Mayday: Don’t miss the best network TV shows airing right now
We don’t mean to alarm you, but did you know we’re over halfway through May? Before you know it summer will be over, fall will take the lead, and we’ll be cringing at the thought of yet another year of Christmas ads. Okay, so maybe we’re getting ahead of ourselves, but there’s no denying time flies in life and sometimes it can be easy to miss some of the best shows hitting the TV networks each month, especially if you’re caught up in the Netflix / Hulu / Amazon Prime loop. But don’t worry your little heads about it – we’re here with a friendly reminder of some of the best shows featuring on network TV right now. Every network, one show, and only the best content. Let’s go!
ABC – Once Upon a Time
Fans of ABC’s fantasy drama have been hit with a double blow this month, as not only is Once Upon a Time on the precipice of airing its two-hour season seven finale, but this will also be the last episode of the show ever. Better soak in all the magic of Hyperion Heights while you still can!
Fox – Brooklyn Nine-Nine
It’s been an absolute roller coaster for Fox’s kooky cop comedy as broadcast networks plan their schedules for the next TV season. After a declaration the network would can the show after five seasons, the online outcry was so loud that NBC picked it up within 24 hours. Great news and all the more reason to check out the final episodes of season five while it’s still airing on Fox.
Adult Swim – SuperMansion
The League of Freedom has returned for a third season with another mansion-load of superhero lunacy. In an era of DC & Marvel mania, the stop-motion show uses its animated format to poke fun at the classic superhero tropes, as a group of irrelevant superheroes struggle to remain significant in the modern age.
Starz – Vida
We’re living for this groundbreaking new dramedy from showrunner Tanya Saracho (How to Get Away with Murder) that ties in Latinx and LGBTQI stories while also discussing the hot topic of gentrification. Focusing on two Mexican-American sisters from the Eastside of Los Angeles – Emma and Lyn (Mishel Prada and Melissa Barrera) – who return to their old neighborhood where they are confronted by the past and the truth about their mother’s identity.
FX – The Americans
The Americans is the best show on TV. It just is – you don’t have to agree with us, but we’re sticking by our opinion. Joe Weisberg & Joel Fields’ portrait of two Russian spies thrust together to form a makeshift family in 80s America has added new layers to its storyline and characters season by season since its debut in 2013. Sadly this season will be its last – all the more reason not to miss the final episodes as they debut on FX.
PBS – Little Women
With a new adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s cherished coming-of-age literature classic, Willa Fitzgerald (Blood Money), Maya Hawke (Stranger Things), Kathryn Newton (Big Little Lies), and Annes Elwy (The Passing) portray the irrepressible March sisters in this limited series for PBS. No doubt the miniseries will leave audiences feeling more than a little nostalgic.
CBS All Access – The Good Fight
As the second season to The Good Wife spinoff show, The Good Fight is living up to its drama-fuelled rep by keeping the political themes close to the surface, including a smart take on the #MeToo era. Oh yeah, and Christine Baranski (Chicago) as Diane Lockhart is an absolute boss as always.
HBO – Westworld
We waited a rootin’, tootin’ year and a half for the anticipated second season of the incredible Western / sci-fi hybrid and it has been an absolute riot so far, with both Maeve and Dolores coming into their own in two different, but equally powerful ways.
USA Network – Colony
Let’s face it – we’d watch it just for Josh Holloway (Lost) alone. Jokes aside, we’re coming up to the end of Colony S3, the alien invasion drama that makes The Handmaid’s Tale seem like a walk in the park. With the Bowman family struggling to survive in a world under alien rule, it’s a gritty, brutal, and engrossing watch and one that is definitely worth tuning into if you like your dramas bleak.
Showtime – I’m Dying Up Here
As one of the most underrated shows on TV right now, the comedy series starring Melissa Leo (The Fighter) and executive produced by Jim Carrey (The Truman Show) is well worth a watch. Based on the non-fiction book of the same name by William Knoedelseder, the show centers on the highs and lows of LA’s famed 70s standup comedy scene.