5. “Call the Midwife”: 2017 Christmas Special (available April 24)
Why Should I Watch It? Honestly, this would be higher on the list if it was more than just the Christmas special. “Call the Midwife” deserves the kind of attention “Downton Abbey” got for so many years, and it’s arguably a more consistent source of joy. More to the point of “why,” it’s not as though this is a month lacking new releases — scroll to the bottom of the page to see just how many other shows are being released in April. But instead of “Troy: Fall of the City” or another driving docuseries, give these fine women a shot instead. “Call the Midwife” is a rare example of top-notch TV made for the whole family. You don’t have to wait for the kids to go to bed or, if you’re a young, hip, childless fan of the small screen, suffer any conflicted moral dilemmas while rooting for the central characters. It’s a refreshing change of pace, and one that may make you want to keep stepping its way.
Best Episode: There’s only one in the new batch, but this Christmas special holds up with the others. So we’re eight months away from the holidays — who cares? The 2017 entry will transport you to a cozy Christmas destination.
6. “Fastest Car” Season 1 (available April 6)
Why Should I Watch It? The premise of “Fastest Car” is as simple as its title implies: Three super-charged chop-shop cars go head-to-head with super-expensive luxury speedsters. So in one episode, you’ll have an ’80s Honda going up against a Ferrari. In another, a discontinued Pontiac minivan faces off against a Porsche GT3. Each hour-long episode pits “sleeper” cars against pricey supercars. Some drivers are gearheads with a lifetime under the hood, while others are still figuring out what makes their ride go. In the end, all that matters is who’s faster. Let the race begin.
Best Episode: Screeners are still under embargo, so all we can say is we can’t wait to see what that minivan can do.
7. “Seth Rogen’s Hilarity for Charity” (available April 6)
Why Should I Watch It? Duh, it’s for charity. OK, and there are a whole bunch of very funny and very-to-somewhat famous people, too. Seth Rogen’s sixth annual Hilarity for Charity variety show took place March 24 in Los Angeles, but it’s being broadcast for the first time on Netflix in order to help fight Alzheimer’s disease around the globe. Guests include Tiffany Haddish, Sarah Silverman, Michelle Wolf, John Mulaney, Michael Che, Michael J. Fox, David Chang, Ike Barinholtz, Chelsea Peretti, The Muppets, Kumail Nanjiani, Jon Lovitz, Jeff Goldblum, Sacha Baron Cohen, Nick Kroll, Post Malone, Chris Hardwick, and Craig Robinson & The Nasty Delicious.
Best Episode: There’s just the one, but of the movies Seth Rogen says he wants to remake and star in, we’re most excited for “The Truman Show.” It’s not that Jim Carrey’s prescient picture needs to be remade — it’s as relevant as ever — but there’s never a wrong time for its lessons about complacency and technology to be heard. Plus, it’d be great to see him chatting with Noah Emmerich.
The Rest of Incoming TV
“The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale” (new episodes available every Sunday)
“Wakfu” Season 3 (available April 1)
“La Piloto” Season 1 (available April 2)
“My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman: Jay-Z” (available April 6)
“The Boss Baby: Back in Business” Season 1 (available April 6)
“Troy: Fall of a City” Season 1 (available April 6)
“AMO” Season 1 (available April 9)
“The Magic School Bus Rides Again” Season 2 (available April 13)
“The Chalet” Season 1 (available April 17)
“Charité” Season 1 (available April 19)
“Aggretsuko” Season 1 (available April 20)
“Dope” Season 2 (available April 20)
“Spy Kids: Mission Critical” Season 1 (available April 20)
“The Letdown” Season 1 (available April 21)
“Bill Nye: Science Guy” (available April 25)
“The New Legends of Monkey” Season 1 (available April 27)
“Jane the Virgin” Season 4 (available in April)