Best Disney Plus TV shows: Mandalorian, The Simpsons and more!
These are the best Disney Plus shows so far and what to expect.
If you have been living under a rock, you may not know that Disney has released Disney Plus in the US and it will soon be heading to other countries too, which means the world over will soon be able to get their eyes on the best Disney Plus TV shows.
UPDATE:There's some good news for fans of Disney in the UK, Disney Plus will arrive a week earlier than originally thought. The Disney Plus UK release date was initially going to be 31st March but Disney has changed this to a week earlier, with the service now coming to the UK on the 24th March. While the Disney Plus movie content may differ, you can get an idea of what TV shows will be launched in our guide below.
- What is Disney Plus? It is Disney's new streaming service that will showcase everything from Marvel movies and TV shows, Pixar movies and TV shows as well as Disney classics and Star Wars content.
- What is the Disney Plus release date? It is available now in the US, Canada and a number of other countries.
- Will Disney Plus be launched in the UK? Yes. The UK currently has Disney Life, an app similar to Disney+ but it will be getting Disney Plus on 24th March 2020.
- How much does Disney Plus cost? It costs $7 a month, or $70 a year - which is nearly half the price of Netflix. In the UK it costs £5.99 - or £59.99 a year.
Best Disney Plus shows revealed
1. The Mandalorian
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 Simpsons
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.
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.
3. The X-Men Animated Series
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 Rebels
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.
5. PJ Masks
This is one for the little 'uns but we know it is good as our three year old is addicted to it! It's about three six year olds who become superheroes Catboy, Gekko, and Owlette. Be prepared to hear small children the world over to shout: "PJ Masks, we are on our way!" at you as you are crossing the street. Also, it's actually bearable if you watch it as an adult.
6. Spider-Man TV series
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.
7. Star Wars: The Clone Wars
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 will continue on after the cancellation in 2013 and will see the likes of Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Ahsoka Tano and Captain Rex back. This one is set for February 2020.
8. The World According to Jeff Goldblum
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 will be 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". As you will see from the trailer, this is a must watch.
Disney Plus Shows coming soon...
Well, this was a surprise. Not much is known about this show but Disney has revealed the logo and that this will be a TV show based on the comics of the same name where Jennifer Walters, Bruce Banner’s cousin, gets gamma-radiated superpowers after a blood transfusion. No stars or release date have been revealed yet.
This sound utterly absurd and we are all for it. WandaVision sees The Scarlet Witch and Vision star in what is there own sort-of sitcom. While this is set to be "MCU epic" (according to Disney), one of its biggest influences in the Dick Van Dyke show! Some Marvel favourites will reprise their roles for WandaVision, including Kat Dennings and Randall Park.
3. Obi-Wan Kenobi
The biggest non-surprise ever, but it's still brilliant that it has been made official - Ewan MacGregor will reprise his role as Obi Wan Kenobi for a TV shows that's set for Disney+. We don't know much else, but MacGregor took to the stage for the official announcement. Filming is set for 2020.
4. The Falcon and The Winter Soldier
The Falcon And The Winter Soldier will be the best team up since Ant & Dec. Although we don't quite know how the show (and what timeline) will link to the MCU, it is great to see two fan favourites get their own show spin-off. This and Loki will be two of the most intriguing and action packed shows on Disney+.
5. Earth to Ned
The Dark Crystal’s Jim Henson is creating a new puppet show for Disney+ called Earth to Ned. This comedy talk show is a far-cry away from the drama and Skeksis-filled terror of The Dark Crystal, as the premise of this 30-minute show is Ned - a blue alien - interviewing real-life celebrities. Ned and his lieutenant Cornelius had originally been tasked with assessing Earth in preparation for invasion but have instead become obsessed with the planet’s pop culture and have decided to host a talk show. There’s no release date for this one yet.
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