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Best Disney Plus shows - originals and returning favourites

Disney's streaming service and its add-on, Star, have thousands of TV series to watch.

Iman Vellani stars as Kamala Khan aka Ms. Marvel with glowing fist
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Published: Thursday, 23rd June 2022 at 5:22 pm
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In a streaming market that's become increasingly saturated, Disney Plus cuts through the noise with its unique offerings and a slate that's looking stronger every month thanks to the recent release of Ms Marvel and Obi-Wan Kenobi.

From Star Wars, to Marvel, to Pixar, subscribers are treated to a constant wave of brand new content set in our favourite cinematic universes, with new series offering fresh perspectives on iconic characters – just look at WandaVision.

If superheroes aren't really your thing, there's so much more to the Disney Plus collection, from Danny Boyle's Sex Pistols series Pistol and How I Met Your Father, to workplace mockumentary Abbott Elementary.

Later this year we can expect new additions including Marvel series such as She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, Star Wars' Andor, a spin-off from Rogue One, and Big Hero 6 follow-up Baymax!.

But for now, if you're not sure where to start, here are some of the best titles on Disney Plus for you to dig into right away, including releases on Star.

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  • Ms Marvel

    • 2022
    • Fantasy
    • Drama
    • 15

    Summary:

    "Kamala is a superhero fan with an imagination, particularly when it comes to Captain Marvel; Kamala feels like she doesn't fit in at school and sometimes even at home, that is until she gets superpowers like the heroes she's looked up to.

    Why watch Ms Marvel?:

    The latest Marvel series to hit Disney Plus, Ms Marvel is in many way the antithesis to its recent hit Moon Knight. While that show took things in a darker direction and contained very few notable links to the MCU, this one brightens up the joint, splashing colour and fun everywhere the eye can see with an eye-popping visual-style, and leaning into those shared universe connections.

    Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani) is an American-Pakistani teenager living in Jersey, who for all her life has idolised the Avengers, particularly Captain Marvel. Then, while at an Avengers convention, she finds that a magical bracelet can unlock cosmic abilities within her.

    It's a light-hearted, younger-skewing series than some of the other MCU entries so far, but has a lot of heart, an infectiously fun performance from Vellani and explores some themes not yet seen in the MCU, as we dive into Kamala's culture, religion and family dynamics.

    How to watch
  • Pistol

    • 2022
    • Drama
    • Music

    Summary:

    Based on the memoir of Steve Jones, the legendary Sex Pistols guitarist who helped usher in a punk revolution in Britain.

    Why watch Pistol?:

    The question isn't whether you're a Sex Pistols fan or not; the question is whether you're a Danny Boyle fan. This series is director Boyle completely untethered, coming close to the frenetic energy and visual style of some of his earliest work, such as Trainspotting.

    It tells the story of '70s British punk band the Sex Pistols from the perspective of their guitarist Steve Jones (played by Toby Wallace), exposing their rise and fall through six electric episodes. The series is in many ways stolen by Anson Boon as John Lydon (AKA Johnny Rotten), while strong supporting performances are given by Sydney Chandler, Maisie Williams, Thomas Brodie-Sangster and more.

    It may not quite reach the levels of anarchy felt in the Pistols' music and performances, but it gets pretty close, which is in itself an impressive feat. If there's one thing you can say about both this series and the Sex Pistols themselves: they're never boring.

    How to watch
  • Abbott Elementary

    • 2021
    • Documentary and factual
    • News and current affairs

    Summary:

    Follows a group of teachers brought together in one of the worst public schools in the country, simply because they love teaching.

    Why watch Abbott Elementary? :

    If you're a fan of a workplace comedy then you need to start streaming Abbott Elementary – the latest mockumentary to arrive on Disney+ in the UK.

    Created by and starring Quinta Brunson, the series follows teachers working in an underfunded state school based in Philadelphia as they try their best to teach their students with the few resources they have whilst navigating teachers' lounge politics and educational bureaucracy.

    With the likes of Tyler James Williams, Janelle James, Lisa Ann Walter and Sheryl Lee Ralph making up the ensemble cast, Abbott Elementary is your classic 'nicecore' sitcom (the genre of television made popular by Ted Lasso), full of heart-warming moments, witty repartee and important criticisms of the American education system.

    How to watch
  • Obi-Wan Kenobi

    • 2022
    • Drama
    • Sci-fi
    • 12

    Summary:

    Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi has to save young Leia after she is kidnapped, all the while being pursued by Imperial Inquisitors and his former Padawan, now known as Darth Vader.

    Why watch Obi-Wan Kenobi?:

    It's the rematch 17 years in the making, as Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen return to do battle once more in their roles as Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader.

    The Star Wars prequels have been reassessed in recent years and been given a fair amount of love from the fanbase, so this six-part follow-up series comes at the perfect time, while also introducing some Star Wars: Rebels characters into live action for the first time. Deborah Chow is at the helm, and for those who have seen her episodes of The Mandalorian it's clear that the series is in very capable hands.

    The new episodes are highly unlikely to win over Star Wars newbies, but for the faithful fans the series is a real intergalactic treat, offering up nostalgia by the bucketload but plenty of shocks and surprises too.

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  • Life & Beth

    • 2022
    • Comedy
    • Drama

    Summary:

    After an unexpected incident, Beth starts having flashbacks to her teen self and learns how she became who she is and who she wants to become.

    Why watch Life & Beth? :

    American comedian Amy Schumer leads the cast of this new comedy-drama series, following successful wine distributor Beth, who is unsatisfied with the direction in which her life is headed. Not only does she find her job to be a dreary waste of time, but she's also locked into an ailing relationship with a man who doesn't appreciate her. Can she overcome these obstacles become the person she has always dreamed of being?

    After her recent films Snatched and I Feel Pretty proved to be critical duds, this has been praised as a true reversal in fortunes for Schumer. The dramatic elements of the story provide a showcase for her acting ability, with Beth considered by some to be a more grounded and endearing character than many of her preceding roles. But of course, there are still plenty of sharp one-liners to be found, relying on the punchy delivery that made her a genre star.

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  • Mayans M.C.

    • 2018
    • Drama
    • Crime/detective
    • 15

    Summary:

    Set in a post-Jax Teller world, this drama series sees EZ Reyes, a former golden boy now fresh out of prison, as a prospect in the Mayan MC charter on the California-Mexico border.

    Why watch Mayans M.C.?:

    With season 4 just around the corner, there's never been a better time to catch up on this crime drama, which follows a biker gang in a fictional town bordering California. While technically a spin-off from Sons of Anarchy, the storyline here is accessible to all, even if you never tuned into the preceding series. That said, occasional cameos and references to what came before will hit different if you're a longtime follower of this franchise.

    JD Pardo leads the cast as Ezekiel 'EZ' Reyes, Vice Presidente of the Mayans Motorcycle Club, who seeks vengeance for how his family was torn apart as a result of cartel violence. The series had a slightly wobbly start, with many critics comparing it unfavourably to Anarchy, but over time has found its footing to as a gripping thriller that completely stands on its own.

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  • This Is Us

    • 2016
    • Comedy
    • Drama
    • PG

    Summary:

    A heartwarming and emotional story about a unique set of triplets, their struggles and their wonderful parents.

    Why watch This Is Us?:

    This emotional drama took the United States by storm when it debuted in 2016, becoming a ratings juggernaut and an awards favourite. The series follows the lives of the Pearson family, including parents Jack and Rebecca as well as their children Kevin, Kate and Randall, with the story unfolding across a decades-long timeline.

    This Is Us has tackled a number of sensitive social issues over its run, including drug addiction, racism and cancer, among others, which has resulted in some powerful stories that have really resonated with viewers. Helping matters is the stellar cast, which includes five-time Emmy nominee Sterling K Brown alongside Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Chrissy Metz and Justin Hartley.

    The sixth and final season is currently airing weekly on Disney Plus, which will bring the story of this remarkable family to its conclusion. Brace yourselves for the finale – it's going to be a tearjerker.

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  • How I Met Your Father

    • 2022
    • Comedy
    • Drama

    Summary:

    Sophie and her close-knit group of friends are in the midst of figuring out who they are, what they want out of life, and how to fall in love in the age of dating apps and limitless options.

    Why watch How I Met Your Father?:

    Hilary Duff leads the cast of this sequel to How I Met Your Mother, which follows hopeless romantic Sophie as she attempts to find her soul mate in New York City. She forms an eccentric friendship group which includes an aspiring musician, a disowned aristocrat and a recent divorcee, with the series chronicling their light-hearted hijinks as they navigate modern life and dating.

    The initial episodes of How I Met Your Father received generally negative reviews from the critics, but many viewers warmed to the show over the course of its first season. The characters are broad and the jokes are cheesy, but for some people, that's exactly why the show is such good comfort viewing. Fans of the original will get the most out of this follow-up, which includes several references, cameos and Easter eggs to How I Met Your Mother.

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  • The Kardashians

    • 2022
    • Drama
    • Reality

    Summary:

    Follow the Kardashian family as they celebrate new ventures and navigate through their new normal; motherhood, relationships, and career goals.

    Why watch The Kardashians? :

    While Keeping Up with the Kardashians came to an end after 20 seasons last year, the famous family couldn't stay off our screens for long, with Kris, Kim, Khloe and the other sisters moving to Disney Plus for new series The Kardashians.

    With the Kardashians being arguably the most famous reality TV family on the planet, public interest in them has sky-rocketed since KUWTK first aired in 2007, making the Disney Plus show a must-watch if you're invested in Kim and Kanye West's divorce, Kim's new relationship with SNL's Pete Davidson, Kourtney's marriage to Travis Barker or Khloe's efforts to co-parent True with her ex Tristan Thompson.

    Executive produced by Ryan Seacrest and The Late Late Show's Ben Winston, The Kardashians is an entertaining look into the life of the Calabasas celebrities.

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  • Moon Knight

    • 2022
    • Action
    • Fantasy

    Summary:

    Steven Grant discovers he's been granted the powers of an Egyptian moon god. But he soon finds out that these newfound powers can be both a blessing and a curse to his troubled life.

    Why watch Moon Knight?:

    This recent Marvel Disney Plus series is its first to introduce a whole new central character, with very few ties to the MCU so far. While some may see that as a disappointment, it gives the show time to stand on its own feet before the inevitable crossovers to come.

    Oscar Isaac is phenomenal in the role as Steven Grant, a museum gift shop worker in London who discovers that he has dissociative identity disorder and shares his body with mercenary Marc Spector. Not only that, but he is the avatar for Egyptian God Konshu, and when necessary becomes the caped anti-hero Moon Knight.

    If that all sounds complicated, it's because it is, but the show thrives on its mysterious elements and doles out answers in a way that's comprehensible and well-paced. It's a fun, action-packed series with a strong central performance and some terrific world-building - what more could a Marvel fan ask for?

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  • Daredevil

    • 2015
    • Action
    • Crime/detective
    • 18

    Summary:

    A blind lawyer by day, vigilante by night. Matt Murdock fights the crime of New York as Daredevil.

    Why watch Daredevil?:

    The show that started it all for Marvel on Netflix has now made it over to Disney Plus. Starring Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock/Daredevil and Vincent D'Onofrio as the fearsome Kingpin, the series took Marvel into darker, grittier territory, with some superbly shot hallway fight sequences and some gory deaths that make it clear this isn't Ben Affleck's 2003 version of the character - he's still a blind lawyer with enhanced senses, but he's much rougher around the edges.

    All three seasons hold up, with the introduction of Punisher in season 2 and Bullseye in season 3 being particular delights. The hand-to-hand fight choreography is superb, while the show also takes its time to ruminate on Matt's role as a lawyer by day/superhero by night, and how his Catholic beliefs co-exist alongside that.

    Daredevil recently showed up in Spider-Man: No Way Home, making it clear that the character is now firmly in the MCU proper. Expect to see much more of him in the years to come, but for now dive back into the series that started it all for Charlie Cox's Matt Murdock - it won't disappoint.

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  • What We Do in the Shadows

    • 2019
    • Comedy
    • Fantasy

    Summary:

    Comedy horror series. A look into the daily (or rather, nightly) lives of three vampires who've lived together for over 100 years, in Staten Island.

    Why watch What We Do in the Shadows?:

    If you enjoyed Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement's 2014 horror comedy film What We Do in the Shadows, then you'll love this spin-off series of the same name, the first two seasons of which are available now on Disney Plus.

    A mockumentary focusing on a group of vampires living in a house-share, along with their familiar, it stars Kayvan Novak, Matt Berry, Natasia Demetriou, Harvey Guillén, and Mark Proksch, with plenty of celebrity cameos along the way.

    Some fans may have been worried that the series would fail to recapture the magic of the original film, but it has already done that and more across its first three seasons, with strong performances, well-drawn character arcs and hilarious dialogue. If you're looking for laughs, this is bitingly funny.

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  • The Missing

    Summary:

    What happens in the days and years after a child's disappearance? A tense drama about never giving up hope - even when it becomes an obsession.

    Why watch The Missing?:

    This intense detective drama explores the world of missing children, and with subject matter that dark it won't be for everyone. However, with a stellar cast including James Norton in season 1, Keeley Hawes in season 2 and Tchéky Karyo as French detective Julien Baptiste across them both, the series makes for a gripping piece of television.

    Originally aired on BBC One, the series focuses more on the shattered lives of the children's families than the detective work, with each season finding Baptiste taking on a new case. Both seasons are available on Disney Plus now, as is season 1 of spin-off/sequel series Baptiste.

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  • Iron Fist

    • 2017
    • Action
    • Crime/detective
    • 18

    Summary:

    A young man is bestowed with incredible martial arts skills and a mystical force known as the Iron Fist.

    Why watch Iron Fist?:

    Iron Fist might not be the best series Marvel's ever put out (it's definitely not) but it does still have its charm and for MCU completionists, it remains a must-watch. The series introduces Finn Jones' Danny Rand, who after the death of his parents was raised by Buddhist monks and trained in martial arts, taking on the power of the Iron Fist.

    There's no denying that across both seasons of this mixed bag of a show the entire thing is taken from under Jones' feet by Jessica Henwick, who plays Coleen Wing, Danny's sidekick and love interest. Henwick is utterly magnetic in the role, and if the end of season 2 is anything to go by she was being lined up to take the top billing for the now-cancelled season 3.

    Season 2's reduced run-time also helped it in comparison with the first, and there were real signs of promise for the future. It's a shame we may never see those come to fruition, but if you're in the mood for some Marvel and have already binged their other efforts, Iron Fist is still worth a watch.

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  • Jessica Jones

    • 2015
    • Action
    • Crime/detective
    • 15

    Summary:

    Following the tragic end of her brief superhero career, Jessica Jones tries to rebuild her life as a private investigator, dealing with cases involving people with remarkable abilities in New York City.

    Why watch Jessica Jones?:

    This Marvel series, originally from Netflix, arrived on Disney Plus recently along with Daredevil, Luke Cage and the other series in the 'Defenders' run.

    It focuses on Jessica, a former superhero suffering from PTSD as played by Krysten Ritter, who owns a detective agency. In the show's first and strongest season Jessica comes up against Kilgrave who can order people to do whatever he wants, played in a mesmerisingly villainous turn by David Tennant.

    The series had its ups and downs across three seasons but the central themes are gripping, Ritter's performance is always engaging and among the Marvel Netflix series you could do a lot worse.

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  • Marvel's Luke Cage

    • 2016
    • Fantasy
    • Drama
    • 15

    Summary:

    When a sabotaged experiment gives him super strength and unbreakable skin, Luke Cage becomes a fugitive attempting to rebuild his life in Harlem and must confront his past and fight a battle for the heart of his city.

    Why watch Luke Cage?:

    The third in the Marvel series which originated on Netflix, and following on from Jessica Jones in which Mike Coulter's Luke first appeared, this show is up there with the best of them.

    Focusing on the man with unbreakable skin, it follows Cage's rise of celebrity and hero-status in Harlem, as he looks to take down the criminal gangs operating in the neighbourhood. Featuring a phenomenal supporting cast, musical performances from some true hip-hop legends, all while exploring themes of race and black culture, it's a series that truly held its own sense of place in the broader Marvel universe.

    It might have been at its best in its early episodes, when Luke was up against Mahershala Ali's nightclub owner Cottonmouth, but both seasons are definitely still worth your time.

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  • The Book of Boba Fett

    • 2021
    • Action
    • Sci-fi
    • 12

    Summary:

    Bounty hunter Boba Fett and mercenary Fennec Shand navigate the underworld when they return to Tatooine to claim Jabba the Hutt's old turf.

    Why watch The Book of Boba Fett?:

    The Book of Boba Fett may not have been as fun or cohesive as its parent series The Mandalorian, but when it hit, it hit.

    The spin-off charts two timelines, as present day Boba attempts to rule over Jaba the Hutt's former criminal empire, along with master assassin Fennec Shand. He reflects on his time post-Return of the Jedi, helping to fill in some of those pesky blanks in his timeline.

    It's a mixed-bag of a series but has enough surprises in store during the back half of the season that fans should be satisfied until it's time for Mando season 3.

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  • Pam & Tommy

    • 2022
    • Drama
    • Romance
    • 18

    Summary:

    Follows the story of Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee's relationship, going back to their whirlwind romance that started with them marrying after only knowing each other for 96 hours in 1995.

    Why watch Pam & Tommy?:

    It may be somewhat questionable that this series even exists without the approval of Pamela Anderson, but since it does what we do get is a riveting look at a piece of modern American history, as well as a character study carried off astutely by two phenomenal leads.

    Lily James and Sebastian Stan are transformed in these roles, both visually and otherwise. Their relationship as Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee makes for a gripping watch, as the series tells the story of the disgruntled workman (Seth Rogen) who stole and illegally distributed their sex tape.

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  • The Walking Dead

    • 2010
    • Drama
    • Sci-fi
    • 18

    Summary:

    "The Walking Dead" is American post-apocalyptic drama based on the comic-book series of the same name by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard. When the story begins, sheriff deputy Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) awakes from a coma in an Atlanta hospital and discovers the world has been ravaged by zombies that become known as walkers. Rick eventually becomes the leader of a small group of survivors, including his son, Carl (Chandler Riggs), and together they face the day-to-day challenges of living in a hostile world. The supporting cast includes Glenn (Steven Yeun), Daryl (Norman Reedus), Maggie (Lauren Cohan), Carol (Melissa McBride) and Michonne (Danai Gurira). It premiered on FX in 2010.

    Why watch The Walking Dead?:

    This long-running zombie series may now be past its prime, but it was once one of the most popular shows on TV, with good reason. Andrew Lincoln led a fine cast, and some shocking turns in its first few seasons made it an absolute must-watch.

    Now in its final season, with new episodes dropping weekly, there's never been a better time to catch up and see this series home, hoping that it can stick the landing.

    How to watch
  • The Dropout

    • 2022
    • Drama

    Summary:

    TV series that chronicles Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes' attempt to revolutionize the healthcare industry after dropping out of college and starting a technology company.

    Why watch The Dropout?:

    If you're looking for a real-life story that's stranger than fiction, look no further than that of Elizabeth Holmes, the Theranos founder once dubbed the youngest and wealthiest self-made female billionaire in America.

    Amanda Seyfried stars as Holmes in this depiction of her rise and eventual downfall, as she now awaits sentencing after being found guilty of fraud. The series might not be as compelling as its real-life inspiration, but it's still well worth a watch.

    How to watch
  • Hawkeye

    • 2021
    • Action
    • Crime/detective
    • 12

    Summary:

    Series based on the Marvel Comics superhero Hawkeye, centering on the adventures of Young Avenger, Kate Bishop, who took on the role after the original Avenger, Clint Barton.

    Why watch Hawkeye?:

    Bows and arrows are undeniably cool. Look at Robin Hood, check out Legolas Greenleaf. Now the expert archer in the Avengers crew has returned in his own TV series, once again played by Jeremy Renner. Set after the events of Avengers: Endgame, the Hawkeye series introduces Kate Bishop who becomes Hawkeye’s successor, with Hailee Steinfeld starring as the popular comics character as she learns the ropes.

    How to watch
  • American Horror Story

    • 2011
    • Horror
    • Thriller
    • 18

    Summary:

    An anthology series centering on different characters and locations, including a house with a murderous past, an insane asylum, a witch coven, a freak show circus, a haunted hotel, a possessed farmhouse, a cult, the apocalypse, a slasher summer camp, and a bleak beach town and desert valley.

    Why watch American Horror Story?:

    Double Feature – the latest instalment in Ryan Murphy’s long-running anthology series – takes a rather unusual approach, being formed of two separate sections, titled Red Tide and Death Valley respectively. Several of Murphy’s regular collaborators – including Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters and Leslie Grossman – feature, and it makes for another intriguing and terrifying affair.

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  • Dopesick

    • 2021
    • Drama
    • 15

    Summary:

    The series takes viewers to the epicenter of America's struggle with opioid addiction, from the boardrooms of Purdue Pharma, to a distressed Virginia mining community, to the hallways of the DEA.

    Why watch Dopesick?:

    A hard-hitting American drama that was originally shown on Hulu, Dopesick takes an in-depth look at the opioid addiction crisis in the US – adapted from Beth Macy’s non-fiction book Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors and the Drug Company that Addicted America. It’s a compelling and empathetic – if not exactly comforting – watch, boosted by some excellent performances from an all-star cast including Michael Keaton, Peter Sarsgaard, Michael Stuhlbarg, Will Poulter, Kaitlyn Dever and Rosario Dawson.

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  • Loki

    • 2021
    • Fantasy
    • Drama
    • 12

    Summary:

    The eponymous God of Mischief (Tom Hiddleston) is recruited by an organisation to find a renegade causing havoc in different time lines.

    Why watch Loki?:

    Yay, Tom Hiddleston is back! His Marvel character, Loki was the star of the third Disney Plus MCU series and proved to be another big hit. Picking up after Avengers: Endgame, the series sees Loki using the Tesseract to travel through time, messing with human history as he goes. The impressive cast also included Owen Wilson, Sophia Di Martino and Richard E Grant while there were some huge twists throughout the series that look like having major repercussions for the future of the MCU.

    How to watch
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