Do not overlook these 3 secret television series streaming in May, stay informed and entertained.

Will Forte seated at a desk examining a document, a beer next to him in a scene from Bodkin.

Are you seeking something distinctive to view this May while awaiting the June debuts of The Bear and The Boys? Indeed, there are numerous high-profile series in May, such as the third season of Hacks and the most recent season of Doctor Who. You may still be attempting to unwind from last month’s Baby Reindeer as well!

If you’re in search of something unconventional that may have eluded your attention, we have some recommendations for you, including a captivating Holocaust drama and a murder mystery situated in Ireland. Explore them while anticipating the return of your favored shows next month.

Bodkin (2024)

Three individuals standing outdoors on a overcast day observing something in a scene from Bodkin.

An Irish grim humor thriller, Bodkin is a type of buddy-cop series about a podcaster and an investigative reporter who journey together to the Irish seaside town of Bodkin to investigate two incidents. Gilbert Power (SNL cast member Will Forte) is an American podcaster who is focused on delving into both the cold case of three missing individuals from years prior and exploring his own Irish heritage. Dubheasa “Dove” Maloney (Siobhán Cullen) has been tasked by her supervisor to investigate the passing of her informant there, a government informant.

As the improbable duo join forces, you are treated to an abundance of satirical humor that lampoons our fixation with the true crime genre, akin to series like Only Murders in the Building and Based on a True Story. If you appreciated those two shows, you may very well enjoy Bodkin. Kaiya Shunyata from RogerEbert.com dubs it as one of “the most entertaining shows of the year.”

Stream Bodkin on Netflix.

The Tattooist of Auschwitz (2024)

A man grasps a woman's hands, she gazes to the left away from him in a scene from The Tattooist of Auschwitz.

Presented in six installments, The Tattooist of Auschwitz is one of several historical dramas filling Peacock’s schedule as of late. Adapted from the Heather Morris novel of the same title, it showcases a stellar cast and a moving, gripping narrative. Lale Sokolov (Jonah Hauer-King) is a Jewish captive in a concentration camp during World War II. His duty is to tattoo identification numbers on prisoners, but one individual in particular catches his attention: a young lady named Gita (Anna Próchniak).

Harvey Keitel portrays an older rendition of Sokolov in the present day, recounting his tale to Morris, played by Melanie Lynskey. The Tattooist of Auschwitz is not merely a love story, but also a tale of perseverance, resolve, valor, strength, and optimism as Sokolov and others go to great lengths to keep their comrades alive amidst perilous, horrifying conditions.

Stream The Tattooist of Auschwitz on Peacock.

Dark Matter (2024)

A man standing with a gash on his head appearing anxious, another individual behind him in a scene from Dark Matter on Apple TV+.

An engrossing sci-fi series, Dark Matter is a screen adaptation of the Blake Crouch novel bearing the same name. Physicist Jason Dessen (Joel Edgerton) heads home from a bar where his long-time buddy Ryan (Jimmi Simpson) has just offered him a substantial professional opportunity and a chance to alter the course of his existence. Prior to reaching home to his spouse, Dessen is seized, taken to a dim room, and awakens in a strange, yet recognizable place. He discovers that the life he is living is not his own. He’s in an alternative reality, desperate to unravel the mystery and return home.

Dark Matter has foreseeable moments where the storyline’s direction is evident, yet this does not diminish the series’ appeal. The tension and immediacy escalate when Dessen realizes that he is battling against himself to return home, and must prevent himself from harming his family. The series poses the question “are you content with your life?” What holds the most significance and what would you be willing to sacrifice to attain your desires, or meet the expectations of a part of yourself?

Stream Dark Matter on Apple TV+.

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