The 22 Best Disney Plus Shows Right Now (September 2020)

The best shows on Disney, from kids cartoons to shows for tweens

In addition to the massive library of modern and nostalgic movies on Disney Plus, there are also hundreds of old and original series to watch. The offerings include new shows, Disney Channel classics, documentaries, and multiple Star Wars spin-offs. We've narrowed down the best Disney+ shows streaming right now to help you decide what you need to binge.

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Muppets Now (2020): Best Sketch Comedy Shorts With Muppets and Celebrities

Muppets Now promotional logo

 Disney

IMDb rating: 6.1

Genre: Family, Comedy

Starring: Bill Barretta, Dave Goelz, Eric Jacobson

Running Time: 30 Minutes

TV Rating: TV-PG

The Muppets are back with a series of improvised shorts reminiscent of The Muppet Show and Muppets Tonight. Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, and the rest of the gang star alongside celebrities like Seth Rogen and Aubrey Plaza in a variety show format. The episodes are only about 10 minutes long, but you'll likely want to watch them over and over again.

With its family-friendly comedy and masterful puppetry, Muppets Now serves as an excellent reintroduction to Jim Henson's legendary franchise. If you can't get enough Muppets, there are dozens of Muppet movies on Disney + to enjoy.

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Big Hero 6: The Series (2017): Best Hand Drawn Cartoon Based on a Movie

Big Hero 6: The Series promotional image

 Disney Plus

IMDb rating: 7.1

Genre: Action, Animation, Adventure

Starring: Scott Adsit, Ryan Potter, Brooks Wheelan

TV Rating: TV-Y7

Running Time: 20 minutes

If you liked Disney's Big Hero 6 (or the comics the film is based on), this show is a must-watch. Big Hero 6: The Series picks up right where the movie left off, and there's a new season coming September 21, so now is the perfect time to get caught up.

Instead of CGI, the show features vibrant hand-drawn animation. The series has been nominated for multiple Emmys, and it won an Annie Award for Outstanding Editorial team in an Animated Television Production.

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Star Wars Resistance (2018): Most Underrated Star Wars Animated Series

Star Wars Resistance promotional image

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IMDb rating: 4.9

Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure

Starring: Christopher Sean, Scott Lawrence, Josh Brener

TV Rating: TV-Y7

Running Time: 30 minutes

There's no shortage of Star Wars content on Disney Plus, so it's easy to overlook Star Wars Resistance. The events in this 3D-animated series take place between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. It's about Kazuda Xiono (Christopher Sean), a pilot for the Resistance who is tasked with spying on the emerging First Order.

For its first season, the show won the 2019 Saturn Award for Best Animated Series on Television. Unfortunately, the second season is said to be the last, but that's understandable since the story ends where The Force Awakens begins.

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Andi Mack (2017): Best Coming-of-Age Show for Tweens

Peyton Elizabeth Lee in Andi Mack

Disney Plus

IMDb rating: 7.2

Genre: Comedy, Family

Starring: Peyton Elizabeth Lee, Joshua Rush, Sofia Wylie

TV Rating: TV-G

Running Time: 25 minutes

In this heartwarming series, Peyton Elizabeth Lee stars as 13-year-old Andi Mack, a middle school student with a complicated family life. While remaining appropriate for all ages, the storylines focus on real-life issues that kids have to deal with including panic attacks, learning disabilities, and coming out.

During its two-season run on the Disney Channel, Andi Mack earned numerous awards, including the 2018 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Kids & Family Programming and the 2018 Academy of Television Arts & Sciences award for Television With a Conscience. The show is notable for being the first Disney Channel show to feature a gay main character.

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Raven's Home (2017): Best Sequel Series Exclusive to Disney+

The cast of Raven's Home

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IMDb rating: 7.4

Genre: Comedy, Family

Starring: Raven-Symoné, Issac Ryan Brown, Navia Ziraili Robinson

TV Rating: TV-G

Running Time: 22 minutes

Disney Channel favorite Raven Simone returns in this sequel series to That's So Raven. Raven Baxter, now a divorced mother of two, decides to move in with her childhood friend Chelsea (Anneliese van der Pol) and Chelsea's son Levi (Jason Maybaum). The premise may sound eerily similar to Fuller House, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

Considering That's So Raven ended over a decade ago, the show features impressive storyline continuity and character consistency. If you run out of episodes to watch, you can binge the original series on Disney Plus too.

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The Big Fib (2020): Best Family-Friendly Game Show

Yvette Nicole Brown in The Big Fib

 Disney Plus

IMDb rating: 5.4

Genre: Game Show, Family

Starring: Rhys Darby, Yvette Nicole Brown, David Carl

TV Rating: TV-PG

Running Time: 22 minutes

Can you tell the difference between a fib and the truth? In this trivia show, contestants are given the answers to the questions, but they're also given false answers. The goal is to guess who is telling the truth among two experts in their given field.

Host Yvette Nicole Brown stars alongside Rhys Darby as her robotic assistant C.L.I.V.E. (Computerized Library of Information and Virtual Expert). Their light-hearted interactions make the show enjoyable for both kids and adults.

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T.O.T.S. (2019): Best Disney Plus Cartoon for Young Children

T.O.T.S. promotional image

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IMDb rating: 7.1

Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy

Starring: Jet Jurgensmeyer, Christian J. Simon, Megan Hilty

TV Rating: TV-Y7

Running Time: 20 minutes

T.O.T.S., which stands for Tiny Ones Transport Service, is a computer-animated cartoon that initially debuted on Disney Junior. It follows a penguin named Pip (Jet Jurgensmeyer) and a flamingo named Freddy (Christian J. Simon) as they train for their job delivering babies from the clouds to their parents on Earth.

T.O.T.S. is clearly aimed at very young children, so it'll keep your kids entertained while you can relax. You might find even find yourself enjoying it.

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Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings (2017): Most Magical Wedding Reality-TV Show

Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings promotional image

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IMDb rating: 6.4

Genre: Documentary, Reality-TV

Starring: Stephen Boss, Allison Holker, Ashley Eckstein

TV Rating: TV-PG

Running Time: 60 minutes

Have you ever wondered what it's like to get married at Disney World? Now you don't have to spend a fortune to find out. This docuseries gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the various weddings and engagements that have taken place at Disney destinations like Disney World, Disneyland, and Disney Cruise Line.

Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings isn't your typical wedding reality show. There are no bridezillas or family feuds; it's all just love and magic.

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Diary of a Future President (2020): Most Inspirational Show for Tweens With a Strong Female Lead

Tess Romero, Selenis Leyva, Charlie Bushnell in Diary of a Future President

 Disney

IMDb rating: 5.6

Genre: Comedy, Family

Starring: Tess Romero, Selenis Leyva, Charlie Bushnell

TV Rating: TV-PG

Running Time: 30 minutes

Kids desperately need role models they can look up, which is why shows like Diary of a Future President are so important. Twelve-year-old Elena Cañero‑Reed (Tess Romero) is only in middle school, but she has already decided what she wants to be when she grows up: President of the United States of America.

Elena's day-to-day challenges aren't much different from the average tween's. Still, seeing an ambitious young woman handle life like a boss is a positive message for boys and girls of all ages. Be sure to catch up on season one now so that you can be ready for the upcoming second season.

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High School Musical: The Musical: The Series (2019): Best Live-Action Musical Mockumentary

The cast of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series

Disney 

IMDb rating: 7.3

Genre: Musical, Comedy, Drama

Starring: Olivia Rodrigo, Joshua Bassett, Matt Cornett

TV Rating: TV-PG

Running Time: 30 minutes

High School Musical: The Musical: The Series is a mockumentary about a group of teenagers who put together a stage production of Disney's wildly popular film franchise. While the cast of the original movie has long since graduated, their successors carry on their legacy with some truly impressive dancing and singing.

HSM: TM: TS received a GLAAD Media Award nomination in 2020 for Outstanding Kids & Family Programming thanks to its positive portrayal of LGBT characters. The show was so successful upon its release that Disney has already announced a second season.

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Shop Class (2020): Best Kid-Themed Game Show for Aspiring Architects

A young girl uses a screw driver in Shop Class on Disney +
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IMDb rating: 6.9

Genre: Game Show, Family, Adventure

Starring: Kelly Ractham, Justin Long, Daron Yacoubian

TV Rating: TV-G

Ready for a competitive show that doesn't involve adults behaving like kids? Instead, Shop Class is about kids doing adult things like woodwork and electrical wiring. Teens are given the power tools and other supplies they need to build contraptions that are judged by a panel of experts. There's no drama or bombastic personalities, just kid-friendly construction projects.

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The Proud Family (2001): Best Ground-Breaking Animated Sitcom

The cast of The Proud Family

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IMDb rating: 6.4

Genre: Comedy, Animation, Family

Starring: Kyla Pratt, Tommy Davidson, Jo Marie Payton

TV Rating: TV-Y

Running Time: 30 minutes

The Proud Family was initially passed up by Nickelodeon before the Disney Channel took a chance on it in 2001. The first animated sitcom about an African American family, The Proud Family centers around 14-year-old Penny (Kyla Pratt) and her relationships with her parents and grandparents.

The show's success inspired a Disney Channel original movie, a web series spin-off, and a crossover with LiLo and Twitch. Disney announced a new Disney+ exclusive series, The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder, in 2020.

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The Imagineering Story (2019): Best Behind-the-Scenes Docuseries

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 Disney

IMDb rating: 9.1

Genre: Documentary

Starring: Angela Bassett, Tom Morris, Kevin Rafferty

TV Rating: NR

Running Time: 60 minutes

The Imagineering Story was originally a web series, but you can now watch it on your 4K TV thanks to Disney+. This six-hour series documents the history of Disney’s theme parks around the world. Whether or not you've ever been to Disneyland, The Imagineering Story will give you a new perspective on how amusement parks evolve from concept to reality.

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Gargoyles (1994): Darkest Character Developing Disney Cartoon

Goliath in Gargoyles

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IMDb rating: 8.1

Genre: Action, Adventure, Animation

Starring: Keith David, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Jeff Bennett

TV Rating: TV-PG

Running Time: 30 minutes

Gargoyles was Disney's answer to Batman: The Animated series. It was darker, deeper, and more mature than anything else on Disney's Saturday morning lineup, but it's still appropriate for young kids. Because the show emphasizes character development and long-form storytelling, the series is best watched in order. There are only three seasons, and the episodes tend to fly by, so it's perfect for a weekend of binge-watching.

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The Mandalorian (2019): Best Unifying and Original Star Wars Spin-Off

Mando in The Mandalorian

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IMDb rating: 8.7

Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Starring: Pedro Pascal, Carl Weathers, Rio Hackford

TV Rating: TV-14

Running Time: 40 minutes

Disney Plus is the only place you can watch The Mandalorian, which is reason enough to justify a subscription. In a time when Star Wars fans have never been more divided, The Mandalorian debuted to universal praise, with many proclaiming the show to be the best property in the franchise since the original trilogy. If you haven't seen it yet, you likely know about the breakout star, Baby Yoda. With just eight episodes, the show can be binged completely in a day.

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That’s So Raven (2003): Best Disney Channel Sitcom That Broke Records

Raven Symone in That’s So Raven

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IMDb rating: 6.6

Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Starring: Raven-Symoné, Orlando Brown, Anneliese van der Pol

TV Rating: TV-G

Running Time: 30 minutes

For some reason, the Disney Channel used to cap all new shows at 65 episodes, but that all changed thanks to the popularity of That’s So Raven. It's a prototypical 2000s teen sitcom with a dash of the supernatural. Before Hannah Montana came along, Raven Symone was the undisputed top star of Disney's lineup, and That’s So Raven was the network's highest-rated show. If you can't get enough Raven, be sure to check out the 2017 follow-up series Raven's Home.

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Pixar in Real Life (2019): Best Reality TV Show for All Ages

WALL-E meets a pug dog in Pixar in Real Life

Disney

IMDb rating: 6.5

Genre: Comedy, Family, Reality TV

Starring: David Greenberg, Curtis Retherford, Zihan Zhao

TV Rating: TV-G

Pixar movies are known for their groundbreaking computer animation, but what would your favorite characters look like if you met them in person? The Pixar team answers that question by bringing iconic movie moments to life. While it's interesting to see how the animatronic version of WALL-E works, the real fun is watching people's candid reactions to seeing him roam around the streets of New York.

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X-Men: The Animated Series (1992): The Saturday Morning Cartoon That Paved the Way

X-Men: The Animated Series promotional image

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IMDb rating: 7.3

Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Starring: Cedric Smith, Cathal J. Dodd, Lenore Zann

TV Rating: TV-Y7

Running Time: 23 minutes

Kids in the 90s had a lot of options when it came to what they could watch on Saturday mornings, but nothing compared to X-Men: The Animated Series. The show perfectly captures the aesthetic and tone of Stan Lee's comics. Many of the episodes feature original storylines, but the cartoon draws on parts of the comics, particularly the Dark Phoenix saga. This series served as the introduction to X-Men for a new generation, and it deserves credit for paving the way for today's blockbuster superhero movies. 

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Gravity Falls (2012): Best Weirdly Satisfying Supernatural Show

Dipper and Mabel in Gravity Falls

Disney

IMDb rating: 8.9

Genre: Action, Adventure, Animation

Starring: Jason Ritter, Alex Hirsch, Kristen Schaal

TV Rating: TV-Y7

Running Time: 23 minutes

Gravity Falls is best described as Twin Peaks for kids. Set in a fictional Oregon town where the paranormal is the norm, twins Dipper (Jason Ritter) and Mabel (Kristen Schaal) spend their summer tending a local tourist trap and investigating the mysteries of their temporary home. Much more than just a collection of spooky stories, Gravity Falls is weird enough for both kids and adults to enjoy.

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Weird But True (2017): Best Educational Nature and Science Show for Kids

Charlie Engelman and Carly Ciarrocchi in Weird But True

Disney 

IMDb rating: 8.2

Genre: Documentary, Family

Starring: Charlie Engelman, Carly Ciarrocchi

TV Rating: NR

Running Time: 30 minutes

This show from National Geographic Kids takes viewers all over the world to learn about different types of animals, environments, and scientific phenomenon. Hosted by the energetic team of Charlie Engelman and Carly Ciarrocchi, every episode of Weird But True! will teach kids lots of facts, including how to make some science-related arts and crafts.

Weird but True! won the 2019 Daytime Emmy Award for the Best Educational and Informational Series. The third season is exclusive to Disney Plus, and you can watch additional shorts on the National Geographic Kids website.

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008): Best Animated Series in the Star Wars Franchise

Star Wars: The Clone Wars promo image

 Disney

IMDb rating: 8.2

Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Starring: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter

TV Rating: TV-PG

Running Time: 23 minutes

Even if you've finished watching the Mandalorian and every Star Wars film through Episode IX, there are still seven seasons of The Clone Wars to watch. This animated series takes place during the prequel trilogy timeline, yet it has everything those movies lacked: engaging characters, a gripping story, and lots of epic space battles.

During its initial run, the show received several Daytime Emmy nominations. After a six-year hiatus, the final season of Clone Wars was released in 2020 exclusively on Disney+.

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Disney Family Sundays (2019): Best DYI Crafts Show for Kids and Parents

A young girl holds Mickey Mouse ears over her head as her mom laughs

Disney

IMDb rating: 5.7

Genre: Family, Reality TV

Starring: Amber Kemp Gerstel

TV Rating: TV-G

Stuck inside with your kids all summer? Make the most of it and learn how to create some Disney-themed arts and crafts together. Host Amber Kemp Gerstel provides step-by-step instructions for do-it-yourself projects that are appropriate for all ages. Each episode focuses on a different Disney franchise, so pick your favorite and dive right in.