Netflix has just released its full list of what’s coming and going in April. Thankfully we’re here to guide you to the best new arrivals each month. For April we take a special look at the best comedy movies on Netflix — along with a few other recommendations. You can find the full list of what’s coming to Netflix at the bottom of the post.
The Best Comedy Movies on Netflix
Earlier this year, Netflix said it was committed to comedy — and it wasn’t kidding. You can’t go wrong with Joe Dante’s horror-comedy classic Gremlins (April 1). On the nostalgia tip, you may also enjoy the 2002 live-action adaptation of Scooby-Doo (April 1), written by Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn. And if you’ve not seen Tropic Thunder (April 1) — starring Robert Downey Jr., Ben Stiller, Tom Cruise and Jack Black — now’s your chance.
A ton of stand-up comedy is coming to Netflix as well. We’re particularly excited for Richard Pryor’s 1971 film Live & Smokin’ (April 1) and Kevin Hart’s What Now (April 11).
There’s also a number of exciting Netflix original stand-up specials. Check out Louis C.K.’s 2017 (April 4) and Vir Das’ Abroad Understanding (April 25).
The new film featuring stoner twins the Lucas Brothers, On Drugs, comes to Netflix April 18, but there’s not a lot of information about that yet. Some sources are calling it a documentary rather than stand-up. Either way, we’re looking forward to it. In the meantime, catch up on Lucas Bros. Moving Co. on Hulu.
For those who prefer their comedy in the form of a TV show, the biggest news is that Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return (April 14) is finally premiering. The update to this cult classic features comedian Jonah Ray as the unfortunate castaway forced to watch bad movies with his robot pals.
Other shows you can watch on Netflix include the second season of Fred Armisen’s and Bill Hader’s Documentary Now! (April 10), the return of Chelsea Handler’s talk show Chelsea (April 14) and the debut of Dear White People (April 28), a new series based on Justin Simien’s hit film.
The Best Thrillers on Netflix
Netflix has a number of great crime thrillers coming in April, too. Small Crimes (April 28), about a corrupt cop who just got out of prison, is the new movie from Evan Katz. Katz previously made Cheap Thrills, the cult comedy-thriller starring David Koechner (Anchorman) as a wealthy man willing to see how far two men will go for money.
There’s also the political thriller El Elegido (April 14), a Spanish film about a Soviet spy sent to assassinate Leon Trotsky in 1937. And if you like your thrills real, there’s A Plastic Ocean (April 19), a sure-to-be-terrifying look at the environment.
Other Netflix Highlights in April
There are many other great films hitting Netflix in April. Steven Spielberg’s moving look at the Holocaust, Schindler’s List (April 1), comes to the streaming service, as does The Prestige (April 21), Christopher Nolan’s period piece about battling magicians. We’re anticipating the gorgeously animated Kubo and the Two Strings (April 8). And, of course, the science-loving kid in us can’t wait for Bill Nye Saves The World (April 21), his brand-new show for adults.
Watch These Before They’re Gone
Sadly, Netflix giveth and Netflix taketh away. We’re not listing everything that’s leaving, but you’ll want to make sure you don’t miss out on The Princess Bride (April 1), TV sci-fi classic The X-Files (April 1) and the 2014 film The Circle (April 3), a drama about a teacher and a cabaret artist who fall in love but face homophobia in 1950s Zurich.
New on Netflix in April
A Weekend with the Family
A Nightmare on Elm Street
Across the Universe
An American Tail
An American Tail: Fievel Goes West
An American Tail: The Mystery of the Night Monster
Born To Be Free
Good Witch: Season 2
Only for One Night
Richard Pryor: Live & Smokin’
Something’s Gotta Give
Wynonna Earp: Season 1
Trouble with the Curve
The Tenth Man
The D Train
Chewing Gum: Season 2
Louis C.K.: 2017
Disney’s The BFG
El Faro De Las Orcas
Dawn of the Croods: Season 3
The Get Down: Part 2
Win It All
Kubo and the Two Strings
Documentary Now!: Season 2
Kevin Hart: What Now
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: Season 2
Chelsea: Season 2
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return
Disney’s Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey
Lucas Brothers: On Drugs
A Plastic Ocean
Bill Nye Saves the World: Season 1
Girlboss: Season 1
Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On: Season 1
Tales by Light: Season 2
The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show: Season 4
The Great British Baking Show: Masterclass: Season 1-3
The Secret Life of Pets
Liv and Maddie: Season 4
Long Nights Short Mornings
Disney’s Queen of Katwe
The 101-Year-Old Man Who Skipped Out on the Bill and Disappeared
Vir Das: Abroad Understanding
Real Rescues: Season 6-7
Las Chicas del Cable: Season 1
A Murder in the Park
Dear White People: Season 1
Sofia the First: Season 3