What to Watch Guide – May

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and BEN would like to recognize the contributions and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in film and television with this month's guide! We're now able to view more AAPI content than ever before so check out our reccos to get a fresh, new POV!

The Littler Mermaid


If we said we were excited about THE NEW LITTLE MERMAID that would be a gross understatement. We simply cannot wait to see Grown-ish and music star Halle Bailey delight fans and introduce a fresh new take on Ariel to young fans everywhere. The cast also includes Melissa McCarthy, Javier Bardem, and Awkwafina!

  • About My Father (theatrical, 5/26)
  • Anna Nicole Smith: You Don’t Know Me (Netflix)
  • Book Club: The Next Chapter (theatrical, 5/12)
  • Bupkis (Peacock)
  • Crater (Disney+)
  • Fast X (theatrical, 5/19)
  • Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai (Max)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (theatrical, 5/5)
  • Hypnotic (theatrical, 5/12)
  • The Little Mermaid (theatrical, 5/26)
  • Love Again (theatrical, 5/5)
  • The Mother (Netflix)
  • Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story: Season 1 (Netflix)
  • Rally Road Racers (theatrical, 5/12)
  • STILL: A Michael J. Fox Movie (Apple+)
  • White House Plumbers (Max)
  • White Men Can’t Jump (Hulu)
  • XO, Kitty (Netflix)
Dear Mama still

Best of Streaming

This month all eyes will be on Dear Mama: The Saga of Afeni and Tupac Shakur a five-part documentary series by director Allen Hughest that gives us a glimpse into the complex relationship between Tupac and Afeni and how her choices and politics had an impact on her son’s art and life.

  • 80 For Brady (P+)
  • Dead Ringers (Prime)
  • Dear Mama (Hulu) COVER PHOTO
  • Fatal Attraction (New) (P+)
  • Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies (P+)
  • I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Netflix)
  • The Last of Us (HBO)
  • The Light We Carry: Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey (Netflix)
  • Love and Death (Max)
  • Love Village (Netflix)
  • Mrs. Davis (Peacock)
  • Night Agent (Netflix)
  • On A Wing And A Prayer (Prime)
  • Party Down S3 (Starz)
  • Saint X (Hulu)
  • Snowfall (Hulu)
  • Swarm (Prime)
  • Ticket To Paradise (Netflix)
  • Tiny Beautiful Things (Hulu)
still from the show Beef


Last month Netflix premiered A24’s dark comedy Beef starring Ali Wong and Steven Yeun to rave reviews. Ali plays Amy, a high-achieving working wife and mother whose road-rage encounter pushes her into destructive territory. Check out Beef and this long list of amazing AAPI content.

  • American Born Chinese (Disney+)
  • Beef (Netflix)
  • Black Knight (Netflix)
  • Bling Empire (Netflix)
  • Crash Course in Romance (Netflix)
  • Crazy Rich Asians (Max)
  • Creamerie (Hulu)
  • Divorce Attorney Shin (Netflix)
  • Doctor Cha (Netflix)
  • Everything Everywhere All At Once (Showtime)
  • Family Karma (Peaock)
  • The Glory (Netflix)
  • The Good Bad Mother (Netflix)
  • House of Ho (Max)
  • In The Name of God: A Holy Betrayal (Netflix)
  • Love to Hate You (Netflix)
  • Pachinko (Apple+)
  • Physical 100 (Netflix)
  • Queen Maker (Netflix)
  • The Summer I Turned Pretty (Prime)
  • A Tourist’s Guide to Love (Netflix)
  • Turning Red (Disney+)
Beabadoobee - "Glue Song" ft Clairo



  • May 5 – Ed Sheeran – “Subtract”
  • May 5 – IDK – “F65”
  • May 8 – Aespa – “My World”
  • May 12 – Jonas Brothers – “The Album”
  • May 12 – Lovejoy – “Wake Up & It’s Over – EP”
  • May 19 – Kesha – “Gag Order”
  • May 19 – Summer Walker “Clear 2: Soft Life”
  • May 19 – Lewis Capaldi – “Broken by desire to be heavenly sent”
  • May 24 – BB Sway – “How will i get there?”
  • May 26 – Miya Folick – “Roach”


  • Anderson .Paak – “Where I go” Ft H.E.R
  • Beabadoobee – “Glue Song” ft Clairo
  • H.E.R – “Slide”
  • Hayley Kiyoko – “Girls like Girls”
  • Japanese Breakfast – “Be Sweet”
  • Joji – “Glimpse of Us”
  • Mad Tsai – “Killer Queen”
  • Mitski – “Nobody”
  • Rina Sawayama – “XS”
  • Toro y Moi – “The Loop”

Special thanks to Stacie McAdam for her contributions to the What to Watch Guide – May 2023.

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