New shows on Disney+ – Paste

New shows on Disney+ – Paste

When Disney+ launched, it promised not only to be a repository for the deep catalog owned by the massive entertainment company, but also new Disney+ series, which take advantage of all the available IP the company has acquired. And we’ve seen a steady stream not just from the Star Wars and Marvel universes, but sequels to beloved movies like Willow and National tax. Here we will keep track of all the latest programs from Disney+.

Here are the six newest Disney+ series:


1. National Treasure: Edge of History

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Release date: 14 December 2022
Creators: Cormac Wibberley, Marianne Wibberley
Stars: Lisette Olivera, Zuri Reed, Antonio Cipriano, Jordan Rodrigues, Jake Austin Walker, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Lyndon Smith
Genre: Fairytale
Paste review rating: 6.2

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First, they stole the Declaration of Independence. Then they kidnapped the President of the United States. Now National tax franchise is attempting another near-impossible feat: making a good older TV show. enter National Treasure: Edge of History. The Disney+ sequel series continues the story of National tax franchise with a new cast of leading characters. Created by Cormac and Marianne Wibberley, the screenwriters of the first two films, Edge of History exists solely because of the love people have for the original films. It’s hard to create a new protagonist, especially when you’re following Nicolas Cage. But Lisette Olivera is a golden find. She stars as Jess Valenzuela, an aspiring cryptographer and devoted puzzle solver. The child of a treasure hunter father and a Latin American historian mother, Jess gets caught up in a hunt for lost Aztec treasure. Olivera’s charisma makes Jess an endlessly watchable character. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about the new supporting characters. Jess’ friend group is the worst. They are weighed down by such heavy-handed attempts to be modern that it comes across as frightening. I’d love to get on board, but so far the show isn’t a treasure worth seeking out. Edge of History need fun historical puzzles with wacky characters. But instead, the show is just full of missed opportunities. — Leila Jordan

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2. Willow

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Release date: 30 November 2022
Creators: Jonathan Kasdan, George Lucas
Stars: Warwick Davis, Ellie Bamber, Ruby Cruz, Erin Kellyman, Tony Revolori, Amar Chadha-Patel, Dempsey Bryk
Genre: Imagination
Paste review rating: 7.4

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In the latest Disney+ revival, the fantasy film Willow has been brought back to life. Having previously believed that they had destroyed the ancient evil, Willow and Queen Sorsha must continue to protect the prophesied child, Elora Danan. They decide that the best course of action is to keep Elora’s true identity hidden from everyone, including Elora herself. Complete with a new cast of attractive young people and serviceable, if generic settings and design, Willow exists in its own little fantasy niche. In most ways, Willow does not choose to compete with other older franchises such as House of the Dragon or Power rings, and it’s all the better for it. It is a lively fantasy show that will surely have its admirers. —Max Covill



3. The Santa Clauses

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Release date: 16 November 2022
Creators: Jack Burditt
Stars: Tim Allen, Elizabeth Mitchell, Elizabeth Allen-Dick, Devin Bright, Austin Kane, Matilda Lawler, Rupali Redd, Kal Penn
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy

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After three films, the last of which premiered in 2006, Tim Allen is back in this six-episode series that finds Allen’s Scott Calvin ready to retire from being the jolly old elf and focus on his family. Of course, things don’t go according to plan, and soon Scott has to return to his sled. Elizabeth Mitchell is also back as Calvin’s wife Carol, aka Mrs. Claus, and Allen’s real-life daughter Elizabeth Allen-Dick joins the cast as Calvin’s daughter Sandra. And of course, David Krumholtz returns as Bernard the elf. —Amy Amatangelo

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4. Andor

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Release date: 21 September 2022
Creators: Tony Gilroy, George Lucas
Stars: Diego Luna, Kyle Soller, Adria Arjona, Joplin Sibtain, James McArdle
Genre: Sci-fi
Paste review rating: 9.5

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Despite being set in a fictional Star Wars setting, Cassian Andor’s journey feels real. His home planet was abandoned after a mining disaster rendered it unusable. He is an immigrant on a planet looking for work and a way to move up. He has lost his family and is depressed by a lack of opportunities. All Cassian needs is a union card and a wedding coat and he’d be a Bruce Springsteen song. And through it all, it’s Diego Luna, who manages to channel rage, disappointment and determination to keep fighting with either a skillfully delivered line or a skilled facial expression. Luna is masterful at Andor. It’s a performance that’s inspiring enough to make me want to fight the Empire alongside him. —Terry Terrones



5. Epic adventures with Bertie Gregory

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Release date: 8 September 2022
Stars: Bertie Gregory
Genre: Documentaries

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September 8 was Disney+ day. (Did you forget to get me a card?) Amid the many new shows and movies hitting the streaming platform that day is this new National Geographic series featuring Bertie Gregory, a 29-year-old nature photographer who travels from Antarctica to Africa to the Pacific for to capture animals in their natural habitats. Included in his stunning images, the feeding wave of hundreds of fin whales in the Drake Passage off the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. To get this remarkable footage, Gregory and his team spent six weeks in a 75-foot ice-reinforced sailboat. —Amy Amatangelo


6. She-Hulk: Lawyer

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Release date: 18 August 2022
Creator: Jessica Gao
Stars: Tatiana Maslany, Jameela Jamil, Ginger Gonzaga, Mark Ruffalo, Josh Segarra, Jon Bass, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Tim Roth, Benedict Wong, Charlie Cox
Genre: Superhero
Paste review rating: 8.9

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After wading through the seemingly endless supply of high-stakes dramas and subversive comedies that television has to offer, it’s always nice to find something that falls more into the realm of “normal.” It might seem strange to say that about a show focused on a woman who gains the ability to turn into a big green monster that can easily throw a sedan halfway around the world, but it’s also true. She-Hulk: Lawyer follows Jennifer Walters (Tatiana Maslany) as she navigates her new powers as the Hulk alongside her career as a lawyer and the rest of her life in general. Instead of sending Jen on a grand hero’s journey mission, She-Hulk throwing us back into her everyday life with her new identity in tow. Unlike her cousin Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), she doesn’t face the same challenging, raging alter-ego that took him 15 years to tame, and she doesn’t necessarily want to be in the business of saving the world either. Regardless of what she wants, Jen’s Hulk powers are dished out to the public and she has to go on with her life with She-Hulk as her new normal, and it makes for a great watch. The series may take place in an extraordinary world, but it’s as close to normal TV as we’re ever going to get from Marvel, and that’s what makes it incredible. —Kathryn Porter

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