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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.

Bill and Jeb at the crime scene
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Published: Thursday, 28th July 2022 at 5:00 pm
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Disney Plus has a big new addition to its library of series this week, coming in the form of the Andrew Garfield starring true crime series Under the Banner of Heaven.

Garfield stars as Jeb Pyre, a Mormon detective whose faith is brought into question by a murder case which seems to involve the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Also starring Daisy Edgar-Jones, it's one not to miss for true crime fans.

Meanwhile the platform remains notable for its Marvel and Star Wars content, whether it's recent series like Obi-Wan Kenobi or Ms Marvel, or older favourites from the platform's early days like The Mandalorian and WandaVision.

The streamer also contains more offbeat series such as Marvel's Hit-Monkey, meaning there's plenty for fans of those franchises to sink their teeth into.

However, that doesn't mean sci-fi and fantasy is all the streamer has to offer - it also has the ongoing second season of Only Murders in the Building, the third season of Love, Victor which recently wrapped up the series and High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, which is airing its third season weekly.

Meanwhile other hits from this year which remain available include Danny Boyle's Sex Pistols series Pistol, How I Met Your Mother spin-off How I Met Your Father and workplace mockumentary Abbott Elementary. There are also a variety of brilliant series fans might not be aware are now on the platform, like British favourites It's a Sin and The Missing.

Later this year, we can also 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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  • Under the Banner of Heaven

    • 2022
    • Arts and culture
    • Crime/detective
    • 18

    Summary:

    A devout detective's faith is tested as he investigates a brutal murder seemingly connected to an esteemed Utah family's spiral into LDS fundamentalism and their distrust in the government.

    Why watch Under the Banner of Heaven?:

    This series comes to Disney Plus with one particularly big draw - Andrew Garfield. The star is riding high following his Oscar nominated turn in Tik...Tik...BOOM! and his crowd-pleasing return to the role of Peter Parker in Spider-Man: No Way Home, and now he stars in this true crime series which tells a chilling and intriguing tale.

    The story centres around the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, which somehow seems to be involved with the death of a young woman played by Normal People and Fresh star Daisy Edgar-Jones. The series' examination of religion is particularly intriguing, as Garfield's character Detective Jeb Pyre reflects on his own Mormon faith, making this series a gripping watch from start to finish.

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  • Hit Monkey

    • 2021
    • Fantasy
    • Drama
    • 12

    Summary:

    It tells the tale of a wronged Japanese snow monkey, mentored by the ghost of an American assassin, as he cuts a wide swath through the Tokyo underworld.

    Why watch Hit Monkey?:

    One of the weirdest projects Marvel has ever put out (and that's saying something at this point), Hit Monkey tells a quirky yet surprisingly heartfelt story. It centres around a Japanese macaque whose entire tribe is murdered, so he teams up with a recently killed hitman, played by Jason Sudeikis, who teaches him how to seek his bloody revenge.

    The visual of a monkey in a suit and sunglasses and carrying a gun could have been absolutely ridiculous, but here the animation is so beguiling, the vocal performance from Sudeikis so strong and the plot so engaging that it's easy to get swept up in the action.

    This show was at once point meant to form part of a larger story with MODOK and two other cancelled series, which would come together in The Offenders. While that seems to have been cancelled following Marvel Studios' takeover of Marvel Television, this still remains a unique offshoot which is very much worth your time.

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  • Love, Victor

    • 2020
    • Drama
    • Comedy

    Summary:

    Victor is a new student at Creekwood High School on his own journey of self-discovery, facing challenges at home, adjusting to a new city, and struggling with his sexual orientation.

    Why watch Love, Victor?:

    For fans of 2018 film Love, Simon, this spin-off show is a no-brainer. Starring Michael Cimino, it tells a life-affirming and sincere story about a young teen from a half Puerto Rican, half Colombian-American family who at first struggles with his sexuality, before going on to navigate relationships, friendships and the titular love.

    The show's third and final season was just recently released, which means its the perfect time to binge your way through the whole story. The series comes from writers on shows including This Is Us and How I Met Your Father, meaning if you're still feeling the love at the end of it, there's plenty more from their canon for you to enjoy on Disney Plus.

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  • Family Guy

    • 1999
    • Comedy
    • Sitcom
    • PG

    Summary:

    "Family Guy" is an animated American sitcom revolving around the Griffins, a dysfunctional family comprising parents Peter and Lois, their children Meg, Chris and Stewie, and their anthropomorphic pet dog Brian. They live in the fictional city of Quahog, Rhode Island. Peter is an obese, loud-mouthed blue-collar worker, Lois is a stay-at-home mother, Meg is a self-conscious, unattractive teenager, Chris is overweight and dim-witted, Stewie is a baby that speaks with an upper-class English accent, and Brian, the family's talking dog, often points out how ridiculous Peter's ideas are. The show lampoons American culture and is considered to be edgier than "The Simpsons", a series it is often compared to. Creator Seth MacFarlane voices a number of characters alongside Alex Borstein, Seth Green, Mila Kunis and Mike Henry. It premiered on BBC Three in 1999. Spin-off series, "The Cleveland Show", made its debut on E4 in 2010.

    Why watch Family Guy?:

    For fans of adult animation Family Guy is one of the big treasure troves available on Disney Plus. Alongside The Simpsons, American Dad! and more, there are hundreds of episodes of Family Guy to watch across 20 seasons on the streamer, filled with all the filthiest jokes and funniest cutaways the hugely influential series has offered up over the years.

    Focusing on the Griffin family, including dad Peter, mum Lois, daughter Meg, sons Chris and Stewie and talking dog Brian, the series has gone to some controversial places in the past, but for fans of near-the-knuckle humour remains a show which provides it in plenty. It may not be as emotionally resonant as The Simpsons but when the jokes hit, they hit hard.

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  • It's a Sin

    • 2021
    • Drama
    • Comedy
    • 15

    Summary:

    Drama about young gay men coping with the Aids crisis in 1981.

    Why watch It's a Sin?:

    Russell T Davies' 2021 Channel 4 drama, about a group of gay men and their friends living through the HIV/AIDS crisis in the UK, struck a major chord with viewers when it first aired and racked up a seriously impressive list of BAFTA nominations.

    Now available on Disney Plus, the series is hard-hitting, funny and tragic all at the same time, and remains hugely affecting. It's only five episodes long so makes for a quick watch, but still makes more of impact than some other series do in 10 seasons, partly due to the phenomenal performances of the central cast, which includes Olly Alexander, Omari Douglas, Callum Scott Howells and Lydia West.

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  • American Dad!

    • 2005
    • Comedy
    • Sitcom
    • 12

    Summary:

    "American Dad" is an animated US sitcom intended for adult audiences. It centres on the adventures of Stan Smith (voiced by Seth MacFarlane), a dedicated CIA agent who has a habit of bringing his work home. An escaped Area 51 alien called Roger (also voiced by MacFarlane) and Klaus (Dee Bradley Baker), a talking goldfish, live among his family that comprises his ditsy wife Francine (Wendy Schaal) and two children, Hayley (Rachael MacFarlane) and Steve (Scott Grimes). They reside at 43 Cherry Street in the fictional community of Langley Falls, Virginia.

    Why watch American Dad!?:

    The Simpsons isn't the only long-running animated comedy to feature on the streamer, and not by a long shot. One of their titles, which often gets ignored in favour of its creator's other hit, Family Guy, is American Dad!. Created by and starring Seth MacFarlane, the series is for strictly adult eyes only, with plenty of filthy and edgy jokes but a lot of heart as well.

    Unlike some of the other shows in this genre, the premise of American Dad!, which follows a CIA agent, his family and the alien who lives in his Attic, naturally lends itself to far-out and surreal concepts, meaning the show really can push the envelope and even do one-off, canon breaking episodes without the need to put things back together at the end. Unlike some other animated shows, its one which really has retained consistency across its epic run, meaning the deeper you get into its 18 seasons, you'll still find yourself engaged and laughing away.

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  • Only Murders in the Building

    • 2021
    • Drama
    • Crime/detective

    Summary:

    Three strangers who share an obsession with true crime suddenly find themselves caught up in one.

    Why watch Only Murders in the Building?:

    Pairing the comedy duo Steve Martin and Martin Short with Selena Gomez might have seemed like a strange move when this mystery-comedy was first announced, but it has proven to be a work of genius. The series has taken the world by storm, receiving critical acclaim and becoming a part of a recent raft of new-wave approaches to the crime genre, alongside big-screen efforts like Knives Out.

    Now in its second season, the show features our gang of amateur detectives being implicated in a homicide themselves and becoming part of a rival podcast's investigation. It makes for a somewhat more complex plot, but the series retains its sharp wit and effortless charm and the mystery remains fully engaging.

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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.

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  • 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.

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  • Killing Eve

    • 2018
    • Thriller
    • Drama
    • 15

    Summary:

    Spy thriller based on the Villanelle novellas by Luke Jennings with Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh. A desk-bound MI5 security officer finds herself on a collision course with a violent assassin.

    Why watch Killing Eve?:

    Killing Eve might not have had the ending most fans wanted but it undoubtedly started strong, providing a gripping and modern take on the spy-thriller right out of the gate. The fact that only the first season of the show is currently available on Disney Plus could therefore be seen as something of a blessing in disguise.

    Starring Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer, who are both at the top of their game here in deliciously conflicted roles, the series shows an unconventional cat and mouse game between British Intelligence agent Eve Polastri and psychopathic assassin Villanelle. The show was initially written by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, giving it that sharp dialogue and plotting, while it had enough twists and turns to keep viewers on the edge of their seats throughout that impressive first season.

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  • 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.

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  • 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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