Tired of rewatching the same old Disney movies or waiting for new stuff to arrive on Disney+?
We feel ya there! That’s why we’ve decided to crack open some Capri Suns, bust out the Fruit Roll-Ups, and revisit a few of our favorite TV series from the past that are currently streaming on Disney+!
Shows like The Mandalorian, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Prop Culture, The Imagineering Story, and One Day at Disney have all been gettin’ some major love! Heck, even WE are rendered completely helpless by The World According to Jeff Goldblum. It’s all we ever wanna watch every time we plop down on our sofas!
But here are a few Disney+ shows nobody’s talking about — even though EVERYONE should be! And if you’re an 80s baby, you might be surprised to learn that so many of the shows you grew up with are now streaming on Disney+! Let’s take a look!
Now you might not associate Bart Simpson’s wisecrack antics with Disney’s more gentle and calm family-friendly programming, but the company acquired 20th Century Fox which is why you can watch 30 seasons of The Simpsons currently on Disney+!
Now if you’re a true Homer-aficionado, you might not be in love with the widescreen formatting which tends to cut off some of the screen of the first nearly 20 seasons. Disney has assured us they are currently working on the problem and are hoping to offer a fullscreen version of The Simpsons in the near future!
America’s Funniest Videos
Long before YouTube or social media were ever a thing, people watched viral videos on a little show called America’s Funniest Home Videos — or AFV for short!
Bob Saget (the comedian dad who portrayed Danny Tanner on Full House) was the original host of AFV, but you’ll only find nine seasons of America’s Funniest Home Videos on Disney+ and they’re ALL the Tom Bergeron years — from 2002 to 2012! Don’t worry, they’re still totally hilarious and just as dated as you remember them, even if they do lack that Danny Tanner charm!
Do you remember the niche cartoon, Gargoyles? It aired from 1994 to 1996 and was a little RISKY by Disney standards!
But Disney is no stranger to dark stuff (just look at all the wicked villainy that takes place in many classic Disney films!). If you’ve ever wanted to know how 1,000-year-old gargoyles from Scotland cope with modern-day city life in New York after being awoken from a curse, check it out!
Another show you might be surprised to see on Disney+ is the mega-popular 90s X-Men series. Although Disney didn’t play a role in creating the animated show, which loosely follows the Marvel comic books, the show was previously aired on Fox (like The Simpsons). This is how the mutants came to be live on the Disney streaming service.
If you’ve watched X-Men before, you’ll remember many of the episodes are sequential — playing out like a cartoon soap opera at times with complicated love relationships forming between many of the characters. Next time you’re endlessly scrolling through the Disney+ library for something to watch, how about checkin’ in with your old buds Gambit, Rogue, Cyclops, Beast, Wolverine, Jean Grey, Professor X, and Magneto!
While The Disney Afternoon had great success with hit shows like DuckTales, Darkwing Duck, and Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers (which are also ALL available on Disney+!), only one season of Bonkers was ever made — which is SAD! Bonkers is and forever shall be one of the most truly under-appreciated Disney shows! 🙂
The cartoon aired in 1993 and follows the lovable Bonkers T. Bobcat — a movie star turned comedy cop. We think we love this show as much as we do because it put off some MAJOR Roger Rabbit vibes at times!
Remember when The Jungle Book’s Baloo and King Louie got their own cartoon spin-off…flying planes? It was the 90s and it was a glorious time to be alive!
But just like our friend Bonkers T. Bobcat, Baloo only got to fly the friendly skies for one season. We still can’t get its theme song out of our heads!
The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
While the Winnie the Pooh books and movies are classic, we think it was The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh cartoon series that made us fall in love with the silly old bear and his Hundred Acre crew!
Four seasons of the show were made from 1988 to 1991 and, although Winnie the Pooh’s voice is provided actor Jim Cummings and not Sterling Halloway (the original actor who did a lot of voice work for Disney including Pooh in The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh), it’s still a quality re-watch! Plus, the theme song is a straight-up JAM!
Adventures of the Gummi Bears
And while we’re on the subject of bears, there’s one final show we can’t fail to mention. The Gummi Bears!
Do you remember these guys bouncing here and there and EVERYWHERE, ’cause we sure do! We bet our moms do too because we were usually flying around the room whenever this cartoon was on (pretending we had our very own Gummi Bear Juice, of course!). We’re not sure if we can muster that same level of energy, but we’re still enthusiastic about this great show. Check out all six seasons of Adventures of the Gummi Bears now on Disney+!
We love watching these throwback shows on Disney+! It helps to make us feel like a kid again!!
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Which cartoon series from The Disney Afternoon was your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!