Disney Plus USA is a babysitter and has been since launch. When STAR launched in February 2021, most countries were given a proper streaming service that respected adults and understood why parental controls exist. In the USA, Disney finally unlocked TV-MA and Rated R titles when they added The Defenders Saga March 2022. After surprise-adding Alias, 8 Simple Rules, and The Finder for National Streaming Day, people got excited that maybe they were going to grow up. That same day they announced the arrival of Glee on June 1st and re-confirmed Love Victor for June 14th.
Here’s the thing: this is still a childish streaming service that provides basically nothing for grown ups that aren’t children at heart. But even we need real grown up stuff sometimes… things like Game of Thrones or Euphoria. So how do we know when Disney+ is no longer childish? It will be simple. Since they refuse to do a proper content drop (like they did when they launched Star brand tile) we’re suffering through a trickle / drip-feed. We’ve decided to follow that drip-feed like a thermometer. When it hits the top, it w ill no longer be embarrassing for adults without children to say “I subscribe to DIsney+.”
We have set the following standards. Your mileage may vary.
For films, we will require the presence of 50 Rated R films and 25 additional PG-13 films. Between Touchstone and Fox, they have hundreds. This would not be difficult if they bought out deals from those brands. The reason we include PG-13 is because many genres are completely ignored on Disney+, including teen comedies. Adding more “general entertainment” will naturally result in a larger supply of PG-13 films which are currently made up of superheroes, West Side Story, 10 Things I Hate About You, and Free Guy.
For series, we require 100 TV-MA, TV-14, or TV-PG series. Why do we include TV-PG and TV-14? We do this because Disney has treated all binge-series as “too mature” by not adding any since launch. They classify this type of show as “general entertainment.” It’s a silly thing because plenty of TV-PG shows have always been perfectly suited for Disney+.
If DIsney does a “content drop” around Disney+ Day or the ad-tier launch time, as many hope and speculate, this meter will be overflowing all at once. That is the dream, folks. Otherwise this meter will likely take over 1 year to fill, possibly more. We’re particularly concerned about their inability to add films for the past 6 months.okay
Since Unlocking Day (TM) – March 16, 2022
100 Proper Series
Rating in parentheses (PG, 14, MA, or NR)
- Daredevil (MA)
- Jessica Jones (MA)
- Luke Cage (MA)
- Iron Fist (MA)
- The Defenders (MA)
- The Punisher (MA)
- Agents of Shield (14)
- Man in the Arena (NR)
- Alias (14)
- 8 Simple Rules (PG)
- The Finder (14)
- Glee (14)
50 R Films
- Deadpool (2016)
- Deadpool 2 (2018)
- Logan (2017)
25 PG-13 Films
- Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness