From shows you can watch with the kids to intense dramas, survivalist and socially experimental reality series, and hilarious comedies, this week is chock full of plenty of new content to watch on all of your favorite streaming services. Jamie Foxx returns to the small screen in Dad Stop Embarrassing Me, while Netflix’s surprise hit reality show The Circle will premiere with its first four episodes of season 2. There’s lots to see, including brand new shows as well as new seasons of returning ones.
Dad Stop Embarrassing Me
Academy Award-winning actor and Grammy Award-winning musician Jamie Foxx is going back to his comedy roots in this sitcom about Brian Dixon, a single dad whose life is turned upside down when his teenage daughter moves in with him. Also starring Foxx’s former In Living Color castmate David Alan Grier as his character’s father, Foxx harkens back to his sketch comedy days by playing several other characters on the show as well. These include Reverend Sweet Tee, Cadillac Calvin, and Rusty. The sitcom is sure to be full of those moral moments and predictable laugh tracks that are essential components of any successful sitcom. Stream all eight episodes of the first season.
This Korean series has been compared to How To Get Away With Murder, so if you’ve been missing that Shondaland series, this just might fill the hole. The crime drama begins when an incident puts ambitious students at a prestigious law school and their tough professor into a tailspin. Two episodes will be released each week — alongside their release date on the native network jTBC — for a total of 16 episodes to complete the first season.
Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn
Looking for something new to watch with the pre-teen kids? Stream all four seasons of this Nickelodeon comedy about 9-year-old quadruplets, each of whom has their own unique personality. While Nicky is the quirky comedian, Ricky is the bookworm, Dicky is the easygoing kid, and Dawn, the only girl, is the eldest who loves to annoy her little brothers. Naturally, there’s a lot of conflict and sibling rivalry among the four as they constantly disagree. But despite their differences, they band together to solve everyday problems.
Toddlers and preschoolers will love the third season of this CGI-animated series that presents a fictional town called Tracksville where human adults don’t exist. Kids run various train stations, and their talking train friends take them on adventures. Hailing from Canada, the series, produced by Spin Master Entertainment in partnership with Netflix, features eight train friends, from Freight Nate to Rescue Red, and three main child characters, each with their own distinct skill sets.
My Love: Six Stories of True Love
At a time when relationships seem fleeting, the six couples featured in this limited docuseries have stood the test of time. Each elderly couple from different parts of the world has been together for decades. The series follows their lives over the span of a year, examining what makes them tick, how they interact, and their secrets to a successful and enduring relationship. It’s guaranteed to be full of heartwarming and inspiring stories.
It’s Big Brother meets Catfish in this unique experimental reality series that is perfectly suited to quarantine times. Each player is holed up in a different apartment on a different floor of the same building. They never meet or even speak to one another, only ever communicating by text-based messages (and emoji) using an intelligent artificial intelligence (A.I.) system. All that’s shared is a carefully curated social media profile for each person, with little additional details added as the series progresses.
Are the profiles fake, or are the people really who they say they are? The first season proved far more heartwarming than expected as people from all walks of life opened up to one another and formed beautiful friendships in a way they likely never would have had they crossed paths in real life. It’s a lesson in not passing judgment and being accepting of others while also realizing that not everything, or everyone, is what/who they seem behind a screen. The first four episodes are available this week, with four episodes released in each of the two weeks thereafter, followed by a finale on May 5, 2021.
Fast & Furious Spy Racers: Mexico
Based on the popular Fast & Furious films, this animated series is now streaming its fourth season. Counting Vin Diesel among its executive producers and featuring the voices of Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf), Charlet Chung (the voice of D.Va in the video game Overwatch), and Jorge Diaz (The Long Road Home), season 4 moves to Mexico where the crew must clear their names after they are framed for a crime they did not commit and fend off attacks from a super-agent who is searching for them.
Also referred to as Easy Money, this Swedish original series is based on the trio of films that were, in turn, based on the Stockholm Noir trilogy of novels by Jens Lapidus. Taking place a decade after the events of the last movie, Leya is a young single mother and businesswoman trying to make a name and career for herself who gets caught up in the criminal underworld. The first film, released in 2010 (the sequels came out in 2012 and 2013) starred Joel Kinnaman (Altered Carbon, For All Mankind).
This is a Robbery: The World’s Biggest Art Heist
Netflix has developed a reputation for delivering a steady stream of enthralling true-crime docuseries, and this latest one is likely to keep up with the pace. The brazen story is almost too incredible to believe. There were no elaborate plans nor intricate models drawn up of the building’s security systems to make a stealth entry and theft. Rather, in 1990, two men dressed up as police officers, walked into the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston and simply stole 13 works of art worth half a billion dollars. Even more baffling than how simple yet effective their plan was is the fact that, to this day, the perpetrators have never been caught and the missing art never recovered. It’s a fascinating story about the largest art theft in history.
Supernatural crimes are taking place all across Victorian London and a crew of misfit teenagers is hired on to help investigate Dr. Watson and Sherlock Holmes. But while they do all the hard work, who naturally ends up getting all the credit? Sherlock, of course. The British crime drama, one of many series and movies based on the work of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, features eight episodes in its inaugural season.
Topher Grace (That ’70s Show) makes his return to the small screen in this comedy about three adult siblings, each of whom has ended up in a different social class, with lives that have all taken different paths. While the youngest sibling has managed to do well for himself running a private equity firm, the middle child is firmly in the middle class and struggling to get by. Meanwhile, the eldest child, daughter Sarah, can barely pay her bills. Inspired by the real-life story of co-creator Michael Colton, Home Economics centers around how each sibling has their own hardships that involve far more than just superficial money and status. New episodes are released weekly.
Everything’s Gonna Be Okay
The second season of this comedic drama about a 20-something man in Australia who becomes the primary caregiver for his two teenage American half-sisters following the death of their father is now streaming. Neurotic and completely out of his depth, Nicholas tries hard to fill the hole left by their father and help his siblings through their coming-of-age trials and tribulations.
Katey Sagal heads up this drama that is inspired by the life of legal clerk and environmental activist Erin Brokovich, who serves as an executive producer. Annie “Rebel” Bello is a legal advocate who is passionate about helping others in their fights for justice. Along with Rebel’s messy, funny, and fearless tactics, there’s one small detail that can’t be overlooked: She doesn’t actually have a law degree. But that doesn’t matter because she manages to help get the job done anyway.
Check out the second half of the sixth season of this historical fantasy series that is inspired by the sagas of legendary Norse hero Ragnar Lothbrok. Ragnar begins as a farmer but as he helps raid England and fight alongside his fellow warriors, he is eventually named king. As the series has progressed, subsequent seasons focus on his sons and their adventures throughout various locations around the world, including England, Scandinavia, and North America.
Law & Order: Organized Crime
Fans of another Law & Order spinoff, Law & Order: Special Investigations Unit (SVU), are excited for the return of Christopher Meloni for this, yet another spinoff in the long-running police procedural and crime drama franchise. The series will be introduced in a special crossover event that will first premiere on April 1 on NBC then be available to stream on Hulu on April 2. After experiencing a major loss and looking to rebuild his life, Meloni’s fan-favorite character Elliott Stabler returns to the NYPD to investigate organized crime. For fans of the Law & Order shows, this will be a must-watch.
When Flight 828 goes missing, all passengers on board are declared dead and their friends and family move on. But five years later, the passengers mysteriously reappear without any recollection of what happened to them, and without having aged at all. As the passengers deal with the trauma and try to rebuild their lives and reintegrate back into society, not everyone is so welcoming to the “returned.” Meanwhile, strange things keep happening to and around them, often preceded by odd visions and premonitions. What’s really going on? The third season began streaming April 2, with new episodes released weekly.
It’s sci-fi meets period drama in this HBO Max original about a group of seemingly ordinary women living in Victorian-era London. After a strange entity passes over the city, they realize they are among the Touched, each having strange and supernatural abilities, like being able to see the future or generate balls of flame. Early reviews of the show are lukewarm, despite the talented cast and the fact that Joss Whedon is behind the show. Nonetheless, it might be worth checking out to judge for yourself. Episodes are released weekly.
Check out the fourth season of this Cartoon Network anthology series about a train that travels through a barren landscape and on which a variety of strange events occur. As passengers move from one train car to another, they must complete a variety of challenges to help get them through emotional trauma in hopes of finally making it back home. Though all set in the same universe, every season features a mostly new cast of characters, with some recurring. The first three seasons to date have been met with glowing reviews, so it’s expected that season 4, which has been confirmed to be the last, will continue the trend.
While the first season of this comedy premiered on Comedy Central in 2019, the second season will officially move to HBO Max, thus making the show a “Max Original.” Simon and Kareem have just graduated from community college and are balancing their jobs working at a rent-to-own shop with some small-time hustling side gigs, which range from selling black market Viagra to popcorn on street corners.
The Other Two
Another Comedy Central series that will premiere its second season on HBO Max, The Other Two is a series for a new generation that knows all too well about the influence of the internet and how quickly one can gain fame but also how fleeting it can be. Two millennials — Helene, a former professional dancer confused about her future, and Drew, an aspiring actor who can’t seem to find good roles — must cope with the fact that their 13-year-old brother Chase has become an internet celebrity seemingly overnight following the release of a viral video.
Made for Love
In this HBO Max original dark comedy, Hazel (Cristin Milioti) finally decides to leave her husband Byron (Billy Magnussen) and go on the run. Except she discovers that Byron, a tech billionaire, had a tracking device implanted into her brain. Not only does it allow him to pinpoint her exact location at any moment in time, seeing exactly what she sees, but he can also mine her “emotional data.” His end goal: To improve their relationship, make their minds as one, and get her to love him again. The series also stars Ray Romano.
Superman: The Animated Series
DC Comics fans can relish in reliving this 1996 animated series, remastered in high definition. All 54 episodes of the three seasons about the iconic superhero are available to stream, starring Tim Daly as the voice of Clark Kent/Superman, Dana Delany as Lois Lane, David Kaufman as Jimmy Olson, and Clancy Brown as Lex Luthor. The series was highly regarded by comic book enthusiasts and critics alike and remains one of the best animated small screen interpretations within the comic book world.
Frank Of Ireland
In this Amazon original comedy, Frank is a reclusive, recently single 32-year-old struggling musician living in Dublin, Ireland, with his mother. As he tries to make it through everyday life and the messes he has left behind, he gets help from his best friend, Doofus (really). Starring real-life brothers Domhnall and Brian Gleeson, the New York Post calls the series a “live-action Beavis and Butt-Head.” With six half-hour episodes in the first season, the silly humor might be just what you need right now.
The first season of this Amazon Prime Original anthology series will be set in the ’50s and tell the story of a Black family who moves to an all-white neighborhood in Los Angeles. As they try to fit into their new home and surroundings, they continue to encounter malevolent forces that taunt and are seemingly out to harm them.
Amazon is throwing its hat into the animated superhero series ring, though this one isn’t exactly family-friendly. Invincible is based on works by The Walking Dead‘s Robert Kirkman, which is your first indication that it’s pretty gory and violent. Steven Yuen (who played fan-favorite character Glenn on The Walking Dead) voices Mark Grayson, a teenager whose father Nolan (J.K. Simmons) is secretly Omni-Man, the most powerful superhero in the alternate world. When Mark turns 18, his superhero abilities begin to take shape. As he slowly transforms into Invincible, he must learn how to control his craft while also coming of age as a young man and learning truths about his father.
Many new series claim to be unlike anything you’ve ever seen, but in the case of Calls, it’s totally true. This series features voice actors only, but it isn’t animated. Rather, each dark and dramatic episode, which runs for just 10-15 minutes, includes a looping background image with audio and text running across the screen of dialogues in a phone call, along with background noises. It sounds obscenely boring, but one episode in, and you’re guaranteed to be hooked. It’s exciting, nail-biting, intense, and thought-provoking. The fact that the series, dubbed an “immersive television experience” and based on the French series of the same name, is so engaging even though you aren’t really seeing much on screen is a testament to the acting abilities of the top-notch cast, which includes everyone from Pedro Pascal to Aubrey Plaza, Rosario Dawson, and Lily Collins. Note that some of the background animations can be headache-inducing, but it’s worth it.
For All Mankind
Stream the second season of this science fiction series that tells an alternate history of what might have happened if the space race never ended. Instead of the U.S. achieving that historic Moon landing, season 1 begins with the Soviet Union actually getting there first. Already renewed for a third season, the 1960s-set series has received decent reviews thus far. Accompanying season two will be Apple TV+’s first companion podcast, For All Mankind: The Official Podcast, hosted by Krys Marshall, who plays Danielle Poole on the series.
The Snoopy Show
Join Snoopy and friends for this new series, which was released just in time for the comic’s 70th anniversary. The animated family show stars the title character and his best friend Woodstock as they partake in a variety of new adventures. Based on the Peanuts comic strip, Snoopy returns as the Masked Marvel and a flying ace that fights the Red Baron. And, of course, we can’t forget about his other friend, Charlie Brown.
Check out the second season of this historical comedy-drama starring Hailee Steinfeld as a fictional version of the title character. With a third season already ordered as well, the coming-of-age series takes a humorous look into the world of a rebellious young teenage girl who despises societal conventions and traditional expectations about gender identity. All the while, she yearns to be a writer, constantly trying to keep up with her own vivid imagination.
Hazen Audel, an extreme adventurer, returns for more survivalist excitement in the fifth season of this reality docuseries. From having to search for sources of water and food to building shelter and learning to make fire, it’s Survivor without the melodrama, competitive challenges, and obstacle courses, nor the million-dollar prize at the end. In each season, Audel must also learn different skills from the native inhabitants as he travels to different regions. This is down and dirty survivalism at its finest in some of the most hostile places around the world.
John Stamos stars in this new sports dramedy that was created by Everybody Loves Raymond‘s Brad Garrett. Stamos plays Marvyn, a basketball coach whose temper gets him fired from his job and sent to coach the basketball team at an elite girl’s private school. Also starring Jessalyn Gilsig (Vikings) as the far more easygoing assistant coach and Yvette Nicole Brown (Community) as the no-nonsense dean of the school, episodes will be released weekly for a total of 10 in the first season.
Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil
Clarence Francis “Kick” Buttowski aspires to become the greatest daredevil who ever lived. Based on creator Sandro Corsaro’s childhood, the animated series combines two 11-minute segments in each episode, including some 3D elements. Originally airing on Disney XD in 2010-2012, both seasons are now available to stream.
Made in a Day
The first season of this National Geographic documentary series is available to stream. With a focus on the just-in-time economy, viewers get an inside look at how various products can, and are, being made on a massive scale within ever-shrinking timelines. Look at how Tesla cars are made and shipped, what goes into creating a Gibson guitar, and how Tabasco sauce is mixed, bottled, and packaged up for shipment in record time to meet supply demands.
Secrets of the Zoo
While it would take hours to walk through the real Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, one of the largest and most popular zoos in America, this National Geographic series provides an in-depth look behind-the-scenes to meet both the animals and the people who care for them. Dubbed one of the best zoo experiences in the country, the reality show returns for its fourth season.
The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers
If you’re quiet enough, you can hear the squeals of delight from ’90s kids who have been waiting to watch this reboot of the early ’90s movies. Taking place in the present day, the series features a new group of kids on the still-going Mighty Ducks, which has become a powerful youth hockey team. When 12-year-old Evan (Brady Noon) is cut from the team because he isn’t good enough, he sets out, with the help of his determined and angry mom, Alex (Lauren Graham), to create his own team of underdog players who have all been told not to bother playing. Instead of worrying about the pressures of winning and going pro, they just want to play because they love the sport. Emilio Estevez returns to reprise his role as the inspiring coach Gordon Bombay.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
Just as Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) fans are accepting the end of the season of WandaVision, which was a roaring success, the next MCU series installment is here. The highly anticipated Marvel project centers on Sam Wilson (a.k.a. Falcon) and Bucky Barnes (a.k.a. Winter Soldier), and fans can now check out episode two. Taking place after the events of Avengers: Endgame, the pair team up to fight crime and go on adventures around the world. Delivered like a movie separated into six episodes, a new episode will be released each week through to April 23.
The latest project set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany reprise their roles as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch and Vision, respectively, in this miniseries that is set after the events of Avengers: Endgame. Now that Thanos is no longer a threat, the pair are just your average couple living a boring suburban life, Leave It to Beaver-style, in Westview while trying to conceal their powers from others. They enter different decades, deal with typical television tropes, and bring a new level of humor to the characters, but something strange is going on. The series marks the first project in the MCU’s Phase Four strategy, which will include a variety of movies and TV series released between 2021 and 2023. Now that the finale has streamed, you can binge all nine episodes to catch up on the water cooler chatter.
The second season of this Star Wars franchise space Western commenced on October 30, 2020, and came to an end on December 18. Not surprisingly, season 3 is also already in the works. The series, which took home an impressive seven Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards and was nominated for Outstanding Drama Series, is set five years after the events of 1983’s Return of the Jedi and follows the story of a bounty hunter (Pedro Pascal) who is trying to locate someone known as “The Child,” now known as Grogu (and affectionately called “Baby Yoda”), followed by his adventures with the adorable creature. This will be one to savor since the third season won’t arrive until the end of 2021, though there are a few spinoffs in the works to whet your appetites while you anxiously await the next almost year to come and go.
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