Best new TV shows to stream this week on Netflix, HBO Max, and more

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The first week of May brings us lots of new shows to stream. We have a new docudrama series about a real-life crime in North Carolina, and the third live-action series in the Star Trek franchise. A major comedy film star tries to create a new series, and a fan favorite detective show gets a quick reboot. Finally, we have the second season of three acclaimed shows. Let’s look at the best new TV shows to stream this week.

Best new streaming TV shows this week

The Staircase Season One (HBO Max)

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Colin Firth and Toni Collette star as Michael and Kathleen Peterson in this HBO Max docudrama based on the acclaimed true crime documentary of the same name (which you can also watch on Netflix). In 2001, Kathleen Peterson died at the family home in North Carolina. Her husband Michael claimed she tragically fell down a staircase. However, the police later started a murder investigation and charged Michael with the crime. The HBO Max series follows the true crime story and dramatizes the documentarians who came to cover the family and the trial.  

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HBO Max

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Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Season One (Paramount Plus)

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Are you ready for yet another Star Trek series? Paramount Plus believes you are with the third new live-action series in the sci-fi franchise that has debuted on the service. This series is going retro by taking place on the original U.S.S. Enterprise, several years before the events of the original Star Trek series.

That means Captain Christopher Pike is in command, along with younger versions of Spock, Uhura, Chapel, and also older and new characters. The series will also be an old-fashioned episodic series instead of offering season-long storylines.

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Paramount Plus

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The Pentaverate Season One (Netflix)

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After creating characters and movies like Wayne’s World and Austin Powers, Mike Myers brings his style of comedy to this new Netflix series. Myers plays several characters in this show, about a journalist who believes he has discovered a secret society trying to rule the world behind the scenes for centuries.

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Netflix

Netflix is still the leading premium streaming service, with over 200 million worldwide subscribers. It offers thousands of movies and TV shows to binge watch, including its always growing list of original films and series, including Stranger Things, The Witcher, Bridgerton, and many more.

Bosch: Legacy Season One (Amazon Freevee)

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Bosch ended its seven-season run on Amazon Prime Video in 2021. However, that’s not the end for Harry Bosch (Titus Welliver) as he returns in this new series on the free (with ads) Amazon FreeVee service (formerly IMDb TV). Detective Bosch has now left the Los Angeles Police Department but has transitioned into an investigator for a former foe, attorney Honey Chandler (Mimi Rogers). He also has to deal with his daughter Maddie (Madison Lintz), who is now a rookie LAPD cop.

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Amazon Prime Video

Amazon Prime Video offers access to thousands of movies and TV shows to stream. That includes great original shows and movies like The Boys and The Tomorrow War. You can also sign up for other premium services within Amazon Prime Video.


The Wilds Season Two (Amazon Prime Video)

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Amazon Prime Video

The first season of The Wilds saw a group of teenage girls survive a plane crash, only to find themselves on a deserted island. We also learn (spoiler alert) that their plane crash and new location weren’t accidental. Season two of this Amazon Prime Video series shows that a group of teen boys were in another plane that “crashed” on another island. How will they deal with their new situation, and what’s happening with the girls on their island?

Girls5eva Season Two (Peacock)

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The girls are back for a second season of this Peacock comedy series. The 90s girls’ singing group got back together for a comeback in the first season, and this time they want to record and release an all-new album of songs. Things may not go entirely smoothly.

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Peacock

NBCUniversal’s Peacock streaming service offers a lot of great movies and TV shows to stream on demand, along with live news and sports. Best of all, you can watch lots of its content for free, or watch all of it with a paid subscription starting at just $4.99 a month.

Tehran Season Two (Apple TV Plus)

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Apple TV Plus brings back this spy thriller series for a second season. The first season centered on an Israeli Mossad agent who is sent into Iran to destroy their nuclear reactor. However, that mission failed, and the second season sees the agent on the run. Glenn Close joins the cast as a possible ally, or is she?

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Apple TV Plus

Apple TV Plus has quickly become a major player in the streaming game since its launch in 2019. Its slate of original programming includes shows like Ted Lasso, The Morning Show, Foundation, and For All Mankind as well as movies like The Banker, Greyhound, and Palmer.


Check out our last week’s picks

If you missed last week’s column, here’s another look at the best new streaming TV shows that we picked for you to binge-watch.

Ozark Season Four Part Two (Netflix)

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The final seven episodes of this acclaimed crime drama are now available on Netflix to binge-watch. What will happen to the money laundering family of Marty and Wendy Byrde (Jason Bateman and Laura Linney)? Also, what is the fate of their sometimes partner and sometimes enemy Ruth Langmore (Emmy award-winning Julia Gardner)? 


Grace and Frankie Season Seven Part Two (Netflix)

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This sitcom starring acting legends Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin as Grace and Frankie has dropped its final 12 episodes on Netflix. We will likely see some very funny and adult storylines come to a conclusion for this show, which focuses on the title characters and their ex-husbands (Martin Sheen and Sam Waterson), who are now married to each other, and their extended family and friends.


The Offer Season One (Paramount Plus)

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One of the greatest films of all time (some call it the greatest) is the 1972 movie adaptation of the novel The Godfather. Now, Paramount Plus has started a 10-episode docudrama series that looks into how this epic crime film got made.

It’s based on a book by the movie’s main producer Albert S. Ruddy, played in the series by Miles Teller. As it turns out, the film almost didn’t get the green light to start production, and once it did, there were more than enough challenges for the film’s cast and crew to get through.

Under The Banner Of Heaven Season One (Hulu)

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Andrew Garfield had a very good 2021, appearing in three acclaimed films (The Eyes of Tammy Faye, Tick, Tick…Boom, and Spider-Man: No Way Home). Now he’s the star of the latest FX series released as an exclusive on Hulu.

Based on the book of the same name by Jon Krakauer, Garfield plays a police detective in the mid-1980s in Utah. He’s investigating the murder of a young woman (Daisy Edgar-Jones) and her baby daughter. As it turns out, the murder might have been committed by people who believe in a more fundamentalist version of the Mormon Church. The series also stars Sam Worthington and Wyatt Russell.

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Hulu

Hulu offers not only thousands of movies and TV shows to stream, it also has original shows and films like The Handmaid’s Tale. You can upgrade to Hulu Plus Live TV to get live channels, including your local stations.


Shining Girls Season One (Apple TV Plus)

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Apple TV Plus

Elizabeth Moss stars in and directs two episodes of this eight-part murder mystery limited series on Apple TV Plus. She plays Kirby Mazrachi, a newspaper archivist in Chicago who was assaulted years ago by an unknown person. Because of the trauma of the assault, Kirby’s sense of reality can shift without warning. Years later, she finds out that a new murder seems similar to her assault, and she tries to find the killer before he can strike again.

Undone Season Two (Amazon Prime Video)

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Amazon Prime Video

The unique-looking adult animated series on Amazon Prime Video has returned for a second season. The series combines a painting-like art style with rotoscope animation where actors are filmed, and then their video is converted to animation. In the second season, we see Alma (Rosa Salazar) again drifting through time and space to revisit elements of her family’s history and possibly change that past for the better.

Made For Love Season Two (HBO Max)

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HBO Max has launched the second season of this sci-fi dark comedy series. The first season saw Hazel (Cristin Milioti) get implanted with a chip by her tech billionaire husband Byron (Billy Magnussen) that allows him to see what she’s seeing. Hazel decides to escape from her very controlling husband in the first season.

However, in season two, she agrees to move back in with him in exchange for Byron promising to treat the cancer that’s killing Hazel’s father (Ray Romano). However, there’s another new technology that Byron’s company has developed that could cause even more problems.


I Love That For You Season One (Showtime)

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Saturday Night Live’s Vanessa Bayer co-created, co-wrote, and stars in this new comedy series from Showtime. She plays a young woman who wants to be a host on a popular home shopping cable TV channel. She gets that chance when she gets a job at the SVN channel. However, when she learns she’s about to lose her job, she suddenly lies that her previous cancer condition has returned.

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