TV series to catch in May: ‘Good Omens,’ ‘Catch-22,’ ‘Chernobyl’ and more

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In April 1986, Europe faced a terrible nuclear disaster when the Chernobyl nuclear power plant exploded in the USSR. This five-part series dramatizes the event – one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history – and tells the story of the brave men and women who made sacrifices to save Europe from unimaginable disaster.

Starring Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård, Emily Watson
Premieres May 6 on HBO
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Fleabag (season 2)

Fleabag is still troubled by her best friend’s suicide and has also got on the wrong side of her sister. Totally lost and increasingly self-destructive, she crosses paths with a priest who becomes a friend and who shows her another side of life. Could this be the road to redemption?

Starring Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Olivia Colman
Premieres May 17 on Amazon Prime Video
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On a US military base on an Italian island during the Second World War, Colonel Cathcart is so obsessed with being promoted that he piles the pressure on his men and ramps up their missions. Amid the horrors of war, a soldier by the name of Yossarian tries to save his skin by pretending to be insane, but he finds himself faced with a catch – the famous Catch 22 — “Anyone who wants to get out of combat duty isn’t really crazy.”

Starring Christopher Abbott, George Clooney, Kyle Chandler, Hugh Laurie
Premieres May 17 on Hulu
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When They See Us

Ava DuVernay returns with a show aboutthe breakdown of the US criminal justice system during the “Central Park Five” case, which saw five young people falsely accused of committing a sexual assault on a female jogger in New York in the 1980s.

Starring Vera Farmiga, Michael Kenneth Williams, Felicity Huffman
Premieres May 31 on Netflix
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Good Omens

A fussy Angel and a loose-living Demon who’ve become far too keen on life on Earth form an unlikely alliance to stop the imminent Armageddon. But having lost the Antichrist – an 11-year-old boy unaware he’s meant to bring about the end of days – the pair embark on an adventure to find him and save the world before it’s too late.

Starring David Tennant, Michael Sheen, Jon Hamm
Premieres May 31 on Amazon Prime Video
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