As we settle into 2023 (I’ve almost stopped writing 2022 everywhere. Almost.) Netflix and Disney+ have plenty of shows to keep the whole family entertained. From some highly anticipated Marvel releases, to brand-new shows, to the return of old favorites, there are many reasons to take a break and turn on a show.
So, cuddle up and enjoy these cool, dark, quiet evenings while you still can!
- Feb. 1: “Flushed Away” (2006) – When an uptown rat is accidently flushed down the toilet of his fancy London apartment, he finds himself in a whole new world. An epic journey to get back home leads to new adventures, skirting dangers and making friends. There are also very cute screaming slugs. This movie boasts some big names as voice actors, including Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet and Sir Ian McKellen.
- Feb. 3: “Thomas & Friends: All Engines Go” (Season 2) – Join Thomas and his friends, new and longtime, as they chug along the tracks and find adventure and laughs. Your little engineers will love watching these new animated episodes of this classic British show.
- Feb. 4: “Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile” (2022) – He’s a crocodile and he can sing! Based on the popular book series, this show follows Lyle as he explores the city and has adventures as only a giant crocodile can. With musical numbers created by the team that brought us “The Greatest Showman,” this movie is sure to have your kids dancing and singing in no time.
- Feb. 9: “My Dad the Bounty Hunter” (Season 1) – When two siblings stow away in the car attempting to join their dad at work, they get more than they bargained for. Their dad is an intergalactic bounty hunter! Cue the space adventures, including aliens, explosions, laser guns and spaceships. This new animated show looks like a fun one.
- Feb. 24: “We Have a Ghost” (2023) – A ghost named Ernest (played by David Harbor, AKA Jim Hopper of “Stranger Things” fame) is haunting Kevin’s home. Video of the ghost makes Kevin and his family into social media stars. But when Kevin and Ernest start to work together to investigate Ernest’s mysterious past, they become targets of the CIA. This movie is rated PG-13 and is probably best for the tween and older crowd looking for laughs and adventure.
- Feb. 24: “Oddballs” (Season 2) – Your squishy friend James (and his band of friends, including an alligator and a girl from the future) is back in the latest season of this animated series from the popular YouTube channel.
- Feb. 24: “Pokémon Ultimate Journeys: The Series” (Part 2) – If you have a Pokémon fan in your house (who doesn’t?), they won’t want to miss this show. Ash is back to catch all of the Pokémon he can in this latest installment of the franchise. Watch out for Team Rocket as they plot to steal the always cute, squeaky Pikachu.
- Feb. 1: “The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder” (Season 2) – After a popular season 1, this fun animated show is back! Follow the adventures of Penny Proud and her family and friends, and of course her dog Puff. This series tells entertaining stories while highlighting culturally specific experiences of the Black community and addressing universal topics. This season, story lines include themes of self-worth, interracial dating and Juneteenth.
- Feb. 1: “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” – It’s finally here! The latest installment of Marvel’s “Black Panther” movies is arriving on Disney+. This award-winning movie (which garnered a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress, a first for a Marvel movie) follows the people of the fictional African nation of Wakanda as they fight to protect their home following the death of their king. This movie is rated PG-13, so may be best for tweens and older fans. And you might want to pop a couple of bags of popcorn for this one, as it’s over two and a half hours long!
- Feb. 1: “Miraculous Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir” (S1, S2, S3) – Sacré bleu! Teenagers Marinette and Adrien change into superheroes — Ladybug and Cat Noir — to protect Paris from evil and disaster.
- Feb. 1: “Puppy Dog Pals” (Season 5, 3 episodes) – Puppy brothers Bingo and Rolly love to be around their owner, and they have lots of fun with their other giant-eyed puppy friends. Their love of a good time leads them on adventures in their neighborhood and around the globe.
- Feb. 8: “Marvel Studios’ Assembled: The Making of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” – With the arrival of “Wakanda Forever” comes this behind-the-scenes special. Watch the cast and crew take on the challenge of remembering King T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) while also moving the story forward and taking on new foes.
- Feb. 8: “Hamster & Gretel” (S1, 5 episodes) – Gretel and her pet hamster (creatively named Hamster) use their superpowers to fight evil and save the day. The two heroes, along with Gretel’s older brother Kevin, work together to protect their city. This show, packed with plenty of action and silly humor, is from the creators of the popular show “Phineas and Ferb.”
- Feb. 8: “Me & Mickey” (Shorts) (Season 1, 7 episodes) – Intended for the preschool-age Disney+ crowd, this show features everyone’s favorite mouse, Mickey! Kids will love to play along with Mickey as he talks about various topics and helps children learn skills, such as getting ready for bed, identifying shapes and making music.
- Feb. 8: “The Owl House” (Season 3, 1 episode) – When Luz discovers and walks through a portal, she finds herself in an entirely new world, the Boiling Isles, which is filled with monsters and magic. Determined to become a witch like her hero/mentor Eda the Owl Lady, Luz attends a magic school and has many adventures in her new-found home.
- Feb. 10: “Dug Days: Carl’s Date” – Remember the little old man at the beginning of the movie “Up” who made us all cry? Well he’s back in this sweet short from Pixar Animation Studios. Carl has agreed to go on a date, but has no idea how dating works these days. His always helpful doggy companion Dug is by his side and ready to offer tips, though they are not always useful for humans.
- Feb. 10 – “Ant-Man Specials” – The latest Ant-Man movie, “Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania,” is being released on Feb. 17, and Marvel and Disney+ want to make sure you are ready. There are three “Ant-Man”-related shows this month:
- Marvel Studios Legends “Ant-Man” – Follow the story of Scott Lang as he is transformed into the smallest (and dare I say, funniest) superhero in the Marvel universe, Ant-Man.
- Marvel Studios Legends “Hank & Janet” – Learn even more about Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne, the original Ant-Man and Wasp.
- Marvel Studios Legends “Wasp” – Follow Hope’s journey to becoming The Wasp and fighting alongside the Avengers.
- Feb. 15: Marvel’s “Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur” – Based on Marvel’s hit comic books, this fast-paced animated show follows the adventures of 13-year-old super-genius Lunella Lafayette and her pet T-Rex, Devil Dinosaur. The duo works together to protect New York City’s Lower East Side from danger in this inspiring girl-powered show.
- Feb. 15: “SuperKitties” (Season 1, 7 episodes) – This Disney Junior show for the littlest fans follows the adventures of kitties Ginny, Sparks, Buddy and Bitsy. Not only are they supercute and cuddly, they are also brave, smart, strong and kind. And, oh yeah, they are also superheroes!
- Feb. 22: “Voices Rising: The Music Of Wakanda Forever” – Visit the world of Wakanda one more time this month. This show focuses on the music of “Wakanda Forever,” which pushed the boundaries of what a movie soundtrack can be and created an immersive, moving experience.
Ongoing shows on Disney+:
- “Star Wars: The Bad Batch” – Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22
- “National Treasure: Edge of History” – Feb. 1, 8 (finale)