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Five shows to binge in April 2020

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Posted at 7:10 AM, Mar 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-10 11:08:43-04

Looking to camp out on the couch and take down a show that will keep you up way too late and help you procrastinate from doing more important tasks? Here are five shows to stream.

SCHITT'S CREEK

Premise: An ultra-rich family loses all their money and is forced to live in a dinky small town that they had bought as a joke long ago.

Stars: Eugene Levy, Daniel Levy, Annie Murphy, Catherine O'Hara, Chris Elliott.

Service: Comedy Central, Netflix.

Why it's impossible to stop watching: The fish-out-of-water premise is nothing new, but the execution here is excellent. Eugene Levy continues to master the art of awkwardness, and O'Hara's over-the-top performances are constant scene-stealers. The series wraps up April 7.

THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA

Premise: Based on the Philip Roth alternate history novel, Nazi influence pulses through the U.S. in the middle of the 20th century when Charles Lindbergh becomes president.

Stars: Zoe Kazan, Winona Ryder, John Turturro, Morgan Spector.

Service: HBO.

Why it's impossible to stop watching: Eerily relevant to our current state of political division, the chilling tale is a grim peek at what might have happened had the U.S. not stepped in to aid Allied forces during World War II. HBO maintains its tradition of delivering knockout miniseries based on popular novels. The six-episode series wraps up April 20.

DIARY OF A FUTURE PRESIDENT

Premise: A female Latina president reminisces about her formative middle school years, in which she used an awkward adolescence to develop the skills to become leader of the free world.

Stars: Tess Romero, Selenis Leyva, Charles Bushnell, Gina Rodriguez.

Service: Disney+.

Why it's impossible to stop watching: Vibrant and relatable, the teen dramedy proves that there is plenty of reason to subcribe to Disney+ in between seasons of "The Mandalorian." The show isn't afraid to take hard looks at tough issues related to coming of age.

LOVE IS BLIND

Premise: The reality show has single people date, fall in love and get engaged without being able to see each other. Then the sparks fly once they meet face-to-face and interact with the others they passed up.

Stars: Nick Lachey, Vanessa Lachey.

Service: Netflix.

Why it's impossible to stop watching: Trashy yet irresistible, the show is packed with too-good-to-be convincing twists, betrayals and revelations. While the cast seems to have been chosen more for their combustible personalities than their proclivity for romance, it makes for a fascinating watch.

THE CONNERS

Premise: A spin-off/follow-up to the 1980s and 90s sensation "Roseanne," sans Roseanne herself.

Stars: Sara Gilbert, John Goodman, Lecy Goranson, Laurie Metcalf.

Service: Hulu, ABC.

Why it's impossible to stop watching: Any concerns about how the sitcom would function without its title star were quickly dispelled. The ludicrously talented and chemistry-rich core of Gilbert, Goodman and Metcalf continues to deliver the fatalistic, blue-collar charm that's always been the heart of the series. There are few funnier shows on TV.

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