the fans received us both well.”

  

4. The Girl Before

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This four-part adaptation of JP Delaney’s novel of the same name hits the streaming service in full this month, unraveling the story of a woman who moves into a seemingly perfect — if not minimalist — house. But when she discovers the architect owner may have more sinister plans in store, the race to uncover the truth about him and the house’s past is on. Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Jessica Plummer and David Oyelowo star.

  

5. Kimi

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Zoë Kravitz stars in director Steven Soderbergh’s latest drama, in which an agoraphobic tech worker in Seattle uncovers evidence of a violent crime. But when she tries to report it, things take an unexpected turn, leading her to leave her apartment grudgingly. Rita Wilson, Erika Christensen, India de Beaufort and Robin Givens also star.

  

6. Star Trek: Discovery (S4 midseason debut)

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Captain Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) returns for the back half of this Star Trek series’ fourth season, boldly going into the 32nd century to confront unchartered mysteries and Big Bads with the rest of her crew. For fans wondering about the fate of Tilly (Mary Wiseman) following the midseason finale, showrunner Michelle Paradise confirms she’s still very much a part of this world. “I expect that we will see her again, for sure,” she told TVLine. “We didn’t send her far, far away. We’re keeping her close.”

  

7. I Want You Back

COMING FEB. 11

Are you looking for a romantic comedy to celebrate with during the month of love? Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger, the scribes behind This Is Us, have written this breakup rom-com for you. When two people meet on the same day that their significant others break up with them, they forge an unlikely alliance to get their loved ones back. Jenny Slate, Charlie Day, Gina Rodriguez, Scott Eastwood, Manny Jacinto and Clark Backo star.

  

8. Love Is Blind (S2)

COMING FEB. 11

The love experiment that seemingly predicted dating in quarantine before the pandemic hit is back for a second season. Follow along as a new batch of men and women date in pods without ever seeing each other face-to-face. Then, watch as they propose and decide to spend a lifetime together, all without first seeing if there’s any physical attraction. (Although, of course, that part comes later.)

  

9. Inventing Anna

COMING FEB. 11

Creator Shonda Rhimes’ latest series via her output deal with Netflix drops this week with Julia Garner (Ozark) in the leading role. This new streaming release is a fictional take is based on the real-life story of Anna Sorokin, a Russian scam artist who worked her way into the New York social scene and stole millions by posing as a German heiress named Anna Delvey. Anna Chlumsky also stars as the real-life journalist who investigated her.

  

10. Marry Me

COMING FEB. 11

Jennifer Lopez, Maluma and Owen Wilson star in this music-filled rom-com that also hits just in time for the month of love. The film is an adaptation of Bobby Crosby’s graphic novel and revolves around a superstar who is all set to marry her equally famous superstar boyfriend in front of a crowd. But when she learns seconds before the vows that he’s been stepping out on her, she decides to marry a stranger in the crowd instead.

  

11. The Sky Is Everywhere

COMING FEB. 11

This teen, coming-of-age film based on the novel by Jandy Nelson also hits theatres this month, releasing the story of a grieving sister wide and far. Grace Kaufman leads a cast including Jason Segal and Cherry Jones, as director Josephine Decker examines grief, love and the undeniable connection between the two.

  

12. Bel-Air

COMING FEB. 13

This dramatized new streaming release is a retelling of the classic 1990s sitcom starring Will Smith finally debuts this month after a years-long development process. Inspired by Morgan Cooper’s 2019 short film of the same name, Bel-Air follows Will (Jabari Banks) as he picks up his life and moves from Philadelphia to California to put his life back on track. All of the characters you know and love — Carlton, Uncle Phil, Ashely, Hilary, Aunt Viv, Geoffrey and Jazz — are there. Only this time around, there is more real-life drama and fewer laugh tracks.

RELATED: How to Stream Bel-Air When it Debuts on Feb. 13

  

13. Luda Can’t Cook

COMING FEB. 15

Rapper Ludacris is back with new episodes of his one-time foodie special, in which he works with acclaimed chefs to master some of the most famous cuisines from around the world. New episodes include plates from Haiti, Cuba and Korea, so bring your appetite.

“I had an amazing experience the first time around and went from being clueless in the kitchen to making some delicious dishes,” Ludacris said in a press release. “I’m excited to team up again with Discovery+ and (executive producer) Will Packer to master all different kinds of cuisine so I can impress my wife, mom and kids with my new skills.”

  

14. Discovering David Dobrik

COMING FEB. 15

If you followed social media star David Dobrik as he adventured and sampled the lavish life in Dubai, this latest installment is a bit of a departure. Follow along as the personality heads to South Africa to disconnect from big-city life, bringing his buddies along with him so that they can get in touch with their inner animals.

  

15. Severance

COMING FEB. 18

Ben Stiller continues his quest to bring us complex and interesting dramas from behind-the-scenes with his latest project, which he directs and executive produces. Severance tackles the very relevant question of what it would be like to separate your personal and professional lives, except in the most extreme way possible. Adam Scott stars as the employee who surgically divides his memories, but when a mysterious former colleague (and his unrecognizable best friend) returns, he questions the truth about his job.

“Television has changed a lot. There’s just the opportunity to do so many different kinds of things and explore so many different genres,” Stiller said to reporters, including SPY, at the winter Television Critics Association press tour. “It’s the place where you go if you want to take chances and explore different genres and work with really amazing people.”

Christopher Walken, Patricia Arquette, Dichen Lachman, John Turturro and Britt Lower also star.

  

16. Space Force (S2)

COMING FEB. 18

The Space Force is back, and if General Naird (Steve Carell) and Dr. Mallory (John Malkovich) have anything to say about it, this season will be just as full of ridiculous hijinks as the last. The second season picks up with Naird and his team proving to a new administration that they aren’t as incapable as they seem, despite some new curveballs heading their way. All seven half-hour, second-season episodes drop at once.

  

17. The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder

COMING FEB. 23

Disney Channel’s popular animated series is back. This Proud Family revival follows the story of teen Penny Proud and her family in the 2020s. There will be lots to dig into, considering the original show debuted two decades ago now, but it sounds as though the creatives behind the series are confident that now’s the time to bring it back.

“Before we had to sort of tiptoe around certain issues, sort of use coded language. Now we can go pretty much straight at it,” teased executive producer Ralph Farquhar to reporters, including SPY, at the winter Television Critics Association press tour. “The biggest change in the twenty years is the gender identity, and so we’ve introduced the LGBTQ community into the series with the Michael character especially. We went out and hired EJ Johnson to voice Michael, and that is probably one of the biggest changes we’ve made.”

Karen Malina White, Kyla Pratt, Alisa Reyes and Soleil Moon Frye star.

  

18. Destination Fear: Trail to Terror

COMING FEB. 24

Paranormal hunter Dakota Laden is back. In this documentary and inspiration for his TV series, Destination Fear, Laden recruits his sister Chelsea Laden and his best friends Tanner Wiseman and Coalin Smith for a journey to test the limits of fear. The only thing Laden reveals to his travel companions is they will be sleeping alone for five consecutive nights in five of the most haunted locations across America. Cameras capture all of the action, and we recommend that you maybe don’t watch this one in the dark.

  

19. Vikings: Valhalla

COMING FEB. 25

Break out those shields because the anticipated Vikings spinoff is finally here, unrolling a story that takes place 100 years after the saga of Ragnar Lothbrok and his sons ended. Expect more violence, blood and gore in this series, with new showrunner Jeb Stuart at the helm. This tale specifically follows the adventures of famed Viking Leif Erikson (Sam Corlett) and his sister Freydis (Frida Gustavsson) as they depart Kattegat and adventure to conquer new and unexplored lands. Skol!

  

20. Reno 911! Defunded

COMING FEB. 25

Original Reno 911 cast members Thomas Lennon, Robert Ben Garant, Kerri Kenney-Silver, Niecy Nash and Cedric Yarbrough have assembled for another round of antics, and they’re now facing their biggest challenge yet: they’ve been defunded. Roku continues to expand its slate of originals with this 11-episode entry, which also includes guest stars like Jamie Lee Curtis, “Weird Al” Yankovic and George Lopez.

  

21. Euphoria (finale)

COMING FEB. 27

The second season of this HBO Max series has consistently trended across social media platforms during its eight-episode run, which wraps with a Feb. 27 finale. Viewership of this streaming release has also exploded since the show’s return: the current season has doubled in the ratings from Season 1, leading HBO to announce a Season 3 renewal in early February. If you haven’t yet watched the series, you can catch Zendaya, Sydney Sweeney, Austin Abrams, Jacob Elordi and the rest of the crew from the beginning on the streaming service.

  

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