Starts streaming: April 24
The Russo brothers have been busy the last several years marshaling the last two Captain America movies and the two-part “Avengers” saga, but now Joe Russo has broken off and written the script for “Extraction,” a grand-scale international thriller for Netflix. Chris Hemsworth stars as a black-market mercenary hired to rescue the son of an incarcerated crime lord, but it turns out that doing extralegal work for violent and dishonorable men doesn’t always go so smoothly. Not long after accepting the mission, Hemsworth has to navigate a viper’s nest of weapons dealers and drug traffickers in order to escort the boy to safety.
‘Murder to Mercy: The Cyntoia Brown Story’
Start streaming: April 29
At the age of 16, Cyntoia Brown received a life sentence for the murder and robbery of Johnny Michael Allen, a 43-year-old who’d commissioned her for sex at a Sonic Drive-In parking lot in Nashville, Tennessee. Fifteen years later, she finally received a commutation from the governor, following public backing from high-profile figures like Rihanna, Kim Kardashian and LeBron James, as well as a more serious consideration of her as a victim of child sex trafficking. Following up his previous documentary on Brown from 2011 — “Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story,” which was instrumental in calling attention to the case — Daniel Birman follows it through to its conclusion with “Murder to Mercy: The Cyntoia Brown Story.”
‘How to Fix a Drug Scandal’
Starts streaming: April 1
For eight years, Sonja Farak, a former lab chemist from Amherst, Massachusetts, stole drugs from evidence to feed her own addiction. After getting caught in the act, Farak was sent to prison for over five years, but the implications of her tampering scandalized the justice system and threw numerous convictions into question. The four-part documentary series “How to Fix a Drug Scandal,” from director Erin Lee Carr (“At the Heart of Gold: Inside the U.S.A. Gymnastics Scandal”), takes a closer look at Farak while taking measure of the fallout a single chemist’s actions had in the courts.
‘Sunderland ’Til I Die: Season 2’
Starts streaming: April 1
The British professional soccer leagues operate on a tiered system: The best teams are eligible for promotion to a better league, with the Premier League at the top, and the worst teams are candidates for relegation, which dumps them to a lesser league. The gripping first season of “Sunderland ’Til I Die” showed the spiraling effect of relegation, when a club is drained of confidence and resources and can’t seem to find bottom. Representing a working-class city in northern England since 1879, Sunderland is currently in League One, the third tier in the system, and the second season of the show will document its agonizing efforts to climb out of a deep rut.
‘The Innocence Files’
Starts streaming: April 15
Though Barry Scheck had his 15 minutes of fame as the most tenacious of O.J. Simpson’s “Dream Team” of attorneys, the great project of his life has been The Innocence Project, a 28-year-old initiative to exonerate wrongly convicted people through DNA testing. Scheck and Innocence Project co-founder Peter Neufeld step in front of the camera for “The Innocence Files,” a nine-episode documentary series about the path to justice for eight convicts. The series breaks down the elements that Scheck and Neufeld believe lead to wrongful convictions, including prosecutorial overreach, unreliable eyewitnesses and poor handling of forensic evidence.
‘Middleditch & Schwartz’
Starts streaming: April 21
Television comedy fans will recognize Thomas Middleditch as the star of “Silicon Valley” and Ben Schwartz as Jean-Ralphio on “Parks and Recreation” and Clyde Oberholt on Showtime’s “House of Lies.” But as a comedy team, Middleditch and Schwartz have become so popular that they sold out Carnegie Hall last year. The two of them specialize in what they call “longform improv,” in which they take a random suggestion from the audience and play it out for a full hour, rather than in short bits. The three-part special “Middleditch & Schwartz” has them taking simple premises — a job interview, a law school final exam and a wedding — to absurd and unexpected places.
‘Never Have I Ever’
Starts streaming: April 27
After creating and starring in the hit comedy “The Mindy Project,” which chronicles the follies of her love life, Mindy Kaling returns to TV with the complementary project “Never Have I Ever,” a series that reflects on her past as an Indian-American teenager growing up in suburban Massachusetts. Shifting the story of the San Fernando Valley, the show stars Maitreyi Ramakrishnan as a fictional version of Kaling, caught between the traditional norms of her parents and her burgeoning interest in American culture. She also has a hot temper that lands her into trouble.
Also of interest: “The Iliza Schlesinger Sketch Show” (April 1), “Nailed It!: Season 4” (April 1), “Brews Brothers” (April 10), “Love Wedding Repeat” (April 10), “The Main Event” (April 10), “Ocean’s 8” (April 12), “Betonrausch” (April 17), “#blackAF” (April 17), “Surviving R. Kelly: Season 1” (April 18), “Cooked With Cannabis” (April 20), “Absurd Planet” (April 22), “A Secret Love” (April 29).