Have you heard? The new DuckTales series is absolutely incredible. Soaring past even the highest of expectations, the remake of the classic ’80s animated series has become one of our favorite series here at Den of Geek. Whip-smart writing, deep characters, bonkers world building, and endless Disney references. It’s a treat for anyone who loves animation, Disney, or just great television.
The show has been a little difficult to watch unless you had cable but now it’s finally all streaming on Disney+! No more long breaks between episodes! You can watch the show as fast or as slow as you want. DuckTales is finally easy to watch for everyone! There’s just one problem though, the entire series was uploaded to the Disney+ streaming service out of order. Since DuckTales is heavily serialized, this totally ruins the intentions of the people behind the show.
This is especially true for the first season, which was even aired out of its intended order in its first run. The multi-layered mystery of whatever happened to Huey, Dewey, and Louie’s mother was carefully crafted to evolve over the season and it needs to be watched in order to be fully appreciated. There’s also multiple characters running throughout the first season that don’t work quite as well, even in the original air-date order. A lot of Webby episodes were front loaded and this gave a bit of a false notion that she was the main character of the series when it was much more of an ensemble.
The second season was thankfully mostly aired in the intended order but this is where the show’s serialized nature really took hold, with the second half of the season NEEDING to be watched in the correct order. It’s much better that way, trust us.
With the show now out of order on Disney+ it throws off the carefully laid plans of the shows writers and just doesn’t work as well, especially if it’s being marathoned. If you’re just watching an episode a week it’s easy enough to miss some of the smaller details but while marathoning some things will begin not to make any sense.
Thankfully co-executive producer Francisco Angones provided an official viewing order for the first two seasons of DuckTales! This is an invaluable resource, even for those who’ve been watching the show from the beginning. Since it was aired out of order, fans can now go back and appreciate the entire run of the show the way it was intended to be seen. This will add new layers of depth to the characters and how they’ve evolved so much even in a two season run.
We’ll make sure to update this list as the series goes on, just in case Disney airs more of the episodes out of order. This show deserves to be enjoyed as intended and hopefully we can contribute to fans getting the best possible experience out of DuckTales as possible.
We’ve also included links to all of our previous DuckTales reviews (yep, we’ve reviewed every single episode) in case you want some more in-depth thoughts as you go.
DuckTales Season 1 Viewing Order
“Woo-oo!” (When split into two parts, part two is sometimes listed as “Escape To/From Atlantis!”)
Have fun watching the series, it’s worth every second of your time. Especially for Glomgold. You’l see what we mean. Woo-oo!
Shamus Kelley is a pop culture/television writer and official Power Rangers expert. Follow him on Twitter! He also co-hosts a Robotech podcast, which covers the original series and the new comics. Give it a listen! Read more articles by him here!