While we all safely quarantine ourselves away during the pandemic, streaming great TV series is more important than ever. Fortunately, April has no shortage of awesome-looking new shows. There’s a half-hour comedy from HBO, a new animated series on Netflix, and an exciting sci-fi series from Amazon. As always we just ask that you stay inside and stay safe during the pandemic. But we hope this will also help you stay entertained.
Tales From the Loop — Amazon Prime — April 3
Amazon’s newest series is based on the beautiful paintings by Simon Stålenhag. Stålenahg imagined a supermassive particle accelerator built in a small Scandinavian village. His world is filled with strange robots and incredible creatures. The world is so wonderfully fleshed out that it has already been adopted into a smash hit role-playing game. In the game, players are children who rove through their incredible world, getting into adventures their parents and teachers don’t believe. If the show from Amazon is anything similar, expect a futuristic version of Stranger Things with an even bigger mystery at the center. With Matt Reeves as Executive Producer and Jodie Foster directing an episode, this one is definitely a must-watch.
Run — HBO — April 12
Run is the new half-hour comedy from HBO Vicky Jones and Phoebe Waller-Bridge and starring Merritt Wever and Domhnall Gleeson. If that sentence isn’t enough to sell you on the series, then there might be something wrong with you. The show centers around Ruby Richardson (Weaver) whose quiet suburban life is turned upside down when she gets a text from her college sweetheart, encouraging her to drop everything and meet him at Grand Central Station to travel across America. The black-comedy stylings that were on display in Fleabag, where Waller-Bridge and Jones first collaborated.
Mrs. America — FX on Hulu — April 15
After Disney’s acquisition of Fox, there were lots of questions about how the various Fox properties would be integrated into Disney’s business model. But perhaps the most interesting was Hulu, a property that Disney and Fox both owned stakes in, and that seemed to be a direct competitor to Disney’s new streaming platform: Disney+. The resolution has been fascinating and exciting. Disney is working to position Hulu as a streaming service for audiences that might not be interested in the package available on Disney+. Part of that has involved bringing all the FX shows onto Hulu. Last month, they premiered Devs, a miniseries from Alex Garland. This month, it’s Mrs. America, a miniseries from Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck (Captain Marvel) about the attempt to pass the Equal Rights Amendment. This series will definitely be in the conversation during awards season, so be sure to check it out!
The Midnight Gospel — Netflix — April 20
The Midnight Gospel is an adult animated series from Adventure Time creator Pendleton Ward. It’s about an interviewer, named Clancy, who travels across the multiverse interviewing all kinds of crazy and unusual beings. The animation style will be familiar to any Adventure Time fans. But the content is definitely a little rawer than the stories from the Land of Ooo. Ward is a master storyteller who knows how to construct a world with the best of them. But The Midnight Gospel takes place across an entire multiverse. So, that even bigger world will definitely be filled with the types of unexpected characters and terrific landscapes, the exact thing that made Advneture Time so distinctive.
But what are you excited to add to your queue this month? What shows are you most looking forward to? Are there any shows you’re looking forward to that we left off our list? Let us know on Twitter and Facebook. and Don’t forget to check back here for reviews of all these shows later this month.