It’s May, which officially means Royal Wedding fever has kicked in. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will tie the knot on Saturday, May 19 in front of thousands of people at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle—and millions more worldwide. To call it the pop-culture event of the year is an understatement. These nuptials have taken on a life of their own.
So it’s no wonder the television lead-up to the Big Day is intense. There are five (yes, five) TV specials airing the week before May 19 about Markle and Prince Harry’s relationship—and one of those specials airs five times in that week. There hasn’t been this much coverage of one event since, well, Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding in spring 2011.
Here are all the things you can watch before the Royal Wedding to get hyped. As for how to watch coverage of the actual wedding, no worries: Find out about that here.
Meghan Markle: An American Princess (May 11 at 8 P.M. ET on FOX)
Fox will air this special about Markle’s life and journey to Kensington Palace just days before she and Prince Harry tie the knot. The documentary focuses more on Markle than Prince Harry and features interviews from her half-sister, Samantha, Piers Morgan, Paul Burrell (Princess Diana’s former butler), and Dickie Arbiter (Queen Elizabeth II’s former press secretary.)
“Since the early days of the British monarchy, right up to the present, the royal family has captivated the minds and imaginations of people across the globe,” Rob Wade, president of alternative entertainment and specials for Fox, said in a statement, according to Variety. “With Meghan Markle on the cusp of becoming a real princess, joining the likes of Princess Kate and the late Princess Diana, this special will give viewers a unique look and insight into her journey, from her upbringing in Southern California to her wedding to Prince Harry in Windsor Castle.”
Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance (May 13 at 8 P.M. ET on Lifetime)
Of course the Lifetime movie about Markle and Prince Harry’s courtship is making this list. It’s difficult to say how accurate this depiction will be, but don’t let that stop you from enjoying it with a bottle of wine and your tribe of royal family aficionados. Don’t miss the scene where the actors playing Markle and Prince Harry pet a giraffe.
Million Dollar American Princesses: Meghan Markle (May 13 at 9 P.M. ET on Smithsonian Channel)
Smithsonian is dedicating a special episode of its popular Million Dollar American Princesses franchise to Markle, which will explore her ascent from Suits actress to soon-to-be duchess. Interestingly, the network will contextualize Markle’s story with other notable American women who left the United States to marry European aristocracy, like Grace Kelly and Rita Hayworth.
Inside the Royal Wedding: Harry and Meghan (May 16 at 10 P.M. ET on NBC)
On Friday, May 18, NBC will air all four hours of Today from Windsor Castle, and Hoda Kotb will start reporting from the ground there on Thursday. Before that, though, check out this hourlong broadcast, which will feature interviews from prominent figures in entertainment as well as Markle and Prince Harry’s close friends. This is where you’ll easily find all the details you want about the upcoming nuptials.
Royal Wedding Watch (May 14-17 at 10 P.M. ET, and May 18 at 10:30 P.M. ET on PBS)
Meredith Vieira and British television presenter Matt Baker will host this nightly series leading up to the Royal Wedding that takes fans behind-the-scenes on everything—from protocol surrounding the Royal Wedding to the cake and the entertainment. These five nights serve mostly as backgrounders—offering information to viewers that will make their experience following the Royal Wedding more fun. Honestly, at this point, I’m here for any TV special that even mentions Markle’s wedding dress.