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April Streaming Guide: The 21 Must-See Movies and TV Shows

By Tori Preston | TV | April 1, 2021 |

By Tori Preston | TV | April 1, 2021 |


Of course we’re going to continue to watch The Falcon And The Winter Soldier on Disney Plus, and Invincible over on Amazon Prime. We’re not monsters. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t time to check out some shiny newness, so here’s a heap of stuff that’s on deck for the month of April!

April 1st

‘Round these parts, we don’t take kindly to April Fool’s Day. We do, however, celebrate our favorite time of year — the return of Dustin’s favorite television show, Manifest! That’s right, season three kicks off tonight on NBC, and we’re all just so excited that I figured it was worth a shout-out, even if it isn’t technically a “streaming” show.

Made for Love: HBO Max is launching this new Cristin Milioti show Made for Love, which is about a woman fleeing from her husband after he puts a spy cam in her brain. The plot has been described as a sort of low-brow Devs (by us, on Podjiba!), but the show also has Ray Romano cavorting with a blow-up doll so it has potential. Mostly though, I’m just happy for Milioti. She deserves the spotlight.

Creepshow: The horror anthology series returns to Shudder for the start of its second season today (and it’s already been renewed for a third season). It continues to boast a deep roster of fan favorite actors (Ted Raimi, Keith David, Anna Camp, Barbara Crampton, Adam Pally, Ali Larter, and more), though one story that starred Marilyn Manson has reportedly been cut from the season after abuse allegations against the performer surfaced earlier this year. Good for you, Creepshow! You already have The Creep, you don’t need another one!

The Challenge: All Stars: So it’s, like, a revival of Real World/Road Rules Challenge? Or something? Okay. (Paramount+)

April 2nd

The Serpent: Tahar Rahim and Jenna Coleman star in this Netflix series about a conman who targets — and kills —travelers to South Asia in the 1970s. Based on true events.

Concrete Cowboy: Come for urban cowboy Idris Elba, stay for an impressive anchoring performance by Stranger Things’ star Caleb McLaughlin. (Netflix)

April 9th

Thunder Force: Sick of superheroes? TOO BAD! Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer play friends who become spandex vigilantes in this film, written and directed by Ben Falcone. (Netflix)

Them: This is a new horror anthology series from Executive Producers Lena Waithe and Little Marvin that explores terror in America. The first season, titled “Covenant”, takes place in the 1950s as a Black family moves into an all-white LA neighborhood and malevolent forces amass against them. (Amazon Prime)

April 11th

The Nevers: A bunch of women get abnormal powers from a supernatural event in Victorian London — so like, League of Extraordinary Gentlewomen? This one was created by Joss Whedon, before he… left. (HBO Max)

April 16th

Mortal Kombat: This is a hard-R reboot of the video game franchise starring Lewis Tan, Jessica McNamee, Joe Taslim, Mehcad Brooks… and Hiroyuki Sanada as Scorpion. Does Sub-Zero freeze a spray of blood and use it as a ice dagger? You betcha! Premieres in theaters and on HBO Max on the same day.

Frank of Ireland: Real life bros Brian Gleeson and Domhnall Gleeson star in this quirky comedy about a 32-year-old misanthrope who really needs to leave his mother’s house. (Amazon Prime)

Big Shot: This is basically Ted Lasso, only it’s created by David E Kelley and centered on a high school women’s basketball team and John Stamos is the coach. And I think Yvette Nicole Brown is basically the Rebecca character? Look, I can only relate to sports shows in Lasso terms, I’m sorry. (Disney +)

April 18th

Mare of Easttown: From creator and writer Brad Ingelsby (The Way Back), this is a limited series detective drama… but starring Kate Winslet! So like, classy probably. (HBO Max)

April 20th

Sasquatch: Investigative journalist David Holthouse tries to get to the bottom of a 25-year-old murder at a California pot farm that may or may not have been caused by Bigfoot. From executive produces Mark and Jay Duplass. (Hulu)

Cruel Summer: This new series spans three consecutive years in the 1990s, as one teenage girl goes missing and another transforms from outcast to It Girl to villain. (Premieres on Freeform, hits Hulu the day after broadcast)

April 22nd

Rutherford Falls: A new Mike Schur show starring Ed Helms! A small town and the Native American reservation that borders it are thrown into upheaval over the removal of a (racist? probably racist, right?) historical statue. (Peacock)

Stowaway: Toni Collette… IN SPAAAAACE! Anna Kendrick, Shamier Anderson, and Daniel Dae Kim also star in this movie about a mission to Mars that winds up including an unexpected passenger. (Netflix)

April 23rd

Shadow And Bone: A new fantasy series based on Leigh Bardugo’s “Grishaverse” novels, the series tells the story of an orphan named Alina (Jessie Mei Li) who develops a power that could change her war-torn world. Also, Ben Barnes plays a hot (maybe evil?) wizard! (Netflix)

April 28th

The Handmaid’s Tale: The acclaimed series returns for its fourth season (Hulu)

April 29th

Things Heard & Seen: Amanda Seyfried stars in this dark mystery about a couple who moves out of the city and into a house that may have more secrets than they do. The film also stars F. Murray Abraham, Rhea Seehorn, Karen Allen, Natalia Dyer, and James Norton. (Netflix)

April 30th

The Mitchells vs. The Machines: A family road trip runs afoul of a robot apocalypse in this animated adventure from producers Phil Lord & Christopher Miller (The LEGO Movie). The voice cast, though? It starts with Olivia Colman and Eric André and keeps getting better. (Netflix)

The Mosquito Coast: This thriller stars Justin Theroux as an inventor who is forced to uproot his family and flee to Mexico in search of a save haven. (Apple TV+)

Tori Preston is the managing editor of Pajiba. She tweets here. You can also listen to her weekly TV podcast, Podjiba.

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