Each month, I’ll be bringing you my list of the best Star Originals that can only be found on Disney+ internationally. These Star Originals come from Disney’s television studios including ABC Signature, FX, 20th Television, Freeform and Searchlight TV.
Unlike Disney+ Originals, there are some regional differences in the availability of some of the Star Originals, because of existing streaming contracts in place before Star was added to Disney+. Over time, the list of Star Originals will continue to grow (as will this list) since Disney is planning on adding over 35 of them within the first year and Disney+ will be the home of all new shows from studios like ABC and FX.
Here is the “What’s On Disney Plus” Top Disney+ Originals for October 2021:
30) Love in the Time of Corona
A funny and hopeful look at the search for love, sex and connection during this time of social distancing. If you’re after a drama series set during the pandemic, this one is for you. All four episodes are available on Disney+ now.
29) That One Feeynord
The Feyenoord Football Club operates inside for the extent of the 2020/21 season due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. But, unique footage from inside the locker room and behind the boardroom walls brings the Club and all key personalities within surprisingly closer to the audience than ever before.
28) Hip Hop Uncovered
Hip Hop Uncovered, an examination of a dying breed of power brokers who operate from the shadows of hip hop. Set against 40 years of music history, this six-part documentary series takes a deep dive into the paradox of America’s criminalization of the genre and its fascination with the street culture that created it and still exists within it. Instead of telling the story of hip hop from the top down, Hip Hop Uncovered tells the story from the streets up, as it reveals the untold story of how America’s streets helped shape hip hop culture from an expression of survival and defiance into music’s most dominant genre.
Note – This documentary is a Star Original in the UK, Ireland, Australia & New Zealand.
27) Women Of 911
From the heroic female first responders and workers who risked everything in dangerous jobs at ground zero to the miracle survivors, including Genelle Guzman-McMillan, the last person pulled out alive from the World Trade Center rubble after 27 hours, and the women who suffered a heartbreaking loss; all of them bonded in trauma, grief, and after two decades, remarkable strength and resilience. A heartbreaking documentary.
Dex Parios is a strong, assertive, and unapologetically sharp-witted Army veteran working as a P.I. in Portland, Oregon. With a complicated personal history and only herself to rely on, she solves other people’s messes with a blind eye toward her own.
Note – This is a “Star Original” only in UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand
This “Black-Ish” spin-off is a contemporary take on the current issues facing both students and administrators in the world of higher education. Yara Shahidi portrays Zoey – Dre (Anthony Anderson) and Rainbow’s (Tracee Ellis Ross) popular, entitled, stylish and socially active 17-year-old daughter — as she heads off to college and quickly discovers that not everything goes her way once she leaves the nest. Yara is joined by ”black-ish”’s Deon Cole (Charlie) who portrays Charlie, Dre’s eccentric and unpredictable co-worker at Stevens & Lido. Zoey runs into Charlie during college orientation where she learns that he moonlights as an adjunct marketing professor. Arlook will portray Miriam, a freshman know-it-all at Southern California University with a no-holds-barred attitude. Parnell will portray the dean of Southern California University, and Jackson will portray a socially conscious sophomore at Southern California University. This is a great comedy show that offers a very different style of comedy for Disney+.
24) Bless The Harts
The lives of a group of Southerners who are always broke as a joke and struggling for the American dream of status and wealth. What they don’t realize is that they’re already rich — in friends, family and laughter.
Note – This series is a Star Original in Australia, the UK and New Zealand.
This Marvel live-action series tells the story of Daimon and Ana Helstrom, who are the son and daughter of a mysterious and powerful serial killer; the siblings have a complicated dynamic as they track down the terrorizing worst of humanity. Due to this series being cancelled before it had even been released, since it was the last live-action Marvel TV series not being created by Marvel Studios, I had written this show off before I had even seen it, which was a mistake. It’s dark and gritty. It reminds me more like “Lucifer” or “Constantine”, in that they stand out on their own. It’s worth checking out an episode or two to see if you want to invest in the time in this one season.
22) A Wilderness of Error
A Wilderness of Error, based on the best-selling book by filmmaker and author Errol Morris who also appears in the series. When Army surgeon Jeffrey MacDonald is sent to prison for killing his family, a storm of swirling narratives challenges our very ability to find the truth all the while overshadowing a chilling possibility: MacDonald may be an innocent man.
This documentary is a Star Original in Australia & New Zealand.
After being dumped by her longtime boyfriend, a young woman must deal with her own imagination in order to literally and metaphorically re-enter the world of women, and rekindle the female friendships she left behind. This comedy series is certainly worth taking the time to check out, especially if you want to see more of Kat Dennings style of humour.
Note – This is a “Star Original” only in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand & Ireland
InPRIDE, six renowned LGBTQ+ directors explore heroic and heartbreaking stories that define America as a nation. The limited series spans the FBI surveillance of homosexuals during the 1950s Lavender Scare to the “Culture Wars” of the 1990s and beyond, exploring the queer legacy of the Civil Rights movement and the battle over marriage equality. Featuring little-known characters such as Madeleine Tress or 1980s videographer Nelson Sullivan who chronicled a vanishing downtown New York City during the AIDS epidemic, the series also features international figures such as Civil Rights pioneer Bayard Rustin, writer Audre Lord and Senators Tammy Baldwin and Lester Hunt. The evolution of trans rights and identities through the decades is charted through interviews and archival footage of pioneers including Christine Jorgensen, Flawless Sabrina, Ceyenne Doroshow, Susan Stryker, Kate Bornstein, Dean Spade and Raquel Willis. This is a hard-hitting documentary series and very informative.
Note – Pride is a Star Original in the UK and Ireland.
19) Filthy Rich
When the patriarch of a mega-rich Southern family, famed for creating a wildly successful Christian television network, dies in a plane crash, his wife and family are stunned to learn that he fathered three illegitimate children, all of whom are written into his will, threatening their family name and fortune. This series has a storyline that is a little different to the usual US series and I’d say, give the first episode a go and see how you get on with it.
Note – This is a “Star Original” only in the United Kingdom & Ireland
A Silicon Valley pioneer discovers that one of his own creations – a powerful A.I. – might spell global catastrophe, and teams up with a cybercrime agent to fight a villain unlike anything we’ve ever seen – one whose greatest weapon against us is ourselves. Unfortunately, this is another series that was cancelled so quickly that it instantly becomes a show to be wary of. However, I’ve watched a few of episodes and have been really enjoying the story of how your smart devices are out to take over! It’s a bit scary and worth taking the time to check out.
Note – This is a “Star Original” only in the United Kingdom & Ireland
17) The D’Amelio Show
From relative obscurity and a seemingly normal life, to overnight success and thrust into the Hollywood limelight overnight, the D’Amelios are faced with new challenges and opportunities they could not have imagined. This is a surprisingly interesting reality/documentary series that highlights the best and worst of becoming one of the biggest influencers on the planet.
From the creators of “black-ish,” season two of “mixed-ish” will continue to tell the story of a young Rainbow Johnson and her family as they recount the experience of being a mixed-race family in the ’80s and the dilemmas they face as they navigate a world where the kids are perceived as neither black nor white. While the parents deal with the social dynamics of fitting into the suburbs, Rainbow and her siblings find themselves figuring out how to fit in when everyone else can’t decide where they belong.
Note – This series is a Star Original in UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand
Inspired by the life of Erin Brockovich today, Annie “Rebel” Bello is a blue-collar legal advocate without a law degree. She’s a funny, messy, brilliant and fearless woman who cares desperately about the causes she fights for and the people she loves. When Rebel applies herself to a fight she believes in, she will win at almost any cost.
Note – Rebel is a Star Original in the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.
14) American Housewife
Katie Otto, a confident, unapologetic wife and mother of three, raises her flawed family in the wealthy town of Westport, Connecticut, filled with “perfect” mommies and their “perfect” offspring. Joining Katie in her perfectly imperfect world is her husband, Greg Otto, who supports her in every way possible, but with a dash of reality thrown in as they work to ensure their children – including their oldest teenage daughter, Taylor, who is already set on the “perfect” path; their middle son, Oliver, who has one goal in life: to be rich; and their youngest, Anna-Kat, who needs a little extra help navigating life – do not end up like everyone else. Katie also has her closest friends in town, Angela and Doris, who help her keep it all in perspective. Despite her flaws and unconventional ways, Katie ultimately only wants the best for her kids and will fight tooth and nail to instill some good old-fashioned values in them.
Note – This is a “Star Original” only in Australia and New Zealand
13) Summer Of Soul
In his acclaimed debut as a filmmaker, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson presents a powerful and transporting documentary—part music film, part historical record created around an epic event that celebrated Black history, culture and fashion. Over the course of six weeks in the summer of 1969, just one hundred miles south of Woodstock, The Harlem Cultural Festival was filmed in Mount Morris Park (now Marcus Garvey Park). The footage was never seen and largely forgotten–until now. “Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised),” shines a light on the importance of history to our spiritual well-being and stands as a testament to the healing power of music during times of unrest, both past and present. The feature includes never-before-seen concert performances by Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sly & the Family Stone, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Mahalia Jackson, B.B. King, The 5th Dimension and more.
12) Reservation Dogs
From Co-Creators and Executive Producers Sterlin Harjo and Taika Waititi, Reservation Dogs is a half-hour comedy that follows the exploits of four Indigenous teenagers in rural Oklahoma who steal, rob and save in order to get to the exotic, mysterious and faraway land of California. Filmed on location in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, Reservation Dogs is a breakthrough in Indigenous representation on television both in front of and behind the camera. Every writer, director and series regular on the show is Indigenous. This first-of-its-kind creative team tells a story that resonates with them and their lived experiences – and invites audiences into a surprisingly familiar and funny world. If you’re after a different type of comedy series, give this a whirl.
Reservation Dogs is a Star Original in the UK, Ireland, Canada and New Zealand.
The megalomaniacal supervillain M.O.D.O.K. (Patton Oswalt) has long pursued his dream of one day conquering the world. But after years of setbacks and failures fighting the Earth’s mightiest heroes, M.O.D.O.K. has run his evil organization A.I.M. into the ground. Ousted as A.I.M.’s leader, while also dealing with his crumbling marriage and family life, the Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing is set to confront his greatest challenge yet: a midlife crisis… THAT WILL SHAKE THE MARVEL UNIVERSE TO ITS CORE! This adult animated series is something very different for Marvel fans.
10) McCartney 3,2,1
Paul McCartney sits down for a rare, in-depth, one on one with legendary producer Rick Rubin to discuss his groundbreaking work with The Beatles, the emblematic 70s arena rock of Wings and his 50 years and counting as a solo artist. In this six-episode series that explores music and creativity in a unique and revelatory manner, join Paul and Rick for an intimate conversation about the songwriting, influences, and personal relationships that informed the iconic songs that have served as the soundtracks of our lives. If you love the Beatles, you should find this a fascinating series, which is basically two passionate people discussing something they love.
9) Y – The Last Man
A drama series based on DC Comics’ acclaimed series of the same name by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra, Y: The Last Man traverses a post-apocalyptic world in which a cataclysmic Event decimates every mammal with a Y chromosome except for one cisgender man and his pet monkey. The series follows the survivors in this new world as they struggle with their efforts to restore what was lost and the opportunity to build something better. Easily one of the best Star Originals so far this year.
Y: The Last Man is a Star Original in the UK and Ireland
8) American Horror Stories
American Horror Stories is a spin-off of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s award-winning hit anthology series American Horror Story. American Horror Stories is a weekly anthology series that will feature a different horror story each episode.
Note – American Horror Stories is a Star Original in Canada, UK, Ireland and other countries.
7) The Hot Zone
In 1989, the Ebola virus appears in chimpanzees in a research lab in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., and there is no known cure; a U.S. Army scientist puts her life on the line to head off an outbreak before it spreads to the human population. This drama series from National Geographic is possibly even scarier following the pandemic.
6) The Gloaming
The Gloaming is the story of an unorthodox and troubled policewoman, Molly McGee, who leads an investigation into the murder of an unidentified woman. McGee has to team up with Alex O’Connell, a man she has not spoken to for 20 years. It’s a dark and twisted drama series that is well worth investigating.
Note – “The Gloaming” is a Star Original in the UK and Ireland.
5) Love Victor
“Love, Victor” is set in the world of the groundbreaking movie, “Love, Simon,” which was inspired by Becky Albertalli’s acclaimed young adult novel, “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda,” about a closeted gay teenager who is forced to come out after being blackmailed. The series stars Michael Cimino as Victor, who, like Simon, is on his own journey of self-discovery. Facing challenges at home, navigating the ups and downs of a new high school and exploring his sexual orientation, Victor reaches out to Simon when things become too difficult. I’ve been really enjoying this High School drama series, its got plenty of stereotypical high school moments but the subject matter is what makes this one stand out. The second season will be released weekly throughout the summer.
4) Solar Opposites
A family of aliens from a better world must take refuge in middle America, and they disagree on whether Earth is awful or awesome. Watching this adult animated comedy on Disney+ still feels a bit wrong as its extremely crude and violent, but I’ve been loving catching up with the Aliens each week! If you enjoy other adult animated series like “South Park” or “Family Guy”, give this one a go! Both Seasons 1 and 2 are available now.
3) Big Sky
The series is about private detectives Cassie Dewell and Cody Hoyt, who join forces with Cody’s estranged wife and ex-cop, Jenny Hoyt, to search for two sisters who have been kidnapped by a truck driver on a remote highway in Montana. When they discover that these are not the only girls who have disappeared in the area, they must race against the clock to stop the killer before another woman is taken. Based on the series of books by C.J. Box, the series stars Katheryn Winnick, Kylie Bunbury and Ryan Phillippe. Big Sky has quickly become must-watch TV in my household and we’ve been loving each episode. If you enjoy a good crime drama, with some really nasty villains, this one is for you.
Note – This isn’t available as a “Star Original” in Canada.
2) Vacation Friends
In this raw and raunchy comedy, strait-laced Marcus and Emily (Lil Rel Howery, Yvonne Orji) are befriended by wild, thrill-seeking partiers Ron and Kyla (John Cena, Meredith Hagner) at a resort in Mexico. Living in the moment, the usually level-headed couple lets loose to enjoy a week of uninhibited fun and debauchery with their new “vacation friends.” Months after their walk on the wild side, Marcus and Emily are horrified when Ron and Kyla show up uninvited at their wedding, creating chaos and proving that what happens on vacation, doesn’t necessarily stay on vacation.
1) Only Murders In The Building
From the minds of Steve Martin, Dan Fogelman and John Hoffman comes a comedic murder-mystery series for the ages. “Only Murders In The Building” follows three strangers (Steve Martin, Martin Short and Selena Gomez) who share an obsession with true crime and suddenly find themselves wrapped up in one. When a grisly death occurs inside their exclusive Upper West Side apartment building, the trio suspects murder and employs their precise knowledge of true crime to investigate the truth. As they record a podcast of their own to document the case, the three unravel the complex secrets of the building which stretch back years. Perhaps even more explosive are the lies they tell one another. Soon, the endangered trio comes to realize a killer might be living amongst them as they race to decipher the mounting clues before it’s too late. This is a strange series, that mixes comedy with drama, in a way you might not expect. Certainly a highlight on Star On Disney+.
What is your favourite “Star Original” so far?
Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a kid and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney Parks around the globe and has a vast collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What's On Disney Plus & DisKingdom.