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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.

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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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  • 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.

    How to watch
  • 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.

    How to watch
  • 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
    • 12

    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.

    How to watch
  • Dopesick

    • 2021
    • Drama
    • Crime/detective
    • 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.

    How to watch
  • 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
  • The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

    • 2021
    • Action
    • Drama
    • 12

    Summary:

    Following the events of 'Avengers: Endgame,' Sam Wilson/Falcon and Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier team up in a global adventure that tests their abilities -- and their patience.

    Why watch The Falcon and the Winter Soldier?:

    This live-action series from Marvel Studios sees Anthony Mackie return as Sam Wilson, AKA Falcon, while Sebastian Stan reprises his role as Winter Soldier. They are joined by a strong supporting cast of Daniel Brühl, Emily VanCamp and Wyatt Russell to name a few. Set in the MCU, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier picks up after the events of Avengers: Endgame when Sam is handed the responsibility of taking on Captain America’s legacy.

    How to watch
  • The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers

    • 2021
    • Comedy
    • Drama

    Summary:

    After failing to make the cut to join the now powerhouse Mighty Ducks junior hockey team, 12-year-old Evan's mother encourages him to form a new team of underdogs with help from Gordon Bombay, the Ducks' original coach.

    Why watch The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers?:

    Over 20 years after the classic 90s trilogy ended, The Mighty Ducks is the latest retro film series to get a belated TV follow-up. It, of course, wouldn’t be The Mighty Ducks without beloved coach Gordon Bombay, with Emilio Estevez returning as a slightly more world-weary version of the character coaching a new team of underdogs against the now ultra-competitive Ducks.

    How to watch
  • WandaVision

    • 2021
    • Action
    • Comedy

    Summary:

    Blends the style of classic sitcoms with the MCU, in which Wanda Maximoff and Vision - two super-powered beings living their ideal suburban lives - begin to suspect that everything is not as it seems.

    Why watch WandaVision?:

    Another live-action series from Marvel Studios, also a sequel to Avengers: Endgame. Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany reunite as Wanda Maximoff (AKA Scarlet Witch) and Paul Bettany The Vision respectively (yes, despite events in Endgame). The pair look like they’re living a dreamy, quiet suburban life in WandaVision – but beneath the rosy veneer, all is clearly not well.

    How to watch
  • 24 Season 1

    • 2002
    • Season 1
    • Drama
    • Thriller
    • 12

    Summary:

    No sooner has Jack Bauer finished a game of chess with his daughter, Kimberly, on the morning of the presidential primary, when Kimberly sneaks out of the house and Jack, who heads up the government's Counter Terrorist Unit, is called to work immediately. He learns that an assassination attempt will be made on presidential candidate David Palmer.

    Why watch 24?:

    This US crime drama is one of the titles included in the Star collection, with Kiefer Sutherland starring as counter-terrorist agent Jack Bauer.

    The Emmy-winning series, which originally aired on Fox from 2001 until 2010 (with a brief revival in 2014), follows Bauer as he attempts to stop terrorist plots, with each series covering 24 hours in the government agent’s life.

    How to watch
  • The Mandalorian

    • 2019
    • Action
    • Fantasy
    • PG

    Summary:

    The travels of a lone bounty hunter in the outer reaches of the galaxy, far from the authority of the New Republic.

    Why watch The Mandalorian?:

    The breakout hit for Disney Plus, The Mandalorian is a Star Wars live-action TV series from Jon Favreau – and what’s more, it is well worth your attention.

    Starring Game of Thrones’ Pedro Pascal as the titular Mandalorian, the show is set in the Star Wars universe between the events of Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. It has plenty for hardcore fans, but is far enough removed from the Skywalker Saga that it can be enjoyed by newcomers to the franchise. Plus, if you haven’t heard already, there’s a baby Yoda, which has become one of the most talked parts of the show – inspiring memes and conversation across the internet ever since “the child” first arrived from a galaxy, far, far, away.

    Season two premiered in October 2020, bringing back a fan-favourite character from Star Wars lore.

    How to watch
  • Atlanta

    • 2016
    • Comedy
    • Drama
    • 15

    Summary:

    Comedy with Donald Glover. He plays Earnest Marks, a college dropout who hopes to redeem himself by managing the career of his cousin, the up-and-coming rapper Alfred "Paper Boi" Miles.

    Why watch Atlanta?:

    Seasons 1 to 3 of Donald Glover’s comedy-drama Atlanta are available on Disney Plus via Star, with the Community star playing a college dropout who takes charge of his cousin’s rap career.

    Starring the likes of Brian Tyree Henry, Lakeith Stanfield, Zazie Beetz and Kath Williams, this Emmy-winning series is a timely comedy, full of refreshing observations and eccentric plot lines.

    How to watch
  • Big Sky

    • 2020
    • Crime/detective
    • Drama

    Summary:

    A private detective teams up with an ex-cop to solve a kidnapping case in Montana.

    Why watch Big Sky?:

    This new drama – a high-profile original for Star – is from David E Kelley, the creator of Big Little Lies and The Undoing. It stars Ryan Phillippe as a troubled former cop who teams up with his estranged wife (Katheryn Winnick) and a fellow private detective (Kylie Bunbury) to find two sisters who’ve been kidnapped by a truck driver in Montana.

    How to watch
  • Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian

    • 2020
    • Documentary and factual
    • PG

    Summary:

    A behind the scenes look at the making of the Disney+ series "The Mandalorian."

    Why watch Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian?:

    And if you’re hungry for more Mando, Disney has also released this companion documentary series that takes you behind-the-scenes of its blockbuster sci-fi epic. Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian explores every aspect of the production, from the A-list creative team behind it to the cutting-edge visual effects, as well as inspiration taken from previous instalments in the Star Wars franchise. Showrunner Jon Favreau leads roundtable discussions with other top names from the show, while footage from the set reveals exactly how the magic was made.

    How to watch
  • Desperate Housewives

    • 2004
    • Comedy
    • Drama
    • 12

    Summary:

    Secrets and truths unfold through the lives of female friends in one suburban neighborhood, after the mysterious suicide of a neighbor.

    Why watch Desperate Housewives?:

    This iconic comedy-drama, which originally aired on ABC from 2004 to 2012, stars Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross and Eva Longoria as a group of friends living on the seemingly idyllic cul-de-sac of Wisteria Lane – however not all is as it seems.

    When their neighbour Mary Alice Young suddenly takes her own life, the group begin to investigate what was really going on behind the scenes whilst discovering dark secrets much closer to home.

    How to watch
  • Once Upon a Time

    • 2011
    • Drama
    • Action
    • 12

    Summary:

    A young woman with a troubled past is drawn to a small town in Maine where fairy tales are to be believed.

    Why watch Once Upon a Time?:

    This fantasy drama, which aired on ABC from 2011 until 2018, stars Jennifer Morrison as Emma Swan, a woman whose life is upended when the 10-year-old son she gave up for adoption as a baby tracks her down and convinces her to follow him to Storybrooke – a town populated with fairytale characters living in the real world.

    With Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin), the Huntsman (Jamie Dornan), Rumplestiltskin (Robert Carlyle), Cinderella (Dania Ramirez) and other iconic characters making an appearance, this is a perfect binge-watch for Disney fans.

    How to watch
  • Grey's Anatomy

    • 2005
    • Drama
    • Romance
    • 15

    Summary:

    American medical drama following the tangled lives of interns, residents and their mentors at a fictional Seattle hospital. The title is a reference to Henry Gray's medical textbook Gray's Anatomy and main character Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo). It begins with Meredith, Alex (Justin Chambers), George (TR Knight), Izzie (Katherine Heigl) and Cristina (Sandra Oh) as interns in a surgical programme run by chief of surgery Richard Webber (James Pickens Jr). They are initially mentored by general surgeon Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson) and work closely with attending neurosurgeon Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey) and cardiothoracic surgeon Preston Burke (Isaiah Washington). "Grey's Anatomy" premiered in 2005. It led to spin-off series "Private Practice".

    Why watch Grey's Anatomy?:

    If you loved Scandal and Bridgerton, long-running medical drama Grey’s Anatomy should be your next binge-watch now it’s available to stream on Disney Plus.

    Starring Ellen Pompeo as Dr Meredith Grey, Grey’s Anatomy follows the medical intern as she rises up the ranks of Seattle Grace Hospital as well as the lives of her colleagues, played by stars like Sandra Oh, Katherine Heigl, Patrick Dempsey, Kate Walsh and Chandra Wilson among others.

    How to watch
  • How I Met Your Mother

    • 2005
    • Sitcom
    • Drama
    • PG

    Summary:

    "How I Met Your Mother" is an American sitcom that begins in the year 2030 with Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor) starting to tell his son and daughter about the events that led to him meeting their mother. Ted's journey is punctuated by the adventures he shares in New York with best friend Marshall (Jason Segel), his partner Lily (Alyson Hannigan), TV reporter Robin (Cobie Smulders) and serial womaniser Barney (Neil Patrick Harris). Ted is a hopeless romantic and believes every woman he meets could be his soul mate. It premiered in 2005 and ran for nine series.

    Why watch How I Met Your Mother?:

    This much-loved sitcom, which ran on CBS from 2005 to 2014, follows a group of friends living in New York City while in 2030, Ted (Josh Radnor) tells his children how he met their mother and his wife.

    Starring Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris and Alyson Hannigan, this Emmy-winning series makes for a fun rewatch even if the show’s finale proved to be controversial among fans.

    How to watch
  • Lost

    • 2004
    • Action
    • Drama
    • 15

    Summary:

    The survivors of a plane crash are forced to work together in order to survive on a seemingly deserted tropical island.

    Why watch Lost?:

    This supernatural drama may have puzzled viewers throughout its six-year run, but it made for a gripping watch, with the show following a group of plane crash survivors as they try to escape from a mysterious island.

    Starring Matthew Fox, Ian Somerhalder, Evangeline Lilly and Michelle Rodriguez among others, Lost takes a sinister turn when the surviving passengers encounter various strange entities including the infamous Smoke Monster.

    How to watch
  • Modern Family

    • 2009
    • Sitcom
    • Drama
    • PG

    Summary:

    American sitcom created by former "Frasier" writers Christopher Lloyd and Steven Levitan. It follows the families of Jay Pritchett (Ed O'Neill), his daughter Claire (Julie Bowen) and his son Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson). Claire is a housewife and her husband Phil (Ty Burrell) is an estate agent. They have three children, Alex (Ariel Winter), Luke (Nolan Gould) and Haley (Sarah Hyland). Jay is married to Colombian beauty Gloria (Sofia Vergara) and helps raise her son Manny (Rico Rodriguez. Mitchell and his partner Cam (Eric Stonestreet) have an adopted Vietnamese girl they have named Lily (Jaden and Ella Hiller and later Aubrey Anderson-Emmons). The mockumentary style ensures that all the characters try really hard to impress each other but they all invariably fall flat on their faces. "Modern Family" premiered on Sky1 in October 2009.

    Why watch Modern Family?:

    This much-loved mockumentary series came to an end in 2020 after 11 seasons that followed three related families living in the Los Angeles area.

    Starring the likes of Ed O’Neill, Sofia Vergara, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet and Sarah Hyland, Modern Family makes for the perfect light watch, with the outstanding cast delivering hilarious performances as one big, blended family. Seasons 1-9 are available to stream now.

    How to watch
  • Scrubs

    • 2001
    • Sitcom
    • Drama
    • PG

    Summary:

    "Scrubs" is an American sitcom following the antics of employees at the fictional Sacred Heart teaching hospital. The show's main protagonist Dr JD Dorian (Zach Braff) and his best friend Turk (Donald Faison) begin the series as new interns. JD idolises his sarcastic mentor Dr Cox (John C McGinley) and ends up having a will-they-won't-they relationship with colleague Elliot Reid (Sarah Chalke). Head nurse Carla Espinosa (Judy Reyes) acts as a mother figure to the interns and forms a relationship with Turk. Other characters include the hospital janitor (Neil Flynn), chief of medicine Bob Kelso (Ken Jenkins) and the hospital's suicidal lawyer Ted (Sam Lloyd). Each episode features multiple story-lines linked by voice-overs completed by Braff. Created by Bill Lawrence ("Spin City", "Cougar Town"), the series premiered in 2001 and ran for nine seasons, clocking up 182 episodes. Reruns can be seen on E4.

    Why watch Scrubs?:

    If you’re after something a bit lighter than Grey’s Anatomy, then Scrubs is the medical series for you.

    Starring Zach Braff, Sarah Chalke and Donald Faison as medical interns at Sacred Heart Hospital, this long-running sitcom won awards for its slapstick-style comedy, eccentric characters and heart-warming performances from a stellar cast.

    How to watch
  • Phineas and Ferb

    • 2007
    • Action
    • Animation
    • U

    Summary:

    Phineas and Ferb invent, scheme, and stay one step ahead of their bratty sister. Meanwhile, their pet platypus plots against evil Dr. Doofenshmirtz.

    Why watch Phineas and Ferb?:

    This animated Disney Channel series follows stepbrothers Phineas (Vincent Martella) and Ferb (Thomas Sangster), who spend their summer vacation taking on an ambitious new project every day, from discovering the lost city of Atlantis to building a rollercoaster in their back garden.

    Their adventures deeply annoy their older sister Candace (Ashley Tisdale), who constantly tries to get the boys in trouble, while their pet platypus Perry, who is secretly a spy, sets out to foil the plans of evil scientist Dr Doofenschmirtz.

    How to watch
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