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Netflix & Prime: what to watch this May

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Binge-worthy releases from the top two streaming platforms available!

By Natasha Sethi

THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD (PRIME)

For the history buffs out there, this show’s for you. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name by Colson Whitehead, this book-to-movie adaptation is directed by Oscar-winner Barry Jenkins, making this the Moonlight (2016) director’s first-ever television series. The limited series follows Cora Randall’s (Thuso Mbedu) harrowing quest for freedom after escaping a Georgia plantation, while being chased by a slave catcher. Set in an alternate timeline where the underground railroad is a literal one, filled with engineers, tracks, and tunnels, it’s sure to be a sobering reflection piece as well as an empowering statement on one woman’s will to survive.

Release date: 14th May

SPECIAL, SEASON 2 (NETFLIX)

For those looking for something more witty and comical, there’s something truly special releasing on the 20th of this month – Special is back with a second season! If you haven’t watched the first season, the heartfelt show created and written by, and starring, Ryan O’Connell is a semi-autobiographical comedy that revolves around the coming-of-age of a gay man with cerebral palsy. He decides to stop living a lie and rebrand himself after being in the closet for more than just his sexuality, resulting in plenty of hijinks but also plenty of heart. Expect more of the same this second season!

Release date: 20th May

TOOFAN (PRIME)

Brace yourselves for one of the most anticipated Bollywood movies of 2021, directed by Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013) director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, and produced by Rakeysh, Ritesh Sidhwani, and Farhan Akhtar. Starring the brilliant and all-time favourite Farhan Akhtar as the protagonist, and Mrunal Thakur and Paresh Rawal in supporting roles, the plot follows the struggles and triumphs of national-level boxer Aziz Ali. For those who’ve revelled in other sports dramas like Sultan (2016) and Dangal (2016), this is a must-watch for you.

Release date: 21st May

LUCIFER, SEASON 5 PART 2 (NETFLIX)

Lucifans, May is your month because the hotly-awaited second part of Lucifer’s fifth season is finally here! One of Netflix’s biggest original series and the favoured fantasy crime show of many, the series returns on the 28th of this month with Tom EllisLauren GermanKevin Alejandro, and many more familiar faces. After the cliffhanger ending from season 5A, expect to get some answers in the upcoming eight episodes, while keeping a lookout for a promised musical episode that’s sure to become a fan favourite.

Release date: 28th May

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