The 11 best TV shows to watch on Disney Plus
If you’ve bingedand are looking for your next big Disney Plus addiction. Here are a few live action gems to check out.
Comedies like Lizzie McGuire are a must, along with more of the science fiction and superhero worlds, including Marvel’s Agent Carter and the lesser-known gem So Weird.
Let’s round up the best live action shows Disney has to offer.
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Once Upon a time
If you’re interested in fairy tales reinterpreted for a modern setting, Once Upon a Time is a long series that covers a wide range of classics. And frozen! The story takes place in a coastal town with a forest nearby and follows Emma Swan and her 10-year-old son. You will encounter magical objects like a Narnia wardrobe and live action characters like Snow White, Prince Charming and the Evil Queen that have been transported into the real world. It’s up to Emma to help them break a curse that has stolen their memories. Charming takeaway tea and blanket stuff.
Marvel’s agent Carter was criminally short in two seasons, and gave whip-savvy Peggy Carter the opportunity to show off her action-hero side. The series is set after their love that Steve Rogers sacrifices at the end of Captain America: The First Avenger. She focuses on Peggy’s adventurous life in New York in the 1940s, where she tapes a somewhat dangerous appearance helping the genius scientist Howard Stark and his butler Jarvis. Hayley Atwell channels a sense of sassy fun in this stylish Marvel TV gem.
This late 90s sitcom pushes sweet nostalgia and also plays one of the coolest and cutest child actors out there. Tahj Mowry plays the young genius TJ Henderson and manages to be a likeable know-it-all. Comedy aside, TJ’s heart to heart with his single father are tears in their eyes. It’s a little dated, but it’s one of the best sitcoms with a young black actor.
Six teenagers with superpowers fight together against their criminal parents – that is the fascinating premise of Marvel’s runaways. Eventually the team runs and escapes their parents as well as Morgan le Fay and other villains. Despite the occasional reliance on standard superhero stories, this strong ensemble will grow on you along with the broader references of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and general exciting action. If you are a fan of the comics, you will be satisfied.
If you missed this classic sitcom in the early 90’s, it’s time to check it out on Disney Plus. Boy Meets World recorded the life of middle school student Cory Matthews and ran for seven seasons. It featured realistic characters and relationships that branch out and blossom into lessons about real life. For a nuanced sitcom with some of the best hairstyles of the 90s, Boy Meets World is a must see.
The show, which introduced Baby Yoda into the pop culture stratosphere, built its foundations on a foundation of rich action and rich Western graphics. The lonely bounty hunter from which the title is based finds his soft side when he protects his precious green alien baby from those on his tail. For polished episodic storytelling in the Star Wars universe, The Mandalorian is just the thing.
That Disney Channel classic could Come back for a sequel but in the meantime, enjoy the original, healthy misadventures of teenage girl Lizzie McGuire and her friends Miranda and Gordo. Creative monologues from a cartoon version of Lizzie allow you to peek inside the hero’s brain as she finds her identity and grows up.
If you lost on the shaky first season, it may be time to put Agents of SHIELD back on Disney Plus (available in the UK and Australia; arriving after August for the US). The series, which takes hold in season two and grows from there, is a character-driven storytelling set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and co-created by Joss Whedon. A super cast including Clark Gregg and Chloe Bennett will take on SHIELD’s enemies, from Hydra to Kree.
See where it all started for Shia LaBeouf at Even Stevens. The comedy depends on the dynamic between siblings Louis (LaBeouf) and Ren (Christy Carlson Romano): Louis is the carefree mischief maker; Ren the A-class high-flyer. Delivered with superb comic timing, this is the quintessential family comedy that lets you marvel at LaBeouf’s natural talent on camera.
With National Geographic content from Disney Plus comes Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, a sequel to Carl Sagan’s groundbreaking Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. Presented by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, the documentary series updates the milestone of the 1980s scientific documentaries. Stunning CGI supports the storytelling approach to the triumphs and failures of humanity in science.
Comparing a Disney Channel Show to the X-Files? This gem from the late 90s is definitely worth a visit. Thus, Weird differs from other Disney Channel shows of the time by its dark tone and intricate narrative. It follows the teenage girl Fiona, who goes on tour with her rock star mom and encounters paranormal activity. With original music and a cult following, So Weird should be on your radar.
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