Because it’s April 1st, I imagine you’re loath to believe anything you read today. After all, an April Fools’ Day prank could be hiding absolutely anywhere! Which is why I’ll admit that, yes, there IS a lie hidden in this streaming round-up. Just one, though. The rest is absolutely accurate. I’m offering this to put your mind at ease, lest you think engaging with anything on the internet is a fool’s (GET IT?!) errand today. See if you can spot the falsehood!
On April 19th, Hulu’s launching Ramy, a 10-episode original series created by and starring Ramy Youssef. Produced by A24, the series explores what life is like for a first-gen Egyptian-American caught between Muslim spiritual expectations and Millennial cultural values… in suburban New Jersey. All of which made me realize that I don’t make fun of New Jersey nearly enough anymore, now that Florida has stolen its craphole thunder. Congrats, Jersey! You’re not America’s favorite state-based punchline anymore!
In terms of notability, I suppose the return of Bosch for a 5th season on April 19th is a big deal. However, in terms of what’s notable to me, the crown definitely goes to… season 2 of The Tick! And you don’t have to wait long — new episodes drop this week (April 5th), so make sure you set aside some time to binge a rag-tag group of suited superheroes saving the world from stuff before that other group of superheroes descends on your local multiplex.
Well, I dunno about you but my couch and I are going to have a VERY good month surfing my ‘flix account. For returning series, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Part 2 arrives later this week (April 5), while She-Ra and the Princesses of Power: Season 2 drops on April 26th:
And honestly, that would be more than enough to keep me busy this month… BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE! Did you know that Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson starred in a movie together before Captain Marvel? Ok yes, they were in Kong: Skull Island together. But they were ALSO together in Unicorn Store (April 5th), which Larson directed! The movie is about a woman who is trying to reconcile her childhood ambitions with the demands of adulthood, when all of a sudden Samuel L. Jackson shows up to sell her a unicorn. So I think we can chalk this one up as being “deeply aspirational on several levels.”
Now, here’s a movie I was gonna skip right on by, until I peeked the cast. Then I pulled up the trailer. And OH MA GAH, I kind of need it right effing now. In a nutshell: Someone Great (April 19th) stars Gina Rodriguez as a woman who has to leave NYC for work — which prompt her boyfriend, LaKeith Stanfield, to break up with her (because long distance SUUUUCKS). Then she goes on a last hurrah with her besties Brittany Snow and DeWanda Wise, and somewhere along the way she makes a green juice mimosa, and honestly it all just looks really charming?
And finally, a treat for any fans of nature, Planet Earth, and Sir David Attenborough: Our Planet (April 5th), a documentary wildlife series that promises to go a step further than all the others that have been produced before. Because unlike other wildlife series, this one is pretty explicitly about climate change, the damaging impact humans have on the world, and what we can do to reverse the trend. Attenborough has reteamed with Planet Earth producer Alastair Fothergill for what is sure to be a gorgeously wrought, and deeply necessary, guilt trip.
For more shiny newness available this month, check out Netflix’s promo reel and the complete listings below!
Coming This April (Originals In BOLD)
Chambers — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
A young heart attack survivor becomes consumed by the mystery surrounding the heart that saved her life. However, the closer she gets to uncovering the truth about her donor’s sudden death, the more she starts taking on the characteristics of the deceased — some of which are troublingly sinister.
ULTRAMAN — NETFLIX ANIME
With aliens once again threatening Earth, young Shinjiro must now don the metallic ultra-suit to become Ultraman — like his father before him.
Across The Line
All the President’s Men
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
Freddy vs. Jason
Friday the 13th (2009)
I Am Legend
Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon: S2
P.S. I Love You
Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D
The Bone Collector
The Fifth Element
The Golden Compass
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2
Kevin Hart: Irresponsible — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Kevin Hart brings his sold-out comedy tour, Kevin Hart: Irresponsible, to a global audience for his first original Netflix standup special. The one-hour special was filmed in front of a sold-out live audience of over 15,000 people at the O2 Arena in London, England. Hart touches upon his friends, family, travel, … and a year filled with Irresponsible behavior.
Suzzanna: Buried Alive — NETFLIX FILM
After a pregnant woman is murdered, her spirit seeks revenge against her increasingly terrified killers, who are determined to finish her off for good.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Part 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Part 2 finds Sabrina exploring her darker side, curious to learn more about her heritage, while struggling to maintain her friendships in the mortal world. Romantically, Sabrina is caught in an unholy love triangle with between sexy warlock Nicholas Scratch and salt-of-the-Earth mortal Harvey Kinkle. Meanwhile, The Dark Lord, Madame Satan, and Father Blackwood continue to conjure chaos in the Spellman household and the town of Greendale. And they aren’t the only ones trying to raise hell. Everything is in question…relationships, identity, true intentions…when the devil’s work is at hand.
In The Shadows
Legacies: Season 1
Our Planet — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Exhilarating visuals and stunning footage of rarely-seen animals mix with somber truths about humanity’s impact on the planet’s habitats and species.
Persona: Collection — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
An eclectic exploration of different personas in a collection of four short films directed by critically acclaimed Korean directors.
Roman Empire: Caligula: The Mad Emperor — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Once beloved by the troops and people alike, Caligula shocks Rome by ruling with the cruel depravity and debauchery that make him infamous.
Spirit Riding Free: Season 8— NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Big changes lie ahead for Lucky and her friends in an eventful final season — from new babies at home to a faraway boarding school.
Tijuana — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
When a prominent politician is murdered in cold blood, intrepid local journalists risk their lives to uncover the truth.
Unicorn Store — NETFLIX FILM
Kit (Brie Larson), a twenty-something dreamer, receives an invitation that would fulfill her childhood dreams.
Trolls: The Beat Goes On!: Season 6 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The trolls face a day without a holiday, Biggie accidentally starts a fun-tastic new dance craze, and Guy turns a camping trip into a “glamping” trip.
New Girl: Season 7
You vs. Wild — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
In this interactive adventure series, you’ll make key decisions to help Bear Grylls survive, thrive and complete missions in the harshest environments on Earth.
Black Summer — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
In the dark, early days of a zombie apocalypse, complete strangers band together to find the strength they need to survive and get back to loved ones.
A Land Imagined — NETFLIX FILM
A cop in Singapore investigates the disappearance of a Chinese migrant construction worker who spent sleepless nights playing a mysterious video game.
Huge in France — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
After moving to LA to reconnect with his son, comedian Gad Elmaleh must learn to live without the celebrity perks he’s accustomed to in France.
Mighty Little Bheem — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
An innocent toddler’s boundless curiosity — and extraordinary might — lead to mischief and adventure in his small Indian town.
The Perfect Date — NETFLIX FILM
To save up for college, Brooks Rattigan creates an app where anyone can pay him to play the perfect stand-in boyfriend for any occasion.
The Silence — NETFLIX FILM
When the world is under attack from terrifying creatures who hunt their human prey by sound, 16-year old Ally Andrews (Kiernan Shipka), who lost her hearing at 13, and her family seek refuge in a remote haven. But they discover a sinister cult who are eager to exploit Ally’s heightened senses. The Silence is directed by John R. Leonetti (Annabelle) and stars Stanley Tucci, Kiernan Shipka, Miranda Otto, John Corbett, Kate Trotter and Kyle Breitkopf.
Special — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
A young gay man with cerebral palsy branches out from his insular existence in hopes of finally going after the life he wants.
Who Would You Take to a Deserted Island? — NETFLIX FILM
On their last night together, four longtime flatmates’ lives are suddenly upended when a secret is revealed during the course of an evening celebration.
Luis Miguel - The Series: Season 1
No Good Nick — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
A family finds their lives turned upside down when a young, street-smart grifter appears on their doorstep, claiming she’s a distant relative.
The New Romantic
Super Monsters Furever Friends — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
On the first night of spring, the Super Monsters and their families gather for food, fun and games in the park — and meet their adorable monster pets!
My First First Love — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Due to various personal reasons, a group of Yun Tae-o’s friends move into his house, where they experience love, friendship, and everything in between.
A Fortunate Man — NETFLIX FILM
A gifted engineer flees his austere roots to pursue wealth and success among Copenhagen’s elite, but the pride propelling him threatens to be his ruin.
Brené Brown: The Call to Courage — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Best-selling author Brené Brown discusses what it takes to choose courage over comfort in a culture defined by scarcity, fear and uncertainty.
Cuckoo: Season 5 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Ken thinks he’s hit the big time when he discovers a wealthy half sister he never knew he had, but her fortunes and his hopes are soon reversed.
I, Daniel Blake
Music Teacher — NETFLIX FILM
Burned by his past, an emotionally troubled, small-town music teacher risks everything he has to reconnect with a now-famous former student.
Rilakkuma and Kaoru — NETFLIX ANIME
Kaoru leads a mundane life, but she gets to go home and find comfort in Rilakkuma, her endearingly lazy roommate who happens to be a fuzzy toy bear.
Samantha!: Season 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The series follows the story of a former child star from the 80s, Samantha! (Emanuelle Araújo) who desperately clings to the fringes of celebrity. Together with her husband Wound (Douglas Silva) and their children Cindy (Sabrina Nonato), and Brandon (Cauã Gonçalves), she delights with hare-brained schemes to launch herself back into the spotlight.
Someone Great — NETFLIX FILM
Aspiring music journalist Jenny (Gina Rodriguez) has just landed her dream job at an iconic magazine and is about to move to San Francisco. Rather than do long distance, her boyfriend of nine years (Lakeith Stanfield) decides to call it quits. To nurse her broken heart, Jenny gathers up her two best friends Erin (DeWanda Wise) and Blair (Brittany Snow) for one outrageous last adventure in New York City. From writer/director Jennifer Kaytin Robinson (creator of MTV’s Sweet/Vicious) Someone Great is a hilarious and heartfelt story of friendship, love, and what it means to let go of your twenties and enter adulthood.
Grass is Greener — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
It lit up jazz and hip-hop — and ignited a war on drugs steeped in racial injustice. Experts explore America’s complicated relationship with weed.
Pinky Malinky: Part 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Pinky Malinky is on a roll! Catch up on this joyful hot dog boy’s continuing adventures as he spreads fun and positivity with best friends Babs and JJ.
Selection Day - New Episodes— NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Manjunath Kumar, fourteen, knows he is good at cricket - if not as good as his elder brother Radha. He knows that he fears and resents his domineering and cricket-obsessed father, admires his brilliantly talented sibling and is fascinated by the world of CSI and by curious and interesting scientific facts. But there are many things about himself and about the world that he doesn’t know. When Manju begins to get to know Radha’s great rival, a boy as privileged and confident as Manju is not, everything in Manju’s world begins to change and he is faced with decisions that will change both his sense of self and of the world around him.
I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
In this new sketch show, Tim Robinson and guests spend each segment driving someone to the point of needing — or desperately wanting — to leave.
Bonding — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
A New York City grad student moonlighting as a dominatrix enlists her gay BFF from high school to be her assistant.
The Hateful Eight: Extended Version
The Ugly Truth
The Protector: Season 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Facing formidable odds against the resurgent Immortals, Hakan and the Loyal Ones must forestall sinister plans to destroy the city — and all humans.
ReMastered: Devil at the Crossroads — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Robert Johnson was one of the most influential blues guitarists ever. Even before his early death, fans wondered if he’d made a pact with the Devil.
She-Ra and the Princesses of Power: Season 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Adora and the Princess Alliance train to get stronger, but Catra and the Horde are on the move. As Hordak pushes for victory, She-Ra faces a new test.
Street Food — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
From the creators of Chef’s Table, Street Food takes viewers to some of the world’s most vibrant cities to explore the rich culture of street food all over the globe. Season one explores nine countries across Asia, from the hawker stalls of Singapore to the food carts of India. Each episode highlights the stories of perseverance and culture that bring life to each country’s cuisine.
Yankee — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
A young man from Texas crosses the border into Mexico and becomes an infamous drug lord.
Señora Acero: Season 5
The Imitation Game
Anthony Jeselnik: Fire in the Maternity Ward — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Everyone knows there is no topic Anthony Jeselnik can’t conquer, and he doesn’t disappoint in his second Netflix original comedy special Anthony Jeselnik: Fire in the Maternity Ward. Following his 2015 special Thoughts and Prayers, the comedian’s critical and biting style weaves through societal taboos without hesitation.
Baki: Part 2 — NETFLIX ANIME
A convict himself, bounty hunter Biscuit Oliva is dispatched to Tokyo to apprehend the escaped inmates and thwart them from unleashing further chaos.
Ingress: The Animation — NETFLIX ANIME
After scientists discover a mysterious substance that can influence human minds, two factions wage an all-out battle to control its awesome power.
** And if anyone is wondering, the April Fools’ falsehood I mentioned at the top? That was the falsehood. Everything else in the listings is factually accurate. Because eff April Fools’ Day. **
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