10 Movies and TV Shows to Stream With Your Family This April
April is the coolest month. Because there are so many great things to watch!
Graham Steinberg · 8 months ago
Spring is in the air and the birds are chirping and a gentle breeze is blowing and it’s beautiful out, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make a little time to get cozy on the couch and watch some must-see TV. Here are 10 absolute winners to enjoy with the family this April.
1. “Concrete Cowboy” (Netflix)
I will go to the ends of the Earth to watch a film starring Idris Elba (The Wire, Luther), and Concrete Cowboy is no exception. Based on the real-life story of the Fletcher Street Urban Riding Club, a nonprofit devoted to inner city horsemanship (which sounds absolutely awesome), Elba plays one of these cowboys who takes guardianship of his estranged son. The camerawork in this looks gorgeous and the plot seems super interesting. I am highly anticipating this one.
2. “Shadow and Bone” (Netflix)
21 Laps Entertainment
Netflix is hoping to tap into the success of GoT with this more YA-friendly fantasy book series. Shadow and Bone is the story of a young woman who joins an elite magical military unit called the Grisha to protect her country from a looming threat called the Shadow Fold. From the trailers, it looks like the series is going to be epic. This may be the new binger of 2021.
3. “Shrek 2” (Hulu)
Sequels don’t usually live up to their predecessors, but Shrek 2 blows its own out of the water. Not only does the comedy in this totally hold up, but it also marks the first appearance of the now iconic Puss in Boots and ends with an epic fight performed to a rendition of Bonnie Tyler’s “Holding Out for a Hero.” I still get chills.
4. “Fly Like a Girl” (Hulu)
Just because Women’s History Month is over doesn’t mean we’re done teaching our kids about all the powerful women out there! Fly Like a Girl is a documentary highlighting young girls and women who have conquered their goals of flight through a variety of different means.
5. “SpongeBob SquarePants” (Amazon Prime)
United Plankton Pictures
So I just found out that the first six seasons of SpongeBob are available for free with Amazon Prime and I literally haven’t worked for an entire week. I’m about to lose my job but it’s totally worth it because I’m revisiting all the best episodes including Band Geeks, Shanghaied, and Club SpongeBob. Seriously guys, this show is still the best.
6. “Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday” (Netflix)
With the summer just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to revisit the wonderful world of Pee-Wee Herman just as he’s about to go on his first ever road trip! Pee-Wee’s Playhouse has become a cult classic since first premiering in 1986 and this follow-up adventure picks up just where it left off with all the slapstick jokes and talking chairs you remember.
7. “Good Omens” (Amazon Prime)
Based on the Neil Gaiman series of the same name, this series stars the perfectly cast David Tennant (Doctor Who) and Michael Sheen (just about everything) as an angel and demon duo serving as representatives of their respective homes on Earth who must stop the upcoming creation of the Antichrist. The comedy in this is super witty and classically British, which is just so fun. It’s PG-13 so you may not want to share with the young’uns just yet, but — make no mistake — this is a great family binge.
8. “The Martian” (Hulu)
Scott Free Productions
This hyper realistic sci-fi drama about early manned missions to Mars in the near future has a dream team of Matt Damon and Ridley Scott. The film was praised for its scientific accuracy (its production involved a large team of physicists and NASA experts), and its plot is super engaging. Definitely an entertaining educational experience for the whole family.
9. “Amend: The Fight for America” (Netflix)
This Will Smith-hosted docuseries gives an in-depth exploration of the history behind the 14th Amendment (citizenship and equal protection) and the far-reaching implications it has on society today. This piece is super illuminating and has a cavalcade of your favorite stars stopping by, including Samuel L. Jackson, Mahershala Ali, and Laverne Cox.
10. “Captain Fantastic” (Netflix)
Electric City Entertainment
A super sweet film about a single father and his six children living life off the grid. Ben Cash (Viggo Mortensen) encourages his children to dress how they see fit and stay away from capitalist society. Instead of celebrating Christmas, the family has special events for Noam Chomsky Day and they are encouraged to read college textbooks at the ages they should be reading Magic Tree House. It’s a somewhat respectable life view and has a really strong message about how unusual ways of living sometimes bring out the best in us.