Coming and Going on Hulu in April 2017

Elisabeth Moss in "The Handmaid's Tale."

April brings the launch of Hulu’s latest original series: The Handmaid’s Tale, based on the novel by Margaret Atwood and starring Elisabeth Moss, Alexis Bledel, Yvonne Strahovski, and Joseph Fiennes. Hulu will release the ten-episode show with weekly installments.

Hulu also has the AMC series Preacher: Season 1, a supernatural drama with a dark sense of humor based on the cult comic book, along with the thriller Wayward Pines: Season 2, time travel drama 12 Monkeys: Season 2, and Top of the Lake: Season 1 with Elisabeth Moss and Holly Hunter.

New movies coming to Hulu in April include American indie dramas Short Term 12 with future Oscar-winner Brie Larson and Ain’t Them Bodies Saints with Rooney Mara and future Oscar-winner Casey Affleck, acclaimed Australian horror film The Babadook, and comedies Hello, My Name is Doris with Sally Field and Barbershop: The Next Cut with Ice Cube.

Older arrivals include Oscar winners March of the Penguins, The Hours with Nicole Kidman and Meryl Streep, and Affliction with Nick Nolte and James Coburn, action thrillers Payback with Mel Gibson and Thelma & Louise, cult films Robocop and The Warriors, and seventies classic Serpico with Al Pacino.

Among the films leaving Hulu at the end of April are the romantic confection Chocolat with Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp, the witty crime story Get Shorty with John Travolta, The Running Man with Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Fatal Attraction with Michael Douglas and Glenn Close.

Here’s what arriving on the service in April, and what’s leaving (Day-after network debut showings are in italics).

April 1
A Horse Tale (2015)
Agent Cody Banks (2003)
Affliction (1998)
Almost Famous (2000)
Ben Collins: Stunt Driver (2015)
The Big Empty (2003)
Bigfoot Country (2012)
The Burrowers (2009)
Cadillac Man (1990)
Call Me (1988)
Casual Encounters (2016)
Chaplin (1993)
Chosen (2016)
Dancer (2016)
Days of Thunder (1990)
Eddie Murphy Raw (1987)
Election (1999)
Federal Hill (1994)
Felicia’s Journey (1999)
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
Fifteen and Pregnant (1997)
Fight to the Finish (2016)
Flyboys (2006)
Frankenstein (2004)
Gator (1976)
The Giant King (2015)
The Ghost and the Darkness (1996)
Guns of the Magnificent Seven (1969)
Happy Endings (2005)
Hemingway’s Garden of Eden (2010)
The Hours (2002)
I.Q. (1994)
In Old California (1942)
JFK (1991)
Kill Me Again (1989)
Kingdom of Blood (2016)
Kiss the Girls (1997)
The Magnificent Seven Ride (1972)
March of the Penguins (2005)
Mulholland Falls (1996)
NYC Underground (2013)
Original Sin (2001)
Out of the Inferno (2016)
Payback (1999)
The People vs. George Lucas (2011)
Pony Express (1953)
The Puffy Chair (2007)
Return of the Living Dead 3 (1993)
Return of the Living Dead 4 (2006)
Return of the Living Dead 5 (2007)
Road Trip (2000)
Robocop (1987)
Robocop 2 (1990)
Robocop 3 (1992)
Saturday Night Fever (1977)
Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993)
Serpico (1973)
Sliver (1993)
The Switch (2010)
Tapeheads (1988)
Thelma & Louise (1991)
Tommy Boy (1995)
Trail of Blood (2013)
Twice Upon a Yesterday (1999)
Under the Sea (2009)
Usual Suspects (1995)
The Warriors (1979)
Wicker Park (2004)

April 2
Hello, My Name is Doris (2016)

April 4
The Last Exorcism (2010)
Precious Cargo (2016)
Dimension 404: Series Premiere (RocketJump)

April 5
Preacher: Complete Season 1 (AMC)
Prison Break: Season 5 Premiere (FOX)

April 6
NHL Road to the Outdoor Classics Ep. 4 (2017)

April 8
Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016)
Beyond the Edge (2016)
Camp Lakebottom: Complete Season 1 (Disney XD)
First Dates: Series Premiere (NBC)

April 9
In A World… (2013)
The Perfect Match (2016)

April 10
Swelter (2014)

April 13
Short Term 12 (2013)

April 14
The Babadook (2014)

April 15
DOT: Complete Season 1A (Sprout)
Sid the Science Kid: Complete Seasons 1 & 2 (PBS)
Sid the Science Kid: The Movie (2012)

April 18
Ain’t Them Bodies Saints (2013)
Election Day: Lens Across America (2016)
12 Monkeys: Complete Season 2 (Syfy)
My Hero Academia: Complete Season 1 (Dubbed Version) (Funimation)
Famous in Love: Series Premiere (ABC Family)

April 19
Den Brother (2010)
The Even Stevens Movie (2003)
Johnny Tsunami (1999)
Stuck in the Suburbs (2004)
Teen Beach Movie (2013)
Tiger Cruise (2004)
Pretty Little Liars: Season 7 Premiere (ABC Family)

April 21
LA Story: Complete Season 2 (Awesomeness TV)
Warpath (1951)

April 22
Cesar Millan’s Dog Nation: Series Premiere (Nat Geo)

April 24
Top of the Lake: Complete Season 1 (Sundance TV)

April 25
Wayward Pines: Complete Season 2 (FX)
Origins: The Journey of Humankind: Series Premiere (Nat Geo)

April 26
The Handmaid’s Tale: Series Premiere (Hulu Original)

April 29
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Complete Season 4 (Nickelodeon)

Here’s what is leaving Hulu in April:

April 2
Inspector Gadget (1999)
Tombstone (1993)

April 14
Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)
Blank Check (1994)
Homeward Bound 2: Lost in San Francisco (1996)
Homeward Bound: the Incredible Journey (1993)

April 19
When A Man Loves A Woman (1994)

April 30
Baby Boom (1987)
Born Romantic (2001)
Chocolat (2000)
Drop Zone (1994)
Escape From Alcatraz (1979)
Fatal Attraction (1987)
Forces of Nature (1999)
Get Shorty (1995)
I Went Down (1998)
Major League (1989)
Rent (2005)
Rob Roy (1995)
The Running Man (1987)
Sands of Iwo Jima (1950)
Soapdish (1991)
Terms of Endearment (1983)
Untamed Heart (1993)
Wild Bill (1995)

Dates are subject to change without notice.

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Sean Axmaker is a Seattle film critic and writer. He writes the weekly newspaper column Stream On Demand and the companion website, and his work appears at, Turner Classic Movies online, The Film Noir Foundation, and Parallax View.

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