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New HBO Max Movies and Shows This Month (May 2022)

Including The Time Traveler's Wife, Hacks Season 2, and The Staircase

Allison Picurro
Jean Smart and Hannah Einbinder, Hacks

Jean Smart and Hannah Einbinder, Hacks

Karen Ballard/HBO Max

The best new shows and movies on HBO Max in May are spread out across the month. Some high-quality stuff has already come out, like the engrossing true crime drama The Staircase starring Colin Firth and Toni Collette, and Season 2 of Hacks, the Emmy-winning comedy about comedy starring the great Jean Smart. Plus, we still have some ongoing seasons of late-April series The Flight Attendant (finale landing on May 26), We Own This City (ending May 30), and Barry (just renewed for Season 4 ahead of the Season 3 finale on June 12). 

But HBO Max isn't done putting stuff out. CNN's excellent documentary Navalny about Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny hits streaming May 26 (thank you for imploding, CNN+), a new season of the British comedy Stath Lets Flats is out May 27 (starring Natasia Demetriou, otherwise known as Nadja from What We Do in the Shadows!), and the George Carlin documentary George Carlin's American Dream premieres May 20. There's also the new adaptation of The Time Traveler's Wife, which premiered May 15 (sadly, it doesn't look like it's too good), 

Below, we have our picks for the month, as well as a list of everything that's coming to HBO and HBO Max in May, and everything that's leaving HBO Max, too.

The New Movies and Shows to Watch on HBO and HBO Max in May

Theo James and Rose Leslie, The Time Traveler's Wife

Theo James and Rose Leslie, The Time Traveler's Wife

Macall B. Polay/HBO

HBO Max streams all HBO shows and movies when they debut on HBO. But not all shows and movies on HBO Max make it to HBO. We'll designate HBO Max exclusives where appropriate.

Spring Awakening: Those You've Known (May 3)

Hello to my fellow Spring Awakening fans, it's finally our time. The Tony-winning rock musical about sheltered German teens in the 1890s exploring their sexuality turns 15 this year, and the original Broadway cast — including Jonathan Groff, Lea Michele, and John Gallagher Jr. — got back together for a reunion concert to celebrate. We'll see that concert in this documentary, which also looks at the musical's legacy.

The Staircase (May 5, HBO Max)

It's a banner year for true crime cases getting turned into scripted miniseries, so The Staircase is comfortably slotting right in among the rest. Colin Firth plays the author Michael Peterson, who in 2001 was accused of murdering his wife after claiming she died by falling down the stairs. The starry cast also includes Toni Collette, Parker Posey, Sophie Turner, and Michael Stuhlbarg[Trailer]

Hacks (May 12, HBO Max)

HBO Max's best original comedy, heck, series (yeah, I said it), returns for Season 2, which finds Deborah (Jean Smart) and Ava (Hannah Einbinder) going on a cross-country tour to test out new material. What will Deborah do when she inevitably finds out about Ava giving defamatory information about her to those TV producers at the end of Season 1? I don't know, but I can't wait to find out. [Trailer]

The Time Traveler's Wife (May 15)

Note: This is different from the Eric Bana-Rachel McAdams movie. Here, Theo James and Rose Leslie star as the time traveler and his wife, respectively, in a TV adaptation of Audrey Niffenegger's 2003 novel. James plays Henry DeTamble, who has a rare disorder that causes him to be uncontrollably transported around through time. Leslie plays Clare Abshire, the woman who loves him despite it all. Many wigs are worn. [Trailer] 

George Carlin's American Dream (May 20)

Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio direct this documentary about George Carlin, looking at the legendary comedian's career through the lens of his influence on every single person who's ever told a joke into a microphone after him. You can expect a lot of talking heads from other famous comedians gushing about their hero. [Trailer]

Watch Barry, Hacks, and More $9.99 at HBO Max

More on HBO and HBO Max:

Everything Coming to HBO and HBO Max in May

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 Know, Documentary Premiere (HBO)

May 5:
Las Bravas F.C., Max Original Season 1 Premiere
Queen Stars Brazil, Max Original Season 1 Premiere
The Staircase, Max Original Limited Series Premiere

May 6:
Dear Evan Hansen, 2021 (HBO)
Entre Nos: Carmen and Alfred (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, Max Original Season 2 Premiere
Who's By Your Side, 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:
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, Max Original Season 2 Premiere
Tig n' Seek, 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)

Everything Leaving HBO Max in May

May 14:
Cry Wolf, 2005 (Extended Version) (HBO)

May 24:
Cinderella Man, 2005 (Extended Version)
The 40-Year-Old Virgin, 2005 (Director's Cut) (HBO)
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, 2013

May 25:
Curious George, 2006 (HBO)
Two For The Money, 2005 (HBO)

May 27:
Doom, 2005 (HBO)
Pride & Prejudice, 2005 (HBO)

May 31:
27 Dresses, 2008 (HBO)
The Animal, 2001 (HBO)
A Perfect Murder, 1998 (HBO)
A Very Brady Sequel, 1996 (HBO)
Adult Beginners, 2014 (HBO)
An American in Paris, 1951
Army Of Darkness, 1992 (HBO)
Ben-Hur, 1959
Billy Elliot, 2000
Bully, 2001 (HBO)
Changing Lanes, 2002 (HBO)
Clueless, 1995 (HBO)
Control Room, 2004 (HBO)
Cymbeline, 2014 (HBO)
Dead Heat, 1988 (HBO)
Dirty Dancing, 1987
Dirty Pretty Things, 2002 (HBO)
Doctor Dolittle, 1998 (HBO)
Doubt, 2008
Dr. Dolittle 2, 2001 (HBO)
Enough Said, 2013 (HBO)
Every Which Way But Loose, 1978
Extract, 2009 (HBO)
Fatal Attraction, 1987
Frontera, 2014 (HBO)
Gloria, 1999 (HBO)
Godsend, 2004 (HBO)
How To Be Single, 2016
Insomnia, 2002 (HBO)
Iris, 2001 (HBO)
It Takes Two, 1995 (HBO)
Killerman, 2019 (HBO)
Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man, 2005 (HBO)
Love And A .45, 1994 (HBO)
Love and Basketball, 2000
Mama, 2013 (HBO)
Mindhunters, 2004 (HBO)
Network, 1976
Phone Booth, 2002 (HBO)
Princess Kaiulani, 2009 (HBO)
Pulse, 2001 (HBO)
Rio Bravo, 1959
Rubber, 2010 (HBO)
Speed, 1994
Stoker, 2013
Super Capers, 2009 (HBO)
The Answer Man, 2009 (HBO)
The Benchwarmers, 2006 (HBO)
The Conspirator, 2010 (HBO)
The Forgotten, 2004 (HBO)
The Good Doctor, 2011 (HBO)
The Grifters, 1990 (HBO)
The Italian Job, 2003 (HBO)
The Lawnmower Man, 1992 (HBO)
The Rules Of Attraction, 2002 (HBO)
The Searchers, 1956
The Witches Of Eastwick, 1987
The Wolfpack, 2015 (HBO)
The Wrecking Crew!, 2008 (HBO)
This Is 40, 2012
Troll Hunter, 2010 (HBO)
Two Lovers, 2008 (HBO)
The Two Jakes, 1990
Viva, 2007 (HBO)
War Horse, 2011
War On Everyone, 2016 (HBO)
World's Greatest Dad, 2009 (HBO)
Wristcutters: A Love Story, 2006 (HBO)