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New TV shows for May 2020: What’s coming next

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Watching new TV shows is basically self-care in these quarantine times. A bunch of new TV shows and specials are airing and streaming in May 2020, so be sure to set your DVR queue or add it to your streaming service watch list. 

This month brings several notable series premieres, led by Ryan Murphy’s highly-anticipated Hollywood, the first series in his massive Netflix deal. Another top TV producer, Greg Daniels (The Office, Parks and Recreation), will debut two shows: The Amazon sci-fi comedy Upload and the Netflix comedy Space Force starring Steve Carrell. 

On May 27, we’ll see the launch of yet another new streaming service, HBO Max. The platform will combine HBO with the vast WarnerMedia library, including exclusive access to all of Friends. Plus, HBO Max will premiere its own originals, like the Anna Kendrick romantic comedy series Love Life.

May is also TV season finale month. There are fewer finales this year, since many TV productions had to shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But quite a few big shows are still airing finales, including Westworld, Survivor, Riverdale, Outlander and The Simpsons.

The new TV show premieres and finales to watch in May 2020

All times Eastern Time
Our top picks in bold

New TV Shows: Hollywood

Hollywood on Netflix (Image credit: Netflix)

FRIDAY, MAY 1

All Day and a Night movie (Netflix, 3:01 a.m.)

Hollywood season 1 (Netflix, 3:01 a.m.)

Medici season 3 (Netflix, 3:01 a.m.)

Trying season 1 (Apple TV Plus, 3:01 a.m.)

Upload season 1 (Amazon, 3:01 a.m.)

Betty series premiere (HBO, 11 p.m.)

SATURDAY, MAY 2

Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards 2020: Celebrate Together (Nickelodeon, 8 p.m.)

SUNDAY, MAY 3

Billions season 5 premiere (Showtime, 9 p.m.)

Westworld season 3 finale (HBO, 9 p.m.)

Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist season 1 finale (NBC, 9 p.m.)

Good Girls season 3 finale (NBC, 10 p.m.)

Rick & Morty season 4 spring premiere (Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.)

New TV Shows: Disney Gallery The Mandalorian

Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian on Disney Plus (Image credit: Disney Plus)

MONDAY, MAY 4

Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian series premiere (Disney Plus, 3:01 a.m.)

Star Wars: The Clone Wars series finale (Disney Plus, 3:01 a.m.)

Camp Getaway series premiere (Bravo, 10 p.m.)

My Brilliant Friend season 2 finale (HBO, 10 p.m.)

TUESDAY, MAY 5

Jerry Seinfeld: 23 Hours to Kill (Netflix, 3:01 a.m.)

The Conners season 2 finale (ABC, 8 p.m.)

Black-ish season 6 finale (ABC, 9:30 p.m.)

WEDNESDAY, MAY 6

Becoming - Michelle Obama documentary (Netflix, 3:01 a.m.)

Workin’ Moms season 4 (Netflix, 3:01 a.m.)

Riverdale season 4 finale (The CW, 8 p.m.)

Brockmire series finale (IFC, 10 p.m.)

THURSDAY, MAY 7

Blindspot season 5 premiere (NBC, 9 p.m.)

FRIDAY, MAY 8

Solar Opposites season 1 (Hulu, 12 a.m.)

Dead to Me season 2 (Netflix, 3:01 a.m.)

The Eddy season 1 (Netflix, 3:01 a.m.)

The Hollow season 2 (Netflix, 3:01 a.m.)

Bering Sea Gold season 14 premiere (Discovery, 10 p.m.)

New TV Shows: I Know This Much Is True

I Know This Much Is True on HBO (Image credit: HBO)

SUNDAY, MAY 10

Outlander season 5 finale (Starz, 8 p.m.)

I Know This Much Is True series premiere (HBO, 9 p.m.)

MONDAY, MAY 11

Trial By Media season 1 (Netflix, 3:01 a.m.)

9-1-1 season 3 finale (Fox, 8 p.m.)

TUESDAY, MAY 12

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. The Reverend special (Netflix, 3:01 a.m.)

Confession season 1 premiere (BritBox, 12 a.m.)

The Happy Days of Garry Marshall special (ABC, 8 p.m.)

The Flash season 6 finale (The CW, 8 p.m.)

WEDNESDAY, MAY 13

The Wrong Missy movie (Netflix, 3:01 a.m.)

The Goldbergs season 7 finale (ABC, 8 p.m.)

Survivor season 40 finale (CBS, 8 p.m.)

Dance Moms: Abby’s Virtual Dance Off special (Lifetime, 9 p.m.)

Liar season 2 finale (Sundance, 11 p.m.)

THURSDAY, MAY 13

Katy Keene season 1 finale (The CW, 8 p.m.)

Station 19 season 2 finale (ABC, 9 p.m.)

How to Get Away With Murder series finale (ABC, 10 p.m.)

New TV Shows: The Great

The Great on Hulu (Image credit: Hulu)

FRIDAY, MAY 15

The Great season 1 (Hulu, 12 a.m.)

She-Ra and the Princesses of Power season 5 (Netflix, 3:01 a.m.)

The Black List season 7 finale (NBC, 8 p.m.)

Masters of Illusion season 10 premiere (The CW, 8:30 p.m.)

Sunday, May 17

American Idol season 18 finale (ABC, 8 p.m.)

Hightown series premiere (Starz, 8 p.m.)

The Simpsons season 31 finale (Fox, 8 p.m.)

Belgravia season 1 finale (Epix, 9 p.m.)

Bob’s Burgers season 10 finale (Fox, 9 p.m.)

Taylor Swift City of Lover Concert (ABC, 10 p.m.)

Snowpiercer series premiere (TNT, 9 p.m.)

The Last Dance miniseries finale (ESPN, 10 p.m.)

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MONDAY, MAY 18

The Big Flower Fight season 1 (Netflix, 3:01 a.m.)

The Bachelor Presents: Listen to Your Heart season 1 finale (ABC, 8 p.m.)

TUESDAY, MAY 19

Patton Oswalt: I Love Everything special (Netflix, 3:01 a.m.)

Sweet Magnolias season 1 (Netflix, 3:01 a.m.)

New TV Shows: The 100

The 100 on The CW (Image credit: The CW)

WEDNESDAY, MAY 20

Ben Platt: Live From Radio City Musical Hall documentary (Netflix, 3:01 a.m.)

The 100 season 7 premiere (The CW, 8 p.m.)

The Amazing Race season 32 premiere (CBS, 8 p.m.)

The Masked Singer season 3 finale (Fox, 8 p.m.)

THURSDAY, MAY 21

Burden of Truth season 3 premiere (The CW, 8 p.m.)

Labor of Love series premiere (Fox, 9 p.m.)

Red Nose Day special (NBC, 9 p.m.)

FRIDAY, MAY 22

Homecoming season 2 premiere (Amazon, 3:01 a.m.)

The Lovebirds movie (Netflix, 3:01 a.m.)

SUNDAY, MAY 24

Run season 1 finale (HBO, 10:30 p.m.)

TUESDAY, MAY 26

Hannah Gadsby: Douglas (Netflix, 3:01 a.m.)

New TV Shows: Love Life

Love Life on HBO Max (Image credit: HBO Max)

WEDNESDAY, MAY 27

Mrs. America season 1 finale (Hulu, 12 a.m.)

HBO Max launch:
Craftopia
Legendary
Looney Tunes Cartoons
Love Life
On the Record
(HBO Max, 3:01 a.m.)

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 7 premiere (ABC, 10 p.m.)

THURSDAY, MAY 28

The Good Fight season 4 finale (CBS All-Access, 3:01 a.m.)

FRIDAY, MAY 29

Ramy season 2 (Hulu, 12 a.m.)

Central Park season 1 (Apple TV Plus, 3:01 a.m.)

Space Force (Netflix, 3:01 a.m.)

New TV Shows: Quiz

Quiz on AMC (Image credit: AMC)

SUNDAY, MAY 31

Celebrity Family Feud season 7 premiere (ABC, 8 p.m.)

Killing Eve season 3 finale (BBC America/AMC, 9 p.m.)

Laurel Canyon series premiere (Epix, 9 p.m.)

Quiz series premiere (AMC, 10 p.m.)

Rick & Morty season 4 finale (Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.)