Best TV Shows On Netflix – April 2017

Author Thumbnail BY Jon Arvedon - April 20, 2017
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We’ve all found ourselves staring aimlessly at Netflix’s massive library of TV shows at one point or another. With thousands of series to choose from, it’s easy to find yourself spending hours browsing through Netflix Original after Netflix Original, binge-worthy pastime after binge-worthy pastime, to the point that you’re too tired to even watch anything at all.

Thankfully, we here at Epicstream have you covered, as we’ve combed through the deepest confines of Netflix’s library to bring to you the 25 best TV shows on Netflix for April 2017:

#1- Sense8

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Creators: The Wachowskis, J. Michael Straczynski

Cast: Tuppence Middleton, Brian J. Smith, Doona Bae, Aml Ameen, Max Riemelt, Tina Desai, Miguel Ángel Silvestre, Jamie Clayton, Freema Agyeman, Terrence Mann, Anupam Kher, Naveen Andrews, Daryl Hannah

Network: Netflix 

This globe-trotting sci-fi series, created by Lana and Lilly Wachowski (co-directors of The Matrix trilogy) and former Babylon 5 showrunner J. Michael Straczynski, drops us into a world where eight strangers in different parts of the world are somehow psychically and emotionally linked. Through the first season’s 12 episodes, we follow this assortment of confused and beautiful people as they try to understand this strange connection and use their newfound abilities to help one another. As bizarre and over-the-top as Sense8 can often get, the series remains important as it deals with issues of sexuality and gender identity through the work of trans actress Jamie Clayton and performers Miguel Silvestre and Alfonso Herrera’s portrayal of a gay couple in Mexico City.

#2- A Series of Unfortunate Events

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Creators: Mark Hudis, Barry Sonnenfeld

Cast: Neil Patrick Harris, Patrick Warburton, Malina Weissman, Louis Hynes, K. Todd Freeman, Presley Smith

Network: Netflix

When Netflix announced its adaptation of Daniel Handler’s beloved, zany books, many people questioned whether or not A Series of Unfortunate Events would be adaptable to the screen without sacrificing the nuances that make it so charming. Fortunately, director Barry Sonnenfeld, Neil Patrick Harris as the evil Count Olaf, and Handler himself (as screenwriter) rise to the challenge magnificently. The series, whose first season contains eight out of a planned 26 episodes, doesn’t consistently hit the emotional heights of Netflix’s best offerings, but it more than makes up for this faux pas with solid acting, abundant wit, and a visual aesthetic that is wholly unique in television—a blend of Tim Burton’s gothic whimsy and Wes Anderson’s diorama cinema. Book-readers will rejoice in the faithfulness of the adaptation, and while first-timers may take a bit longer to get their feet wet, the colorful menagerie of characters and the dogged perseverance of the Baudelaire orphans should win them over.

#3- Luke Cage

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Creator: Cheo Hodari Coker

Cast: Mike Colter, Mahershala Ali, Alfre Woodard, Simone Missick, Erik LaRay Harvey, Rosario Dawson, Theo Rossi

Network: Netflix

Marvel’s third Netflix venture isn’t perfect—the structure of its villain hierarchy needs some serious tweaking—but it is good; very good, in fact, and most of all, it’s bold. Luke Cage is obviously a Marvel product, but it’s also the product of its creator, Cheo Hodari Coker, and its cast, including Mike Colter, Mahershala Ali, Alfre Woodard, Simone Missick, and Erik LaRay Harvey (plus appearances by Frankie Faison, Ron Cephas Jones and, of course, Method Man): The series has more flexibility in addressing its subject matter thanks to its platform, but it’s hard to imagine that it’d speak as loudly or as boldly even on Netflix without Coker driving the narrative forward. Even though the show loses steam in the latter half, these errors do little to detract from the series’ high points. Luke Cage blends its source material with a wide range of influences, from jazz to rap to horrors ripped straight from the headlines, hitting close to home with viewers of all backgrounds.

#4- Grey’s Anatomy

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Creator: Shonda Rhimes  

Cast: Ellen Pompeo, Patrick Dempsey, Sandra Oh, Kevin McKidd, Jessica Capshaw, Jesse Williams, Sarah Drew, Katherine Heigl, Isiah Washington, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson, James Pickens Jr.

Network: ABC

Now that Shonda Rhimes is such a force in the TV world, it’s hard to imagine there was a time before her landmark dramas were a staple in our viewing schedules. Premiering as a mid-season replacement way back in March 2005, Grey’s, now in its thirteenth season, first appeared to be nothing more than an ER pastiche. However, Rhimes perfected the art of a well-told soap opera, seamlessly weaving personal strife, romantic hookups, and complex medical cases. She broke ground with a multi-racial cast, same sex couples, and one of TV’s first bi-sexual characters. The series has survived multiple cast changes, the behind-the-scenes drama, and stubborn fans who threatened to quit the show when Patrick Dempsey’s character died. We take shows like Grey’s for granted, but when you are still successful after 13 seasons, you’re definitely doing something magical.

#5- BoJack Horseman

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Creator: Raphael Bob-Waksberg

Cast: Will Arnett, Aaron Paul, Amy Sedaris, Paul F. Tompkins

Network: Netflix

BoJack Horseman is one of the most underrated comedies ever made, and it’s appalling that it doesn’t earn more praise. Right from the title sequence, which documents BoJack’s sad descent from network sitcom star to drunken has-been, this is one of the most thoughtful comedies ever made. Which doesn’t mean it’s not hilarious, of course. Will Arnett is the perfect voice for BoJack, and Paul F. Tompkins could not be better suited for the child-like Mr. Peanut Butter. This is a show that isn’t above a visual gag or vicious banter or a cheap laugh, but it also tackles some very hard realities of life head-on. There are times when you will hate BoJack—this is not a straight redemption story, and the minute you think he’s on the upswing, he will do something absolutely horrible to let you down. Maybe it’s the anthropomorphism that keeps people away, or maybe it’s the animation, but if you look beyond those elements and settle into the story, you’ll be amazed by this comedy that toes the line between hilarious and sad like no other.

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