The best movies and TV shows coming to HBO, Hulu, Apple TV+ and more in April

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‘Tokyo Vice’ Season 1

Starts streaming: April 7

This TV adaptation of journalist Jake Adelstein’s memoir is a spiritual successor to the influential 1980s show “Miami Vice,” which examines organized crime and its effects on a nation’s social order in the 1990s. Ansel Elgort plays Adelstein, who struggles to gain acceptance as an American working in the highly competitive Japanese newspaper industry. He later earns respect when he begins to investigate the Yakuza. Created by Tony-winning playwright JT Rogers (best known for “Oslo”), “Tokyo Vice” explores the complexities of class and race at a time when Japanese business was booming and some people earning money wanted no one – and especially not an upstart foreigner – to look too closely at how and why.

‘The Air Hostess’ Season 2

Starts streaming: April 21

Although season 1 of “The Flight Attendant” skillfully – and completely – adapted Chris Bohjalian’s thriller novel of the same name, the series was so well received that it had to have a sequel. At the start of Season 2, alcoholic flight attendant Cassie (played by Kaley Cuoco, also one of the show’s executive producers) cleaned up her life after helping international law enforcement solve a murder for which she was once the prime suspect. In the new episodes, Cassie settles into her new part-time gig as a spy and finds herself caught up in another dangerous mystery. Many of the show’s terrific supporting cast return, including Rosie Perez as Cassie’s friendly co-worker and Zosia Mamet as her best friend.

‘Barry’ Season 3

Starts streaming: April 24

After a three-year layoff, Bill Hader returns as hitman and aspiring actor Barry Berkman in the dark comedy “Barry,” the series he co-created with Alec Berg. Season 2 took a risk with its story, playing on the inherent absurdity of a stoic killer getting in touch with his feelings in an acting class. Drawing inspiration from classic modern crime dramas like “Breaking Bad,” Hader and Berg ratcheted up the tension as Barry evaded the mob, the law, and a vengeful old associate played by Stephen Root. Season 3 will continue down this path, while spoofing the pretensions of Hollywood wannabes, including up-and-coming ingenue Sally (Sarah Goldberg) and big-hearted acting coach Gene (Henry Winkler).

“We own this town”

Starts streaming: April 25

The latest Baltimore-centric series from “The Wire” creator David Simon is a collaboration with his frequent writing partner, bestselling crime novelist George Pelecanos. Based on crime journalist Justin Fenton’s nonfiction book of the same name, “We Own This City” stars Jon Bernthal as Sgt. Wayne Jenkins, who becomes involved with Baltimore’s Gun Trace Task Force, a well-meaning but ultimately corrupt organization that attempted to suppress crime by tracking how gangs armed themselves. Set in the years immediately following the city’s police department’s heightened surveillance due to Freddie Gray’s death in their custody, “We Own This City” is a serious drama about how certain well-established institutions react to the reform attempts: by learning the new laws well enough to circumvent them.

Also arriving:

April 4

“The Invisible Pilot”

April 5

“Tony Hawk: Until the Wheels Drop”

April 8

“A Black Lady Sketch Show” Season 3

April 14

“The Garcias” Season 1

April 24

“The Baby” season 1

April 27

“The survivor”

April 28

“The Way Down: God, Greed, and the Worship of Gwen Shamblin” Part 2

‘Slow Horses’ Season 1

Start of broadcast: April 1

Gary Oldman stars in this twisty British spy drama as Jackson Lamb, the grumpy supervisor of a ramshackle division of MI5 known as Slough House, where disgraced agents are sent to do drudgery. Jack Lowden plays River Cartwright, a young agent determined to work his way up from the bottom conducting unauthorized investigations into a tricky case – and ends up dragging his misfit cohorts there. Based on a series of mystery thrillers by Mick Herron, “Slow Horses” features a terrific cast (including Olivia Cooke as Cartwright’s savvy but cynical colleague, Jonathan Pryce as his disappointed father, and Kristin Scott Thomas as as top-level MI5 boss.) and a conspiracy rooted in both old-school spy stories and the modern realities of European security.

‘Roar’ Season 1

Starts streaming: April 15

The writer-producer team of Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch — the co-creators of the TV series “GLOW” — are going down the anthology route with their new project “Roar,” which features slightly surreal drama and comedy in a half hour on women struggling to be seen and heard. Nicole Kidman serves as executive producer and also stars in an episode as an Australian woman taking her increasingly senile mother (Judy Davis) on a trip, in a desperate effort to keep their family memories alive. Other episodes feature Issa Rae, as a best-selling author who travels to Hollywood and is ignored by people who want to adapt her book; Betty Gilpin, as a retired model whose husband (Daniel Dae Kim) puts her on the shelf as a literal trophy wife; and Merritt Wever, as a woman who falls in love with a duck.

Also arriving:

April 8

“Pinecone and Pony” Season 1

April 22

“They Call Me Magic”

April 29

“Shining Girls”

“Under the Banner of Heaven”

Starts streaming: April 28

In Jon Krakauer’s controversial 2003 non-fiction book “Under the Banner of Heaven,” the author combined the true story of a heinous crime committed by a Mormon splinter group with the story of the Church of Jesus- Christ of Latter-day Saints itself – making the point that the line between fringe bigotry and mainstream religion is thinner than many suppose. The TV adaptation was written by Oscar-winning “Milk” screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, who grew up Mormon (and also worked on the HBO series “Big Love,” about polygamous families in Utah). This miniseries primarily focuses on the murders covered in Krakauer’s book, with Andrew Garfield playing the detective investigating the case.

Also arriving:

April 1

“Love Me” Season 1

“The Night Raiders”

“Snake Head”

April 4

“Madagascar: A Little Wild” Season 7

April 5

“The Croods: Family Tree” Season 2

“Monster Family 2: Nobody’s Perfect”

April 6

“The Hardy Boys” Season 2

April 7

“Agnes”

April 8

“Woke” Season 2

April 9

“American Sicario”

April 10

“The Hate Game”

April 14

“Kardashians” Season 1

April 21th

“Captivated Audience”

April 29

“To crush”

“Better Nate Than Ever”

Start of broadcast: April 1

Based on the YA novel by Tim Federle, “Better Nate Than Ever” tells the story of enthusiastic and socially awkward theater kid Nate Foster (Rueby Wood), who hops on a Pittsburgh bus with his best friend Libby (Aria Brooks) to attend an open audition for a Broadway musical. Federle wrote and directed this film adaptation, which retains two of the central ideas of his book: that it takes a winning personality and a lot of luck to succeed in show business, and that Nate won’t succeed until he’s honest with himself and those close to him about his sexuality. Lisa Kudrow plays a pivotal role as Nate’s Aunt Heidi, whose vanished dreams of stage stardom still inspire her nephew.

Also arriving:

April 13

“Scrat Tales” Season 1

April 22

“The Biggest Little Farm: The Return”

“Explorer: The Last Tepui”

“Polar bear”

April 27

“Sketchbook” Season 1

“Killing Him” ​​Season 1

Starts streaming: April 14

The affable comedic actor Craig Robinson anchors the half-hour comedy-drama “Killing It,” playing a particular type of Florida Man: an unflappable dreamer named Craig, who continues to pursue his plans to become an entrepreneur even as he repeatedly stumbles into disasters. Rell Battle plays Craig’s brother, Isaiah, who tries to lure him into a life of crime, while Claudia O’Doherty plays Jillian, an optimistic Australian carpool driver who introduces him to a strange and unique business opportunity in Florida: the chance to kill giant snakes for reward money. Co-created by “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” writers Luke Del Tredici and Dan Goor, “Killing It” is a show about people walking down particularly rocky paths as they pursue their versions of the American Dream.

Also arriving:

April 20

“So Stupid, It’s Criminal” Season 1

April 28

“Choke” Season 2

The Outlaws Season 1

Start of broadcast: April 1

Stephen Merchant is best known for co-writing Ricky Gervais sitcoms ‘The Office’ and ‘Extras’, but he’s trying something different with ‘The Outlaws’, a show halfway between broad comedy and drama. policeman. Merchant plays one of the few eclectic British citizens sentenced to community service to atone for various petty crimes. As they shovel trash through a devastated neighborhood, the members of this motley crew get to know each other, learning that there’s more to their lives than their mistakes. The downside cast also includes Christopher Walken as an elderly reprobate, Darren Boyd as an uptight businessman, Eleanor Tomlinson as a celebrity influencer, Rhianne Barreto as an honor student who shoplifts from compulsively and Gamba Cole as the reluctant mobster who accidentally makes everyone grow up. worry.

Also arriving:

April 8

“All the Old Knives”

April 15

“Outer Range” Season 1

April 29

“Cancelled” Season 2

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