Disney recently announced that it would be nearly doubling the library of content available on its streaming service, Disney Plus. It will be adding to its already extensive catalogue of movies and TV shows with content owned by FOX, which it recently acquired.
Up until now, Disney Plus has been the home of wholesome content, with largely child-friendly stories and suitable themes throughout. But now, adult subscribers who are looking to watch something when the kids have gone to sleep, will have a whole new world of movies and shows to choose from.
So, here are just a few of the TV shows that we’ve already added to our Disney Plus watchlist.
Though The Simpsons has been available on Disney Plus from day one, their less-than-wholesome counterparts have only just been introduced. Created, produced and voiced predominantly by Seth MacFarlene, Family Guy and American Dad offer a much more risqué take on the modern American family.
Crude jokes, random cutaway gags and some hilariously adult themes quickly set these two shows apart from The Simpsons.
Love, Victor continues the story of the 2018 film Love, Simon. It follows the life of a new student at Creekwood High School who’s coming to terms with his sexuality as he searches for acceptance in the LGBTQ+ world.
If you’re a fan of Rick and Morty then you need to add Solar Opposites to your watchlist immediately. Co-created by Justin Roiland, who famously wrote, created, produced and voiced Rick and Morty, Solar Opposites follows a “family” of aliens who are stranded on Earth. With all the sci-fi hijinx you would expect from Rick and Morty, Korvo and Terry try to make sense of human society as they argue back and forth about whether Earth is awful or awesome.
Even though it’s an animated show, be prepared for plenty of swearing and extremely adult-oriented content.
Ryan Phillippe, Katheryn Winnick (of VIkings fame) and Kylie Bunbury appear in this Star Original series from David E. Kelly, the creator of shows like Big Little Lies, Ally McBeal and LA Law (if you’re old enough to remember those).
The show centres on private detectives Cassie Dewell and Cody Hoyt as they search for two sisters who have been kidnapped on a remote highway in Montana. With the help of Cody’s estranged wife, Jenny, they uncover a string of similar disappearances as they race to unmask the mysterious killer.
24 was one of the most binge-watched TV shows from a time when you had to wait until the box set was on sale to binge it. The original ran for eight seasons, with Keiffer Sutherland as counterterrorism agent Jack Bauer racing against the on-screen clock to save America from an ever-growing list of terrorist threats.
Set in real time, with each episode accounting for an hour of Jack’s 24-hour mission, the on-going threat of assassination attempts, nuclear attacks, bioterrorism, torture, traitors, and sleeper cells is made all the more intense by that infernal ticking clock.
Good luck watching just one episode.
Another series that’s showing my age, the exploits of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and her (Scooby) gang of sidekicks shaped pop culture and our Wednesday nights back in the 90s and 00s. You can binge all seven seasons of the critically-acclaimed TV show as Buffy battles vampires, demons and the forces of darkness, some of which have aged well (while the limits of 90s visual effects have become obvious in others).
The first season is shorter and a bit cheesy as the cast and writers find their feet, but from season two onwards you will become increasingly invested in the lives and traumas of these characters. Stick it out and don’t just skip straight to the musical episode.
The whole world may be watching WandaVision these days, but don’t forget that there were Marvel TV shows before the launch of Disney Plus. Helstrom takes a fairly dark turn as it follows the story of the children of a serial killer as they hunt down and terrorise the worst of humanity.
Though it only ran for one season, it’s definitely worth a binge if you’re looking for some simple yet satisfying comic book-themed content.
Start streaming Star on Disney Plus now, and let us know what you’ll be binge-watching.