The best new films and TV shows to watch on Disney+ this October

There’s a lot of good stuff coming to Disney+ this September…

Disney+ has rapidly become one of our go-to streaming services, thanks to the sheer wealth of truly excellent TV and films available on there.

And it seems as if Mickey Mouse and co are pulling out all the stops to ensure that Disney+ (and Disney Star) becomes synonymous with the word ’entertainment’, as they recently announced a wealth of new titles from Walt Disney Studios, Marvel Cinematic Universe, Pixar, and more – all of which are due to drop on the platform in the not-so-distant future.

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So, from American Horror Stories to Y: The Last Man, here’s our pick of the best new series and movies coming to Disney+.

And don’t you fret; we’ll be sure to keep this article updated with new titles and release dates as and when they become available.

Happy viewing!

King of Coke: Living the High Life – 1 October

Featuring twists, manhunts and million-dollar fraud, this documentary tells the story of Larry Lavin, a mild-mannered dentist who secretly built a cocaine empire across America during the 80s.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show – 1 October

When a flat tyre leaves “two young ordinary healthy kids” stranded on a stormy night, they decide to seek help and shelter at a nearby castle. There, though, they com face-to-face with Tim Curry’s Frank-N-Furter, an eccentric scientist hellbent on bringing his latest creation to life before their very eyes – and having a lot of fun in the process, too.

Black Widow – 6 October

Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow, also known as Natasha Romanoff, entered the Marvel universe in 2010’s Iron Man 2, and she’s been a key part of the MCU ever since, more than proving her mettle. Now, alongside the talented Florence Pugh, she takes the lead in her own high-octane action film for the very first time – and, yeah, you can bet it will explore her superhero backstory in a big way.

Hip Hop Uncovered – 6 October

Set against 40 years of music history, this six-part documentary series takes a deep dive into the dying breed of power brokers who operate from the shadows of hip-hop.

What We Do in the Shadows – 6 October

For those who haven’t watched a single episode of this award-winning vampire mockumentary yet, the plot of the show is simple; four vampires – that’s Nandor (Kayvan Novak), Nadja (Natasia Demetriou), Laszlo (Matt Berry) and Colin (Mark Proksch) – sharing an apartment together in Staten Island are doing their utmost best to keep up with the demands of everyday life. 

Now, thanks to Disney+, you can stream the first two seasons ahead of the show’s much-anticipated third series. Win!

Muppets Haunted Mansion  – 8 October

The Great Gonzo – world famous daredevil artiste, has done it all, seen it all, and survived it all. But on Halloween night, the fearless Gonzo takes on the greatest challenge of his life by spending one very daring night in the most grim grinning place on earth… The Haunted Mansion.

Just Beyond – 13 October

Inspired by the writings of R.L. Stine, this supernatural anthology series tells astonishing and thought-provoking stories of witches, aliens, ghosts and parallel universe.

American Horror Story: season 9 – 13 October

In Los Angeles in 1984, Brooke Thompson is attacked by the Night Stalker and decides to leave town for the summer to work as a counselor at the newly reopened Camp Redwood with her new friends Montana, Xavier, Chet and Ray. On the way there, though, they strike a hiker on the road… cue the horror.

The Nest – 26 October

Martin Compston, Sophie Rundle, Mirren Mack star in The Nest.

Starring Sophie Rundle and Martin Compston, this emotional thriller sees a couple find out how far they are willing to go to have a baby. 

Ready Or Not – 29 October

After the wedding ceremony of a young woman, her new in-laws force her to participate in a seemingly innocent game. Things soon turn bloody and sinister, revealing the sick rituals of the family.

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Motherland: Fort Salem S1

Set in an alternate America where witches ended their persecution over 300 years ago by cutting a deal with the government to fight for their country, the series follows three young women from basic training in combat magic into early deployment.

Happier Than Ever: A Love Letter To Los Angeles

This cinematic concert experience sees Billie Eilish perform all the songs from her new album, Happier Than Ever, from the stage of the legendary Hollywood Bowl.

American Horror Stories

A new spinoff of Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story, this weekly anthology series promises to deliver big scares – especially as each episode is a self-contained horror story.

9/11 Control the Skies

A tense look at the small team of 9/11 air traffic controllers who, following the morning’s four devastating crashes, had to bring 167 planes to ground without incident.

Disney’s Broadway Hits At London’s Royal Albert Hall

Disney’s Broadway Hits At London’s Royal Albert Hall will be airing on Disney+.

From Beauty And The Beast to Mary Poppins, this memorable musical showcase sees some of Disney’s greatest hits performed at the Royal Albert Hall.

Y: The Last Man

“Based on DC Comics’ acclaimed series by Brian K Vaughan and Pia Guerra, Y: The Last Man traverses a post-apocalyptic world in which a cataclysmic event decimates every mammal with a Y chromosome but for one cisgender man and his pet monkey,” explains the official synopsis.

“The series follows the survivors in this new world as they struggle with their efforts to restore what was lost and the opportunity to build something better.”

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What If

Reimagining noteworthy events in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and creating a multiverse of infinite possibilities, What If looks set to be the big must-watch for superhero fans this month. Featuring the voices of iconic actors in the MCU, including Josh Brolin, Haley Atwell, and the late Chadwick Boseman, the 10-episode animated series will explore such twisted tales as the zombified Avengers, T’Challa as Starlord, and Peggy Carter as Captain Britain.

Grown-ish: Season 3

In the third season of the critically acclaimed series, Zoey Johnson (Yara Shahidi) starts to attend college but soon realises that her life is not turning out to be the way she imagined it.

The Mysterious Benedict Society

Placed undercover at a boarding school known as The Institute, a group of orphans must foil a nefarious plot with global ramifications while creating a new sort of family along the way. 

Only Murders In The Building

Only Murders In The Building is definitely a comedic murder-mystery series for the ages.

Only Murders In The Building follows three strangers (Selena Gomez, Steve Martin, and Marty Short) who are utterly obsessed with true crime. “When a grisly death occurs inside their exclusive Upper West Side apartment building, the trio suspects murder and employs their precise knowledge of true crime to investigate the truth,” promises the synopsis.

“As they record a podcast of their own to document the case, the three unravel the complex secrets of the building which stretch back years… perhaps even more explosive are the lies they tell one another. Soon, the endangered trio comes to realise a killer might be living amongst them as they race to decipher the mounting clues before it’s too late.”

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Love, Victor: Season 2

Set in the world of the original 2018 film Love, Simon, this popular series follows Victor (Michael Cimino), a student at Creekwood High School who recently came out to his friends and family. This means that, as he settles into his new relationship with Benji (George Sear), he also has to deal with his heartbroken ex-girlfriend, the difficulties of being an openly gay star athlete, and his family’s struggle to come to terms with his truth.

Raya And The Last Dragon

Hot on the heels of feminist princesses Moana and Elsa comes Raya, a lone warrior who takes it upon herself to track down the world’s last dragon. Why? So that she can save humanity from a sinister race of monsters known as the Druun, obviously. We’re fully on board thanks to the adrenaline-fuelled trailer music alone, to be honest.

War Of The Worlds: Season 2

You know the story, even if you don’t realise it: in a not-so-distant future, mankind is all but wiped out by aliens, and the survivors struggle to stay alive. That’s… that’s the whole plot, quite frankly. And it makes for gripping TV.


The dramatic events of Avengers: Endgame might have left you thinking that we’d seen the last of Tom Hiddlestone’s Loki, but the God of Mischief is back with a bang in this brilliant series. All about his encounters with the Time Variance Authority, we fully expect to see Loki dropping in and out of timelines and wreaking havoc on historical events, Quantum Leap-style.


Set in a beautiful seaside town on the Italian Riviera (which sounds incredibly appealing right now, doesn’t it?), this is a coming-of-age story about a young boy’s unforgettable summer filled with gelato, pasta, and endless scooter rides. So far, so Audrey Hepburn’s Roman Holiday, right? Wrong! Because, once you throw in a side of underwater monsters, Luca transforms into a fantastical adventure film for the whole family to enjoy!

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As per Disney’s official synopsis, Rebel is inspired by the life of Erin Brockovich.

“Annie ‘Rebel’ Bello is a blue-collar legal advocate without a law degree,” it reads. “She’s a funny, messy, brilliant and fearless woman who cares desperately about the causes she fights for and the people she loves. And when Rebel applies herself to a fight she believes in, she will win at almost any cost.”

The Gloaming

When a woman is murdered in this crime series, troubled cop Molly McGee (Emma Booth) discovers a link to a 20-year-old cold case.


Disney’s Cruella is the bad girl movie we’ve been dreaming about.

There’s nothing we love more than a good origins story, especially when it boasts an Academy Award-winning actor in the lead role.

That’s right: Emma Stone has taken on the role of the legendary Cruella de Vil in this 101 Dalmatians-inspired movie, which takes us back to 1970s London. Inspired by the punk rock revolution, the incredibly talented Estella throws herself into the world of fashion design, and her efforts soon catch the eye of Baroness von Hellman (Emma Thompson). However, their relationship sets in motion a course of events and revelations that will cause Estella to embrace her wicked side and become the raucous, fashionable, and revenge-bent Cruella.

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Love In the Time Of Corona

Filmed using remote technologies shot in the talents’ actual homes, this four-part, romantic dramedy follows four interwoven stories. Jamesand Sade have spent so much time away from each other due to James’ demanding work life that it’s as if they’re only just starting to get to know each other, juggling being new parents, and beginning to grapple with whether they may be more than just a little out of sync.


After being dumped by her long-term boyfriend, Dollface’s Jules must deal with her own imagination to literally and metaphorically reenter the world of women and rekindle the female friendships she left behind.

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Big Sky

In Big Sky, private detectives Cassie Dewell and Cody Hoyt join forces with his estranged wife and ex-cop, Jenny Hoyt, to search for two sisters who have been kidnapped by a truck driver on a remote highway in Montana. But when they discover that these are not the only girls who have disappeared in the area, they must race against the clock to stop the killer before another woman is taken.


Perhaps the biggest TV hit of 2021 so far, Wandavision sees superheroes Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) living idyllic suburban lives. However, it seems as if this might be… well, a massive grief-inspired illusion. Which, considering (sorry, massive spoiler) Vision died at the end of Avengers: Endgame, seems incredibly likely, as theories go.


As the son and daughter of a mysterious and powerful serial killer, Helstrom follows Daimon (Tom Austen) and Ana Helstrom (Sydney Lemmon), and their complicated dynamic, as they track down the worst of humanity, each with their own attitude and skills.

Solar Opposites

From the makers of Rick & Morty, this adult animation (which boasts a 93% ‘fresh’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes), sees a family of aliens from a better world forced to take refuge in middle America.

There, they disagree on whether Earth is awful or awesome. Which makes for simultaneously spiky and hilarious viewing, naturally.

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Flora & Ulysses

Based on the award-winning book of the same name, Flora & Ulysses tells the tale of an imaginative 10-year old cynic, who has the rug pulled out from under her feet when her little squirrel is reborn as a superhero. Because… well, yeah, that’s the sort of thing that’s guaranteed to catch you off guard.

Extra plus point? Buffy The Vampire Slayer’s Alyson Hannigan and Parks & Recreation comedian Ben Schwartz lead the cast of this Disney+ OG film.

The Book Of Boba Fett

Ming-Na Wen – aka the goddess that voiced Fa Mulan in the original animated film – will be reprising her role as badass assassin Fennec Shand in The Book Of Boba Fett.

As fans of The Mandolorian will no doubt already have gathered, this live-action spinoff will follow the adventures of Fennec and the legendary eponymous bounty hunter (Temuera Morrison). And, yeah, you better believe it’s a must-watch for Star Wars fans!

Release date: December 2021

Love, Victor

Set in the world of the original 2018 film Love, Simon, the series follows Victor, a new student at Creekwood High School on his own journey of self-discovery, facing challenges at home, adjusting to a new city, and struggling with his sexual orientation. 

When it all seems too much, he reaches out to Simon to help him navigate the ups and downs of high school.

The Falcon And The Winter Soldier

That’s right: Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky, aka the Winter Soldier (hey there, Sebastian Stan), are the latest superheroes to get their own Marvel Cinematic Universe TV series. Judging from what we know about the mismatched duo, we have a feeling their adventures won’t just be high-drama, though; they’ll be funny as hell, too.


Set an eye-watering decade after the events of Enchanted, Disenchanted sees “Giselle questioning her happily ever after, and accidentally triggering events that make everyone’s lives turn upside-down in both the real world and in the animated kingdom of Andalasia.”

It doesn’t sound like the happiest of happy ever after sequels, true. But both Amy Adams and Patrick Dempsey will be reprising their roles, so we’re hopeful this will prove as fun and froth a watch as the original movie.

Release date: TBC

Black Widow

Black Widow – as in, yes, Scarlett Johansson’s incredibly skilled assassin – may have (sorry to do this again, but needs must!) died at the end of Avengers: Endgame, but this film seemingly takes us back to a time before then. To a time even before the Avengers, actually, when she lived with her sister, Yelena (Florence Pugh), and her parents, played by Rachel Weisz and David Harbour.

Plot-wise, we don’t know all that much. What we do know, though, is this: Yelena wants Natasha to help her free the other Black Widows currently being indoctrinated into a brainwashed life of assassination back in Russia. And we have a feeling our beloved Tash is going to do just that, because plot.

Release date: TBC

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Marvel’s What If…

This animated series flips the script on a number of big, bold, badass moments from across the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which means we can finally find out what would have happened if, say, Hayley Atwell’s Peggy Carter became the superhero over Chris Evans’ Captain America. Or Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa was picked up by an alien race, Guardians Of The Galaxy-style, and introduced to the wonders of the universe. Or… well, we won’t ruin it. 

Release date: TBC

Shang-Chi And The Legend of The Ten Rings

In this new Disney+ film, Simu Liu stars as Shang-Chi, who must confront the past he thought he left behind when he is drawn into the web of the mysterious Ten Rings organisation.

As if that weren’t enough to tempt you in, the film also boasts an outstanding cast; think Tony Leung as Wenwu, Awkwafina as Katy, and Michelle Yeoh as Jiang Nan, to name just three.

Release date: July 2021

The Little Mermaid

Disney’s The Little Mermaid live-action remake – starring Halle Bailey, Awkwafina, Noma Dumezweni, and many more – will breathe new life into the animated classic. Especially as Lin-Manuel Miranda – who has become an integral part of the Disney machine since Mary Poppins Returns and Moana – is working alongside original composer Alan Menken to create new music for the movie.  

Release date: TBC

Jungle Cruise

Based on the ride of the same name (yes, really), Jungle Cruise begins as Emily Blunt’s Dr. Lily Houghton enlists the aid of wisecracking skipper Frank Wolff (Dwayne Johnson) to take her down the Amazon in his ramshackle boat. Together, they search for an ancient tree that holds the power to heal –a discovery that will change the future of medicine.

Release date: July 2021

Ms Marvel

Created by Bisha K. Ali, this TV series focuses on fan-favorite Kamala Khan, a 16-year-old Pakistani-American growing up in Jersey City. A bookworm, avid gamer, and self-confessed fan-fic writer, Kamala struggles to fit in at home and at school. When she suddenly develops superpowers like Captain Marvel and the other heroes she’s always looked up to, though, she’s ecstatic. Because…

Well, because life is easier with superpowers. Right?

Release date: Late 2021


Remember how we said Lin-Manuel Miranda has become an integral part of the Disney machine? Well, you’ll no doubt be surprised to learn, then, that the Hamilton creator has penned all the original music for Encanto, a film which tells the tale of an extraordinary family, the Madrigals, who live hidden in the mountains of Colombia. 

If you need a bit more to go on, it seems every child in the Madrigal family has been blessed with a unique and magical gift. Well, every child except for one: Mirabel. And so, when she discovers that the magic surrounding their world is in danger, Mirabel decides that she, the only ordinary Madrigal, might just be her exceptional family’s last hope.

Release date: November 2021


Beloved by comic book fans, the Eternals tells the tale of an immortal alien race created by the Celestials who have secretly lived on Earth for over 7,000 years in order to protect humanity from their evil counterparts, the Deviants. 

Directed by Chloé Zhao, the film stars Richard Madden as Ikaris, Gemma Chan as Sersi, Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo, Lauren Ridloff as Makkari, Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos, Salma Hayek as Ajak, Lia McHugh as Sprite, Don Lee as Gilgamesh, Barry Keoghan as Druig, Angelina Jolie as Thena, and Kit Harington as Dane Whitman/Black Knight.

And once again it’s worth noting that Eternals is hinged upon the tragic events of Avengers: Endgame, so you might want to give it a rewatch before tuning in.

Release date: November 2021

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