New Amazon Prime Movies, TV, And Originals April 2016: ‘Catastrophe’ Season 2, Classic Woody Allen, ‘Batman,’ And More

Amazon Prime, the free streaming service, rolls out an impressive roster of new movies, TV shows, and even a couple of Amazon Studios original series in April, a roster that ranges from such big screen classics as The Coen Brothers’ brilliant and dark comedy The Big Lebowski to the second season of the HBO political satire Veep — just in time for campaign season — to a revival of the beloved 1960s Saturday morning show Thunderbirds Are Go!

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The Big Lebowski, starring (l-r) Jeff Bridges, Steve Buscemi and John Goodman, debuts on Amazon Prime April 1. (Photo via Polygram Publicity Image)

Yes, Thunderbirds Are Go!, which first aired on British TV in 1965 under the title Thunderbirds, has been born again 50 years after the last original episode aired. But unlike the 1960s version of the show, the new Amazon Prime series of Thunderbirds Are Go! features CGI animation, rather than string-controlled marionettes.

Watch the trailer for the new Amazon Prime Thunderbirds Are Go! in the video below.

There are a few other differences as well, according to the show’s creators.

“There are 100% less martinis — and no smoking,” said the show’s head writer Rob Hoegee. “The original series was a product of its time. It was Mad Men with rescue ships.”

Also on the list of Amazon Prime originals — though the show actually airs on Britain’s Channel 4 — is the second season of Catastrophe, a quirky romantic comedy starring Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan as an unlikely couple forced together when a one-night stand leads to an unexpected pregnancy.

The trailer for Season 2 of Catastrophe can be seen in the video below.

Catastrophe goes online on Amazon Prime April 8, while Thunderbirds Are Go! fans will need to hang in there until April 15.

But the biggest day on the Amazon Prime April calendar is the first of the month, where a slate of classic movies premieres on the streaming service. In addition to cult classic The Big Lebowski, a pair of Woody Allen’s best films, released 18 years apart, also debut.

Bananas, a slapstick satire with Woody Allen as an unlikely South American revolutionary that came out in 1971, debuts at the same time as Crimes and Misdemeanors — a grim drama about guilt and responsibility, released in 1989.

Below is the full list of Amazon Prime new movies, TV shows, and Amazon Originals for April 2016.

April 1



Batman (1989)

Crimes and Misdemeanors

Cube (1997)

Cube 2: Hypercube

Cube Zero

Death Wish

Dennis the Menace

Deuces Wild

Dr. T. and the Women

Dream Lover (1993)

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Gang Related


Into The Blue

Lars and The Real Girl

Liberty Stands Still

Maximum Overdrive

Men in Black II (2002)

Music from Another Room

Naked Gun 2&1/2: The Smell of Fear

Nurse 2013

Payback 1999

Peacemaker, The (1997)

Pootie Tang



Rare Birds

Rescue Dawn

Risky Business (1983)



Simon Says (2006)

Skipped Parts

Step Into Liquid

Swimming With Sharks

Teen Wolf Too

The Arrival (1996)

The Big Lebowski

The Dead Zone

The Devil’s Advocate

The Holiday (2006)

You’ve Got Mail

April 6

The Transporter Refueled

April 7

Nasty Baby

April 8

Catastrophe (AMAZON ORIGINAL): Season 2

April 9


Sliding Doors

April 12

Mad Max (1979)

April 15

Thunderbirds are Go! (AMAZON ORIGINAL): Season 1

The Whistleblower (2010)

April 18

Home Fires: Season 1

The Widower: Season 1

April 19


April 21

Veep: Season 2

April 22

Pawn Sacrifice

April 25

Unity: The Latin Tribute to Michael Jackson

April 27th

The Great Fire: Season 1

April 30th

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Some of the other notable Amazon Prime new movies, TV shows, and Amazon Originals hitting the service in April include the Charles Bronson vigilante thriller Death Wish, released in 1974 at the height of New York City’s decades-long crime wave; The Dead Zone, a Stephen King supernatural horror flick about an insane United States president; and Batman, the original, 1989 comic book blockbuster starring Michael Keaton as the “Dark Knight.”

[Featured Photo via Amazon Studios Publicity Image]

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