Star Wars and Marvel obsessives unite! With an outstanding catalog of popular franchises and a variety of hit originals, Disney Plus is hard to resist at this point. It has a lotto choose from, but its selection of TV series is where this service really shines.
Here’s our list of the top must-watch TV shows on Disney Plus.
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At four episodes, Obi-Wan Kenobi is already the best Star Wars show on Disney Plus, quite simply.
Darth Vader has never felt more sinister and Ewan McGregor kills it as a weakened Jedi trying to get his groove back. This is everything I hoped for and more.
Star Wars: Visions (2021)
Anecdotal time: I got my kids to watch the original Star Wars trilogy. they hated it.
I got her to watch Star Wars: Visions. she loved it. Star Wars: Visions is a collection of anime-style short films, similar to the classic Animatrix collection introduced in The Matrix series.
There’s some absolutely dazzling stuff in here. A must have for any Star Wars fan.
The show that catapulted Baby Yoda into the pop culture stratosphere built its foundations on a foundation of lush action and rich Space Western visuals. The lonely bounty hunter finds his softer side as he protects his precious green alien baby from those on his tail. For polished episodic storytelling set in the Star Wars universe, The Mandalorian ticks all the right boxes. Two seasons are available now, with a third in preparation.
This new Star Wars series is a spin-off of the critically acclaimed The Clone Wars. Using the same CGI-animated style, The Bad Batch follows a squad of elite clone troopers, all of whom have genetic defects that may or may not grant them special abilities. The Mandalorian producer Dave Filoni even features Fennec Shand (voiced by Ming-Na Wen) from the live-action show in The Bad Batch. A more than solid 16-episode diversion that should particularly satisfy those delving deeper into Star Wars lore, and has been renewed for a second season.
The Clone Wars (2008-2020)
And of course you have to check out the original and 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 highlights of Star Wars as a franchise appear in this show. It’s not always perfect, but when it’s good, it’s good very Well.
Ms. Marvel is here! It’s already garnered rave reviews from people here at CNET and beyond. It might be the shot in the arm that Marvel Phase 4 needs at this point.
The first in a spate of Marvel Cinematic Universe shows, WandaVision features nine weekly episodes as Wanda and Vision hop through the eras of sitcom television, beginning in the black-and-white ’50s. Why are Earth’s Mightiest Heroes now a housewife and a suit wearing a nondescript day job? It could have something to do with a grieving Wanda’s reaction to – spoilers – Vision’s death in Avengers: Endgame. Wacky, funny and stuffed full of Easter eggs, WandaVision delivers your money.
Read the WandaVision review.
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Disney’s second major Marvel show features six episodes of much more familiar superhero fare. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier pairs Sam Wilson, aka Falcon, and Bucky Barnes, aka Winter Soldier, in a buddy comedy adventure that travels the world. The action, jokes, and world menace are all there, but underneath, a touch of social commentary simmers.
The god of mischief from the Marvel Cinematic Universe gets his long-awaited solo adventure after his reality-shattering escape in Avengers: Endgame. With a group of Time Cops determined to fix the timeline, Loki must face the consequences over six episodes. The chemistry between actors Tom Hiddleston and Owen Wilson is key to this show’s charm, and Marvel fans will find plenty to love.
Marvel continues its wonderful relationship with the TV series community, typing in stars Alison Brie and Gillian Jacobs not as actors but as directors of episodes of a new documentary series. Over eight episodes, Marvel 616 explores how much the comics and movies have influenced culture. From the journey to Captain Marvel and female representation, to mesmerizing versions of Marvel comics in other countries, Marvel 616 is a slice of life that fans around the world will identify with.
Six super-powered teenagers join forces to fight their delinquent parents – such is the intriguing premise of Marvel’s Runaways. Eventually, the team runs and escapes from their parents, as well as Morgan le Fay and other villains. Despite its occasional reliance on standard superhero storytelling throughout the three seasons, this powerful cast will grow on you along with the broader references of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and overall exciting action.
Criminally short with two seasons, Marvel’s Agent Carter gave the whip-smart Peggy Carter a chance to show her action hero side. Set after her love, Steve Rogers, sacrifices himself at the end of Captain America: The First Avenger, it reveals Peggy’s adventurous life in 1940’s New York as she works with scientist genius Howard Stark and his butler Jarvis. Hayley Atwell conveys a sense of sassy fun in this stylish Marvel TV gem.
John Stamos stars in this sports-dramedy that hits just the right note. It centers on a basketball coach – whose unusual name is Marvyn Korn – whose bad mood leads to his being fired from the highest echelon of college basketball. His next appearance takes him to a team at a private girls’ high school. The transition isn’t the smoothest, nor the most original, but it’s the performances and sane spirit that make Big Shot a sweet sight to behold. All 10 episodes are available now, with a second season expected to come out next year.
A follow-up to the movies from the ’90s, Emilio Estevez plays original Ducks coach Gordon Bombay in The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers. A new team of underdogs brings together the rejected. Who do you hire as your coach? You get a guess. With Lauren Graham providing some of the laughs, it’s surprisingly layered, full of seriousness and nostalgia. The 10 episodes of the first season are available now, and a second season has been confirmed.
Older Disney Classics
This Disney Channel classic isn’t coming back for a sequel, sadly, but that doesn’t take away from the original wholesome misadventures of teenage girl Lizzie McGuire and her friends Miranda and Gordo. Featuring creative self-talk from an animated version of Lizzie, the two-part show lets you peer inside her heroine’s brain as she finds her identity and grows up.
See where it all began for Shia LaBeouf in Even Stevens. The comedy hinges on the dynamic between siblings Louis (LaBeouf) and Ren (Christy Carlson Romano): Louis is the carefree mischief maker; Reindeer the A-class high-flyer. Presented with excellent comic timing, this is a quintessential family comedy that will have you marveling at LaBeouf’s natural talent in front of the camera for three seasons.
If you missed that classic sitcom of the early ’90s, it’s time to check out Disney Plus. Boy Meets World, which chronicled the life of middle school student Cory Matthews, ran for seven seasons and featured realistic characters and relationships that branch and blossom into real-life lessons. For a nuanced sitcom that features some of the best curtain hairstyles of the ’90s, this one’s a must.
A Disney Channel show with references to the X-Files? This late 90’s gem is definitely worth a visit. Weird stands out from other Disney Channel shows of the period with its dark tone and intricate narrative. It follows teenage girl Fiona, who goes on tour with her rock star mom and encounters paranormal activity along the way. With original music and a cult following, this three-part show should be on your radar.
High School Musical: The Musical: The Series (2019—)
If you don’t like the High School Musical film series, this mockumentary might be a little more your thing. Especially since it’s a tongue-in-cheek look at a group of musical theater students performing a musical inspired by the films in the very same school where the films were shot. Still, it doesn’t stray too far from its source material, depicting a romance between its two leads – Olivia Rodrigo and Joshua Bassett. Glee fans will have plenty to look forward to over the two seasons (and two specials), with a third on the way.
Joining Disney Plus’ National Geographic content is Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, a 13-part sequel to Carl Sagan’s groundbreaking Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. Presented by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, the documentary series updates the landmark 1980’s science documentary film. Stunning CGI support the storytelling approach to mankind’s triumphs and failures in science.
Loosely adapted from the 80’s film of the same name (which is based on the Tom Wolfe bestseller), The Right Stuff shows you the darker side of the early days of the US space program. Over eight episodes, we follow the Mercury Seven – seven pilots inducted into the space program – and the impact the competitive job and media scrutiny has on their families. While not exactly breaking new ground, The Right Stuff is a nice, competent look at NASA in the ’50s and ’60s.
If you like fairy tales reimagined for a modern setting, Once Upon a Time has a massive range of classics (and Frozen!) covered over seven seasons. Set in a seaside town with a forest nearby, the story follows Emma Swan and her 10-year-old son. You’ll encounter magical objects like a wardrobe representing Narnia and live-action characters like Snow White, Prince Charming and the Evil Queen who have been placed in the real world. It’s up to Emma to help them break a curse that has stolen their memories. Charming, grab your tea and a blanket.
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