Posted April 21, 2020 • Last updated May 27, 2020

What's new on Crave in May 2020?

See what's new in May, including "Parasite", "Joker", and "Billions".

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Here's a look at what programming is coming to and leaving Bell Media's Crave and Starz pay TV and streaming services in May 2020, including Oscar winners Parasite and Joker, plus new seasons of Billions and Ramy.

This information is derived from Crave's monthly listings press release, combined with other press materials, advertising from Crave and others, and occasionally just checking Crave's TV listings. We've annotated and resorted some of the information for ease of reference based on Crave tier and programming source.

This page was updated on May 23 to reflect Crave's carriage of three of the "day one" HBO Max original programs that will be available when that service launches in the U.S. on May 27, based on Crave's current TV schedule, though they may take a few more days to show up here. We've gone into further depth on HBO Max programming in Canada here.

There is a strong possibility of further scheduling changes due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic impacting production schedules. We will strive to update as warranted.

Programming is listed roughly chronologically based on first airings this month. Dates and times listed are for expected on-demand streaming availability unless otherwise noted. Airtimes on the Crave / HBO / Starz linear channels may vary.

As a reminder, Crave programming is divided into four tiers. For those subscribing directly through, Crave's base package costs $9.99 (all prices per month and before applicable taxes), Movies + HBO and Super Écran (French-language movies) are each an additional $9.99, and Starz is $5.99, with a limited-time free trial for new direct subscribers. Prices and promotional offers may vary when subscribing through a TV service provider, but frequently include better promotional offers such as two months free (or 50% off for up to four months).

Crave (base service)

Showtime series & specials

  • Basketball County: In the Water (documentary) – Friday, May 1 at 8:00 p.m. ET
  • Vice – Showtime season 1, episodes 6-9 – Sundays (May 3, 10, 17, 24) at 8:00 p.m. ET
  • Billions – Season 5, episodes 1-4 – Sundays (May 3, 10, 17, 24) at 9:00 p.m. ET
  • Penny Dreadful: City of Angels – Season 1, episodes 2-5 – Sundays (May 3, 10, 17, 24) at 10:00 p.m. ET
  • Jesus Trejo: Stay at Home Son (comedy special) – Friday, May 29 at 9:00 p.m. ET
  • Desus & Mero – Season 2 normally airs Mondays and Thursdays at 11:00 p.m. ET – currently scheduled to air new episodes May 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21

Crave originals and other Canadian programming

  • Cardinal – Season 4, episodes 5-6 – Tuesdays (May 5, 12) (one day post-CTV)
  • Dark Side of the Ring (documentary series co-produced with Vice TV U.S.) – Season 2, episodes 8-10 – Tuesdays (May 5, 12, 19) at 10:00 p.m. ET
  • Transplant – Season 1, episodes 11-13 – Thursdays (May 7, 14, 21) (one day post-CTV)
  • Tom Henry: 66 Jokes (original comedy special) – Friday, May 15
  • Heavy Rescue: 401 – Seasons 2-3 – Friday, May 22 (previously aired on Discovery Channel Canada)
  • Watts on the Grill – Season 1 – Friday, May 22 (previously aired on CTV Life)
  • Mary's Kitchen Crush – Season 1B – Friday, May 29 (previously aired on CTV)

Other acquired series

  • Drunk History – Season 6B – Friday, May 1 (previously aired on Much)
  • The Good Doctor – Season 3 – Friday, May 1 (previously aired on CTV)
  • RuPaul's Drag Race – Season 12, episodes 10-14 (finale) – Fridays (May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29) – airs on Crave 2 linear channel at approx. 8:35 p.m. ET/MT; available on-demand at 9:30 p.m. ET (joint window with OutTV)
  • RuPaul's Secret Celebrity Drag Race – Season 1, episodes 2-4 (finale) – Fridays (May 1, 8, 15) – airs on Crave 2 linear channel at approx. 10:15 p.m. ET/MT; available on-demand at 11:00 p.m. ET (joint window with OutTV)
  • The Voice – Season 18, episodes 13-17 (finale) – Wednesdays (May 6, 13, 20) (two episodes per week, released the day after the week's 2nd episode has aired on CTV)
  • Brockmire – Season 4, episode 8 (series finale) – Thursday, May 7 (one day post-IFC)
  • Good Talk with Anthony Jeselnik – Season 1 – Friday, May 15 (previously aired on CTV Comedy)
  • The Bold and the Beautiful (soap opera) – preceding week's episodes (previously aired on CTV2, usually 5 per week) available weekly on Tuesdays


  • Human Nature – Monday, May 4

Wow! World and other children's programming

  • Harry & His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs – Season 2 – Friday, May 1
  • Monster High Ghoul School – Season 1 – Friday, May 8
  • Peg & Cat – Season 2 – Friday, May 15
  • Squish – Season 1B – Friday, May 22
  • Zig & Sharko – Season 1 – Friday, May 29

Leaving this month

A few series and specials including the 2014 Showtime film Halo: Nightfall (May 11) will be cycling off Crave this month. Going forward, we've chosen not to list all programs individually, but you can refer to the press release (under "Last Chance Programming") for details.

Movies + HBO

*Indicates programs initially available only on the HBO Canada linear channels (which are available in the "on air" section of Crave's streaming apps). Crave sometimes refers to these as "live", which is usually true for Real Time, but for most others that may just mean they were taped or finalized that day and an advance feed was not available to Crave. Instead, the HBO linear channel relays the program directly from HBO U.S., and the program is processed for on-demand availability later.

HBO / Cinemax series and specials

  • Betty – Season 1, episodes 1-5 – Fridays (May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29) at 11:00 p.m. ET
  • Atlanta's Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children (limited documentary series) – episode 5 (finale) – Sunday, May 3 at 8:00 p.m. ET
  • Westworld – Season 3, episode 8 (finale) – Sunday, May 3 at 9:00 p.m. ET
  • Insecure – Season 4, episodes 4-8 – Sundays (May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31) at 10:00 p.m. ET
  • Run – Season 1, episodes 4-7 – Sundays (May 3, 10, 17, 24) at 10:00 p.m. ET
  • My Brilliant Friend: The Story of a New Name (season 2) – episode 8 (finale) – Monday, May 4 at 10:00 p.m. ET
  • Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind (documentary feature) – Tuesday, May 5 at 9:00 p.m. ET
  • We're Here – Season 1, episodes 3-6 – Thursdays (May 7, 14, 21, 28) at 9:00 p.m. ET
  • I Know This Much is True (limited series) – episodes 1-4 – Sundays (May 10, 17, 24, 31) at 9:00 p.m. ET
  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver – Season 7 normally airs Sundays at approximately 11:00 p.m. ET/MT on HBO linear channel*; available on demand Monday morning – May broadcast dates TBD
  • Real Time with Bill Maher – Season 18 normally airs Fridays live at 10:00 p.m. ET/MT on HBO linear channel*; available on demand Saturday morning – May broadcast dates TBD

HBO Max programming

  • Legendary – Season 1, episodes 1-2 – Wednesday, May 27
  • Craftopia – Season 1 – Wednesday, May 27
  • Love Life – Season 1, episodes 1-3 – Wednesday, May 27

Theatrical & other films

  • Western Stars – Friday, May 1
  • The Goldfinch – Friday, May 1
  • Bulletproof 2: Rematch – Friday, May 8
  • Downton Abbey (2019 film) – Friday, May 8
  • Driven – Friday, May 8
  • Restless River – Thursday, May 14
  • James vs. His Future Self – Friday, May 15
  • Ready or Not – Friday, May 15
  • Shadow Trap – Friday, May 15
  • Unidentified Woman – Friday, May 15
  • Frankie – Thursday, May 21
  • Come to Daddy – Friday, May 22
  • Cross: Rise of the Villains – Friday, May 22
  • Joker – Friday, May 22
  • All About Who You Know – Thursday, May 28
  • Glass Houses – Thursday, May 28
  • Can You Keep a Secret – Friday, May 29
  • Parasite – Friday, May 29

Leaving this month

Notable films leaving on-demand availability on Crave's Movies + HBO tier this month include Death Wish (last date available May 21), Tomb Raider (2018) (May 23), The First Purge (May 31), First Reformed (May 31), and Skyscraper (May 31).

Please refer to the press release (under "Last Chance Programming") for details.

Note that in certain cases, particularly for films from Universal / Focus such as The First Purge and Skyscraper, theatrical films may receive additional airings on Crave's linear channels for several weeks after their on-demand availability ends. For example, Pacific Rim: Uprising is no longer available on demand, but will air a few times in the early part of the month before departing for Netflix after May 16.

Starz Canada

Starz series & specials

  • Vida – Season 3, episodes 2-6 – Sundays (May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31)
  • Hightown – Season 1, episodes 1-3 – Sundays (May 17, 24, 31)

Other series

  • Ramy – season 2 – Friday, May 29

Theatrical films

Notable additions to Starz' lineup of classic films this month include Wes Anderson's The Darjeeling Limited and Moonrise Kingdom on May 22. Please refer to the press release (under "Starz Programming") for information on films debuting on Starz this month.

Leaving this month

Please refer to the press release (under "Last Chance Programming") for details.

Super Écran

Unfortunately, Crave doesn't currently make monthly programming information for Super Écran (or for that matter its other French language programming) available in the same ways as its English language shows. Much of the available programming is typically similar to those in Movies + HBO, but release dates may vary (due in part to the time required to subtitle and/or dub programs).

A PDF print schedule showing programming on Super Écran's linear channels for this month, with new additions highlighted – most if not all of which should also be available on demand, is available here.

Due to different distribution terms, there are typically a few notable films each month being added to Super Écran which are not being added to (or already in) Crave's English language movie selection, as the English language rights are held by a different streaming service such as Prime Video. In May this applies to films such as Hustlers (Arnaque en talons).

Significant revisions

  • May 23, 2020: Updates to HBO Max programming.
  • May 14, 2020: Minor updates.
  • April 29, 2020: Minor updates and added direct links where available.
  • April 21, 2020: Initial post.

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