If you are a Marvel, Star Wars fan, or even just a Disney junkie, a Disney Plus membership is almost a must! It comprises, but it is in the field of television that it shines.
Here is our list of the best TV shows you must watch on Disney Plus.
The first in a barrage of Marvel Cinematic Universe shows, WandaVision, in nine weekly episodes, finds Wanda and Vision skipping through the eras of the TV sitcom, from the 1950s in black and white. Why are Earth’s Mightiest Heroes now housewife and costume working some day job? It might have something to do with grieving Wanda’s reaction to – spoiler – Vision’s death in Avengers: Endgame. Weird, funny, and loaded with Easter eggs, WandaVision gets your money’s worth.
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Disney’s second Big Marvel Show features six episodes of much more familiar superhero dishes. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier team up Sam Wilson, aka Falcon, and Bucky Barnes, aka Winter Soldier, in a comedic adventure around the globe. The action, the jokes, and the threat to the world are all there, but under a touch of social commentary simmering.
The first Marvel Cinematic Universe animated series delves into divergent timelines in a series of epic and fun Twilight Zone-style anthologies. From Peggy Carter taking the Super-Soldier formula to the Avengers zombies, each episode has a unique sense of adventure and offers exciting possibilities for the future of the MCU. Its nine-episode first season runs through October.
The God of Mischief of the Marvel Cinematic Universe gets his long-awaited solo adventure after his life-changing escape in Avengers: Endgame. With a group of time cops determined to correct the timeline, Loki must deal with the aftermath over six episodes. The chemistry between actors Tom Hiddleston and Owen Wilson is key to this show’s charm, and Marvel fans will find a lot to love.
Marvel continues its wonderful relationship with the Community television series, asking stars Alison Brie and Gillian Jacobs not to act, but to direct episodes of a new documentary series. In eight episodes, Marvel 616 examines how much the comics and movies have influenced culture. From the journey to Captain Marvel and female portrayal, to the fascinating versions of Marvel comics in other countries, Marvel 616 is a slice of life that fans around the world will relate to.
Six overpowered teens team up to fight off their criminal parents – that’s the intriguing premise of Marvel’s Runaways. Eventually, the team does a bit of racing, eluding their parents as well as Morgan le Fay and other villains. Despite its occasional reliance on standard superhero storytelling over its three seasons, this solid set will grow in you, along with the broader Marvel Cinematic Universe credentials and thrilling general action.
Criminally short in two seasons, Marvel’s Agent Carter gave intelligent Peggy Carter a chance to show off her action hero side. Set after his sweetheart Steve Rogers sacrifices himself at the end of Captain America: The First Avenger, it reveals Peggy’s adventurous life in 1940s New York as she works with genius scientist Howard Stark and his butler. Jarvis. Hayley Atwell diffuses a sense of cheeky fun in this stylish Marvel TV gem.
John Stamos stars in this comedy-drama that hits all the right notes. In the center is a basketball coach – unusually named Marvyn Korn – whose bad temper sees him fired from the highest level of college basketball. Her next gig takes her on a team at a private girls’ high school. The transition isn’t the smoothest or the most original, but it’s the performance and healthy spirit that make Big Shot fun to watch. All 10 episodes are available now, with a second season likely to arrive next year.
A sequel to the ’90s movies, The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers stars Emilio Estevez as original Ducks coach Gordon Bombay. A new team of outsiders gathers the scraps. Who do they recruit to coach? You get a guess. With Lauren Graham helping provide some of the laughs, it’s surprisingly layered, filled with seriousness and nostalgia. All 10 episodes of season 1 are now available, with a second season confirmed.
Star Wars: Visions (2021)
Little anecdote: I had my kids watch the original Star Wars trilogy. They hated him.
I made them watch Star Wars: Visions. They love this. Star Wars: Visions is a collection of anime-style shorts, much like the classic Animatrix collection launched in The Matrix series.
There is some absolutely dazzling stuff here. A must have watch for any Star Wars fan.
The show that launched Baby Yoda into the pop culture stratosphere built its foundation on a foundation of abundant action and rich Space Western visuals. The titular lone bounty hunter finds his sweet side in protecting his precious green alien baby from those on his tail. For refined episodic storytelling in the Star Wars universe, The Mandalorian is perfect. Two seasons are available now, a third in preparation.
The bad lot (2021—)
This new Star Wars series is a spin-off of the famous The Clone Wars. Using the same CGI animation style, The Bad Batch follows a team of elite clone troopers who all have genetic flaws, which may or may not give them special abilities. From Dave Filoni, producer of The Mandalorian, The Bad Batch even features Fennec Shand (voiced by Ming-Na Wen), from the live show. A more than solid diversion of 16 episodes which should particularly satisfy those who wish to deepen the history of Star Wars, and it has been renewed for a second season.
The Clone Wars (2008-2020)
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And of course you have to watch the original and the best: The Clone Wars.
Surprisingly, many Star Wars fans didn’t take the time to check out The Clone Wars. They absolutely should. Some of the strengths of Star Wars as a franchise occur in this show. It’s not always perfect, but when it’s good it’s very Well.
Old Disney Classics
This Disney Channel classic is unfortunately not returning for a sequel series, but that doesn’t take any fun out of the original wholesome misadventures of teenage Lizzie McGuire and her friends Miranda and Gordo. With creative soliloquies from a cartoon version of Lizzie, the two-season show lets you peek into her hero’s brain as she finds her identity and grows.
See where it all started for Shia LaBeouf in Even Stevens. The comedy hinges on the dynamic between siblings Louis (LaBeouf) and Ren (Christy Carlson Romano): Louis is the reckless mischief maker; Ren the A-grade outperformer. Comes with superb comedic timing, this is a quintessential family comedy that lets you marvel at LaBeouf’s natural talent on camera for three seasons.
If you missed that classic early ’90s sitcom, it’s time to get started on Disney Plus. A chronicle of the life of college boy Cory Matthews, Boy Meets World spanned seven seasons, depicting lifelike characters and relationships that branch out and blossom into real-life lessons. For a nuanced sitcom that showcases some of the best curtain hairstyles of the ’90s, this one is a must.
A Disney Channel show with allusions to The X-Files? This late 90s gem is definitely worth a visit. So Weird set itself apart from other Disney Channel shows of the time by its somber tone and complex narrative. He follows teenage Fiona as she tours with her rock star mother and encounters paranormal activity along the way. With original music and a cult following, this three-season show should be on your radar.
High School Musical: The Musical: The Series (2019—)
If you don’t like the High School Musical movie series, then this mock documentary might be a bit more your thing. Especially since it is an ironic look at a group of musical theater students staging a movie-inspired musical at the same school where the movies were shot. Still, it doesn’t stray too far from its source material, featuring a romance between its two protagonists – Olivia Rodrigo and Joshua Bassett. Glee fans will find plenty to get on board during its two seasons (and two specials), with a third underway.
Featuring National Geographic content from Disney Plus, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, a 13-episode follow-up to Carl Sagan’s groundbreaking Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. Presented by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, the documentary series updates the ’80s milestone of science documentaries. Stunning computer-generated images facilitate the narrative approach of humanity’s triumphs and mistakes in science.
Loosely based on the ’80s film of the same name (which was based on Tom Wolfe’s bestselling book), The Right Stuff shows you the gritty side of America’s early space program. Over the course of eight episodes, we follow the Mercury Seven – seven pilots accepted into the space program – and the effect that competitive work and media scrutiny has on their families. While it doesn’t exactly explore new grounds, The Right Stuff is a beautiful and knowledgeable look at NASA in the 50s and 60s.
If you like fairy tales reimagined for modern decor, Once Upon a Time has covered a huge range of classics (and Frozen!) Over seven seasons. Set in a seaside town with a forest nearby, the story follows Emma Swan and her 10-year-old son. They encounter magical items, like a wardrobe depicting Narnia, and live-action characters like Snow White, Prince Charming, and the Evil Queen, who have been transported to the real world. It’s up to Emma to help them break a curse that stole their memories. Lovely, grab your tea and a blanket.
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