The '90s were arguably the best decade for the Walt Disney Company. With films like Beauty and the Beast being nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards and The Lion King becoming the highest-grossing traditionally animated feature in history, Disney was definitely on top of their game. But what about their successes on the small screen?
Disney's TV shows in the '90s kicked some major tail in their day and thanks to Disney+, we'll be able to experience them all over again. From solving mysteries and rewriting histories to fighting crime with the terror that flaps in the night, here are 10 '90s shows coming to Disney+.
We're not going to lie, we've been wanting to take back to the skies with Baloo for years. So you can imagine our excitement when we heard this pillar of the original Disney Afternoon made the cut for Disney+. It's been far too long since we've seen the shores of Cape Suzette, and we're ready to go back.
For those not in the know, TaleSpin is a high-flying aerial adventure series featuring the cast of Disney's Jungle Book. With planes, dogfights, and a gang of pirates led by the charismatic Don Karnage, there's lots of fun to go around. What better way to start our list?
9 Darkwing Duck
He is the terror that flaps in the night, he is the noun that verbs our other nouns, he's one of Disney's most iconic and hilarious superheroes ever created, he is Darkwing Duck! Darkwing Duck is an animated superhero series that not only features Launchpad McQuack from Ducktales as a sidekick but both parodies and praises the superhero/comic book genre.
Darkwing Duck features Drake Mallard as the titular superhero and consists of his madcap adventures with his daughter Gosalyn, his buddy Launchpad, and a host of other silly/superheroes and villains. He's as classic as Batman but as quirky as Spider-Ham, don't missout on this super series.
8 Goof Troop
Family-based sitcoms were a big thing for '90s TV back in the day, and Disney was no exception. While many shows invented characters like Tim "the Tool-Man" Taylor, Steve Urkle, or Michelle Tanner, Disney's characters were a little more... animated. Who better to be a sitcom dad than Goofy?
Goof Troop features Goofy, his son Max, and even Pete's family going through the same TV-sitcom hoops that were popular at the time, though with the advantage of being animated characters and thus getting away with more. Although a touch dated by today's standards, it's Goofy in a family sitcom. You can't go wrong there.
7 Spider-Man (1994)
Of course, we can't talk about Disney without throwing in some Marvel mainstays as well. Where better to start than with our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man? Arguably many Marvel fans' first introduction to the character, the 1994 animated version of the wall-crawler definitely holds a place in our hearts.
There are few screen-adaptations that capture the visuals, action, and presentation of a comic book, but Spider-Man is definitely the closest. From the storylines coming straight from the comics and the art-style reminiscent of Spideys '70s and '80s look but with modern touches, this is perhaps one of the best all-time versions of the character.
Like the '90s Spider-Man series, X-Men took everything fans loved about the comic books and set it to animation. Almost all of our favorite mutants are present at some point in the series and they're all in their iconic costumes, fighting Marvel's classic villains...See where we're going here?
The X-Men animated series is one of the most praised and beloved series the company has ever released. Not only did its characters and design receive acclaim, but some of its episodes also tackled adult subject matter in a way younger viewers could comprehend. Definitely a series to recommend.
If you're feeling nostalgic for your childhood days, few shows capture that feeling better than Disney's Recess. From the first few notes of the theme song, you'll be swept away to that all-too-familiar playground with TJ and the gang. Just thinking about is likely to produce One Saturday Morning vibes.
The adventures of the kids at Third Street School were definitely some of the most humorous and well-written we've ever seen from a Disney animated series. From escaping the clutches of Miss. Finster to bringing the smackdown on the kickball field, Recess has that fun-loving flavor we won't forget.
4 Chip 'N Dale: Rescue Rangers
Once they're involved, somehow whatever's wrong gets solved, including adding some extra kick to Disney+'s show list. Chip, Dale, Gadget, Zipper, and Monterey Jack are all coming back to our screens to bring their special brand of pint-sized crimefighting to the streaming age.
Time to break out the cheese tray and uncorking some Koo-Koo Cola to prep for the return of the Rescue Rangers team. Easily one of the most beloved pillars of Disney's Saturday morning cartoon series, Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers is one of the most welcomed additions to the list. While the show did start in 1989, the series concluded in 1990 and was part of 1998's Toon Disney launch.
3 Ducktales (Original)
Admit it, you're already humming the theme song. Before the awesome reboot hit our screen, the original adventurers from Duckburg were tearing up the trails and trecking the globe with Scrooge McDuck in the driver's seat. There's no doubt that the reboot definitely does all the right moves, but it's always good to remember where you came from.
The original Ducktales (woo hoo!) might not have had as dangerous or dark adventures, but that doesn't mean it wasn't fun. From taking on the Beagle Boys to discovering ancient golden treasures, Ducktales is possibly the epitome of a great Disney animated series.
2 Timon & Pumbaa
Since their premiere in 1994's The Lion King, Timon and Pumbaa have been Disney's dynamic duo. But if two sequels, a remake, appearances on The Lion Guard, and various Disney Parks appearances weren't enough for you, how bout an entire TV series dedicated to the comedic antics of this meerkat and warthog combo?
Timon and Pumbaa delivers on what the title suggests. It's Timon and Pumbaa getting into all sorts of shenanigans in and out of the Pridelands. It's not the most complex of narratives, but it doesn't need to be. It's just Timon and Pumbaa doing what they do best. What else needs to be said but Hakuna Matata?
Easily the most underrated Disney animated series with one of the highest cult-followings, it's Gargoyles. This is essentially Disney's Batman series. It's dark and mysterious but has a heart and soul as well. Do we even need to mention how incredibly intoxicating Keith David's performance is as Goliath?
Stone statues by day, winged heroes by night - Goliath, Brooklyn, Lexington, Bronx, Hudson, and Broadway are what stand between the Big Apple and a host of supernatural and magical entities. It's a show that definitely comes from a different side of Disney, but one that is difficult to not admire. We're not just going to watch this series, we'll binge it.