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The 10 best family shows on Disney+

If you’re looking for a series you can watch with the entire family, Disney+ offers plenty of choice.

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Streaming service Disney+ launched with fanfare in Australia, boasting a vast library that has something for everyone. Since the platform specialises in family-oriented content, there's no wonder why a big chunk of the titles available can be enjoyed by kids and adults alike.

While hit series The Mandalorian seems like an obvious choice, younger kids may not find this sci-fi western particularly appealing. You can indulge them by watching one of Disney's biggest hits, Boy Meets World. Or, you can find out more about some other wonderful children via Marvel's Hero Project. Whichever option you choose, you won't want to stop after only one episode.

After perusing the Disney+ titles available in Australia, we settled on 10 amazing series that parents and children alike will enjoy. The list is based on IMDb scores, as well as personal preference. Ready, set, stream!

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1. Gravity Falls


Year: 2012

Cast: Jason Ritter, Alex Hirsch, Kristen Schaal

IMDb score: 8.9

This animated gem follows twin siblings Dipper and Mabel Pines, who spend the summer at their great-uncle's tourist trap in the enigmatic Gravity Falls, Oregon. Here, they encounter all sorts of strange phenomena, as the town is brimming with supernatural creatures. Bright, sweet and joyful, the series has something for everyone, regardless of age. The only bad thing about Gravity Falls is that it only lasted for two (amazing) seasons.

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2. The Mandalorian


Year: 2019

Cast: Pedro Pascal, Carl Weathers, Rio Hackford

IMDb score: 8.7

If you've ever wanted to share your passion for Star Wars with your kids, there's no time like the present. This show is suitable for kids aged 10 and up, and once Baby Yoda shows up, you know they'll be hooked to learn more about the adorable creature. The Mandalorian follows the travels of a lone bounty hunter in the outer reaches of the galaxy, far from the authority of the New Republic. It's epic, visually stunning and so engaging that you'll be glued to the screen.

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3. The Incredible Dr. Pol


Year: 2011

Cast: Jan Pol, Diane Pol, Ari Rubin

IMDb score: 8.6

Dr Jan Pol has been a practicing veterinarian for more than half his life and this compelling series lets the audience take a peek behind the curtain and see what the life of a vet really looks like. Pol specialises in large farm animals and takes a no-nonsense approach to veterinary medicine. The camera captures dramatic moments as he works to save the lives of animals of all shapes and sizes, so it's only recommended for ages 10+. If you're a family of animal lovers, this one should be right up your alley.

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4. Brain Games


Year: 2011

Cast: Jason Silva, Bert Thomas Morris, Apollo Robbins

IMDb score: 8.3

Looking to add a touch of edutainment into the mix? Brain Games does the trick. This intriguing series uses a series of experiments, illusions and man-on-the-street demonstrations to unlock the science behind the mysteries of why we say, eat, feel and act as we do. In other words, it aims to reveal the inner-workings of the brain in spectacular fashion, often with the help of celebrity guests. Buckle up for a wondrous journey into the mysteries of the mind!

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5. Boy Meets World


Year: 1993

Cast: Ben Savage, Rider Strong, William Daniels, Betsy Randle

IMDb score: 8.1

Boy Meets World is a classic for a reason – the show is warm, clever and educational. The story follows Cory Matthews, an average boy navigating the ups and downs of life with the help of family and caring friends. It's the ultimate definition of comfort TV, so prepare to laugh and cry as these memorable characters overcome numerous challenges on their way to growing up. And if you enjoy this series, the reboot Girl Meets World is also available on Disney+.

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6. Recess


Year: 1997

Cast: Andrew Lawrence, Ashley Johnson, Jason Davis

IMDb score: 7.8

Recess follows six brave fourth-graders who make it their mission to protect the other kids on the playground. The series is thoughtful and insightful, with subjects ranging from how to deal with bullies to what to do if you forgot about a permission slip. Even better, there's plenty of humour that will appeal to adults, even if there are no maths tests to stress about anymore.

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7. Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers


Year: 1988

Cast: Peter Cullen, Tress MacNeille, Corey Burton, Jim Cummings

IMDb score: 7.6

Disney's fun-loving chipmunks are re-imagined as the leaders of a team of pint-sized crime-fighters in this charming detective series. They deal with crimes that are too small for the police to handle, usually taking other animals as their clients, to hilarious results. Plus, they prove that teamwork and friendship can defeat even the toughest adversaries. If you're a fan of Disney classics, this one is a must.

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8. Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears


Year: 1985

Cast: June Foray, Noelle North, Lorenzo Music

IMDb score: 7.5

Meet the Gummi Bears, gentle and loving creatures who want to live in harmony with mankind. Sometimes, though, that doesn't come easy. Another animated classic, the series follows a group of reclusive humanoid bears, the last remnants of a once-great civilisation, as they explore their lost heritage with help from a few trusted humans. A highly enjoyable cartoon for viewers of all ages, it instantly transports you to a medieval kingdom filled with magical creatures, castles and kings. Fun!

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9. Raven's Home


Year: 2017

Cast: Raven-Symoné, Issac Ryan Brown, Navia Ziraili Robinson

IMDb score: 7.4

Remember Disney favourite That's So Raven? Well, we're happy to report that this cheerful spin-off perfectly captures the spirit of the original. Raven-Symoné is back on the small screen as an all-grown-up single mom who joins forces with her best friend, Chelsea, to raise their kids together. Raven's glimpses of the future still lead her into crazy predicaments, but there's a twist: one of her children also starts showing psychic abilities. Thanks to a healthy dose of humour and a wonderful cast, the series makes for excellent family entertainment.

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10. Andi Mack


Year: 2017

Cast: Peyton Elizabeth Lee, Joshua Rush, Sofia Wylie

IMDb score: 7.2

When her free-spirited older sister returns home with a revelation that changes everything, young Andi embarks on an uncharted course of self-discovery. A heartwarming coming-of-age story, the show addresses serious issues while also navigating typical problems like crushes and school drama. If you have older kids (10+), Andi Mack is a compelling series that will make you laugh and open the door to some important conversations. All in all, it's not one to miss.

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