As the streaming wars continue to rage, one of the most important things for each corporation that operates a streaming service is to appeal to a broad audience. Disney+ outside the US and Latin America appeals to a massive audience with everything from horror movies to classic comedy films; in the US, though, it’s very different.
With Disney+ US slowly trickling in some “General Entertainment” content like “Blackish”, “Grownish”, “The Orville”, and “Glee”, I thought it would be good to take a look at what I figure is the best general entertainment content to help ease Disney and Disney+ US subscribers into more mature content on Disney+.
The Fosters and Its Followup (Good Trouble) Tackle Themes Similar To Disney+’s Big Shot:
Let’s start with a show about teenagers and high school, plus its sequel show which follows two of the leads as they tackle adulthood. “The Fosters” is a series which follows the Fosters-Adams family, which is headed by a lesbian couple, Stef Foster, who is a police officer and Lena Adams, a school vice principal who raise one biological child and four adopted children. The follow-up to “The Fosters”, which is known as “Good Trouble”, follows two of the adopted Fosters-Adams children those being Callie and Mariana, as they embark on their next journey, working in Los Angeles. Disney+’s own original series, “Big Shot,” tackles several of the same themes as both series, and both “The Fosters” and “Good Trouble” stream on Disney+ in countries like the UK, so there’s no reason why both shows can’t be added to the US.
The Golden Girls Is Comfort Food Television:
This series needs no introduction and helped launch the beloved Betty White into stardom. “The Golden Girls” is a classic ABC show that many people still binge to this day. Currently, this classic sitcom follows the adventures of fourth middle-aged single ladies and streams on Disney+ in the UK, and in the US, the series sits on Hulu. This series would be a great addition to ease Disney+ US subscribers into some general entertainment.
20th Television Animation Has Several Shows Which Could Sit Next To The Simpsons:
Since the US launch of Disney+, the service has streamed almost the entire run of “The Simpsons”, and whilst that series has sat on Disney+ since launch. The studio behind it, 20th Television Animation, has several other shows that could sit with “The Simpsons” on Disney+ in the US.
One notable show is the sister show of “The Simpsons”, and that is “Futurama”, which shared not only the same network and studio but also the same creator and isn’t much more mature than “The Simpsons”. Another notable show is “Bob’s Burgers”, a family sitcom with musical numbers that just happens to be animated.
The final show is a newer one, and that’s “The Great North”, which is a delightful sitcom set in Alaska. All three shows are rated TV-14 or lower and aren’t much raunchier than “The Simpsons” during its prime.
ABC’s Superstar Takes A Dive Into Several Celebrities Legacy:
This ABC News docuseries is an amazing look at the life and legacy of many talented icons, including Robin Williams, Whitney Housten, Richard Pryor and Kobe Bryant, among several other stars. This docuseries is an amazing look into the history of many people whose work has inspired many generations.
Modern Family Is A 2010s ABC Mainstay:
A family sitcom which ran for eleven seasons from 2009 to 2020. “Modern Family” ran for over a decade and already streams on Disney+’s sister streaming service Hulu in the United States and on Disney+ in countries like the UK. There is a potential issue with “Modern Family” as Disney has a deal for the series to stream on NBCUniversal’s Peacock in the United States.
General Entertainment is vital to the success of Disney+ in the United States, especially with the upcoming price increase and ad-supported tier coming soon if Disney wants to warrant such a significant price increase as well as being able to monetise content with advertising.
Disney’s General Entertainment portfolio is much larger than people think, with Disney owning thousands of television series from ABC, Freeform, Touchstone TV, Walt Disney Television and 20th Television, meaning Disney has the potential to drop content for all different general entertainment interests.
Everything from ABC News docuseries to 20th Television’s adult animation output to modern YA Freeform series. The more content Disney+ adds in the United States that is aimed at a general audience, the more the service will shed its current image as a “babysitting” service.
What Do You Think? What General Entertainment Do You Want On Disney+?