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The 11 Best Things Coming to Netflix in April

No fooling: Don’t miss a thing with our critics’ watch list

Alexander Dreymon (left) stars in "The Last Kingdom: Seven Kings Must Die."
Alexander Dreymon (left) stars in "The Last Kingdom: Seven Kings Must Die."
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Even now, at the height of the streaming wars, Netflix cranks out an astonishing amount of original content — for just about every genre and taste. This month alone, there’s a sequel to the historical saga The Last Kingdom set in 10th-century England and a dramedy series in which Steven Yeun and Ali Wong blow up a petty parking-lot grievance into an epic battle of revenge. And the usually buttoned-up comic John Mulaney takes the mic for the first time since all his personal drama dropped about his stint in rehab, divorce and insta-fatherhood.

Read on for our picks of the best movies and specials coming to Netflix in April:

Coming April 1

The Mauritanian (2021)

In this eye-opening drama based on a true story, Jodie Foster, 60, plays a lawyer hired to defend a Mauritanian man (Tahar Rahim, The Looming Tower) who was held at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp for 14 years even though no charges were ever brought against him.

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​Coming April 6

Beef, Season 1 (Netflix Original)

No, this limited series is not another meat-focused cooking show. Instead, the dramedy follows a blue-collar guy (The Walking Dead alum Steven Yeun) and a well-to-do suburban housewife (Ali Wong, Always Be My Maybe) who get so consumed by a road rage incident that each becomes embroiled in ever-more-outlandish acts of revenge.

Coming April 7

Transatlantic (Netflix Original)

Cory Michael Smith (Gotham) stars as Varian Fry, a real-life American journalist who helped to get thousands of anti-Nazi refugees — including artists Marc Chagall and André Breton — out of occupied France during the early years of World War II.

Coming April 8

Hunger (Netflix Original)

If you thought the fine-dining chef played by Ralph Fiennes, 60, was over-the-cooktop in last year’s black comedy The Menu, wait ’til you meet Chef Paul (Nopachai Jayanama) in this film about a talented young cook (Chutimon Chuengcharoensukying) who leaves her family’s noodle restaurant to train under Bangkok’s version of Gordon Ramsay.

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​​Coming April 13

Florida Man, Season 1 (Netflix Original)

Édgar Ramírez plays a former cop who’s dragged back to his home state of Florida to search for a Philly mobster’s runaway girlfriend in a series that promises the wit and wackiness of a Carl Hiaasen comedic mystery.

Coming April 14

The Last Kingdom: Seven Kings Must Die (Netflix Original)

The Last Kingdom, based on Bernard Cornwell’s 13 novels about England’s Saxon period in the ninth and 10th centuries, wrapped last year after five bloody seasons. But in this one-film sequel, Alexander Dreymon’s Uhtred returns to fight off invaders and rival heirs of the late King Edward to complete his quest to form a united England.

Coming April 16

The Mustang (2019)

Saddle up for this feel-good film about an antisocial inmate in a rural Nevada prison (Matthias Schoenaerts) who gains new perspective in a rehabilitation program focused on the training of wild horses. But will his estranged daughter be as receptive?


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Coming April 20

Keri Russell stars in "The Diplomat."
Keri Russell stars in "The Diplomat."
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The Diplomat, Season 1 (Netflix Original)

Keri Russell plays a no-nonsense U.S. diplomat and expert on the Middle East who’s suddenly tapped to become the ambassador to the U.K. after an international crisis. Rufus Sewell costars as her husband, another diplomat who urges her to ease up on the black power suits and play the P.R. game.


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Coming April 21

A Tourist’s Guide to Love (Netflix Original)

Rachael Leigh Cook, who starred opposite Freddie Prinze Jr. in She’s All That in 1999, is no stranger to rom-coms. Now she’s romancing a freewheeling tour guide (newcomer Scott Ly) during a group tour of Vietnam in this new film, one of the first U.S. productions shot entirely in Vietnam. Will she find true love? Pho sure.

Coming April 25

John Mulaney: Baby J (Netflix Original)

The SNL alum returns for his first comedy special in five years, and boy does he have a lot to unpack: During the first two years of the pandemic, after all, the self-deprecating Chicago native entered rehab, split with his wife of seven years and had a child with actress Olivia Munn.

Coming April 27

The Nurse, Season 1 (Netflix Original)

A woman fresh out of nursing school starts work in a provincial Danish hospital — and soon suspects that her colleague may be deliberately killing patients. This fact-based series, inspired by a book by journalist Kristian Corfixen, follows the fateful night shift in which three patients died under mysterious circumstances — and the explosive criminal trial that followed.