Each month Netflix expands their video library with new TV shows and movies. Here is everything from original series, to classic TV shows, to family flicks you and the kids should be watching this month.
Chances are that groundhog will yet again give an inaccurate weather prediction (seriously, can’t Echo just replace him?). Luckily Netflix gives us new content monthly, on-time and on schedule regardless of how many weeks of winter are left. This month: your kids will watch Finding Dory like a fish with short-term memory loss, hitch a ride on another dragon, and say goodbye to a series sequel that probably meant more to you than them.
Best Of The Month
Dragon: Race To The Edge (Season 4)
Dreamworks, the other studio that specializes in creating CGI dragons, is back with a new season of their animated series. Race to the Edge is not only premiering on February 17, but all the Dragon series (of How To Train fame) will be available to stream. The show follows the adventures of Hiccup and Toothless as they come across new dragons, perform high-flying feats, and assemble an army to invade Westeros! Spoiler alert.
Common Sense’s Take: CSM gave the series a glowing review back when Netflix picked up the series in 2015. They called it, “exceptionally crafted and beautifully animated.” They also warn, “the story isn’t without its levity and comical mishaps, but it’s geared more toward tweens who can handle its caliber of suspense.” That sounds pretty good for a show with no Hodor.
The movie every family watched this summer will be eating up your bandwidth come February 1. If you haven’t seen it — but you have — Ellen DeGeneres returns as everyone’s favorite fish with memory issues who is on a quest to find her parents. Pixar’s gives a sequel worth the wait. So where’s A Bugs Life 2 at?
Common Sense’s Take: They gave Dory their “Great For Families” seal, along with a five-star review. This movie will either create new fish fanatics or satisfy older kids who’ve been waiting years for a sequel.
Girl Meets World (season 3)
Cory and Topanga’s kid is back — but will not be back. If you somehow managed to avoid 7 seasons of Boy Meets World (who are you and how did you do that?), Girl is a coming of age tale of middle school student Riley Matthews (played by Rowan Blanchard). All the Boy tropes are here: Riley has a nerdy history teacher (her dad, Cory), a best friend (Maya), and viewers see her struggle through adolescence. Season 3 kicks off with freshman Riley in high school. Since this is the end of the show, don’t expect her to graduate.
Common Sense’s Take: Girl has positive themes and multi-generational appeal. Their review says the show makes, “an effort to show development in many of the characters, including Cory, who loosens the reins on his young daughter as she proves her maturity.” Will there be Mr. Feeny cameo at the end? (Answer: yes.)
Everything Else That’s New On Netflix
Growing Up Wild
For Older Kids
Babe: Pig in the City (2/1)
Balto 2: Wolf Quest (2/1)
Balto 3: Winds of Change (2/1)
Corpse Bride (2/1)
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (2/1)
Finding Dory (2/1)
Girl Meets World (2/19)
Legend Quest (2/24)
Ultimate Beastmaster (2/24)
VeggieTales in the City (2/24)
An American Girl: Saige Paints the Sky
Bratz: Babyz: The Movie
Bratz: Super Babyz
Charlotte’s Web 2: Wilbur’s Great Adventure
Justin Bieber’s Believe
Lalaloopsy Girls: Welcome to L.A.L.A. Prep School
The Nut Job
Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year