Disney put out a lot of great TV over the years—and now you can watch it all on Disney+. We know there’s a bunch of cool new Star Wars and Marvel content out there, but while we’re waiting for new seasons of The Mandalorian, these are the nostalgia-worthy shows we’re binging.
It’s too bad that this puppet-driven TV show was so expensive to produce. The jokey cynicism about modern life still plays well today, from the family’s obsession with TV to their national holiday celebrating the refrigerator. The thing we like most, though, is how much life the puppets have. You could put them next to modern CGI and the cast of Dinosaurs would win.
Okay, take characters from Jungle Book, such as Baloo, Shere Khan, and King Louie. Then put them in a world where they’re delivering packages in an old seaplane. And it seems to be the 1940s. Look, it’s weird, but it works.
Chip ’n Dale: Rescue Rangers
What was it with the nineties and giving iconic Disney characters odd jobs? Not that we’re complaining. Also, the two leads are basically Indiana Jones and Magnum PI. Congratulations, now you can never unsee that.
Why do superheroes have to be serious? Let’s get dangerous!
When you were a kid, Recess was just about six fourth graders doing fun stuff. When you watch it now, you see a pretty deep show about a society with liberties that must be defended from authoritarians, such as the principal, or would-be tyrants, such as that sixth-grade bully kid. No, seriously. There’s a lot going on in this show.
The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Pooh has been around in one form or another for decades, and it’s tough to choose favourites. But this TV show that ran for four seasons was charming, promoted responsibility, honesty, and cooperation, and it never really had any bad guys. Basically, it was a comedy of manners with stuffed animals come to life.
A stellar voice cast, high fantasy inspiration, multi-episode story arcs—this show respected kids and gave them something great.
The Adventures of the Gummi Bears
Why did we love this show set in medieval times about bears who use the power of gummiberry juice to bounce away from their enemies? Probably the great music and voice acting. And the fact that everything we drank after watching it turned into gummiberry juice.
Goofy provides the slapstick comedy, and his son, Max, provides the emotional heft in Goof Troop. Pete, the old villain from classic Disney shorts, is reimagined as Goofy’s high school best friend (but still frequent foil). His son, PJ, serves as Max’s best friend. The show’s message about maintaining strong bonds of friendship and kinship, despite being very different people, still resonates today.