It is needless to say that with the Coronavirus keeping us all stuck at home, Netflix is getting some serious use. The entertainment provider is clearly aware of just how much we need new content, as they are throwing quality programming at us in April.
Among the originals, we are most excited about season two of Ricky Gervais’ After Life and season 4 of the battle against the English and the Vikings in The Last Kingdom season four. There is a new Chris Hemsworth action film Extraction, which is sure to be good distracting fun, and new kids flick The Willoughbys.
The list of back catalog films arriving in April is also impressive. Definitely take the time to look down the complete list. We are talking about all The Matrix films, all the Lethal Weapon films, classics such as Taxi Driver, The Good, The Bad and the Ugly with Clint Eastwood, and Cheech and Chong, and ones you might have missed at the cinema like The Perks of Being a Wallflower and The Girl with All the Gifts. I might be able to fill the month just going through the list.
There will probably be some more surprises thrown our way throughout the month as Netflix trues to keep their audiences happy, but here is what you can expect in April.
After Life (Season 2) – 24 April
This show brought Ricky Gervais back on form and we are excited to see what is new in season 2. Set in a small fictional town, Gervais plays Tony, a recent widower struggling with losing his wife. But, his grief lets him see the people around him in a surprising light.
Circus of Books – 22 April
This documentary follows a couple desperate for money, that started selling Hustler magazine. What started as them trying to make a quick buck soon saw them as the biggest distributors of gay porn in the United States. All this, while trying to maintain the image of a wholesome, family life.
Extraction – 24 April
Chris Hemsworth action movie – yes please. He is trying to be the new Sylvester Stallone playing a mercenary with a heart but nothing to lose who is called on to save the kidnapped son of a criminal. He will have to enter the underworld and fight his own.
Fauda (Season 3) – 16 April
The gripping Israeli spy series is back to fill the Homeland shaped hole in our lives again. This time a young boxer is recruited to join the hunt for a high-profile Hamas leader.
The Innocence Files (Limited Series) – 15 April
Another interesting Netflix docuseries, this show looks behind the scenes of eight cases being pursued by the innocence project, where e it is believed that someone is wrongly behind bars.
The Last Kingdom (Season 4) – 27 April
This one is filling the Viking’s shaped hole in our lives as we wait to the History Channel to work up their sequel series. Our Anglo-Saxon protagonists will continue their fight against the Danish Vikings. Expect lots more blood and treachery.
Money Heist (Part 4) – 2 April
Netflix’s Spanish language series La casa de papel has been a phenomenon and one of their most popular ventures to date. We will finally have the answer to whether some of our favorite characters really died at the end of season three.
Never Have I Ever (Season 1) – 27 April
Don’t let the name put you off. This is a smart comedy series about a teenage first-generation Indian American girl trying to find her place in the world. Written by the very popular Mindy Kaling and based on her own childhood experiences.
The Willoughbys – 20 April
The Willoughby children think that their parents aren’t doing a very good job, so they hatch a plot to send them on an extended vacation so that they can raise themselves. They soon find that being independent is more difficult than they imagine, and they embark on a quest to find the perfect family.
Netflix Original Movies
Coffee and Kareem – 2 April
This film focusses on police officer James Coffee, played by Ed Helms, who is dating a new love, Vanessa. Her son isn’t happy about it and decides to break them up. In the process, he uncovers a secret criminal network. Now what?
Money Heist: The Phenomenon – 2 April
Talk about nasal gazing This documentary looks at the Netflix show Money Heist, the phenomenon it has become, and the impact it has had on culture.
Love Wedding Repeat – 10 April
Typical Rom-Com starring Olivia Munn, Sam Claflin, and Freida Pinto. A young man’s life gets turned upside down when he runs into an old flame at a friend’s wedding.
The Main Event – 10 April
The first movie collaboration between the WWE and Netflix, a young boy who aspires to be a wrestler finds a magical mask that lets him enter a special wrestling competition.
School Life – 10 April
A critique of the French education system, poverty and immigration, we see life in an urban middle school through the eyes of a young vice principal trying to make a difference.
Tigertail – 10 April
John Cho stars as a man who made big sacrifices to move from Taiwan to America. He looks back on his life and the decisions he has made and asks himself those “what if” questions.
Betonrausch – 17 April
Set in a small village where a family fun sawmill hires mostly ex-cons, the trials and adventures of being a teenager take on a new risk with so many interesting characters in the mix.
Rising High – 17 April
A look at corporate espionage, a young man starts to make shady deals on the Berlin property market in the German satirical drama.
Of Earth and Blood – 17 April
French film about a father and his teenage daughter that unexpectedly find themselves caught up in a drug war. Will they be able to protect each other?
Sergio – 17 April
This film tells the true story of the United Nations diplomat Sergio Vieira de Mello and the roll he played in the aftermath of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. He needs to choose between his conscience, his life, and his career.
A Secret Love – 29 April
This documentary tells the love story of two women who first met in 1947, long before their kind of love was expected, and follows the evolution of their relationship over 65 years.
Murder to Mercy: The Cyntoia Brown Story – 29 April
Sixteen-year-old Cyntoia Brown found herself in prison, but was that justice? This documentary series digs into the secrets of her case.
How to Fix a Drug Scandal (Limited Series) – 1 April
This docuseries digs into the case of a real-life pair of Walter Whites that left the judicial system baffled.
Nailed It! (Season 4) – 1 April
Yet one more season of the popular competitive baking series sure to get mouth’s watering.
Sunderland ‘Til I Die (Season 2) – 1 April
A second series of the sports documentary that follows Sunderland players and their fans during one of the most turbulent eras in the club’s history.
Spirit Riding Free: Riding Academy (Season 1) – 2 April
The phenomenon for your horse lovers continues to grow their collection with another new series.
Starbeam (Season 1) – 2 April
Kids animation series about second-grader Zoey who can turn into Starbeam, the speediest and most powerful superhero on the planet.
The Big Show Show (Season 1) – 6 April
Another Netflix collaboration with the WWE, it features wrestler Big Show as a fictional version of himself dealing with the trials of family life in his own unique way.
Terrace House: Tokyo (Part 3) – 7 April
The show about young people trying to find love in a shared house in Tokyo is back from its next installment.
Hi Score Girl (Season 2) – 9 April
Japanese manga series about a young girl and boy that don’t make sense. She has everything, he has nothing, except some mad gamer skills.
The Circle France (Season 1) – 9 April
French take on reality tv, they put people together in a house, but they never meet, connecting throughout the show only via social media.
Brews Brothers (Season 1) – 10 April
This show follows two brothers trying to keep their brewery company afloat, but their natural rivalry and shenanigans means that nothing is easy.
Outer Banks (Season 1) – 15 April
Teen drama set in North Carolina, a group of young people from the wrong side of the tracks work together to figure out what happened to one of their father’s, a mystery no one else seems to care about.
Fary: Hexagone (Season 2) – 16 April
Comedy series from the French comedian looking at questions of identity, culture and more with a comic look at the challenges of modern life.
#blackAF (Season 1) – 17 April
New sitcom from creator Kenya Barris in which he stars alongside Rashida Jones based on his comedy, it is a classic family sit co but with a darkly humorous twist.
The Last Kids on Earth (book 2) – 17 April
Based on the popular kids’ book series by Max Brailler, kids will be ecstatic to see their 13-year-old herp Jack back fighting monster and zombies with his classmates.
Too Hot to Handle (Season 1) – 17 April
One more reality tv-show where singles put themselves on display to try and find love, as well as win a cash prize.
Cooked with Cannabis (Season 1) – 20 April
Another competitive cooking show but with a twist. All dishes must include the delicious ingredient of cannabis.
The Midnight Gospel (Season 1) – 20 April
Quirky adult cartoon about Clancy, a space explorer who explores the universe interviewing beings that are living on worlds at the end of extinction.
The House of Flowers (Season 3) – 23 April
The popular Mexican comedy is back as we see our flower shop-owning family diving into a new set of unbelievable adventures.
Hello Ninja (Season 2) – 24 April
More of the popular kids show about young Wesley, who can transport himself into a Ninja world where he alone has the skills to make a difference.
Extracurricular (Season 1) – 29 April
New South Korean show about an ambitious student desperate to go to university who commits a heinous crime to make his dreams come true.
Summertime (Season 1) – 29 April
An anthology series, in scorching hot California we follow the lives of 25 strangers who paths cross in unexpected ways.
Time to Eat with Nadiya (Season 1) – 29 April
Celebrity chef Nadiya Hussain shares some of her recipes and kitchen short cuts on this new show about making the most of your food and limiting food waste.
Biohackers (Season 1) – 30 April
German thriller about a medical student who becomes embroiled in the work of illegal biohacking and discovers the temptations of what is possible.
The Victim’s Game (Season 1) – 30 April
A new crime series for fans of the genre, this lead is a forensic detective with Asperger’s syndrome who discovers a connection between his estranged daughter and a mysterious murder.
David Batra: Elefanten i rummet – 1 April
The Swedish comedian gets his own special with comedy that focusses on what it is like being on the edge of political life where there are many things you just don’t talk about.
Chris D’Elia: No Pain – 14 April
The American comedian is back with a live special where he never self-censors and no subject is out of bounds.
Back Catalogue Shows
Community (6 seasons) – IMDB Score 8.5.10 – Joe McHale, Danny Pudi, Donald Glover
Kim’s Convenience (Season 4) – IMDB Score 8/10 – Paul Sun-Hyang Lee, Jean Yoon, Andrea Bang
Man Like Mobeen (Season 3) – IMDB Score 7.8/10 – Guz Khan, Tex Ilyas
Nicky Jam: El Ganador (Season 1) – IMDB Score 7.7/10 – Nicky Jam, Jose Caro
Pokemon the Series: Sun and Moon (Season 3) – IMDB Score 7.5/10 – Picachu
Win the Wilderness (Season 1) – IMDB Score 8.9/10 – Nicholas Tennant
Back Catalogue Films
40 Days and 40 Nights (2002) – IMDB Score 5.6/10 – Josh Harnett, Shannyn Sossamon
Angel Has Fallen (2019) – IMDB Score 6.4/10 – Gerard Butler, Frederick Schmidt
The Artist (2011) – IMDB Score 7.9/10 – Jean Dujardin, Berenice Bejo
Battle: Los Angeles (2011) – IMDB Score 5.7/10 – Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez
Bloodsport (1988) – IMDB Score 6.810 – Jean-Claude Van Damme, Donald Gibb
Cadillac Records (2008) – IMDB Score 7/10 – Adrian Brody, Beyonce
Can’t Hardly Wait (1998) – IMDB Score 6.5/10 – Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ethan Embry
Cheech and Chong’s Up in Smoke (1978) – IMDB Score 7/10 – Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong
The Death of Stalin (2017) – IMDB Score 7.2/10 – Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale
Deep Impact (1998) – IMDB Score 6.2/10 – Robert Duvall, Elijah Wood
Despicable Me (2010) – IMDB Score 7.6/10 – The Minions
Django Unchained (2012) – IMDB Score – Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio
The Girl with All the Gifts (2016) – IMDB Score 6.6/10 – Sennia Nanua, Fisayo Akinade
God’s Not Dead (2014) – IMDB Score 4.7/10 – Shane Harper, Kevin Sorbo
Green Hornet (2011) – IMDB Score 5.8/10 – Seth Rogan, Jay Chou
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) – IMDB Score 8.8/10 – Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach
Hail Caesar (2016) – IMDB Score 6.3/10 – Josh Brolin, George Clooney
The Hangover (2009) – IMDB Score 7.7/10 – Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis
Just Friends (2005) – IMDB Score 6.2/10 – Ryan Reynolds, Amy Smart
Jem and the Holograms (2015) – IMDB Score 4.1/10 – Aubrey Peebles, Stefanie Scott
Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1998) – IMDB Score 6.2/10 – Grant Cramer, Suzanne Snyder
The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) – IMDB Score 7.1/10 – Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell
Lethal Weapon (1987) – IMDB Score 7.6/10 – Mel Gibson,, Danny Glover
Lethal Weapon 2 (1989) – IMDB Score 7.2/10 – Mel Gibson, Danny Glover
Lethal Weapon 3 (1992) – IMDB Score 6.7/10 – Mel Gibson, Danny Glover
Lethal Weapon 4 (1998) – IMDB Score 6.6/10 – Mel Gibson, Danny Glover
The Little Vampire (2017) – IMDB Score 5.7/10 – Jonathan Lipnicki, Rollo Weeks
The Matrix (1999) – IMDB Score 8.7/10 – Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne
The Matrix Reloaded (2003) – IMDB Score 7.2/10 – Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne
The Matrix Revolutions (2003) – IMDB Score 6.8/10 – Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne
Minority Report (2002) – IMDB Score 7.6/10 – Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell
Molly’s Game (2017) – IMDB Score 7.4/10 – Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba
Mortal Kombat (1995) – IMDB Score 5.810 – Christopher Lambert, Ronin Shou
Mud (2012) – IMDB Score 7.4/10 – Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) – IMDB score 8/10 – Emma Watson, Logan Lerman
The Player’s Club (1998) – IMDB Score 5.9/10 – LisaRaye McCoy, Dick Anthony Williams
Promised Land (2012) – IMDB Score 6.6/10 – Matt Damon, Frances McDormand
Road to Perdition (2002) – IMDB Score 7.7/10 – Tom Hanks, Paul Newman
The Roommate (2011) – IMDB Score 4.8/10 – Leighton Meester, Minka Kelly
The Runaways (2010) – IMDB Score 6.5/10 – Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning
Salt (2010) – IMDB Score 6.4/10 – Angelina Jolie, Live Schreiber
School Daze (1988) – IMDB Score 6/10 – Laurence Fishburne, Giancarlo Esposito
Sherlock Holmes (2009) – IMDB Score 7.6/10 – Robert Downey Jr, Jude Law
The Social Network (2010) – IMDB score 7.7/10 – Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield
Soul Plane (2004) – IMDB Score 4.5/10 – Dwayne Adway, Snoop Dogg
Sunrise in Heaven (2019) – IMDB Score 6.6/10 – Caylee Cowan, Travis Burns
Tad the Lost Explorer and the Secret of King Midas (2012) – IMDB Score 5.9/10 – Oscar Barberan, Michelle Jenner
Taxi Driver (1976) – IMDB Score 8.3/10 – Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster
The Vatican Tapes (2015) – IMDB Score 4.9/10 – Olivia Taylor Dudley, Michael Pena
Violet Evergarden: Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll (2019) – IMDB Score 7.4/10 – Minori Chihara, Aya Endo
Wildling (2018) – IMDB Score 5.5/10 – Bel Powley, Brad Dourif