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The best upcoming TV series to watch in Singapore

From comedy sitcoms to action-dramas, here are the ones to binge-watch on Netflix, Disney+, Apple TV+, HBO Go, and more

Cheryl Sekkappan
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Cheryl Sekkappan
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Movies are great, but the magic usually rubs off after a minimum of an hour and a half. If you’ve got time to spare, immerse yourself in episodes worth of new TV shows. And with the vast catalogues of streaming services including Netflix, Disney+, Apple TV+, HBO Go and BBC Player, you’ll be spoilt for choice. From highly anticipated series from South Korea to gripping crime dramas and romantic comedies, here are the TV shows to add to your watchlist and binge.

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May's highlights

Bloody Heart
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Bloody Heart

Available on Disney+ May 2

Sink into a world of lies and intrigue in the new Korean period piece Bloody Heart. The story is set in the fictional court of King Lee Tae (Lee Joon) who is working to undermine the cunning Vice Minister Park Gyewon (Jang Hyuk) and the Korean nobility who have suppressed the house of Joseon for multiple generations. As the king is close to restoring power to his court and cementing his position as Joseon's leader, a forbidden love interest (Kang Han-na),  reenters his life and throws his plans into disarray. An engrossing political storyline, star-crossed romance, and sumptuous sets make Bloody Heart a must-watch. 

The Sound of Magic
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The Sound of Magic

Available on Netflix May 6

Here's something new: a drama that blends both music and magic. The Sound of Magic is a fantasy musical drama based on the Naver webtoon Annarasumanara by Ha Il-kwon. It all starts when a regular schoolgirl (Choi Seung-eun) and her friend (Hwang In-yeop) meet the mysterious adult magician Lee Eul (Ji Chang-wook) who lives in an abandoned theme park. Lee Eul, who wants to go back to being a child, inspires the disenchanted teenagers through his playfulness and magic. 

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Dinosaurs: The Final Day with David Attenborough
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Dinosaurs: The Final Day with David Attenborough

Available on Starhub channel 407, Singtel channel 204 and BBC Player May 8  

Travel to the lost world of the very last days of the dinosaurs in this new landmark documentary by BBC Studios. Follow palaeontologist Robert DePalma as he searches the hills of North Dakota, uncovering fossilised creatures buried in the rocks. As he continues digging for evidence that can shed light on the final days of the dinosaurs, we are whisked back in time to the end of the Late Cretaceous. Witness the lives of creatures that lived at Tanis, brought to life by cutting-edge VFX production techniques and David Attenborough's evocative narration. 

The Essex Serpent
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The Essex Serpent

On Apple TV+ May 13

Another hot new TV series starring Tom Hiddleston, The Essex Serpent sees the Golden Globe Award-winner as lead character Will Ransome, the trusted leader of a small rural community. Adapted from Sarah Perry’s British Book Award-winning bestseller of the same name, the Apple Original drama series observes a widow who relocates from Victorian London to the small village of Aldwinter in Essex. She then becomes intrigued by a local superstition: a mythical creature known as the Essex Serpent, which – lo and behold – has returned to the area.

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The Time Traveller’s Wife
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The Time Traveller’s Wife

Available on HBO Go May 16

What do you get when you combine two brilliant visionaries and storytellers? A new series worth binge-watching. Adapted by Steven Moffat from the beloved novel by Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveller’s Wife is helmed by Emmy-winning director David Nutter whose works include Game of Thrones, Band of Brothers, and The Sopranos. The series spotlights the intricate and magical love story of Clare and Henry, as well as their marriage, which comes with an unlikely problem: time travel.

Stranger Things 4: Volume 1
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Stranger Things 4: Volume 1

Available on Netflix May 27

Hit series Stranger Things is back with its fourth season, which as we know, is ending with season five. Expect lots of juicy build-up this season, which picks up after the epic season three finale 'Battle of Starcourt'. Our groups of friends are separated for the first time, with Eleven having lost her powers (or so it seems). Plot teasers hint that a new supernatural threat has also surfaced – setting the stage for further destruction, or perhaps a final end to the horrors of Upside Down. 

Coming soon

Obi-Wan Kenobi
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Obi-Wan Kenobi

Available on Disney+ May 25

Obi-Wan Kenobi begins 10 years after the events of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. Having faced his greatest defeat – the downfall and corruption of his best friend and Jedi apprentice, Anakin Skywalker, who becomes the evil Sith Lord Darth Vader – Obi-Wan Kenobi now finds himself protecting a young Luke Skywalker on the planet Tatooine. Excitingly, established Star Wars actors will be returning to reprise their roles, including Ewan McGregor as the iconic Jedi Master and Hayden Christensen as Darth Vader. 

Irma Vep
Photograph: HBO GO

Irma Vep

Available on HBO GO June 7

Art in reality blur in Irma Vep, a new eight-episode limited series starring Academy Award winner Alicia Vikander. Based on the 1996 movie of the same name, the series follows the disillusioned American movie star Mira, who arrives in France to take on the role of Irma Vep in a remake of the French silent film class Les Vampires. Things take a turn when Mira starts confusing fiction and reality, devolving into a lurid thriller that's also a meta-comment on moviemaking. 

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Ms. Marvel
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Ms. Marvel

Available on Disney+ June 8

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is ever-expanding, and there's space for a new Muslim American superhero. Kamala Khan is an avid gamer and voracious fanfiction scribe growing up in Jersey City. A superhero mega fan and Captain Marvel admirer, Kamala finds herself a bit of an outcast both at home and in school – that is, until she gets superpowers of her own. But having powers doesn't automatically make everything easy – watch as Kamala grows into her new Ms. Marvel mantle while juggling home and school life in this superpowered coming-of-age tale.  

Bad Sisters
Photograph: Natalie Seery via Apple TV+

Bad Sisters

On Apple TV+ 2022

Get excited for Bad Sisters, a highly anticipated 10 episode series from Emmy Award-nominee and BAFTA Award-winning star and creator Sharon Horgan (“Catastrophe,” “Shining Vale”). The show follows the lives of the Garvey sisters, who come together after the premature deaths of their parents in a joint plan to steal a priceless family heirloom. Descrbied as a 'delicious blend of both dark comedy and thriller', Bad Sisters will show you that blood is indeed thicker than water. 

 

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Taiwan Crime Stories
Photograph: Disney+

Taiwan Crime Stories

On Disney+ 2022

Crime drama fans should keep their eyes peeled for an all-new original drama series Taiwan Crime Stories (working title) on Disney+. Inspired by true crime cases from Taiwan, the 12-episode series will take you through the gruesome and mind-boggling details of a family mass murder, train derailment, fraud cases, and more. Premiering exclusively on Disney+ in 2022, the production will also star the likes of Rhydian Vaughan, Patrick Shih, Simon Hsueh, Allison Lin, Frederick Lee and Wang Po-Chieh, among others.

House of the Dragon
Photograph: HBO GO

House of the Dragon

On HBO Go 2022

We can't get enough of the global phenomenon Game of Thrones, so you can bet that we're tuning in to House of the Dragon. Based on George R.R. Martin's "Fire and Blood" series, this story takes us 200 years before the events of GoT to tell the story of the House of Targaryen. Catch the first official footage from this highly-anticipated series here

What we're watching now

Moon Knight
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Moon Knight

Available on Disney+ 

In Marvel's new entry to its cinematic universe, Oscar Isaac takes on a couple of different roles (and accents) – within a single body. His character, a sweet and bumbling museum gift-shop worker Steven Grant, discovers that he has dissociative identity disorder, explaining his disorienting blackouts. His alter ego is Marc Spector, or Moon Knight, a masked vigilante given power by the spirit of an ancient Egyptian god. With his powers, he needs to solve a great mystery involving the Egyptian gods themselves. This zany limited episode series flips between comedy, action and horror, promising a ride unlike any other. 

Sunny Side Up
Photograph: Mediacorp

Sunny Side Up

Available on meWATCH, Channel 5 and MediaCorp Drama 

Here's some local TV for you. Catch Sunny Side Up for a light-hearted look at the everyday struggles of five diverse households and conventional families living in the same neighbourhood. Covering themes such as the ageing population, modern parenting, challenges faced by mixed-race families and more – perhaps you'll find something that strikes a chord, and something that inspires. 

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Tokyo Vice
Photograph: HBO GO

Tokyo Vice

Available on HBO GO

Starring Ansel Engort and Ken Watanabe, Tokyo Vice follows an American journalist as he delves into the seedy underbelly of Tokyo in the late '90s. Determined to root out organised crime and corruption, he meets shady characters who are not at all what they seem. Loosely inspired by American journalist Jake Adelstein's non-fiction first-hand account of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police beat, this eight-episode Max Original crime drama series will take you on-location is by award-winning playwright J.T. Rogers. 

Our Blues
Photograph: Lee Junhyung via Netflix

Our Blues

Available on Netflix

Catch Lee Byung-hun in Our Blues, the latest Korean Netflix drama out to steal your heart. The story revolves around a group of individuals who, somehow or other, find themselves on Jeju Island. Life seems simple on the surface, but each of our characters – including Lee Dong-seok (Lee Byung-hun) – have their secrets and struggles, whether they're to do with life or love. If you're up for a realistic and bittersweet series, Our Blues will be tugging at your heartstrings in no time. 

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The Kardashians
Photograph: Hayu

The Kardashians

Available on Disney+

Will we ever be able to keep up with the Kardashians? Well, we have another opportunity with The Kardashians, a new reality TV series coming to Disney+. The family is back to give you an all-access pass into their lives away from the spotlight. Watch Kris, Kourtney, Kim, Khloé, Kendall and Kylie as they reveal the intense pressures of running their mega businesses, to the simpler joys of playtime and school drop-offs. Maybe this time we'll be convinced that they're are 'just like us'. 

Roar
Photograph: Lachlan Moore via Apple TV+

Roar

Available on Apple TV+

"I am woman, hear me roar" – that's how the song goes. And this new Apple TV+ series roars indeed, with eight distinct stories of darkly comic feminist fables spanning magical realism to psychological horror. We're pegging this one as one for the Black Mirror lovers. In Roar, ordinary women eat photographs, date ducks, and live on shelves like trophies – living out bizarre circumstances to reveal the universal struggles faced by the fairer sex. Based on a book of short stories by Cecelia Ahern, Roar features an award-winning cast of actors including Nicole Kidman, Cynthia Erivo, Issa Rae and Alison Brie. 

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Shining Girls
Photograph: Apple TV+

Shining Girls

Available on Apple TV+

This gripping metaphysical thriller follows Kirby Mazrachi (Elizabeth Moss of A Handmaid's Tale), a Chicago newspaper archivist who puts her journalistic ambitions on hold after going through a brutal assault. After learning of a recent murder that echoes her own case, she partners with the troubled reporter Dan Valezquez to sniff out her attacker – setting off a race against time to trace down the maniacal killer. Based on Lauren Beukes' best-selling novel of the same name, Shining Girls involves intriguing shifts in time and reality that puts it a cut above usual crime dramas. Watch the trailer here

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