Netflix New Releases: The Best Shows & Movies to Watch in April

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Netflix is sharing a never-before-seen glimpse at its April 2024 streaming slate, and it’s even better than expected.

The list is full of recognizable titles, including Baby Driver, Happy Gilmore, The Land Before Time, The Theory of Everything and You've Got Mail. However, the real showstoppers are all the new original titles. While there are multiple debuts—like Ripley—there are also several shows that are returning for new seasons, like The Circle and The Upshaws.

Keep reading for our top picks from Netflix’s new releases, followed by a complete list of TV shows and movies that are coming to the streaming service beginning in April.

1. Ripley

  • Premiere date: April 4

Based on Patricia Highsmith’s bestselling Tom Ripley novels, the series takes place in 1960s New York, when Tom Ripley is hired to travel to Italy in an attempt to convince a vagabond to return home.

2. What Jennifer Did

  • Premiere date: April 10 

If you love true-crime documentaries, then you need to tune into What Jennifer Did. The doc introduces viewers to a violent case that rocked a small Canadian town. It uses police interrogation footage and real-life testimonies to illustrate what happened. 

3. The Circle

  • Premiere date: April 17

Mark your calendars, because The Circle is returning for season six. The competition series documents the players as they get to know each other online. The goal is to avoid getting eliminated from the social networking app, which can be done only if their peers believe their online profile accurately represents them as a person. As in, they’re not a catfish.

4. The Upshaws

  • Premiere date: April 18

Who’s ready for part five of The Upshaws? The sitcom focuses on a working-class Black family in Indiana, who are simply trying to make ends meet. Together, they tackle everyday struggles, like baby mamas, job interviews and helicopter parents.

Netflix New Releases: April 2024

April 1
American Graffiti
Baby Driver
Born on the Fourth of July
Happy Gilmore
Hotel Transylvania
Hotel Transylvania 2
How to Be Single
Inside Man
Inside Man: Most Wanted
It's Kind of a Funny Story
Molly's Game
Mortal Engines
One Piece Film: Red
Role Models
Sex and the City
—Seasons 1 to 6
Smokey and the Bandit
Smokey and the Bandit II
Step Up: Revolution
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
The Land Before Time
The Little Things
The Magic Prank Show with Justin Willman
(Netflix original series)
The Matrix
The Matrix Reloaded
The Matrix Revolutions
The Theory of Everything
Wild Things
You've Got Mail

April 2
Demetri Martin: Demetri Deconstructed (Netflix original comedy special)
Space Jam: A New Legacy

April 3
Crime Scene Berlin: Nightlife Killer (Netflix original documentary)
Files of the Unexplained (Netflix original documentary)
Rodeio Rock (Netflix original movie)

April 4
100 Days to Indy—Season 1
(Netflix original series)
I Woke Up a Vampire—Season 2 (Netflix original series) *Family-friendly option
Ripley (Netflix original series)
The Tearsmith (Netflix original movie)

April 5
Parasyte: The Grey (Netflix original series)
Scoop (Netflix original movie)
The Antisocial Network: Memes to Mayhem (Netflix original documentary)

April 8
Spirit Rangers—Season 3 (Netflix original series) *Family-friendly option

April 9
Neal Brennan: Crazy Good (Netflix original comedy special)

April 10
Anthracite: Secrets of the Sect (Netflix original series)
The Hijacking of Flight 601 (Netflix original series)
Unlocked: A Jail Experiment (Netflix original series)
What Jennifer Did (Netflix original documentary)

April 11
As the Crow Flies—Season 3 (Netflix original series)
Heartbreak High—Season 2 (Netflix original series)
Meekah—Season 2
Midsummer Night (Netflix original series)
The Bricklayer

April 12
A Journey (Netflix original movie)
Amar Singh Chamkila (Netflix original movie)
Good Times (Netflix original series)
Love, Divided (Netflix original movie)
Stolen (Netflix original movie)
Strange Way of Life
Woody Woodpecker Goes to Camp
(Netflix original movie) *Family-friendly option

April 15
Hans Zimmer: Hollywood Rebel
The Fairly OddParents
—Seasons 4 and 5

April 16
Knocked Up
Jimmy Carr: Natural Born Killer
(Netflix original comedy special)

April 17
Black Sails: Seasons 1 to 4
Don't Hate the Player
(Netflix original series)
Our Living World (Netflix original documentary)
The Circle—Season 6 (Netflix original series)
The Grimm Variations (Netflix original series)

April 18
Bros (Netflix original series)
The Upshaws—Part 5 (Netflix original series)

April 19
Rebel Moon—Part Two: The Scargiver (Netflix original movie)

April 21
Duran Duran: There's Something You Should Know

April 22
Ahead of the Curve
CoComelon Lane
—Season 2 (Netflix original series) *Family-friendly option
Fern Brady: Autistic Bikini Queen (Netflix original comedy special)

April 23
Brigands: The Quest for Gold (Netflix original series)
Fight for Paradise: Who Can You Trust? (Netflix original series)

April 24
Deliver Me (Netflix original series)
King Richard
TLC Forever

April 25
City Hunter (Netflix original movie)
Dead Boy Detectives (Netflix original series)

April 26
Hack Your Health: The Secrets of Your Gut (Netflix original documentary)
The Asunta Case (Netflix original series)

April 29
Boiling Point—Season 1
Honeymoonish (Netflix original movie)

April 30
Fiasco (Netflix original series)
Fight for Paradise: Who Can You Trust? (Netflix original series)

Date Not Yet Announced
Baby Reindeer (Netflix original series)

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Greta Heggeness is a California-based editor at PureWow and has been writing about entertainment since 2015. She covers everything from awards shows to exclusive celebrity...