Summer’s nearly over and its almost Back to School time with kids ready to jump in the academic routine again. Making sure that the family enjoy some incredible entertainment before the school holidays are over, STARZPLAY, the leading subscription video on demand (SVOD) service in the MENA region, has curated a list of TV shows and movies that families can watch from the comfort and safety of their homes. From kid’s specials to irresistible high-school dramas and movies as well as entertaining family content, there is something for everyone!
Before you set your alarms again, treat yourself to a little ‘doze’ of entertainment and binge-watch your way to another academic year.
Recess: School’s Out
New kid Gus, nice guy TJ, tough girl Spinelli, cool kid Vince, overly enthusiastic Mikey, and brainy Gretchen are best friends who are excited about the impending summer vacation. But Principal Prickly is less than enthusiastic about letting the kids’ goof off all summer, and evil school administrator Dr. Benedict has a plan to do away with summer vacation by using a super-powered laser to create permanent winter.
When six-year-old Dottie “Doc” McStuffins puts on her stethoscope, something magical happens, and toys, dolls and stuffed animals come to life! Like any good doctor, Doc has assistants – stuffed animal friends including dragon Stuffy, best friend Lambie, hippo nurse Hallie, and snowman Chilly. Whether it’s loose stitching or low batteries, Doc and her friends are there to fix the toys!
Barney & Friends
Barney helps the kids learn more about themselves, their individual heritage, mannerisms, proper behaviour and values.
Milo Murphy’s Law
New kid Zack finds even a simple trip to school is an adventure when he meets Milo Murphy, a kid who’s prepared for anything, as around Milo anything that can go wrong will.
A hyperactive young sloth with oodles of energy wants to see the world, so he goes to Racers School to learn how to drive fast.
Must watch for Young Adults
High School Musical 3: Senior Year
The 2008 American musical film follows six friends in their final year of high school facing the daunting prospect of being separated as they go off to college. Joined by the rest of their East High Wildcat classmates, they stage their last spring musical, reflecting their experiences, hopes, and fears about the future.
Monsters University tells the story of two monsters, Mike and Sulley, and their time studying at college, where they start off as rivals, but slowly become best friends.
Kindergarten Cop 2
Assigned to recover sensitive stolen data, a gruff FBI agent goes undercover as a kindergarten teacher, but the school’s liberal, politically correct environment is more than he bargained for.
Dr. Tess Coleman and her daughter, Anna, are not getting along. One Thursday evening their disagreements reach a high, and the next morning, their Friday gets freaky when Tess and Anna find themselves inside the other’s body. As they literally walk in each other’s shoes, they gain newfound respect for each other. But with Tess’ wedding on Saturday, they have to find a way to switch back, and fast!
The show centres on best friends Paige and Frankie who express their offbeat individuality through funny music videos on their vlog channel Bizaardvark.
Something for the whole family
English language specials:
The Game Plan
Serial bachelor football star Joe Kingman is wealthy and carefree, but suddenly he is tackled by some unexpected news: he has a young daughter, the result of a last fling with his ex-wife. Despite the often-hilarious misadventures that come with being a new father, Joe discovers that there’s more to life than money, endorsements and thousands of adoring fans.
Wild behaviour forces Danny and Wheeler to enroll in a community service to avoid jail. After a rocky start, things start to go well until both of make big mistakes.
When single executive Kate Holbrook decides the time is right to finally have a baby, she hires a working-class woman, Angie, to act as her surrogate mother. However, Kate’s careful planning goes out the window when her “baby mama” shows up on her doorstep needing a place to live. A comic battle of wills breaks out as they prepare for the blessed event – and try not to kill one another in the process.
Arabic language specials
Iftah Ya Simisim
An educational and entertaining series loved by all. Featuring the lovable character of Sesame Street.
Sarah (Sally), the daughter of a wealthy man, starts attending an all girl’s boarding school in London, where she excels in her studies and is loved by many of her friends and classmates.
Captain Majid Al Shabah
The all new Captain Majid animated series revolves around the dream of a young boy, who thrives to become one of the biggest players in the football history.
The Hamdoon Cartoon Series follows the life of the child who grew up abroad due to his father’s job and who has since returned to the country to live with his grandparents.
A little girl comes to a town that is embattled by feuds and intimidated by her aunt. By the time she must leave, she has transformed the community with her indomitable will to see the good side of even the worst situations.
With more than 10,000 hours of premium content including blockbuster movies, exclusive TV shows, kids content and Arabic series, STARZPLAY is today the number one player in the MENA region. The service is available in 20 countries across the Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan for fans to enjoy quality content anytime, anywhere and from any device.
STARZPLAY (www.starzplay.com) is a subscription video on demand service that streams Hollywood and Arabic movies, TV shows, documentaries, kids’ entertainment and STARZPLAY original content – to 20 countries across MENA and Pakistan.
STARZPLAY has seen phenomenal year-on-year growth since its launch in 2015, reaching over a million paying subscribers and installed on more than six million devices. STARZPLAY has secured US$125 million in equity funding through STARZ, a Lionsgate company (NYSE: LGF.A), State Street Global Advisors (NYSE: STT), and technology investment firms SEQ Capital Partners and Delta Partners.
The service carries thousands of premium titles including original hit shows like Baghdad Central, Power, Outlander, and Spartacus. STARZPLAY has long term licensing partnerships with a host of leading, global studios including Disney, Warner Bros, CBS, Showtime, Sony, Universal, MGM, and Fremantle.
STARZPLAY allows subscribers to watch its full HD and 4K content via a range of internet-enabled devices, smart TVs and game consoles, and is widely available on regional IPTV services. Its iOS and Android apps – installed on more than six million devices – also allow downloads for offline playback.