We’re going to start with an unpopular opinion: there’s this mainstream notion that we always need to be working, moving from A to B to C, and that it will make us happy. There’s a certain thrill in chasing after a goal and the rush of joy when you get there. You’re at the top of the mountain, ahead of everyone. It feels good to look down below. The hustle is real.
But this needs to stay busy quiets down the part of us that craves mundanity and relaxation. That’s a part of us that seldom is allowed to raise our heads up. The part that enjoys a good book, movie, or even mild boredom. What happens to that part when you keep it down for far too long? Nothing good, we can be sure.
So, this is what we propose. Beckon to this other part of you, and let it speak. Get to know it and its interests better. Does it like a walk in the park or a swim perhaps? A day called for making a warm cup of coffee, getting into a blanket, and binging Disney Plus TV shows? Be it whatever, and we want you to find the balance.
We’ve compiled some of the best shows on Disney Plus below, hoping that your quiet side finds something it enjoys. Even the busy part of you could find something it enjoyed if it tried. And because this is a list of the best Disney Plus shows across genres, we’re certain you will walk away refreshed.
She-Hulk: Attorney at Law
If you think being a lawyer who is worked to the bone was tough, meet Jennifer Walters. She also happens to be a Hulk (yes, just like Bruce Banner). Tatiana Maslany, who plays Jennifer in She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, must find a way to live with the freak accident that occurred to her without compromising her career. But these complications result in a comedy-drama that is endearing to watch.
Light & Magic
There really is magically produced behind the curtains that hide Lucasfilm. Light & Magic is the key that unlocks this world, to show us what really goes into making this magic and how it inspired some of the most iconic filmmakers of Hollywood. For those of us who obsess about the wizardry of cinema-making, this is a show that you absolutely cannot miss.
We thought Jennifer Garner could shine on the big screen, but she does an equally fantastic job in the small screens as well. Sydney is a double agent supposedly working for the CIA but discovers over time that her employer may have no connections to the CIA whatsoever. With her fiancé dead, she must now find the man behind the assassination and avenge her boyfriend with the help of the real CIA. Claimed as the most binge-worthy spy drama on streaming platforms, Alias is a show that you absolutely must not miss.
Placed 10 years after the events of “Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith”, Obi-Wan Kenobi, master of Anakin Skywalker who became the evil Sith Lord Darth Vader, finds himself broken after the betrayal of his most promising student. But when agents of the Empire pose a new threat, he must come out of hiding to restore the balance of power by bringing together allies to take out the imperial forces. Fleshing out the story of this important character adds more weight to the original series, and we’re glad it happened. Take out time this week and don’t forget to add it to your watch list!
Everyone’s talking about Ms. Marvel, and you’ll understand why once you turn on the show. Kamala Khan is a wildly imaginative girl, who obsesses over the superheroes from the Marvel Universe, especially Captain Marvel. But this obsession of hers doesn’t help her navigate the complexities of being a Brown Muslim girl in America. But it all changes one fine morning when she gets the superpowers of her favorite superheroes. Truly iconic, Ms. Marvel is one of the finest additions to the MCU, and we can see the promise this show holds to becoming a long-lasting entertainer.
The Imagineering Story
There’s a place every child has always wanted to visit as they grew up – a Disney theme park. This desire isn’t anything unimportant in an adult either. In The Imagineering Story, Leslie Iwerks takes us behind the scenes to uncover what really goes into making the iconic Disney theme parks that both children and adults adore. What does it take to achieve the magic of Walt Disney, and bring it out across the world through the various parks? Find out the detailed work that works without recognition to recreate a magical experience to last a lifetime.
Iron Fist has a smaller audience as compared to the other superheroes in the MCU, but we think it is grossly underrated. Danny Rand, the protagonist, is the lone survivor of a plane crash that kills his parents, the owners of Rand Enterprises. Raised in the city of K’un-Lun, he is trained in ancient martial arts. When he returns to New York to inherit his family business, he finds that the plane crash was more suspicious. As he fights off the people that threaten to destroy his family’s work, he must also ensure he doesn’t forget his duties as the Iron Fist.
The World According To Jeff Goldblum
The World According to Jeff Goldblum will be easily accepted by people who are already familiar with his work, but for the uninitiated, you’ll need to dive into at least 3 episodes before you begin to appreciate this man’s style. Each episode has Jeff exploring things that fascinate him about American culture – from sneakers to ice cream to coffee to pools. What may have tuned out to be a drab general-knowledge TV show is uplifted to a performative style that has a lot of entertainment value. We think this show should find a spot on your watch list.
The Quest is a reality show like nothing we have seen before. Eight real-life teenagers are transported into the fictional world of Everealm, where they must embark on a mission to save the kingdom by following the instructions of an ancient prophecy. The production and storytelling are so on point that it feels less like a reality show and more like a scripted one. Shows that test these kinds of concepts that push boundaries are rare because there is so much to lose if it doesn’t work. But The Quest does, and that’s why it features on our list.
Moon Knight might come as a weird addition to the MCU, but weird is acceptable when it is binge-able. The show follows Steven Grant, played by Oscar Isaac, who cannot sleep at night and feels like he is losing his mind. He comes to understand that an Egyptian God possesses his body, but the other voice in his head could belong to a mercenary. The show establishes a feeling of intrigue where you know just enough to keep you watching, and we’re honestly excited to see how the depiction of this superhero will play out.
We weren’t quite sure about What If… when we saw this trailer, but we knew Marvel had done it yet again when we watched the show. The show starts with the premise of what would happen if important events in the Marvel Cinematic Universe were reimagined – for example, Tony Stark’s abduction by the Ten Rings. We’re also taken across multiple universes and timelines to witness how the superheroes of those worlds take care of their duties, and the show promises and delivers on a good narrative on the fan fiction that surrounds the franchise we all love.
Marvel’s 616 brings to us the representation of our favorite superheroes through the eyes of 8 reputed filmmakers, as they explore the role of the Marvel universe in our everyday life and culture. Brought to life through this 8 episode series are the origins of forgotten characters like the Japanese Spider-Man and Moon Girl, and also the rise of the New York Comic Con and the Marvel Spotlight program. Whether you are a diehard fan of Marvel or not, Marvel’s 616 is a refreshing way to understand and appreciate the depth of this universe that Stan Lee brought to life.
The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers
The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers is an entertaining retake of the underdog story. When Evan fails to meet the mark to join the Mighty Ducks junior hockey team, his mother convinces him to start a team of his own to challenge the heavyweight. And how will they get to where they want to be? With the help of Gordon Bombay, the original coach of the Mighty Ducks. What results is a show with a lot of heart, charismatic characters, and a real contender to become a part of the global TV culture.
Jessica Jones is a lesser-known superhero from the Marvel Universe, but because it was meant for a more adult audience. Jessica Jones is a superhero who has a short stint at the game, but circumstances force her to quit her time-fighting crime and open up a detective agency that ends up dealing with cases involving superpowers. But when an old enemy comes searching for her, Jessica must find a way to remove this enemy once and for all, because of the threat he poses to the few people she holds close to her. The anti-hero position suits Marvel’s image well, and Krysten Ritter seems to be the perfect person to play the lead.
The Book of Boba Fett
A spinoff on the original Star Wars Saga, The Book of Boba Fett follows the life and arrangement between bounty hunter Boba Fett and mercenary Fennec Shand to survive the Galaxy’s dark world together. In their adventures through Jabba the Hutt’s territory, we see a dramatic intensity in the lead actors' performances that invites us to explore the show better. The story of Boba Fett adds a different flavor to the Star Wars universe in the sands of the Tatooine. We think the show has some large shoes to fill and that the coming seasons show a lot of potentials!
We think most people would agree that Hawkeye is one of the most underplayed characters in the MCU Universe, especially after you read the comics. This TV show aims to correct this. We see the duo of Clint Barton and Kate Bishop using their skills to hunt to avoid becoming the hunted. Hawkeye finds itself an easy show to put your time into, and the charms of the actors keep us from changing the show. The show hits the target just as prolifically as the archers in it. After the success of this show, we hope to see Hawkeye play a much larger role in the MCU universe.
We know Loki as the God of Mischief in the MCU universe, and a villain to be wary of. But at the end of the show, we see this character in a different light which is an example of the character development potential the MCU universe holds. The chemistry between Hiddleston and Owen Wilson carries the entire show to dizzying heights. Set in a world after the events of Avengers: Endgame, Hiddleston has to join forces with the Time Variance Authority to capture a killer Loki from another timeline. We cannot recommend this show enough and think Loki was one of the best ideas to come out of Marvel Studios.
The genre focusing on the daily lives of a central figure or family is a tried and tested recipe for successful television. Even Stevens is one of such shows. Revolving around the life and antics of Louis Stevens, a misfit in his high school, we ensure you will have a good time when you turn on this show. We see Stevens hatching plots to annoy his sister, who has a personality diametrically opposite to his and his dangerous adventures with his best friend, Alan. The show provides easy, relaxing entertainment without asking us for more investment, and isn't that something we'd all like more of?
Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted
Gordon Ramsey is a household name in culinary enthusiast circles. When he goes globe-trotting to explore cultures, people, and cuisines, you have to know that only good can come out of it. As he travels from Laos to Hawaii to Peru to his next culinary destination, we see the man out of his comfort zone, which eventually makes him a finer celebrity chef. As he recounts his experience throughout the show, we watch Gordon absorb new knowledge about cooking, indigenous ingredients, and unique traditions and fashion it into his own personal style. As a travelogue, Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted takes us back into a time far removed from our busy worlds.
Big Shot, with its charming performance and underlying family drama, is a show we root for becoming a household entertainer. Marvyn is a college basketball coach with temper issues, which causes him to lose his job. To make ends meet, he is forced to take up a job at an all-girls private high school for the elites of society, where he is completely out of place. But what seems to be a recipe for disaster turns out in an enjoyable journey of a man trying to put back his life together, when placed in the most uncomfortable of circumstances. The context is not unexplored, but the heart of this show can keep you there till the close of the finale.
The Simpsons are one of the most defining elements of American culture, and in recent times, it has also claimed the title of being a predictor for future events. The show revolves around the lives of The Simpsons, who are an American family in the truest sense. Considering it's a show that started in 1989 and only recently came to an end, it's not difficult to understand why - this gem had magic that resonated with everyone. It would be difficult to pick what keeps us watching this show - Bart's antics, Lisa's smarts, Homer's stupidity, or their combination. The Simpsons are more than a show in our hearts. And it is a piece of comedic gold.
Disney’s adventures about Mickey Mouse and Scrooge McDuck still remain an invaluable memory to the children of the 80s, even now and for years to come. With this reboot of the animated series, Disney managed to refresh our memories. As Scrooge Duck gains guardianship of his grandnephews, he is unwillingly forced to take them back to his fortress, the McDuck Manor. The manor unlocks the imagination of the children, and the TV show is a depiction of this. We found the show to be highly energetic, with the right touch of nostalgia and a funnier take on the classic Disney series.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
Fast forward to a world where the original Avengers are no longer on duty. We find the duo of Falcon and the Winter Soldier finding out their personal chemistry when it comes to saving the world. It sounds like a simple plotline, but we assure you it isn’t easy. But we like the character development of these underplayed superheroes and think they are worthy of taking forward the legacy left behind by Captain America. Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan find themselves with large shoes to fill, and we’re genuinely surprised at how well they’ve done this. Marvel has not gone wrong with this mini-series, and we hope to see more from this dynamic globetrotting duo.
This list is happy to accommodate another of the spinoffs from the legendary Star Wars saga when the spinoff is as iconic as this. Post the fall of the Galactic Empire, Pedro Pascal, who plays the Mandalorian, takes the expressionless character that we know and introduces us to a fresh, well-rounded perspective of the man behind the mask. The Mandalorian pulls off the job of putting together the original and prequel trilogies into a fascinating piece of lore, and it works. The show becomes more than a reinvention. And it transforms into a larger arc of its own.
The Owl House
We felt it was time to add a show that brought together fantasy, comedy, and something to watch with the kids. The Owl House immediately flashed into our minds. Luz discovers a portal that can take her into a realm of magic and mystery and, by chance (or was it?), becomes friends with Eda, a witch, and King, a warrior who is not quite the size of a warrior nor a king. Needless to say, Luz is fascinated and promises to serve as Eda’s apprentice just so that she can also become a witch. The time at magic school, the rich storytelling, and the quirky appeal are strange yet enticing. Isn’t that the definition of magic?
You might wonder why there are so many Marvel shows on this list. But WandaVision is on this list for more than being a spectacular spinoff, it is a striking show that finds relation to our history of television, love for the mysterious, and the overpowering story of love. Living suburban lives as they wished for, Wanda and Vision soon come to understand that there is more at play in their surroundings. The show gives us a fresh approach to Wanda and her powers in particular. This show is a defining statement for the MCU - they can make fascinating TV shows with depth as well.
The Beatles: Get Back
The Beatles: Get Back is a documentary of their famous and final rooftop gig, held on Jan. 30, 1969. For music fans, the Beatles is a name that transcends genres, and you’ll find tears rolling down your eyes while their guitars gently weep (yes, pun intended). We cannot think of a better tribute to one of the iconic rock bands of the human species than this one. The underlying tone throughout is one of many emotions though, as this was a time when the band no longer spoke as one.