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5 Fantastic Things to Watch This Weekend

By Savannah Salazar

This weekend is full of adventure!—and you don’t even need to leave your couch. Starting Friday, you can stream The Olympic Elk, a riveting True-Life Adventure film on Disney+ as you celebrate Earth week. And, the very next day, you and your family can surf over to Freeform to watch Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. Finally, on Sunday, catch the season finale of National Geographic’s Secrets of the Zoo! You can watch all these and more this weekend, so plan some time for adventure with this handy guide:

the olympic elk

The Olympic Elk—Friday, April 24, on Disney+
Keep the Earth Day celebrations going with a documentary from Walt Disney’s True-Life Adventure series. Originally released in 1952, The Olympic Elk follows the lives of elk in the Olympia Peninsula as they battle for supremacy of their herd. Directed by James Algar, you can check out this film when it arrives on Disney+ Friday.


America’s Funniest Home Videos (Seasons 12-19, 23)—Friday, April 24, on Disney+
Need a laugh? Well, turn on America’s Funniest Home Videos this weekend. From cute animal videos to pranks gone wrong, this series is sure to bring a smile to your face. Each episode brings a variety of hilarious situations submitted by people around the world as the studio audience determines which video is the most laugh-out-loud funny.

pirates of the caribbean

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl—Saturday, April 25, at 10 a.m. ET, on Freeform
Spend your morning on the high seas as Freeform airs this iconic film, inspired by the classic Disneyland attraction. Follow the roguish Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) as he seeks to recapture his precious ship, the Black Pearl, after his nemesis Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) steals it along with the Governor’s daughter Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley). Swann’s childhood friend Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) joins Sparrow in this wildly exciting adventure.

american idol

American Idol—Sunday, April 26, at 8 p.m. ET, on ABC
The Top 20 will soon be whittled down to the Top 10 as American Idol returns remotely for the first time. Judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie, along with host Ryan Seacrest, in-house mentor Bobby Bones, and the Top 20 contestants will participate from different locations. Filming their performances, the Top 20 will sing their hearts out for a chance for the season three crown.

secrets of the zoo

Secrets of the Zoo—Sunday, April 26, at 9 p.m. ET, on Nat Geo WILD
“Cheetah Play Date” marks the season finale of Nat Geo’s Secrets of the Zoo. After a season of wild encounters, the team at the Columbus Zoo take care of a “Golden Girl” mandrill named Eebi, a laser-fast cheetah named Kesi and two grumpy Pallas’s cats.