Best Disney Plus Shows and Original Series to Watch (September 2022)

Disney+ is a great place to watch nearly every Disney movie under the sun, but you can’t forget the television. Disney+ has so much original television programming, both that’s previously aired on Disney Channel and/or ABC, and shows that are original to the service. From new releases to nostalgic favorites to hidden gems, we’ve waded through the list of shows to pull out the ones that really deserve your time.


Below, you can peruse our list of the best tv shows on Disney Plus, which includes new original series, reality shows, kids-centric programming, and of course classics.

Editor’s note: This list was last updated on September 23rd to include Andor.

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Moon Knight

Created by: Jeremy Slater

Starring: Oscar Isaac, May Calamawy, Karim El Hakim, F. Murray Abraham, Ethan Hawke, Ann Akinjirin, David Ganly, Khalid Abdalla, Gaspard Ulliel, Antonia Salib, Fernanda Andrade, Rey Lucas

From the jump, this latest Marvel show promised something the likes of which we had never seen before from the cinematic franchise — and thanks to a cast helmed by the talents of Isaac, Calamawy, Hawke, and more, it undoubtedly delivered. Isaac has to pull double (and eventually triple duty) as the mercenary Marc Spector, who occasionally shifts into his alternate personality, a meek museum employee known as Steven Grant, as a result of his near-lifelong experience with Dissociative Identity Disorder, or DID. His mental illness doesn’t keep him from becoming the avatar of the Egyptian god Khonshu (Abraham), who taps Spector to fight his vengeful battles against those who would do wrongs and attempt to skirt the consequences. Along the way, Marc is forced to do battles within as well as without, exploring some of his most painful and repressed memories in order to become the most accepted version of himself. With the finale of Marvel’s latest Disney+ series airing this week, it’s safe to say that Moon Knight has rooted itself firmly in the pantheon of successful MCU ventures on the small screen. – Carly Lane

Andor

Created by: Tony Gilroy

Cast: Diego Luna, Kyle Soller, Adria Arjona, Joplin Sibtain

A prequel to Rogue One, Andor follows thief-turned-rebel-spy Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) in the events leading up to the 2016 movie. Though Andor joins the ranks of Disney+’s Star Wars shows The Mandalorian, The Book of Boba Fett, and Obi-Wan Kenobi, the vibe is distinctly different from its predecessors. A political thriller first and foremost, the show offers a darker, grittier, and even sometimes noirish approach to the franchise – a refreshing change. With intriguing writing and excellent performances, Andor is a daring, can’t-miss installment that succeeds all on its own. – Taylor Gates

Growing Up

Created by: Brie Larson

Created by Brie Larson, who won an Oscar for her performance in Room and now stars as Captain Marvel, Growing Up is a coming-of-age reality series. Each episode focuses on a different young woman aged 18 to 22 as they overcome obstacles to achieve their dreams. Using a combination of documentary footage, reenactments, and experimental filmmaking, Growing Up is a powerful show that inspires and celebrates the human experience and each of the incredible people it highlights. – Taylor Gates

Running Wild with Bear Grylls

Created by: Delbert Shoopman

Hosted by: Bear Grylls

From the popularity of fictional shows like Yellowjackets to reality series like Survivor, there’s something endlessly compelling about watching people have to learn to live out in the wilderness. Running Wild with Bear Grylls combines our love of celebrities with our fascination with watching people go on extreme adventures. Best known for Man vs. Wild, this show sees Bear accompanied by famous faces – everyone from Channing Tatum to Barack Obama, Kate Winslet to Florence Pugh – as he hunts and hikes and hikes his way through various terrains. Explore breathtaking views with today’s most well-known personalities from the comfort of your couch. – Taylor Gates

The Orville

Creator: Seth MacFarlane

Cast: Seth MacFarlane, Adrianne Palicki, Penny Johnson Jerald, Peter Macon

Created by and starring Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy), The Orville is a science-fiction series about a space exploration ship and the beings who inhabit it. Sprinkled with MacFarlane’s signature crass humor and leaning heavily on beloved and classic science-fiction tropes, The Orville is a surprisingly delightful addition to the space explorer subgenre. MacFarlane’s adaptability allows the series to thrive as he showcases his talented cast, including Adrianne Palicki(Agents of SHIELD), Penny Johnson Jerald (Castle), and Peter Macon. However, The Orville does not shy away from tackling serious issues through comedy and sci-fi shenanigans, allowing the series to flourish with every season. – Yael Tygiel

Marvel Studios Assembled

Cast: Kevin Feige, Brad Winderbaum, Trevor Waterson

Marvel Studios Assembled is the ideal behind-the-scenes docuseries for any major Marvel fan. Explore secrets of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with decision makers like Kevin Feig and allow them to reveal their unique brand of movie-making magic. Learn about the making of each Marvel movie with a combination of exclusive on-set footage and interviews from the cast, crew, and filmmakers themselves. Get a sneak peek at the future of the MCU with this immersive and comprehensive anthology that also features reveals for the upcoming projects heading to the big and small screens. – Yael Tygiel

She-Hulk: Attorney at Law

Creator: Jessica Gao

Cast: Tatiana Maslany, Mark Ruffalo, Jameela Jamil, Benedict Wong, Tim Roth

Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) absolutely shines in Marvel’s She-Hulk: Attorney at Law as Jennifer Walters, cousin to Avenger Bruce Banner and his alter-ego, The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo). With She-Hulk, Walters goes from semi-successful human attorney to super-strong Hulk, transitioning her legal career and opening up the opportunity to become a superhero. Maslany’s presence and wit captivate on screen, supported by an incredible cast including Jameela Jamil (The Good Place), Benedict Wong (Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness), and Tim Roth (Lie to Me). She-Hulk is a delightfully enjoyable new addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. – Yael Tygiel

Inhumans

Created by: Scott Buck

Cast: Anson Mount, Serinda Swan, Ken Leung

Inhumans and their potential incorporation into the MCU have been a big conversation for a while now, especially since Ms. Marvel premiered. If all the talk has put you in the mood for some Inhumans content here and now, you’re in luck! Based on the comics of the same name, this 2017 series follows the Inhuman Royal Familly, including Black Bolt (Anson Mount, who just reprised his role in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness), Medusa (Serinda Swan), and Crystal (Isabelle Cornish), as they escape to Hawaii after a military coup. – Taylor Gates

Mighty Ducks: Game Changers

Creator: Steven Brill, Josh Goldsmith, Cathy Yuspa

Cast: Luke Islam, Lauren Graham, Brady Noon

A continuation from the beloved film franchise, The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers sees Emilio Estevez(The Breakfast Club) reluctantly return to the ice as Gordon Bombay, coerced to coach with Alex Morrow, played by Lauren Graham (Gilmore Girls), and a new generation of hockey playing underdogs. Updated for a modern audience, The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers stars Brady Noon, Maxwell Simkins, and Luke Islam. Continuing in the tradition of the original films, Game Changers erupts with heart and focuses on the foundations that made the movies so memorable and touching. – Yael Tygiel

Light & Magic

Director: Lawrence Kasdan

If you love taking a peek behind the scenes at how some of the sausage – and by sausage, we mean the biggest movies of all-time – gets made, you’re not going to want to miss Light & Magic. The fascinating docuseries showcases how the people of Industrial Light and Magic, the special effects division of Lucasfilm, created some of the most stunning and breathtaking visuals of the past 45 years, from Star Wars to Marvel to Jurassic Park. Learn their incredible story and find out just how they make movie magic. – Taylor Gates

8 Simple Rules

Created by: Tracy Gamble

Cast: John Ritter, Katey Sagal, Kaley Cuoco, Amy Davidson, Martin Spanjers

8 Simple Rules is a top-tier sitcom with a phenomenal cast and great writing to match. The series revolves around the middle-class Hennessy family consisting of sports writer Paul (John Ritter), the patriarch, nurse Cate (Katey Sagal), the matriarch, and their three children: popular Bridget (Kaley Cuoco), nerdy Kerry (Amy Davidson), and wisecracking Rory (Martin Spanjers). The series did an especially impressive job tackling themes of grief after the real-life death of John Ritter. Both heartfelt and hilarious, 8 Simple Rules remains a great watch a decade after its premiere. – Taylor Gates

The Bad Batch

Created by: Dave Filoni

Cast: Dee Bradley Baker, Michelle Ang

Hungry for more Star Wars content after The Mandalorian and Obi-Wan Kenobi? Check out the lesser-known animated series The Bad Batch, which simultaneously acts as a spin-off from and sequel to Star Wars: The Clone Wars. The series centers around a group of clone troopers with genetic mutations who take on dangerous mercenary missions. The show has been praised for its riveting characters, as well as its stunning animation style. With a fair amount of lore and worldbuilding, it will likely appeal most heavily to superfans, though anyone can enjoy the adventures of Bad Batch and Omega. – Taylor Gates

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D

Created by: Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen

Cast: Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, Nick Blood, Adrianne Palicki, Henry Simmons, Luke Mitchell, John Hannah, Natalia Cordova-Buckley, Jeff Ward

Before there was WandaVision and Moon Knight, there was Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D: one of Marvel’s first forays into television. The series follows a peacekeeping and spy agency in an increasingly chaotic world of superheroes and stars an interesting array of characters, including leader Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) and decorated pilot and weapons expert Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen). The show is acclaimed for being filled with both humor and heart, serving up fast-paced action and undeniable chemistry between the eclectic cast. – Taylor Gates

Alias

Created by: J. J. Abrams

Cast: Jennifer Garner, Ron Rifkin, Michael Vartan, Bradley Cooper, Merrin Dungey, Carl Lumbly, Kevin Weisman, Victor Garber, David Anders, Lena Olin, Greg Grunberg, Melissa George

Alias is one of the greatest spy shows of all time. The series centers around Sydney Bristow (Jennifer Garner), who serves as a double agent for the CIA and Sd-6 – an international espionage organization. From sleek disguises to badass fight sequences, Alias is endlessly entertaining. If you’re in the mood for sharp writing, excellent performances, and suspense to boot, do yourself a favor and make this your next binge-watch. – Taylor Gates

Obi-Wan Kenobi

Created by: George Lucas

Cast: Ewan McGregor, Rupert Friend, Sung Kang, Moses Ingram, Vivien Lyra Blair, Hayden Christensen, Indira Varma

An exciting new installment in the Star Wars universe, Obi-Wan Kenobi is set a decade after Revenge of the Sith and follows Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) as he sets out to rescue Leia (Vivien Lyra Blair) from the Galactic Empire. This, of course, all leads up to a confrontation with Darth Vader (Hayden Christensen) himself – Kenobi’s former apprentice. There’s a lot to love about the series, but seeing Christensen return to the role for the first time since 2005 is a particular treat. – Taylor Gates

Ms. Marvel

Created by: Bisha K. Ali

Cast: Iman Vellani, Matt Lintz, Yasmeen Fletcher, Zenobia Shroff, Mohan Kapur, Saagar Shaikh, Laurel Marsden, Azhar Usman

Ms. Marvel is a delightful addition to the MCU. Starring Iman Vellani as the franchise’s first Muslim superhero, the series follows Kamala Khan as she navigates high school – and learns that she has powers. Vellani’s performance is outstanding, as she grounds the show with her authenticity and charisma. Ms. Marvel effortlessly combines a great coming-of-age narrative with all the magic and suspense we’ve come to know and love from the comic juggernaut. – Taylor Gates

Glee

Created by: Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Ian Brennan

Cast: Dianna Agron, Chris Colfer, Jessalyn Gilsig, Jane Lynch, Jayma Mays, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Matthew Morrison, Amber Riley, Mark Salling, Jenna Ushkowitz, Heather Morris, Mike O’Malley, Naya Rivera, Darren Criss, Harry Shum Jr., Chord Overstreet

You have “Don’t Stop Believin’” stuck in your head now, don’t you? While it’s true that some elements of Glee haven’t aged particularly well, there’s no denying this show was a cultural phenomenon when it was at its peak a decade ago – and for good reason. Yes, there are some wacky stories, but sometimes, you’re in the mood for something silly. And while there were some misses in the show’s six seasons, there’s a reason it won multiple Emmys. At its best, Glee is sharp, witty, and unlike anything else on TV. There are some truly amazing performances, especially in terms of musical talent, as well as some genuinely powerful moments that encourage viewers to celebrate their true selves. – Taylor Gates

Diary of a Future President

Created by: Ilana Peña

Cast: Tess Romero, Selenis Leyva, Charlie Bushnell, Michael Weaver

Every great leader has to start somewhere, and in the case of Diary of a Future President, that leader just happens to be Elena Cañero-Reed, and that place just happens to be middle school. The series is told through 13-year-old Elena’s narration and diary entries, and flashforwards of her time as president are sprinkled throughout. Both bold and heartwarming, Diary of a Future President is a sincerely enjoyable watch. The show also features one of Disney’s first Latina leads and LGBTQ+ characters, giving its target audience important and inspiring representation. – Taylor Gates

Iron Fist

Created by: Scott Buck

Starring: Finn Jones, Jessica Henwick, Tom Pelphrey, Jessica Stroup, Ramón Rodríguez, Sacha Dhawan, Rosario Dawson, David Wenham, Simone Missick, Alice Eve

While not every element of this originally Marvel-on-Netflix series was successful, there are just enough components to the show featuring wayward billionaire Danny Rand (Jones) as the person fated to take on the power of the Iron Fist to make it a worthwhile addition to the rest of the small-screen MCU canon. Although the series didn’t truly come into its own until the second season, one that saw the Iron Fist’s power pass from Danny to Colleen Wing, it would be a high cut all-too-short when the show was ultimately canceled. However, if you’re a completist with the intention of watching through every single Marvel Netflix series, the interconnectivity of characters across shows is definitely worth the price of admission (a personal highlight is the dynamic between Misty Knight and Colleen Wing, and now I’m back to wondering when we’re going to get a Daughters of the Dragon spinoff already). – Carly Lane

The Punisher

Created by: Steve Lightfoot

Starring: Jon Bernthal, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Ben Barnes, Amber Rose Revah, Daniel Webber, Paul Schulze, Jason R. Moore, Michael Nathanson, Jaime Ray Newman, Deborah Ann Woll, Josh Stewart, Floriana Lima, Giorgia Whigham

On the heels of his initial appearance in Daredevil, it was perhaps inevitable that the vigilante known as the Punisher, a.k.a. Frank Castle, would get his own spinoff series that would fill in a lot of the blanks on the man who lost his entire family in a brutal betrayal and then embarked on a mission of personal vengeance. Bernthal, whose time on Daredevil marked one of that show’s acting highlights, is given the opportunity to fully shine in his own right as Castle, played with an equal measure of feral energy and vulnerability that brings new dimension to a long-time comics character who had only ever been adapted for film in the past. Barnes also narrows in on his skill at villains in the role of Billy Russo, a natural predecessor to his eventual casting as the Darkling, as a character you almost love to hate for how heartwrenching his heel-turn becomes. In fact, the only misstep with The Punisher is that it had to end all too soon, when Netflix and Marvel decided to close the book on developing any more seasons — but you can still revisit the two we were given any time with the show’s move to Disney+. – Carly Lane

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