Last Updated: January 10th
Sure, Disney+ has an exciting slate of Marvel spin-off series coming to the streaming platform in the next few years, but you shouldn’t sleep on the shows available right now. From Jon Favreau’s highly-anticipated Star Wars spin-off to the entirety of The Simpsons catalog and a few vintage animated series, there’s plenty of shows worth binging while we wait for that Loki solo series.
Here are the best TV shows you can stream on Disney+ right now.
1 season, 8 episodes
Jon Favreau is helming this Star Wars spin-off described as a Space Western that takes place five years after the events of Return of the Jedi. The Empire has fallen, the First Order has yet to be created, so the galaxy is a lawless place perfect for a bounty hunter to wreak havoc and make his own rules, which is exactly what Pedro Pascal’s Mandalorian seems to be doing. This series has been kept tightly under wraps, so the plot is a bit of a mystery at this point, but the teases we’ve gotten look promising. The only drawback: Disney has decided to use a weekly release format for its original slate, which means you won’t be able to binge this one like you’ll probably want to.
30 seasons, 662 episodes | IMDb: 8.7/10
One show you won’t have to wait for weekly episodes to air is The Simpsons, which is making its way to Disney’s streaming platform when the service launches on November 12th. Disney bought Fox earlier this year which means they’re the new overlords of Springfield. It also means fans have a new venue to relive all the exploits of Homer, Bart, Lisa, and the rest of the family. For now, the show’s 30 seasons will be available to stream, with newer seasons and episodes still airing on Hulu.
High School Musical The Series
1 season, 10 episodes
This new series (which already premiere its first episode on the Disney Channel and ABC) answers the question literally no one has asked: “What would happen if you mixed High School Musical with The Office?” Well, it looks like you’d get a watchable teen drama with a fresh take on a beloved millennial musical series. The show is set in the fictional East High where the original movie was filmed and follows the students putting on the first rendition of a musical based on High School Musical, in mockumentary form. It’s all very meta and surprisingly catchy.
Star Wars The Clone Wars
5 season, 108 episodes | IMDb: 8.1/10
The animated world of Star Wars might not be for everyone, but it’s one of the best ways Disney has been able to extend the lifespan of George Lucas’ franchise and watching it might give you some clues as to the direction this universe will take in the future. Of course, even without the Easter egg hunting, you’ll have a good time. Not only is this series gorgeously animated with some of the most realistic 3-D effects we’ve ever seen, but it also fills in the gaps between the prequel films, meaning we get a closer look at Anakin’s journey to the Dark Side and how the war between the Republic and the Separatists had far-reaching effects.
The World According to Jeff Goldblum
1 season, 6 episodes
Over the past few years, Jeff Goldblum has curated a new persona. He’s become the internet’s zany uncle, a celebrity who can cash in on the nostalgia of past work and turn that currency into more modern roles. Disney knows Goldblum’s appeal, which is why it’s trying to bottle up a bit of the actor’s charisma and likability with this docuseries whose premise is basically, “Let Jeff Goldblum be fascinated by normal sh*t.” It’s an easy, enjoyable watch that feels just quirky enough to become a hit. Or, at the least, an endless well for memes.
1 season, 8 episodes | IMDb: 5/10
This show was canceled by ABC before its first season ended, mainly because it was all kinds of bad. Bad wigs, bad special effects, bad everything. Except, it has a pretty impressive cast and a nasty villain in Game of Thrones star Iwan Rheon. We wouldn’t subscribe for this show alone, but if you’ve already binged all of the Marvel movies on Disney +, why not have fun critiquing this spin-off?
1 season, 12 episodes
Four words: Reunions. Musicals. Kristen. Bell. That’s all you really need to know about this new reality series hosted by The Good Place star who organizes a reunion of theater geeks and tasks them with recreating their high school musical years after they first performed together. It’s heartwarming, full of great song-and-dance numbers, and sure, there’s some drama.
4 seasons, 101 episodes | IMDb: 8.1/10
Look, if the thought of binging all 101 episodes of this classic afternoon cartoon about a globe-trotting treasure-hunting billionaire Scrooge McDuck and his nephews doesn’t fill you with warm, fuzzy nostalgia, then you probably didn’t grow up in the ’90s, and we feel sorry for you. For everyone else, see ya in Duckburg.
Boy Meets World
7 seasons, 158 episodes | IMDb: 8.1/10
Yes, the sequel to this beloved coming-of-age series is also available on Disney +, but nothing beats the original. Boy Meets World followed the exploits of Cory Matthews, his siblings, and his best friends as they navigated school, relationships, and growing up while indulging Cory’s elaborate theories about life. It’s good, wholesome fun that makes us wish we had teachers as cool as George Feeny.
6 seasons, 129 episodes | IMDb: 7.9/10
Another terrific animated children’s show is this late ’90s series about a group of primary school friends who are bucking authority and causing general mayhem on the playground. While adults set the rules during teaching hours, the brief respite from lessons brings its own hierarchy. Basically, there are laws to be respected when it comes to recess, and this show proves it.