Top 50 Series On Disney+ | October 2019
Each month, I’ll be be bringing you my list of the top 50 series available on Disney+, which include series from across Disney, Star Wars, Marvel, National Geographic and Pixar.
And while Disney+ doesn’t officially launch until November 12th in the US and Canada, it is now available in the Netherlands as a trial, which does mean this list might be different in November when it launches, but the majority of titles have been confirmed for the US launch. Currently the series lineup is a little light, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t some fun things to check out.
Here is the “What’s On Disney Plus” Top 50 series on Disney+:
50) Marvel’s Inhumans
This live action series is often overlooked by Marvel fans due to the bad reception it received, but its still worth checking out. In Marvel’s The Inhumans, it explores the never-before-told epic adventure of Black Bolt and the royal family of a race of superhumans with diverse and singularly unique powers. While it might not be up to the standard of other Marvel shows, I enjoyed learning more about this group of superheroes.
49) Star Wars Resistance
This new animated series set before the events of “The Force Awakens” follows Kazuda Xiono, a young pilot for the Resistance, is tasked with a top secret mission to investigate the First Order, a growing threat in the galaxy. The animation style is very different to “The Clone Wars” and “Rebels”, but if you want a more modern Star Wars animated series, try it out.
48) Dr K Exotic Animals ER
This National Geographic series follows Dr Susan Kelleher and staff as they treat all forms of exotic animals at her, hospital in Deerfield Beach, Florida. Another great animal reality TV series for adult viewers to enjoy.
47) That’s So Raven
This great Disney Channel original series tells the story of a young Raven Baxter is a winsome teen whose ability to glimpse flashes of the future often gets her into hot water. The addition of her “abilities” makes this show stand out from other Disney Channel shows from the same era and if you enjoyed this, there is also a new follow on series called, “Raven’s Home” also on Disney+.
46) Kingdom Of The White Wolf
Journey to the Arctic with National Geographic Explorer Ronan Donovan to witness a gorgeous and desolate world where wolves hunt, howl and raise their families. As we embed with the pack, experience unprecedented intimacy with a species steeped in legend, rumor and fear. This one-of-a-kind special blends classic blue-chip wildlife filmmaking with immersive, raw and breathless reality to showcase these wolves in their natural habitat. This is one of the newest series available on the early trial of Disney+ in the Netherlands. Highly recommended.
45) The Suite Life of Zack & Cody
This classic Disney Channel sitcom tells the story of two 11 year-old identical twins called Zack and Cody, who are the newest residents of Boston’s swanky Tipton Hotel. Living in a suite with their mom Carey, the boys treat the tipton like their own personal playground.
44) Good Luck Charlie
One of the few Disney Channel sitcoms that appeals to families, not just for children. It focuses on a Denver family, the Duncans, as they try to adjust to the births of their fourth and fifth children, Charlotte “Charlie” Duncan and Toby Duncan. In each episode, Teddy Duncan creates a video diary containing advice for Charlie about their family and life as a teenager, with each video diary ends with Teddy saying the eponymous phrase, “Good luck, Charlie”. One of the few sitcoms available currently on Disney+.
43) Dr Oakley Yukon Vet
Spanning thousands of acres and incorporating hundreds of species of animals; Michelle Oakley’s veterinary practice is Yukon tough. There is no such thing as a typical day in Michelle’s practice. House calls can range from expelling dogs anal glands to getting chased down by the very large Arctic musk-ox. Accompanied by her teenage daughters and armed with humor as sharp as scalpel, Michelle deftly juggles being a full time Veterinarian, wife and doctor; taking us into unexplored and unexamined regions of the Yukon.
42) Elena Of Avalor
The story of a brave teenager who has saved her kingdom from an evil sorceress and must now learn to rule as a crown princess until she’s old enough to be queen. This show features positive messages for young viewers, but is still enjoyable for all ages.
41) Liv and Maddie
The exploits of identical twins Liv and Maddie, who are very different, one is a entertainer, while the other is good at Basketball. The series centers on the unbreakable bond the twins share though they have wildly different personalities. To complicate their teenage lives, both parents work at their high school and their younger brothers are always stirring up trouble.
40) Origins: The Journey of Humankind
This National Geographic series is hosted by Jason Silva, who rewinds all the way back to the beginning and traces the innovations that made us modern. While the series isn’t anything groundbreaking, it offers a simplistic version of the evolution of man.
39) Brain Games
“Brain Games” is a groundbreaking series that uses interactive experiments, misdirection and tricks to demonstrate how our brains create the illusion of seamless reality through our memory, through our sensory perception, and how we focus our attention. With 5 seasons to binge, there is plenty here to give your brain a workout.
38) Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy
After the huge success of the live action movie, this animated series follows the adventures of Star-Lord, the brash adventurer who, to save the universe from its greatest threats, who joins forces with a quartet of disparate misfits — Rocket Raccoon, Groot, Gamora and Drax the Destroyer. If you want some more adventures of this motley crew, this animated series should keep you covered.
37) Hannah Montana
One of the biggest Disney Channel shows of all time and a perfect way to see Miley Cyrus growing up. The show tells the story of Miley Stewart, a typical teenager, but when the lights go down and the curtain goes up, she emerges as the glamorous and talented Hannah Montana. Having the “Best of Both Worlds” is a complicated proposition, and keeping her identity under wraps leads Miley and her friends into some hilarious capers as she tries to balance her normal life with her rock star persona.
36) Andi Mack
One of the most important Disney Channel series ever made, with its modern storylines and great cast. Andi is contemplative and artistic and sheltered by overprotective parents. But on the eve of her 13th birthday, Andi’s free-spirited older sister Bex returns home with a revelation that changes everything and sends Andi on an uncharted course of self-discovery.
35) Tron Rising
TRON: Uprising is part of the TRON franchise and is set between Tron and Tron: Legacy movies, so if you enjoyed the Tron universe, this is worth checking out. A young program named Beck becomes a leader of a revolution in The Grid. Beck is trained by Tron to become a great warrior, teaching him fighting skills and mentoring him as he becomes a powerful leader. Beck’s destiny is to lead a revolution to stop the reign of Clu 2 and his henchman General Tesler, and to lead his home and friends to freedom.
This Disney Channel live action series brings an idealistic teen from rural Texas embarks on the adventure of a lifetime when she decides to leave behind starry nights for big city lights. Thrilled to be on her own and determined not to be intimidated by New York City, she accepts a job as nanny for a high-profile couple with four kids. Helping to keep her moral compass in check are Bertram, the family’s butler, and Tony, the building’s 20-year-old doorman.
33) Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends
This is one of the many different animated series I used to watch as a kid and was my introduction to characters like Firestorm and Iceman. With some classic Marvel villains and simplistic animation style, this one is going to be of interest to older Spider-Man fans like myself.
32) LEGO Star Wars The Freemaker Adventures
Set between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, The Freemaker Adventures centers on a family of three young siblings—young boy Rowan, his sister Kordi, and their brother Zander—known as the Freemakers, who salvage parts from destroyed or damaged ships which they use to build new ones, which they sell in order to make their living. If you enjoyed the artistic style of LEGO movies or video games, this series could be right up your street.
31) Wizards Of Waverly Place
One of most popular Disney Channel series from the noughties, sees Alex, Justin and Max Russo are not your ordinary kids – they’re wizards in training! While their parents run the Waverly Sub Station, the siblings struggle to balance their ordinary lives while learning to master their extraordinary powers.
30) Phineas & Ferb
Each day, two kindhearted suburban stepbrothers on summer vacation embark on some grand new project, which annoys their controlling sister, Candace, who tries to bust them. Meanwhile, their pet platypus plots against evil Dr. Doofenshmirtz. This is one of the best animation series from recent times and with the new Disney+ Original movie coming soon, this is a perfect opportunity to catch up on the adventures of Phineas and Ferb.
29) Disney Fairy Tale Weddings
This reality show gives us a behind-the-scenes look at weddings and one-of-a-kind engagements that take place at Disney Destinations around the globe, including Walt Disney World, Disneyland and Disney Cruise Lines. The show is hosted by Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell. If you love weddings and Disney, this has everything you need.
This was one of the many Marvel animated shows I used to watch as a child and while it only had a single season of 16 episodes, it is worth going back to re-watch. Unfortunately this series hasn’t dated very well, as the way the Spider-Woman’s alter-ego Jessica Drew is treated. But its a series that Marvel fans might want to go back and investigate.
27) The Muppets
The Muppets return to primetime with a contemporary, documentary-style show, which is similar to “The Office”. For the first time ever, a series will explore the Muppets’ personal lives and relationships, both at home and at work, as well as romances, breakups, achievements, disappointments, wants and desires. It’s just a shame the original Muppet Show wasn’t available, since this modern series didn’t hit the same tone, as they tried to make it an adult Muppet show, but for “kids” of all ages.
26) Rocky Mountain Animal Rescue
The extraordinary staff at the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region risk their lives and give their hearts to save all animals big and small. With 5,400 square miles of rugged Colorado terrain in their jurisdiction, the Pikes Peak team works together to rescue and rehabilitate more than 40,000 animals a year. The job is risky, urgent, and unpredictable as the team responds to emergency calls in the untamed wilderness. Watch the incredible stories of nature, animals, and the unwavering perseverance of the officers and veterinarians of Rocky Mountain Animal Rescue.
25) The Many Adventures Of Winnie the Pooh
If you love Winnie The Pooh, then this series needs no introduction since we get to follow more adventures of Pooh and his friends. It’s cute, lovable and exactly what you would want from a Disney series from the 80’s.
24) Big Hero 6: The Series
This series is a sequel to the animated classic and follows Hiro as he now faces daunting academic challenges and the social trials of being the little man on campus. Off campus, the stakes are raised for the high-tech heroes as they must protect their city from an array of scientifically enhanced villains. Though the animation style is slightly different, for fans of the movie, this is worth looking into.
23) Frozen Northern Lights
If you are a fan of LEGO and of Frozen, this is the perfect combination as Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven embarking on an epic journey to “restore the glimmer of the Northern Lights.
22) The Incredible Dr Pol
Set in Central Michigan’s farm country, this reality series follows the work done at Pol Veterinary Services. Specializing in large farm animals, Dr. Pol treats horses, pigs, cows, sheep, alpacas, goats, chickens and even an occasional reindeer. The program also features Dr. Brenda Grettenberger, who has worked with Dr. Pol since 1992.
21) Kim Possible
Kim Possible is an animated series about a teenage crime fighter who has the task of dealing with worldwide, family, and school issues every day. The show is action-oriented, but also has a light-hearted atmosphere and often lampoons the conventions and clichés of the secret-agent and action genres.
20) The Little Mermaid
This series is a spinoff from the original animated classic and features the adventures of Ariel as a mermaid prior to the events of the film. Many of the voice actors of the film reprise their roles in the series including Jodi Benson as Ariel, Samuel E. Wright as Sebastian, Kenneth Mars as King Triton, and Pat Carroll as Ursula. If you enjoyed the Little Mermaid and haven’t seen the series, give this one a chance.
Gargoyles is one of later popular shows from the Afternoon Series in the 1990’s and the series is credited for its relatively dark tone, complex story arcs, and melodrama; character arcs were heavily employed throughout the series, as were Shakespearean themes.
18) Marvel’s The Runaways
One of Marvel’s modern live action series, this series focuses on six teenagers who discover their parents are evil and must unite against them. While also discovering that they have superpowers and a pet Dinosaur.
17) Ultimate Spider-Man
This series is one of best modern series featuring our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. It sees Spider-Man team up with a number of new superheroes including Nova, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and White Tiger. The series also includes many classic villains and if you aren’t so keen on the older Spider-Man shows available on Disney+, try out this one.
16) Darkwing Duck
Darkwing Duck is one of the most popular series from the Disney Afternoon period in the 1990’s and it featured the eponymous anthropomorphic duck superhero whose alter ego is mild-mannered single quacker Drake Mallard. This one will no doubt be very popular for anyone from the “Afternoon” era.
15) Marvel’s Agent Carter
This series is set back in 1946, and peace has dealt Peggy Carter a serious blow as she finds herself marginalized when the men return home from fighting abroad. Working for the covert SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve), Peggy must balance doing administrative work and going on secret missions for Howard Stark all while trying to navigate life as a single woman in America, in the wake of losing the love of her life – Captain America Steve Rogers. If you missed this series when it came out, this is a good way to fill out why Captain America made his decision in Avengers: Endgame.
14) Lost Treasures Of The Maya
This National Geographic series looks into a new “treasure map” of the Maya world that is transforming what we thought we knew of one of the world most mysterious ancient civilizations. I’ve visited many Mayan sites throughout Central America and found this to be a extremely interesting series.
13) Drain The Oceans
Maritime mysteries — old and new — come to life in this series, which combines scientific data and digital re-creations to reveal shipwrecks, treasures, and sunken cities on the bottom of lakes, seas and oceans around the world. Another National Geographic series perfect for adults to enjoy.
12) Boy Meets World
Boy Meets World is an classic American television sitcom that chronicles the coming of age events and everyday life-lessons of Cory Matthews, a Philadelphian who grows up from a young boy to a married man. And recently Disney brought the characters back for Girl Meets World, so if you fancy going back to where it all started, there are seven seasons available.
11) Ducktales (2017)
This rebooted version of the 1980’s animated classic chronicles the high-flying adventures of trillionaire Scrooge McDuck, his grandnephews – Huey, Dewey, and Louie – and temperamental nephew Donald Duck, Launchpad McQuack, Mrs. Beakley, and her granddaughter Webby. A really enjoyable animated series that is one of my new favourites.
10) Chip ‘n’ Dale Rescue Rangers
One of the all time classic animated series from the 1980’s, Disney’s fun-loving chipmunks are re-imagined as the leaders of a team of pint-sized crime-fighters, rounding out the team are two mice, Gadget Hackwrench and Monterey Jack and Zipper, a fly. This was one of the series I used to adore as a child and is one no doubt many more people will be going back to.
9) Great Migrations
Great Migrations is an epic nature documentary that features the great migrations of animals across the globe. The seven-part show is the largest programming events in the history of National Geographic If you love animal documentaries, this is one of the best and well worth checking out.
8) Star Wars Rebels
Set between the events of Star Wars: Episodes III and IV, when the evil Galactic Empire is tightening its grip of power on the galaxy. The motley crew of the starship Ghost make a stand against the Empire. And together, they will face threatening new villains, encounter colorful adversaries, embark on thrilling adventures, and become heroes with the power to ignite a rebellion. If you are a fan of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, this is a must watch and also helps fill in those gaps between the two trilogies.
7) Marvel’s Agents Of Shield
Following the huge success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, this show follows Agent Phil Coulson of S.H.I.E.L.D. as he puts together a team of agents to investigate the new, the strange and the unknown around the globe, protecting the ordinary from the extraordinary. With over a hundred episodes, this series brings in some deep cuts from the comic book series, deals with Inhumans, space travel, time travel and also the fallout from Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
One of the most popular “Afternoon” animated shows from the 1980’s, Ducktales tells the story of Scrooge McDuck, who finds his hands full at home when nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie move to Duckburg. Joined by their loyal pals Launchpad McQuack, Gyro Gearloose and Mrs. Beakley, the DuckTales gang never fails to deliver a wealth of adventure. This will no doubt be a very popular series for adults to go back to.
5) Spider-Man – The Animated Series
There have been many Spider-Man animated series over the years, but the 1990’s series feels closest to the original comies. With 65 episodes, that include a wide variety of different villains and interwoven storylines throughout, it truly raised the bar for animated shows.
4) One Strange Rock
This series takes viewers on a mind-bending, thrilling journey exploring the fragility and wonder of planet Earth, one of the most peculiar, unique places in the entire universe, brought to life by the only people to have left it behind – the world’s most well known and leading astronauts. The show is hosted by Will Smith and is a very polished documentary series that will get you thinking.
3) Star Wars: The Clone Wars
This series fills in the story between “Attack of the Clones” and “Revenge Of The Sith”, where Yoda, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, Mace Windu and other Jedi Knights lead the Grand Army of the Republic against the droid army of the Separatists. The 7th season of the show will be a Disney+ exclusive and with over a hundred episodes, this is one of the most binge worthy shows on Disney+.
2) Gravity Falls
This series is all about twin brother and sister Dipper and Mabel Pines, who end up on an unexpected adventure when they spend the summer helping their great uncle Stan run a tourist trap in the mysterious town of Gravity Falls, Oregon. This is one of the best modern Disney channel animated series, that is great for adults and children alike.
1) X-Men: The Animated Series
Easily my personal favourite Marvel animated show, this series from the 1990’s features lots of different X-Men characters and will introduce you to the world of mutants better than any of the live action movies. The series showcases how the X-Men fight for mutant rights against hostile Government agencies, whilst at the same time protecting mankind from mutant supremacist Magneto who seeks to destroy the human race in return for the atrocities committed against mutant kind. For Marvel fans, this is a must watch.
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