An exciting array of new seasons of our favourite TV shows and films premiere on the channels this May!
Here’s a list of our top 14 picks.
On FOX LIFE
Singtel Ch 406, StarHub Ch 624
1. Mrs. America season 1
Set in 1970s America, this exceptional miniseries focuses on the debate over the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), meant to put women on the same legal footing as men. Starring Cate Blanchett as conservative anti-feminist activist Phyllis Schlafley, Mrs. America traces her mobilization of housewives against the ERA out of a belief that women’s liberation would dismantle traditional family values. Beyond being a great period exploration of this ideological schism, Mrs. America also presents a nuanced look at the female vanguards on both sides.
2. The Good Fight season 4
The Good Fight — the spinoff of The Good Wife — has fully come into its own for season four. This legal drama’s greatest strength is its ripped-from-the-headlines quality – offering audiences the most vibrant, innovative response to the political pandemonium of current American life.
Singtel Ch 330, StarHub Ch 505
3. Billions season 5
Billions has shuffled allegiances so many times it’s tough to keep track without a scorecard. But the bottom line is that this high-stakes drama set in the fast-paced, ego-driven world of finance remains enormously entertaining.
4. Stumptown season 1
Created for television by Jason Richman and based on Greg Rucka’s comic book limited series of the same name, Stumptown is a modern-day hardboiled detective drama that follows Dex Parios (an amazing performance by Cobie Smulders), a former Marine investigator with a gambling problem, a drinking problem, and a monster-sized case of undiagnosed PTSD when she stumbles her way into a gig as Portland’s new favorite private investigator. Blending great humour with awesome action with noir grit – this is easily the best detective series of the year.
5. Modern Family season 11
Modern Family‘s final season is a touching farewell to one of TVs favorite mockumentary families. Season 11 recaptures the Emmy-winning show’s magic, offering a mix of big, broad laughs and tender, family-oriented heart.
Singtel CH 310, Starhub CH 507
6. What We Do In The Shadows season 2
Spun-off from Taika Waititi’s mockumentary, the first season of What We Do In The Shadows was a charmingly low-stakes, deadpan horror-comedy about a quartet of vampire housemates in Staten Island. Thankfully, season two remains a silly delight! When not concerned with the banalities of modern undead life, this season focuses on Guillermo’s turmoil after discovering that he’s descended from Van Helsing, introduces a terrible new familiar played by Haley Joel Osment, and hilariously explores our vampires’ relationships with other supernatural creatures.
7. Penny Dreadful: City of Angels season 1
Penny Dreadful goes from the gothic monsters Victorian London to the glamour and horror of 1930s Los Angeles in its spinoff City of Angels. This supernatural take on Californian noir is evocatively propelled by Natalie Dormer who plays a shape-shifting demon. An agent of chaos, she preys upon the metropolis’ social tensions, seeking to bring out the worst of human nature. From the infiltration of Nazis into its political system, to prejudice against its Latino community, Penny Dreadful again tackles the demonization of the other through the lens of period horror.
8. Better Things season 4
Created, starring and directed by Pamela Adlon, Better Things has consistently been one of the most poignant and humane shows on television. Now in season four, this beautiful series about mothers and daughters remains a rare and precious gift, eschewing grand drama and cheap conflict in favour of patient observation. Adlon finds ephemeral profundity in the commonplace, quiet and mundane – evoking complex arcs of love, hurt, mortality, connection and yearning in ways more akin to poems than screen narratives. Better Things remains the best thing on TV.
9. It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia season 14
Few other comedies remain in peak form in it’s 14th season, and yet It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is still here, proving that being hateable is just as enduring as being likeable.
On FOX MOVIES
Singtel CH 414, Starhub CH 622
10. Long Shot
Starring Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron, Long Shot was probably 2019’s best romantic comedy. This unlikely love story between a schlubby hipster journalist and the U.S. Secretary of State infuses globetrotting political theatre into an age-old formula. And while it doesn’t stray from the tropes, this film does them all splendidly. Effortlessly charming and smartly funny, Long Shot’s heartfelt romance fantasy offers rapid-fire laughs and giddy escapism for both men and women. This terrific gender-swapped Cinderella fairy tale is a raunchily hilarious crowd-pleaser.
11. Toy Story 4
Against all cynical expectations, Toy Story 4 proves to be a poignant and rousing epilogue to a flawless Pixar franchise. Alongside the existential quagmire of new character Forky (who believes he’s disposable trash and is utterly horrified by his sentience), this emotional and exciting film is a rousing adventure wrapped around themes of love, loyalty, acceptance and rejection. Filled with laughs, scares and heart – Toy Story 4 unexpectedly finds necessary development for Woody as he reconciles his innate selflessness with personal fulfillment.
12. Avengers: Endgame
After 11 years and 22 films, Avengers: Endgame climaxes the MCU’s ambitious saga with a staggeringly epic and immensely satisfying swan song. Endgame draws upon every drop of investment fans have ever given, and pays it off with interest. Emphasizing hard-earned emotion just as much as deliriously grandiose action, this series finale balances heartbreaking farewells with euphoric triumph in an elegantly crafted and supremely moving blockbuster venture. With so much to juggle, what the Russos have pulled off here is nothing short of a marvelous miracle.
13. Bohemian Rhapsody
This celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer. is part rousing jukebox biopic and part goosebumps inducing concert film. Star Rami Malek absolutely captures the immense charisma and panache of Freddie Mercury.
On FOX FAMILY MOVIES
Singtel Ch 406, StarHub Ch 624
14. Scott Pilgrim vs The World
A beloved cult classic from visionary auteur Edgar Wright. Based on the popular comic-book series by Bryan Lee O’Malley, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World combines eye-popping visuals with subversively sharp humour. Framing slacker struggles and young romance through video game, comic-book and sitcom tropes, Scott Pilgrim’s colorful quest to defeat his dream girl’s seven evil ex-boyfriends is just as fun, stylish, inventive and endearing in live-action.