Also: two essentials for true-crime lovers and potentially Robert De Niro’s best performance in years.
We hope you like nonfiction, because this week’s highlights mostly consist of documentary features and series, with a highly anticipated biopic closing things out. HBO and Netflix offer up what might be the hottest true crime efforts to come along since The Jinx and Making a Murderer, while filmmaker Ana Lily Amirpour and actor Jim Parsons separately showcase medical breakthroughs. Then there’s a doc about Heath Ledger and an HBO movie starring Robert De Niro as Bernie Madoff. Also, we remind you why you need to be watching American Gods.
To help you keep track of the most important TV programs over the next seven days, here’s our guide to everything worth watching, whether it’s on broadcast, cable, or streaming for May 14–20 (all times Eastern):