After launching in the US last year, the arrival of Disney+ in the UK has been an absurdly long time coming.
While we’ve been inevitably exposed to spoilers from The Mandalorian thanks to Baby Yoda’s online takeover, there’s plenty of shows old and new available for us to enjoy during the lockdown age.
So what should you be checking out on Disney+? Here’s the best shows available from launch.
Let’s get the obvious out of the way. The Mandalorian is the first of a new line of Star Wars spin-off shows, starring Pedro Pascal as the mysterious bounty hunter who is sent on missions all over the galaxy.
Bizarrely, only the first two episodes are available so far (despite all of them being available in the US), with new episodes set to arrive weekly. Despite the weird rollout, the Mandalorian is easily the best Star Wars offshoot in recent years and the defining original Disney+ has to offer.
The Mandalorian is currently Disney+'s killer app (Picture: Disney)
While a big selling point of Disney+ is the vast backlog of Disney classics, there’s also every episode of The Simpsons available at your fingertips.
Alright, everything from season 12 onwards takes a significant nosedive. But the first batch of seasons are arguably some of the greatest television ever made - filled with classic episodes destined to be quoted for decades to come.
All of The Simpsons is on Disney+ (Picture: Disney)
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Arguably the best thing to come out of the prequel trilogy, Star Wars: The Clone Wars is a spin-off series which dives deeper into the period between Attack Of The Clones and Revenge Of The Sith.
The seventh and final season will release only on Disney+, wrapping up what’s become one of the most beloved Star Wars spin-offs there’s ever been. If you’re losing faith in the franchise after Rise Of Skywalker, this is definitely one to try out.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars is one of the best Star Wars spin-offs (Picture: Disney)
High School Musical: The Musical: The Series
High School Musical undergoes a mockumentary revamp in this TV series spin-off, which takes place at a fictionalised version of East High School where the original movie was filmed.
There’s some slightly irritating jokes against the original movies which feel misjudged for its target audience, but once the songs take over the snark, there’s some smart fun to be had which subverts the high school romance formula.
X-Men: The Animated Series
Another selling point of Disney+ is the huge volume of classic Marvel TV shows and cartoons on offer, with the original X-Men: The Animated Series arguably the best of them all.
Running for five seasons from 1992 to 1997, this will be nostalgic catnip for many who grew up on the Fox Kids line-up, covering the Dark Phoenix, Days Of Future Past and Legacy Virus storylines.
The X-Men Animated Series is a nostalgic trip (Picture: Marvel)
Created by Alex Hirsch, Gravity Falls is one of the best TV shows you’ll find on all streaming platforms. It follows the adventures of Dipper Pines and twin sister Mabel in Gravity Falls, Oregon, as they tackle a number of paranormal forces.
In a similar vein to Adventure Time, this is a show designed for both kids and adults to enjoy - boasting incredibly smart writing beyond a lot of its contemporaries.
Gravity Falls is on Disney+ (Picture: Disney)
The Imagineering Story
This documentary series about the creation of Disney theme parks around the world might be a slightly indulgent bit of self-advertising, but it’s an interesting delve into the effort which goes into bringing their magical worlds to life.
It begins right from the origins of Disney itself, and while it paints over a lot of the cracks, this is still a well-oiled and fascinating series.
The World According to Jeff Goldblum
A documentary series which was renewed for a second season earlier this year, The World According to Jeff Goldblum sees the quirky movie star delve into subjects he knows little about - ranging from ice cream, cosmetics, tattoos to gaming.
While it prioritises the unique personality of its star over educational value, this is still a thoroughly enjoyable trip.
Jeff Goldblum explores a range of topics in this new series (Picture: Disney)
Disney+ is available to stream in the UK now.