If April showers keep you confined to the house, at least the streaming services have provided a lot to keep you busy while you’re trapped inside. This months brings highly anticipated premieres of The Handmaid’s Tale, Dear White People and the reboot of Mystery Science Theater 3000, as well as returning series like Catastrophe and The Get Down. Here’s a guide to what to watch in April.
They made a movie of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale in 1990. Now they have time to spend on the story over many episodes, and hopefully many seasons. Plus, Elisabeth Moss, Alexis Bledel and Joseph Fiennes star. You couldn’t ask for a hotter cast!
In the future, fertile women are kept as handmaids, since it’s a rarity. They’re the ones in those iconic red costumes, and the government sanctions rape. Sadly, the persecution of women and restrictions on their bodies makes The Handmaid’s Tale more timely than ever.
Dear White People – On Netflix April 28
This hit Sundance film becomes a new Netflix original series from filmmaker Justin Simien. Just as in the film, Samantha White (Logan Browning) hosts a college radio show called Dear White People where she talks about race. When a white fraternity holds a blackface party, it sparks racial tensions on all sides.
The series takes a unique approach where each episode can focus on a different character involved in the college. Just like the film, the series, which premiered at SXSW, has a biting and relevant take on race that can go even deeper with 13 episodes.
Mystery Science Theater 3000 – On Netflix April 14
As long as they make bad movies, there should always be Mystery Science Theater 3000. MST3K creator Joel Hodgson first broached the idea of bringing the show back on Kickstarter, and now Netflix will air 14 new riffs on bad movies.
Crow and Servo are back, this time with host Jonah Ray as the hapless astronaut forced to watch bad movies by the Forrester clan. Felicia Day plays Kinka Forrester who’s still keeping her family’s evil experiment going, with Patton Oswalt by her side. The titles of the movies they’re watching and making fun of won’t be revealed until they drop on the 14th!
When we last saw Rob (Rob Delaney) and Sharon (Sharon Horgan), they’d just reconciled after Rob fell off the wagon and Sharon had an affair. They hashed all that out, with flexible levels of honesty, but the big cliffhanger was Rob finding Sharon’s receipt for the Plan B morning after pill.
I promise, this is a comedy, but Horgan and Delaney, who created the show together, go there. What began as two strangers trying to make it work for the baby they had after a fling has become as messy and complex as real relationships. We also know that Carrie Fisher filmed all her scenes for season three before she passed away, so this will be one of the last chances to see her.
The Get Down: Part Two – On Netflix April 7
This isn’t season two. It’s still season one, but it had to be split into two parts due to creator Baz Luhrmann’s attention to detail. The story of the creation of hip-hop continues as we follow the fictional Get Down brothers make music in this new ‘70s style of emceeing to sampled beats. Meanwhile, Mylene (Herizen Guardiola) is making it as a pop star.
Bill Nye Saves The World – On Netflix April
He used to be “The Science Guy” making science relatable to young viewers. Now it seems like it’s grown-ups who need to learn that science is real. Nye attempts to have a grown-up conversation about scientific facts in an anti-vax world that denies climate change. Can Bill Nye save the world?
Girlboss – On Netflix April 21
We want to support a show created by and produced by women, telling the story of a female entrepreneur. We’ll see if it goes warts and all now that the truth about Nasty Gal’s sweatshop labor and bankruptcy have come to light.
Britt Robertson plays Sophia Amoruso, founder of Nasty Gal, in the story of her rise from millennial slacker to fashion magnate. Kay Cannon, writer of the Pitch Perfect movies, adapted Amoruso’s book #Girlboss.
Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On – On Netflix April 21
Jill Bauer and Ronna Gradus’s film Hot Girls Wanted, produced by Rashida Jones, came to Netflix after it premiered at Sundance. The trio’s expose on the amateur porn business continues in the series. Let’s see what else they can uncover about the internet sex industry in six more episodes.