Here are all the best returning and new shows coming to Disney+ in January 2023.
In order for streaming services to retain subscribers and hopefully lasso new ones to sign up, they need to release new titles every month, so our viewing options stay constantly updated. Disney+ has proven to be a giant in the streaming space by continuously producing and releasing original series and movies that keep their subscribers engaged with the platform.
Whether it’s tentpole franchises like Star Wars and Marvel or brand new titles regardless of decades of fandom, Disney+ continues to push out new content with reliable regularity. As we enter the new year, the following shows will either continue from December or premiere for the very first time. Here are the best TV shows coming to the streamer in January 2023.
Willow Season 1 Cont. – January 4
Although the 1988 high fantasy film Willow was by no means a blockbuster, it has maintained a loyal fan base since its initial release nearly 40 years ago. Now Willow is back in a brand new sequel series where Warwick Davis returns to the role he started. This time he is older and wiser, now a full-fledged sorcerer who leads his people against evil rising again. A new cast, and a few returning faces, join him on his quest to save the world from darkness once again. The first episode premiered in November 2022, and the last two episodes will arrive in the New Year, which begins on January 4.
National Treasure: Edge of History Season 1 Cont. – January 4
About like Willowit National tax films have largely not been considered classics, but they are thoroughly enjoyable, entertaining films with plots that just keep moving. It’s enough to have garnered an audience that fondly remembers the adventurous antics that reveal hidden truths about America’s past and warrants a sequel series titled National Treasure: Edge of History. Starring Lisette Olivera and Catherine Zeta-Jones, the series sees young adventurer Jess Valenzuela find treasures and answers to her family’s mysterious past. The series began in December 2022, and continues with weekly episodes on January 4.
Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Season 2 – January 4
Disney’s major animated films, franchises and theme parks get most of the attention when it comes to recognizing the legacy of the company. However, Disney also has a long history of high-quality nature documentaries. Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom carries on that legacy with a twist by revealing how Disney’s Animal Kingdom attraction works. The first season streamed in 2020, and the new season begins in early 2023, with all episodes released on January 4 (via the Disney blog).
Star Wars: The Bad Batch Season 2 Premiere – January 4th
The Star Wars animated series, The Clone Warshas continued to have far more influence on the whole Star Wars the universe than perhaps anyone could have imagined. Not only did it get a sequel series (of sorts) with it Star Wars Rebels, but characters and concepts first introduced in the series have also appeared in live-action. The latest animated hit picks up where Clone Wars the end is Star Wars: The Bad Batch, which chronicles the adventures of rogue clone troopers following the massacre of Order 66 and the end of the Clone Wars. It sounds like it might be steeped in mythology and be quite depressing, but it couldn’t be further from the truth. It’s a fun series that ties into what came before while standing on its own. The second season begins on January 4, 2023.
Chasing Waves Series Premiere – January 11th
When Disney+ first launched, everyone knew there would be new ones Star Wars and Marvel shows in addition to the ridiculous amount of movies and series since the first Mickey Mouse short in 1928. What may continue to surprise people is the number of documentary programs produced for the platform. Not just nature or wildlife docs, either. There are plenty of titles that explore interests and communities that don’t often get time in the spotlight. For example, Chasing Waves profiles the growing surf culture in Japan and all the hard work and sacrifice that goes into being the best. The series expires on January 11, 2023.