What’s Coming and Going on Netflix, HBO Now, Amazon Prime, and Hulu in April

From Carrie Fisher's final performance on “Catastrophe” to an all-new Louis C.K. comedy special, here's everything streaming next month

March 23, 2017
Sharon Horgan, Rob Delaney, and Carrie Fisher on "Catastrophe" Sharon Horgan, Rob Delaney, and Carrie Fisher on “Catastrophe” Photo: Amazon

The digital streaming giants have revealed their incoming content for April 2017 and, unless the world is being subjected to a cruel and carefully coordinated April Fools’ Day prank, there will be loads of great stuff to choose from.

Netflix’s new movie offerings include “Gremlins,” “Schindler’s List,” “Cool Runnings,” and “Tropic Thunder.” Other additions include Season 2 of Bill Hader, Fred Armisen, and Seth Meyers’ hilarious IFC faux-documentary series “Documentary Now!” and classic stand-up specials from comedy legend Richard Pryor and 2016 Stern Show guest Kevin Hart. Netflix originals to keep an eye out for next month include friend of the show Chelsea Handler’s sophomore season of “Chelsea,” an original stand-up special from Louis C.K., and “Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On”—a six-part documentary series about sex, technology, and porn.

Sadly, Netflix also waves goodbye to a few fan favorites in April. All four of Christopher Reeve’s “Superman” movies are flying away, in addition to TV shows like “X-Files,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Firefly,” and “House, M.D.”

HBO Now will debut several recent theatrical hits in April, including “Suicide Squad” and “War Dogs,” which brought Jonah Hill into the studio last August. HBO Now is releasing a slew of classics next month, too, like “Unforgiven,” “Slumdog Millionaire,” “Urban Cowboy,” “Fast Times at Ridgemont High, “Play Misty for Me,” “The Deer Hunter,” and Martin Scorsese’s 1991 remake of “Cape Fear,” which involved Juliette Lewis sucking on Robert De Niro’s thumb, according to her 2016 conversation with Howard.

The premium network will also be streaming its TV offerings, including season premieres of “Veep” and “Silicon Valley” as well as the series finale of “Girls,” starring Lena Dunham who discussed the show at length with Howard in February. Additionally, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will become available on HBO Now on April 28.

One of the most anticipated offerings coming to Amazon Prime Video in April is the Season 3 release of the U.K. comedy “Catastrophe,” co-starring the late, great Carrie Fisher in one of her final on-screen performances. Other Amazon offerings to look out for next month are “Almost Famous,” “Tommy Boy,” two “Robocop” films, and Sally Field’s “Hello, My Name Is Doris,” which she discussed with Howard during her Stern Show debut last March. The streamer will also debut a Hugh Hefner docu-series called “American Playboy” on April 7.

Hulu, meanwhile, launches its original series “The Handmaid’s Tale” on April 26 and will add several films to its library next month, including “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” “Thelma & Louise,” and “Saturday Night Fever.” It’s also a place to stream several broadcast TV shows, including Fox’s upcoming “Prison Break” revival.

Here’s the complete list of what’s coming and going on Netflix, HBO Now, Hulu, and Amazon Prime in April:


Arrivals(April 1 unless otherwise noted)A Weekend with the Family (2016)A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)Across the Universe (2007)An American Tail (1986)An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (1991)An American Tail: The Mystery of the Night Monster (1999)Boy Bye (2016)Born to Be Free (2016)Cool Runnings (1993)Good Witch: Season 2 (2016)Gremlins (1984)Only for One Night (2016)Richard Pryor: Live & Smokin’ (1971)Scooby-Doo (2002)Schindler’s List (1993)Something’s Gotta Give (2003)Thunderstruck (2012)Wynonna Earp: Season 1 (2016)Trouble with the Curve (2012)Tropic Thunder (2008)The Tenth Man (2016)The D Train (2015) — 04/02Chewing Gum: Season 2 — 04/04Louis C.K. 2017 — 04/04Disney’s the BFG (2016) — 04/06El Faro De Las Orcas — 04/07Dawn of the Croods: Season 3 — 04/07The Get Down: Part 2 — 04/07Win It All — 04/07Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) — 04/08Documentary Now!: Season 2 (2016) — 04/10Kevin Hart: What Now (2016) — 04/11DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: Season 2 (2016) — 04/12Chelsea: Season 2 — 04/14El Elegido (2017) — 04/14Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return — 04/14Sandy Wexler — 04/14Disney’s Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993) — 04/15Slam — 04/15Lucas Brothers: On Drugs — 04/18A Plastic Ocean — 04/19Bill Nye Saves the World: Season 1 — 04/21Girlboss: Season 1 — 04/21Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On: Season 1 — 04/21Sand Castle — 04/21Tales by Light: Season 2 — 04/21The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show: Season 4 — 04/21The Prestige (2006) — 04/21Tramps — 04/21The Great British Baking Show: Masterclass: Season 1-3 (2016) — 04/22The Secret Life of Pets (2016) — 04/22Liv and Maddie: Season 4 (2016) — 04/23Phantom (2013) — 04/23Long Nights Short Mornings (2016) — 04/24Disney’s Queen of Katwe (2016) — 04/24The 101-Year-Old Man Who Skipped Out on the Bill and Disappeared — 04/24Vir Das: Abroad Understanding — 04/24Real Rescues: Season 6-7 (2012) — 04/26Trust (2010) — 04/26Las Chicas del Cable: Season 1 — 04/27A Murder in the Park (2014) — 04/28Casting JonBenet — 04/28Dear White People: Season 1 — 04/28Rodney King — 04/28Small Crimes — 04/28Sofia the First: Season 3 (2015) — 04/30

Departures(April 1 unless otherwise noted)Ally McBeal: Seasons 1 – 5Angel: Seasons 1–5Better Off Ted: Season 1Barbershop 2: Back in BusinessBones: Seasons 1-4Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Seasons 1-7ChaplinDollhouse: Season 1Ferris Bueller’s Day OffFireflyHouse, M.D.: Seasons 1-8Lie to Me: Season 1Menace II SocietyResident Evil: ExtinctionRosewell: Seasons 1-3Snow DayStomp the YardSuperman IISuperman IIISuperman IV: The Quest for PeaceSuperman ReturnsSuperman: The MovieThe Agony and the EcstasyThe Boys from BrazilThe EscapistThe Princess BrideThe Riches: Seasons 1-2The Usual SuspectsThe X-Files: Seasons 1-9Vanilla SkyCollateral Damage — 04/03The Circle — 04/03Legit: Season 2 — 04/07Wilfred: Season 4 — 04/07Hero — 04/09Legit: Season 1 — 04/10Flower Girl — 04/10The Lazarus Effect — 04/14A Fantastic Fear of Everything — 04/15American Dad! Season 6 — 04/17The Nutty Professor 2: Facing the Fear — 04/26Under the Tuscan Sun — 04/30The Mirror — 04/30Born to Defense — 04/30The Defender — 04/30



New Original Programming:Abortion: Stories Women Tell (4/3)HBO First Look: Fate of the Furious (4/4)Saving My Tomorrow Part 5 (4/4)The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (4/22)Saving My Tomorrow: Kids Love the Earth (4/22)The Memory of Justice (4/24)2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (4/29)

Season Premieres:Psi, Season 3 Premiere (4/14)The Leftovers, Season 3 Premiere (4/16)Veep, Season 6 Premiere (4/16)Silicon Valley, Season 4 Premiere (4/23)

Finales:Big Little Lies, Limited Series Finale (4/2)Crashing, Season 1 Finale (4/9)Girls, Season 6 and Series Finale (4/16)

Theatrical Premieres:Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, 2016 (4/1)Criminal Activities, 2015 (4/1)The Wild Life, 2015 (4/1)Kicks, 2016 (4/1)Dragon Blade, 2015 (4/1)War Dogs, 2016 (4/8)Search Party, 2014 (4/11)Suicide Squad (Theatrical & Extended Versions), 2016 (4/15)Indignation, 2016 (4/17)Victor Frankenstein, 2015 (4/29)

Starting April 1:Be Kind, Rewind, 2008Breaking Away, 1979Cape Fear, 1991Crimson Tide, 1995Fast Times at Ridgemont High, 1982Herbie: Fully Loaded, 2005Hollywood Ending, 2002Last Man Standing, 1996Mamma Mia!, 2008Operation Dumbo Drop, 1995Play Misty for Me, 1971Rat Race, 2001Slumdog Millionaire, 2008Speed Racer, 2008The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, 2007The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe, 2006The Deer Hunter, 1978The Simpsons Movie, 2007Unforgiven, 1992Urban Cowboy, 1980

Departures(Ending April 30 unless otherwise noted)Mad Max: Fury Road, 2015 — 4/728 Days Later, 2003All the President’s Men, 1976The Aviator, 2004By the Sea, 2015Carlito’s Way, 1993Cocktail, 1988Cop Car, 2015Coyote Ugly, 2000Demolition Man, 1993Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, 2000Drumline, 2002The Forest, 2016Heartbreakers, 2001The Hitcher, 2007Hitman, 2007Hitman: Agent 47, 2015I Am Legend, 2007The Jewel of the Nile, 1985Paper Moon, 1973Planet of the Apes, 2001The Poseidon Adventure, 1972The Revenant (2015)The Road Warrior (1982)Romancing the Stone (1984)Sisters (2015)Spider-Man (2002)Spider-Man 2 (2004)Steve Jobs (2015)The Wedding Singer (1998)


Arrivals(Available April 1 unless otherwise noted)1408 (2007) (*Showtime)A Horse Tale (2015)Agent Cody Banks (2003)Affliction (1998)Almost Famous (2000)America’s Sweethearts (2001) (*Showtime)Bad Company (1995) (*Showtime)Bangkok Dangerous (2008) (*Showtime)Ben Collins: Stunt Driver (2015)Beyond the Sea (2004) (*Showtime)The Big Empty (2003)Bigfoot Country (2012)The Burrowers (2009)Cadillac Man (1990)Call Me (1988)Casual Encounters (2016)Chaplin (1993)Chosen (2016)Company Man (2000) (*Showtime)Cry Freedom (1987) (*Showtime)Dancer (2016)Days of Thunder (1990)Deja vu (2006) (*Showtime)Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo (1999) (*Showtime)Eddie Murphy Raw (1987)Election (1999)The Ex (2006) (*Showtime)Factory Girl (2006) (*Showtime)Federal Hill (1994)Felicia’s Journey (1999)Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)Fifteen and Pregnant (1997)Fight to the Finish (2016)Flyboys (2006)Frankenstein (2004)Furry Vengeance (2010) (*Showtime)Gator (1976)The Giant King (2015)The Ghost and the Darkness (1996)Guns of the Magnificent Seven (1969)Happy Endings (2005)Hemingway’s Garden of Eden (2010)The Hours (2002)I Am Number Four (2011) (*Showtime)I.Q. (1994)In Old California (1942)JFK (1991)Kill Me Again (1989)Kingdom of Blood (2016)Kiss the Girls (1997)Lincoln (2012) (*Showtime)The Magnificent Seven Ride (1972)March of the Penguins (2005)Mighty Joe Young (1998) (*Showtime)Miss Potter (2006) (*Showtime)Mother’s Day (2016) (*Showtime)Mr. Brooks (2007) (*Showtime)Mulholland Falls (1996)My Best Friend’s Girl (2008) (*Showtime)NYC Underground (2013)Original Sin (2001)Out of the Inferno (2016)Payback (1999)People Like Us (2012) (*Showtime)The People vs. George Lucas (2011)Pony Express (1953)Premonition (2007) (*Showtime)The Puffy Chair (2007)Return of the Living Dead 3 (1993)Return of the Living Dead 4 (2006)Return of the Living Dead 5 (2007)Road Trip (2000)Robocop (1987)Robocop 2 (1990)Robocop 3 (1992)Saturday Night Fever (1977)Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993)Serpico (1973)Sexipede (2010) (*Showtime)Scrooged (1988) (*Showtime)Shaun of the Dead (2004) (*Showtime)Sliver (1993)The Spirit (2008) (*Showtime)The Switch (2010)Tale of Tales (2015) (*Showtime)Tapeheads (1988)Thelma & Louise (1991)Tommy Boy (1995)Trail of Blood (2013)Twice Upon a Yesterday (1999)Tyler Perry’s The Family That Preys (2008) (*Showtime)Under the Sea (2009)Usual Suspects (1995)The Warriors (1979)Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1998) (*Showtime)Wicker Park (2004)The Yards (2000) (*Showtime)Hello, My Name is Doris (2016) — 04/02Dimension 404: Series Premiere (RocketJump) — 04/04Precious Cargo (2016) — 04/04The Last Exorcism (2010) — 04/04Preacher: Complete Season 1 (AMC) — 04/05Prison Break: Season 5 Premiere (FOX) — 04/05NHL Road to the Outdoor Classics Ep. 4 (2017) — 04/06The Beach Boys: Making Pet Sounds (2017) (*Showtime) — 04/07Steve Byrne: Tell the Damn Joke (2017) (*Showtime) — 04/07Camp Lakebottom: Complete Season 1 (Disney XD) — 04/08First Dates: Series Premiere (NBC) — 04/08Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016) — 04/08Beyond the Edge (2016) — 04/08Perfect in ’76 (2017) (*Showtime) — 04/08The Perfect Match (2016) — 04/09In A World (2013) — 04/09Swelter (2014) — 04/10Short Term 12 (2013) — 04/13The Babadook (2014) — 04/14The Man Who Knew Infinity (2015) (*Showtime) — 04/14The Straight Story (1999) (*Showtime) — 04/14DOT: Complete Season 1A (Sprout) — 04/15Sid the Science Kid: Complete Seasons 1 & 2 (PBS) — 04/15Sid the Science Kid: The Movie (2012) — 04/15Famous in Love: Series Premiere (ABC Family) — 04/18My Hero Academia: Complete Season 1 (Dubbed Version) (Funimation) — 04/18Ain’t Them Bodies Saints (2013) — 04/18Election Day: Lens Across America (2016) — 04/18Pretty Little Liars: Season 7 Premiere (ABC Family) — 04/19Teen Beach Movie (2013) — 04/19Den Brother (2010) — 04/19The Even Stevens Movie (2003) — 04/19Johnny Tsunami (1999) — 04/19Stuck in the Suburbs (2004) — 04/19Tiger Cruise (2004) — 04/19LA Story: Complete Season 2 (Awesomeness TV) — 04/21Warpath (1951) — 04/21Cesar Millan’s Dog Nation: Series Premiere (Nat Geo) — 04/22Top of the Lake: Complete Season 1 (Sundance TV) — 04/24Origins: The Journey of Humankind: Series Premiere (Nat Geo) — 04/25Wayward Pines: Complete Season 2 (FX) — 04/25The Handmaid’s Tale: Series Premiere (Hulu Original) — 04/26Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Complete Season 4 (Nickelodeon) — 04/29(Titles denoted with *Showtime are only available for subscribers with the premium Showtime add-on)


Prime TV Available for StreamingTumble Leaf Spring-a-ling Surprise (AMAZON ORIGINAL) — 4/4American Playboy (AMAZON ORIGINAL) Season 1 — 4/7Fortitude Season 2 — 4/14Bosch (AMAZON ORIGINAL) Season 3 — 4/21Thirteen Season 1 — 4/21Thunderbirds Are Go (AMAZON ORIGINAL) Season 3 — 4/21Catastrophe (AMAZON ORIGINAL) Season 3 — 4/28Animal Kingdom Season 1 — 4/30

Prime Movies Available for Streaming(Available April 1 unless otherwise noted)Almost FamousChaplin (1992)Days of ThunderEddie Murphy RawElection (1999)Ella EnchantedKiss the Girls (1997)Mulholland FallsRobocopRobocop 2Saturday Night FeverSearching for Bobby FischerSliverThe Ghost and the DarknessThere Will Be BloodTommy BoyWhat IfHello, My Name is Doris — 4/2The Last Exorcism — 4/4Precious Cargo — 4/4Barbershop: The Next Cut — 4/8In a World — 4/9The Perfect Match (2016) — 4/9The Handmaiden *(Amazon Original) — 4/13The Love Witch — 4/14American Pastoral — 4/21American Honey — 4/27

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