Disney Plus is the streaming service from Disney, pre-loaded with the company’s expansive library of material. With Disney’s acquisition of Marvel, Star Wars and most recently 20th Century Fox, Disney Plus offers its subscribers an amazing list of shows and movies, both from their storied past and upcoming originals. The result is a huge library of content which might make it hard to determine what the best shows on Disney Plus actually are. We’re here to help.
How Popular Is Disney Plus?
Since its debut in November of 2019 the Disney Plus app has become a huge hit and it’s making Disney a ton of money. Marketing intelligence provider Sensor Tower says Disney+ has earned the company $97.2 million in mobile revenue alone, as of January.
The Disney Plus app has been downloaded 41 million times just from the Google Play and Apple app stores. That doesn’t include all the installs on Roku devices and other streaming players or the numbers of people who might simply be watching it through a browser on their tablet or desktop computer.
Breaking it down by month Disney Plus earned the company $53.3 million in mobile revenue in November and $43.9 in December.
The app tracking company Apptopia reports since November 12, the app has been used by 9.5 million people a day. Again these numbers are mobile only and don’t include downloads or usage on desktops, smart TV, Roku or other app-streaming devices. It’s safe to assume those numbers are even bigger than these already massive figures.
Investors are happy with Disney Plus too. CNBC reports that after only two months in existence Wall Street is valuing Disney Plus and the rest of Disney’s streaming business (which includes Hulu and ESPN+) at a worth of over $100 billion. For comparison, most sources estimate the value of Netflix to be around $125 billion.
Everyone is watching Disney Plus, find out why. These are the best TV shows and series available now on the Disney Plus streaming service right now.
The Mandalorian – A Disney Plus Original Series
This Star Wars show from executive producer-writer and frequent Disney collaborator (live-action Jungle Book, live-action The Lion King) Jon Favreau, takes viewers deeper into the George Lucas universe. The Mandalorian will fill in the gap right after the fall of the Empire in Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi and the rise of the First Order.
On top of Favreau’s writing and producing, The Mandalorian also scored some amazing directors to helm each episode including Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok) and Deborah Chow (Better Call Saul). Along with Pascal in the starring role, the series also features Carl Weathers, Giancarlo Esposito, Gina Carano, and Nick Nolte.
The launch of The Mandalorian on Disney Plus has turned into a huge success. New data in a survey from Forbes reveals that The Mandalorian has already eclipsed Stranger Things on Netflix as the most in-demand genre show on the planet. And is popularity seems to only be growing, week by week, as new episodes are released.
Demand For The Mandalorian
- It’s 298% ahead of where Star Trek: Discovery was at this point in the release of its second season on CBS All Access.
- It’s 175% of Westworld Season 2 at this same point in its release.
- It’s 72.3% ahead of Doctor Who at this point in the release of its last season.
- It’s 69.8% of Stranger Things at the same point in its Season 2.
The show uses the Star Wars universe as a backdrop to introduce new characters. The Mandalorian is lead by actor Pedro Pascal as the man beneath the helmet and is inspired by fan-favorite Star Wars Character Boba Fett, though this character is not Boba Fett. Favreau told The Hollywood Reporter his goal in bringing The Mandalorian to life was to explore a “darker, freakier side of Star Wars”.
The breakout star of The Mandalorian so far has been Baby Yoda, who has spawned a series of memes and general adoring affection from fans. Even with the Disney Plus Star Wars show only being a few weeks old, Disney has already started adding Baby Yoda to their theme parks.
Here’s the first Baby Yoda sighting at the Disney’s new Galaxy’s Edge theme park…
High School Musical: The Series – A Disney+ Original Series
The High School Musical movies that put Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens on the map. Now Disney Plus has a streaming show they hope will launch the careers of new stars.
High School Musical: The Series is a surprise in that it is not a re-boot nor a continuation of the movies but more of a spin-off. The setting of the new show is East High School in Salt Lake City, just like the original. But in this version, the characters are aware the original movies were shot there. In High School Musical: The Series, Miss Jenn, the school’s drama teacher, finds out that East High has never produced its own version of High School Musical and is determined to produce the show that made their school famous.
HSMTS goes on to follow the high school characters on their run-up to auditioning and performing, along with all the drama, fun, and music the originals brought to the screen for the Disney Channel.
The Imagineering Story – A Disney+ Original Series
The Imagineering Story is a six-hour documentary series in which Disney intends to share the best parts of its lengthy history. The show comes from director Leslie Iwerks, whose grandfather animator Ub Iwerks, created Mickey Mouse in 1919 along with Walt Disney. As host they’ve hired Black Panther star Angela Basset.
The show is chronological in nature, showcasing Disney Imagineering’s 67 years. It takes viewers behind the scenes of what goes into the ideas, concepts, and developments of Disneyland and Disney World along with all its other entities. . For this six-hour piece, Iwerks conducted over 250 interviews to stitch together alook at a world we have all come to love.
Marvel’s Hero Project – A Disney+ Original Series
Marvel’s Hero Project is 20-episode look at real-life heroes. More specifically, the show highlights young people who are making a positive change in communities across the U.S.
The Disney Plus docu-series spotlights young people overcoming societal and physical impediments to impact lives and affect positive change. If you’re someone inspired by passionate kids whose only desire is to make life better, you won’t want to miss Marvel’s Hero Project.
Encore! – A Disney Plus Original Series
Kristen Bell who stars as the voice of Anna in Disney’s Frozen and Frozen 2, helms the Disney Plus original series. Encore! reunites casts of old high school musicals with one goal in mind: An epic encore performance.
Bell enlists Broadway’s best talent to help these former classmates bring to life a musical number from their high school past. To make their Encore happen on the Disney Plus show, performers will will face former flames and classmates while being put to the test by killer choreography. Nothing like a good old class reunion.
The World According To Jeff Goldblum – A Disney+ Original Series
The unquestioned star of Thor: Ragnarok brings his quirky personality to this Disney Plus series exploring our world and everything in it. Each episode of The World According To Jeff Goldblum explores a different interest from gaming, tattoos, bicycles and a host of other things, yes, even ice cream. Jeff takes us to a world of everyday items and turns them on their head in a most inquisitive Goldblum way.
SparkShorts – A Disney Plus Original Series
SparkShorts comes from Pixar Animation Studios and consists of animated short films developed by Pixar employees. In the program, employees were given six months and a limited budget to create their vision in short form. The material produced is a little bit more mature than what Disney/Pixar typically creates but there is great interest around these shorts. Pixar’s goal for this program and series is to explore new techniques in storytelling and discover new storytellers from within the company.
Forky Asks A Question – A Disney+ Original Series
The breakout character of Toy Story 4 was without question Forky. In Forky’s new Disney Plus show he’s voiced by Tony Hale, just as he was in the movie. The premise of the show’s initial 10 episodes has Forky asking important life questions such as, What is Cheese? Or, What is Art? Even, What is a Friend? Forky brings Toy Story humor into this Disney+ show to answer the important questions that have continued to nag him and which may delight and entertain your younger kids.
Pixar IRL – A Disney Plus Original Series
Pixar IRL (In Real Life) is a Disney Plus prank show. The show will bring famous Pixar character to life as they have fun playing jokes on real life people. Dash from The Incredibles makes an appearance as does Russell from UP. Viewers will get to see WALL-E and even Hank the Octopus. Using Disney magic these characters come to life as they prank their way into the unsuspecting public.
The Simpsons – A Disney Plus Classic Series
When Disney’s purchase of 21st Century Fox became final earlier in the year, they not only purchase an amazing slate of movies, but they also pulled in one of the most popular TV shows of all time. All 30 seasons of the award-winning show are exclusively available on Disney Plus. So if you’re interested in revisiting the best episodes of Homer and his family, you’ll only be able to find them here.
The Disney Plus archive is the only place you’ll still be able to see Apu on The Simpsons. While new episodes of The Simpsons are still being made, Hank Azaria, who voices the character, will no longer be doing Apu’s voice going forward.
Azaria stepped down from the role after loud protests claiming his portrayal was offensive. He says, “All we know there is I won’t be doing the voice anymore, unless there’s someway to transition it or something. What they’re going to do with the character is their call.” This seems to confirm past rumors that Apu is being entirely written out of the show, in response to those complaints over his offensive nature.
Though word came that Azaria was stepping down from the character in January, no official statement has been released by the show commenting on what’s happening with Apu… until now.
The Simpsons showrunners have just released this statement to The New York Times: “We respect Hank’s journey in regard to Apu. We have granted his wish to no longer voice the character.” That statement seems to conflict Azaria’s statements, which seemed to hint that it wasn’t totally his idea to abandon the character.
Now though Azaria is clear that the decision to ditch Apu was totally about him feeling guilty. He tells the Times, “Once I realized that that was the way this character was thought of, I just didn’t want to participate in it anymore.”
Further, since it sounds like this was all driven by Azaria’s desire to be politically correct and not the show, that opens the possibility that we may still see Apu just voiced by a different actor. The show’s statement to the Times seems to hint at the possibility by saying further, “Apu is beloved worldwide. We love him too. Stay tuned.”
DuckTales – A Disney Plus Classic Series
The original episodes of the legendary Disney cartoon series will be available on Disney Plus. The same is true of episodes of the new DuckTales series Disney launched a few years ago. So if you’re interested in revisiting the exploits of Scrooge McDuck and his grandnephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie you’ll only find them here. The same is true of most of the great DuckTales spinoffs, including Darkwing Duck and Tailspin.
Phineas And Ferb – A Disney Plus Classic Series
All the classic episodes of the popular cartoon series Phineas and Ferb will be available exclusively on Disney Plus. Then later Disney has new Phineas and Ferb content planned in the form of a Phineas and Ferb movie. In it, the stepbrothers are back in action as they constantly attempt to turn their summer vacation into daily fun. They are joined by their pet platypus, Perry, who doubles as a secret agent in his never-ending fight against Dr. Doofenshmirtz. Trying to muck up the boys fun is their older sister Candace.
Lizzie McGuire – A Disney Plus Original Series
The original Lizzie McGuire starred Hillary Duff as a young girl whose real emotions and thoughts are depicted by her animated alter ego. Not only is Disney+ bringing the archived episodes of this classic family show back but the company is also producing a new version of the series to the delight of Lizzie McGuire fans. Hillary Duff will reprise her role when the show returns.
Even Stevens – A Disney Plus Classic Series
In this classic kids show, Shia LaBeouf in his pre-Transformers days, stars as a seventh-grader in this popular series that focuses mainly on LaBeouf’s character as he often clashes with his sister Ren while also trying to find his footing at school and within his family. If you want your kids to watch Even Stevens, Disney Plus is the only place you’ll find the archived episodes of this show.
Other Noteworthy Classic Disney Shows
Pretty much every family show Disney has ever produced will be available on Disney Plus. Some of the most noteworthy animated shows are titles like Kim Possible, Recess and Lilo & Stitch: The Series. Noteworthy live-action family shows include Phil of the Future, Hannah Montana, That’s So Raven, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, and The Wizards of Waverly Place.
Disney Plus TV Shows Being Added Later
The library Disney+ will offer its subscribers is vast. With its variety of new shows and the combination of classic series, its launch is sure to be a hit. The future of the streaming service, though, is just as bright. Disney Plus plans a huge slate of upcoming shows sure to please.
The biggest upcoming Disney Plus shows are all Marvel. They’ve announced future titles such as The Falcon and the Winter Soldier: the first Marvel series due to premiere on the streaming service. WandaVision, a series that will delve further into the relationship and adventures of Scarlett Witch and Vision. comes later. Eventually we’ll get What If… a series which asks: What if pivotal moments in Marvel history went a different way? This show changes the outcomes of certain big Marvel events and it also places famous Marvel characters in situations other famous Marvel characters were in. Robert Downey Jr. is rumored to voice Iron Man at some point in the What If… series.
Pixar has future Disney Plus plans too. They’re resurrecting the Monsters, Inc brand with a show called Monsters at Work. Yes, Sully and Mike Wazowski are back as John Goodman and Billy Crystal return to voice their famous characters.
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