In May 2022, Amazon’s Prime Video will add a true crime documentary, a sci-fi drama, and the long-awaited return of a classic comedy sketch show. Over the last two years, there have been a lot of changes to how media is released and consumed, with large theatrical releases repeatedly abandoned in favor of dropping new movies directly to streaming. Even when movies have received larger releases, they have started moving to streaming faster than before. For Amazon’s Prime Video, that means even more content added to their regular Amazon Original movies and TV series along with a huge range of older content that bolsters the services offerings.
In April, Amazon Prime Video welcomed a host of award-winning content to the streaming platform. Hacks season 1 was added in its entirety ahead of the season 2 release later in 2022. The movie based on a true story of a man working through how his son was bullied for being gay, Joe Bell, joined as an emotional drama. And, among other new releases, Prime Video began releasing two episodes a week of the sci-fi mystery drama Outer Range starring Josh Brolin.
Amazon’s Prime Video operates on a monthly release model. While some platforms drop releases on a specific day of the week, Prime Video will often have new releases spread throughout the month and weeks as it sees fit. Prime Video’s content normally falls into three categories: new movies and TV shows that are releasing on Amazon’s Prime Video before anywhere else (often these are Amazon Originals), movies that have seen a theatrical release and TV shows that have appeared on broadcast television, but are now receiving their first appearance on streaming, and older content that is coming to Amazon’s Prime Video for the first time as part of their expansive back catalog. Here’s every new movie and TV show coming to Amazon Prime Video in May 2022.
The first Amazon Original addition to Prime Video in May 2022 is the true crime documentary mini-series The Unsolved Murder of Beverly Lynn Smith. In 1974, Beverly Lynn Smith was murdered in her farmhouse located in Oshawa, Ontario. Alan Smith was suspected of the crime, but has always maintained his innocence and was the center of a controversial police investigation. While The Unsolved Murder of Beverly Lynn Smith was originally intended to be a deep dive on the history of the case, it raises new and unexpected questions about the murder that took place almost 50 years ago. The Unsolved Murder of Beverly Lynn Smith is directed and produced by Nathalie Bibeau who is also known for her work on the documentary The Walrus and the Whistleblower.
Also on May 6, Amazon Prime Video will release The Wilds season 2. The Wilds season 1 was first released in December 2020 and left several characters with their fates unclear. The Wilds season 1 saw a group of women trapped on an island, fighting for survival as what was later revealed to be an unethical social experiment. The Wilds season 2 is set to explore more conflict as a new group of test subjects, this time all male, who have been held on a separate island.
The sketch comedy troupe The Kids in the Hall formed in 1984 and became famous for their sketch TV show of the same name that ran from 1989 to 1995. In their first newly recorded appearances since The Kids in the Hall: Death Comes to Town, The Kids in the Hall are returning on Amazon Prime on May 13 with a new season of satirical sketch comedy, once again named The Kids in the Hall.
The image of United States high schools and the importance of Prom dates has been well-documented in media for years. Now 15 UK singles will get a chance to experience their own version of it as they are brought to an American High School setting for a reality dating show, Lovestruck High. While they’ll get to live their romantic lives in the American High School setting, Lovestruck High will end with the contestants tasked with finding a date for Prom to be crowned and win a $100K prize. Appropriately, Lovestruck High is narrated by Lindsay Lohan.
The first 5 episodes of Bang Bang Baby were released on Prime Video in April. On May 19, the final 5 episodes of Bang Bang Baby season 1 will arrive on the platform. The crime drama is set in Milan and sees the sixteen-year-old Alice Giammatteo finds herself embroiled in her family’s world of crime.
LOL: Last One Laughing has become a massive comedy franchise with versions of the competition being filmed and released by Amazon around the world. In the latest iteration, LOL: Si re ries, pierdes, is based in Spain with a cast of expert comedians signed on for the show. The comedians must compete across 6 hours and avoid laughing – the last one to laugh wins 100,000 euros to donate to a charity of their choice.
On May 20, Prime Video will release all 8 episodes of Night Sky season 1. The powerful sci-fi drama follows Irene York (Sissy Spacek) and her husband Franklin (J.K. Simmons, Spider-Man’s J. Jonah Jameson) as they struggle with the realities of aging. However, Night Sky is even more complex than that as the couple discovered a chamber in their backyard many years ago that appears to lead to a distant planet. Having kept their secret to themselves for decades, things change when they discover a stranger in need on the planet (Chai Hansen).
First released at the Sundance Film Festival in January, the American satirical thriller Emergency will arrive on Amazon on May 27. Starring RJ Cyler, Donald Elise Watkins, and Sebastian Chacon, Emergency follows a group of college students intent on a night of partying. However, when the group find themselves faced with a strange emergency, the students must weigh the pros and cons of calling the police for help.
Kick Like Tayla is a new documentary about the Australian football player and professional boxer Talya Harris. Following Tayla Harris through her 2021 season, Kick Like Tayla explores more than just her athletic prowess as a boxer and playing in the NAB AFL Women’s Competition for the Carlton Football Club. The documentary will also explore the problems caused for Tayla by cyber-bullying and sexism that were amplified by social media and what it means to be a woman in an athletic spotlight.
As well as adding brand new content and Amazon Originals, Prime Video also regularly bolsters its collection of older movies throughout the month and these are available to Amazon Prime subscribers at no extra cost. On May 1, Amazon Prime Video is adding a selection of classic comedies, including 1992’s A League of Their Own, Fat Albert from 2004, Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins from 2008, and the 2000 Ashton Kutcher film Dude Where’s My Car. Amazon also releases a selection of content to their platform Freevee, formerly known as IMDb TV.
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