All the TV Premieres to Get Excited For in May

May is chock-full of new shows, returning shows and final seasons, and we've got all the dates you need to know right here.

By Lauren Piester Apr 30, 2021 7:00 PMTags
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NSYNC said it best: It's gonna be May. 

A new month is coming, and with it comes a whole bunch of long-awaited TV premieres as networks and streaming services gear up for a summer of fun and a few final seasons. That's right—prepare for some tears as some beloved shows prepare to say goodbye for good. 

It starts on May 2 with Pose, which returns for its third and final outing on FX. The new season jumps to 1994 and shows Blanca (MJ Rodriguez) struggling to balance being a mother with being a nurse's aid. As the AIDS crisis worsens, a new upstart house forces the House of Evangelista to contend with its legacy.

On May 7, Shrill debuts its third and final season on Hulu with Annie (Aidy Bryant) energized by her recent breakup and her new momentum at work. "Annie feels like everything is finally falling into place for her," the Hulu description reads, "but does she actually know how to get what she wants?" 

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The Bold Type faces the beginning of the end when it returns to Freeform for season five on May 26. Nikohl Boosheri returns as Adena for the final run, which finds the trio (Katie Stevens, Aisha Dee and Meghann Fahy) figuring out how best to leave their mark on the world.  

Netflix's Special will premiere its second and final season on May 20, and Mom will also come to an end this month after eight seasons when its series finale airs on Thursday, May 13. But it's not all about endings!



A few shows will also be making their debuts in May, including Apple TV+'s The Mosquito CoastJupiter's Legacy on Netflix, Star Wars: The Bad Batch on Disney+, Girls5Eva on Peacock and The Underground Railroad on Amazon.

That's all without even mentioning the shows returning for regular seasons, like Legends of Tomorrow, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, Black Monday, Mythic Quest, Dynasty and more. 

For the scoop on everything coming to TV in May and beyond, scroll down!

The Bachelorette (ABC) - Oct. 19

Michelle Young gets her chance in the spotlight in a special fall season of The Bachelorette, beginning Tuesday, Oct. 19.

NEW: Queens (ABC) - Oct. 19

Brandy, Eve, Naturi Naughton and Nadine Velasquez star as four former hip hop stars who are reuniting in their 40s in this new ABC drama, premiering Tuesday, Oct. 19.

NEW: Sex, Love & goop (Netflix) - Oct. 21

Gwyneth Paltrow and the goop team are back with a new series, Sex, Love & goop.

The Blacklist (NBC) - Oct. 21

The Blacklist, sans Megan Boone, returns for season nine on Thursday, Oct. 21.

Insecure (HBO) - Oct. 24

The fifth and final season of Insecure will premiere on HBO Oct. 24.

Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO) - Oct. 24

Curb Your Enthusiasm's 11th season will debut Oct. 24 on HBO.

All American (The CW) - Oct. 25

All American returns for a fourth season on Monday, Oct. 25 on The CW.

4400 (The CW) - Oct. 25

In this reboot of the former USA Network drama, 4400 marginalized people who have gone missing over the last century suddenly return, with no memory and no signs of aging. It premieres Monday, Oct. 25. 

Walker (The CW) - Oct. 28

Walker is back for his second season on Thursday, Oct. 28.

Love Life (HBO Max) - Oct. 28

Catch the first three episodes of Love Life season two on HBO Max Oct. 28.

Dr. Who (BBC One/BBC America) - Oct. 31

Jodie Whittaker's final season as the Time Lord will premiere on Halloween.

Dickinson (AppleTV+) - Nov. 5

Hailee Steinfeld takes her final bow as Emily Dickinson in the third and final season of AppleTV+'s Dickinson. 

Gentefied (Netflix) - Nov. 10

Netflix's Gentefied will return with a second season on Nov. 10.

The Flash (The CW) - Nov. 16

The Flash is back for season eight on Tuesday, Nov. 16. 

Riverdale (The CW) - Nov. 16

The grown-up kids of Riverdale return on Tuesday, Nov. 16 for season six.

Hanna (Amazon Prime Video) - Nov. 24

Amazon Prime Video's action-packed series Hanna returns for a third season on Nov. 24.

Selling Sunset - Nov. 24

Season four of Netflix's popular series returns Nov. 24.

12 Dates of Christmas (HBO Max) - Nov. 25

Three new singles seek out someone special to bring home for the holidays in HBO Max's 12 Dates of Christmasreturning for season two on Nov. 25. 

Emily in Paris (Netflix) - Dec. 22

Say bonjour to season two of Emily in Paris, premiering on Netflix on Dec. 22. 

The Book of Boba Fett (Disney+) - Dec. 29

Disney+'s newest Star Wars series, The Book of Boba Fett, will premiere before the New Year: Dec. 29, to be exact.

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