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Need something to make you giggle? What to take your mind out of the confines of your living room? Looking to get your wits scared out of you? Whatever your taste, April 2020 has plenty in store for you, tucked away in your favorite streaming services. Here’s the pick of the crop this spring; there’s plenty to keep you busy during endless hours of lockdown.

Iliza Shlesinger Sketch Show

Netflix – April 1

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The first episode already landed in the first of the month on Netflix, so there’s only one episode to catch up on of the Iliza Shlesinger Sketch Show. You’re not going to be learning any art skills with this show. Instead, you get six episodes of thirty minutes packed with absurd characters, quirky insight into modern life as a woman, and social commentary that’ll have you thinking deep thoughts as you laugh away. There’s plenty of fun to be had, so set up a watch party and get some belly laughs going with your buddies.

Nailed It!

Netflix – April 1

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The first episode of Nailed It’s fourth season landed on April 1st, ready to get your mouth watering, possibly. The baking on show here isn’t quite up to Bake Off standards, but cake’s cake, right? This new series has some debuts for you, with kids going into the kitchen and liquid nitrogen experimentation. Mixing science and sub-standard baking is just asking for grief and giggles. Judgment comes in the shape of special guests such as the actor Adam Scott, the olympian Gabby Douglas, the comedian Fortune Feimster, and plenty more besides.

Tales From The Loop

Amazon Prime – April 3

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Tales From the Loop is the new original from Amazon Prime, hitting your streaming service from April 3. The sci-fi series takes its inspiration from the works of the Swedish artist Simon Stålenhag, packed with slow-paced beauty. Telling the story of people who live beyond “The Loop” – a machine made for exploring the universe in all its mystery – events that were once consigned to sci-fi become curiously real.

One Day at Disney

Disney Plus – April 3, April 24

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Disney Plus subscribers know that’s where to head when you need wholesome family entertainment, especially with kids at home all day long with schools canceled. Starting April 3, you’re going to be taken on an exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour of the Frozen musical on Broadway, with the show’s star taking your hand around the theatre and beyond. Up next is a look at life at Pixar University on April 24. Tier Clatter Well, the art and film education manager at the institution gives you an idea of what goes into the Pixar process.

Dolphin Reef

Disney Plus – April 3

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Missing being around nature? Animal lovers need to check out Dolphin Reef on Disney Plus on April 3, when you’ll be taken on a fascinating journey. Follow the life of a Pacific bottlenose dolphin as it grows up with its pod, with Natalie Portman telling you the story. Released on the same day is a behind-the-scenes look at the process of filming the whole documentary.

Future Man (final season)

Hulu – April 3d

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Not to be outdone, Hulu launches the final season of Future Man. Not seen the first two yet? What have you been doing with your life? The story centers on a janitor who travels through time, having been sent by mysterious visitors wanting to stop humanity from being overrun by an invading super-race. The protagonists Josh, Tiger, and Wolf, return with convictions under their belts for time crimes to undertake a sentence of death by entertainment. It’s silly, it’s strange, it’s great lockdown fun.

WrestleMania

WWE Network – April 4-5

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Do weekends still exist? If you’ve managed to retain some sense of time then the weekend of April 4 and 5 is time to stream WestleMania on the WWE Network, otherwise, it’s just another day of great entertainment. This is the first time it’s not going to broadcast live, but you still get all the action pre-recorded at the WWE training facility in Orlando Florida. WrestleMania 36 was scheduled to take place at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa with 70,000 people in attendance. Although things are somewhat pared back due to the current coronavirus pandemic, you can still indulge in chair-throwing, clotheslining fun.

Parasite

Hulu – April 8

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If you’ve not heard of the Academy Award Winner for Best Motion Picture in 2020, Parasite, then you’ve probably been under a rock somewhere. Hulu adds it to its collection from April 8. Parasite offer a story of a poor family that works their way into the lives and finances of a rich one. You’re presented with big ideas about the struggles of class destruction and the reality of wealth inequality, all framed by Bong Joon-ho, director of amazing movies like “Okja” and “Snowpiercer.”

Insecure

HBO Now – April 12

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Season four of Insecure premieres on HBO Now on April 12. Written by and starring Issa Rae, the half-hour episodes explore issues of race and social differences through the prism of the modern black experience. In this fresh offering, Issa and co-star Yvonne Orji, who plays Molly, bounce back to old flings, find new interests, and have tense issues with their friends. This show is worth celebrating, there are so many qualities to love about it, and if you need convincing just binge your way through the back catalog before this installment lands.

Cooked with Cannabis

Netflix – April 20th

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Note the date the show is airing on? This new Netflix series is a cooking competition in which marijuana is the star. The chefs have to make unique dishes to serve to the host, and each one has to contain cannabis, be in the form of THC infusions or CBD sauces. Will the dishes take the judges to new heights, or have them spiraling on a comedown? The only way to know is to catch the show.

Middleditch & Schwartz

Netflix – April 21st

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On the 21st a new comedy special is landing on Netflix: Middleditch & Schwartz. It’s split into three parts, all fully improvised by comedians Thomas Middleditch and Ben Schwartz. It was filmed at NYU, with the first episode, “Dream Job” recounting the story of two friends, one of which has a job interview that spirals into existential crisis mode. Sound familiar? The second installment is “Law School Magic”, a heady mix of The Breakfast Club and The Chronicles of Narnia; that promise alone should make you want to get streaming. Finally, there’s “Parking Lot Wedding” and there’s no way to avoid spoilers so just watch and be overjoyed.

After Life (season 2)

Netflix – April 24

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Tony, the grisly writer at a local newspaper, returns for six more episodes in the second season of After Life, written by and starring Ricky Gervais. Set in Tambury, the comedy-drama series follows Tony as he deals with life after his wife died of cancer. The second outing of the show sees Tony trying to be a better friend to people whilst still deep in grief. As if life couldn’t get any worse for him, he’s facing the collapse of the newspaper industry and the threat of redundancy. It’s yours to wallow in from April 24.  

Extraction

Netflix – April 24

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Netflix brings us an original Chris Hemsworth movie in the form of Extraction, debuting on April 24. Hemsworth plays Tyler Rigg, a mercenary plying his trade on the black market, with nothing to hold him back. This time, he’s out to rescue the son of an international criminal mastermind. Joe Russo takes the writing credit and Sam Hargrave is in the director’s chair. Interestingly, Hargrave’s relationship goes way back with Hemsworth, with him playing Chris Evans’ stunt double in Avengers, and he also headed the second unit as the director on Infinity War and Endgame. Extraction delves into the dark world of international arms and drug dealing, promising steep character arks for Hemsworth’s Rigg and his protectee. Want some muscle-bound action? This is just what you need.

Never Have I Ever

Netflix – April 27

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Landing on the 27th, Never Have I Ever is the new comedy offering from Netflix. It’s a familiar coming of age trope, with a first-generation Indian American called Devi as the protagonist. Inspired by the youth of Mindy Callings, Devi is constantly at loggerheads with her mother after the sudden loss of her father. She’s an overachiever, high school sophomore, obsessed with match-making for her and her friends, and dead set on besting her nemesis in the small town of Sherman Oaks, California.  

I Know This Much is True

HBO Now – April 27

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Mark Ruffalo stars in HBO Now’s I Know This Much is True that’s ready to stream from April 27. Ruffalo has double duties, playing a set of twins in an epic telling of betrayal, forgiveness, and sacrifice. The quality writing is based on the Wally Lamb New York Times Bestseller with the same title.

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