The 15 best TV shows to watch on Disney + right now
Since its premiere in November 2019, Disney + has consistently provided Disneyphiles with an uninterrupted stream of incredible content, including classic animated and live-action movies, original programming, and some delightful obscurities from the studio vault. We’ve put together a shortlist of the best TV shows currently available on the streaming service.
1. Agent Carter (2015-2016)
Although it only lasted two seasons, this spin-off of Captain America: The First Avenger offered scruffy, wholesome, and uplifting charms few other Marvel-related series seemed to have, as Hayley Atwell resumed her role as a Strategic Scientific Reserve (SSR) agent navigating undercover organizations – and the sexism of the 1940s and 50 – with his lost love Steve Rogers as inspiration. The show doesn’t go into the metatextual explorations of its successors (especially the others listed here), but it does offer a fascinating glimpse into the life of an MCU character with no powers other than his intellect and ingenuity using their noble example. to make a difference in the world.
2. Behind the attraction (2021)
Fans of Disney theme parks will especially enjoy this series, created by Brian Volk-Weiss, which explores the history of many of their most famous attractions. Five episodes premiered on July 21, focusing on Jungle Cruise (a timely cross-promotion with the recent film), Haunted Mansion, Star Tours, and more. The series offers a fun, behind-the-scenes look at those experiences that have delighted park enthusiasts since the early days of Disneyland.
3. Big beanie (2021)
David E. Kelley (Ally McBeal, Big little lies) co-created this series about a college basketball coach (John Stamos) who finds a job at a private girls’ high school after being fired for an explosion on the court. Stamos, better known as TV’s Paul Rudd, continues to look incredibly young as coach Marvyn Korn opposite Jessalyn Gilsig (Boston Public) and a group of remarkably talented young actors on and off the court.
4. Land in Ned (2021)
Jim Henson’s son, Brian, helped develop this series about an alien whose plans to conquer Earth derailed when he became absolutely consumed with the popular culture of the planet. Using puppetry and animatronics, the show sends out both variety and talk show formats and offers a unique perspective on many topics we tend to take for granted, from pets to social media.
5. Gravity falls (2012-2016)
Alex Hirsch not only created this cult animated series, but brought it to its conclusion – a rarity among most TV shows – with the adventures of 12-year-old twins Dipper and Mabel Pines as they explore the eponymous city (fictitious) and its many mysteries. Between its 40 episodes and a collection of short films, the award-winning show taps into classic storytelling techniques while adding welcome doses of inventive humor to uplift and transform them.
6. Loki (2021-present)
With a second season in development, creator Michael Waldron has taken the beloved Marvel Cinematic Universe villain and given him a vehicle for more mischief while taking (moderately) responsibility for his past actions. Tom Hiddleston runs a cast starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Wunmi Mosaku, Eugene Cordero, Richard E. Grant, and Owen Wilson, the actor you didn’t know you absolutely needed to be a part of the MCU. Meanwhile, director Kate Herron unleashes mystery and excitement that pushes this ever-expanding mythology in intriguing new directions.
7. The Mandalorian (2019-present)
Jon Favreau made himself a mainstay of Disney by making two Iron Man films (and later, live-action adaptations of two of their animated classics), but he became the architect of their multi-level worlds with The Mandalorian, the first live-action Star wars show since the rebirth of the franchise in 2016 with the force awakens. Located in time after Return of the Jedi, the show focuses on the adventures of a bounty hunter hired to retrieve a character who instantly and iconically became known as “Baby Yoda,” starring Pedro Pascal and a revolving door of stars including Giancarlo Esposito, Omid Abtahi, Temuera Morrison and Werner Herzog.
8. The puppet show (1976-1981)
This puppet-hosted variety show has gone through several iterations over the years, including spinoff movies, sequels, and reboots. But nothing beats the original five-year run where Jim Henson and his talented team of puppeteers enlisted prominent actors and celebrities of the era to showcase the personalities of Kermit, Miss Piggy and their felt-covered colleagues. . Especially since the last few seasons have never made the leap to physical media, this collection is a treasure trove of great comic gags and guest stars bringing the Muppets to life in an extraordinary and unforgettable way.
9. The simpsons (1989-present)
Even if you haven’t actively watched this mainstay of animated comedy in years, The simpsons is such an indelible part of the pop culture firmament that it has become a safety blanket and always an easy fix if there comes a second when you don’t know what to watch. The wonderful thing about Disney + is that it brings together every episode from 1989 to today, providing the opportunity to see how the series has grown over the years and also what essentials have made it a staple for generation after generation.
ten. Spider Man (nineteen eighty one)
Until all of Spider-Man’s many TV incarnations are available physically or on streaming services, this short-lived 1981 animated series has to be enough, and it does more than deliver: Picking up where the 1967 series is. shut down, it offers wall-to-wall web action with a charming gallery of Marvel villains including Lizard, Dr. Doom, Red Skull, Kraven the Hunter, Doctor Octopus, and more. If only to generate enough viewings to convince Disney (or its owner) to also post Spider-Man and his amazing friends, be sure to check out this show.
11. Star Wars: The Wrong Lot (2021)
Although its initial impact should make viewers seek out the seven-season animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars (also available on Disney +), this spinoff / sequel show not only offers a wonderful visual alternative to live-action movies, but also a storytelling and mythology they haven’t yet explored or haven’t explored. maybe not have the bandwidth to do it. Like with The clone wars, Dave Filoni created the show not only to examine a period of time between the central trilogies, but to highlight characters that might appear in an action figure window, although otherwise it is unlikely to there is a lot of action.
12. Star Wars Rebels (2014-2018)
Any Star Wars property related to Dave Filoni is worth exploring, and this series is no exception: takes place after the events of Revenge of the Sith, the series actually explores the adventures of characters audiences have fallen in love with in the movies, as well as new, never-before-seen characters exploring the world they inherited. Better yet, a number of original actors, including James Earl Jones, Anthony Daniels, Frank Oz, and Billy Dee Williams, are showing up to reprise their roles in a whole new format.
13. WandaVision (2021)
Jac Schaeffer created this show built around the engaging but mysterious duo of Scarlet Witch and Vision to serve as audiences’ first foray into Phase Four of the MCU, leading up to the 2022 film. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Whether or not those words mean something to you – and even if you don’t currently plan to tune into a movie that won’t be released for over a year – Schaeffer intelligently draws on a rich legacy of storytelling tropes. televised over several decades in order to highlight character disorientation and offer a referendum on gender roles and cultural norms as they have changed – and sometimes not.
14. What if…? (2021)
What if…? is a thrilling manifestation of fan curiosity and speculation, paired with a talented team of hosts and a revolving door of all-star voice actors. Based on and built from the premise of a comic book series of the same name, the Marvel series takes daydreams of love, hate, and imagination around iconic characters and properties and follows them to a exciting and unpredictable conclusion. Jeffrey Wright stars as The Watcher, a character who observes the comic book multiverse (and gets involved at times), while everyone from Seth Green to the late Chadwick Boseman offers their talents as characters you already love. or that you will like soon.
15. The world according to Jeff Goldblum (2019-present)
We can debate whether Jeff Goldblum has officially become a parody of himself at this point in the beloved and idiosyncratic actor’s career, but it is true that there are few things more enjoyable than him. watching satisfy one’s own curiosity. This 30-minute show offers his unvarnished take on as he examines and explores topics he knows nothing about but exudes absolute sincerity, from sneakers to ice cream. A second season debuts on November 12, 2021; in the meantime, you can watch the actor learn a few things about certain things, and maybe learn a little something for yourself as well.