Binge Guide

9 TV and Streaming Shows You Should Binge-Watch This April

Better Call Saul, Barry, A Black Lady Sketch Show, and six more TV and streaming shows to catch up on before their new seasons start.

by | April 4, 2022 | Comments

We’ve been waiting literally for years for some of these returning series to finally give us some new episodes — and we have it on good authority that they’ll be well worth the wait. Barry season 3, Russian Doll season 2, and Better Call Saul’s final season are just three of the nine series we recommend you catch up on this April.

What it is: From the mind of creator and star Robin Thede, A Black Lady Sketch Show is a half-hour comedy series that brings together some of the funniest women in entertainment playing characters so over the top and hilariously incisive that they deserve a rewatch over and again.
Why you should watch it: First making headlines for its laundry list of TV “firsts” (first all-Black women writers’ room; first black woman sketch director; and first sketch series cast composed entirely of Black women), it’s proven its staying power by sticking to its roots, finding laugh-out-loud hilarity in the ultra-specific, and flexing an HBO budget that expands what sketch comedy can truly look like. Season 3 premieres April 8 on HBO.
Where to watch: HBO Max
Commitment: Approx. 6 hours (for the first two seasons)

What it is: This comedy series from Keith Knight and Marshall Todd follows Keef, a Black cartoonist on the brink of mainstream success when a run-in with racist police officers leaves him recalculating his relationship to art, Blackness, and the work he creates.
Why you should watch it: We crowned the first season as “a messy conversation worth watching,” and that’s largely thanks to a pitch-perfect Lamorne Morris, who as cartoonist Keef Knight is given his best gig since New Girl. Expect more bold humor with flourishes of surrealism when season 2 premieres April 8 on Hulu.
Where to watch: Hulu
Commitment: Approx. 4 hours (for the first season)

What it is: Ever wonder how, exactly, Breaking Bad’s Saul Goodman got to be so darn slimy? AMC’s acclaimed prequel series, Better Call Saul, is here to help. The companion project satisfyingly builds on the original Vince Gilligan drama, while also coherently etching an identity of its own for viewers of all proclivities.
Why you should watch it: The series takes a character we think we know — the Saul Goodman whom Breaking Bad’s Walter White eventually meets in that Albuquerque, New Mexico, strip mall — and breaks him down to his nuts and bolts, beginning as Jimmy McGill. Played wonderfully by Bob Odenkirk in what could become his career-defining (certainly career-changing) role, Saul/Jimmy and his uneasy partnership with Jonathan Banks’ Mike Ehrmantraut make for a must-watch binge for any lover of prestige TV — Breaking Bad fanatic or not. Season 6, Better Call Saul’s final run, premieres on April 18 on AMC and AMC+.
Where to watch: Netflix
Commitment: Approx. 40 hours (for the first five seasons)

What it is: Set on the blistering California-Mexico border, this Sons of Anarchy spinoff from creators Elgin James and Kurt Sutter follows Ezekiel “EZ” Reyes (JD Pardo), who’s freshly released from prison and now a new prospect in the titular biker gang. But with intersecting familial loyalties at play while he charts life as an outlaw, the drama and violence quickly ratchets up.
Why you should watch it: Pardo delivers a star-making turn as our central protagonist, and co-stars Clayton Cardenas as EZ’s brother Angel, Edward James Olmos as their father Felipe, and their ensemble of largely Hispanic performers all meet him mark for bloody mark. Season 4 premieres April 19 on FX.
Where to watch: Hulu
Commitment: Approx. 30 hours (for the first three seasons)

What it is: Russian Doll is just your typical sitcom about a wisecracking New Yorker who gets stuck in a time loop where she dies and relives the same day over and again until she learns to face down her childhood trauma. Which is to say nothing about it is at all typical.
Why you should watch it: Natasha Lyonne, a literal life-long actor, has never been better than she is on Russian Doll. Her singular wit and sensibility meshes perfectly with co-creators Leslye Headland and Amy Poehler to build a series that is as darkly funny as it is moving. Season 2 premieres April 20 on Netflix.
Where to watch: Netflix
Commitment: Approx. 4 hours (for the first season)

What it is: An alcoholic flight attendant’s world is turned upside down when, after a night of heavy drinking, she wakes up next to one of her passengers murdered in bed. As she begins piecing his death together, this thrilling mystery ties in hallucinogenic flashbacks, hired assassins, and an encroaching FBI case to make for some top-tier entertainment.
Why you should watch it: You’ve never seen Kaley Cuoco like this. The star and executive producer was rightfully nominated for an Emmy Award for season 1, and we can’t wait to see what she has up her sleeve for round 2. Plus, how great is it to see Rosie Perez back chewing scenery and stealing the show as her flight attendant coworker with a secret? Season 2 premieres April 21 on HBO Max.
Where to watch: HBO Max
Commitment: Approx. 6 hours (for the first season)

What it is: Bill Hader stars as Barry Berman, a Midwestern hitman who, when traveling to Los Angeles for a job, unexpectedly takes an acting class and considers a career change.
Why you should watch it: Henry Winkler is gifted the kind of late-career role that the Happy Days TV veteran has long deserved in washed-up acting coach Gene Cousineau. (And he’s got the Emmy to prove it!) He’s reason enough to tune into Barry, but then there’s the title character himself. Hader has never been better as the hitman-turned-aspiring actor — circumstantially funny as a fish out of water, boasting leading-man gravitas as a morally torn hero, and even exuding an unexpected sex appeal as a kickass former Marine. Season 3 premieres April 24 on HBO.
Where to watch: HBO Max
Commitment: Approx. 8 hours (for the first two seasons)

What it is: Made for Love is for fans of Fatal Attraction with a sci-fi twist. Cristin Milioti stars as Hazel, the longtime wife of tech billionaire Byron (Billy Magnussen), who discovers she’s been implanted with a romantic monitoring chip when she tries to end the marriage. Her fight for independence begins with some help from her estranged father (Ray Romano).
Why you should watch it: Co-creators Dean Bakopoulos and Christina Lee struck gold in casting Milioti as their romantic lead on a mission. Her comedic timing matches the dramatic chops demanded of their genre-fusing material. It’s a star-making turn. Season 2 premieres April 28 on HBO Max.
Where to watch: HBO Max
Commitment: Approx. 4 hours (for the first season)

What it is: From the minds of BoJack Horseman collaborators, creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg and producer Kate Purdy, Undone follows a woman named Alma who, after surviving a near-fatal car accident, discovers she has a surreal, reality-bending relationship with time. She uses this new ability to learn more about her father’s death.
Why you should watch it: Undone is the kind of mind-expanding series that truly flexes what the animated medium is capable of. Season 2 premieres April 29 on Amazon Prime.
Where to watch: Prime Video
Commitment: Approx. 4 hours (for the first season)

On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.

Tag Cloud

Reality Competition television dreamworks Warner Bros. Travel Channel Marvel Studios unscripted die hard Nickelodeon Ghostbusters Best Director E3 Stephen King sequel Holiday DirecTV suspense comedies free movies batman science fiction comics ESPN disaster Geeked Week Amazon Prime natural history Pop 2019 Netflix casting debate Tokyo Olympics President dc reviews Best Actor cooking indie Paramount Pictures PBS news summer TV preview streaming movies Cannes king kong documentaries SDCC Rocketman boxoffice romance Valentine's Day Fall TV facebook book 2017 Sony DC streaming service Family Oscars cancelled TV series name the review IFC Films Mudbound Endgame award winner Neflix Amazon El Rey Song of Ice and Fire 72 Emmy Awards Oscar First Reviews TV Land PlayStation Horror romantic comedy Nominations Marathons Western spider-man Focus Features 2021 concert summer TV robots 45 IFC theme song WGN Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt NBA tv talk mcc TLC Universal japan Emmys international ABC Signature BET crime japanese Lifetime Christmas movies 2016 black comedy SXSW 2022 mockumentary docuseries scene in color film series Disney Channel Turner scary sopranos satire superman Superheroes saw summer preview Creative Arts Emmys scorecard comic books Certified Fresh dceu Arrowverse Toys Logo 99% fresh sequels Watching Series dark Television Academy Disney streaming service HBO new star wars movies Film TV movies VH1 The Walking Dead movies dramedy rotten movies we love YouTube Red 2015 cancelled TV shows kaiju Photos CW Seed YouTube The Academy mob Pet Sematary ABC 71st Emmy Awards rt archives MGM 20th Century Fox christmas movies ID Bravo cinemax First Look obi wan golden globe awards PaleyFest south america Best Actress posters Cosplay basketball diversity action-comedy Sundance RT History independent Food Network Sundance Now Binge Guide jamie lee curtis Women's History Month ghosts Pride Month LGBTQ Walt Disney Pictures Anna Paquin high school adaptation FOX Infographic serial killer Native target Emmy Nominations Rom-Com Instagram Live cops composers Broadway zombies transformers NBC twilight crime thriller all-time asian-american LGBT obituary golden globes See It Skip It venice marvel comics directors rt labs critics edition Ovation hidden camera TCA new york Box Office mutant jurassic park Columbia Pictures BET Awards monster movies Action American Society of Cinematographers 2018 Star Trek kong worst pirates of the caribbean Comic Book series Teen Writers Guild of America Legendary Fox Searchlight supernatural Britbox sports aliens Turner Classic Movies best 90s Comics on TV Dark Horse Comics ratings Paramount Network Acorn TV leaderboard james bond The Witch singing competition Adult Swim crossover superhero popular documentary Pirates boxing comic book movies Spike CMT toy story trailers 2020 X-Men Thanksgiving Video Games Television Critics Association Fantasy green book spy thriller screenings police drama TruTV werewolf Baby Yoda CBS olympics remakes witnail AMC Plus The CW Interview lord of the rings spanish language Election dogs dexter Rocky Tomatazos feel good Awards Tour Winter TV VOD discovery Cartoon Network Amazon Studios video Apple Avengers canceled telelvision scene in color series Grammys CNN adenture FX on Hulu TV One zero dark thirty Elton John YA Crunchyroll young adult Shondaland political drama A24 biopic gangster godzilla art house Musicals heist movie animated toronto DC Comics trophy Starz binge Pacific Islander IMDb TV teaser TCA 2017 RT21 critics Vudu Pop TV Superheroe 007 anthology USA Showtime cats stop motion worst movies streamig spinoff Red Carpet The Walt Disney Company Masterpiece Quiz zombie HBO Go Winners Shudder Trailer Drama Reality Rock comic justice league space Heroines revenge royal family politics USA Network Super Bowl Academy Awards foreign franchise social media deadpool Holidays FXX CBS All Access TV renewals breaking bad Epix universal monsters TIFF HBO Max Mindy Kaling Alien black stand-up comedy Awards period drama ViacomCBS TNT Star Wars Comic-Con@Home 2021 Hulu Exclusive Video interviews 73rd Emmy Awards TCM GoT APB Mary poppins king arthur medical drama war Hear Us Out Apple TV+ Paramount Plus strong female leads Tags: Comedy Marvel Television GLAAD stoner Summer vampires Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Trivia emmy awards Trophy Talk Spring TV Biopics Set visit sag awards Pixar Hallmark renewed TV shows crime drama legend BBC game of thrones Prime Video 1990s game show Film Festival Christmas VICE finale Fargo broadcast scene in color know your critic Year in Review rom-coms 94th Oscars Brie Larson child's play target scene in color Schedule Mystery South by Southwest Film Festival Best and Worst live event archives Comedy Central hispanic elevated horror Star Wars Celebration Mary Tyler Moore SXSW children's TV Discovery Channel National Geographic cars live action Image Comics Hallmark Christmas movies Sundance TV screen actors guild 24 frames ABC Family 4/20 criterion 21st Century Fox Character Guide slashers aapi Animation italian Lucasfilm Syfy Tubi San Diego Comic-Con nature Captain marvel miniseries slasher sitcom Disney A&E Wes Anderson travel TV 93rd Oscars Podcast Sony Pictures New York Comic Con Opinion technology comiccon blockbuster Funimation The Arrangement Lifetime Ellie Kemper GIFs anime Amazon Prime Video Sneak Peek Nat Geo MCU marvel cinematic universe laika spider-verse Tumblr Calendar versus new zealand genre E! Esquire critic resources nfl based on movie Paramount halloween fast and furious rotten nbcuniversal streaming Netflix Christmas movies cancelled talk show french Martial Arts doctor who cartoon Apple TV Plus Classic Film wonder woman DC Universe historical drama blaxploitation hist festivals docudrama Extras NYCC OWN YouTube Premium DGA richard e. Grant canceled TV shows movie Sci-Fi History mission: impossible Spectrum Originals what to watch spanish FX psycho Tarantino football Countdown vs. blockbusters Best Picture harry potter latino Country Fox News spain Musical hispanic heritage month indiana jones Disney+ Disney Plus hollywood halloween tv chucky Black Mirror SundanceTV AMC TBS The Purge comic book movie thriller australia cults HFPA biography festival Lionsgate a nightmare on elm street true crime films Premiere Dates Kids & Family book adaptation Disney Plus Universal Pictures Marvel Polls and Games video on demand kids cancelled television Mary Poppins Returns parents quibi classics women Crackle OneApp MTV Freeform joker 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards Peacock scary movies psychological thriller rt labs reboot razzies BAFTA ITV BBC America WarnerMedia TCA Winter 2020 adventure Chernobyl Indigenous BBC One Hollywood Foreign Press Association dragons MSNBC TCA Awards 79th Golden Globes Awards prank Music Comedy Black History Month