The top 9 shows on Netflix this week, from ‘Who Killed Sara?’ to ‘Big Time Rush’

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“Who Killed Sara?”

  • Every week, the streaming search engine Reelgood compiles for Insider a list of the TV shows that have been most prominent on Netflix‘s daily top-10 lists.

  • Netflix’s new thriller “Who Killed Sara?” topped this week’s list for the second straight week.
  • Netflix counts a view if an account watches a movie or TV show for at least two minutes.
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9. “This is a Robbery: The World’s Biggest Art Heist” (Netflix original, 2021)

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Description: “In 1990, two men dressed as cops con their way into a Boston museum and steal a fortune in art. Take a deep dive into this daring and notorious crime.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 88%

What critics said: “In all, this makes for a fascinating portrait of an incident that lives on in the memory of a city that has both high culture and organized crime encoded in its DNA.” — Variety

8. “Worn Stories” (Netflix original, 2021)

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Description: “In this funny, heartfelt and moving docuseries, real people unpack the fascinating and quirky stories around their most meaningful pieces of clothing.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 100%

What critics said: “Worn Stories, which is adapted from Lauren Spivacek’s best-selling clothing vignettes novel of the same name, is wonderfully-threaded nostalgia.” — Paste Magazine

7. “Big Time Rush” (Nickelodeon, 2009-2013)

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Description: “After a talent agent discovers four talented pals and turns them into a boy band called Big Time Rush, they must adjust to their exciting new lives.”

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6. “Family Reunion” (Netflix original, 2019-present)

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Description: “When the McKellan family moves from Seattle to small-town Georgia, life down South — and traditional grandparents — challenge their big-city ways.”

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5. “Ginny and Georgia” (Netflix original, 2021-present)

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Description: “Free-spirited Georgia and her two kids, Ginny and Austin, move north in search of a fresh start but find that the road to new beginnings can be bumpy.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 68%

What critics said: “Ginny & Georgia is perfect background TV: familiar enough to be comforting, but with enough of its own weird energy to let Netflix’s autoplay jump into the next episode.” — Thrillist (season one)

4. “The Irregulars” (Netflix original, 2021-present)

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“The Irregulars”

Description: “A crew of misfits investigates a series of supernatural crimes in Victorian London for Dr. Watson and his shadowy associate, Sherlock Holmes.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 77%

What critics said: “There are a sprinkling of more casual sequences that cut through the darkness. An encroaching threat does a lot to crowd those out by season’s end.” — Indiewire (season one)

3. “Cocomelon” (YouTube, 2019-present)

"Cocomelon" is the most subscribed-to YouTube channel in the United States, and the third most subscribed-to in the world.
“Cocomelon” is the most subscribed-to YouTube channel in the United States, and the third most subscribed-to in the world.

Description: “Learn letters, numbers, animal sounds and more with J.J. in this musical series that brings fun times with nursery rhymes for the whole family!”

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2. “The Serpent” (Netflix original, 2021)

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Description: “In the 1970s, merciless killer Charles Sobhraj preys on travelers exploring the “hippie trail” of South Asia. Based on shocking true events.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 69%

What critics said: “The people behind this eight-episode miniseries about a serial killer never really figured out how to tell this story, and that sense is amplified by an incessant crosscutting chronologically that only muddles the piece’s tone and momentum.” — RogerEbert.com

1. “Who Killed Sara?” (Netflix original, 2021-present)

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Description: “Hell-bent on exacting revenge and proving he was framed for his sister’s murder, Álex sets out to unearth much more than the crime’s real culprit.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: N/A

What critics said: “Has a few logic problems, but its overall vibe is energetic enough, with good performances, to keep viewers’ attention.” — Decider (season one)

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How to watch UFC Fight Night: Vettori vs. Holland this Saturday on ESPN+

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Marvin Vettori and Kevin Holland face off at the weigh-in for their UFC Fight Night main event.

  • UFC Fight Night: Vettori vs. Holland will be broadcast live on ESPN+ and ABC on April 10.
  • The early prelims start at 11:30 a.m. ET, and the main card is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. ET.
  • Every UFC Fight Night is included with ESPN+, which costs $6 a month or $60 per year.

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This Saturday’s UFC Fight Night will feature middleweight fighters Marvin Vettori and Kevin Holland in the main event, just three weeks after Holland’s loss at the last UFC Fight Night event.

Vettori was originally scheduled to fight Darren Till, who withdrew from the fight with a broken collarbone. Replacing Till gives Holland an opportunity for redemption after he suffered a decision loss to Derek Brunson in March. The 21-day gap between that loss and this weekend’s UFC Fight Night will tie a record for the shortest turnaround time between main event matches, according to ESPN.

The fight will be broadcast from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas on April 10, starting at 11:30 a.m. ET. All of UFC Fight Night will stream on ESPN+ as part of a subscription for $6 a month or $60 a year. You can also watch the prelims live on ESPN and the main event on ABC.

UFC Fight Night: Vettori vs. Holland will be held without fans in attendance due to the coronavirus pandemic. UFC has consistently implemented safety precautions for fighters and staff during the pandemic, including advanced medical screenings, regular testing, temperature checks, and social distancing guidelines. UFC President Dana White announced that UFC 261 will be held with a full crowd in Jacksonville, Florida, on April 24.

Here’s the match schedule for UFC Fight Night: Vettori vs. Holland

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Early prelims – 11:30 a.m. ET, 8:30 a.m. PT on ESPN+

  • Impa Kasanganay versus Sasha Palatnikov [Welterweight]

Prelims – 12 p.m. ET, 9 a.m. PT on ESPN and ESPN+

  • Jim Miller versus Joe Solecki [Lightweight]
  • Scott Holtzman versus Mateusz Gamrot [Lightweight]
  • John Makdessi versus Ignacio Bahamondes [Lightweight]
  • Da-un Jung versus William Knight [Light Heavyweight]
  • Luis Saldana versus Jordan Griffin [Featherweight]
  • Hunter Azure versus Jack Shore [Bantamweight]
  • Yorgan De Castro versus Jarjis Danho [Heavyweight]

Main card – 3 p.m. ET, 12 p.m. PT on ABC and ESPN+

  • Mike Perry versus Daniel Rodriguez [Welterweight]
  • Nina Nunes versus Mackenzie Dern [Women’s Strawweight]
  • Sam Alvey versus Julian Marquez [Middleweight]
  • Arnold Allen versus Sodiq Yusuff [Featherweight]
  • Marvin Vettori versus Kevin Holland [Middleweight]

How to watch UFC Fight Night matches

UFC Fight Night: Vettori vs. Holland is separated into three parts: the early prelims, prelims, and the main card. The entire event will be streamed live on ESPN+ starting with the early prelims at 11:30 a.m. ET. The prelims will then air at 12 p.m. ET on ESPN+ and ESPN, while the main card will be broadcast on ABC and ESPN+ starting at 3 p.m. ET.

ESPN+ subscribers can watch every UFC Fight Night event live and also gain access to a huge catalog of classic UFC matches and recent highlights. ESPN+ costs $6 a month or $60 for a full year, and it’s available as an app on most mobile and streaming devices. You can also bundle ESPN+ with Disney Plus and Hulu for $14 a month.

Here’s a full breakdown of additional features and details for ESPN+.

Portions of some UFC Fight Night events, like Vettori vs. Holland, are also broadcast on cable networks like ABC and ESPN. These channels are available through several live TV streaming services, including Hulu + Live TV, AT&T TV, and Youtube TV. If you have cable, you can stream ABC live online too.

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All the new shows you can watch on Disney Plus – from ‘The Mandalorian’ to ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’

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Disney Plus has a lot of new shows to stream. There are spin-offs, sequels, prequels, documentaries, and even mockumentaries to choose from. And best of all, every show is included with a standard subscription for $8 a month.

Highlights from the current lineup include exclusive titles from the “Star Wars” franchise, like the “The Mandalorian,” as well as new Marvel shows like “WandaVision” and “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.” More original programs are in the works, including a series based on the “Percy Jackson” novels.

Below, we’ve broken all the basics you need to know about shows on Disney Plus, including a full rundown of the service’s current and upcoming lineup of exclusive series.

Does Disney Plus have any new shows?

Disney Plus has a growing collection of original series developed exclusively for the service.

The ambitious lineup already includes shows like “The Mandalorian,” “WandaVision,” “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” “High School the Musical the Musical the Series,” “The Imagineering Story,” “Encore!,” and “Diary of a Future President.”

When are new shows coming to Disney Plus?

In addition to all the shows available to watch right now, even more new content is set to be added throughout the year and beyond.

Major upcoming shows scheduled for 2021 include the new Marvel series “Loki” and the animated show “Star Wars: The Bad Batch.” Other originals in the works include “Monsters at Work,” an animated series based on the Pixar movie “Monsters, Inc.” Subscribers can also look forward to a new adaptation of the “Percy Jackson” novels.

To help you keep track of all the current and upcoming Disney Plus original programs, we rounded up all of the series announced so far.

Here are all the new shows to stream on Disney Plus:

Marvel shows

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WandaVision” – available now

The show finds Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) living in a surreal suburban neighborhood inspired by early TV sitcoms, but their picturesque lives quickly begin to warp around them. The show also stars Teyonah Parris, Randall Park, and Kat Dennings. 

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” – available now

“The Falcon and Winter Soldier” takes place after Captain America passes on his shield to Sam Wilson, aka the Falcon (Anthony Mackie). The Falcon is joined by Bucky Barnes, aka Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), on a mission to stop a group of renegade super soldiers. New episodes premiere every Friday.

“Marvel Hero Project” – available now

The “Marvel Hero Project” pays tribute to extraordinary kids who have helped their community. In each episode of the docu-series, kids are surprised with the honor of being made into a superhero with their very own Marvel Comic.

“Marvel’s 616” – available now

The documentary series “Marvel’s 616” dives into the real-world context of Marvel’s stories and characters via history and culture. A diverse group of filmmakers tackle each episode. 

“Loki” – June 11, 2021

Although Loki died in “Avengers: Endgame,” apparently his “journey isn’t over yet; it’s only just begun.” Tom Hiddleston returns in the role of the trickster in what looks to be an adventure through time and space. Owen Wilson (“The Wedding Crashers”) and Gugu Mbatha-Raw (“Belle”) also star.

“What If?” – Summer 2021

Based in the Marvel Universal, the animated series “What If?” takes the premise that changing one small thing in the narrative of a superhero could change the course of the character and also the world. Marvel talent will be participating in the series, including Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther), Josh Brolin (Thanos), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Mark Ruffalo (the Hulk), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), and many more. 

“Hawkeye” – Fall 2021

Hawkeye will return to the screen in his very own spin-off from the Marvel films. In “Hawkeye,” he will be mentoring the Young Avenger Kate Bishop and showing her the ways of the Marvel superhero.

“Ms. Marvel” – To be announced

“Ms. Marvel” will be a groundbreaking program; Kamala Khan is the first Muslim superhero to star in their own solo series. In the series, Khan is a Pakistani American living with her devout family in New Jersey while dealing with her superpowers. Newcomer Iman Vellani will star as the title character. 

“She-Hulk” – To be announced

“She-Hulk” is focused on Jennifer Walters, cousin of the Hulk, aka Bruce Banner. After Walters gets a blood transfusion from Banner — as in his gamma poisoned blood —she becomes the one and only She-Hulk. Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”) has been cast to play Walters.

“Moon Knight” – To be announced

“Moon Knight,” a cloaked avenger named Mark Specter, suffers from multiple personalities and questionable instincts. Oscar Isaac (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”) is reportedly in discussions for the lead role

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Star Wars shows

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“The Mandalorian”

“The Mandalorian” – available now

“The Mandalorian,” a western-style take on “Star Wars,” is set five years after the fall of the Empire and focuses on a bounty hunter who journeys far out into the galaxy. The first and second seasons are now available to stream. 

“Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian” – available now

This documentary series gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the production of “The Mandalorian.” The show features interviews, never-before-seen footage, and roundtable conversations with the cast and crew. Executive Producer Jon Favreau is the documentary’s host.

“Star Wars: The Clone Wars” – available now

All seven seasons of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” are available to stream on Disney Plus. Though the show was originally canceled in 2014, Disney brought the series back for 12 final episodes in 2020.

“Star Wars: The Bad Batch” – May 4, 2021

This upcoming animated series focuses on an elite group of clone soldiers called the Bad Batch. Each member of the team has a unique skill, and they band together to take on missions throughout the galaxy. 

“The Book of Boba Fett” – December 2021

This spin-off of “The Mandalorian” will focus on the infamous bounty hunter Boba Fett. Temuera Morrison reprises his role as Fett and will be joined by Ming-Na Wen as Fennec Shand.

“Andor” – 2022

Diego Luna reprises his role of Cassian Andor (“Rogue One”) alongside Alan Tudyk voicing the sardonic droid K-2SO. Their adventures take place before the events of “Rogue One.” 

Obi-Wan Kenobi Project – To be announced

Ewan McGregor returns in the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi in this as-yet titled series set eight years after the events of “Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.” Hayden Christensen will also appear in the show as Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader. 

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Pixar shows

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“Forky Asks a Question” – available now

Forky from Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” explores various existential questions in this 10-part animated shorts series.

“SparkShorts” – available now

Similar to “ShortCircuit,” select Pixar employees are given six months and a limited budget to create their own unique shorts. It’s a way to find new voices and new techniques from within the studio talent pool. 

“Pixar in Real Life” – available now

This hidden camera series features Pixar characters in humorous situations in real life, such as Wall-E rolling through a park in New York City and agents from Monsters, Inc. Child Detection Agency picking up a rogue sock on the street.

“Monsters at Work” – July 2, 2021

If you’ve ever wondered what happened to Monstropolis after the fall of scream power, “Monsters at Work” will fill you in. The animated show features the return of Billy Crystal as the voice of Mike, and John Goodman as the voice of Sully. Though the series was originally expected to premiere in 2020, the show is now set to debut in July 2021.

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‘The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers’ – available now

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This new series is based on “The Mighty Ducks” film franchise from the ’90s. “The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers” stars Lauren Graham (“Gilmore Girls”) as Alex, and Brady Noon as her son Evan. After Evan is cut from the Mighty Ducks youth hockey team in Minnesota, Alex decides to put together her own team.

Emilio Estevez, who starred as coach Gordon Bombay in the original “Mighty Ducks” movies, reprises his role in the new streaming show. New episodes premiere every Friday.

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‘The Right Stuff – available now

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Produced by National Geographic, “The Right Stuff” is a historical drama series about the development of the US space program. The show focuses on a group of seven military test pilots who train to become the country’s first astronauts. The show is based on the book by Tom Wolfe, which was previously adapted into a 1983 film.

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‘Percy Jackson’ – to be announced

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Disney Plus is developing a new live-action show based on the “Percy Jackson” series of novels. Author Rick Riordan announced the news via a tweet on May 14, 2020.

Though full details are still forthcoming, the show’s first season will be an adaptation of “The Lightning Thief,” which is the first book in the “Percy Jackson” series. Future seasons are expected to cover the remaining four books. 

The “Percy Jackson” novels follow a teenager who finds out that he’s really the son of a Greek god. The books were previously adapted into two films, “Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief” and “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters,” but this new Disney Plus series will not be connected to those earlier movies. 

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‘High School Musical: The Musical: The Series’ – available now

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The first season of “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” premiered on November 12 and all 10 episodes are now available to watch. The mockumentary follows a group of high school students as they put on a production of “High School Musical.” The second season will debut on May 14.

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‘Diary of a Future President’ – available now

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Tess Romero stars as Elena, a 12-year-old Cuban-American girl with presidential aspirations. The show is told through Elena’s diary and also features flashforwards to Elena as an adult played by Gina Rodriguez (“Jane the Virgin”). The first season includes a total of 10 episodes, and a second season has been ordered.

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‘Short Circuit’ – available now

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This is a series of shorts from Disney employees produced with support from the studio and its fellow artists. 14 shorts are now available to stream. 

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Non-fiction, documentary, and variety series

Disney+ new shows

“The Imagineering Story” – available now

Disneyland and Disney World fans will want to tune in to see this. This six-hour series chronicles the history of Walt Disney Imagineering, the talented crew that make the magic at the Disney parks around the world. It covers the early days with Walt Disney at the helm all the way up to the Galaxy’s Edge.

“Encore!” – available now

Encore! — hosted and produced by Kristen Bell (“Frozen,” “The Good Place”) — is a reality show where she reunites the casts of high school musicals to take another go at their productions.  

“The World According to Jeff Goldblum” – available now

Journey along with Jeff Goldblum (“Jurassic Park,” “Thor: Ragnarok”) as he travels the world to explore subjects that are of interest to him from how tattoos, ice-cream, and sneakers are made and developed.

“One Day at Disney” – available now

On December 3, Disney Plus began streaming the feature-length special “One Day at Disney,” the same day that the book “One Day at Disney” was released. The program (and book) features more than 75 Disney cast members who make the magic from a train engineer at Disneyland to Robin Roberts of “Good Morning America” to the prolific animation artist Eric Goldberg. Following the launch of the feature-length special, Disney Plus also began streaming a 52-episode short-form series.

“Muppets Now” – available now

This new comedy series stars Jim Henson’s beloved Muppets. Each episode of the series is separated into different segments, like a lifestyle vlog, a cooking show, and a talk show. The first season features six episodes.

“Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings” – available now

“Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings” is moving from Disney’s Freeform to Disney Plus for its second season in 2020. The program gives viewers an inside look at weddings and engagements at Disney Destinations around the world from Disneyland to the Disney Cruise Line. Season one is currently available to watch.

“Into the Unknown: The Making of Frozen 2” — available now

“Frozen 2” hit theaters in November of 2019. For those who can’t get enough of Elsa, Anna, and the gang, they’ll be able to get the inside scoop on how “Frozen 2” was created with the cast, the music team, and others in this docu-series.

Be Our Chef” – available now

Angela Kinsey (“The Office”) hosts “Be Our Chef,” a new reality cooking competition show. Based in Walt Disney World, families will compete by creating dishes that mix their own traditions with the magic of Disney. The grand prize will be the honor of having their dish served at Walt Disney World.

“Shop Class” – available now

The competition show “Shop Class” will consist of teams of creative students who are challenged to design, build, and test new contraptions.  Their creations will be judged on how they engineered and designed the items, as well as a test to make sure it works.

“Prop Culture” – available now

Die-hard Disney film fans will want to tune into “Prop Culture.” The show takes a look at the props and costumes from films such as “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl,” “Mary Poppins,” “The Muppet Movie,” and “Tron.” They’ll visit with the people who made the items, the actors who used the items, and the collectors and archivists who cherish the items.

“Earth to Ned” — available now

The Jim Henson Company is creating an “out-of-this-world” talk show where Ned, a blue-skinned alien and his sidekick Cornelius, do interviews with celebrity guests. The aliens were sent to Earth for an invasion but instead become obsessed with pop culture and create a talk show.

“Becoming” – now available

Basketball superstar LeBron James is partnering with Disney Plus on a new heartwarming docuseries. The show will explore the origin stories of celebrities and athletes such as the Lakers’ Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Sparks’ Candace Parker, and comedian and TV host Nick Cannon.

Magic of Animal Kingdom” – now available

National Geographic (which is now part of Disney) is producing a series based on Animal Kingdom and Epcot’s SeaBase Aquarium at Walt Disney World. The show will give a behind the scenes look at how these areas operate, how they go about protecting endangered species, and the efforts of the Disney Conservation Fund.

“Rogue Trip” – now available

Journalist Bob Woodruff and his 27-year-old son Max, embark on a road trip, heading to destinations that are off the beaten path in search of unique experiences to share with viewers.

“(Re)Connect” – To be announced

In this reality show, families struggling with issues — like workaholic parents and competitive siblings — address their problems with the help of specialized experts. The goal is for them all, as the title implies, to reconnect.

“Earthkeepers” – To be announced

The documentary series “Earthkeepers” will follow conservationists and the animals that they study. During the series, the creators hope that viewers get a sense of the “personal trials and professional breakthroughs that come with protecting the planet’s most endangered species.”

“Ink & Paint” – To be announced

Based on the book “Ink & Paint: The Women of Walt Disney’s Animation” written by Mindy Johnson, this eight-part series pays tribute to the women who have had a big part of the films of the Walt Disney Company from “Snow White,” “Coco,” to “Moana,” and many more.

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Disney Plus FAQs

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What is Disney Plus? 

Disney’s streaming service gives members unlimited access to a growing library of ad-free movies and shows from DisneyPixar, Marvel, Star WarsNational Geographic, and 20th Century Fox. This includes older releases from Disney’s vault, as well as a selection of brand-new, exclusive series and films.

Unlike Netflix, however, the original episodic content on Disney Plus is delivered weekly rather than all at once. This makes the experience feel closer to traditional TV but without the ads.


How much does Disney Plus cost? 

There are three pricing plans for Disney Plus: $8 a month, $80 a year, or $14 a month if you get a package deal with ESPN+ and Hulu. If you go with an annual plan, you end up paying about $16 less per year than you would with the monthly plan.

You can check out a detailed breakdown of Disney Plus prices here


Is Disney Plus worth it?

Disney Plus is one of the more affordable streaming services on the market, and it offers a lot of value for subscribers.

The service features a huge selection of family-friendly shows and movies which make it an ideal fit for parents looking for programs to enjoy with their kids. The platform’s selection of exclusive Marvel and Star Wars content also makes it a must-have for fans of those franchises. 

For detailed impressions, check out our full Disney Plus review

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The top 9 shows on Netflix this week, from ‘Nailed It!’ to ‘The Irregulars’

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“The Irregulars”

  • Every week, the streaming search engine Reelgood compiles for Insider a list of the TV shows that have been most prominent on Netflix’s daily top 10 lists.

  • Netflix’s new crime drama “Who Killed Sara?” topped this week’s list and its new Sherlock Holmes-inspired horror series, “The Irregulars,” was also popular.
  • Netflix counts a view if an account watches a movie or TV show for at least two minutes. Netflix’s daily lists are based on the previous 24 hours.
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9. “Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir” (Nickelodeon, 2015-present)

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Chat Noir and Ladybug in “Miraculous.”

Description: “When Paris is in peril, Marinette becomes Ladybug. Little does she know, her school crush Adrien is actually Cat Noir, another city-saving superhero.”

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8. “Country Comfort” (Netflix original, 2021-present)

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Description: “After hitting the skids in her career, an aspiring country singer finds new life as a nanny for a handsome widower and his five charming children.”

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What critics said: “So full of sitcom clichés that we were longing to watch better, more contemporary family sitcoms.” — Decider (season one)

7. “iCarly” (Nickelodeon, 2007-2012)

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Description: “A cyberstar is born when 13-year-old Carly creates an Internet series with a little help from her best friend Sam and neighbor Freddie.”

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What critics said: “As the plausibility of the set-piece disappears, iCarly leaves with a goodbye that is sweet without being noxious and self-referential without being a long inside joke.” — AV Club (season five)

6. “Big Time Rush” (Nickelodeon, 2009-2013)

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Description: “After a talent agent discovers four talented pals and turns them into a boy band called Big Time Rush, they must adjust to their exciting new lives.”

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5. “Nailed It!” (Netflix original, 2018-present)

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Description: “Home bakers with a terrible track record take a crack at re-creating edible masterpieces for a $10,000 prize. It’s part reality contest, part hot mess.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 98%

What critics said: “We’re all trying the best we can – and Nailed It! celebrates our gameness to get out of bed every day and keep trying, and maybe laugh along the way, too.” — Vox (season four)

4. “Cocomelon” (YouTube, 2019-present)

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Description: “Learn letters, numbers, animal sounds and more with J.J. in this musical series that brings fun times with nursery rhymes for the whole family!”

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3. “The Irregulars” (Netflix original, 2021-present)

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Description: “A crew of misfits investigates a series of supernatural crimes in Victorian London for Dr. Watson and his shadowy associate, Sherlock Holmes.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 79%

What critics said: “There’s enough talent here to suggest that it could develop into something more interesting in the future, but the real mystery here is how so many interesting individual elements can struggle to form an entertaining whole piece.” — RogerEbert.com (season one)

2. “Ginny and Georgia” (Netflix original, 2021-present)

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Description: “Free-spirited Georgia and her two kids, Ginny and Austin, move north in search of a fresh start but find that the road to new beginnings can be bumpy.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 68%

What critics said: “The body of the series is a bantery young-adult soap, the head a woman-on-the-edge thriller, and the tail a race melodrama. The creator, Sarah Lampert, must have looked upon her handiwork with proud amusement.” — New Yorker (season one)

1. “Who Killed Sara?” (Netflix original, 2021-present)

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Description: “Hell-bent on exacting revenge and proving he was framed for his sister’s murder, Álex sets out to unearth much more than the crime’s real culprit.”

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What critics said: “A passable revenge thriller with barely enough to set it apart from the rest…” — Film Companion (season one)

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Discovery Plus is the perfect streaming service for fans of nonfiction shows, but its interface needs some work

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  • Discovery Plus offers all your favorite Discovery, TLC, Animal Planet, Food Network, and HGTV shows.
  • The service costs $5 a month with ads, or $7 a month without commercials.
  • The interface has flaws, but the low price makes it a great option for fans of Discovery’s networks.

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Discovery Plus is one of the latest services to throw its hat into the streaming wars.

The platform launched in the US on January 4 and is the streaming home for programs from Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, HGTV, and Food Network. It also features dozens of new Discovery Plus Originals and handy 24/7 streaming channels for popular shows.

Discovery Plus plans are priced at $5 a month with ads or $7 a month for commercial-free streaming. Select Verizon customers can even get a full year for free.

I signed up for the ad-supported plan and tried the service for about a week to see how it performs. While browsing through the Discovery Plus library, it’s been exciting to circle back to classic shows and discover brand-new series, but the interface could still use some work.

Price, plans, and deals

Discovery Plus costs $5 a month for ad-supported viewing, or $7 a month for commercial-free streaming. Each plan comes with a free seven-day trial.

Verizon is also giving select customers up to 12 months of Discovery Plus for free. The promotion is for the ad-free plan and is available to new Fios customers, new 5G internet customers, and all unlimited phone plan customers.

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Unlike some other services, Discovery Plus only offers monthly plans, so there’s no discount if you pay for a full year up front. The service does offer gift cards, however, for 12 months ($83.75) or six months ($41.75) of its ad-free plan.

Content library

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Discovery Plus understands its lane, offering a big library of shows designed to cater to fans of reality TV, nature programs, cooking, true crime, and education. People who like scripted dramas and comedies, however, will have to look elsewhere. Discovery Plus is purely a service for fans of Discovery networks, and in that sense, its catalog offers a lot of value.

With classic titles pulled from all of Discovery’s brands and networks, the service is jam-packed with blasts from the past, including “Dirty Jobs,” “The Crocodile Hunter,” “Mythbusters,” and “Unwrapped.” There are also dozens of new Discovery Plus Originals, like “Cocktails and Tall Tales,” “Luda Can’t Cook,” and “Monster Garage.”

The original shows, in particular, have creative concepts – like rapper Ludacris learning how to cook different dishes. As a whole, the entire lineup features a solid selection of quality shows centered around the home, food, and history.

By our count, we found 91 programs listed as “Discovery Plus Originals” either with full episodes or trailers indicating they are coming soon. Not every original program was under the Discovery Plus Originals category, however, as we found at least 12 under the platform’s tab for the upcoming Magnolia Network (rebrand of DIY Network).

Interface

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The Discovery Plus interface works well enough but it doesn’t have any standout characteristics and it can feel bulky and hard to navigate. It’s particularly confusing to find the platform’s 24/7 streaming channels, as they aren’t on the sidebar or top menu like you’d expect.

The platform’s sidebar contains the basics for exploring the catalog, including a tab for browsing shows, a tab for saved programs (“My List”), and a search bar. The “Browse” tab allows you to find content by its original channel and also by category such as “True Crime” and “Lifestyle.”

To get to the 24/7 channels, you need to scroll down a bit on the “For You” page. This is also where you’ll find rows for the platform’s themed collections. The 24/7 channels are a terrific inclusion for binge-watchers as they let you stream non-stop episodes of “House Hunters,” “Property Brothers,” and “90 Day Fiancé” – I just wish they were easier to find.

One of the redeeming features of the Discovery Plus interface is its helpful recommendation feature. When visiting a show’s main page there are up to 20 additional series recommendations to explore, making it easy to jump into similar programs you might like.

I was hopeful that the platform’s “My List” would easily compile all my favorite content in one place, but it turns out that this feature doesn’t let you save individual episodes. In addition to a limited “Recently Watched” section – which is only accessible on the “For You” page – there isn’t a place to queue up specific episodes I want to watch over the span of a few hours. This makes the experience difficult as I have to go back and sort through shows to find episodes.

Format support

Discovery Plus does include some 4K titles for subscribers who have the necessary gear, but it’s not easy to find these programs as there’s no specific 4K category in the main menu.

The platform requires you to search “Ultra HD” to find this content. After you do this, an “Ultra HD” tab will appear in the results. Once you click on a 4K title, a “UHD” icon will appear on its page to let you know that it plays in 4K. That said, the icon may not appear on certain devices.

While most of the UHD content is limited to a few nature programs – such as “Planet Earth II” and BBC’s “Dynasties” – I was surprised to find programs like “NASA Mars Landing,” “Misfit Garage” and “American Titans” in 4K quality. On the downside, unlike Netflix and other popular 4K services, Discovery Plus does not support HDR.

Devices and features

Discovery Plus is compatible with most media players and smart TV platforms, with the exception of PlayStation devices.

While Discovery Plus is relatively new and will likely roll out new features throughout 2021, there are already obvious faults that I hope it fixes.

One of these is the lack of offline downloads, making Discovery Plus the only major streaming service that doesn’t provide this feature.

Aside from that drawback, Discovery Plus is mostly on par with other platforms thanks to its 4K content and support for up to four simultaneous streams (just like Disney Plus). Its starting plan is also one of the cheapest streaming options there is, at just $5 a month. That’s comparable to Apple TV Plus and Peacock Premium.

Should you subscribe to Discovery Plus?

Discovery Plus’ low price makes it a solid option for big fans of reality TV, cooking shows, nature docs, and other nonfiction programs. It’s also an affordable choice if you’re looking for a secondary service to supplement your primary streaming platform, whether that be Netflix, HBO Max, Prime Video, Disney Plus, or Hulu.

Personally, I’d tack an ad-supported Discovery Plus plan onto a Disney Plus bundle. With this combo, you’ll get scripted shows and movies from Hulu and Disney Plus, sports from ESPN+, and nonfiction programs from Discovery for a total of $19 a month.

Discovery Plus, even with ads, is worth it for fans of its cable channels. The exclusive programs, in addition to its extensive on-demand library, can lead to hours of entertainment, even if there are hiccups with the interface.

The bottom line

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Discovery Plus is still new, which gives it time to sort out its flaws, especially its limited “My List” feature and lack of downloads. These flaws make the catalog of shows and documentaries difficult to explore to the fullest extent.

But beyond these faults, Discovery Plus knows what its networks do best: offer entertaining and informative content about our homes, lives, history, and natural world.

Fans of scripted TV dramas and comedies will have to look elsewhere, but shows like “Guy’s Grocery Games,” “Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations,” and “Ghost Adventures: Cecil Hotel” are binge-worthy adventures for anyone bored with fictional dramas.

For full details on how we evaluate streaming services, check out our review methodology here.

Pros: Diverse content for fans of nonfiction TV, great for binge-watching, very affordable, tons of original programs

Cons: User interface is bulky, no ability to queue and save specific episodes, no offline watching, no HDR support

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You can save 15% off the monthly price of Paramount Plus if you sign up for an annual plan

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  • You can save 15% off the monthly cost of Paramount Plus if you subscribe to an annual plan.
  • New members can also get a free one-week trial to test the service before paying.
  • The Paramount Plus ad-supported annual plan costs $60, while the ad-free annual plan is $100.

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Paramount Plus offers two types of plans: ad-supported and commercial-free. Both plans feature a monthly or annual payment option, but the annual option saves you about 15%.

The Paramount Plus ad-supported plan costs $6 a month, and the commercial-free plan costs $10 a month. If you end up using the service for a full year, that comes out to $72 or $120, respectively.

The streaming service’s annual plans, however, will knock those costs down by around 15%. If you pay for a full year up front, you can get an ad-supported plan for $60 a year, or a commercial-free plan for $100 a year.

Paramount Plus also offers a seven-day free trial for new subscribers. This way you can test the service before you commit to paying for an annual plan.

Subscribers get access to a variety of original programs, including a new “SpongeBob Squarepants” movie and spinoff series. There’s also a number of other original shows and movies on the way. You can read our full Paramount Plus review here.

How to save 15% on one year of Paramount Plus

  1. Go to the Paramount Plus website and click “Try it Free.
  2. Click “Continue” and choose the limited-commercial plan or commercial-free plan.
  3. Check the box next to the “Save over 15%” text prompt and then hit “Continue.”
  4. Click “Continue” again and then enter your payment information.
  5. The discount should apply and you’ll save 15% by paying for an annual Paramount Plus plan

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Netflix vs. Disney Plus: The top 9 streaming TV shows of the week

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Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie on “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.”

  • Every week, Parrot Analytics provides Insider with a list of the nine most in-demand TV shows on streaming services in the US.
  • Parrot’s “audience demand” reflects the desire, engagement, and viewership weighted by importance. The list is ranked by how much more in demand the top series are than the average TV show in the US.
  • “WandaVision” is still the top series and “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” surged up to No. 3 this week, as Disney Plus takes on Netflix’s dominance.
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9. “The Crown” (Netflix)

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Times more in demand than average show: 22.9

Description: “This drama follows the political rivalries and romance of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign and the events that shaped the second half of the 20th century.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 4): 96%

What critics said: “Best season yet.” — Newsday (season 4)

Season four premiered on November 15 on Netflix. See more insights for “The Crown.”

8. “Titans” (HBO Max)

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“Titans”

Times more in demand than average show: 25.2

Description: “‘Titans’ follows young heroes from across the DC Universe as they come of age and find belonging in a gritty take on the classic Teen Titans franchise. Dick Grayson and Rachel Roth, a special young girl possessed by a strange darkness, get embroiled in a conspiracy that could bring Hell on Earth. Joining them along the way are the hot-headed Starfire and lovable Beast Boy. Together they become a surrogate family and team of heroes.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 2): 81%

What critics said: “The show’s simply carrying too much baggage at the start and is reaching for a conclusion too long after the ostensible end of season 1 to deliver much in the way of a fulfilling resolution or a promising new beginning.” — Screen Rant (Season 2)

Season 2 premiered on DC Universe in September, 2019. See more insights for “Titans.

7. “Lucifer” (Netflix)

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Times more in demand than average show: 26.1

Description: “Bored with being the Lord of Hell, the devil relocates to Los Angeles, where he opens a nightclub and forms a connection with a homicide detective.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 5): 82%

What critics said: “I can not wait to see what else Lucifer has in store after a season so full of twists and turns.” — The Beat (Season 5)

Season 5 premiered on Netflix on August 21. See more insights for “Lucifer.”

6. “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” (Disney Plus)

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Times more in demand than average show: 26.1

Description: “From Dave Filoni, director and executive producer of ‘The Mandalorian,’ the new ‘Clone Wars’ episodes will continue the storylines introduced in the original series, exploring the events leading up to ‘Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.'”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 7): 100%

What critics said: “This season will also serve as a gauge to see whether audiences want more of the STAR WARS saga told in animated form. If it comes even close to the quality of The Clone Wars, the answer will undoubtedly be yes.” — JoBlo’s Movie Network (season 7)

Season 7 premiered on February 21, 2020 on Disney Plus. See more insights for “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.”

5. “Cobra Kai” (Netflix)

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Times more in demand than average show: 31.6

Description: “Decades after the tournament that changed their lives, the rivalry between Johnny and Daniel reignites in this sequel to the ‘Karate Kid’ films.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 3): 90%

What critics said: “Even with all the teen soap opera shenanigans, this is so clearly Johnny’s story-without Zabka’s nuanced take, Cobra Kai wouldn’t work.” — Paste Magazine (season 3)

Season 3 premiered on January 1 on Netflix. See more insights for “Cobra Kai.”

4. “The Mandalorian” (Disney Plus)

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Temuera Morrison as Boba Fett in “The Mandalorian.”

Times more in demand than average show: 36.4

Description: “After the fall of the Empire, a lone gunfighter makes his way through the lawless galaxy.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 2): 94%

What critics said: “Where Season 1 sometimes struggled to maintain a coherent arc, though, Season 2 has a higher-stakes narrative thrust that builds momentum more effectively.” — Sight and Sound (Season 2)

Season 2 premiered on Disney Plus on October 30. See more insights for “The Mandalorian.”

3. “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” (Disney Plus)

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Wyatt Russell on episode one of “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.”

Times more in demand than average show: 38.8

Description: “Marvel Studios’ ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ stars Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson aka The Falcon, and Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes aka The Winter Soldier. The pair, who came together in the final moments of ‘Avengers: Endgame,’ team up on a global adventures that tests their abilities — and their patience.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 1): 92%

What critics said: “A fascinating look at the inner lives of these heroes, one that simply wasn’t on offer in the films.” — San Francisco Chronicle (Season 1)

Season 1 premiered on Disney Plus on March 19. See more insights for “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.”

2. “Stranger Things” (Netflix)

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“Stranger Things.”

Times more in demand than average show: 39.0

Description: “When a young boy vanishes, a small town uncovers a mystery involving secret experiments.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 3): 89%

What critics said: “Even the most distinctive moments feel disconnected from the rest, especially a segment in the final episode that feels as if its sole purpose is to be extracted and recirculated as a meme.” — Slate (Season 3)

Season 3 premiered July 4, 2019, on Netflix. See more insights for “Stranger Things.”

1. “WandaVision” (Disney Plus)

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Elizabeth Olsen on season one, episode nine of “WandaVision.”

Times more in demand than average show: 41.7

Description: “Marvel Studios’ captivating new series ‘WandaVision’ stars Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, and marks the first series from Marvel Studios streaming exclusively on Disney+. The series is a blend of classic television and the Marvel Cinematic Universe in which Wanda Maximoff and Vision — two super-powered beings living idealized suburban lives — begin to suspect that everything is not as it seems.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 1): 91%

What critics said: “WandaVision works best precisely because it is unlike anything the MCU’s model has ever produced before.” — Observer (Season 1)

Season 1 premiered on Disney Plus January 15. See more insights for “WandaVision.”

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The top 9 shows on Netflix this week, from ‘The Lost Pirate Kingdom’ to ‘Country Comfort’

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“The Lost Pirate Kingdom”

  • “Ginny and Georgia” was Netflix’s most popular series for the third week in a row.
  • Streaming search engine Reelgood keeps track of Netflix’s daily top 10 lists.
  • It provides Insider with a rundown of the week’s most popular TV shows on Netflix.
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The Netflix docuseries “The Lost Pirate Kingdom” continued to be popular with viewers this week, but “Ginny and Georgia” topped the streamer’s daily rankings for the third week in a row.

Every week, the streaming search engine Reelgood compiles for Insider a list of which TV shows have been most prominent on Netflix’s daily top 10 lists of its most popular titles that week.

Netflix counts a view if an account watches a movie or TV show for at least two minutes. Netflix’s daily lists are based on the previous 24 hours.

Below are Netflix’s 9 most popular TV shows of the week in the US:

9. “Waffles + Mochi” (Netflix original, 2021)

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Zach Galifianakis and Michelle Obama on “Waffles + Mochi,” premiering March 16.

Description: “Curious puppet pals Waffles and Mochi travel the world exploring the wonders of food and culture while learning how to cook with fresh ingredients.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 100%

What critics said: “This is all captivating for both adults and kids. My six-year-old son, with literally zero cajoling, agreed to serve as co-critic with me in watching all 10 episodes. He loved it. LOVED IT.” — Indiewire (season one)

8. “Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir” (Nickelodeon, 2015-present)

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Description: “When Paris is in peril, Marinette becomes Ladybug. Little does she know, her school crush Adrien is actually Cat Noir, another city-saving superhero.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: N/A

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7. “Formula 1: Drive to Survive” (Netflix original, 2019-present)

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Description: “Drivers, managers and team owners live life in the fast lane — both on and off the track — during each cutthroat season of Formula 1 racing.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: N/A

What critics said: N/A

6. “The Lost Pirate Kingdom” (Netflix original, 2021-present)

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Description: “The real-life pirates of the Caribbean violently plunder the world’s riches and form a surprisingly egalitarian republic in this documentary series.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: N/A

What critics said: “An enjoyable look at a time when it was tough to trade in the Caribbean without getting your most valuable cargo stolen.” — Decider (season one)

5. “iCarly” (Nickelodeon, 2007-2012)

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Nathan Kress, Miranda Cosgrove, Jennette McCurdy, and Jerry Trainor star in Nickelodeon sitcom “iCarly.”

Description: “A cyberstar is born when 13-year-old Carly creates an Internet series with a little help from her best friend Sam and neighbor Freddie.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: N/A

What critics said: “As the plausibility of the set-piece disappears, iCarly leaves with a goodbye that is sweet without being noxious and self-referential without being a long inside joke.” — AV Club (season five)

4. “Country Comfort” (Netflix original, 2021-present)

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Description: “After hitting the skids in her career, an aspiring country singer finds new life as a nanny for a handsome widower and his five charming children.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: N/A

What critics said: “The show lacks any real signature other than a put-on, gaudy raunchiness that seems likely to alienate families with young children — who might have seemed the likeliest to put up with this show’s vacuousness.” — Variety (season one)

3. “Cocomelon” (YouTube, 2019-present)

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Description: “Learn letters, numbers, animal sounds and more with J.J. in this musical series that brings fun times with nursery rhymes for the whole family!”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: N/A

What critics said: N/A

2. “The One” (Netflix original, 2021-present)

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Description: “Love — and lies — spiral when a DNA researcher helps discover a way to find the perfect partner, and creates a bold new matchmaking service.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 40%

What critics said: “Perhaps I’d feel differently if Ware had a little more fun as the ruthless boss with no scruples. She’s humorless and not quite the kind of TV villain who makes bad into good entertainment.” — Boston Globe (season one)

1. “Ginny and Georgia” (Netflix original, 2021-present)

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Description: “Free-spirited Georgia and her two kids, Ginny and Austin, move north in search of a fresh start but find that the road to new beginnings can be bumpy.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 68%

What critics said: “Surprisingly, it pretty much all works. The dark secrets (there are many) balance with the apparent fluff, making for an engaging, never-dull series.” — Detroit News (season one)

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A quick guide to HDMI cables, one of the most common ways of connecting our devices

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HDMI cables transfer digital data from one device to another and are commonly used tech accessories.

  • HDMI cables give users a singular streamlined way to transfer audio and video between dozens of different kinds of devices.
  • HDMI stands for High-Definition Multimedia Interface, which refers to a form of digital data transfer – a way to get an audiovisual signal from one device to another.
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If you’re trying to find a way to set up a new device with your TV, or share media in some other way besides casting, you’ve probably come across the term HDMI cable in your search.

You’ve also, however, probably come across the names of other cables, too – and cable combinations, device suggestions, different terms for different types of cables – overall, it can be a bit confusing to try to learn the definition of each acronym and remember the shape of their ports.

The HDMI cable is one of the most common and versatile cables out there, used for all kinds of things, from televisions to laptops to streaming devices and more. When first foraying into the world of tech accessories, this is one of the most essential ones to learn about.

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The HDMI slot located in the back of a TV.

What to know about HDMI cables

HDMI stands for High-Definition Multimedia Interface. An HDMI cable is a single cable that is able to transmit audio and video from one device to another with one of these HDMI connections, rather than the two- to three-wire combos people needed before HDMI became more common.

Benefits of HDMI

HDMI was invented to create a new standard that would be useful across a number of devices, while also combining audio and visual input to make the wiring less complex for consumers. Before we had HDMI, people who wanted to hook up any kind of audiovisual equipment usually had to plug in two or three different wires in the right places in order to be able to properly display sound and picture.

These previous connections were also far less standardized – hooking up a Nintendo GameCube to your television was different than trying to hook up a DVD player, which was different than hooking up a digital camera. Having the singular, standard connection type has made it far simpler to navigate a world of increasingly complex technology.

That’s not the only reason that a new data transfer format became necessary, though. When HDTV came onto the scene in the mid-2000s, it became necessary to create a new standard that has the capacity to reliably transmit high-definition signals. HDMI transfers have more bandwidth and a higher refresh rate per second, which means that pictures and sound are much smoother and higher quality.

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How to watch UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Holland this Saturday on ESPN+

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Kevin Holland tied a UFC record with five victories during the 2020 calendar year.

  • UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Holland will be broadcast live on ESPN+ and ESPN on March 20.
  • The prelims start at 7:30 p.m. ET, and the main card is scheduled to begin at 10 p.m. ET.
  • Every UFC Fight Night is included with ESPN+, which costs $6 a month or $60 per year.

This Saturday’s UFC Fight Night event will feature Kevin Holland, one of UFC’s hottest rising stars, against Derek Brunson, a longtime veteran of the middleweight division.

Holland tied a UFC record for most wins in a calendar year with five victories in 2020, including four knockout finishes. While Holland is ranked at 10th in the middleweight division, a win in the UFC Fight Night main event could vault him into title contention. The same goes for Brunson, who has posted three consecutive victories since losing to eventual middleweight champion Israel Adesanya in 2018.

The fight will be broadcast from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas on March 20, starting at 7:30 p.m. ET. All of UFC Fight Night will stream on ESPN+ as part of a subscription for $6 a month or $60 a year. You can also watch the prelims live on ESPN2 and the main event on ESPN.

UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Holland will be held without fans in attendance due to the coronavirus pandemic. UFC has consistently implemented safety precautions for fighters and staff during the pandemic, including advanced medical screenings, regular testing, temperature checks, and social distancing guidelines. UFC President Dana White recently announced that UFC 261 will be held with a full crowd in Jacksonville Florida on April 24.

Here’s the match schedule for UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Holland

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Prelims – 7:30 p.m. ET, 4:30 p.m. PT on ESPN2 and ESPN+

  • Bruno Silva versus JP Buys [Flyweight]
  • Montel Jackson versus Jesse Strader [Bantamweight]
  • Trevin Giles versus Roman Dolidze [Middleweight]
  • Leonardo Santos versus Grant Dawson [Lightweight]
  • Marion Reneau versus Macy Chiasson [Women’s Bantamweight]

Main Card – 10 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. PT on ESPN and ESPN+

  • Tai Tuivasa versus Harry Hensucker [Heavyweight]
  • Song Kenan versus Max Griffin [Welterweight]
  • Adrian Yanez versus Gustavo Lopez [Bantamweight]
  • Cheyanne Buys versus Montserrat Ruiz [Women’s Strawweight]
  • Gregor Gillespie versus Brad Riddell [Lightweight]
  • Derek Brunson versus Kevin Holland [Middleweight]

How to watch UFC Fight Night matches

UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Holland is separated into two parts: the prelims and the main card. The entire event will be streamed live on ESPN+ starting with the prelims at 7:30 p.m. ET. The prelims will also air on ESPN2, while the main card will be broadcast on ESPN and ESPN+ starting at 10 p.m. ET.

ESPN+ subscribers can watch every UFC Fight Night event live and also gain access to a huge catalog of classic UFC matches and recent highlights. ESPN+ costs $6 per month or $60 for a full year, and it’s available as an app on most mobile and streaming devices. You can also bundle ESPN+ with Disney Plus and Hulu for $13 a month.

Here’s a full breakdown of additional features and details for ESPN+.

Leading up to major PPV events, ESPN+ typically offers a special deal that bundles one UFC PPV fight and an annual ESPN+ subscription for a total of $89.98. This bundle deal gives you an overall discount of over 30% if you plan on following the UFC closely for the rest of the year.

This match and select UFC Fight Night events are also broadcast on ESPN’s cable networks. ESPN channels are available through several live TV streaming services, including Hulu + Live TV, Sling TV, AT&T TV, and Youtube TV.

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