May is a quiet month for TV, as many shows are wrapping up their current seasons. But Hulu brings a few new U.S. offerings, including Season 2 of Fox's sci-fi thriller Wayward Pines and the debut of Univision's revenge tale Yago. Hulu's partnership with the BBC brings many older but excellent series from across the pond. Speaking of the Brits, Hulu also offers some classic James Bond films this month.
In the Flesh: Complete Seasons 1 & 2 (May 1)
In the fire hose of zombie shows and movies spraying across screens in recent years, BBC Three managed to find a unique new take on the undead — in which they return to "normal" life. In this world, set several years after a zombie outbreak, scientists have found a treatment that can restore the monsters' minds and something resembling their old selves, but the disfigured survivors are haunted by their gruesome pasts and hounded by many in a shaken society that does not want to see them return.
Line of Duty: Complete Season 3 (May 1)
This breakout BBC Two hit revolves around the work of a police internal-investigations unit that takes on a new challenge each season. Relative newcomer Martin Compston plays Steve Arnott, a disgraced counterterrorism officer reassigned to the investigative unit, where he teams with tough-as-nails agent Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure of This Is England '88 and Broadchurch). Adrian Dunbar (The Crying Game) plays Ted Hastings, the weathered vet who leads the team.
Murder in the First: Complete Season 2 (May 8)
Kathleen Robertson (Beverly Hills, 90210) and Taye Diggs (Private Practice) play San Francisco homicide detectives who take on tangled cases that play out over each season. Its second year features a gruesome school-bus massacre, the hunt for a cop killer and investigations inside the police department.
The Dude Perfect Show: Series Premiere (May 16)
Making the jump from a web show to cable (CMT), these lovable bros challenge each other in goofball trick-shot competitions. Past episodes have included playing football on a Slip 'N Slide, shooting basketballs from the top seats in a stadium to nets far below, and trying to hit a softball after spinning around so many times that they are falling over from dizziness. The web shows, and now TV series, are a blast not only for the incredible feats but for the hysterical antics of the players and their sometimes-merciless teasing of each other. Episodes often feature celebrities such as world-class athletes showing the dudes how it's done.
The Shadow Line (May 1)
This 2011 BBC crime miniseries takes the unique twist of showing not only how the cops investigate a murder but also how the criminals try to figure out who killed one of their own. It stars Chiwetel Ejiofor (Amistad) as an amnesiac detective (you read that right). Christopher Eccleston (Doctor Who) plays the rather mild-mannered henchman on the other side of the line.
Wayward Pines: Season 2 Premiere (May 26)
Perhaps a small town can be charming, but that's not the case for Wayward Pines, Idaho. Matt Dillon plays Ethan Burke, a Secret Service agent who's come seeking two colleagues who went missing. One turns out to be alive, but she's scared for her life and has integrated into the faux tranquility of the town to keep safe. She encourages Burke to do the same, since he'll never be able to leave. Anyone who tries to leave is executed by the ferociously creepy Sheriff Pope (Terrence Howard). It gradually emerges that something otherworldly is behind the strange occurrences in Wayward Pines.
Yago: Series Premiere (May 3)
This Univision telenovela (in Spanish) is a tense tale of revenge. Iván Sánchez stars (at first) as Omar Guerrero, a young man drawn into a criminal plot and then framed for both the heist and a resulting murder. Presumed dead in a prison fire, Omar instead escapes and assumes a new identity, Yago, including a new face, courtesy of plastic surgery. He returns to the town a dozen years later to exact revenge on the ones who betrayed him, including his old paramour.
Benny & Joon (May 1)
Mary Stuart Masterson and Johnny Depp star in this offbeat 1993 romance between a mentally ill woman, Joon, and her caretaker, Sam. Beyond the sweet but fraught relationship between the two, the movie stands out for the Depp's interpretation of Sam in the style of silent-era comedians like Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton. The film has a secondary romantic plotline between Joon's big brother Benny (Aidan Quinn) and a neighbor, Ruthie, played by Julianne Moore.
Election (May 1)
In this 1999 satire of both politics and suburban life, a mere high school student council election explodes into a scandalous melee. Reese Witherspoon plays Tracy Flick, an overzealous teen politician whose candidacy raises enough concern from social studies teacher Jim McAllister (Matthew Broderick) that he plots to undermine her election prospects.
Ghost World (May 1)
Thora Birch (American Beauty) and Scarlett Johansson play two cynical high-school grads out to establish grown-up lives in a small town. The story revolves around Birch's eccentric character, Enid, a lover of Bollywood films and old music who has little patience for the style and character of her peers. Her narrow life takes an unexpected turn when she falls into an affair with loveable looser Seymour, a much older man played by Steve Buscemi. Based on the comic book by Daniel Clowes, the dystopian coming-of-age film was directed by Terry Zwigoff (Bad Santa).
Goldfinger (May 1)
A fortune in gold, a nuclear bomb, nerve gas, an absurdly slow-moving killer laser and a killer hat. What more could you want in a James Bond film? How about a sassy villainous Bond girl named Pussy Galore?
The Spy Who Loved Me (May 1)
The Soviets and the West team up — both in battle and the bedroom — to take on über-genius villain Karl Stromberg (German film legend Curt Jürgens) in this 1977 Bond film. Most of Roger Moore's 007 movies are not among the most beloved, but this is one of his best. Bonus: It introduced the Bond tagline with its theme song, "Nobody Does It Better," sung by Carly Simon.
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