Whether you’re into screaming let it go at the top of your lungs, or watching spandex heroes fight with a giant purple alien over colorful gems with magic powers, Disney+ has a movie for just about everyone. Cord cutters love the service for its wide selection of classic films from Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar, Disney, and National Geographic. But, there’s so much to enjoy about Disney+ beyond just its movies.
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Star Wars: The Clone Wars
This animated series ran on Cartoon Network for four seasons before it was cancelled and then revived for a final season on Disney+ after an almost six year hiatus. The show follows a young Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi as they traverse the galaxy and conted with both political changes and emerging guerilla threats. New characters like padawan Ahsohka Tano who brandishes a yellow lightsaber and epic space battles add a touch of newness to this series, while remaining true to its source material. Viewers will find Tano’s path particularly inspiring as her resolve in the face of adversity brings her closer to her goal of becoming a full fledged Jedi Knight.
Who should watch: This show is perfect for avid Star Wars fans, as it fits nicely into the Star Wars mythos. It gives the franchise a fresh face and introduces fans to new planets and creatures that could only ever exist in a galaxy far, far away…
Marvel’s Hero Project
It’s one of Stan Lee’s last projects that highlights ordinary kids doing extraordinary things. Each episode focuses on a different kid in a new community, as they work to make systemic changes. It’s a show that humanizes the larger than life Marvel franchise, and inspires audiences to be change makers in their own right. The first season is out, and with Disney+ already gearing up for season two, you can expect this show to be tugging at your heart strings for years to come
Who should watch: This show is perfect for Marvel fans of all ages. It’s a docuseries that brings some variety to Marvel’s typical cinematic exploits which are rooted in the fantasy/ sci-fi realms. Moreover, it’s a show with a lot of heart, and have you saying “I’m not crying, you are” as you reach for the tissues.
High School Musical: The Musical: The Series
This show takes a rather meta approach to adapting the classic Disney movie into a TV show. It follows the lives of a few students in a high school drama club as they prepare to perform “High School Musical: The Musical” for East High. Drama, romance, and music, aka everything you might expect from a Disney title, ensue as the characters sing their way through rehearsals, classes, and even lunch. Disney describes it as a show that showcases the “transformative power that only high school theater can provide” and viewers are sure to resonate with many of the ideas about adolescence touched upon in the show.
Who should watch: This show is perfect for lovers of musicals and the classic High School Musical film franchises. Nearly none of the original cast is back, but the original soundtrack is, and the songs and choreography are better than ever.
One of the more modern animated cult classics from Disney+ is the quirky, science fiction, comedy Gravity Falls. Dipper and Mable Pines are twins who are sent to live with their uncle, a curmudgeonly scam artist with an affinity for the occult, in a middle-America tourist town for the summer. Once there, they discover that in Gravity Falls, things are rarely what they seem. As they begin to unravel the mystery of the town and their connection to it, mayhem ensues and further complicates their strange summer. The show is a nod to the obsession so many adults have with the paranormal packaged in a cartoon made for children.
Who should watch: Viewers of all ages who love comedy and a good ghost story will love this show. It’s a nice blend of storytelling and witty banter that will make you laugh and give you a good scare every now and then.
Hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, Jason Silva, and now Keegan-Michael Key, this reality show pits celebrities against their own worst enemy. Their minds. The thirty minute game show sees celebrities compete in a series of mind bending challenges that give audiences a better understanding of the human mind and its functions. Viewers will delight in seeing familiar faces like Jack Black take on musical themed brain games and compete in the standard gauntlet challenge each contestant takes on near the end of every episode. The show’s attempt to gamify complicated science succeeds in keeping you entertained while also managing to teach you something new in the process. For instance, did you know that men are more likely to forget the names of people they’ve met than women?
Who should watch: This show is perfect for lovers of science, or ardent game show fanatics. It’s a different take on the traditional game show and introduces you to new and interesting ways of thinking and understanding.
As you can see, there are tons of shows to try out after you’ve finished your latest obsession. The question is: what will you watch first?