the best new series of may

The whole world is of course binging the fourth season of ‘Stranger things’ (★★★★☆) right now, but there have been some excellent new series released in the past few weeks. Like these.

Stefaan Werbrouck

The Staircase (Streamz)

DRAMA Or Michael Peterson his wife Kathleen or whether the lady made a very unfortunate fall from the stairs in December 2001 is a mystery that may never be solved. But the tragedy has in the meantime resulted in two wonderful series: the true crime classic ‘Death on the staircase’ and this new drama series that depicts the not always happy marriage of Michael and Kathleen (Colin Firtha and Toni Collette in top form) compellingly reconstructs. At the same time, ‘The staircas’ questions our fascination for true crime and the methods of the team that followed the whole case at the time.

Servant of the people (Netflix)

COMEDY A series that dates back to 2015 but can only now be viewed with us, with ‘thanks’ to the war between Russia and Ukraine. Current Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelenskic stars in this satirical series about an ordinary teacher who is accidentally elected president and must tackle corruption in his country. The acting isn’t always as strong, but the stories are funny and intelligent, and ‘Servant of the people’ turns out to be surprisingly addictive after a few episodes.

Shining Girls (AppleTV+)

THRILLER Six years after being brutally assaulted, Kirby Mazrachi (Elisabeth Moss) in search of the perpetrator, who seems to have made a new victim. She wants to do this not only for justice, but also to find out why her world sometimes suddenly changes since the attack – one day she has a cat, the next a dog, and at some point she also discovers that she is actually is married. A mix between crime and psychological thriller, by the great Stephen King already hailed on Twitter as ‘exactly what streaming was invented for’.

Clark (Netflix) ★★★1/2☆

CRIME Six-part Swedish series about the life and work of Clark Oloffson, one of the most colorful gangsters in the history of Sweden and the man behind the concept of ‘Stockholm syndrome’. Main role Bill Skarsgard clearly amuses himself and director Jonas Åkerlund uses every possible trick to keep the attention, with success: perhaps the criminal in question comes out a little too sympathetic – although strangely he thinks not – but ‘Clark’ never gets bored.

Obi-wan Kenobi (Disney+) ★★★1/2☆

SCIENCEFICTION The latest ‘Star Wars’ spin-off fills the gap between the 2000s prequels and the original trilogy, showing how the most famous Jedi (Ewan McGregor) fared after the end of ‘Revenge of the Sith’. It is also the first TV series that could give us the real ‘Star Wars’ feeling in the opening episodes: let’s hope that ‘Obi-wan Kenobi’, like most ‘Star Wars’ and Marvel series from Disney+ , not collapse.

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