Disney+ Removing These 6 Major Shows In First-Ever Content Purge (Report)

By Richard Nebens Posted:
Willow, Disney+ logo

A milestone moment is on the way for Disney+ as the streamer will remove six of its major shows - and many other movies and specials - during its first-ever purge.

Disney is in the midst of some major changes behind the scenes for its biggest franchises in Marvel and Star Wars, with the MCU adjusting its strategy for the Multiverse Saga while Star Wars plans its next batch of theatrical releases.

The studio is dealing with substantial losses from a number of big projects, meaning that the time has come to look inward to some possible changes that will push Disney back toward its usual round of profits.

Disney+ Removes 6 High-Profile Streaming Shows

Deadline revealed that Disney+ will remove six of the service's original series as part of Disney's new cost-cutting initiative. This is the first time that Disney's streaming service will purge a wave of original titles, an action that will avoid costs like residual fees for participants.

Those six shows are as follows:

1.) The Mysterious Benedict Society

The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • Season 1 premiere: June 25, 2021
  • Season 2 premiere: October 26, 2022

Based on the famous children's books from Trenton Lee Stewart, Tony Hale's Mr. Benedict gathers four children together to stop a global emergency in a story filled with intrigue and mystery.

The series was officially canceled in January after two seasons premiered on Disney+.

2.) Big Shot

Big Shot
  • Season 1 premiere: April 16, 2021
  • Season 2 premiere: October 12, 2022

John Stamos and Yvette Nicole Brown star in this sports comedy-drama centered on a temperamental basketball coach from the University of Wisconsin, who relocates to California to coach an elite high school girl's basketball team.

The series was ultimately canceled after two seasons, with that announcement coming in February.

3.) Turner & Hooch

Turner & Hooch
  • Season 1 premiere: July 21, 2021

Serving as a continuation of the 1989 film of the same name, Turner & Hooch brought Josh Peck's U.S. Marshall Scott Turner into the fray as he learns to work with an unruly dog named Hooch after the death of his father.

This sequel series only lasted for one season before it was canceled by Disney.

4.) Willow 

  • Season 1 premiere: November 30, 2022

The Willow TV series was utilized as a sequel to the 1988 movie Willow from Lucasfilm, taking place 20 years after Queen Bavmorda as an unlikely team of heroes bands together to save their world from the villainous Gales.

After only a single season on Disney+, Willow was unceremoniously canceled by the network in March.

5.) Just Beyond

Just Beyond
  • Season 1 premiere: October 13, 2021

Seth Grahame-Green's horror-comedy anthology series was based on Boom! Studios' graphic Just Beyond novels by Goosebumps author R.L. Stine, featuring eight unique episodes on Disney+.

This series only lasted for one season before its cancelation as part of Disney+'s purge.

6.) The World According To Jeff Goldblum

Jeff Goldblum
  • Season 1: November 12, 2019 (Disney+ launch)
  • Season 2: November 12, 2021

Longtime movie icon Jeff Goldblum took on his own unique Disney+ series where he explores experiences that he'd taken on during his life, sharing his unique perspective on the world after nearly 50 years on the big screen.

The show ran for two seasons.

The following list of movies, documentaries, and specials will also be removed from Disney+ as part of this purge on Friday, May 26:

  • The One And Only Ivan
  • Timmy Failure
  • Be Our Chef
  • Magic Camp
  • Howard 
  • Earth To Ned
  • Foodtastic 
  • Stuntman 
  • Disney Fairy Tale Weddings
  • Wolfgang
  • It’s a Dog’s Life With Bill Farmer
  • The Making Of Willow 

Will Purge Help Disney+ Succeed Again?

While it's unclear why exactly Disney removed these shows from Disney+, potential reasons are either the company to earn some kind of tax break or because the series weren't performing up to the standard that the company expected.

But while removing underperforming content is one part of Disney rising back to prominence again, the other is bringing quality content over the coming years to replace what's been lost.

It appears as though Marvel and Star Wars content will both be safe from removal, especially with the studios still producing excellent Disney+-exclusive entries like Andor and Werewolf by Night.

This also comes on the heels of Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige sharing that the MCU's Disney+ shows are outperforming stiff competition from other networks, which is a good sign considering some of the struggles that the MCU has seen.

The ramifications of these changes won't be felt for some time, especially with many waiting to see what kind of reaction fans will have to this batch of shows leaving Disney+ for the foreseeable future.

And as Marvel looks to release fewer Disney+ shows per year to build the quality of its own specific brand, this strategy could trickle over to other factions under Disney's watch as well.

- About The Author: Richard Nebens
Richard Nebens joined The Direct in March 2020, now serving as the site's Senior Writer and also working as an assistant editor and content creator. He started his journalism career as a hobby in 2019 and is passionate about sharing news and stories from the entertainment industry, especially comic book movies, comedy, and sci-fi. Richard looks to expand his knowledge about movies and TV every day, and he is eager to stay locked into the latest releases and breaking news at every opportunity.