Disney Plus has a phenomenal selection of TV shows, from exclusive originals like Star Wars: The Mandalorian and WandaVision to classic animated series including Duck Tales and Gargoyles.
That’s not even mentioning decades of Marvel cartoons, all the Star Wars animated series, loads of the best shows from the Disney Channel, a few Pixar spin-offs, and somehow even more besides.
It’s especially good for kids – no surprise there – but there’s plenty for big kids too. Luckily for you we’ve watched hours of the stuff, and here are the shows you shouldn’t miss – we’re keeping it updated every month too, with the new Marvel series WandaVision the latest big series on our radar, though Falcon and the Winter Soldier is following up right behind it in March.
If you’d prefer a film, then take a look at our picks of the best movies on Disney+. Or if you want to see what else is on the way, take a look at the best shows coming to Disney+ UK.
We’ve also rounded up the best TV shows on Amazon Prime, Netflix, and Now TV.
Let’s be honest – this is what most people have come to Disney+ for in the first place. The Mandalorian is a live-action Star Wars spin-off by Jon Favreau. If you’d like to see a Western take on the biggest space franchise out there – and watch one of the cutest side-characters ever – then this is one to watch.
There are two seasons so far, with a third on the way, and multiple spin-off shows already in the works too – one starring none other than Boba Fett.
Netflix has Friends, Amazon has The Office, and Disney+ has The Simpsons. Once The Mandalorian hype dies down, this’ll be the most popular thing on the platform – and with 31 seasons worth of comedy to binge, there’s no chance you’ll run out any time soon. They’ve even fixed the aspect ratio so you can watch old episodes in the original 4:3.
Overwhelmed by the options? We’ve picked out the best Simpsons episodes ever to help you decide where to start.
The first Marvel show on Disney+ is a doozy. Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany star as Avengers members Scarlet Witch and Vision, but this time around they’re the stars of their own ’50s sitcom. Which suddenly, becomes a ’60s sitcom, then moves to the ’70s… and why can’t either of them remember where they’re from or how they got here? WandaVision is weird, wonderful, and not like any Marvel movie or show so far.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Sadly Genndy Tartakovsky’s phenomenal 2D Clone Wars series is nowhere to be found on Disney+, but the CGI follow-up is well worth a watch – as are the sequel series Star Wars Rebels and Star Wars Resistance.
Over seven seasons the show dug deep into the galaxy’s grandest conflict, and almost makes up for the prequels on its own. And if you want to really understand The Mandalorian, then Clone Wars is now essential viewing.
Muppets Now is Disney’s attempt to bring the Muppets into the streaming age. Mixing scripted and un-scripted elements, it both tries to set the Muppets into the modern world – Miss Piggy as an aspiring influencer being the obvious example – while pairing them with celebrity guests including the likes of Danny Trejo or RuPaul.
Here’s a throwback if you’ve ever known one. Recess features a bunch of six misfits – Vince, Spinelli, Mikey, T.J., Gretchen, and Gus – as they navigate their short adventures during the breaks in Third Street Elementary School, Arkansas. Each character is a complete US school stereotype, but that doesn’t spoil what is a classic cartoon.
Anyone who’s ever seen Fox’s ‘90s X-Men series is already humming the theme tune to themselves while reading this – it’s impossible not to. Probably the best thing to come out of the Disney/Fox merger is this – and the similar Spider-Man series – making it onto the Disney streaming service, thanks to its potent mix of golden era X-Men costumes, high melodrama, and totally rad guitar riffs.
The World According to Jeff Goldblum
Ever wanted to see Jeff Goldblum deliver deep dives on niche subjects, whilst reacting in a very ‘Jeff Goldblum’ way? This is the perfect one for you. Though many may pen this as a documentary, the educational aspects are fleeting in comparison to some of the hilarious opinions and reactions of the host. All in all, a fun Sunday afternoon watch.
Hayley Atwell’s Peggy Carter was always the best part of the first Captain America movie (sorry Chris, America’s ass earned its keep in the sequels) so it was a treat when she got her own show. This short-but-sweet ‘50s-set series only ran for 18 episodes over two seasons, but a host of deep-cut Marvel references and James D’Arcy’s Edwin Jarvis make this one of the MCU’s best small-screen outings yet.
Disney had a bit of a golden age of TV animation in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s with the likes of Duck Tales and Darkwing Duck, but our favourite of the era has to be Gargoyles.
This unexpectedly moody, gothic series feels like a Disney take on the same decade’s Batman series, boosted by a voice cast that’s a) great, and b) basically a giant Star Trek reunion for some reason.
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