Plan your summer fun with these great Disney Plus shows

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What do the Marvel TV franchise, the small-screen Star Wars universe, and Bluey have in common? All of these popular titles can be found on Disney Plus. It’s been five years since the streamer’s initial launch, and since then, the platform has become a must-watch for viewers of all ages. When you hear the name Disney, certain expectations come with it; the best TV offerings can be found in the streamer’s vast library – whether it’s family-friendly cartoons, comic book actioners, or romantic comedies.

Disney Plus has successfully carved out a niche for itself in the streaming market, competing with giants like Prime Video and Netflix. It leverages the power of its diverse fan base, offering a wide range of original programming and classic titles to cater to every viewer’s unique interests, ensuring endless hours of entertainment.

So, what do you watch? Where do you start? There are so many worthwhile titles that figuring out where to begin can be bewildering. That’s where we come in. We’ve compiled a guide to the best Disney Plus original TV series so you can stop searching and start watching. An epic summer binge is just around the corner.

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Breaking away from the Skywalker saga, Star Wars: The Acolyte takes the story 100 years before the story of The Phantom Menace to explore a collection of new characters in the High Republic era. It’s a space crime thriller that puts a group of Jedi in detective mode as they explore a mysterious dark force that is slowly eliminating Jedi targets one by one.

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Iwaju is a futuristic adventure that takes viewers to Lagos, Nigeria, where a little girl named Tola leaves her home to explore the hidden dangers of the world around her. This coming-of-age story from Walt Disney Animation Studios and Kugali Media highlights important issues such as inequality and classism through a uniquely African lens.

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This meta comedy is inspired by the hit High School Musical movies. The series takes place in a fictionalized version of East High School, where the movies were filmed. It’s a teen drama with plenty of humor, with the ups and downs you’d expect. And yes, it’s also an entertaining musical.

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Star Wars: Visions is a fun and engaging animated anthology series that adds an exciting new element to Lucasfilm’s long-running franchise. Seven Japanese animation studios were chosen to create nine unique non-canonical episodes for the program. The show’s second installment saw additional episodes released in Spain, Ireland, Chile, the United Kingdom, South Korea, France, India, Japan, and South Africa.

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Doctor Who debuted 60 years ago, and the sci-fi series has been revamped multiple times since then. Actors like David Tennant and Matt Smith helped bring the iconic Time Lord into the present day with the show’s modern-era seasons. Ncuti Gatwa is the latest actor to play the Doctor, marking the first time in the show’s history that a Black actor has taken on the role. Doctor Who moves to Disney Plus in 2023. New episodes (starting with season 14) will air exclusively on the streamer.

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Bluey is a phenomenon, plain and simple. The kids’ show, which follows a family of anthropomorphic dogs โ€” Bluey, his sister Bingo, father Bandit, and mother Chilly โ€” was the most streamed series in 2023, and for good reason. Almost all episodes are around eight minutes in length, making it easy to binge watch. And while the tone remains light and playful, the series digs into relevant and poignant topics in a way that never disappoints its audience. Who knew a show about an Australian dog family would be so addictive? Disney Plus knew.

Simply put, I think Ender is the best Star Wars series Disney Plus has ever produced. The show ditches the flashy and often cliched production values โ€‹โ€‹of its predecessors and focuses entirely on some deep grounded storytelling. Expanding on the story of characters featured in the one-off film Rogue One, Ender comes across with emotional stakes thanks to its smart writing and the fine acting of its cast. There’s wonderful stuff here.

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Percy Jackson and the Olympians

This new take on Rick Riordan’s beloved books aims to erase the live-action films from our collective memories. And, for the most part, it accomplishes its task. The eight-episode first season follows the events of The Lightning Thief, the first book in the series. Thanks to a young cast and lighter stakes, this Percy Jackson series is positioned to become a YA hit for Disney Plus.

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Dave Filoni and Jon Favreau took their love of Star Wars to new heights with The Mandalorian. It’s the first live-action Star Wars series to come to Disney Plus and it set the standard for everything that followed. Inspired by things like the Lone Wolf and Cub manga, Akira Kurosawa’s Yojimbo, and Sergio Leone’s iconic Dollars Trilogy (which starred Clint Eastwood as the Man With No Name), the series follows a lonely bounty hunter who gets a second chance at life when he’s hired to protect a little green alien you might know as Baby Yoda.

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This three-part documentary series takes us inside the creative vortex of one of the world’s greatest music groups. Directed by Oscar winner Peter Jackson, The Beatles: Get Back takes a cinematic look at a band at the top of its game and on the brink of collapse. This never-before-seen footage shows John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr rehearsing for their infamous rooftop concert at their Apple Corps headquarters on London’s Savile Row. This was to be their last live performance. It’s brilliant, inspiring and heartbreaking. And definitely worth watching.

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X-Men: The Animated Series ended its five seasons in 1997. Nearly three decades later, X-Men ’97 continues the story of everyone’s favorite mutant superhero crew. The pace is fast, the writing is tight and the 2D animation style serves as a beautiful bow that ties together this lovely nostalgic gift for ’90s kids around the world.

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Echo (Alaqua Cox) was first introduced in a three-episode arc in Hawkeye. Marvel’s Echo focuses on the hearing-impaired antihero. She’s also a member of the Choctaw Nation, which leads the series to explore these aspects of her identity in great detail. Her association with Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio) further connects the MCU shows on Disney Plus to the ones that first came out on Netflix – and sets up the arrival of Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) and crew quite nicely.

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The Bad Batch is an intense, action-packed spin-off of the popular Star Wars animated series The Clone Wars. Viewers have seen the fallout of Order 66 take shape in various forms in the Star Wars franchise, but never like this. The Bad Batch follows a squad of elite clone troopers with genetic defects. They may have special abilities, but that doesn’t make them invisible to the top-secret execution order. In turn, the animated series fills in some of the gaps in Star Wars lore. It does so in an incredibly entertaining way.

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Ms. Marvel is a breath of fresh air for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Disney Plus series flips the script on what we’ve come to expect from Marvel shows on the streamer. Iman Vellani is a revelation as the main protagonist. It’s a challenge for a show to balance the heavy responsibilities of being a superhero with the trials and tribulations of high school. The story pulls it off, and does so with a welcome helping of Muslim representation.

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WandaVision started it all on Disney Plus. It’s the first Marvel Cinematic Universe original series to arrive on the streamer. It’s a genre-bending adventure that features Wanda and Vision living in different realities inspired by TV sitcoms, from I Love Lucy and The Dick Van Dyke Show to The Brady Bunch and Family Ties. How does the emotional fallout of Avengers: Endgame (and Vision’s death in particular) affect Wanda? Well, let’s just say her grief leads her down a peculiar rabbit hole.

Read our full WandaVision review.

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American Born Chinese is a bold take on classic Chinese mythology. Based on Gene Luen Yang’s graphic novel of the same name, this series is a bold, bright, fun and heartwarming coming-of-age immigrant story. The humor and fight scenes add to the suspense of the show. It’s a new take on the iconic story of The Monkey King and the involvement of Michelle Yeoh, Ke Hui Kwan and Daniel Wu cements it as a must-watch show.

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Tom Hiddleston has appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the past decade as Loki, the god of mischief. Thanks to Disney Plus, he finally leads his own bizarre adventure. The quirky sci-fi series puts Loki in the unexpected position of hero. Here, he works with a number of interesting characters, including Owen Wilson’s Mobius M. Mobius, to correct the timeline. It’s a unique, fun, and totally weird series that appeals to both hardcore fans and newcomers.

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The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

What happens when Captain America hangs up his shield? That’s the question in Marvel’s The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Here, Sam Wilson (better known as Falcon) and Bucky Barnes (also known as the Winter Soldier) become friends in a surprisingly funny and heartwarming series that tackles trauma, grief, and classism as the world picks up the pieces from the earth-shaking events of Avengers: Endgame.

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This new take on R.L. Stine’s beloved Goosebumps books brings back some spooky memories on Disney Plus. Justin Long stars in the lead role of the supernatural series, which follows a group of teenagers who find themselves investigating the death of a child named Harold Biddle. As they learn about the boy, insidious secrets connecting their parents to his death three decades ago are revealed.

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In Moon Knight, Oscar Isaac plays Steven Grant, a troubled man who has dissociative identity disorder. These are no ordinary anxiety issues – no, Grant actually shares his body with a mercenary named Marc Spector. The discovery of this second personality leads Grant on an adventure that pits him against a sinister cult leader named Arthur Harrow (Ethan Hawke) and a gang of formidable Egyptian gods. It’s a thrilling journey that could scratch even Indiana Jones’ itch.

Read our full Moon Knight review.

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Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem Band take the top spot in Disney Plus’ latest series, Muppets Mayhem, inspired by Jim Henson’s Muppets. Here, the Electric Mayhem Band struggles to record another album. But record company politics and other past mistakes complicate things for the crew – and indeed these complications lead to some hilarious on-screen antics! Of all the Muppets shows that have appeared on TV in recent years, Muppets Mayhem is closest to the wacky, fun atmosphere of the original.

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Marvel’s Hawkeye is surprisingly fun. Rather than delving too deeply into Clint Barton’s trauma after the events of Avengers: Endgame, the series takes the form of a holiday trip home (e.g., Planes, Trains & Automobiles and Christmas Vacation). The result is a necessary new layer to Clint’s story. Plus, we get Hailee Steinfeld as Kate Bishop – a necessary comedic contrast to Clint’s stoic personality.

Read our full Hawkeye review.

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Limitless with Chris Hemsworth

Chris Hemsworth sheds his Thor persona and takes viewers on an epic health journey. Each episode of Limitless shows Hemsworth attempting to push his body to the limit. Various elements of science play a part in the series, which maintains its adventurous focus on each mission tackled by Hemsworth. Needless to say, the show is energetic, inspiring and shows viewers a side of Hemsworth we’ve never seen before.

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