May’s TV shows promise a whole lot of drama, laughs, and post-modern dread. Here are the five shows you should be watching in May.
5. Sense 8
After the Christmas special which reminded us of exactly what Sense 8 is all about- diversity, existential orgies, and some of the most human story-telling the Wachowskis have ever attempted, season two will finally appear on Netflix this month. Not much is known about season two but since the Christmas special was basically the first two episodes expect things to pick up exactly where we left off. According to Jamie Clayton, who plays Nomi, season two will go at a faster pace than the first. She told IGN: “The thing that surprised me the most about Season 2 was how fast it takes off, and the direction in which it goes. We didn’t know anything that was going to happen after the end of Season 1. Season 2 takes off so quickly, and it’s fast and mad and amazing and sexy and raw and we learn — oh my god, it’s so many things. I had no idea it could go in that direction and so quickly.”
4. Master of None
Aziz Ansari’s Netflix series Master of None was a sleeper hit when it first came out. The show explored Ansari’s alter ego Dev, as he experienced, and investigated different aspects of modern life. The first season of Master of None distinguished itself by telling the types of important stories that no one else where: whether its Ansari’s parents experience as immigrants contrasting with his own, or telling feminist stories while also playfully admitting to his previous lack of understanding of these topics. If season two is achieves even half the quality of season one then Netflix have another hit on their hands.
3. I Love Dick
Based on Kris Kraus feminist memoir/novel hybrid of the same name, I Love Dick stars Kathryn Hahn as Kraus who develops an obsession with Kevin Bacon as the titular Dick. The source material is an often hilarious look, sometimes sad look at the role of women in art, and the double standards this brings up. That’s barely scratching the surface though, and with the show being produced by Transparent creator Jill Soloway, expect I Love Dick to be an important show.
2. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Tina Fey’s technicolour defence against bad vibes returns for a third season. The show, which stars Ellie Kemper as Kimmy, has proven itself to be just as good, and more popular than Fey’s last show, the classic 30 Rock. Season three will pick up where season two left off, with Kimmy having to deal with her marriage to the incarcerated man who kidnapped her in the first place, Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne (Jon Hamm). True to form, the show will probably deal with these big themes with as many belly laughs as possible, just so we can feel better about how dark this show actually is.
1. Twin Peaks
26 years after that mirror smashing cliff-hanger, and a film that only posed more questions, David Lynch and Mark Frost are returning to Twin Peaks. This may be the most buzzed return of a TV show since, ok since The X Files last year, but Twin Peaks has such a massive pedigree that it can attract hundreds of famous faces, get Showtime to fork out more money to Lynch after he quit in protest, one of the best mystery plots every, and the promise of a damn fine cup of coffee. The wait is nearly over, and the owls are not what they seem.