Must-See TV on Netflix: April 2015

By Phill Powell

Spring is here…and you know what that means! Time to “spring” up from the couch, grab a snack from the kitchen and then settle back in for another month of brand new movies and TV shows on Netflix!

TV Shows

A new Marvel superhero series is now on Netflix, along with more seasons from favorite TV standbys:

Netflix_DaredevilCharlie Cox swings into action as Daredevil in this new collaboration between Netflix and Marvel.

Marvel’s Daredevil
Comic Book Action
Season: 1 (2015)
Why It’s Must-See: Netflix has been successful at launching its own hit series (like Orange is the New Black and House of Cards), and now the streaming giant is teaming up with mighty Marvel to produce a series around the famed comic book character – the first physically challenged superhero – who uses his heightened senses and developed powers to overcome his blindness and fight crime. You may recall that Ben Affleck played in a Daredevil movie on the big screen in 2003. Here, Charlie Cox stars as Daredevil and alter ego, lawyer Matt Murdock.

Video_Game_High_SchoolHow would you like to learn game design, like the characters on Video Game High School?

Video Game High School
Action Comedy Web Series
Season: 3 (2012)
Why It’s Must-See: In a future where video gaming is the world’s most popular competitive sport (you mean it isn’t now?), the best and brightest kids are recruited like athletes to attend VGHS. Follow BrianD, Jenny Matrix and The Law through a third season of this show, which is billed as an “action comedy web series.”

Bobs_BurgersTina Belcher is caught “laying down on the job” on Bob’s Burgers.

Bob’s Burgers

Animation
Season: 4 (2011)
Why It’s Must-See: Bob Belcher might cook the burgers at his restaurant, but it’s really snarky daughter Tina who rules the joint. Tina’s a Bart Simpson with bangs and glasses, and non-stop attitude. Fox knows how to make animated cartoons: This 2014 Emmy winner for Outstanding Animated Program has continually gotten better each year, as Season 4 proves.

Sons_of_AnarchyThe family that rolls together holds together, on Sons of Anarchy.

Sons of Anarchy
Crime Drama
Season: 7 (2008)
Why It’s Must-See: FX has scored big with this two-wheeled crime drama that chronicles the brutal reality of running a modern motorcycle gang. Club leader “Jax” Teller struggles with a complicated family legacy as he starts thinking it’s time to hang up his riding leathers and quit the Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club. But is getting out ever that easy?

Movies


NoahRussell Crowe’s back (literally)…in the blockbuster Noah, surrounded by some amazing water effects.

Noah
Biblical Action
Year: 2014
Why It’s Must-See: Always reliable Russell Crowe portrays the Bible’s ace ark-builder in Darren Aronovsky’s visual effects-laden update on the Book of Genesis. It’s a bit slow and ultra-serious, but the impressive cast includes Emma Watson, Anthony Hopkins and Jennifer Connelly.

Three_KingsThe bling’s the thing for Clooney, Cube and Wahlberg in Three Kings.

Three Kings
Action/Comedy
Year: 1999
Why It’s Must-See: If you’re looking for star power, you can’t go wrong with this smart and funny action flick set during the first Iraq War. Stars George Clooney, Ice Cube and Mark Wahlberg as Army buddies trying to make off with a pile of stolen gold.

Open_WaterWarning: Don’t dive into this Open Water unless you’re ready for some rough and realistic thrills.

Open Water
Survival Action
Year: 2004
Why It’s Must-See: The most frightening ocean flick since Jaws, Open Water features no stars or effects…just a killer plot: Scuba-diving couple on charter boat get left behind after a dive. First they’re just nervous. Then they realize that help is not on the way. And then, suddenly, they’re no longer alone in the water. (Scarier still: Open Water was based on true events.)

Leprechaun_4Obviously, hiding is just plain futile: Leprechaun 4: In Space, where the leprechaun uses a lightsaber.

Leprechaun Series
(Bad) Horror
Years: 1995-2003
Why They’re Must-See: For goofy, so-bad-it’s-hilarious fun, why not hold your own Leprechaun mini-marathon? Netflix now has Leprechaun 3 (1995), Leprechaun 4: In Space (1997), and the amazingly titled Leprechaun 6: Back 2 tha Hood (2003). (In Leprechaun 4, we actually see him use a lucky green lightsaber.) Plus, you can start with 1993’s original epic, Leprechaun, starring a pre-Friends Jennifer Aniston (but not in the title role).

Leprechaun_with_lucky_lightsaber

See, we really weren’t kidding. (Want to make a lightsaber for Minecraft?)

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