The Show That Embodies SMDH
Show: Dear White People
Starring: Logan Browning, Brandon P. Bell, Antoinette Robertson
Premieres on: 4/28
Why You Need to Watch It: If you loved writer/director Justin Simien's satirical 2014 film of the same name, you'll be happy to know Netflix handed him the keys when it came time to develop it into a series. The show takes viewers back to the campus of Winchester University, where one DJ takes it upon herself to call out the hypocrisy, foolishness, and out-and-out racism of the majority-white student population with her signature brand of cutting humor. Yes, the show deals with some serious issues, but as proven by the film, Simien is a director who possesses the rare ability to navigate heavy material with charm and ease—in other words, exactly the kind of director we need right now.
The Show That Will Be Your Next Guilty Pleasure
Show: Famous in Love
Starring: Bella Thorne, Charlie DePew
Premieres on: 4/18
Why You Need to Watch It: Pretty Little Liars ends after this season, and if you're already wondering what you're going to watch when it's over, look no further than Famous in Love. Bella Thorne stars as Paige Townsen, an ordinary college student who gets cast as the lead role in the movie adaptation of a hit book series and sees her life change pretty much overnight. If you're hooked after the first episode, you can stream the entire first season on Hulu and the Freeform app.
The Show That Will Make You Scared of Small Towns
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Michael Stuhlbarg
Premieres on: 4/19
Why You Need to Watch It: After spending season two in the 1970s, Fargo is back in the 21st century, this time to tell a tale of murder and sibling rivalry in small-town Minnesota. The show once again delivers a mix of crime, dark comedy, and weirdo Americana that you won't find anywhere else. And this season's wild card? The brothers at the center of the story are both played by Ewan McGregor, who swaps in his Scottish brogue for a double-dose of Minnesota magic.
The Show That Hits a Little Too Close to Home
Show: The Handmaid's Tale
Starring: Elisabeth Moss, Samira Wiley, Joseph Fiennes
Premieres on: 4/26
Why You Need to Watch It: Because in 2017, this bleak vision of an authoritarian society in the near future—one in which extremely conservative forces have taken charge, civil unrest is unending, and women have been relegated to the margins—feels less like science fiction and more like a cautionary tale. Elisabeth Moss plays Offred, a woman who once had a family and a life of her own, but is now forced to live as a servant to a government official. While it does deal in dark, disturbing subject matter, the series—based on the celebrated 1985 novel by Margaret Atwood—is a visually striking and elegantly paced ode to the importance of resistance.
The Show That Will Make You Laugh for 30 Minutes Straight
Show: Great News
Starring: Adam Campbell, Horatio Sanz, Nicole Richie
Premieres on: 4/25
Why You Need to Watch It: If you loved 30 Rock, plan on adding Great News to your DVR queue immediately. Tina Fey and Robert Carlock are teaming up to make another great workplace comedy, this time about pursuing your dream career in television news—only to discover that your mom will be your next intern.
The Show That Will Make You Want to Learn a New Language
Show: The Cable Girls
Starring: Maggie Civantos, Nadia de Santiago, Ana Polvorosa, Bianca Suarez
Premieres on: 4/28
Why You Need to Watch It: Netflix's first Spanish language series may be set in 1920s Madrid, but the lives of the four lead characters will still feel very relatable. Watch as four women from different backgrounds work for the National Telephone Company (a very coveted job at the time) and manage romance, friendships, and a modern workplace, while living in one of Europe's most exciting cities. This show is full of girl-power and will also probably inspire you to brush up on your Spanish.