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If you’ve been on the internet at all since Disney’s streaming service, Disney+, launched in mid-November 2019, then you’ve felt the service’s impact even if you don’t know it. Baby Yoda, a new Star Wars character that has been all but immortalized in meme format, first appeared on a Disney+ show. Despite Baby Yoda’s ubiquity, though, many people remain unaware of the many shows and movies available on Disney+. Here are the best ones.
The newest Star Wars show (yes, the show that introduced Baby Yoda), The Mandalorian stars Game of Thrones favorite Pedro Pascal as the titular bounty hunter. The show follows The Mandalorian’s travels through the edges of the galaxy, far removed from the New Republic, after the fall of the Empire but before the First Order came to prominence. Throughout the series, The Mandalorian protects Baby Yoda – who is technically not young Yoda himself, but a toddler of the same unnamed species – and hides from other bounty hunters looking to kill him.
The World According to Jeff Goldblum
During the same month in which Jeff Goldblum released his latest jazz album, the beloved actor also rolled out his new documentary series on Disney+. Goldblum devotes each half-hour installment of The World According to Jeff Goldblum to exploring a culturally relevant topic on which he has done little to no research beforehand. Among the subjects he tackles include sneaker culture, the prominence of tattoos, and the cosmetics industry.
Unlike The Mandalorian and The World According to Jeff Goldblum, The Simpsons is far from a new show. Instead, it’s one of the most acclaimed and groundbreaking TV shows of all time – and it’s a big reason the arrival of Disney+ has been so anticipated. Upon the streaming service’s rollout, Disney+ became the first subscription program through which viewers could access all 30 seasons of The Simpsons. What better time than now to get in a good “D’oh!”?
The Lion King
Disney has long prided itself on producing children’s films that adults can easily enjoy too. Few movies offer better examples of this dichotomy than the instant-classic The Lion King. Disney+ is currently the only streaming service on which this film is available, and the same is true for the film’s sequels, The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride and The Lion King 1½. The 2019 live-action adaptation of The Lion King is not yet available on Disney+, nor is it clear whether the service will ever offer this film.
Toy Story may well be the Pixar equivalent to The Lion King: A classic children’s movie that adults love too. However, unlike the sequels to The Lion King, all three of the sequels to Toy Story have received extensive critical acclaim (though The Lion King 1½ did receive overall positive reviews). Two of these three sequels, in addition to the original Toy Story film, are available on Disney+. Since Toy Story 4 came out just five months before Disney+ launched, it might eventually make its way onto the streaming service too.
What are your favorite Disney+ shows and movies? Sound off in the comments!