All the sci-fi/fantasy shows and movies worth watching in May 2024

Interview With The Vampire! Doctor Who! Furiosa! Planet of the Apes! Other things! Here's what you should watch this month:
Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga from Warner Bros.
Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga from Warner Bros. /

May has arrived! And with it arrive a whole host of new sci-fi and fantasy shows and movies to check out. Here's the biggest and best of what's coming in the next 30 days:

Tarot — May 3

The month kicks off with the horror movie Tarot. You thought playing with tarot cards was a harmless spooky pasttime? Wrong, toying with them unleashes a supernatural evil. Based on a true story someone made up.

Star Wars: Tales of the Empire season 1 May 4, Disney+

The latest Star Wars series on Disney+ is an animated show divided into two arcs. One is about the Imperial collaborator Morgan Elsbeth, played by Diana Lee Inosanto in The Mandalorian and Ahsoka. The other follows former Jedi Barriss Offee, played by Meredith Salenger. Why should the good guys get all the fun? While this show is airing, long live the Empire!

Dark Matter season 1May 5, Apple TV+

Joel Edgerton and Jennifer Connelly star in this sci-fi drama about a physicist who gets switches places with a version of himself from an alternate universe. He has to get back to his own world before the doppleganger harms his family.

Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes — May 8

The Planet of the Apes movies have been coming out off and on since the 1960s. This latest new chapter of the franchise will check in sometime after the last revival, where we saw how super-intelligent apes came to slowly take dominion of the Earth away from their human masters. The process is pretty much complete by the time of Kingdom, when humans are caveman-like wanderers and apes the unquestioned rulers of the world.

Doctor Who season 14 — May 10, Disney+

Doctor Who has also been running on and off since the 1960s, given a new coat of paint every few years to keep things fresh. With Ncuti Gatwa now in the role of the Doctor, former showrunner Russell T Davies back behind the camera, and a huge new infusion of cash courtesy of Disney, they're really pushing for this latest revival to break through.

Interview with the Vampire season 2 — May 12, AMC

The first season of Interview With The Vampire, based on Anne Rice's 1975 horror novel, was a revelation: sexy, dangerous and thought-provoking, the show managed to make vampires feel relevant again in a world where every conceivable angle on them had already been taken. The action will move from New Orleans to Paris in the second season, and I'm very excited to see what new horrific delights are in store.

IF — May 17

A young girl can see people's imaginary friends (called IFs) in this animated fantasy-comedy from writer/director John Krasinski, who also stars as the girl's dad. And Ryan Reynolds plays her neighbor, who can also see IFs. I'm getting live-action Pixar vibes.

Evil season 4 — May 23, Paramount+

Kristen (Katja Herbers), David (Mike Colter) and Ben (Aasif Mandvi) investigate cases involving “wayward technology, possessed pigs, demonic oppression and infestation, a dance muse conjured by alleged witches, and an evil relic” in the fourth and final season of this horrific Paramount+ series, according to the official description.

Atlas — May 24, Netflix

Okay, I know everyone's going to be excited about this one: Atlas is a Netflix movie starring Jennifer Lopez as a data scientist on the hunt for a killer artificial intelligence. She doesn't trust AI. But get this: in order to survive, she has to work with an AI program called Smith. It's a buddy cop action sci-fi movie where one of the cops is a disembodied robo-voice and the other is Jenny, lightyears from the block. We have no choice but to acknowledge that this is a movie.

Furiosa — May 24

Furiosa is director George Miller's follow-up to his 2015 masterpiece Mad Max: Fury Road. It's a prequel that explores what happened to Imperator Furiosa — played by Charlize Theron in the original movie and by Anya Taylor-Joy in this new one — before she came to work for the brutal Immortan Joe. Expect thrilling car chases through the desert, wonderful world-building, and Chris Hemsworth as a big hulking villain who chomps all the scenery within a 50-mile radius. I can't think of a better way to end the month.

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