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How to Survive April's Incredibly Overwhelming TV Schedule

These are the shows you should watch live, the next day, or save for the weekend

The TV gods are blessing us with an embarrassment of riches come April. In addition to the return of Game of Thrones, which will kick off its eighth and final season, April also marks the premiere of CBS All Access' The Twilight Zoneand FX's Fosse/Verdon, as well as the return of acclaimed BBC America drama Killing Eve, Netflix's Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, and The CW's The 100.

But that's just the tip of the TV iceberg for April. There's great television to be found at every turn. It can be a struggle to balance watching all of your favorite shows -- and maybe discover some new ones! -- while still finding time to be a functioning human in the outside world. The good news is we're here to help.

We've come up with a highly scientific way to prioritize April's overwhelming schedule. Read on to find out which shows you should watch live, which can be watched the next day, and which you can save for a weekend binge.

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The Twilight Zone
Monday, April 1 (moving to Thursdays on April 11) on CBS All Access

The Twilight Zone

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Jordan Peele has revived The Twilight Zone, and every other famous person you could think of is set to appear in one of the series' upcoming episodes. We have a sneaking suspicion the CBS All Access show is going to be worth your time and your money. And this is Jordan Peele we're talking about, so you really shouldn't put off watching new episodes on the off chance that someone, somewhere will somehow ruin it for you.

DC's Legends of Tomorrow
Monday, April 1 at 8/7c on The CW

DC's Legends of Tomorrow

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DC's Legends of Tomorrow, which is finally returning for the second half of its fourth season after being off the air since December, stopped being the CW superhero series you could kick to the next day a long time ago. No offense to the rest of the Arrowverse, but this bizarre series is the one superhero show you should be watching live, or at least the night it airs, because you never know when Beebo might return or an evil unicorn might go on a rampage. Imagine not witnessing that live.

Killing Eve
Sunday, April 7 at 8/7c on BBC America

Sandra Oh, Killing Eve

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Killing Eve's highly anticipated return ranks second only to Game of Thrones. The Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer series took the world by storm last year, and the new season picks up just 30 seconds after the shocking events of the Season 1 finale. Once Game of Thrones returns the following week, it's admittedly going to be hard to keep up with all of Sunday's incredible programming -- Showtime's The Chi also airs on Sundays -- but trust us when we say you won't want to miss out on one second of the discussion surrounding the next chapter of Eve and Villanelle's game of cat and mouse. Make this one a priority.

Game of Thrones
Sunday, April 14 at 9/8c on HBO

Game of Thrones


This one is pretty obvious, no? Game of Thrones is a global phenomenon, the last true watercooler series in an era of delayed viewing and binge-watching. What this means is that if you don't prioritize watching Game of Thrones on Sunday evenings, and you're someone who deeply cares about winter's arrival in the North or whose butt is going to sit on that uncomfortable Iron Throne at the end of the show's final six episodes, you're going to regret it. The internet will not wait for you to catch up. And you shouldn't expect it to. It will be as merciless as Cersei Lannister when it comes to spoilers, so watch Game of Thrones live like the rest of us.

The 100
Tuesday, April 30 at 9/8c on The CW

Eliza Taylor, The 100

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Technically The 100will air just one episode in all of April, but that is no excuse to put it off until the next day or later in the week. The CW series' sixth season will follow Clarke (Eliza Taylor) and Bellamy (Bob Morley) and our other favorite characters (whenever they wake up, of course) as they explore life on a strange new planet after spending 100 years in cryosleep and traveling across the galaxy. This show never disappoints, so don't miss the Season 6 premiere.


The Chi
Sunday, April 7 at 10/9c on Showtime

Alex Hibbert, The Chi

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By now you've had plenty of time to catch up on Season 1 of Lena Waithe's incredible Showtime series The Chi, so there's not a single reason left in the world for you to ignore the show's new season even for a second. It returns the same night as Killing Eve, but it doesn't conflict with it, so there's no problem there. However, once Game of Thrones returns the following week, it might be a bit much to keep up with all three shows. So if you're not prepared to spend three hours in front of the TV as you gear up for yet another work week, there's no shame in bumping The Chi to the next day. Just don't forget about it come Monday.

In the Dark
Thursday, April 4 at 9/8c on The CW

Perry Mattfeld and Brooke Markham, In the Dark

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The CW's latest series follows Murphy (Perry Mattfeld), a hard-drinking, disaffected blind woman, and her guide dog, Pretzel -- the dog is very cute, and yes, this is very important -- as she investigates the apparent murder of a young teen boy. The show stands apart from the CW's popular superhero lineup, and that's important as the network prepares to say goodbye to Golden Globe-winning comedies Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (series finale airs April 5 at 8/7c) and Jane the Virgin (premiering Wednesday, March 27 at 9/8c), as well as the beloved iZombie (premiering Thursday, May 2 at 9/8c). If you don't have time to catchIn the Darkon Thursdays -- The Twilight Zone relocates to that night beginning April 11 -- feel free to catch it the next day. It'll keep just fine.

The Bold Type
Tuesday, April 9 at 8/7c on Freeform

Meghann Fahy, Katie Stevens and Aisha Dee, The Bold Type

Philippe Bosse, Freeform

The third season of our favorite Freeform series, The Bold Type, returns on Tuesdays this April, and you can always count on the women of Scarlet -- Jane (Katie Stevens), Sutton (Meghann Fahy), and Kat (Aisha Dee) -- to envelope you in a big, giant hug right when you need it most. The trio's close friendship, whether they are embarking on new adventures in their careers or in their hearts, is exactly what you need to get you through the middle of the week. This is why The Bold Type is the perfect show to let sit for a day so. Then, when you do watch it, the warmth and happiness it inspires will carry you through the end of the week.

Tuesday, April 9 at 10/9c on FX

Michelle Williams and Sam Rockwell, Fosse/Verdon

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Sam Rockwell and Michelle Williams portray the legendary Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon in Fosse/Verdon, an FX limited series that covers five decades as it traces their romantic relationship and creative partnership. It's definitely the type of series that is sure to receive awards attention, so you're going to want to watch it so as to not be left out. But it's also the type of series that deserves your full attention; waiting a day or two to watch each new episode will let you give it the time it deserves.

The Red Line
Sunday, April 28 at 8/7c on CBS

Aliyah Royale and Noah Wyle, The Red Line


CBS's new limited series The Red Linehails from executive producers Ava DuVernay and Greg Berlanti and stars Noah Wyle. It tells a difficult and timely story, chronicling the events that play out after a white police officer (Noel Fisher) shoots an unarmed black man in Chicago. We'd normally say you should watch The Red Line the night it airs, but Sundays will be pretty stacked by the time the limited series premieres at the end of April, so kick this one to Monday or Tuesday, at least until Game of Thrones ends.


Marvel's Cloak and Dagger
Thursday, April 4 at 8/7c on Freeform

Aubrey Joseph and Olivia Holt, Marvel's Cloak and Dagger

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Marvel's Cloak and Daggerreturns to Freeform for its second season in early April. The show, which follows superpowered teens Tandy (Olivia Holt) and Ty (Aubrey Joseph), is well-written and well worth your time. In Season 2, the heroes' ally Brigid O'Reilly takes on a villainous new role after being exposed to dark energy in the Season 1 finale. Although the series should be on your radar, especially now that a number of your favorite Marvel shows have been canceled, it's better as a binge. So if you don't get to it right away, you can let it build up a few episodes at a time, and your weekends will be filled with great TV.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
Friday, April 5 on Netflix

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Saving the new season of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina for the weekend should be relatively easy since, like the majority of Netflix's original programs, it drops on a Friday. Sabrina (Kiernan Shipka) has been struggling to strike a balance between her witch life and her mortal life, but in Season 2, she'll be embracing her edgy side. Basically, clear your weekend and settle in.

Our Planet
Friday, April 5 on Netflix

Our Planet


If you've ever watched Planet Earth or Blue Planet, you know how soothing it can be to listen to Sir David Attenborough's calming voice as he narrates the breathtaking and awe-inspiring series that chronicle and dig into the lives of the creatures who also call Earth home. Now, the renowned British naturalist and the team behind those beautiful series are bringing their talents to Netflix for Our Planet, a new docuseries that showcases the planet's most precious species as well as their fragile habitats while seeking to address some of the challenges we've created for life on, well, our planet.

Friday, April 5 at 10/9c on Cinemax

Andrew Koji, Warrior

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Since Warrior airs on Friday evenings, it shouldn't be hard to save the new action drama from Jonathan Tropper, aka the creator of Cinemax's Banshee, for the weekend. The show, which is also executive-produced by Justin Lin, is based on the writings of Bruce Lee and set during the Tong Wars of San Francisco's Chinatown in the second half of the 19th century. It follows a martial arts prodigy from China who becomes a hatchet man for one of the most powerful crime families. Doesn't that just scream "fun stuff to watch on Saturday morning over coffee?" Yeah, we thought so too.

A Discovery of Witches
Sunday, April 7 at 9/8c on AMC

Teresa Palmer and Matthew Goode, A Discovery of Witches

A Discovery of Witches, based on the bestselling novel of the same name, has already aired overseas. It's also already been released in the U.S. thanks to streamer Sundance Now. But the show, about a witch who falls in love with a vampire, is now making its basic cable debut. Sundays are really busy this April, so save up some episodes for the weekend and get to bingeing TV's latest supernatural love story.

See what else is coming in April (and beyond) here.

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