Thrillers, K-Pop Specials, Comedies, Reality Shows: 21 Must-See Shows On Disney+ (That Aren’t From Disney, Pixar, Marvel & Star Wars) - 8days Skip to main content



Thrillers, K-Pop Specials, Comedies, Reality Shows: 21 Must-See Shows On Disney+ (That Aren’t From Disney, Pixar, Marvel & Star Wars)

There’s a very good reason why it’s called Disney Plus.

Thrillers, K-Pop Specials, Comedies, Reality Shows: 21 Must-See Shows On Disney+ (That Aren’t From Disney, Pixar, Marvel & Star Wars)

What is the first thing that pops into your mind when you think of Disney+?

Yes, it’s the go-to streaming platform for family-friendly entertainment, blockbuster flicks, and epic adventures from Disney, Pixar, Star Wars, Marvel and National Geographic. But there’s more to Disney+ than just ‘kids’ stuff; it’s also home to an incredibly diverse range of content, under the Star brand, for grown-ups and older teens, with tons of edgy TV series, gripping movies and mind-blowing originals — some of them presented in 4K Ultra HD, Dolby Surround Sound, no less — to keep them endlessly enthralled. Worried that the kiddos might access them? Disney+ has your back, with parental controls including PIN-locked profiles to ensure the young ones don’t come near things they aren’t quite ready to see just yet.

Let’s see what Disney+ has in store for everyone…


+ K-Pop Matters

Standing by: Get ready to rock your world with SUPER JUNIOR: LAST MAN STANDING.

Shake your booties and loosen those joints to the beats of SUPER JUNIOR: LAST MAN STANDING, the two-part documentary chronicling the OG pop sensation’s 18-year — what the what?! —  history and their impact on the Korean music biz. If you can’t hold tix to Blackpink’s May concert, there’s always BLACKPINK: The Movie. Or knock yourself out with BTS: PERMISSION TO DANCE ON STAGE – LA, featuring thrilling highlights from their 2021 concerts at the SoFi Stadium. Then hop over to j-hope IN THE BOX, about the BTS-er’s debut solo album Jack in the Box as well as his historic headlining-performance at Lollapalooza last year. #heungbunhan!


+ Grown-up Stuff

Here comes trouble: Amanda Seyfried is hatching something devious in The Dropout.

Need some me-time after dropping off the kids at school or tucking them in? Stream The Dropout, the unbelievably true story of college quitter-turned-startup CEO Elizabeth Holmes (Amanda Seyfried in a spit-in-her-face worthy, Emmy-honoured portrayal) who conned investors to get behind her BS blood-testing miracle tech. Another riveting tale of corporate malfeasance, Dopesick, starring Rosario Dawson and Michael Keaton, looks at the origins and casualties of America’s opiate crisis. Or get hooked on The Bear — hailed as the best workplace drama since Mad Men — about a celeb chef (Jeremy Allen White) trying to revive a failing café he inherited. Where’s Gordon Ramsay when you need him?

+Heebie Jeebies!

Eyes wide shut: Don't mess with black magic in Teluh Darah.

Are you easily rattled by the sight of centipedes and maggots? Good news, then. There are a lot — really a lot  — of those critters in Teluh Darah (or Blood Curse), from renowned Indonesian master of horror Kimo Stamboel (2009’s Macabre).  Dropping on Feb 25, the 10-part spooker follows two young people whose families are victims of black magic. Now, who did they offend to deserve such supernatural harassment? Elsewhere, in the Japanese creep-fest GannibalDrive My Car scribe Teruhisa Yamamoto adapting a popular manga — follows a big city cop (Yuya Yagira) who's posted to a lovely and very Instagrammable hamlet. Sounds great, but there’s one teenie-weenie problem: he has to put up with a human flesh-eating cult. 

+Movie Nights!

You smell that? Ralph Fiennes has prepared a surprise dish for Anya Taylor-Joy in The Menu.

The 95th Academy Awards is just around the corner (March 13), and one movie that should’ve been nominated for an award or two but isn’t is The Menu. The nasty and tasty horror-comedy stars Ralph Fiennes as a master chef who springs a to-die-for (spoiler?) six -course meal for a group of VIP guests at his posh island restaurant. Under the ‘Academy Awards Nominees and Winners’ category, check out this year’s Oscars contenders Alfonso Cuarson’s Le pupille (Best Animated Short) and the volcano docu Fire of Love (Best Documentary Feature) as well as past years’, such as Nomadland, The Eyes of Tammy Faye, Nightmare Alley, West Side Story, Jojo Rabbit, and The Shape of Water.

+Made in Asia!


Take that back: Wang Po-Chieh and Frederick Lee have a difference in opinion in Taiwan Crime Stories.



Among the ever-expanding slate of Asian-Pacific originals Disney+ is producing (50 by this year) is the Taiwan Crime Stories, a gritty 12-part anthology inspired by actual cases, fronted by a stellar cast including Allison Lin, Rhydian Vaughan, Patty Lee and Frederick Lee. Another binge-worthy series is the K-drama Call It Love, about a woman (Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-Joo’s Lee Sung-Kyung) whose late father leaves all his assets to his mistress. The estranged daughter plots revenge by conspiring with the mistress’s son (Somebody’s Kim Young-Kwang). Guess what happens next? They. Fall. In. Love. Er, still with me?

+ Reality Madness!

Team work: Yoo Jae-Suk, Lee Kwang-Soo and Kwon Yuri get ready to make a run for it in The Zone: Survival Mission. 

No TV diet is complete without any unscripted mayhem. Revel in the silliness of The Zone: Survival Mission, where comedian Yoo Jae-Suk, actor Lee Kwang-Soo and Girl’s Generation’s Kwon Yuri ty to evade a series of zombie apocalypse-inspired scenarios. Elsewhere, in the dating show Pink Lie, the contestants hope to woo their potential partners with lies and only when they find The One then they’d reveal the truth about themselves. And if that isn’t exciting for you, there’s always the shenanigans of The Kardashians to drive us bonkers about their privileged life.

+What’s up Doc!

This is the way: Go behind the scenes of Avatar: The Way of Water in Avatar: The Deep Dive: A Special Edition 20/20.

Pick up tips on how to prolong life and reverse ageing from the God of Thunder himself in the six-part National Geographic series, Limitless with Chris Hemsworth. (FYI: Make cold showers part of your daily routine.) Or find out why James Cameron spent more than 12 years to make a sequel to his billion-dollar grossing eco-action epic Avatar in Avatar: The Deep Dive: A Special Edition 20/20. Of all the movies and TV shows inspired by the 2018 Tham Luang Cave Rescue, The Rescue — by Jimmy Chin and E Chai Vasarhelyi, the Oscar-winning husband-and-wife team behind Free Solo (also on Disney+) — remains at the top of the class.

Class dismissed: Quinton Brunson is in a party mood in Abbott Elementary

You know what else prolongs life? Laughing. Well, duh! The Emmy-feted faux doc Abbott Elementary, starring Quinton Brunson and Tyler James Williams, follows cash-strapped teachers and staff at a public school in Philadelphia. Another must-see mockumentary: The Taika Waititi-produced What We Do in the Shadows is about the exploits of a clan of modern-day vampires as seen through the eyes of their long-suffering servant (Harvey Guillén). Brunson, Williams and Waititi are also in History of the World: Part II. Arriving on March 6,  this four-part series is a follow-up to Mel Brooks’ 1981 cult classic that parodies historical figures and events. Can you imagine Ronny Chieng as Kublai Khan?

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