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From left to right: Beef, Dead Ringers, Tiny Beautiful Things, Sweet Tooth, Party Down, ticket to Paradise, Barry, Ghosted, The Last Thing He Told Me.
Just some of the shows coming to streaming services in April.

Pop CultureApril 1, 2023

What’s new to Netflix NZ, Neon and other streaming services in April

From left to right: Beef, Dead Ringers, Tiny Beautiful Things, Sweet Tooth, Party Down, ticket to Paradise, Barry, Ghosted, The Last Thing He Told Me.
Just some of the shows coming to streaming services in April.

What are you going to be watching this month? We round up everything coming to streaming services this month, including Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+, Apple TV+, Neon and TVNZ+.

The biggies

Party Down (all seasons on TVNZ+ from April 1)

Thirteen years is a long time between drinks and the stars of Party Down – a cult comedy hit from 2009 that’s never been available on New Zealand screens – have noticeably aged. Ken Marino’s hair is greying, Martin Starr’s goatee is trimmed neatly, and Adam Scott has matured, thanks to his star turn in Severance, like a fine wine. The one thing that hasn’t changed is its sense of humour – Party Down is funny. Based around the antics of a catering company staffed by out-of-work actors, there’s plenty of humour to be had mocking Hollywood elites. Party Down’s long-delayed third season picks up right where things left off, with superhero digs, content creator jabs and Instagram put downs. It’s great, and it’s even better that all of it –the first two seasons, and the new third season – is now available here, through TVNZ+. Start at the start, and just keep going. / Chris Schulz

BEEF (on Netflix from April 6)

I sit in a lot of traffic. I get cut off, undertaken, honked at, yelled at and given the fingers. I’m a good driver, honestly! The people in Beef are not. Netflix’s new series is about an extreme version of exactly that. It stars fiery comedian Ali Wong and The Walking Dead’s Steven Yeun who have a minor car clash that escalates into the pair unleashing all hell on each other. They’re both at fault, yet they refuse to back down, and reviews say what follows is an escalating game of cat-and-mouse taken to extremes. The star turn, says Indiewire, is by Wong, who “tears into her most fearsome scenes with giddy satisfaction”. Can’t wait to drive home – calmly – through some traffic to see this one. / CS

Tiny Beautiful Things (limited series on Disney+ from April 7)

Grab the tissues for the latest drama from Reese Witherspoon’s production company, because it looks like Tiny Beautiful Things wants to give you plenty of  big feels. Based on the best selling novel by Cheryl Strayed (Wild, another Witherspoon project), Tiny Beautiful Things follows Clare (Kathryn Hahn), a writer who is struggling to simultaneously navigate the breakdown of her marriage, a hormonal teenage daughter and the death of her mother decades before. I feel drained just typing that, but who doesn’t love both tiny and beautiful things? Plus, Kathryn Hahn will never let you down. / Tara Ward

Sweet Tooth (season two on Netflix from April 27)

From Casey Lucas’ review of the first season: “While Sweet Tooth is certainly older child-appropriate, for all its fantasy elements and CGI animals it still tells a vividly human story for adults. Don’t go into it expecting a riveting, realistic apocalypse drama. Instead allow yourself to be drawn into the pages of its storybook, to enjoy a tale that’s a bit more Brothers Grimm than Stephen King’s The Stand. Your weekend will be warmer for it.” / Casey Lucas

The notables

Barry (season four on Neon from April 17)

One of the more startling and original shows to come out in recent years, HBO’s brilliant Barry is sadly ending this year with season four. Bill Hader’s titular assassin turned amateur actor may finally have to reckon with his past and/or wrestle with his future and I honestly have no idea how it’s going to end. That’s the beauty of Barry – despite starting out as a kooky 30min comedy, it’s ended up a sort of twisty Breaking Bad-esque crime drama that still manages to generate belly laughs. / Stewart Sowman-Lund

The Last Thing He Ever Told Me (on AppleTV+ from April 14)

Two Jennifer Garner shows? In one month? Audiences have never been luckier. While Party Down sees Garner in comedic territory, The Last Thing He Ever Told Me sees Garner back in thriller mode take on the role of a woman who has to form an unexpected relationship with her stepdaughter after the sudden disappearance of her husband. This miniseries, based on the 2014 novel of the same name, promises fewer wigs than Alias, but I’m expecting Garner to bring her classic silk-and-steel approach to this material and I cannot wait./ Sam Brooks

Dead Ringers (on Amazon Prime Video from 21)

As above, this feels like a treat for me, personally. A remake of the 1989 David Cronenberg film about twin gynaecologists, but this time played by Rachel Weisz as opposed to Jeremy Irons? Absolutely yes. If that casting wasn’t alone to seal my interest, the participation of Alice Birch (who has also worked on Succession and Normal People) cinches the deal. Renew your Amazon Prime Video sub for this one, readers, it’s going to be great. / SB

Hui Hoppers (on TVNZ+ from April 28)

This new local comedy series follows two half-sisters Anahera (Roimata Fox) and Kura (Tomai Ihaia) as they work together as caterers on the Marae. The sisters have only just reconnected after years apart, but they both know that kai unites people in times of both love and loss. Each episode takes place at a different type of hui, as Anahera and Kura use their prowess in the kitchen to strengthen their own relationships, as well as those of the people around them. Kahu Ropata and Noah Curtis also star. / TW

The movies

Ticket to Paradise (on Neon and Amazon Prime Video from April 7)

A movie starring Julia Roberts and George Clooney should be a slam dunk. Ticket to Paradise is not that, but it’s still pretty damn pleasant. It follows a man (Clooney, natch) and his ex-wife (Roberts, radiating ex-wife energy) on a race against time to stop their daughter from marrying a seaweed farmer. Feelings? They may be rekindled! My recommendation? Watch Ocean’s 11 or 12 instead./ SB

Peter Pan and Wendy (on Disney+ from April 28)

Finally! Peter Pan is being adapted for the screen, because that’s never been done before– oh wait, it has. Multiple times. In the last decade alone. The difference of this adaptation in particular is that it focuses less on Peter and more on Wendy Darling, but the rest of the film seems pretty much the same – hook-wielding pirate gets obsessed with young boy, there’s a fairy involved, and hopefully zero racial stereotypes. One for the kids!/ SB

Ghosted (on AppleTV+ from April 21)

Despite the above trailer, I am 100% certain that this film doesn’t exist. An action rom-com starring Chris Evans as a man who has been ghosted by an international spy played by Ana de Armas, supported by Adrien Brody, Anna Deavere Smith and Amy Sedaris? Pull the other one, Apple TV+. / SB

The rest


April 1


Grown Ups

50 First Dates

This is 40

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

April 2

War Sailor

April 4

The Signing

My Name is Mo’Nique

April 5

Lewis Capaldi: How I’m Feeling Now

April 6


April 7


Thicker Than Water


Kings of Mulberry Street: Let Love Reign

Oh Belinda

April 8


April 10

CocoLemon: Season 8

April 11

Leanne Morgan: I’m Every Woman

April 12

Smother-in-Law: Season 2

Operation: Nation

Celeste Barber: Fine, Thanks

American Manhunt: The Boston Marathon Bombing

April 13

Florida Man


The Boss Baby: Back in the Crib: Season 2

April 14


Queens on the Run

Seven Kings Must Die


April 15

Doctor Cha

Paper Planes

Keeping Up With the Kardashians: Season 13

Made in Chelsea: Season 19

April 16

The Nutty Boy: Part 2

April 17

Oggy Oggy: Season 2

April 18

How to Get Rich

Longest Third Date

April 19

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Once and Always

Chimp Empire

April 20

The Diplomat

Tooth Pari: When Love Bites

April 21

Rough Diamonds

Indian Matchmaking: Season 3

One More Time

A Tourist’s Guide to Love


April 22

Ada Twist, Scientist: Season 4

April 24

Miriam Margolyes: Almost Australian

April 25

John Mulaney: Baby J

April 26

Workin’ Moms: Season 7

Love After Music

The Good Bad Mother

Kiss, Kiss

April 27

The Nurse

Firefly Lane: Season 2: Part 2

Sweet Tooth

The Matchmaker

Sharkdog: Season 3

April 28

King of Collectibles: The Golden Touch



April 1

Danger Force: Seasons 1-2

Austin Powers 2: The Spy Who Shagged Me

Austin Powers in Goldmember

April 4

George and Tammy

Trick of Treat Scooby-Doo!

April 6

Six Days to Air: The Making of South Park

South Park: Season 19-25


April 7

Ticket to Paradise

April 8

Dave: Season 3


April 11

Baby Shark’s Big Show

Big Fat Liar

April 12

Sniper: Rogue Mission

April 13

La Brea: Season 2

The Emoji Movie

April 14

Gone In The Night

April 15

The Flintstones

April 16

Paws of Fury


April 17

Barry: Season 4

April 18

Quantum Leap

Arctic Justice

April 19

Catfish: The TV Show: Season 8

April 20

Blues Clues and You: Season 2


April 22

Jurassic Park

The Lost World: Jurassic Park

Jurassic Park 3

April 23

Middlemost Post

The Infernal Machine

Kong: Skull Island

April 25

All American: Homecoming S2

April 26

Who Do You Think You Are: Season 16-18


April 27

Star Trek

Star Trek: Into Darkness

Star Trek Beyond

April 28

Love and Death


April 29

17 Again

April 30

Paradise City

Three Thousand Years of Longing


April 1

Party Down: Seasons 1-3



Tales of the Grim Sleeper

Jihad Jane

Fat: A Documentary

American Dharma

Elstree 1976



Pearl in the Mist

All the Glitters

hidden Jewel

Chilli Hunter Asia

Diving with Crocodiles

For the Love of DILFs

Never Apart

The Villbergs Wedding Chronicles

Killjoy Comedy

Drag Heels

Outspoken: King of the Nudies

Super Highs

Killing Escibar

In the Cold Dark Night

Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound

King of the Cruise

April 3

Secrets of the Chippendales Murders

April 5

Pudsey the Dog: The Movie


Look Who’s Talking

Look Who’s Talking Too

Baby Geniuses


Muppets From Space

The Muppets Take Manhattan


The Dark Crystal


Get Smart


Holding theMan

Mr Holmes

Turbo Kid



An Education


Stand by Me

Center Sage

April 6

Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies

Outnumbered: Season 1-5

April 7


April 8

Poi-E: The Story of Our Song

Michael Jackson’s This Is It

April 10

Trawlerman: Hunting the Catch

April 12

This is Spinal Tap



Punch-Drunk Love

Erin Brockovich

The People vs Larry Flynt

April 13


April 14

Casey Anthony: Where the Truth Lies

April 17

Catastrophe: Seasons 1-3

Zoo: Season 1-3

April 19

The North Water

April 22


April 24

The DNA of Murder with Paul Holes

April 25

Deep Heat

April 27

Kim Kardashian West: The Justice Project

The King’s Speech

April 28

Hui Hoppers

April 30

Fatal Attraction


April 1

Tengoku-Daimakyo: Season 1

April 5

The Crossover

The Company You Keep

The Lesson is Murder

The Pope

The Good Mothers

Restaurants at the End of the World


Grown-Ish: Season 5

History: The Interesting Bits


Raven’s Home: Season 5

Journey to the Centre of the Earth

Area21 Live on Planet Earth

April 7

Tiny Beautiful Things

Escaping the NIXVM Cult: A Mother’s Fight to Save Her Daughter

Chris Watt: Confessions of a Killer

Poisoned Love: The Stacey Castor Story

Patsy and Loretta

Adriana Trigiani’s Very Valentine

April 12


It’s All Right

Single Drunk Female: Season 2

Disney Junior Mickey Mouse Funhouse: Season 2

Justified: Seasons 1-6

Miraculous Tales of Ladybug and CatNoir: Season 5

Good Trouble: Season 5

April 14

My Apologies

Oswald the Lucky Rabbit

April 17

Family: The Unbreakable Bond

April 19

Mask vs Knight

Cake: Season 5

What We Lose to Love

April 20


April 22

Secrets of the Elephants

April 26

Matildas: The World at Our Feet

The 1619 Project

Sam: A Saxon

Star Wars: Young Jedi Adventures

Dangerous Beauty

April 28

Peter Pan and Wendy


Amazon Prime Video

April 4

Redefined: Jr Smith

April 6

Lizzy Hoo: Hoo Cares

April 7

On a Wing and a Prayer

Gangs of Lagos

Ticket to Paradise


Jury Duty

Moonage Daydream

April 12

True to Love

April 14

The Marvelous Mrs Maisel: Season 5

Star Trek: Picard: Season 3

Salade Grecque

Caravana Das Drags


April 18

Alex Borstein: Corsets and Clown Suits

April 21

Dead Ringers

Judy Blume Forever

Dancing ont he Grave

Wild Isles

April 28


April 30

Three Thousand Years of Longing

Apple TV+

April 5

Schmigadoon: Season 2

April 7

Boom Boom: The World vs Boris Becker

April 14

The Last Thing He Told Me


April 21

Drops of God


April 28

The Afterparty: Season 2


April 3

Agatha Raisin: Season 4

April 17

Candice Renoir: Season 6

April 24

Dalgliesh: Season 2


April 6

Slasher: Ripper

April 14

Kids vs Aliens

April 25

The Boulet Brothers’ Halfway to Halloween TV Special

April 28

From Black

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