April isn’t just the month of Easter eggs and bunnies, but a month of fresh television afoot. Long-awaited follow-up seasons will soon be dropping across almost every major streaming platform, including The Flight Attendant (Season 2), Russian Doll (Season 2), Barry (Season 3), Ozark (Season 4, Part 2), and Selling Sunset (Season 5), just to name a few. You can keep them in mind, but in case you’re looking for something brand new, check our our list of streaming options premiering for the first time this month.
As usual, there are lots of interesting original movies and shows coming out that didn’t make the definitive cut. Honorable mentions include HBO Max’s miniseries We Own The City starring Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead), the true story of a corrupt task force hidden within the Baltimore police department. Another notable mention is Netflix’s Return to Space documentary, which tracks Elon Musk’s SpaceX endeavors.
Ultimately, though, we’ve chosen a smattering of titles that range from the high-profile to the hard-to-find. There’s a little something for every genre and every demographic, and a surprising number of options based on or around true stories or events. So, without further ado, here are The Watercooler’s April streaming picks.
A Show Everyone Will Be Talking About: The Kardashians
April 14 | Hulu/Disney+
Love them or hate them, the Kardashian-Jenners made a name for themselves (quite literally) in their 20-season run of Keeping Up with the Kardashians. After a lengthy hiatus, the family is back in the reality TV game yet again with their new series simply titled The Kardashians. Same formula, same relationship drama, only now it’s on Hulu for a wider, more modern audience, and also Disney+ because why not? The trailer for the show has already teased quite a bit of insightful revelations, including Kourtney and Travis Barker’s desire to have a baby, discussions with Tristan Thompson about the future, and allusions to Kim Kardashian’s ex Kanye West and current boyfriend Pete Davidson. All of which will surely become talk of the town (or Twitter) when it premieres on April 14, with subsequent episodes every Thursday afterward.
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Metal Lords and Tony Hawk: Until the Wheels Fall Off
On the surface, Metal Lords and the upcoming Tony Hawk documentary might not seem like a perfect double feature night, but just stay with me because I’m seeing real potential. While one is a fictional coming of age comedy about two high schoolers starting a metal band for a Battle of the Bands competition, the other is the very true-life story of professional skateboarder Tony Hawk (featuring interviews and found footage from the legend himself). One is the film child of the producers behind Game of Thrones and Harold & Kumar. The other is a story told over 20 years, dozens of world championships, and one wildly successful video game series in the making.
The two films couldn’t be more different if they tried, but they share a similar heart: youthful vision made manifest. Both are about what sacrifices, compromises, and passion are required to live out a crazy dream. So, if you want to be inspired and laugh a little along the way, check out Metal Lords when it drops on Netflix first and then Tony Hawk: Until the Wheels Fall Off on HBO Max.
A Hidden Gem: Outer Range
April 15 | Prime Video
Not much is known about executive producer Brad Pitt’s mystery thriller series Outer Range coming to Prime Video. What is for sure is that it portrays a Wyoming rancher (played by Josh Brolin) uncovering some kind of secret. But the trailer suggests that something much spookier and much more surreal is at work, and your guess is as good as mine. Perhaps True Detective Season 1 meets The Revenant? The early visuals are almost spiritual in essence to behold, and Brolin is giving us acting! Viewers can check out the first two episodes premiering on the streaming platform on April 15, with more each Friday thereafter.
Date Night: All the Old Knives
April 8 | Prime Video
Nothing says romance like investigating a former lover for being a mole in the CIA… right? Such is the case in All the Old Knives, an espionage thriller starring Chris Pine and Thandiwe Newton in the lead roles. The question isn’t if an intelligence officer betrayed the United States concerning a major terrorist attack, but who? Also, could you kill someone you truly loved if they did something unimaginably unspeakable? This Prime Video film will surely get some watercooler discussions going on date nights the world over when it premieres on April 8.
Family Watch: Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Childhood
April 1 | Netflix
Academy Award-winning writer and director Richard Linklater’s latest film, Apollo 10 ½, is one loosely based on his own childhood. Merging fact with fiction, he rewinds the clock back to the 1969 Apollo 11 mission and imagines one kid’s fantastical involvement in the endeavor. Stanley, the kid in question, is seemingly “approached” by NASA officials to pilot a smaller, makeshift version of the moon lander to space. But what I’m really looking forward to is how the rotoscoping animation, a method used in previous Linklater films like A Scanner Darkly, helps re-envision a momentous occasion through the eyes of a child. A perfect feel-good family option for Netflix subscribers when it releases worldwide on April 1.
International Find: I Love America
April 29 | Prime Video
An age-old stereotype says that the French don’t have no love for Americans. Maybe, maybe not. But they certainly do love making fun of Americans (and themselves) in the Prime Video original comedy ironically called I Love America. The film follows single woman Lisa (played by César Award-winning French actress Sophie Marceau), who moves from Paris to Los Angeles as a means to reinvigorate her love life. It is light-hearted, slightly raunchy fare that also combats the general perception of French people. Think Emily in Paris in reverse. It says the French can be “ringarde,” too!