Disney+ may not have as much original content as it used to, but it’s hard to imagine a better lineup of new series than it has in October. Marvel Studios’ Loki has returned for a second season, and there’s a brand-new Goosebumps series for the young horror fans in your family. Additionally, The Simpsons season 34 has made its streaming premiere, while National Geographic’s Animals Up Close with Bertie Gregory is one of the most charming documentary shows this year.
There’s not going to be a lot new on Disney+ every month, especially when the strike delays finally arrive. But there should still be a few more original series that are set to premiere in 2023. If you want to stay on top of what’s next for the streamer, keep checking back for an updated list of the best shows on Disney+ right now.
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Disney+ is getting Doctor Who later this year, but Tom Hiddleston’s Loki is practically filling the role already in Loki season 2. The Asgardian God of Mischief isn’t quite the villain he used to be, but he’s not exactly a hero either. The new season finds Loki in the odd position of having to save the TVA (Time Variance Authority) from a cataclysmic event that could destroy all timelines.
Standing in the way of Loki is his female counterpart, Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino), who also happens to be the first woman that Loki has ever truly loved. And in a nod to the larger MCU, Jonathan Banks is back as an early incarnation with Kang who may not be what Loki or his ally, Mobius (Owen Wilson), expected to find.
Three decades ago, the original Goosebumps TV series adapted R. L. Stine’s horror stories for children as an anthology. But the new incarnation of Goosebumps is throwing that out the window and embracing serialized stories. Instead of one-off tales of terror, the show revolves around Isaiah (Zack Morris), Margot (Isa Briones), James (Miles McKenna). Isabella (Ana Yi Puig), and Lucas (Will Price) as they try to unravel the death of Harold Biddle (Ben Cockell), a teenager who died in a fire in 1993.
Harold has his own plans, as he possesses an English teacher, Nathan Bratt (Justin Long), who moved into his family’s former home. You can expect to see many of Stine’s signature creations this season, including the Haunted Mask and Slappy the Dummy (Chris Geere), who is just as evil as he ever was.
It may sound incredible, but The Simpsons has a real shot at hitting 40 seasons as the 40th anniversary is just a few years away. Fox has already renewed the long-running animated comedy through season 36, and now The Simpsons season 34 has arrived on Disney+.
The Simpsons was truly at its peak during its first eight seasons, but the misadventures of Homer, Bart, Marge, Lisa, and Maggie Simpson have captured a fanbase that spans multiple generations. At this point, it’s harder to imagine The Simpsons ending because the show has staying power like nothing else before or since.
Animals Up Close with Bertie Gregory is exactly the kind of show that National Geographic fans should be very pleased with. Throughout the six-episode series, Bertie Gregory and his team take us on a journey across the world to see how pumas, killer whales, elephants, wild dogs, and devil rays live in their native environments.
It’s a very revealing look at places that most people would never have seen in their lifetimes. And if you appreciate nature and animals, this is the show for you.
The story for Ahsoka was first teased in 2018 with the final episode of Star Wars Rebels. Now, Ahsoka Tano (Rosario Dawson) is teaming up with her former apprentice, Sabine Wren (Natasha Liu Bordizzo), against a pair of Dark Jedi, Baylan Skoll (Ray Stevenson) and Shin Hati (Ivanna Sakhno), who want to help the remains of the Empire bring back Grand Admiral Thrawn (Lars Mikkelsen) to restart the war with the New Republic.
But Ahsoka and Sabine have to overcome their issues with each other before they have a chance to prevent a catastrophe. And if they can’t stop Thrawn from revitalizing the Empire, then their efforts will have been in vain.
Secret Invasion finally brings Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) back to Earth, but his employers in the American government, including the newly political James “Rhodey” Rhodes (Don Cheadle), want him gone. More alarmingly, the Skrulls living on Earth have largely decided to follow Gravik (Kingsley Ben-Adir) and his plan to render humanity extinct and make our world their own.
Even Fury’s Skrull ally, Talos (Ben Mendelsohn), has his own problems, since his daughter, G’iah (Emilia Clarke), is firmly in Gravik’s corner. And once Fury learns what Talos has done in his absence, their friendship may not recover.
The second season of I Am Groot has arrived with more mischief from the title character. This series of animated shorts takes place around the time frame of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, as Baby Groot (Vin Diesel) just can’t help finding new ways to get himself in trouble while exploring the galaxy around him.
For the most part, the rest of the Guardians don’t play a role in this series. But you can expect a cameo from Rocket (Bradley Cooper) and at least one other established Marvel character who hints that Groot may have a larger destiny than anyone may have suspected.
The word has come down that ABC has canceled The Wonder Years after two seasons, but the show’s entire run is currently on Disney+. This series was a reimagining of the original show The Wonder Years that aired in the 1980s and early ’90s. The new show focused on Dean Williams (Elisha “EJ” Williams), a 12-year-old Black child growing up in Alabama during the late 1960s.
Dulé Hill co-starred in the series as Dean’s father, Bill Williams, with Saycon Sengbloh as Dean’s mother, Lillian Williams, and Laura Kariuki as Dean’s sister, Kim Williams. Don Cheadle lent his voice to the show as an older Dean who looks back on his childhood across the course of the series.
In preparation for the theatrical release of Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, Disney is gearing up to add the Indiana Jones collection to its library. On the TV side of things, that includes the ’90s live-action series The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones.
Though certainly not as prolific as Indy’s exploits on the big screen, The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones was a welcome series of small-scale ventures. Starring Sean Patrick Flanery and Corey Carrier as younger versions of the titular character, this version of the series is the 1999 re-edit that compressed it into 22 feature-length episodes.
While the Star Wars prequel trilogy has its fair share of blunders, Revenge of the Sith and Ewan McGregor’s performance were solid showings. That made the actor a fan favorite among the fan base, even the best Obi-Wan for many people, and he makes his grand return for the solo series.
Set 10 years after the execution of Order 66 and the fall of the Republic, Obi-Wan Kenobi sees a weary and disillusioned Jedi Master thrust back into action to rescue a young Princess Leia Organa. However, this covert operation also leads to another fateful clash with his former apprentice, now Darth Vader (Hayden Christensen).
David Beckham is a legend and superstar in soccer, having played with some of the biggest clubs in the world, including Manchester United, Real Madrid, and AC Milan.
Now, in Save Our Squad with David Beckham, the former player travels to where his sporting career began — the Echo Premier League. He comes on to help Westward Boys, as the team hasn’t won a game all season and is in danger of relegation. It’s a project that comes with a tall order as he tries to reshape this squad to salvage their season.
Marvel Studios’ daunting cinematic universe is admittedly the main draw of the on-screen brand, but there are some worthy projects that are a bit smaller in scope. Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur is among them, with the animated series adapting the Marvel Comics characters of the same name.
Young genius Lunella Lafayette accidentally brings a T-Rex into modern-day New York through a time vortex she created. The two become the titular superheroic duo and defend New York City’s Lower East Side from threatening forces. A charming comic book TV series, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur is a wonderfully animated show that’ll surely satisfy family audiences.
Dramas, action, and comedy might be what bring fans into the Disney brand, but Disney+ also offers some solid documentary material as well. That includes covering the company’s work, with Sketchbook proving to be a delightful instructional docuseries on bringing to screen several loved Disney characters.
The series also does well to highlight the talent behind the scenes that does so, with each episode bringing in a different artist demonstrating how they bring these characters to life, as well as how they found themselves working at the studio. Sketchbook should satisfy anyone that’s artistically inclined, as well as those that simply want to see the masters at their craft.
Disney Pixar’s Monsters, Inc. is some of the best-animated work the studio has ever put out, and its world has been expanded more in the last decade. In addition to the 2013 prequel film, Monsters at Work is a Disney+ original series that shows another side of a beloved franchise.
The series takes place after the events of the 2001 movie, the story follows the new protagonist Tylor Tuskmon as a fresh graduate from Monsters University who’s shocked to learn that the company is no longer in need of Scarers. Mike and Sulley return to the cast as well, as they deal with the struggles of running the company and its transition to running on laugh-based power.
The blockbuster series that helped Disney+ take the lead in the “streaming wars,” Lucasfilm’s The Mandalorian returns after a two-year hiatus (although the character made an appearance in The Book of Boba Fett). The journeys of the Mandalorian through the Star Wars galaxy continue in season 3, which promises more action, more Darksaber fights, and more Grogu!
Once a lone bounty hunter, Din Djarin has reunited with Grogu after last season’s finale. Meanwhile, the New Republic struggles to lead the galaxy away from its dark history. Future episodes promise that the Mandalorian will cross paths with old allies and make new enemies as he and Grogu continue their journey together to strange new worlds like Mandalore.
Big Hero 6 was a breakout success in 2014, bringing a creative spin on the superhero genre with the tried-and-true Disney animation formula. The lovable nurse robot returns in the titular Baymax! — a spinoff animated TV series comprised of short stories.
Taking place within the same continuity as the movie and the other TV spinoff series, Big Hero 6: The Series, Baymax! follows the endearing robot as he goes around San Fransokyo helping the people of the city. It’s a fun and charming new way to expand upon the vibrant world established on-screen by the movie.
Despite mostly being a background character for much of the franchise’s existence, Boba Fett has always been one of the most beloved Star Wars characters. Temuera Morrison returned in The Mandalorian season 2 to play the iconic bounty hunter, and he was finally given his own solo series in the form of The Book of Boba Fett.
And while the critical reaction to his story was fairly mixed, The Book of Boba Fett brings to light some long-awaited moments, like how he escaped the Sarlacc from Return of the Jedi. If nothing else, the series serves as a decent companion piece to The Mandalorian and will tie into the show’s third season.
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