IMDbTV Picks: Week of April 5

by IMDb-Editors | created - 27 Mar 2015 | updated - 09 Apr 2015 | Public

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1. Call the Midwife (2012– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama, History

Chronicles the lives of a group of midwives living in East London in the late-1950s to mid-1960s.

Stars: Vanessa Redgrave, Laura Main, Jenny Agutter, Judy Parfitt

Votes: 17,669

Those not completely sold on this series should watch this episode, which captures the humor woven throughout these womens' lives as well as the extreme risk and emotional pain involved in the world of childbirth and parenthood.

Airs: 8pm Sunday, April 5 on PBS.

2. A.D. The Bible Continues (2015)

44 min | Drama

Follows the book of ACTS. Shows the complete message of Christ and the transformation of Saul to Paul and how the high priest of Judea does not believe in what has taken place after the Crucifixion of Christ.

Stars: Richard Coyle, Vincent Regan, Adam Levy, Joanne Whalley

Votes: 4,010

This is the next chapter of Mark Burnett's hit miniseries "The Bible," in which the disciples of Christ are branded as transformative revolutionaries and hunted.

Premieres: 9pm Sunday, April 5 on NBC.

3. Salem (2014–2017)
Episode: Cry Havoc (2015)

TV-MA | 50 min | Drama, Fantasy, Thriller

Salem's leading witch, Mary Sibley, faces both foreign and domestic challenges to her authority.

Director: Nick Copus | Stars: Janet Montgomery, Shane West, Seth Gabel, Tamzin Merchant

Votes: 302

The opening salvo of this season's Witch War is sensual, bloody and deeply intriguing. As much as we love the fiery dance between Janet Montgomery's Mary Sibley and Ashley Madekwe's Tituba, viewing the introduction of new characters played by Stuart Townsend and the fabulous Lucy Lawless are what finally pushed me to set a season pass on my DVR.

Premieres: 10pm Sunday, April 5 on WGN America.

4. Mad Men (2007–2015)
Episode: Severance (2015)

TV-14 | 48 min | Drama

Don is oddly drawn to a diner waitress as he learns about the loss of an old acquaintance, Peggy and Joan are disrespected by a chauvinistic client, and Cosgrove is in for big changes after his biggest business connection retires.

Director: Scott Hornbacher | Stars: Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, January Jones

Votes: 1,441

Once again, "Mad Men" manages to be period perfect and timeless in the same stroke, evoking a sense of finality -- and even so, hope -- in the first of its last seven episodes, which is tellingly titled "Severance."

Premieres: 10pm Sunday, April 5 on AMC.

5. The Originals (2013–2018)
Episode: Exquisite Corpse (2015)

TV-14 | 42 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Klaus must put aside his mistrust for Freya in order to save Rebekah's life.

Director: Dermott Downs | Stars: Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies, Phoebe Tonkin, Charles Michael Davis

Votes: 724

A series that incorporates all of the supernatural superstars -- werewolves, witches, and vampires -- creates a tough juggling act, and yet this series has shown itself up to the task of maintaining a high level of storytelling without losing its edge.

Airs: 8pm Monday, April 6 on The CW.

6. Bates Motel (2013–2017)
Episode: The Deal (2015)

TV-14 | 43 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Norma turns to Romero for guidance when she finds herself in an unexpected position of power

Director: Nestor Carbonell | Stars: Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot, Olivia Cooke

Votes: 1,259

Goodness, Norma and Norman's relationship just gets creepier with each passing episode.

Airs: 9pm Monday, April 6 on A&E.

7. Better Call Saul (2015– )
Episode: Marco (2015)

TV-14 | 50 min | Crime, Drama

Jimmy seizes an opportunity to reconnect with an old friend; Chuck adjusts to a new way of life.

Director: Peter Gould | Stars: Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn, Patrick Fabian

Votes: 6,533

This show has had a terrific first season, which makes the finale not-to-be missed. Fortunately it's already been picked up for a sophomore run, so that removes a bit of the anxiety from watching this part of the story come to a close.

Season Finale: 10pm Monday, April 6 on AMC.

8. iZombie (2015– )
Episode: Liv and Let Clive (2015)

TV-14 | 42 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Clive refuses Liv's help when one of his former criminal contacts is murdered.

Director: John T. Kretchmer | Stars: Rose McIver, Malcolm Goodwin, Rahul Kohli, Robert Buckley

Votes: 1,257

Not only do we get to find out more about Clive, but Liv gets a knockdown, no-punches-pulled action sequence at the episode's climax. Enjoy!

Airs: 9pm Tuesday, April 7 on The CW.

9. The Real Housewives of New York City (2008– )

TV-14 | 44 min | Reality-TV

A fast-paced reality show that follows several incredibly busy and ambitious Manhattan women. Watch as they balance envious social calendars, challenging careers, and motherhood, with the hustle and bustle of the big city all around.

Stars: Ramona Singer, Luann de Lesseps, Sonja Morgan, Bethenny Frankel

Votes: 2,670

Normally watching this show is reminiscent to having one's peace interrupted by a bunch of crows arguing in an alley over who gets to claim the corpse of a rat, but it may be worth tuning in to see how the return of Bethenny Frankel affects the ensemble's chemistry.

Premieres: 9pm Tuesday, April 7 on Bravo.

10. Weird Loners (2015)
Episode: Weird Dance (2015)

TV-14 | 24 min | Comedy

Caryn visits her grandmother to tell her why she broke off her wedding engagement.

Director: Jake Kasdan | Stars: Becki Newton, Zachary Knighton, Meera Rohit Kumbhani, Nate Torrence

Votes: 75

While I'm pretty sure this series won't last, the "weird dance" the title refers to is utterly charming.

Airs: 9:30pm Tuesday, April 7 on Fox.

11. Justified (2010–2015)
Episode: Collateral (2015)

TV-MA | 43 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Raylan and Boyd head for the mountains to find Ava, whose plan to escape with Uncle Zachariah has hit a dead end. But will Avery Markham get to her first?

Director: Michael Pressman | Stars: Timothy Olyphant, Nick Searcy, Jere Burns, Joelle Carter

Votes: 783

This is the penultimate episode of this series, which means you can pretty much count on something terrible happening. In other words, it's a must-watch.

Airs: 10pm Tuesday, April 7 on FX.

12. The Americans (2013–2018)

TV-MA | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

At the height of the Cold War two Russian agents pose as your average American couple, complete with family.

Stars: Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Keidrich Sellati, Holly Taylor

Votes: 73,691

Although this show has struggled in the ratings, the plot this season has never been more tense. The good news is, it has been picked up for another season.

Airs: 10pm Wednesday, April 8 on FX.

13. Big Time in Hollywood, FL (2015)

22 min | Comedy

Follows two delusional brothers, who are self-proclaimed filmmakers, as they are kicked out of their parent's house and end up on an epic cinematic journey.

Stars: Alex Anfanger, Lenny Jacobson, Jon Bass, Kathy Baker

Votes: 1,585

This show is delightfully insane. Do yourself a huge favor and tune in.

Airs: 10:30pm Wednesday, April 8 on Comedy Central.

14. The Comedians (2015)

22 min | Comedy

A veteran comedian is reluctantly paired with a younger, edgier comedian for a late-night comedy sketch show.

Stars: Billy Crystal, Josh Gad, Stephnie Weir, Matt Oberg

Votes: 1,711

The concept may be a tad meta for some viewers, but would you pass up the chance to watch Billy Crystal and Josh Gad play off one another? We wouldn't.

Premieres: 10pm Thursday, April 9 on FX.

15. Louie (2010–2015)

TV-MA | 22 min | Comedy, Drama

The life of Louie C.K., a divorced comedian living in New York with two kids.

Stars: Louis C.K., Hadley Delany, Ursula Parker, Pamela Adlon

Votes: 70,871

The form-shattering comedy rarely disappoints, and always serves to remind us of why Louis C.K. is one of the finest, most original thinkers in the entertainment business.

Premieres: 10:30pm Thursday, April 9 on FX.

16. Daredevil (2015–2018)

TV-MA | 54 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A blind lawyer by day, vigilante by night. Matt Murdock fights the crime of New York as Daredevil.

Stars: Charlie Cox, Vincent D'Onofrio, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson

Votes: 331,867

An official IMDb Pick. View our April list to find out more.

Premieres: Friday, April 10 on Netflix.

17. Outlander (2014– )
Episode: By the Pricking of My Thumbs (2015)

TV-MA | 59 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Jamie hopes the Duke of Sandringham can help remove the price on his head.

Director: Richard Clark | Stars: Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies, Gary Lewis

Votes: 2,794

Though Claire is beyond the reach of Black Jack Randall -- for the time being -- in this episode we discover the cost of envy and whether her trust in those closest to her has been misplaced.

Airs: 9pm Saturday, April 11 on Starz.



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