The Best TV Shows And Movies Coming To HBO Max In May 2022

Nothing screams "spring fever" quite like avoiding the pollen-infused air in favor of curling up on the couch with some new content. Luckily, HBO Max's May 2022 slate is perfect for just that. Featuring the return of a beloved comedy series as well as some brand-new episodic dramas, there's a lot to look forward to from the streamer.

Before we dig into new HBO Max-made series, though, it's worth noting particularly fun film titles that will be gracing the streaming service. For one, "The Matrix: Resurrections" will return to the platform May 10, while M. Night Shyamalan's latest thriller, "Old," will hit HBO Max on May 13. If you're into absolutely tortuous musical adaptations, you can also strap in and hate-watch "Dear Evan Hanson" on May 6.

There's also a promising array of comedic offerings slotted to hit the provider in May. A two-part documentary focused on one of the greatest comedians of all time, "George Carlin's American Dream," will drop on the streamer (the official premiere date is yet to be disclosed), co-directed by Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio. The second season of "PAUSE with Sam Jay," a talk-variety show that will hopefully see some great interview guests, will premiere May 20. Finally, "Saturday Night Live" favorite Michael Che also debuts a comedy special titled "The Damn Michael Che," with plenty of hilarious musings mined from his own experiences surely in store on May 26.

Let's dig into what HBO Max is offering in episodic content in May, then feel free to scroll for more tantalizing titles that will be ready to stream on the service — this writer personally recommends settling in for a comfy watch of "Chungking Express" with Mom on Mother's Day, because why not?

Hacks season 2

Yes, it's finally here: the second season of HBO Max's beloved comedy series "Hacks." Following successful Las Vegas comedian Deborah Vance (Jean Smart) and her hapless 20-something writing assistant, Ava (Hannah Einbinder), "Hacks" is a superb character study that induces insane belly-laughs while in tandem dispelling false notions surrounding success, legacy, and talent. Although little is known outside of what's revealed in a splashy teaser trailer, the synopsis for season 2 provides a glimmer of insight:

"In this new chapter of the comedy series, the dark mentorship between legendary Las Vegas comedian Deborah Vance and her young, entitled writer Ava continues to evolve as the two travel across the country workshopping Deborah's new stand-up act."

Looks like you'll just have to tune in for the premiere on May 12 to find out exactly where season 2 takes Deborah and Ava.

The Staircase

"The Staircase," an adaptation of the 2002 French miniseries of the same name (with subsequent seasons released by Netflix in 2013 and 2018), will similarly detail the mystery surrounding the death of Kathleen Peterson. Her husband, Michael, claims she perished after falling down a flight of stairs in their North Carolina mansion — but the medical examiner says otherwise. Unlike the previous docuseries, the new undertaking by HBO Max will be a narrative drama, with Toni Collette and Colin Firth playing the central couple.

While the details of the case are well known, a shroud of secrecy continues to exist around it, making it a chilling watch, whether told through the lens of documentary or fiction. The true-crime aficionados among us can catch the limited series on May 5.

The Time Traveler's Wife

Another reimagining to look forward to is "The Time Traveler's Wife," a forthcoming HBO title based on the 2003 novel of the same name by Audrey Niffenegger. Previously adapted into a 2009 film starring Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams, the new episodic retelling will feature Rose Leslie ("Game of Thrones") and Theo James ("Divergent") as the central couple, their love plagued by frequent bouts of time travel. More specifically, Chicago librarian Henry (James) possesses a rare genetic disorder that renders him prone to random episodes of time travel, complicating his relationship with Clare (Leslie), who occupies the titular role.

Of course, there's so much more to look forward to on HBO Max in May than what's been highlighted here. Scroll through the titles below, and mark your calendars accordingly for when your (potentially new) favorite TV show or movie is expected to drop.

Movies and TV shows coming to HBO Max May 2022

Exact Dates TBA:

George Carlin's American Dream, Documentary Premiere (HBO)

May 1:

Yellowface: Asian Whitewashing and Racism in Hollywood, 2019

47 Ronin, 2013

Assassins, 2020 (HBO)

At Close Range, 1986 (HBO)

An Autumn Afternoon, 1962

The Big Sleep, 1946

Back To School, 1986

Bottle Rocket, 1996

Calladita, 2020 (HBO)

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, 1968 (HBO)

Child 44, 2015 (HBO)

Chungking Express, 1994

The Color Purple, 1985

Conan The Barbarian, 2011 (HBO)

Devil in A Blue Dress, 1995

Dodes 'Ka-Den, 1970

Domino, 2019 (HBO)

Downhill, 1927

Dragnet Girl, 1933

Early Spring, 1956

Early Summer, 1951

The End of Summer, 1961

Equinox Flower, 1958

Eraser, 1996

Fallen Angels, 1995

Floating Weeds, 1959

Frida, 2002 (HBO)

The Fugitive, 1993

Furry Vengeance, 2010 (HBO)

Gang Related, 1997 (HBO)

Good Morning, 1959

Hard Rain, 1998 (HBO)

Hart's War, 2002 (HBO)

High and Low, 1963

Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius, 2001 (HBO)

Julie, 1956

Killers, 2010 (HBO)

Language Lessons, 2021

Love and Baseball, 2021

The Machine That Kills Bad People, 1952

Masters Of The Universe, 1987 (HBO)

The Missing, 2003 (HBO)

The New Guy, 2002 (HBO)

North Dallas Forty, 1979 (HBO)

Not Easily Broken, 2009

The Perks of Being a Wallflower, 2012

Poseidon, 2006

Red Beard, 1965

Ringo and His Golden Pistol, 1966

Rugrats Go Wild, 2003 (HBO)

Rugrats In Paris: The Movie, 2000 (HBO)

The Rugrats Movie, 1998 (HBO)

The Sapphires, 2012 (HBO)

Sense and Sensibility, 1995

Sliding Doors, 1998

St. Elmo's Fire, 1985

The Stepford Wives, 2004 (HBO)

Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li, 2009 (Extended Version)

Terminator 2: Judgment Day, 1991 (Director's Cut) (HBO)

Tokyo Twilight, 1957

Top Secret!, 1984 (HBO)

Transporter 3, 2008 (HBO)

Unbroken, 2014

Underworld, 2003

Underworld: Awakening, 2012

Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, 2009

Welcome to the Dollhouse, 1995

W.E., 2011 (HBO)

What To Expect When You're Expecting, 2012 (HBO)

The Wild Thornberrys Movie, 2002 (HBO)

You, Me and Dupree, 2006

Young Adult, 2011 (HBO)

Zathura: A Space Adventure, 2005

May 3:

Spring Awakening: Those You've Known, Documentary Premiere (HBO)

May 5:

Las Bravas F.C., HBO Max Original Season 1 Premiere

Queen Stars Brazil, HBO Max Original Season 1 Premiere

The Staircase, HBO Max Original Limited Series Premiere

May 6:

Entre Nos: Carmen and Alfred (HBO)

Dear Evan Hansen, 2021 (HBO)

La Afinadora De Árboles, 2019 (HBO)

May 7:

We Baby Bears, Season 1 Part C

May 9:

Get Hard, 2015

May 10:

Catwoman: Hunted, 2022

The Matrix: Resurrections, 2021 (HBO)

Sesame Street Mecha Builders Season 1 Part A

Robot Chicken Season 11 Part B

May 12:

Hacks, HBO Max Original Season 2 Premiere

Who's By Your Side, HBO Max Original Season 1 Premiere

May 13:

Hank Zipzer, 2014

Old, 2021 (HBO)

Smalls, Season 4

May 15:

The Time Traveler's Wife, Drama Series Premiere (HBO)

May 17:

Sesame Street Mecha Builders, Season 1 Part B

The Mule, 2018 (HBO)

May 20:

PAUSE with Sam Jay, Season 2 Premiere (HBO)

Identidad Tomada, 2020 (HBO)

May 22:

Fast Foodies, Season 2

May 23:

Teen Titans Go! Season 7 Part B

May 26:


That Damn Michael Che, HBO Max Original Season 2 Premiere

Tig n' Seek, HBO Max Original Season 4 Premiere

May 27:

Blippi Special

Blippi Visits

Blippi Wonders

Blippi: Learn With Blippi

Ghost, Season 1

Ghost, Season 2

Stath Lets Flats

May 29:

The Misery Index Season 3 Part B, 2021

May 31:

Miami Vice, 2006 (Extended Version)