The 15 Best Disney Plus Shows Right Now (July 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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The Mandalorian (2019): Best Unifying and Original Star Wars Spin-Off

Mando in The Mandalorian

 Disney

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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Runaways (2017): Best Show for Tweens Into Marvel Comics

The cast of Marvel's Runaways

 Disney

IMDb rating: 7.0

Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

Starring: Rhenzy Feliz, Lyrica Okano, Virginia Gardner

TV Rating: PG-14

Running Time: 60 minutes

Marvel's Runaways started out on Hulu before moving to Disney Plus for the final season. Similar to the movie Descendants, which follows the children of various Disney villains, Runaways follows the kids of Marvel supervillains.

The creators of The OC outdid themselves by crossing the superhero genre with the classic teen drama formula. Although the story doesn't fit perfectly into the MCU timeline, Runaways still feels like it belongs in the Marvel universe.

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The World According to Jeff Goldblum (2019): Most Genuine Documentary Series

Jeff Goldblum in The World According to Jeff Goldblum

 Disney

IMDb rating: 7.8

Genre: Documentary, Comedy

Starring: Jeff Goldblum, Stephanie Soo

TV Rating: TV-PG

Running Time: 30 minutes

Do you find the sound of Jeff Goldblum's voice comforting? If so, this show was made for you. Every episode is about a different topic, ranging from tattoos to denim to ice cream. Interestingly, Goldblum intentionally avoided learning anything about these topics before filming so that he would be genuinely surprised as he discovered new and interesting things at the same time as the audience.

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Boy Meets World (1993): Best 90s Sitcom for Everyday Life & Lessons for Teens

The cast of Boy Meets World

 Disney

IMDb rating: 7.3

Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Starring: Ben Savage, Rider Strong, William Daniels

TV Rating: TV-G

Running Time: 24 minutes

Boy Meets World is a strong contender for the best teen sitcom of the 1990s. The series follows Cory Matthews (Ben Savage) and his pals from middle school to college, which is quite impressive for a show starring child actors. If you like Boy Meets World, be sure to watch its spin-off, Girl Meets World, which picks up from where the original show left off.

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

The Imagineering Story promotional image

 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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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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So Weird (1999): Best Supernatural X-Files-esque Disney Show

The cast of So Weird

 Disney

IMDb rating: 8.5

Genre: Mystery, Adventure

Starring: Cara DeLizia, Mackenzie Phillips, Patrick Levis

TV Rating: TV-Y7

Running Time: 30 minutes

Speaking of weird, So Weird is an oft-forgotten Disney Channel original about a young girl named Fiona (Cara DeLizia) who has a habit of finding herself in supernatural situations. So Weird often gets compared to The X-Files for good reasons. Encounters with vampires, ghosts, and space aliens are common occurrences as Fiona travels the country with her rockstar mom in pursuit of her deceased father's spirit. The show features original songs performed by Mackenzie Phillips and Alexz Johnson.

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Gargoyles (1994): Darkest Character Developing Disney Cartoon

Goliath in Gargoyles

 Disney

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

The cast of The Proud Family

 Disney

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 New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1988): Best Show Set in Hundred Acre Woods

Pooh, Tigger, and Rabbit in The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

 Disney

IMDb rating: 7.6

Genre: Animation, Adventure

Starring: John Fiedler, Jim Cummings, Ken Sansom

TV Rating: TV-Y

Running Time: 30 minutes

Unlike the freakish live-action Welcome to Pooh Corner, The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh picks up from where The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh left off in 1977. Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore, and everyone else return, along with some new faces, to bring joy to audiences of all ages.

The show originally moved from the Disney Channel to ABC after the first season, but you can now watch all episodes on Disney+. No matter what kind of mood you're in, an afternoon in the Hundred Acre Woods will undoubtedly lift your spirits.

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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

Disney 

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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Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted (2019): Best Family Friendly Cooking Show

Gordon Ramsey eats with villagers in Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted

Disney / National Geographic 

IMDb rating: 7.9

Genre: Adventure, Reality TV

Starring: Gordon Ramsay, Sheldon Simeon, Michelle Costello

Running Time: 60 minutes

You can watch every episode of National Geographic's Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted on Disney+. Don't be put off by anything you've heard Chef Ramsey say on Kitchen Nightmares. All content on this streaming service is family-friendly, so you don't have to worry about the host going off on a profanity-laced tirade. In fact, he comes off as genuine and charming as he travels the globe learning about different types of cuisine.

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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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Marvel's Hero Project (2019): Most Inspiring Disney Show About Real-Life Heros

Marvel's Hero Project promotional image

Disney

IMDb rating: 5.4

Genre: Documentary

Starring: Jordan Reeves, Daniella Benitez, Elijah Lee

TV Rating: TV-G

Need to watch something uplifting? Take a break from the Avengers and learn about some everyday kids who do extraordinary things. Marvel's Hero Project highlights the accomplishments of youth who are real-life heroes in their communities. Each hero is also featured in their own comic, which you can purchase from the Marvel Digital Comic Store.

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

Raven Symone in That’s So Raven

Disney

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.