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New Shows on Netflix and Disney+ in April 2023

Don't miss the mythical creatures, classic tales, and animated fun sure to entertain the whole family

Author Kari Hanson

Published on: March 27, 2023

Family watching tv on a couch

Spring is in the air! After you check out all of the cherry blossoms our beautiful region has to offer, enjoy a relaxing evening in with a new family show.

This month offers brand-new shows to love, alongside reliable old favorites that are guaranteed to entertain. So, get ready to check into a monster hotel, reunite a mythical beast with its family, survive another apocalypse, defend a secret portal and travel to Neverland, all from the comfort of home.


April 1: “Beyblade Burst Quad Drive” (Season 1) – Chances are you’ve had these little gadgets whizzing around your house or maybe even in their own arena. Your kids will love watching this anime-style show in which the action centers around Beyblade battles!

April 1: “Blippi’s Adventures” (Collection 7) – Come play and learn with your pal Blippi in this live-action kids’ series. This show is intended for the littlest Netflix fans, ages 2–7.

April1: “Hotel Transylvania” (2012) – Get ready for lots of laughs! To create a world for his daughter that is safe from scary humans, Dracula opens Hotel Transylvania — a refuge for all monsters. Things get complicated when a young human man stumbles into the hotel — and into his daughter’s heart. This movie is packed with star power and features the voices of Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Steve Buscemi, David Spade, Andy Samberg and many more.

April 1: “Norm of the North” (2016) – In this animated feature, polar bear Norm must go to the big city to stop a housing development in the Artic. The main voice actor is Rob Schneider, and while your kids might find it entertaining, let’s just say it doesn’t have the best reviews we’ve ever seen.

April 1: “Over the Hedge” (2006) – Who thought there would be two animated films coming to Netflix this month about animals dealing with residential housing developments? In this animated movie from DreamWorks, the creatures of the forest must decide if they will stay in the forest or venture over the hedge into the world of humans. This one has some impressive voice actors, including Bruce Willis, Steve Carell, Wanda Sykes, Allison Janney and, of course, William Shatner.

April 1: “Shark Tale” (2004) – DreamWorks brings the laughs and star power again in this animated film voiced by Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Will Smith, Jack Black, Renee Zellweger and Angelina Jolie. Oscar is a tiny fish with big dreams, and Lenny is a shark who just wants everyone to get along. Will they be able to fool everyone with their act? You’ll have to watch to find out.

April 1: “Thomas & Friends: The Mystery of Lookout Mountain” (Season 1) – It’s time to head back to Sodor to see all of your engine friends in this new animated series. Thomas and best friend Percy get scared by a suspicious noise, leading all of their engine friends to explore the secrets of the old mine inside Lookout Mountain.

April 1: “How to Train Your Dragon” – This movie is an all-time fave in our house, so it's exciting to see it coming to Netflix. Hiccup wants to be a dragon hunter, so when he makes an unexpected friend (the rare Night Fury dragon), he's not sure what to think. Are dragons really mindless killers as he has been taught? The whole family will love this adventure movie, focused on friendship, bravery and the power of believing in yourself. 

April 1: “Puss in Boots” (2011) – See how it all started in this funny animated movie about everyone's favorite brave (and just a little self-obsessed) cat, Puss in Boots. Join Puss on his adventure to find the elusive magic beans that are somewhere at the top of a legendary bean stock.  

April 1: “Spider-Man Trilogy” – Looking for hours and hours of web-slinging fun? Netflix has you covered. The 3 “Spider-Man” movies starting Tobey Maguire are packed full of action, bad guys and young love. Like most superhero movies, they are rated PG-13, and probably best for the tween-and-older crowd. 

April 7: “Chupa” (2023) – A young teenager, Alex, flies to Mexico to visit his family in this fantasy adventure movie. He starts hearing stories of the mythical chupacabra, then finds a young one hiding in his grandfather’s shed. Alex and his cousins embark on an epic journey to reunite little Chupa (who looks like a combination of a dog and cheetah, with wings) with his family while staying one step ahead of the treacherous chupacabra hunter (played by Christian Slater).

April 10: “CoComelon” (Season 8) – More singing and baby giggles are waiting for you in the latest season of CoComelon. This show is aimed at the littlest Netflix fans, and will keep them entertained while providing endless songs to get stuck in your head.

April 13: “The Boss Baby: Back in the Crib” (Season 2) – The babies are back with their big eyes and corporate cuteness. Boss Baby has teamed up with his niece Tina to co-lead Baby Corps and make sure The Uncuddleables don’t destroy everything they’ve worked for.

April 19: “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Once & Always” (2023) – This special series is marking the 30th anniversary of the “Power Rangers.” I’ll give you a minute to absorb that one … Thirty years! In this live-action family adventure series, the Power Rangers are called to be the heroes the world needs as they battle a familiar threat from their past. Go, go, Power Rangers!

April 27: “Sharkdog” (Season 3; a Netflix Original) – When 10-year-old Max asks for a dog, his parents say no. After an encounter on a beach, Max ends up with a pet that is part shark, part dog. Bet you can't guess what he names it! Can he keep his new friend hidden from his parents? Tune in to find out. 

April 27: “Sweet Tooth” (Season 2) – Looking for another show about an apocalypse, centered around a weird disease, with a special kid and a protective yet gruff father figure? Look no further. (Bonus: There are no zombies or f-bombs, so your kids can watch this one with you.) An unstoppable virus has ravaged humanity, and also somehow resulted in babies being born as hybrid animals. Gus, a deer hybrid, is saved and hidden in the woods until he is forced to leave in search of his family. This show (based on a popular comic book) is a favorite with my tween, and our calendars are marked for its return!


April 2: “The Ghost and Molly McGee” (Season 2, 5 episodes) – Molly McGee is an enthusiastic tween with an unusual best friend — a ghost! After a curse backfires, grumpy ghost Scratch is connected to Molly and must go everywhere she goes. As this unusual situation evolves into a special friendship, Molly and Scratch have all kinds of tween adventures in this fast-paced animated series.

April 5: “The Crossover”– Based on the Newbery Award–winning novel by Kwame Alexander, this live-action show follows twin teen brothers Josh and Jordan Bell. An adult version of Josh narrates their coming-of-age story through his lyrical poetry as the brothers deal with basketball, young love and family challenges.

April 5: “Journey to the Center of the Earth”– When Diego is sent to camp by his parents, he finds much more than he bargained for. The discovery of his grandmother’s abandoned car leads Diego and his friends to a secret portal to another dimension, which they must protect. Why didn’t we ever have that much fun at summer camp?

April 12: “Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur” (Season 1, 5 episodes) – What do you get when you cross a teen supergenius with a 10-ton Tyrannosaurus rex? Throw in a time vortex, and you’ve got yourself an adventure! Your kids will have a great time watching Lunella and her prehistoric buddy work together to protect New York’s Lower Eastside from danger.

April 14: “Oswald the Lucky Rabbit”– If you are in the mood for something nostalgic, you’ll love this new animated short. For the first time in 95 years, Disney’s Oswald the Lucky Rabbit is back in a new adventure.

April 19: “Big City Greens” (Season 3, 4 episodes) – A boy from the country moves to the big city with his family and tries to adjust to a new lifestyle. This silly, fast-paced animated series will keep your kids laughing.

April 19: “PJ Masks: Power Heroes” (Season 1, 7 episodes) – This continuation of the “PJ Masks” series has new heroes, new villains and new locations (including a new headquarters in space). Join your familiar mask-wearing friends as they fight crime with their new allies, such as Ice Cub, Bastet and Lilifee. Kids will enjoy this positive animated series based on friendship and adventures.

April 26: “Star Wars: Young Jedi Adventures” (shorts) – Can’t get enough “Star Wars” shows? Here’s one more! Follow the adventures of the Jedi Younglings on their journey to become Jedi Knights.

April 16: “Dino Ranch” (Season 2, 5 episodes) – The Cassidy family ranchers are back for more adventures with their dino pals. As the young ranchers learn the tricks of their trade, they also must learn to navigate the great outdoors and its unpredictable challenges.

April 28: “Peter Pan and Wendy” – This new live-action feature film follows the adventures of Wendy, her siblings and the boy who won’t grow up, Peter Pan. This fantastical new take on the classic story looks to be filled with adventure and some cool special effects, certain to be a fun Friday night movie the whole family will enjoy. (Rated PG)

Ongoing series: 

  • “The Mandalorian” – April 5, 12, 19 (season finale, this is the way.)

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