The 12 best TV shows to see on Disney Plus
If you’ve bingedand are looking for your next big Disney Plus addiction. Here are a few live action gems that you should 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.
The right stuff
The Right Stuff is loosely based on the film of the same name from the 80s and puts you in the difficult sides of the early days of the US space program. In eight episodes, we track the Mercury Seven – seven pilots inducted into the space program – and the impact the competitive job and media exam has on their families. The Right Stuff isn’t exactly breaking new ground, but it’s a handsome, competent look at NASA in the 50s and 60s.
There was once
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. After their love, Steve Rogers sacrifices himself at the end of Captain America: The First Avenger. The series focuses on Peggy’s adventurous life in New York in the 1940s, where it 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 relationships with his single father are tears in his 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 he is named 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 Power 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 finds its feet in season two and grows from there. It is character-based storytelling in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and was co-designed 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. Equipped with excellent comic timing, this is a typical family comedy that lets you marvel at LaBeouf’s natural talent in front of the 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. Next up is teenage Fiona, who goes on tour with her rock star mom and encounters paranormal activity along the way. With original music and a cult following, So Weird should be on your radar.
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