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Streaming Guide: Web series, TV shows and movies to watch on May 10

Here are the shows and films you can stream on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+ Hotstar, ALTBalaji, SonyLIV, ZEE5, Apple TV+ and Voot among more.

Written by Kshitij Rawat , Arushi Jain , Antara Chakraborthy | New Delhi | Updated: May 11, 2020 10:27:37 am
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The coronavirus pandemic does not seem to show any signs of tapering down anytime soon. In fact, in India the cases are piling up dead in the summer when it was supposed to diminish away to nothing.

We, then, once again turn to TV shows and movies that, at least for a while, allow us to take our minds away from all the unpleasantness.

Though, the theatres are closed and it does not seem like they will open in near future (several months, to be precise), streaming services are releasing content that they had produced before the outbreak. Thus far, there is no shortage of entertainment, at least of the indoor kind.

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But with such a huge amount of content available on the aforementioned services, it might be a little problem of parsing through all of it to find out what is worth watching. Here is where we come in.

We share our recommendations which you can watch or re-watch in the upcoming days of the lockdown.

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20:50 (IST)10 May 2020
Made in Heaven: Amazon Prime Video

Amazon Prime India’s Made in Heaven revolves around wedding planners Tara (Sobhita Dhulipala) and Karan (Arjun Mathur) as they solved one crisis after another for their clients, but were also surrounded by their own life’s problems. Created by Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti, the second season of the show has already been announced.

20:27 (IST)10 May 2020
Lore: Amazon Prime Video

An Amazon Original, Lore is based on a podcast of the same name. Every episode of the show tells the origins of a horror story and although it is more of a documentary than drama, it is a slickly produced show that is engaging enough for a binge. You might want to check out the podcast as well. It is sublime.

19:59 (IST)10 May 2020
You've Got Mail: Hotstar

The Nora Ephron directorial is a winsome movie that perfectly encapsulates the angst of being in love with someone you think you can never be with. However, despite all the obstacles, love ultimately wins, as it always does in case of romantic comedies. 

19:34 (IST)10 May 2020
Penny Dreadful: The City of Angels: Disney+ Hotstar

While the sunny Los Angeles is not as compelling a setting for horror as the dank streets of Victorian London, The City of Angels, Showtime horror series Penny Dreadful's spinoff, is surprisingly good, with a nice amalgam of contemporary social issues and the supernatural.

19:17 (IST)10 May 2020
Sacred Games: Netflix

Starring Saif Ali Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, this Netflix show helped India become a global force in the web series space. While the first season drew in viewers who praised all aspects of the show, the second season attracted some criticism. It is yet to be known if the show will come back for a third season since the second season ended on a cliffhanger.

18:50 (IST)10 May 2020
The Big Sick: Amazon Prime Video

A low budget film that tells the story of screenwriter Emily V Gordon and her husband and comedian Kumail Nanjiani, who have also written the story together. This is a no-holds-barred story that does not gloss over anything a relationship is - messy, sometimes infuriating and perplexing, but beautiful and worth it nonetheless.

18:27 (IST)10 May 2020
Kota Factory: Youtube

Termed as one of the best Indian web shows, Kota Factory is set in the student city of Kota. Here, we follow 16-year-old Vaibhav, who is preparing for his IIT exams. Unlike many shows where young adults find the path to success restricting, this show celebrates student life in all its educational glory. 

18:06 (IST)10 May 2020
Sacred Games: Netflix

Starring Saif Ali Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, this Netflix show helped India become a global force in the web series space. While the first season drew in viewers who praised all aspects of the show, the second season attracted some criticism. It is yet to be known if the show will come back for a third season since the second season ended on a cliffhanger.

17:42 (IST)10 May 2020
Bad Education: Disney+ Hotstar

Hugh Jackman and Allison Janney play the roles of school superintendent Dr Frank A Tassone and district official Pamela Gluckin, respectively. The two are accused of embezzlement of hundreds of thousands of dollars from district funds. Their job is to bury the accusation and keep it from going public.

16:30 (IST)10 May 2020
Band of Brothers: Disney+ Hotstar

This HBO miniseries is executively produced by two giants of American cinema, Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, who bring their experience of Saving Private Ryan to Band of Brothers, which is an exquisite and sensitive portrayal of a company of soldiers.

16:10 (IST)10 May 2020
Malgudi Days: Amazon Prime Video

The classic Doordarshan TV series based on RK Narayan's charming small-town based stories still holds up well. Relive your childhood (if you watched Malgudi Days as a child, that is) with this series.

15:33 (IST)10 May 2020
The Lego Batman Movie: Netflix and Disney Hotstar

This Batman movie is the most Batman-esque movie. In fact, if you see only this movie, you will have a pretty good idea as to what the superhero is all about. Will Arnett's superbly written and voiced Caped Crusader is as much a tribute as a parody of every live-action version of Batman. And it is downright nuts. Voldemort and Sauron are two of the villains that the Joker recruits to take down Batman, for crying out loud, and that is not the craziest thing in this movie. Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson and Ralph Fiennes are also part of the film's voice cast.

15:13 (IST)10 May 2020
Gotham: Netflix

A DC TV show that embraced the crazy after tip-toeing around it for a couple of seasons. And it is live-action. There is few things off-limits or too insane for this show. It may not have Batman (Bruce Wayne is a young boy in the show) but it has every single member of Batman's rogues gallery, and this was just as good.

14:52 (IST)10 May 2020
The Night Manager: Amazon Prime Video

Based on the 1993 novel of the same name by John le Carré, this miniseries has two of the best actors on television: Hugh Laurie and Tom Hiddleston. It is a espionage drama and is engaging throughout its run.

14:21 (IST)10 May 2020
Curb Your Enthusiasm: Disney+ Hotstar

It is a pity that one of the best sitcoms on television is not as publicised as others. Curb Your Enthusiasm is an out-and-out Larry David show, who is the writer behind probably the greatest sitcoms of all time, Seinfield. He plays his own fictionalised version in this show. This show delivers more laughs in one episodes than a popular sitcom like The Big Bang Theory would in an entire season.

13:45 (IST)10 May 2020
Train to Busan: Netflix

Your definitive zombie movie. In this South Korean film, zombies do not hobble, they run like Usain Bolt and possess the stamina of a racehorse. Cramped confines of a train do wonders and well-drawn characters are pretty relatable. The pacing is just right. Bottom line is, if you love zombie movies, you cannot really go wrong with this one.

13:19 (IST)10 May 2020
Tolkien: Disney Hotstar

Tolkien is a biopic about the early life of English professor J. R. R. Tolkien, author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. The film stars Nicholas Hoult, Lily Collins, Colm Meaney, and Derek Jacobi.

12:51 (IST)10 May 2020
Jumanji: The Next Level: Amazon Prime Video

The third film in the Jumanji franchise, Jumanji: The Next Level, is now available on Amazon Prime Video. The franchise is based on a sort of game (a board game in the original and a video-game in the followup) that has real-world consequences or it houses withing itself an alternate reality where the players do not play as their in-game characters, but become them. The Jake Kasdan directorial had Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Karen Gillan, Nick Jonas, Alex Wolff, Morgan Turner, Ser'Darius Blain, and Madison Iseman returning from the previous film. Awkwafina, Danny Glover and Danny DeVito joinined the franchise.

20:34 (IST)09 May 2020
Black Sails: Netflix

There are few good shows on pirates, and Black Sails sits pretty on the top. Although the first season was marred by more talking than action, Black Sails picks up from second, gets better in third, and goes out with a bang with its fourth and final season. The story is the prequel of Treasure Island, classic adventure book by Robert Louis Stevenson.

20:12 (IST)09 May 2020
Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency: Netflix

This one is among the weirder and eccentric shows. Frodo of Lord of the Rings movies, Elijah Wood, plays an everyman whose life is turned into a veritable whirlwind a flamboyantly British "holistic" detective; holistic because he believes everything in the universe to be interconnected. And indeed, he has a seemingly preternatural ability. The feel of the show is like from one of the more strange comic-books from the 80s came to life. The story is loosely based on the writings of the great Douglas Adams.

We share our recommendations which you can watch or re-watch during the lockdown.