Disney+ is a bit of an odd duck when it comes to stream services. It boasts an impressive amount of nostalgic content, thanks to Disney's massive claim on various studios, but it is also home to the first ever live action Star Wars and Marvel TV shows. The mix of old and new makes for a complicated, sometimes even overwhelming menu of possibilities to navigate through--especially if you're just looking for something to toss on and watch while you work or cook.
But don't despair--we're here to make those choices easier for you! GameSpot has collected a list of the best TV shows to stream on Disney+ right now, from bizarre puppet-based sitcoms like Dinosaurs to feel-good walks down memory lane like DuckTales (both the classic and the rebooted versions are here!).
This list will help you make your tricky Disney+ choices through June 2021--and don't forget, Loki will be premiering on June 9 and run weekly on Wednesdays, so factor that into your calculations as well.
We all know that keeping track of the MCU and its many characters can get tricky, especially after an unexpected year-long hiatus--but Disney has a solution for that. Marvel Legends is a series full of roughly 10-minute character refreshers for everyone making their way to the Disney+ TV show lineup. Think of it like superhero cliff notes.
This sitcom starring puppet Dinosaurs from The Jim Henson Company isn't just another take on the Muppets. Using the traditional sitcom format, Dinosaurs told the story of a prehistoric family and managed to tackle some fairly serious issues, including sexual harassment, body image, and steroid abuse. In fact, the entire series culminates in a sobering look at climate change and how it can destroy all living things. Even with weighty issues like those, it still managed to be one of the funniest sitcoms of the '90s, which is impressive.
The first season of Game Changers finds that the Mighty Ducks have lost their way. The youth hockey team is now about winning at all costs, regardless of whether the kids are happy. That leads one parent to team with a disgraced Coach Bombay to form a new team and give them a run for their money. It's a heartwarming family show, so don't expect anything too drastic. But it's fun and you'll see some of the original Ducks pop up in Season 1 for a very fun reunion episode.
You'd be hard pressed to find a better time capsule of life and pop culture in the '90s than Boy Meets World, a sitcom revolving around the life of teenage Corey Matthews, his brother Eric, best friend Shawn, on-again-off-again love interest Topanga, and their strict but lovable school teacher, Mr. Feeny.
The animated adventures of Doug Funnie, his dog Porkchop, his angst-ridden sister Judy, his best friend Skeeter, and his bully Roger have earned a beloved place in the hearts of anyone who happened to be growing up in the mid-'90s.
These 5-minute long Mickey Mouse shorts updated Disney's most beloved and recognizable characters like Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy for modern audiences. They were quick, stylish, and oftentimes surprisingly hilarious--they even gained enough popularity to have a theme park attraction modeled after them. Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway features these designs and versions of the characters.
Life is like a hurricane! Both the original and the rebooted DuckTales are available to stream on Disney+, giving you a total of 6 seasons of Huey, Dewey, and Louie messing around with their rich Uncle Scrooge.
While the cinematic arm of the X-Men franchise may leave something to be desired for many fans, the animated series still holds up today. One of the most beloved animated superhero shows of all time, X-Men took on the adventures of Marvel's mutants in a way that the movies never quite managed to capture.
If the most recent trilogy of Star Wars movies didn't land for you, The Mandalorian might be more your speed. The series follows the titular bounty hunter, played mostly in a face-obscuring helmet by Game of Thrones' Pedro Pascal, as he meets up with Star Wars characters from all corners of the galaxy far, far away. Oh, and Baby Yoda is there too.
Who doesn't love a good buddy cop story? Bucky and Sam have had a hilarious back and forth going in the background of their mainline MCU movies for years, and in The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, it's finally brought into the spotlight, complete with some major implications for the future of Phase 4.
In recent years, the MCU has leaned hard into experimental styles and genre benders, but WandaVision stands alone as one of the weirdest Marvel artifacts yet. Part superhero adventure, part love letter to American sitcom history, WandaVision kicked off Disney+'s MCU TV show run with a bang.
The title might be a bit of a mouthful, but don't worry about it. HSMTMTS, as it's known, is a shockingly funny mockumentary style show about a high school attempting to put on a performance of the musical version of High School Musical and while that may seem like an invitation for deepcut lore into the High School Musical movie franchise, you don't actually need to know anything about it to appreciate the show.
The vintage Muppet Show is a must-watch for Muppet fans of any age. After its debut in 1976, the puppet-hosted variety hour featured massive guest stars like Vincent Price, Twiggy, Steve Martin, and Elton John.
There are a number of Star Wars movies on Disney+, but don't forget about the animated series. The most notable are The Clone Wars, Rebels, and the newest addition The Bad Batch, which follows the final season of Clone Wars. The various Star Wars shows have filled in a lot of the blanks regarding what happens outside of the main movies and sometimes even help the films make more sense. After all, if you'd watched Clone Wars and Rebels, you would have been less confused by Darth Maul's appearance in Solo.
The Simpsons is one of the most popular shows of all time for good reason. The antics of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, Maggie, and the rest of the misfits in Springfield are fixtures of pop culture in ways that few other shows have managed. Whether you're watching for the first time or re-watching for the first time in years, you can't go wrong with The Simpsons.
This behind-the-scenes documentary series takes a first hand look at the past, present, and future of Disney's "imagineering" department, responsible for developing the lands, rides, and characters that populate the various Disney theme parks around the world.
Though it may be a relic of the '70s, animated educational series Schoolhouse Rock graced the classrooms of many a school through the '90s and '00s, and while singing jaunty little songs about how bills become laws in America may not be the coolest or most relevant way to learn about governmental process today, it's definitely going to get stuck in your head.
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