Whether you’re in need of some family-friendly TV options, looking to embrace your inner child, or just hungry for all things Star Wars, you can’t go wrong with Disney+. Emphasis on the “plus,” a subscription to the streaming service isn’t just a fast-pass to all things Disney. It’s a ticket to all things owned by the media conglomerate, too. And, trust us, the Mouse is well connected—from Marvel to NatGeo and beyond.
Itching to catch up on buzzy originals like Andor? Look to unlock some throwbacks from the vault like X-Men and Schoolhouse Rock? How about some Disney exclusives like The Imagineering Story? Everything the light touches is yours, dear subscriber. So, throw on your mouse ears and let your couch serve as your magic carpet to a whole new world of streaming. These are the best shows on Disney+.
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Every theatergoer knows that the best part of seeing a new Disney movie is the animated short at the beginning. From the historical feats of shorts like Steamboat Willy to heartwarming modern spin-offs like Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, Disney’s talented team of storytellers and artists is always testing how much magic they can fit into a few minutes. Now, Short Circuit displays the results of a unique Walt Disney Animation program in which anyone in the studio can pitch and create an animated short.
Whether Disney World screams “honeymoon” or “headache” to you, you don’t have to be a Disney adult to find the magic in a series like Behind the Attraction. Offering the story behind the Disney Parks’ various attractions, and the history of the park itself, the series feels like the closest taste to the legendary “underground Disney” tours.
May the force of another Star Wars spin-off be with you. An animated sequel to Star Wars: The Clone Wars, The Bad Batch follows a squad of clone troopers as they navigate an ever-changing galaxy.
The Mysterious Benedict Society
The Mysterious Benedict Society, a live-action series based on the hit children’s book series of the same name, is a perfect crowd pleaser for big kids and parents alike. With a cast including stars like Tony Hale and Kristen Schaal, the series follows four orphans who are recruited to go undercover at a boarding school in order to prevent a worldwide emergency. It’s A Series of Unfortunate Events meets Umbrella Academy with the aesthetics of Moonrise Kingdom and some extra plot twists to boot. In other words: It’s good.
If you haven’t given your children a formal introduction to the wonderful world of Jim Henson, take this as your sign. Airing from 1976-1981, The Muppet Show is a variety show-formatted series that highlights the Muppets headliners you know and love in the ultimate showcase of their endearing quirks and hilarious antics.
This ultra-hyped MCU spin-off sees Loki, the God of Mischief, in a whole new light as Tom Hiddleston reprises his role as antihero. Set after Avengers: End Game, the series follows Loki as he faces the consequences of creating an alternate timeline. (Bonus: Loki is openly bisexual in the series, making him the first major queer Marvel character.)
If you’ve been in need of an Uncle Jesse pep talk since Full House’s end, Big Shot might provide the next best thing. The wholesome series sees John Stamos as a basketball coach whose temper gets him kicked out of the NCAA and placed at an all-girls high school.
If you’re the Anthony Bourdain/Somebody Feed Phil type, Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted will probably be palatable for your television taste buds. The series follows world-renowned chef Gordon Ramsay as he travels to culinary destinations far and wide, from Louisiana to Laos.
The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers
Whether you’re a Mighty Ducks or Gilmore Girls fan, you’re sure to have a home team to root for in this spin-off series starring Emilio Estevez and Lauren Graham. The heartwarming family show is set in modern-day Minnesota, where the hockey scene is highly competitive. When a young boy is cut from the ducks, his mother founds a band of players whose lack of skill is compensated for by passion.
Time travel back to the days of elementary school when your substitute teacher would dim the lights and throw a random Schoolhouse Rock! episode on for the class. As educational as it is nostalgic, this series is a great happy medium to watch with the kids. If helping your kids with their homework hasn’t reminded you already, you could probably brush up on some reading, writing, and arithmetic skills yourself.
If you’re not on the WandaVision train yet, you’ve probably at least had the plot of the show explained to you by a friend, over-under, ten times. (To be fair, they’re right that you need to watch past the first episode to appreciate it.) But, to refresh your memory, this series is within the Marvel Cinematic Universe and follows Wanda Maximoff and Vision through the format of a family sitcom. Packed with stellar performances from Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, and Kathryn Hahn, and loads of homages to sitcom tropes, you’re sure to get hooked.
High School Musical: The Musical: The Series
you spent hours googling the “Driver’s License” love triangle drama before realizing you have no clue who any of the people involved are. Enter High School: The Musical: The Series from stage right. With rising pop star Olivia Rodrigo and Joshua Bassett as its leads, HSMTMTS is a mockumentary following students at fictional East High School as they prepare to put up a school production of High School Musical: The Musical. Yes, the set-up for this series contains… layers. But, if you’re a former HSM fan or have young musical enthusiasts, it’s a great unifier of generations.
Maybe you grew up watching this classic Marvel series in the 90s. Or, maybe you’re a newly inducted Marvel fan whose having some fun taking a dive into the library. Either way, the X-Men animated TV series is a treasure. A series that has come to be beloved by many fanatics, X-Men’s animated format has a way of truly capturing the heart of the original comic book series.
Another fantastic Marvel pick, this live-action series follows S.H.I.E.L.D. founder and Captain America character Peggy Carter through her work as a secret agent during WWII. When colleague Howard Stark (father of Tony Stark) needs Carter to help him clear his name, her mission unravels in ways she didn’t expect.
This Star Wars spin-off series, directed by Jon Favreau, follows the journey of a Mandalorian bounty hunter in a spaghetti Western-style series that takes place after the fall of the Empire. With the first season now available, Season Two is set for an October 2020 release.
Few childhood television shows are iconic enough to be remembered by a theme song consisting solely of, “doo, doo, doo,” as its lyrics. The big-nosed, sweater vest-clad Doug Yancy Funnie has a funny way of feeling like an old friend to viewers new and old. Doug is the offbeat embodiment of the unique monotony and day-dreaming that comprises a small-town adolescence.
This animated series is a great common denominator for audiences of all ages. Set in the fictional town of Gravity Falls, Oregon, the series follows a pair of siblings on their quest to solve the area’s local mysteries. Think: Twin Peaks, but as a cartoon.
The World According to Jeff Goldblum
As if there were any other world than the one which revolves around Jeff Goldblum. This docuseries follows as Goldblum tackles a new topic each episode—from denim to RVs. If you’re a fan of vocal fry and Goldblum-isms, this will be like ASMR to you.
If you’ve ever dreamt of touring Underground Disney, this might be your safest bet of doing so without the risk of ruining the magic. Each episode of this docuseries explores a new realm of the history of Disney theme parks and attractions.
Cory Matthews and Topanga Lawrence were the most enviable high school couple in the late ’90s and early 2000s. Shawn Hunter, Cory’s best friend, was the bad-boy fantasy of anyone who wanted to be or date him. This show, which followed the childhood and early adulthood of a boy who lived next door to his history teacher, taught all fans how to shout one thing: “Feeeeeeny!”
This show about one of the most iconic and wacky sitcom families began in 1989 and is still going strong. “D’oh!” was more recently joined by Liz Lemon’s “blerg” as one of the most famous nonsense exclamations to come from TV.
Scrooge McDuck and his nephews, Hewie, Dewey, and Louie, get into various hijinks involving very blatant lessons about having an unhealthy obsession with wealth. This seems even more relevant today, right?
Dog Whisperer with Cesar Milan
The famous dog trainer proves that the dog you decided to get before you looked up her breed is in fact trainable (or at least he makes the concept look easy).
Another National Geographic show, Earth Live began in 2017 and is co-hosted by Jane Lynch, Phil Keoghan and wildlife expert Chris Packham. State-of-the-art cameras take you on a too-real ride of some of the weirdest, coolest parts of the world, featuring animals that can only be described the same way.
A high school girl, her dorky best friend, and their naked mole rat sidekick save the world from various villains and one monkey. Also, this was absolutely the last time that having a beeper was cool.
Lucasfilm decided to take the Star Wars galaxy into an animated world, because Star Wars never ends. Set after the fall of the Jedi Order, Star Wars Rebels features a whole host of characters beyond the original Lucas creations we’ve known for decades.
Raven Simone’s breakout role from her early Cosby Show days was as a San Francisco teen whose psychic visions often disrupt her average teen life. In Buffy the Vampire Slayer style, she has two friends who help her avoid getting into any real trouble.
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