The 8 Show and more


Looking forward to the weekend? With our curated list of the best shows released this week, get ready to kick back and binge. We have a pulse-pounding survival thriller that will remind you of Squid Games, a new season of a beloved animated comedy, and an exotic new show led by Shay Mitchell.

The best new streaming shows this week

Here’s everything exciting that has been released over the past seven days. Click on the jump links to skip to a show that catches your eye, or read through to decide what you want to stay in for this weekend.

The 8 Show – May 17, Netflix

  • Release date: May 17, 2024
  • Genre: Drama, Mystery
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Director: Han Jae-rim
  • Cast: Ryu Jun-yeol, Chun Woo-hee, Park Jeong-min, Lee Yul-eum, Park Hae-jun, Lee Joo-young, Moon Jeong-hee

Eight individuals find themselves locked inside a mysterious building, disconnected from the rest of the world. None can leave and each has one floor to themselves. The only way to leave is to play along to the whims of whoever has trapped them there. The hostages progressively discover their predicament — every minute they spend there, the more money they earn.

However, there are deadly twists. Like, they’re making a lot of money and can use it to order whatever they want, but the cost of doing that will be a thousand times than that in the real world. Or higher floors have bigger rooms and more power than the lower floors. How far will they go for a chance at a fortune? And who, if anyone, will make it out of this psychological pressure cooker alive?

Mulligan Part 2 –  May 24, Netflix

  • Release date: May 24, 2024
  • Genre: Animation, Comedy, Science Fiction
  • Rating: TV-14
  • Director: Robert Carlock, Sam Means
  • Cast: Nat Faxon, Chrissy Teigen, Tina Fey, Sam Richardson, Dana Carvey, Phil LaMarr, Kevin Michael Richardson

The apocalypse is here, and it’s a comedic disaster in Mulligan, the wild animated sitcom from the creators of 30 Rock and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. When aliens attempt to take over Earth, Matty Mulligan becomes the unlikely leader of what remains of the free world. In the wreckage of the White House along with his motley crew, President Mulligan must find a way to rebuild society — and his poll numbers.

He is joined by ex-Miss Universe, the last scientist alive, a cyborg super soldier with dreams of show business stage, a teenage military prodigy, and his former alien captor-turned-pal. They have to face hordes of mutant beavers mutants, cannibalistic sects, and assassination attempts while trying to bring America back on its feet again. In part two of this saga, a boatload of boozy newcomers washes ashore, sparking a philosophical divide over how to survive Armageddon.

DOM (Season 3) – May 24, Prime Video

  • Release date: May 24, 2024
  • Genre: Crime, Drama
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Director: Breno Silveira
  • Cast: Gabriel Leone, Flávio Tolezani, Filipe Bragança, Raquel Villar, Isabella Santoni, Laila Garin, Digão Ribeiro

As the last chapter unfolds, the stakes have never been this high for Pedro and Victor Dantas. Hounded by drug dealers and chased by authorities, Pedro seeks shelter in Rio’s sprawling Rocinha favela. Victor’s cancer could be eating him from within, but his spirit remains intact as he tries to save his son, even if it means dying in the process.

Will the law finally get hold of Pedro? Can Victor manage just one more Hail Mary that will save his child? Pulsing with raw emotion and fast-paced action, DOM’s thrilling ending reminds us that when everything is on the line, you can only move forward — even if it is straight into the heart of darkness.

STAX: Soulsville USA. – May 20, Max

  • Release date: May 20, 2024
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Director: Jamila Wignot
  • Cast: Otis Redding, Estelle Axton, Al Bell, Steve Cropper, Isaac Hayes, Booker T. Jones, Sam Moore, Deanie Parker, David Porter, Jim Stewart, Carla Thomas

Stax: Soulsville U.S.A., an enthralling four-part documentary, follows the phenomenal rise, unique difficulties, and lasting impact of this pioneering label. Though entrenched racist beliefs divided people at the time, Stax dared to mix black and white musicians and forged a distinctive sound that has remained relevant for generations. With Otis Redding’s strident singing and Booker T & The MGs’ irresistibly funky grooves, the Stax label had chart-toppers that transcended color.

However, there was more to it than meets the eye. Behind each chart-topper were heartbreaking tragedies and questionable business deals. Watch Booker T. Jones and Carla Thomas, along with other key figures, share their experiences of some of these ups and downs. This show is a riveting snapshot of a pivotal time in American history when a small studio in Tennessee dared to challenge the status quo to make music.

Thirst with Shay Mitchell – May 23, Max

  • Release date: May 23, 2024
  • Genre: Reality, Documentary
  • Rating: N.A.
  • Director: Brian Volk-Weiss, Missy Bania, Cisco Henson, Shay Mitchell, and Matte Babel
  • Cast: Shay Mitchell

Join actress Shay Mitchell as she sets out to explore the world one drink at a time. Best known for her roles in Pretty Little Liars and You, Mitchell combines her dual passions for wanderlust and a well-crafted beverage in this bubbly travelogue. From the peaks of Peru to the coasts of Colombia, she journeys to far-flung locales to explore what each culture has to offer.

But it’s not just about the booze. Mitchell also seeks out sacred teas and ancient elixirs. She encounters unconventional concoctions like masato, a traditional drink brewed with human saliva. Along the way, she connects with locals, samples regional delicacies (guinea pig, anyone?), and pushes past her comfort zones — or at least tries to, when she’s not freaking out over the occasional horse or rodent.

If you’re thirsty for a breezy global jaunt filled with colorful cocktails, stunning vistas, and a heavy pour of influencer charm, Thirst delivers a refreshing sip of pure escapism.

What was new and worth watching over the last month

Here’s what you need to catch up on for May. Get your watchlists ready!

Bridgerton (Season 3) – May 16, Netflix

  • Release date: May 16, 2024
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Director: Chris Van Dusen
  • Cast: Jonathan Bailey, Nicola Coughlan, Claudia Jessie, Ruth Gemmell, Luke Thompson, Polly Walker, Bessie Carter

Dearest readers, have you witnessed the most scandalous season of Bridgerton yet? Personally very excited for this one, as we finally know who Lady Whistledown is, and it’s someone we’re all rooting for. This time, the limelight falls on Miss Penelope Featherington, as she begins her quest for a husband.

We also have, fresh from his travels abroad with a new look and unexpected confidence — Colin Bridgerton. Has their long-term friendship fizzled out? Or will it take a turn? Will Colin realize his true feelings before it’s too late? Parallelly, Eloise’s rebellious streak leads her into an unlikely alliance that could cost her everything. Viscountess Kate realizes that happiness ever after does not come without hurdles.

With new faces that have joined the fray and old rivals still lurking in the shadows, it’s anyone’s game in this season of romance, betrayal, and redemption.

Thank You, Next – May 9, Netflix

  • Release date: May 9, 2024
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Director: Serenay Sarıkaya
  • Cast: Serenay Sarikaya, Metin Akdülger, Hakan Kurtas

Leyla is an Istanbul-based lawyer with a closet full of designer clothes and a queue of high-profile people clamoring for her representation. Her no-nonsense attitude serves her well as a lawyer….. but it isn’t the best strategy for romance. But three men are about to walk into her lack-lustre love life: an old flame, a textbook bad boy, and the husband of her number one client.

Plotting court trials during the day and engaging in scandalous love affairs at night, Leyla soon gets herself caught in a maze of deceit and secrets. Thank You, Next takes place against the backdrop of Istanbul’s haute couture with loads of wit and romance. And a generous helping of close calls that’ll make you sweat.

Home Sweet Rome! -May 16, Max

  • Release date: April 7, 2023
  • Genre: Comedy, Family, Musical
  • Rating: TV-G
  • Director: Matt Huether
  • Cast: Kensington Tallman, Eleonora Facchini, Darrin Rose, Ava Ro, Federico Ielap

Lucy, a 13-year-old American girl, has to face the unexpected when her father decides to marry an Italian pop star and take the family to live in Rome. Lucy has to grapple with her own identity and figure out how to thrive in a foreign culture.

But as Lucy begins to find her place in the Eternal City, she also discovers that the glittering surface of her new life hides darker truths. With her father’s new marriage showing signs of strain and her best friend back home drifting away, Lucy must confront the realities of her situation and make difficult choices about her future.

The Big Cigar – May 17, Apple TV

  • Release date: May 17, 2024
  • Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller
  • Rating: N.A.
  • Director: Jim Hecht
  • Cast: André Holland, Alessandro Nivola, Tiffany Boone, P.J. Byrne, Marc Menchaca, Moses Ingram, Rebecca Dalton

When Black Panther leader Huey P. Newton is forced to go on the run from the FBI, he turns to an unlikely ally — Hollywood producer Bert Schneider, a man with a taste for radical chic and a talent for making trouble.

As Schneider hatches a daring plan to smuggle Newton out of the country using a fake movie production as cover, he finds himself drawn deeper into a world of danger, paranoia, and political intrigue. But as the pressure mounts and the stakes rise, Schneider begins to question his own motives and the true cost of his actions.

Meanwhile, Newton himself is a man haunted by his own demons, struggling with the painful realities of his personal life.

Love Undercover – May 9, Peacock

  • Release date: May 9, 2024
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: N.A.
  • Director: Michael Krupat
  • Cast: Jared Freid, Jamie O’Hara, Ryan Babel, Lloyd Jones, Marco Fabián, Sebastián Fassi

On the surface, Love Undercover is a lighthearted dating show with a twist — five international soccer stars go undercover in Los Angeles, posing as ordinary guys in search of love. But beneath the glamour of Hollywood, the show explores the pitfalls of modern romance.

As soccer players navigate blind dates, speed dating, and couples’ challenges, they must confront their own insecurities, fears, and deepest desires. Can they let down their guard and allow themselves to be vulnerable with virtual strangers, or will they retreat behind the safety of their public personas?

Meanwhile, the women they pursue have their own struggles and secrets, from painful past relationships to the pressure to conform to societal expectations of beauty and success. Both parties must grapple with the harsh realities of dating in the age of social media.

Maestro in Blue (Season 2) – May 16, Netflix

  • Release date: May 16, 2024
  • Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
  • Rating: N.A.
  • Director: Christoforos Papakaliatis
  • Cast: Christoforos Papakaliatis, Klelia Andriolatou, Orestis Chalkias, Fanis Mouratidis, Yannis Tsortekis, Maria Kavoyianni, Giorgos Benos

The serene island of Paxos is shattered by a shocking murder, threatening to tear apart its close-knit community. Once again, a game of secrecy and forbidden desires begins.

Orestis’s return to the island is made more complicated by his unresolved feelings for Klelia and his doubt about his life choices. As he tries to find a way to balance his love for music, family, and personal integrity, he becomes involved in a dangerous game of hide-and-seek both with authorities and within himself.

Klelia continues her quest to find out more about her brother. She keeps digging until she discovers shocking secrets about the people she loves most and the true face of the island.

Look forward to captivating visuals and a haunting soundtrack, a perfect display of how beautiful places hide the darkest secrets.

The Atypical Family – May 4, Netflix

  • Release date: May 4, 2024
  • Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy
  • Rating: N.A.
  • Director: Jo Hyun-tak
  • Cast: Claudia Kim, Jang Ki-yong, Chun Woo-hee

This Korean fantasy romance series follows the struggling Bok family, who all possess supernatural abilities but have lost control over their powers due to chronic illnesses. The family’s life takes an unexpected turn when they cross paths with the mysterious Do Da-hae, a woman with her own secret abilities.

The eldest son Gwi-ju, played by Jang Ki-yong, once had the power to time travel but is now battling depression. His sister Dong-hee can fly, while their mother Man-heum suffers from insomnia due to her precognitive dreams.

As the family grapples with their challenges, Da-hae’s arrival promises to shake things up in ways none of them could have predicted. With a mix of fantasy, family dynamics, and romance, The Atypical Family looks to be a fresh and intriguing addition to the Korean drama landscape.

Bodkin – May 9, Netflix

  • Release date: May 9, 2024
  • Genre: Comedy, Drama, Thriller
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Director: Jez Scharf
  • Cast: Siobhán Cullen, Robyn Cara, Chris Walley

What if the cold case isn’t cold? Watch this trio of podcasters wander into something interesting, and something dangerous on this show on Netflix. This darkly comedic thriller follows a ragtag trio of podcasters who travel to a remote Irish village to investigate the cold case disappearance of a local family.

However, they soon find themselves in over their heads as they uncover a complex web of secrets and scandals that the eccentric townsfolk would rather stay buried.

Led by a charming but self-involved American host, his disillusioned researcher, and an eager but inexperienced intern, the podcasting team must navigate thorny personalities if they hope to crack the case. But the deeper they dig, the more dangerous and absurd the investigation becomes.

With quirky characters, biting wit, and a compelling mystery at its core, Bodkin promises a unique spin on the true crime genre. Honestly, I’d say this show is a perfect combination of Stranger Things and Only Murders in the Building — and how can you go wrong with that?

Blood of Zeus (Season 2) – May 10, Netflix

  • Release date: May 10, 2024
  • Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Director: Charley Parlapanides
  • Cast: Derek Phillips, Jessica Henwick, Elias Toufexis

The breakout adult animated series returns for a highly anticipated second season. Following the climactic battle for Olympus, the demigod hero Heron finds his world upended once again when a terrifying new threat emerges from the underworld.

With the giants defeated and the gods still reeling from Zeus’s sacrifice, Hades sets his sights on expanding his domain — and he’s not alone. A bitter Seraphim, given new power and purpose, is all too eager to exact vengeance on Heron and the Olympians who wronged him.

To save the world from being overrun by the dead, Heron must unite friends and foes alike, including his newly discovered demi-god siblings. But trust is in short supply, and the young hero soon learns that the most treacherous battles are often fought within. Bigger stakes, bolder action, and a rich mythological tapestry promise to make Blood of Zeus’s sophomore outing just as electrifying as the first.

Clarkson’s Farm (Season 3) – May 3, Amazon Prime

  • Release date: May 3, 2024
  • Genre: Documentary, Comedy
  • Rating: TV-PG
  • Director: Gavin Whitehead
  • Cast: Jeremy Clarkson, Kaleb Cooper, Charlie Ireland

Britain’s most entertaining amateur farmer returns in this hugely popular documentary series. With his restaurant dreams dashed and his land ravaged by drought and local red tape, Jeremy Clarkson must get creative to keep Diddly Squat Farm afloat.

His solution? Make Kaleb the farm manager and engage in a good-natured rivalry to see who can turn the biggest profit.

But Clarkson’s attempts at diversification — from beekeeping to truffle-hunting — only seem to create more chaos, while Kaleb’s green thumb and common sense are pushed to the brink by his boss’s harebrained schemes.

Add in Gerald’s cancer battle, Lisa and Charlie’s ongoing clashes with the council, and the general mayhem of farm life, and it’s clear that Clarkson will need more than his bulldozer and big ideas to succeed. As hilarious as it is heartfelt, this season proves that when the going gets tough, there’s still nowhere Jeremy would rather be than in the Cotswolds.

Zillow Gone Wild – May 3, Max

Zillow gone wild
  • Release date: May 3, 2024
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Rating: TV-PG
  • Director: Samir Mezrahi
  • Cast: Jack McBrayer

From a Kansas City house shaped like a UFO to a Las Vegas pirates’ paradise complete with a secret tavern, Zillow Gone Wild showcases properties that defy convention and sometimes (most times, actually) even logic.

Step inside an underground bunker-turned-residence in Nebraska, marvel at the audacious gold accents of the “Saxophone House” in California and explore architectural wonders that push the boundaries of what we call home.

Based on the wildly popular social media accounts by Samir Mezrahi, the series celebrates creativity, eccentricity, and the bold spirit of homeowners who dare to be different. With McBrayer as your guide, get ready to laugh, gasp, and maybe even find inspiration for your own dream abode, no matter how crazy it might be.

Oh and, in the end, only one of these extraordinary properties will be crowned America’s “wildest,” with a chance for viewers to win $25,000 for guessing the winner.

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