The month of May is here, bringing flowers as a result of all those April showers, as well as new food-related movies and series to stream on the major services.
The big debut this month is Sweetbitter, premiering Sunday, May 6, on Starz. A screen adaptation of former restaurant-industry worker Stephanie Danler’s novel, the series will track Tess, a 20-something played by Ella Durnell, who is trying to stay afloat as a server in an esteemed Manhattan restaurant. In an effort to achieve the utmost authenticity, Sweetbitter’s cast received an abbreviated course in restaurant work from Justine Slattery, who trained Danler when the author worked at Union Square Cafe in the mid-2000s.
A few series will return with new seasons over the next few weeks. I’m Dying Up Here, produced by funny man Jim Carrey, among others, focuses on the stand-up comedy scene in 1970s Los Angeles, thus spending quite a bit of time in bars and nightclubs. It hits Showtime on Sunday, May 6. Season 2 of Terrace House: Opening New Doors, a Japanese reality show with one character who is an aspiring chef, will appear on Netflix Tuesday, May 22. The fifth season of Drunk History, a web-turned-television series in which famous people such as Tiffany Haddish and Questlove drink a bunch of booze and give history lessons in a drunken stupor, will appear on Hulu Saturday, May 5.
Beatriz at Dinner, with a star-studded cast that includes Salma Hayek, John Lithgow, Connie Britton, Jay Duplass, and Chloë Sevigny, plays out as a battle of class and status over the course of a dinner party. The 2017 movie, directed by Miguel Arteta (The Good Girl, Cedar Rapids) shows up on Amazon Prime Saturday, May 19.
Still hungry? If you’re looking for more ideas, join the Eat, Drink, Watch Facebook group or check out our guides to Ugly Delicious, Chef’s Table, and Wes Anderson’s best dining scenes.