There’s more to Disney + than just the movies you loved as a kid. At least a little more.
While Disney + has no shortage of favorite classic movies and blockbuster modern movies to enjoy, its television library is decidedly more mixed and relies heavily on content for kids. While you’ll easily find something to distract a 6-year-old for half an hour, parents are more likely to try Disney’s other streaming service, Hulu, for something a little more mature.
But Disney + is slowly adding more adult shows, including “WandaVision,” its first new live-action Marvel series, “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” and “Loki.” And even the toughest adults could revisit some series from their youth, including a treasure trove of Disney Channel series from the late 1990s and early 2000s.
So from the obvious (“The Mandalorian”) to the gems you didn’t know they were streaming (“Agent Carter”), we picked the 20 best TV series available on Disney + as of July 2021 (listed in alphabetical order) .
1. “Agent Carter”
The advent of new Disney+ Marvel series marks a new chapter for the comic-book brand on TV, after a bumpy few years of experiments on ABC, Netflix, Hulu and Freeform. Among the stinkers (“Inhumans”) and also-ran superhero shows was this fantastic ABC series starring Hayley Atwell’s “Captain America” character, canceled far too soon after a mere 18 episodes. A spy series with a vintage flair, “Carter” relied on Atwell and her costars’ chemistry and charm rather than a deep knowledge of Marvel lore, to terrific success.
2. “Boy Meets World”
Cory (Ben Savage), Topanga (Danielle Fishel), Shawn (Will Friedle) and Mr. Feeney (William Daniels) went through the ups and downs of growing up for seven seasons on ABC. One of the few series that followed its characters from childhood to college and adulthood, “Boy” packs an emotional punch.
3. “DuckTales” (2017)
Those without tiny people to entertain in their homes might have missed this Disney XD reboot of the classic cartoon. If so, they’ve missed out on one of the most sophisticated kids’ shows around. With a stellar voice cast, including David Tennant, Ben Schwartz, Bobby Moynihan and Danny Pudi, and jokes for kids and parents alike, it’s one of the best new children’s shows in recent years.
4. “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier”
Although Marvel’s second big Disney+ series got off to a slow start, the adventures of Captain America’s best friends Falcon/Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) and Winter Soldier/Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) have picked up considerably as the action/espionage series continues. Grappling with the legacy Steve Rogers (Chris Evans in the films) left behind, Sam and Bucky attempt to make their own way through the superhero world with the help of former enemies (Daniel Bruhl’s Baron Zemo) and allies (Emily Van Camp’s Sharon Carter).
5. “Girl Meets World”
Fans of “Boy” were delighted by Disney Channel’s sequel, which follows Cory and Topanga’s daughter as she makes her own way in the world. It ran for just three seasons but had a charming young cast and updated issues for Cory and friends to deal with in the modern world.
6. “Gravity Falls”
Disney Channel’s weird, silly, absurd animated series about twins who spend the summer at a quirky tourist trap in Oregon is a kids’ show with an adult following. The series is hilarious and mature (but not too grown-up), with a voice cast that includes Jason Ritter, Linda Cardellini and Kristen Schaal.