Netflix Adding Five New Kids' Shows

Netflix said Wednesday (Feb. 25) it will add five new kids' series to its portfolio over the next year, including four animated and one live-action show.

In 2015 the over-the-top service will premiere a reboot of animated series Inspector Gadget in March; animated series SUPER 4, based around Playmobil toys, which premieres exclusively on Netflix in April; and a live-action series about teens who run a toy company, Some Assembly Required, this summer.

Those three kids' additions will be followed next year by a remake of the 1980s animated spy series Danger Mouse (featuring British actor Stephen Fry) and animated comedy Bottersnikes & Gumbles, based on the book series of the same name. The latter, a 13-episode season co-commissioned by Netflix, BBC and Channel 7 Australia,  will debut exclusively on Netflix globally in 2016, except in the U.K. and Australia, where it will launch at a later date.

Netflix launched its dedicated section for kids under 12 in 2011. The section features TV shows and movies from partners including PBS, Disney Channel, Cartoon Network, DreamWorks, Mattel, Hasbro, Lego and Scholastic.

The following year Netflix and the Walt Disney Co. signed an industry-first agreement making Netflix the pay TV home of all live-action and animated feature films released by Disney theatrically beginning in 2016. Additionally, all DreamWorks feature films are now available on Netflix in the pay TV window, and the studio is creating 300 hours of original kids shows exclusively for Netflix, including Turbo F.A.S.T., All Hail King Julien, Puss in Boots, Dragons and DinoTrux.