Top five shows on Netflix in April

Award-winning and long awaited media arrives

by Michelle Parker, Staff Writer

April brings a deluge of shows and movies to popular streaming service Netflix, including exclusive originals. Embracing the April showers is easier with these top picks.

1. Kubo and the Two Strings

Kubo and the Two Strings captured crowds in theatres with its breathtaking stop-animation. This highly regarded film won the BAFTA award for Best Animated Movie against Moana, Finding Dory, and Zootopia, and was nominated for two Oscars. The movie used the largest stop-motion puppet built; it stood 16 feet tall and represented a mythical creuature from Japanese folklore.

2. Bill Nye Saves the World

Bill Nye returns to teaching science with his Netflix original series “Bill Nye Saves the World.” Career educator Nye covers topics from pseudoscience to sexuality with guest stars Karlie Kloss, Rachel Bloom, Tyler the Creator, and more. This much awaited series comes 20 years after Bill Nye the Science Guy premiered, and tackles controversial science topics.

There are secret opportunities hidden inside every failure.

— From Sophia Amoruso's book #GIRLBOSS

3. Girlboss

Founder of fashion retailer Nasty Gal Sophia Amoruso’s controversial origin story comes to life (‘loosely’) in Netflix’s series Girlboss. The show starts with Amoruso’s character, Sophia Marlowe, played by Britt Robertson, losing her job and starting a vintage eBay business. Amoruso’s New York Times best selling autobiographical book #GIRLBOSS served as the basis for this series.

4. Queen of Katwe

Based on Tim Crothers’ eponymous book, Queen of Katwe is a feel-good story about a Ugandan chess protégé. The film tells the story of the real-life Phiona Mutesi, played by newcomer Madina Nalwanga alongside Academy Award winning actress Lupita Nyong’o, and her journey from an impoverished childhood to awarded chess player. Filmed entirely in Africa, the movie champions female empowerment as Mutesi grows up in Kampala’s, Uganda’s capital city, slums.

5. Casting JonBenet

JonBenet Ramsey’s unsolved murder case left the people of Boulder, Colorado with varying theories. A child beauty pageant queen, her death left many wondering if her own family had killed her. In a call for locals to audition for a reenactment, director Kitty Green examines the locals’ opinions. This new take on a still active homicide case has garnered positive reviews from the Sundance and Berlin film festivals.

A full list of Netflix releases is available here.