With the launch of Disney+ STAR coming in just a few days, the service is set to get a massive content drop and increase its catalogue by over 300 new shows and movies. With so much choice, we wanted to give our readers a one-stop-shop for some curated lists of what we think they’ll enjoy the most.
This list is for comedy titles we think you’ll love.
Arguably as a big of a get as The Simpsons was for Disney+, Family Guy finally has a streaming home in the UK. The irreverent, half-hour animated sitcom from Seth McFarlane is about the Griffin Family and their goings-on. It’s got some good humour, some fart jokes; it’s something everyone can enjoy. Provided, of course, they’re old enough to.
This is a STAR Original animated comedy from Rick and Morty co-creator Justin Roiland and Star Trek: Lower Decks creator Mike McMahan about aliens who crash landed on Earth and have to either live there or try to escape. All the whilst their pet Pupa is planning to grow to size and destroy Earth. This show is wild. It’s hilarious, it’s vulgar, and it’s just a blast. This won’t be for everyone but, for the people that do like it, they’ll find themselves watching it again and again just for the visual jokes.
Borat is one of those films that’s just so ingrained in everyone’s mind, even if they haven’t seen it. If you managed to catch the second one on Amazon Prime and haven’t managed to find a streamer for the first one, now’s your chance.
Funnily enough, this was a film I saw at the cinema when it came out years ago. It’s absolutely hilarious. It’s a sci-fi comedy about a group of men who form a neighbourhood watch for their town after someone who worked at a Costco was murdered. It sounds dark but it’s hilarious. Great acting from Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughan and Richard Ayoade.
Kung Pow: Enter the Fist
Kung Pow is fantastic. I first watched it when I must have been about 7 years old; my dad has a love for the old martial-arts flicks and this just so expertly riffs on those tropes in some subtle and very not-subtle ways. It’s an action-comedy with some fantastic sci-fi elements, as well as just a no-restraint approach to its overall message: don’t mess with the tongue.
How I Met Your Mother
HIMYM is one of those shows that people, like myself, grew up with. My sister had Friends, I’ve got this. It’s a clever sitcom that fuses elements of realism, unreliable storytelling, and some huge emotional moments that other sitcoms just haven’t come close to even touching. Sure, some people hated the ending; I loved it. For two reasons.
I respect the showrunners’ choice in having an ending planned from the very start, and
I admire the way it broke the formula about TV romances.
On that note about sitcoms that balance humour with heart, Scrubs is a show that managed to expertly navigate the complexities of working in a hospital whilst providing some good jokes, some sympathetic characters, and a lot of sudden tonal shifts that make for excellent viewing.
These are just some of the best comedy titles I think that are coming to Disney Plus STAR on 23 February 2021. With even more titles added over the next few weeks and months, there’s something for everybody! What will you watch first? Let me know by commenting or following me (@StreamingBuffer) and Josh (@JoshM_Jones) on Twitter!
Until then, happy streaming!
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