5 Fantastic Things

5 Fantastic Things to Watch This Week

By Zach Johnson

What better way to start the week than with a dash of Disney magic? The 71st anniversary of Cinderella is on Monday, and you can find the film on Disney+ faster than you can spell “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo!” On Wednesday, the hit Freeform series Good Trouble returns for a dramatic and exciting third season. The next night, National Geographic will premiere two specials: The March on Washington: Keepers of the Dream and Built for Mars: The Perseverance. Finally, on Friday, the critically acclaimed film Nomadland—nominated for four Golden Globe® Awards—will be available to stream on Hulu or to enjoy in theaters.


Cinderella—Monday, February 15, on Disney+
Celebrate the 71st anniversary of the classic film by streaming it with your friends and family. This timeless rags-to-riches tale centers on the beautiful and kind Cinderella (voice of Disney Legend Ilene Woods), who’s treated poorly by her evil stepmother, Lady Tremaine (voice of Eleanor Audley), and wicked stepsisters, Anastasia (voice of Lucille Bliss) and Drizella (voice of Rhoda Williams). With the help of her Fairy Godmother (voice of Verna Felton), Cinderella receives a magical makeover and use of a magnificent coach, making it possible to attend a royal ball. There, she fatefully falls in love with the prince (voice of William Phipps). Fleeing the ball at midnight—the hour when the magic spell ends—Cinderella leaves behind a glass slipper. The prince and Grand Duke (voice of Luis van Rooten) use it to search the entire kingdom in hopes of finding the one who got away.

Good Trouble

Good Trouble—Wednesday, February 17, at 10 p.m. ET on Freeform
In the drama-filled season three premiere, “Capoeira,” the case involving Jerod (Blake Webb) is at risk… so Callie (Maia Mitchell) takes a job with high-profile defense lawyer Kathleen Gale (Constance Zimmer). Meanwhile, after hooking up with Evan (T.J. Linnard), Mariana (Cierra Ramirez) has to make a decision about her relationship with Raj (Dhruv Uday Singh). And, ahead of her trial, Malika (Zuri Adele) realizes her future is on the line.

The March on Washington: Keepers of the Dream

The March on Washington: Keepers of the Dream—Thursday, February 18, at 10 p.m. ET on National Geographic
The timely one-hour documentary special, which traces the ongoing plight and journey of the Civil Rights Movement from the 1963 March on Washington to the summer of 2020, hails from National Geographic and The Undefeated, ESPN’s content initiative exploring the intersection of culture, race, and sports. It depicts the raw and uncensored journey of the Civil Rights Movement through the eyes of the heroes who marched for justice and equality in the 1960s, and the experiences of those on the front lines of the current fight for racial equality. It includes historic footage, as well as poignant first-hand accounts and emotional commentary from activists, historians, and journalists including Dr. Vernon Allwood, Dr. Mary Frances Berry, Dr. Todd Boyd, Clarissa Brooks, Chris Connelly, Jemele Hill, Wes Moore, Bill Murphy Jr., and Mariah Parker. It also illustrates the resilience of the civil rights movement and the sentiments of those behind it.

Built for Mars: The Perseverance Rover

Built for Mars: The Perseverance Rover—Thursday, February 18, at 11 p.m. ET on National Geographic
This two-hour special gives viewers rare, behind-the-scenes access to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, as flight technicians work on building the Perseverance rover. Its purpose is simple: to search for traces of life in an ancient river delta on Mars and collect samples for its eventual return to Earth. To launch on time, the rover team must battle through gut-wrenching setbacks and a global pandemic. The special shines a spotlight on the essential but less high-profile role of the flight technicians, who are entrusted with the critical job of turning the scientists’ ambitions and the engineers’ designs into reality.


Nomadland—Friday, February 19, on Hulu and in Theaters
Director Chloé Zhao paints a sweeping portrait of the American nomadic spirit set on the trail of seasonal migratory labor. The grandeur of the American west is shown through the eyes of 61-year old Fern (Frances McDormand), who has lost her husband and her life after the mining town where she lived was essentially shut down. After Fern hits the road to explore a life outside of conventional society, she gains strength and new independence. Fern finds her community in the nomad gatherings she attends, which include Linda May and Swankie (real life nomads who play themselves), Dave (David Strathairn), and others.