Disney+ offers a plethora of TV shows, and here are the best ones that can be watched on the new streaming service. Disney+, which launched in November, came with hundreds of movies and 7,000 television episodes. The House of Mouse’s streaming platform gives subscribers access to a wide range of TV shows from the Disney Vault. Many of its shows are based on beloved Disney classics like The Lion King and The Little Mermaid.
Of course, Disney+’s content isn’t limited to its own in-house properties. While its library is full of shows from the Disney Channel, it’s also packed with shows from the worlds of Marvel and Star Wars. These two brands alone make up a sizable portion of Disney+’s TV and movie catalogue. On top of all the Marvel and Star Wars shows that’s included in its launch lineup, Disney+ is also adding a slew of original shows that will premiere across 2020 and 2021. One show in particular, The Mandalorian, was released with Disney+ and is garnering a significant amount of attention for the service.
Disney+ boasts an impressive list of shows, regardless of its emphasis on Marvel and Star Wars. Disney+ subscribers can watch a number of both new and classic live-action shows, 1990s Saturday morning cartoons, and more. Here are some of the best shows available for streaming on Disney+.
Even Stevens, which originally aired on the Disney Channel from 2000 to 2003, ran for 65 episodes and followed the Stevens family, with an emphasis on the two youngest children, Louis (Shia LeBeouf) and Ren (Christy Carlson Romano). The series, which was made popular by the beloved characters and their humorous interactions, was responsible for launching Shia LeBeouf’s career.
Thanks to the Fox-Disney deal, Disney+ has access to the longest-running American sitcom ever. The Simpsons, which is currently on its 31st season, is a satirical series that pokes fun at pop culture and politics on a weekly basis. It’s perhaps the most well-known Fox property on Disney+, even though there are plenty of complaints on how the service is treating it.
Over the years, Marvel has made quite a few cartoons based on the Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man, but the best is arguably is Fox’s 1994 animated series. Spider-Man, which featured a traditional depiction of the wall-crawler, perfectly captured the spirit of the comic book hero and is loved by fans for its interpretations of Spider-Man’s most important stories in the comics.
Goof Troop was based on a brilliant concept that involved a classic Disney character being reinvented with an animated sitcom. Goof Troop gave Goofy a son named Max, and made their relationship the crux of the show, with their neighbors and Max’s friends acting as supporting characters who greatly enhanced the humor of the series. Goof Troop used Goofy’s innocent and clumsy nature to perfection, allowing it to create all sorts of hilarity in each episode.
Cartoon Network’s Star Wars: The Clone Wars filled in the gap between Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. The series, which used a unique 3D animation style, allowed viewers to get to know the various members of Jedi Order, including characters who didn’t receive much screen time in the prequels. Through five seasons on Cartoon Network, The Clone Wars featured top-notch storytelling, and its additions to the Star Wars lore are still recognized today in other installments. It’s also worth noting that in 2020, that Disney+ will be the exclusive home of a brand-new season of The Clone Wars.
One of the most memorable cartoons from the early 1990s is Disney Channel’s animated superhero series, Darkwing Duck. The show explored the adventures of the titular hero who had to balance his life as the crime-fighting Darkwing Duck and his civilian alter-ego, Drake Mallard, a suburban single father. Darkwing Duck was a fun satirical series that parodied a wide range of comic book and pulp novel heroes.
Before Avengers Assemble, there was Disney’s Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, a series that took a few cues from the MCU but for the most part remained true to the fan-favorite characters from the comics. The show started out with the original team from Avengers #1 in 1963, and allowed it to grow from there. Each episode provided a fun new adventure for Marvel’s flagship superhero team. Each week, fans looked forward to seeing which Avengers would be paired together next, and what classic hero or villain would be the next guest star.
Gargoyles, an animated series about stone creatures that come to life at night, is loaded with nostalgic appeal for viewers who grew up in the 1990s. Gargoyles, which was darker than what most may expect from a Disney series, had an A-list voice cast that included names like Keith David, Michael Dorn, John Rhys-Davies, and Ed Asner. Its gothic atmosphere and unusually dark tone is part of what made it stand out.
X-Men: The Animated Series is easily one of the most influential superhero cartoons of all-time. The series is largely what drove the popularity of Marvel’s Merry Mutants in the 1990s. Its take on characters like Cyclops, Rogue, Gambit, Rogue, and Wolverine had a huge impact on how these comic book heroes are remembered today. X-Men had everything that a show of its kind needed: likable characters, tension, humor, and a heavy dose of action.
At present, Disney+ doesn’t have a lot to offer in the way of original content, but it does feature a few original TV shows, the most notable of which being The Mandalorian. The first live-action Star Wars TV series stars Pedro Pascal as an armored bounty hunter in the vein of Clint Eastwood’s Man With No Name. The Mandalorian expands on Star Wars lore and treats audiences to an intriguing and fresh story that feels like a Spaghetti Western in space.
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