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Five shows to binge in May 2020

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Posted at 7:44 AM, Apr 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-01 11:12:24-04

Looking to camp out on the couch and take down a show that will keep you up way too late and help you procrastinate from doing more important tasks? Here are five shows to stream.

THE LAST DANCE

Premise: Twenty-two years in the making, this docuseries spills the inside drama of Michael Jordan's final championship run with the Chicago Bulls in 1998.

Stars: Michael Jordan and loads of 1990s NBA coaches, executives and players.

Service: ESPN+.

Why it's impossible to stop watching: With unprecedented access to the inner machinations of the team, "The Last Dance" delivers blistering emotion and intense drama. The series is just what sports fans need to get them through these sports-less times. Even those who don't care much for basketball will no doubt be entranced by the skilful storytelling. ESPN is dropping two new episodes in the 10-park documentary per week. The full series will be available to binge May 17.

KILLING EVE

Premise: A British agent tangles with a mysterious assassin in a game of cat-and-mouse that grows increasingly intense and personal.

Stars: Jodie Comer, Sandra Oh, Fiona Shaw, Kim Bodnia.

Service: Hulu, AMC.

Why it's impossible to stop watching: Comer's simmering performance is captivating, and Oh's grounded intensity is its perfect complement. The twist-filled, occasionally darkly humorous writing has a way of sucker-punching you whenever you've got things figured out. The first two seasons are available on Hulu, with season three episodes dropping each Sunday on AMC. The finale is slated for May 31.

CATASTROPHE

Premise: An American businessman has a fling with a British teacher that results in an unplanned pregnancy, leading to a comically rushed marriage and awkward family life.

Stars: Sharon Horgan, Rob Delaney, Mark Bonnar, Ashley Jensen.

Service: Amazon Prime Video.

Why it's impossible to stop watching: The chemistry between the brashly blunt Horgan and the meek yet combustible Delaney lifts the delightful writing to a new level. The show pulls no punches in striving for off-color laughs, making the series feel like a guilty pleasure with intellectual merit. The complete 2015-2019 series is available on Amazon Prime Video.

UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT

Premise: A woman who was kidnapped and sheltered from society by a cult leader tries to make her way in society.

Stars: Ellie Kemper, Tituss Burgess, Jane Krakowski, Jon Hamm.

Service: Netflix.

Why it's impossible to stop watching: Much of the creative team behind "30 Rock" is behind the wacky premise and dynamic writing. The impossibly sunny Kemper shines in the lead role, with Burgess, Krakowski and Hamm hovering in the periphery to steal their share of laughs. The 2015-2019 series may have wrapped up its run, but Netflix is releasing an interactive special May 12.

RUN

Premise: A former couple decides to reunite for an impromptu cross-country train trip that proves to be far more than either bargained for.

Stars: Merritt Wever, Domhnall Gleason.

Service: HBO.

Why it's impossible to stop watching: Part ironic romantic comedy, part psychological thriller, the experimental nature of the series keeps you on edge, never sure where things will head next. The isolated nature of the setting -- it all takes place aboard a train -- gives the dynamic a play-style feel. The series started April 12, with new episodes debuting weekly on Sundays.

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