The best shows and movies to watch tonight and this week: Will Ozark pull off the ending?

Internet boyfriend and Oscar nominee Andrew Garfield is having a great year. May his presence soften the blow of a macabre crime in Under the banner of heaven, a new FX limited series that premiered today on Hulu. Garfield plays a detective whose Mormon faith is shaken as he investigates an LDS Church-related murder. It’s not even the only true-story-based TV show airing today; there is also the new Paramount+ series The offerwhich features the filming of a small film that you may have heard of and which is called The Godfather. And stick around this weekend for the end of two Netflix shows that aren’t based on true stories: ozarksigning after four seasons, and Grace and Frankie, signing after seven o’clock. Will we ever see a Netflix show reach seven seasons again? Will we ever see one get to four?

Our Editors’ Picks list for the week of April 28-May 4 is below, but if that’s not enough and you’re looking for even more hand-picked recommendations, sign up for our free, spam-free newsletter Watch This Now which delivers the best TV show picks straight to your inbox. You can also check out our extensive collection of recommendations, as well as our list of suggestions on what to watch next based on the shows you already love.

Best streaming deals this week – Save on Epix, Roku, Echo Dot, Fire TV, and more


Miles Teller and Juno Temple, The offer

Nicole Wilder/Paramount+

The offer

Series premieres Thursday, April 28 on Paramount+
The Godfather, a short film directed by up-and-coming filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, turns 50 this year. There was a lot of fanfare surrounding his birthday (I recently went to a packed screening at my local AMC, for example, and there was also that moment at the Oscars that nobody really focused on) , making the output of The offer perfectly timed. The offer is neither a reboot nor a remake of the original film (thankfully), but a dramatization of how The Godfather was achieved, which was notoriously a very difficult and dramatic process. The series is based on computer programmer-turned-producer Albert Ruddy’s account of how it all happened, and it stars Miles Teller, Colin Hanks, Matthew Goode and Juno Temple. Fun Fact: There’s an entire movie, separate from The offer but also on the manufacture of The Godfather, currently in development, starring Oscar Isaac and Jake Gyllenhaal. –Allison Picurro [Trailer | Review]

Andrew Garfield, Under the Sky Banner

Andrew Garfield, Under the banner of heaven

Michelle Faye/FX

Under the banner of heaven

Series premieres Thursday, April 28 on Hulu
It’s Andrew Garfield season, baby. He may have lost the Oscar to Will Smith (although Garfield arguably should have won a year ago; feel free to hit me up on Twitter if you’d like to hear my thoughts on his performance in The social network), but what does it matter when a new TV show comes out? The series, inspired by John Krakauer’s 2003 true crime book, stars Garfield as a detective investigating the 1984 murder of a woman (Daisy Edgar-Jones) and her baby in the suburbs of Utah. His own Mormon faith is tested as the case leads him to uncover dark secrets about the LDS Church. –Allison Picurro [Trailer]


Angelique Cabral and Rosa Salazar, Undone

Angelique Cabral and Rosa Salazar, Fact

Amazon Studios


Season 2 premieres Friday, April 29 on Prime Video
This month sees the release of not one but two dramatic seasons about generational trauma and time travel. The first was Netflix’s Russian doll April 20, and the second is Fact, Amazon’s top animated series starring Rosa Salazar and Bob Odenkirk. In Season 2, Alma (Salazar) and her sister Becca (Angelique Cabral) travel back in time through Becca’s ability to step into memories in an attempt to help their mother, who is hiding a gnawing secret. Fact remains a technically impressive show (the show is animated through a process where the live-action sequences are essentially painted) and an emotionally powerful show that will obsess fans of adult animation. -Liam Mathews [Trailer]

Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie

Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin Grace and Frankie

Suzanne Tenner / NETFLIX

Grace and Frankie

Season 7 Part 2 premieres Friday, April 29 on Netflix
Netflix’s longest-running show ends after seven seasons and 94 episodes. Dolly Parton guest-starred, forming a Voltron of outspoken and iconic women over 75 with stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin. Netflix will probably never make a scripted live-action show that runs for seven seasons again, so it really is the end of an era. -Liam Mathews [Trailer]

Julia Garner, Ozark

Julia Garner, ozark



Season 4 Part 2 premieres Friday, April 29 on Netflix
Netflix’s Emmy-winning crime drama returns for its final set of episodes, and homie, if you haven’t realized this before, ozark should be called The Ruth Langmore Show. Julia Garner’s smart young crook is on a warpath as the second half of the final season picks up. She tries to get revenge on new cartel powerhouse Javi (Alfonso Herrera) for what he did to his cousin Wyatt (Charlie Tahan), which once again puts her at odds with her nemesis Wendy Byrde (Laura Linney). The Byrdes try to get out of their criminal life in the Ozarks and move back to Chicago, which Ruth doesn’t like, as all she’s lost is her involvement with them. And if Ruth decides she’s going to sue them, the Byrdes may not be able to get away with it like they always do. The cartel, the FBI, the Kansas City mob and all the other enemies of the Byrdes combined are nothing compared to a pissed off and determined Ruth Langmore. -Liam Mathews [Trailer]

Elisabeth Moss and Wagner Moura, Shining Girls

Elisabeth Moss and Wagner Moura, shiny girls


shiny girls

Series premieres Friday, April 29 on Apple TV+
Somewhere beneath Elisabeth Moss’ innocent exterior lies a goth girl with a love for the morbid. After dark roles in The Handmaid’s Tale, top of the lakeand The invisible Manthings don’t get any happier in shiny girlsin which she plays a woman working in the Chicago Sun-Times who tracks down a serial killer (Jamie Bell) who once cut her up. The twist here is that she finds herself going through different realities – multiverse? wormhole? extreme prank? – with the only real constant being the killer and the case. Wagner Moura plays the journalist who helps him, and Chris Chalk plays a Time photographer who is also someone much closer to her, at least in one reality. Moss is her usual excellent self, Bell is admittedly scary, and she ticks all the boxes to be a competent murder mystery. Plus, Leonardo DiCaprio produced it! -Tim Surette [Trailer]

Vanessa Bayer, I like it for you

Vanessa Bayer, I like it for you

Tony Rivetti Jr./SHOWTIME

I like it for you

Series premieres Sunday, May 1 at 8:30/7:30 a.m. on Showtime
Saturday Night Live Veteran Vanessa Bayer created and stars in this dark comedy about a talentless home shopping network host who says she has cancer in order to avoid getting fired. The thing is, she really had cancer when she was a kid, but that’s not the case now. It is loosely inspired by Bayer’s own experience with childhood leukemia. Bayer is amazing at playing characters whose cheerful disposition only draws more attention to the pain and sadness they think they’re hiding, so it’s the perfect use of his talents. The cast also includes Molly Shannon, Jenifer Lewis and Matt Rogers. -Liam Mathews [Trailer]

Stanley Tucci: In Search of Italy

Stanley Tucci: In Search of Italy


Stanley Tucci: In Search of Italy

Season 2 premieres Sunday, May 1 at 9/8c on CNN
Actor Stanley Tucci’s sleeper hit the foodie travel show In search of Italy returns for a second season, after winning the Emmy for Outstanding Hosted Nonfiction Series for Season 1. The show follows the Italian American big night star as he puts his Anthony Bourdain all over the Boot, getting in touch with his heritage through food. I wish I was Stanley Tucci. But alas, I’m an Irish American with a full head of hair. -Liam Mathews

Jonathan Groff and Lea Michele, Spring Awakening: Those You've Known

Jonathan Groff and Lea Michele, Spring Awakening: Those You’ve Known


Spring Awakening: Those You’ve Known

Tuesday, May 3 at 9/8c on HBO and HBO Max
Hello my friend spring awakening fans, it’s finally our time. No, we’re not getting the long-talked-about movie (or under threat, depending on how you feel about film adaptations of beloved musicals), but it could be better. The Tony-winning rock musical about sheltered German teenagers in the 1890s exploring their sexuality turns 15 this year, and the entire original Broadway cast – including Jonathan Groff, Lea Michele and John Gallagher Jr. – has reunited for a reunion concert to celebrate. We’ll see that concert in this documentary, which also delves into the musical’s legacy. –Allison Picurro [Trailer]

Fusion: Three Mile Island

Fusion: Three Mile Island


Fusion: Three Mile Island

Wednesday, May 4 on Netflix
Nothing is safe from becoming a true Netflix crime documentary series, including the worst nuclear accident in American history. Fusion: Three Mile Islandwhich looks like Netflix’s attempt to get its own version of HBO Chernobyl (but without Jared Harris), is responsible for the 1979 disaster at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania, where a reactor went into partial meltdown. The four-part documentary features interviews with insiders such as chief engineer and whistleblower, Richard Parks, as well as people from the surrounding community, who dig deeper into the controversies and the ongoing impact of the disaster. –Kelly Connolly [Trailer]


Ben Foster and Peter Sarsgaard, The Boy Who Lived

Ben Foster and Peter Sarsgaard, The survivor

Jessica Kourkounis/HBO

The survivor

Now on HBO Max
Ben Foster enters the ring in The survivor. The Barry Levinson-directed film, slated for release on Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), is based on the true story of Harry Haft, an Auschwitz survivor who was forced to compete in boxing gladiator against his companions in captivity for the Nazis. ‘ entertainment. Haft, played here with incredible depth by Foster, returned to boxing after the war, battling the sport’s headliners in hopes of finding the woman he loved and lost. Peter Sarsgaard, Vicky Krieps, Billy Magnussen, John Leguizamo and Danny DeVito also star. –Kelly Connolly [Trailer]

(Disclosure: Retailer links may earn money to support our work.)

Comments are closed.