The best Disney Plus shows: great Disney+ TV series revealed
These are the best Disney Plus TV shows to watch.
It may be the newest streaming giant on the block but since its arrival, Disney Plus has managed to turn itself into a true Netflix rival, as this best Disney Plus shows list showcases.
While it was launched with a limited amount of shows, it has since ballooned thanks to Disney adding Star content to its service.
UPDATE:With Dopesick concluding, we have put the stunning true tale into our best Disney Plus shows list. We have also added the fantastic Only Murders In This Building and Hawkeye to this guide, so there are now 35 shows to choose from. Another TV show we are looking forward to on Disney Plus is Pam & Tommy, based loosely on the true scandal of someone stealing their sex tape. Lily James, Sebastian Stan, Nick Offerman, Taylor Schilling and Seth Rogen all star and Disney has revealed that the show will be on Star on Disney Plus from 2 February 2022.
When looking for the best Disney Plus shows to watch, you have to ask yourself a few questions. Am I after a Marvel show, a Disney or Star Wars classic or maybe something from the wealth of National Geographic content available on the service?
If you have answered yes to all of the above, then this is the best Disney+ shows list for you. The following guide has a number of Fox classics, marvellous Marvel tidbits and, of course, Star Wars.
The below is our pick of the best Disney Plus shows that you will be able to watch right now.
Best Disney Plus shows
1. The MandalorianStream now (Disney Plus)
This is the big one. It's the first-ever Star Wars live-action TV show, focusing on the time between The Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. What's it about? Well, a lone gunslinger is on a mission to rid the Star Wars world of its vermin (and some good guys along the way, too). It's one of the most-expensive shows ever made and its series runner is none other than Jon Favreau. The series has already aired in the US and there is a second season on the way.
2. WandaVisionStream now (Disney Plus)
The jewel in the Disney Plus crown right now, WandaVision is a wonderful watch. It takes its time, going hard on its sitcom premise but then the mystery unravels and we are firmly in MCU territory. You'll be wishing each episode is much longer than its 30 minutes.
3. The SimpsonsStream now (Disney Plus)
There was a little bit of controversy when The Simpsons launched on Disney Plus as Disney had made the older shows widescreen and this meant that key jokes were missing. This is being sorted. Yes. The Simpsons has lost its lustre of late but there are some fantastic classic episodes on show here and we are glad that Disney is embracing this Fox property. Disney Plus UK will have 30 out of the 31 series of the show
4. Star Wars: The Clone WarsStream now (Disney Plus)
One of the best things Disney+ is doing is reprising Star Wars: The Clone Wars for one final season - something it badly needs. The new season continue on after the cancellation in 2013 and will see the likes of Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Ahsoka Tano and Captain Rex back.
5. LokiWatch now on Disney Plus
We were a little worried with its slow start but we shouldn’t have been - Loki is an amazing ride through the MCU, messing with timelines and cementing the character as the god of mischief. The script is brilliant, the cast stellar and the look has an amazing retro-future vibe.
6. The X-Men Animated SeriesStream now (Disney Plus)
This was a watermark for both Marvel and animated superhero adventures. The first few series of X-Men are an absolute joy. They don't shirk the violence or big adult themes of the comics so this isn't for small kids but it was a staple of 90s TV and is a must watch. The latter series suffer from an animation change and a lack of budget but this is lightning in a bottle stuff and we're hoping Marvel takes some of the cues of this show if it ever decides to reboot The X-Men.
7. The X-FilesWatch now on Star on Disney Plus
When The X-Files works it is one of the best TV shows ever made. Mixing fantastic ‘monster of the week’ episodes with a bigger, event-TV arc, we saw Mulder and Scully investigate the paranormal for some 9 seasons. We reckon half of those are well worth the re-watch.
8. Agent CarterStream now (Disney Plus)
A show that deserves more than its two seasons, this is the sort of thing Disney Plus is making right now: idiosyncratic storytelling which is set in the late '40s. It's fantastic to see Hayley Atwell back as Peggy Carter and James D'Arcy does a decent turn as Howard Stark's butler.
9. Disney's DucktalesStream now (Disney Plus)
Ducktails is one of those shows that isn't as good as you remember it. But, and it's a big but, it's still one of the most fun cartoons around and we are so glad to see it back on TV, thanks to Disney Plus. Altogether now: "Duck Tales! oo woo oo. Every day they're out there making. Duck Tales! oo woo oo"
10. Agents of SHIELDStream now (Disney Plus)
While Agents of SHIELD looked like it was waning around the third season mark, we're glad the series was given a chance as it is a belter of a show. At first it piggy backs on the mythos of the MCU and then becomes its own thing entirely.
11. FuturamaWatch now on Star on Disney Plus
Unfairly seen as the lesser Simpsons, Futurama has outlasted that yellow shadow, thanks for the show ending when it did. It means that even though it is 10 seasons long, it’s not bloated - just great, spaced-out fun.
12. The AmericansWatch now on Star on Disney Plus
If you haven’t watched this one yet, then you really need to. It’s about Russian sleeper agents living a normal-ish suburban life in the US during the Cold War in the 80s. If you’ve recently seen Black Widow, then some of the plot points will be achingly similar. This is one that demands a binge watch.
13. ScrubsWatch now on Star on Disney Plus
While it lost its way when it tried to reboot itself in Season 9, the show up until that point was bloody hilarious. Focusing on those who worked at Sacred Heart Hospital, the show had one of the best ensemble comedy casts going.
Yes, it got ridiculous but the early seasons of 24 were just magical. Kieer Sutherland has never been better than he was as Jack Bauer and while the premise of the show playing out in real time is now a little bit cliched, at the time it was a real, refreshing take on TV.
15. AliasWatch now on Star on Disney Plus
Before Lost, JJ Abrams gave us this glorious show about a secret agent for a shady agency turns double agent for the CIA. Cue many disguises by Jennifer Garner and over 100 episodes of brilliant, twisty TV.
16. Only Murders In The BuildingWatch on Disney Plus
Only Murders In The Building takes a few episodes to get going but once it does you will fall in love with the characters of Charles, Oliver and Mabel (played by Steve Martin, Martin Short and Selena Gomez), amateur detectives that are trying to figure just who is a murderer in their apartment block.
17. Sons of AnarchyWatch now on Star on Disney Plus
Shakespear on bikes is pretty much what Sons of Anarchy is. The sprawling tale of warring biker gangs had more heart in it than you ever thought possible, even if it was always peppered with a little bit of the ultra-violence. Like The Americans, if you haven’t yet visited this one, then you need to immediately.
18. Reservation DogsWatch now on Disney Plus
This is a lot of fun. Created by Taika Waititi, the show is ground breaking as the majority of the cast are Indigenous American. It's about a group of teenagers who live on a reservation who get up to no good so as the can get out and head to California. It's a fantastic crime caper that needs to be watched by all.
19. Bob’s BurgersWatch now on Star on Disney Plus
One of the very best animated shows. The beauty of Bob’s Burgers is that it’s utterly absurd but the characters are so lovable that you want to revisit them more and more. There are 10 seasons to get through and each one is an absolute joy.
Hawkeye is a charming Marvel TV show and it's all thanks to the character of Kate Bishop - played by the fantastic Hailee Steinfeld. She brings out the best in Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye in a show that balances both the characters and the set pieces well. While there are familiar characters that make an appearance, they aren't shoe-horned in. We weren't expecting this, but Hawkeye is our favourite Marvel show since WandaVision
21. Star Wars RebelsStream now (Disney Plus)
We weren't convince initially about Star Wars Rebels. The animation in the first episode was a little baby ish and it felt that Disney was pushing this at a too-young audience. But how wrong we were. The storylines grew, and drew from, the Star Wars mythos in the latter seasons and the character portrayed here are stronger than some in the live-action movies. This is a Star Wars show to cherish that managed to land the ending.
22. The Bad BatchWatch now on Disney Plus
It’s by no means perfect, but we like what Disney has tried with The Bad Batch - breathing life into new Star Wars characters - supercharged clones! - and creating new adventures for them to go on. Dave Filoni is the boss of this one, which means you know you are in good hands.
23. The World According To Jeff GoldblumStream now (Disney Plus)
One part of Disney+ that isn't getting much news is the fact that you will be able to get some cool National Geographic documentaries through the service. One of the most fun is The World According To Jeff Goldblum - a show where Jeff "pulls back the curtain on a seemingly familiar object to reveal a world of astonishing connections". It's bizarre and enlightening in equal measure.
24. The Walking DeadWatch now on Star on Disney Plus
All 10 seasons of The Walking Dead are now available to stream. While the show has certainly lost its edge - and many of its characters - those who have stuck by it swear it’s still one of the best things on TV. We’re not so sure but revisiting the earlier seasons of this zombie opus is a grizzly joy.
25. American DadWatch now on Star on Disney Plus
Like The Simpsons/Futurama debate, American Dad pips Family Guy for us. The adventures of CIA agent Stan Smith gets us every time, even though the early seasons do feel a little like a Family Guy rip-off. When it finds its feet, though, it’s glorious.
26. DopesickWatch now on Disney Plus
One of the best TV shows in 2021, Dopesick is the true tale of the opioid crisis in America, how it started from drugs companies pushing a seemingly non-addictive opiate, only to cover up the fact that the exact opposite was true. The show looks at all aspects of the crisis, from the sales people pushing the drug, the doctors who prescribed it and those who got hooked on it. Powerful stuff.
27. Gravity FallsStream now (Disney Plus)
Forget all the Marvel and Star Wars stuff, Gravity Falls is perhaps the best thing on Disney Plus. It's a charming animated show based around a tourist attraction (and trap) called Gravity Falls. It's old-fashioned storytelling at its finest and does the thing that all cartoons should: never panders to kids but nods brilliantly to the adults.
28. AtlantaWatch now on Star on Disney Plus
Atlanta is superb TV, focusing on two cousins that are trying to make it in the music business. This is Donald Glover’s baby and it’s a fascinating look at the struggles of trying to find fame. There are currently two series of the show but fingers crossed there will be more.
29. Spider-Man TV SeriesStream now (Disney Plus)
This is a bit of an oddity. Most will know the Spider-Man 60s series, this is an update to that which seemingly uses the same animation and has a cracking theme tune. It's hokey in places and don't come for the animation. But there is a lot of heart here and it's been a show that has produced a number of Spider-Man memes which is a bonus.
30. MODOKWatch now on Star on Disney Plus
We are big fans of MODOK, the stop-motion Marvel show that doesn’t have any connection to the MCU but does have Patton Oswalt voicing a massive supervillain head. Couple this with some rather rude scenes, more Marvel Easter eggs than you can wave a tesseract at, and what you have is an unconventional but bloody funny superhero series.
31. Y: The Last ManWatch now on Disney Plus
Y: The Last Man has one of the best opening episodes we have seen in years (it's very Lost-like in its build up) and the rest of the series is an assured adaptation of Brian K Vaughan's seminal graphic novel of the same name. The show doesn't hold back on what would happen when all but one man is left on Earth after a mysterious event kills everything with a Y chromosome.
32. The Right StuffStream now (Disney Plus)
While not perfect, this retelling of The Right Stuff is passionate about its subject matter and soars in places. Over eight episodes Tom Wolfe's tale is told, about the plight of astronauts trying to win the US the space race.
33. Muppets NowStream now (Disney Plus)
The Muppets have had many a show but this one brings the gaggle slap-bang into the 21st Century and has the same 'knowing' charm as the recent-ish movies. Muppets Now is meta, a show that's about the making of a show. Apparently it's improvised, too, which adds to the fun.
34. LostWatch now on Star on Disney Plus
Sorry, haters. We love Lost and are not ashamed of lapping up every bit of the show when it first aired. Granted, it never really fulfilled its purpose by the end - you could say it ‘lost’ its way - but from season to season there was always a fun, new mystery to wrap your head around.
35. DougStream now (Disney Plus)
Doug is a brilliant show that was ahead of its time - it's about a child growing up with anxiety and is funny, warm and a little weird. The animation is fantastic and the plot mainly involves Doug and his friend Skeeter going on fantastical adventures that mainly take pace in Doug's mind. Also, that them tune will stick in your brain and stay there.