What's new on HBO Max in May 2023

Alexis Valdes, Yul Vazquez, Woody Harrelson, Kim Coates, Justin Theroux, Nelson Ascensio and Toby Huss in White House Plumbers
White House Plumbers (Image credit: Phil Caruso/HBO)

While Mother’s Day and Memorial Day will draw their well-deserved attention this month, a lot of good content is coming to HBO Max in May to garner some attention of its own. This month sees the streamer debut the much-talked-about limited series White House Plumbers, the documentary Love to Love You, Donna Summer and season 3 of Molly Shannon’s hit comedy The Other Two. Additionally, there are a few great films heading to HBO Max. 

FYI, the streaming service’s name change to Max is going to take place toward the end of the month, specifically on May 23.

Below, we've provided a complete list of everything new to the platform, but first, here are our recommendations. 

Best TV show on HBO Max in May: White House Plumbers (May 1)

Woody Harrelson and Rich Sommer in White House Plumbers

Justin Theroux and Woody Harrelson, White House Plumbers (Image credit: Phil Caruso/HBO)

Fronted by Woody Harrelson and Justin Theroux, the limited series follows the infamous Nixon Watergate scandal, zeroing in on the sabotaging taking place behind the scenes. For those that enjoyed last year’s hit series Gaslit, this may prove to be up your alley. 

If you’re in the mood for comedy, The Other Two season 3 premieres on May 4.  

Best movie on HBO Max in May: Men in Black trilogy (May 16)

Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith in Men in Black

Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith, Men in Black (Image credit: Columbia Pictures / AJ Pics / Alamy Stock Photo)

When Men in Black kicked off its sci-fi run in 1997, fans instantly flocked to the franchise that was spearheaded by Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. Now for those that may have fallen victim to the infamous gadget, the neuralyzer, or maybe just forgot on their own about all the nuances of the movie franchise, you’ll have a chance to rewatch Men in Black, Men in Black II and Men in Black III all in one place. 

Best documentary on HBO Max in May: Love to Love You, Donna Summer (May 20)

Donna Summer with microphone in Love to Love You, Donna Summer

Love to Love You, Donna Summer (Image credit: HBO)

The legendary Grammy-winning artist Donna Summer has been hailed as the Queen of Disco, and now her life is getting the documentary treatment with Love to Love You, Donna Summer. The film provides an intimate look at the singer’s life and successful career, and features her own reflections, interviews from family and friends and never-before-seen home video footage.  

What’s new on HBO Max in May 2023

(HBO Max originals marked in bold) 

May 1 

  • Absolute Power (1997)   
  • Alpha Dog (2006)   
  • American Honey (2016)    
  • As Tears Go By (1988)    
  • Betrayed (1988)    
  • Black Mass (2015)    
  • Blue Valentine (2010)    
  • Calvary (2014)   
  • Coffee and Cigarettes (2003)    
  • Daddy Day Care (2003)   
  • Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears A Who! (2008)   
  • Dreamer: Inspired By A True Story (2005)   
  • Eat Pray Love (2010)   
  • The Forbidden Kingdom (2008)    
  • Heartbreakers (2001)   
  • The Hole In The Ground (2019)   
  • Hustle & Flow (2005)   
  • I Now Pronounce You Chuck And Larry (2007) 
  • The Karate Kid (2010) 
  • Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)   
  • The Last Castle (2001)  
  • Lord of Illusions (Director's Cut) (1995)   
  • Lucky You (2007)   
  • Man of the House (2005)   
  • Mid90s (2018)   
  • Midnight Sun (2018)    
  • Mirror Mirror (2012)   
  • Mirrors (Extended Version) (2008)   
  • My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016)   
  • Paper Moon (1973)   
  • Paranoia (2013)   
  • Parasite (2019)   
  • The Rookie (2002)    
  • Shark Night 3D (2011)   
  • Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004)   
  • Soapdish (1991)   
  • Some Like It Hot (1959)   
  • Sorority Row (2009) 
  • Step Brothers (2008)   
  • White House Plumbers season 1   
  • Windtalkers (2002) 

May 2

  • 1000% Me: Growing Up Mixed (2023)    
  • Batwheels season 1E   
  • Run All Night (2015) 

May 3 

  • Fifty Shades of Grey (Unrated Version) (2015) 

May 4 

  • The Other Two season 3 

May 5 

  • Unicorn: Warriors Eternal season 1 

May 8

  • The Conjuring (2013)   
  • Legion of Super-Heroes (2023)  
  • Two Sides of the Abyss (Die zwei Seiten des Abgrunds) season 1 

May 11

  • Rick and Morty season 6 

May 14

  • We Baby Bears: Little Falling Star season 1G 

May 15

  • Land of Gold (2022)   
  • Unbreakable (2000) 

May 16 

  • Angel City (2023)  
  • Men in Black (1997)  
  • Men in Black II (2002)  
  • Men in Black III (2012) 

May 19

  • The LEGO Batman Movie (2017)   
  • Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)  
  • Spy/Master season 1 

May 20 

  • Love to Love You, Donna Summer (2023) 

May 22 

  • San Andreas (2015) 

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