The 10 Best Disney + Original Series of 2021, Ranked by IMDb


Warning: This listing contains spoilers for Hawkeye.

Arguably, Disney + ‘s main selling point when it launched more than two years ago was the list of original content it would launch in the future. More than the movies it released, Disney + has lined up an impressive lineup of TV shows, some of which take place in the MCU and Star Wars universe.

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2021 marked the release of several major shows, from intriguing fantasy series to follow-up seasons to already successful shows and more. The odds of IMDb help show that Disney + has some of the best TV services of any streaming service these days and 2022 is likely to be filled with more success.

ten Big blow (7.5)

Many subscribers will probably be surprised to find Big beanie ranked among the best Disney + shows of the year. The trailer wasn’t overly popular and seemed bordering on tacky. However, Big beanie finally surprised those who gave it a chance.

The show centers on Marvyn Korn (John Stamos), a basketball coach with an anger problem who is punished and sent to work with a girls’ team at a private high school. Most reviewers felt that the series did not add anything new, but presented quality performance and was ultimately heartwarming.

9 The Mighty Ducks: The Game Changers (7.5)

Logan scores his first goal

One of the most anticipated shows on the streaming service not to be Marvel or Star Wars property was The Mighty Ducks: game changers. The series functions as a sequel to the original film series, taking place decades after the events of those films, even bringing back Emilio Estevez as Gordon Bombay.

The premise is similar as he sees a motley group of children coming together to form a beloved hockey team under the leadership of Bombay, although he is back to his reluctant ways and being pushed by Alex (Lauren Graham) , the mother of one of the children. Like Big beanie, it worked because it’s funny and has a heart.


8 What if…? (7.5)

As noted, the MCU launched its list of big budget TV shows on Disney + this year. The only one not making the top ten was The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, even if he just missed the mark. The MCU’s first dive into animation, What if…? turned out to be a success.

Based on the comic book series of the same name, the series tells the stories of everyone’s favorite heroes in alternate universes. While not all episodes were rated as excellent, most have received critical acclaim for some of the unique (and sometimes better) interpretations of the characters and especially the animation style.

seven Diary of a Future President Season 2 (7.6)

Future Elena and Elena in the halls in Diary of a Future President.

If you go to IMDb you will see that Diary of a future president in fact only holds a 6.1 rating as a streak. However, a deeper dive shows that the Season 1 episodes received poor ratings, but that Season 2, which premiered in 2021, fared much better. The rating of 7.6 is the average of these episodes from Season 2.

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Starring Gina Rodriguez and Tess Romero as Elena Cañero-Reed, the series follows her as a teenager, dreaming of one day being President of the United States. The flash-forwards actually show her as the president, which means the series portrays her first road to success. Despite better reception in Season 2, the show was canceled.

6 The Mysterious Benedict Society (7.7)

The Mysterious Benedict Society (2021-) kids confusedly watch something offscreen

Based on a series of children’s books, The Mysterious Benedict Society turned out to be one of Disney + ‘s dormant hits. In many ways, it works like a kid’s version of Netflix The Umbrella Academy for he sees gifted orphans with special abilities recruited by a wealthy benefactor.

For the most part, the show was to everyone’s acclaim, with audiences captivated by the cast, the family tone, and the mystery of it all. It has been noted that things are starting slowly, but there are major rewards for sticking with it. Season 2 is already the one that gets fans excited.

5 High School Musical: The Musical: The Series Season 2 (7.8)

high school musical - ricky & nini

One of the first noteworthy shows when Disney + launched was Lycée Musical: The Musical: The Series. Season 1 was whimsical, performed well outside of the movie franchise, and had great music. It also helped introduce Olivia Rodrigo to the world before she became a huge pop star.

Season 2 premiered in 2021 and while good it didn’t quite live up to the original. This was in part due to the odd choice to focus on a The beauty and the Beast play instead of something Musical High School and in part because the COVID-19 pandemic hampered filming to the point where the finale lacked a lot of what it needed.

4 Star Wars: The Bad Batch (8.0)


Since Disney took over the Star Wars franchise, some fans have had mixed feelings about their production, especially with the movies. However, the shows were a highlight, especially The Mandalorian and animated series like The clone wars and Rebels.

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2021 saw the start of a new animated show in The bad lot, which is a spin-off of The clone wars centered on a group of clone soldiers with unique genetic mutations. With fun characters and a great family bond at the center, the show also worked as it gave a rare look into the universe following the Empire’s immediate rise.

3 WandaVision (8.0)

WandaVision Critics Choice Awards

The first MCU series for Disney + ended up being WandaVision and things got off to a great start. The show dealt with the grief that Wanda Maximoff suffered after the death of her brother in Avengers: Age of Ultron and his love Vision in Avengers: Infinity War. The show was a pop culture hit as social media buzzed every week with theories about where the show was going and what it all meant.

It didn’t all pay off, but there’s no denying the performances of Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, and Kathryn Hahn (who gets her own spinoff show). Along with praise for everything from acting and story to special effects, WandaVision also help set the stage for the future of the MCU, including Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

2 Hawk Eye (8.1)

Kate Hawkeye Episode 4

The latest MCU show takes a much more grounded approach than the ones that came before it. Instead of having world-changing implications, Hawk Eye relates to street crime, which is a welcome change. The show sees Clint Barton in the spotlight as he must atone for his sins as Ronin while also taking a young archer under his wing.

Kate Bishop has been a welcome addition to the franchise, already becoming a fan favorite thanks to the portrayal of Hailee Steinfeld. Bringing in Yelena Belova and even marking the return of Netflix’s Wilson Fisk daredevil the series excited viewers. People everywhere are captivated by this series.

1 Loki (8.3)

Loki and Sylvie prepare to fight.

When Loki was first announced, it wasn’t clear how that would impact the bigger MCU. With the titular Loki arrested by the Time Variance Authority for breaking the timeline, it looked like his adventures would be separate from everything else, but fans couldn’t have been more wrong.

The end of the series has the potential to change everything for the franchise in the future, including the introduction of a new major villain. Tom Hiddleston has been praised for his work, as have Sophia Di Martino as a variant of Loki Sylvie, and the rest of the supporting cast. Add in a great musical score and awesome visuals and it’s no wonder people are looking forward to Season 2.

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