Yo, hold up! We gotta drop some truth bombs on y'all. Society tells us to hustle, grind, and move from A to B to C like it's the only way to live. But we're here with an unpopular opinion - sometimes you gotta chill and embrace the mundanity of life. That's right, we said it. The hustle is real, but so is the need for relaxation.
So let's take a moment to listen to that quiet voice inside us that craves some R&R. Maybe it wants a stroll in the park or a refreshing swim. Or maybe it just wants to curl up with a warm cup of coffee and binge-watch some Disney Plus shows (we won't judge). Whatever it is, find that balance between work and play.
And speaking of Disney Plus shows, we've got you covered with our list of the best across all genres. Trust us, even if you're usually too busy for TV time, these shows are worth making time for. So go ahead and give your brain a break with some quality entertainment. Your inner peace will thank you later.
American Born Chinese (2023)
American Born Chinese is a must-watch show for anyone interested in mystical and magical storytelling. Based on the graphic novel by Gene Luen Yang, it follows the journey of a Chinese American high school student, Ben Wang, as he finds himself drawn into an epic battle of the heavens featuring some of the greatest figures from Chinese folklore.
Creator Kelvin Yu deftly weaves together the struggles of fitting into American culture while honoring your own heritage and traditions with breathtaking action sequences thanks to Shang-Chi writer and director Destin Daniel Cretton. Whether you're a fan of graphic novels, martial arts action, or heartfelt storytelling, American Born Chinese has something for everyone.
The Muppets Mayhem (2023)
The Muppets Mayhem is a brand new series that promises to bring joy and mischief to our screens. Developed by Bill Barretta, Adam F. Goldberg, and Jeff Yorkes, this show is based on Jim Henson's timeless characters. Following the story of Nora, an ambitious music executive trying to wrangle The Muppets as they create their first platinum album, the show is a playful journey through the chaos of band life.
With new covers and original music, this series adds a fresh chapter to The Muppets universe. And not just that, but with appearances from the likes of Lil Nas X and Tommy Lee, the show is sure to get fans excited. So, put on your dancing shoes and get ready to go on a colorful ride with The Muppets Mayhem!
A Small Light (2023)
Have you ever heard of Miep Gies? If not, A Small Light is the mini-series for you. This captivating biographical drama explores the remarkable decisions of the Dutch woman who risked everything to provide protection for her employer and his family during World War II. Co-created by Tony Phelan and Joan Rater, A Small Light takes a unique approach to the story of Anne Frank and her family, exploring it through the perspective of Miep Gies.
Bel Powley delivers an unforgettable performance as the woman whose home the Franks hid within. A Small Light enlightens audiences about an unforgettable time in history and the courage of those who risked everything to protect others.
Have you heard about Rennervations? It's a fascinating new documentary series created by Zach Merck and led by none other than Hawkeye star Jeremy Renner. This tightly packed four-part series thoughtfully follows Renner as he travels across the world, providing assistance and giving back to local communities. Along the way, he's accompanied by some of his famous friends, like Anthony Mackie and Vanessa Hudgens, who share in his passion for construction and fabricator culture.
It's an uplifting and inspirational project that shines a light on the power of creativity and the importance of helping others. If you're looking for a heartwarming series to watch, Rennervations should be at the top of your list!
The Crossover (2023)
If you're looking for a warm and delightful sports drama, then The Crossover is the show for you. Narrated by the amazing Daveed Diggs, this charming series follows twin brothers Josh and JB as they navigate their teenage years, striving to achieve their basketball dreams. With relatable challenges from school and family, The Crossover seamlessly blends both humor and heart.
Fans of the book will be pleased with the show's adaptation as it captures the essence of the source material brilliantly. And even if you haven't read the book, you'll still be glued to the screen, rooting for these lovable characters. With a talented young cast and fun supporting characters, The Crossover is a must-watch for anyone who loves sports and coming-of-age stories.
Secrets of the Elephants (2023)
Are you ready to experience the magic of elephants like never before? Secrets of the Elephants is a National Geographic documentary limited series that will take you on a journey around the world to witness the incredible lives of these majestic creatures. Narrated by the talented Oscar winner Natalie Portman, viewers will be treated to sweeping landscapes, stunning visuals, and crystal-clear details in this once-in-a-lifetime documentary.
As executive producer, James Cameron (Avatar: The Way of Water) brings his expertise to the table, revealing the hidden truths and cultural behaviors of elephants that will leave you in awe. Sit back, relax, and prepare to be transported into the mystery and wonder of the elephant world.
Chasing Waves (2023)
Created by Christopher G. Cowen and Jason Baffa, this series follows a diverse group of athletes as they chase their dreams in the world of surfing. From Sara Kohrogi to Mahina Maeda, Chasing Waves takes an intimate look at these passionate individuals and their journey towards success. But what really sets this show apart is its exploration of the intersection between Japanese culture and surfing.
With stunning footage of tragic events like earthquakes and tsunamis, Chasing Waves paints a vivid picture of Japan's relationship with this beloved sport - especially after surfing's Olympic debut in Tokyo. So if you're looking for a documentary series that combines heart, passion, and cultural exploration, give Chasing Waves a watch today.
The Villains of Valley View (2022)
If you're a superhero story fan looking for something a little different, then The Villains of Valley View might be just what you're looking for. This charming show follows a family of supervillains as they try to navigate life in a small Texas town, with James Patrick Stuart and Lucy Davis playing the parents and Isabella Pappas as the rebellious teenage daughter Havoc.
As they try to stay one step ahead of the League of Villains, this quirky family learns the importance of embracing their differences and forging their path. Created by Chris Peterson and Bryan Moore, The Villains of Valley View is a delightful family comedy that balances humor with heart. So why not watch it and see if this unconventional take on superheroes is right up your alley?
The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder (2022)
Fans of the classic animated series The Proud Family will be thrilled to hear that the show is back with a new installment: The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder. This soft reboot brings back the original cast to continue telling the stories of this lovable family, with Kyla Pratt returning as the voice of Penny Proud. Set during Penny's teenage years, Louder and Prouder explores the challenges of adolescence and family dynamics, with a healthy dose of updated humor and modern themes.
And if that wasn't enough, the show boasts an incredible lineup of guest stars that will delight viewers young and old alike. With its charm and timely storytelling, The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder is a must-watch for fans of the original series and newcomers alike.
A different take to the cooking showdowns we’ve all watched on TV, Foodtastic has Keke Palmer challenge the world’s best chefs to recreate food that speaks the language of the Disney characters we have all grown up watching.
With access to all the ingredients to make this grandiose vision to life, Foodtastic is a show that takes the art of creatively food-making to a more familiar ground that we can all appreciate. The Disney-inspired foodscapes are gorgeous, and we can’t wait to see what comes out next season.
Set in a time where the world and the concepts of good and evil are crashing around them, Jade and her friends must embark on a journey to bring back the only person who can restore order to the chaotic world before evil forces take over – Willow Ufgood.
As they travel back to save their world, the children must reconcile with their pasts to harness their powers, because the magician Willow needs all the help he can get. An original series that is equal parts queer, entertaining, bold and engaging, it’s quickly become one of our favorite shows this year.
The Mysterious Benedict Society (2021)
Based on the bestselling novel by the same name, The Mysterious Benedict Society has Kate, Constance, Sticky and Reynie apply for a mysteriously lucrative scholarship published only for orphans. While they mysteriously get selected without any obvious criteria, they are tasked with infiltrating the L.I.V.E institute, where a sinister plot of brainwashing people is underway.
While the show takes some time to pick up the pace, it has a refreshing element that helps it take off in our minds, and keeps us in our chairs. Combining humor and heart, the show is a must-watch for all audiences.
To match the depth of the Star Wars franchise is already next to impossible, then Andor comes along and beats it to the ground. The series follows the life of rebel spy Cassian Andor, as he infiltrates the Empire searching for answers about his past.
What follows is the trailing story of how the Rebellion against the Empire rose, and how Cassian played a monumental role in it. You have to let the show sink its teeth into you to savor the storytelling fully, but the result is a genuine treat for ages to come.
Save Our Squad with David Beckham (2022)
David Beckham is a player who is sorely missed on the football pitch. He's decided to return to the East London soccer fields, where he rose to fame. Save Our Squad with David Beckham shows him returning to the team he started playing for - Westwood, and helps the team see through the challenges of being at the rock bottom of the junior leagues.
Throughout the show, Beckham comes back to what excellence is - being at your best both on and off the field. A heartwarming show that shows children overcome the odds. There isn't a chance you won't enjoy this series.
Once Upon a Time (2011)
The name Once Upon a Time feels like a fairytale story until you realize it's just superimposed onto the modern world. Emma Swan has everything going well for her - until her 10-year-old son comes back into her life. She abandoned him at the time to piece her life back together, but he tells her that her decision then had much happening in the background.
She is then shown a world where she is Snow White, sent away before the Evil Queen cursed the entire land never to have another happy ending. Now, it's up to her to release these people from the ancient curse and end the Queen's reign.
The Orville (2017)
The Orville is set at a time when humans scavenge across space to explore both known and unknown territories. With a mixed crew of humans and alien life forms, the USS Orville dares to fight the odds every day, and take you along with it.
With slight hints of goofy comedy, this show comes out as a space spoof, making it a show worth watching. Entirely bingeable and completely enjoyable, it's ideal for the evenings when you are tired and need to enjoy a sip of wine.
She-Hulk: Attorney at Law (2022)
If you think being a lawyer who is worked to the bone is 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.
We thought Jennifer Garner could shine on the big screen, but she does an equally fantastic job on the small screens. Sydney is a double agent supposedly working for the CIA but discovers over time that her employer may have no connections to the CIA.
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.
Obi-Wan Kenobi (2022)
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!
Ms. Marvel (2022)
Everyone’s talking about Ms. Marvel 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 (2019)
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 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 the detailed work that works without recognition to recreate a magical experience to last a lifetime.
Iron Fist (2017)
Iron Fist has a smaller audience than 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 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 is more suspicious. As he fights off the people threatening 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 (2019)
The World According to Jeff Goldblum will be easily accepted by people already familiar with his work. Still, for the uninitiated, you’ll need to dive into at least three episodes before appreciating this man’s style. Each episode has Jeff exploring what fascinates 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 with a lot of entertainment value. We think this show should find a spot on your watch list.
Moon Knight (2022)
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 understands 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 excited to see how the depiction of this superhero will play out.
What If...? (2021)
We weren’t sure about What If… when we saw this trailer, but we knew Marvel had done it again when we watched the show. The show starts with the premise of what would happen if essential 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 a good narrative on the fan fiction that surrounds the franchise we all love.
The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers (2021)
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 (2015)
Jessica Jones is a lesser-known superhero from the Marvel Universe because it was meant for a more adult audience. Jessica Jones is a superhero who has a short stint at the game. Still, circumstances force her to quit her time-fighting crime and open up a detective agency that deals 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 (2021)
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 actor's 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 the coming seasons show great potential!
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 hunted.
Hawkeye finds itself an easy show to put your time into, and the actors' charms 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 more significant 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.
Even Stevens (2000)
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 such show. 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 (2019)
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, eventually making 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 style. As a travelogue, Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted takes us back into a time far removed from our busy worlds.
Big Shot (2021)
With its charming performance and underlying family drama, Big Shot is a show we root for to become 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 entirely out of place.
But what seems to be a recipe for disaster turns out in an enjoyable journey of a man trying to put his life back 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 (1989)
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 ended, 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 with Mickey Mouse and Scrooge McDuck remain an invaluable memory to the children of the 80s, even now and for years to come. With this animated series reboot, Disney managed to refresh our memories. As Scrooge Duck gains guardianship of his grandnephews, he is unwilling to take them back to his fortress, the McDuck Manor. T
He 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 (2021)
Fast forward to a world where the original Avengers are no longer on duty. We find the duo of Falcon and the Winter Soldier discovering their chemistry in saving the world. It sounds like a simple plotline, but 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.
The Mandalorian (2019)
This list is happy to accommodate another of the spinoffs from the legendary Star Wars saga when the spinoff is as iconic as this. After the Galactic Empire's fall, 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 (2020)
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.
Luz is fascinated and promises to serve as Eda’s apprentice so that she can 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 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 also make fascinating TV shows with depth.
The Beatles: Get Back (2021)
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 is one of many emotions though, as this was when the band no longer spoke as one.