New on Netflix April 2020 – all the shows and movies coming soon

April sees the return of Ricky Gervais' comedy series After Life and sports docuseries Sunderland 'Til I Die, plus Chris Hemsworth movie Extraction arrives

After Life

With many people spending more time at home because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, it’s likely that Netflix usage is going to be even higher than normal in the coming weeks and months – and the good news is that there’s a great selection of new films and TV series coming to the platform in April.

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The month sees a wealth of new original series, including the debut of true crime documentaries How to Fix a Drug Scandal and Murder to Mercy, as well as comedy series The Brews Brothers and new adult animation series from the creator of Adventure Time, The Midnight Gospel.

There’s also the return of two Netflix favourites – with the second series of sports documentary Sunderland ‘Til I Die and another run of Ricky Gervais’ hit comedy After Life, as well as a follow-up to smash-hit documentary Tiger King.

As far as films go, there’s Extraction, a new action thriller starring Chris Hemsworth, The Willoughbys, a new animated family film and the final batch of Studio Ghibli films – including Howl’s Moving Castle and Pom Poko.

The first five series of hit US sitcom Community have also been added to the service. The series was a huge critical hit and also went down a storm with audiences, telling the story of a group of students who had enrolled in a community college. The stars included Donald Glover, Alison Brie and Ken Jeong and the show was notable for making heavy use of pop culture references as well as frequently parodying common tropes.

Also a fourth series of Nailed It! arrives – an amateur baking competition which is a bit like The Great British Bake Off but with contestants of a slightly less impressive calibre and El Dragón: Return of a Warrior, a Spanish language crime drama series about a successful but mysterious entrepreneur.

If you’re still looking for Netflix’s March releases we have the schedule.

Read on for our pick of the April list.

Wednesday 1st April

Community seasons 1-6 Six series of the hit US sitcom about a diverse group of quirky characters at a community college, starring Donald Glover and Alison Brie. Watch on Netflix

From Up on Poppy Hill Studio Ghibli film that tells the story of a high-school girl who seeks to prevent the school clubhouse from being demolished. Watch on Netflix

How to Fix a Drug Scandal season 1 True crime documentary that focuses on the crimes of two drug lab chemists. Watch on Netflix

Howl’s Moving Castle Studio Ghibli film about a girl who befriends a wizard living in a magic flying castle – before she is cursed by an evil witch. Watch on Netflix

Nailed It! season 4 Reality series starring amateur bakers who haven’t always been successful in the kitchen. Watch on Netflix

Pom Poko Studio Ghibli film about tanuki – Japanese raccoon dogs that are commonplace in Japanese folklore and are able shape-shift. Watch on Netflix

Ponyo Studio Ghibli film about a goldfish princess who longs to become human. Watch on Netflix

Sunderland ‘Til I Die season 2 Second series of the fly-on-the-wall documentary providing an in-depth look at the inner goings on at Sunderland Football Club. Watch on Netflix

When Marnie Was There Studio Ghibli film about a young girl who moves to the country and befriends a mysterious girl – with whom she has unexpectedly close ties. Watch on Netflix

Whisper of the Heart A girl who spends much of her time reading spots that all of the library books she takes out have previously been borrowed by the same boy in this Studio Ghibli title. Watch on Netflix

The Wind Rises Studio Ghibli film about a Japanese aviation engineer who created a Second World War fighter plane. Watch on Netflix

Friday 3rd April

Coffee & Kareem Ed Helms and Taraji P Henson star in this original Netflix comedy film about a 12-year-old who accidentally involves his family in a secret criminal network. Watch on Netflix

Money Heist/La Casa de Papel part 4 Spanish crime drama series about a criminal mastermind returns for its fourth chapter. Watch on Netflix

Tuesday 7th April

Ashes to Ashes BBC fantasy police drama sequel to Life on Mars, starring Philip Glenister and Keeley Hawes. Watch on Netflix

Brexit: the Uncivil War Benedict Cumberbatch stars in this drama about the 2016 referendum on whether the UK should leave the European Union. Watch on Netflix

dinnerladies Hit BBC sitcom created by comedy legend Victoria Wood, set in a factory canteen. Watch on Netflix

The Durrells series 3 Gentle drama based on Gerald Durrell’s memoirs, starring Keeley Hawes. Watch on Netflix

The Last Post 1960s military drama based on Peter Moffat’s childhood memories, starring Jessica Raine. Watch on Netflix

Life on Mars John Simm stars in this high-concept classic drama set in 1973 that reinvented the cop show. Watch on Netflix

McMafia BBC crime drama starring James Norton that takes its inspiration from Misha Glenny’s non-fiction book, dramatising some of its real-life tales of international organised crime. Watch on Netflix

Pure Comedy drama series starring Charly Clive as 24-year-old Marnie, who’s been plagued by disturbing sexual thoughts for as long as she can remember. Watch on Netflix

SS-GB Dystopian drama set in an alternate history of the Second World War. Watch on Netflix

Terrace House: Tokyo 2019-2020 part 3 Latest series of the Japanese reality show that sees six young men and women who haven’t previously met move into a house for the summer. Watch on Netflix

The Vicar of Dibley Dawn French stars as village cleric Geraldine Grainger in Richard Curtis’s popular BBC sitcom. Watch on Netflix

Friday 10th April

The Breakfast Club Seminal 1980s Brat Pack movie starring Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Ally Sheedy and Paul Gleason. Watch on Netflix

Brews Brothers season 1 New comedy series about two estranged brothers who are experts at brewing beer but less successful at getting on as a family. Watch on Netflix

Brews Brothers
Brews Brothers, Netflix

Love Wedding Repeat Sam Claflin, Freida Pinto, Olivia Munn, Eleanor Tomlinson and Aisling Bea star in this Netflix Original romcom. Watch on Netflix

Tigertail Original drama film about a Taiwanese man who moves to America to start a new life, leaving behind his love. Watch on Netflix

Sunday 12th April

Tiger King
Tiger King

The Tiger King and I Joel McHale hosts this new aftershow catching up with some of the subjects of the smash-hit Joe Exotic documentary. Watch on Netflix

Tuesday 14th April

Chris D’Elia: No Pain Latest stand-up special from the American comedian, with subjects including self-censorship and problematic dolphins. Watch on Netflix

Wednesday 15th April

The Innocence Files season 1 Documentary series that aims to look at why the road to justice can be a long and difficult journey. Watch on Netflix

Outer Banks Soapy drama in which a group of best friends are ready to risk everything to find $400 million in lost gold. Watch on Netflix

Thursday 16th April

Fauda season 3 Third series of the Israeli series based on the creators’ time in the Israeli Defence Forces. Watch on Netflix

Friday 17th April

Earth and Blood French documentary film about a bitter feud between a drug dealer and a sawmill owner. Watch on Netflix

El Dragón: Return of a Warrior Spanish language crime drama series about a successful but mysterious entrepreneur. Watch on Netflix

Sergio Original film focusing on the life of the much respected Brazilian United Nations diplomat Sérgio Vieira de Mello, starring Wagner Moura and Ana de Armas. Watch on Netflix

Too Hot to Handle season 1 New reality show that sees singles flown to a sunny paradise and challenged with staying celibate – with a $100,000 cash prize at stake. Watch on Netflix

Monday 20th April

Cooked with Cannabis Cooking show hosted by Kelis that sees contestants create culinary masterpieces containing marijuana. Watch on Netflix

The Last Dance The story of how Michael Jordan and the Chicago 90s Bulls came to dominate and define basketball. Watch on Netflix

The Midnight Gospel New adult animation from the creator of Adventure Time that sees a space caster explore existential questions. Watch on Netflix

The Midnight Gospel
The Midnight Gospel, Netflix

Wednesday 22nd April

Circus of Books Documentary about a couple who ran the biggest gay porn store in Los Angeles for decades. Watch on Netflix

Peaky Blinders season 5 The fifth and most recent series of the Cillian Murphy-starring Birmingham gangster saga. Watch on Netflix

The Willoughbys Original animated family film based on the children’s book of the same name and with an all-star voice cast including Will Forte, Ricky Gervais and Maya Rudolph. Watch on Netflix

Thursday 23rd April

The House of Flowers (La Casa de las Flores) season 3 New series of the modernised Mexican telenovela, and once again a family member is looking at a stretch in prison. Watch on Netflix

Friday 24th April

After Life season 2 Ricky Gervais’s acclaimed comedy-drama series returns for a second run. Watch on Netflix

Extraction Original action thriller film written by Joe Russo and starring Chris Hemsworth. Watch on Netflix

Saturday 25th April

The Martian Ridley Scott’s 2015 sci-fi drama stars Matt Damon as the astronaut abandoned on Mars who must learn how to survive in the punishing environment. Watch on Netflix

Sunday 26th April

The Last Kingdom season four Long-awaited fourth series of the fantasy drama based on the Saxon Stories novels by Sharpe creator Bernard Cornwell. Watch on Netflix

Monday 27th April

Never Have I Ever New coming-of-age comedy about an Indian-American teenager from Mindy Kaling. Watch on Netflix

Wednesday 29th April

Extracurricular South Korean crime series about an ambitious student who commits a crime in order to go to university. Watch on Netflix

Murder to Mercy: the Cyntoia Brown Story True crime documentary exploring the case of a 16-year-old girl who was sentenced to life in prison. Watch on Netflix

Nadiya’s Time to Eat Some much-need culinary inspiration from Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain’s popular BBC Two show. Watch on Netflix

A Secret Love Two women who fall in love in 1947 and begin a 65-year journey of love in this South Korean drama series. Watch on Netflix

Thursday 30th April

The Victims’ Game season 1 A forensic detective with Asperger’s discovers his estranged daughter’s link to mysterious murders in this new crime drama

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Note: David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet was due to arrive in April, but its launch has been pushed back to later in the year because of the coronavirus pandemic. The documentary will draw on Attenborough’s 93 years to discuss some of the biggest challenges facing life on our planet, and reportedly offers a powerful message of hope for future generations.