Best Disney Plus shows to watch: great shows to stream
These are the best Disney Plus TV shows to watch.
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?
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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. It's a list that's about to get a whole lot bigger, too, with a ton of Disney Plus UK Star content heading to the service near the end of February. When they arrive, we will add our favourites to this list.
- These are the best Disney Plus movies to watch
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. 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
3. 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.
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. 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"
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. 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.
14. 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.
15. 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.