Star Wars and Marvel fans are spoiled these days with a plethora of movies and TV shows hitting theaters and Disney Plus. The company’s streaming service has been a huge hit with its extensive catalog of movies and shows from many beloved franchises. With so many shows available now and more to come in the future, it’s a great time to subscribe.
Here’s a list of the best TV shows you need to watch on Disney Plus.
Four episodes deep, Obi-Wan Kenobi is already easily the best Star Wars show on Disney Plus.
Darth Vader has never looked badder, and Ewan McGregor kills it as the weakened Jedi Knight. It is everything I hoped for and more.
Star Wars: The Visions (2021)
Anecdote time: I made my kids watch the original Star Wars trilogy. They hated it.
I made them watch Star Wars: The Visions. They are he loved he Star Wars: Visions is a collection of anime-style shorts similar to the classic Animatrix collection featured in The Matrix series.
There is some absolutely dazzling stuff here. A must watch for any Star Wars fan.
The show that launched Baby Yoda into the pop culture stratosphere built its foundation on action-packed and rich Space Western visuals. The titular loner bounty hunter finds his soft side as he protects his precious green alien baby from those on his tail. For polished episodic storytelling in the Star Wars universe, The Mandalorian is great. Two seasons are already available, with a third on the way.
This new Star Wars series is a spinoff of the acclaimed Clone Wars. Using the same CGI animation style, The Bad Batch follows a group of elite clone troopers, all of whom have genetic defects that may or may not give them special abilities. From The Mandalorian producer Dave Filoni, The Bad Batch even features Fennec Shand (voiced by Ming-Na Wen) from the live show. A solid diversion from 16 episodes that should be especially satisfying for those more familiar with Star Wars and renewed for a second season.
The Clone Wars (2008-2020)
And of course you should watch the original and the best: The Clone Wars.
It’s surprising that many Star Wars fans haven’t taken the time to check out The Clone Wars. They must be. Some of the highlights of Star Wars as a franchise happen in this show. It’s not always perfect, but it is when it’s good many good.
Ms. Marvel is here! It’s already received rave reviews from folks at CNET and beyond. This could be the shot in the arm that Marvel Phase 4 needs at this point.
The first of the Marvel Cinematic Universe shows, WandaVision, in nine weekly episodes, sees Wanda and Vision jump through the ages of sitcom TV, starting with the black-and-white 50s. Why are Earth’s Mightiest Heroes now working their day jobs as housewives and suits? This may have something to do with Wanda’s reaction to the grieving Vision’s death in Avengers: Endgame — spoiler. Weird, funny and full of easter eggs, WandaVision gives you your money’s worth.
Read the WandaVision review.
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Disney’s second big Marvel show serves up six episodes of more familiar superhero fare. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier pairs Sam Wilson, aka The Falcon, and Bucky Barnes, aka The Winter Soldier, in a buddy-comedy globe-trotting adventure. Action, anecdotes and danger to the world are all there, but simmering under a touch of social commentary.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s God of Mischief gets his long-awaited solo adventure after his reality-shattering run in Avengers: Endgame. With a group of time police determined to fix the timeline, Loki must face the consequences for six episodes. The chemistry between actors Tom Hiddleston and Owen Wilson is key to this show’s appeal, and Marvel fans will find a lot to love.
Marvel is continuing its good relationship with the Community TV series, with stars Alison Brie and Gillian Jacobs directing episodes of the new docu-series instead of starring. Over eight episodes, Marvel 616 looks at how comics and movies have influenced culture. From the journey into Captain Marvel and female representation, to the fascinating versions of Marvel comics in other countries, Marvel 616 is a slice of life that resonates with fans around the world.
Six superpowered teenagers team up to fight their criminal parents — that’s the exciting premise of Marvel’s Runaways. Eventually, the team goes on a bit of a run, avoiding their parents, as well as Morgan le Fay and other villains. Despite its occasional reliance on standard superhero stories over the course of three seasons, this strong ensemble will grow on you with its broader Marvel Cinematic Universe references and overall thrilling action.
At a criminally short two seasons, Marvel’s Agent Carter gave whip-smart Peggy Carter a chance to show off her action hero side. Following Steve Rogers’ self-sacrifice at the end of Captain America: The First Avenger, this film follows Peggy’s adventurous life in 1940s New York as she works with genius scientist Howard Stark and his sidekick Jarvis. Hayley Atwell has a cheeky sense of fun in this stylish Marvel TV gem.
John Stamos stars in this sports drama that hits all the right notes. At the center is a basketball coach – exceptionally named Marvyn Korn – whose bad temper sees him fired from the highest level of college basketball. Her next gig lands her on the team at a private girls’ high school. The transition isn’t the smoothest or most original, but it’s the performances and the healthy spirit that make Big Shot look sweet. All 10 episodes are now available, with a second season likely to arrive next year.
Mighty Ducks: Game Changers, a sequel to the 90s films, stars Emilio Estevez as Gordon Bombay, the original Ducks coach. A new policing team that brings together rejects. Who do they recruit as coaches? You get an estimate. It’s surprisingly layered, full of seriousness and nostalgia, with Lauren Graham helping to provide some of the laughs. 10 episodes of Season 1 are now up, with a second season confirmed.
Old Disney classics
This Disney Channel classic is sadly not coming back for a sequel, but that doesn’t take any of the fun out of the original wholesome misadventures of teenage Lizzie McGuire and her friends Miranda and Gordon. With creative soliloquies from the cartoon version of Lizzie, the two-season show offers a glimpse into the mind of its heroine as she finds her identity and grows.
Even see where it all started for Shia LaBeouf at Stevens. The comedy hinges on the dynamic between siblings Louis (LaBeouf) and Ren (Christy Carlson Romano): Louis is a carefree troublemaker; Ren A grade high achiever. Delivered with perfect comic timing, this is a great family comedy that allows you to admire LaBeouf’s natural talent in front of the camera for three seasons.
If you missed this classic sitcom from the early 90s, it’s time to hit it up on Disney Plus. Boy Meets World, which chronicled the life of high school student Cory Matthews, ran for seven seasons, depicting real-life characters and relationships that blossomed into real-life lessons. For a nuanced sitcom featuring the best 90s veiled hairstyles, this is a must.
A Disney Channel show with X-Files hints? This gem from the late 90s is definitely worth checking out. As such, Weird stands out from other Disney Channel shows of the era with its dark tone and complex story. While on tour with her rock star mother, teenager Fiona encounters paranormal activity along the way. With original music and a cult following, this three-season show should be on your radar.
High School Musical: The Musical: The Series (2019—)
If you’re not into the High School Musical film series, then 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 putting on a musical inspired by the movies at the same school where the movies are set. Still, it doesn’t stray too far from its source material, featuring the romance between its two leads — Olivia Rodrigo and Joshua Bassett. Glee fans will find a lot to love about its two seasons (and two specials), with a third on the way.
Along with Disney Plus’ National Geographic content comes Cosmos: A Space Odyssey, the 13-episode sequel to Carl Sagan’s groundbreaking Cosmos: A Personal Journey. Presented by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, the documentary series renews the milestones of the science documentaries of the 80s. Stunning CGI lends a narrative approach to humanity’s triumphs and mistakes in science.
Based on the 1980s film of the same name (based on Tom Wolfe’s best-selling book), The Right Stuff takes you through the difficult early days of the US space program. Over eight episodes, we follow the Mercury Seven — seven pilots accepted into the space program — and the effects of competing jobs and media scrutiny on their families. While not exactly breaking new ground, The Right Stuff is a handsome, seasoned look at NASA in the 50s and 60s.
If you’re interested in fairy tales reimagined for the modern day, Once Upon a Time covered a huge range of classics (and Frozen!) over seven seasons. Set in a seaside town with a forest not far away, the story follows Emma Swan and her 10-year-old son. They encounter magical objects such as wardrobes that recreate Narnia, and living characters like Snow White, Prince Charming and the Evil Queen transported to the real world. It’s up to Emma to help them break the curse that stole their memories. Charming, grab your tea and blanket.
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