Everything New Streaming On Disney+ In May 2023

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Disney+ in May 2023 offers the smallest lineup since launch. 2nd least catalog in history.

Where did Disney+’s “discontent” team go wrong this time?

  • The A&E, Lifetime, and History content ceased 2 months ago after only 2 months.
  • ESPN 30 for 30 catalog re-ceased 2 months ago.
  • The #Disney100 remains meaningless with no missing catalog.
  • The large list of heavily requested titles since launch remains ignored as usual.
  • Current Nat Geo remains slanted towards Hulu and Disney+ gets late or re-listed seasons of shows.
  • The international originals continue to be funneled into Hulu approximately 10 : 1 on Disney+. Every week, Hulu receives multiple surprise dropped originals from outside USA.
  • For 2nd month in a row after the shocking fluke of Doogie Howser in March, general entertainment remains exclusive to Hulu. We greatly miss Chapek’s ongoing promises to increase the general entertainment on Disney+. Iger has done tremendous harm in under 6 months.
  • Recent theatrical films continue to drop into Paramount+, HBO Max, and Peacock within good time. Meanwhile, it remains a mystery yet again when Avatar: The Way of Water or Ant-Man And The Wasp Quantumania arrive. Now we’re thinking June / July.
  • Their unprofessional behavior of “skipping” content Fridays rather than adding any of the 3000+ missing films and specials and shorts continues for the 4th month in a row.

Disney+ Library Averages / Totals

Disney Plus Library Averages May 2023

Additional Data Nuances:
*November 2019 totals are not included in these numbers.
**2021 and 2022 library totals inflated by episode batch strategy allowing shows to rack up multiple appearances for the same season. In 2022, Nat Geo abandoned this strategy (👎) but Disney Channel / XD / Junior still use it.
*** Removed titles that return are counted multiple times. Assume ~100 fewer titles for an exact total.
**** Duplicate titles, such as “Sing-Alongs” are counted as new titles but should not be. Assume ~20 fewer titles for a more realistic total.

Library Brand Breakdown

[NAT GEO] – 6






[ESPN] – 0



TOTAL LIBRARY – 11 👎 The all-time lowest; insanely unprofessional




TOTAL ADDITIONS: 19 👎By far the all-time lowest; insanely unprofessional

Last 3 Months Comparison

Past 3 Months Disney+ Library Category Comparison - May 2023

Arriving On Disney+ May 2023

Streaming Tuesday, May 2

  • A Small Light (Season 1, Episodes 1-2) [NAT GEO]

Streaming Wednesday, May 3

  • Eureka! (Season 1, Final 6 episodes) [DISNEY JUNIOR]
  • Ed Sheeran: The Sum of It All [DISNEY- ORIGINAL]

Streaming Thursday, May 4

  • Star Wars: Visions (Season 2) [DISNEY- ORIGINAL]
  • Star Wars: Young Jedi Adventures (Season 1, Episodes 1-7) [DISNEY- ORIGINAL]

Streaming Friday, May 5

  • Charles: In His Own Words (2023) [NAT GEO]
  • Intertwined Live! [DISNEY- ORIGINAL]

Streaming Tuesday, May 9

  • A Small Light (Season 1, Episodes 3-4) [NAT GEO]

Streaming Wednesday, May 10

  • Life Below Zero (Season 20) [NAT GEO]
  • Secrets of the Zoo: Tampa (Season 4) [NAT GEO]
  • The Muppets Mayhem (Season 1) [DISNEY- ORIGINAL]

Streaming Friday, May 12

  • Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) [SONY MARVEL]
  • Venom (2018) [SONY MARVEL]
  • Crater (2023) [DISNEY- ORIGINAL]

Streaming Tuesday, May 16

  • A Small Light (Season 1, Episodes 5-6) [NAT GEO]

Streaming Wednesday, May 17

  • Critter Fixers: Country Vets (Season 5) [NAT GEO]
  • Saturdays (Season 1, 4 more episodes) [DISNEY CHANNEL]

Streaming Tuesday, May 23

  • A Small Light (Season 1, Episodes 7-8) [NAT GEO]

Streaming Wednesday, May 24

  • Kiff (S1, 4 episodes) [DISNEY CHANNEL]
  • Spidey and His Amazing Friends (S2, 5 episodes) [DISNEY JUNIOR]
  • American Born Chinese (Season 1) [DISNEY- ORIGINAL]
  • Chip ‘n’ Dale: Park Life (Season 2, Episodes 1-6) [DISNEY- ORIGINAL]

Streaming Friday, May 26

  • Wild Life (2023) [NAT GEO]

Streaming Wednesday, May 31

  • Firebuds (Season 1, 6 more episodes) [DISNEY JUNIOR]

Leaving Disney+ May 1, 2023

For the 14th month in a row we are exclusively able to confirm titles LEAVING Disney+. We told you April would be a bloodbath, but it was even worse than we expected with it being the largest removal month since launch (by a LOT).

This month we’re warning you that on May 1st, Never Been Kissed will yet again leave the service for a record 4th time and head to Starz (again) for yet another year…

Please follow along here as we track removals and returns.

The Disney 100 Check-In Corner

As has been the case every month, their inadequate content “strategy” means all 4 of these graphics have no improvement.

Where’s Walt?

Where's Walt - May 2023

Bad Streaks

Ongoing Bad Streaks - May 2023

Disney Branded TV Live-Action Check-In

Disney Branded TV Live Action Check-in - May 2023

Disney Cartoon Check-In

Disney Animated Library Check-in - May 2023

Additional data: 61 Missing Cartoons

Modern Nat Geo Check-In

Due to unprecedented levels of unprofessional and work, the “influx” of Nat Geo added since November that we have mentioned each month was virtually eradicated in 1 day on April 12. 22 titles were erased that day, resetting Disney+’s overall catalog count to a number it had first reached in December.

The transition to Hulu as the unannounced new “Streaming of Nat Geo” continues weekly with surprise title after surprise title dropping into Hulu. While writing this, another one quietly arrived. It’s extraordinarily unprofessional how Disney has mishandled this, lying nonstop about content coming to Disney+ just for it to no-show and then arrive on Hulu or stay in the vault. It’s VERY sad that both Nat Geo and Disney+ communications refuse to respond to any e-mails about the issue we’ve sent since December. Basically 1-2 a month that have gone unanswered rather than respect the subscribers and explain what the hell they’re doing.

Recent Specials Missing:

  • National Geographic Investigates: Narco State (2023) (Foolishly licensed to Hulu despite Nat Geo brand tile)
  • Lost Treasures of Arabia: The Ancient City of Dadan (2023)
  • Lost Treasures of Egypt – Four Queens (2023)
  • Lost Treasures of Rome – Women Dig History (2023)
  • Nazis at Nuremberg: The Lost Testimony (2023) (Foolishly licensed to Hulu despite Nat Geo brand tile)
  • National Geographic Investigates: Legal Marijuana in America (2023) (Foolishly licensed to Hulu despite Nat Geo brand tile)
  • National Geographic Investigates: Peru’s Grave Mystery (2023) (Foolishly licensed to Hulu despite Nat Geo brand tile)
  • National Geographic Investigates: Colombian Hippo Invasion (2023) (Foolishly licensed to Hulu despite Nat Geo brand tile)
  • Titanic: 25 Years Later with James Cameron (2023) (Foolishly licensed to Hulu despite Nat Geo brand tile)
  • National Geographic Investigates: Great Lakes Wreckage (2023) (Foolishly licensed to Hulu despite Nat Geo brand tile)
  • National Geographic Investigates: Battle for Alaska’s Oil (2023) (Foolishly licensed to Hulu despite Nat Geo brand tile)
  • National Geographic Investigates – Narco Bling: Chapo Guzman End Game (2023) (Foolishly licensed to Hulu despite Nat Geo brand tile)
  • National Geographic Investigates: LSD and Psychedelics (2023) (Foolishly licensed to Hulu despite Nat Geo brand tile)
  • Pablo Escobar: Man vs Myth (2022) (Foolishly licensed to Hulu despite Nat Geo brand tile)
  • Narco Wars: Drugs in America (2022) (Foolishly licensed to Hulu despite Nat Geo brand tile)
  • Narco Wars: Queen Pins (2022) (Foolishly licensed to Hulu despite Nat Geo brand tile)
  • Super Frenchie: Adventure Calls (2022)
  • National Geographic Investigates: The Fall of Osama Bin Laden (2022) (Foolishly licensed to Hulu despite Nat Geo brand tile)
  • Latin America from Above: From Baja to Patagonia (2022) – Narrated by Gina Rodriguez
  • Home Rediscovered (2021)
  • Rise Again: Tulsa and the Red Summer (2021) (On Hulu)
  • Killer High The Silent Crisis (2021) (Left Hulu in May 2022)
  • Our America: Todos Unidos (2021)
  • Mountain Strong: Surviving the Creek Fire (2021)
  • Serpent’s Surprise (2021)
  • Our America: Asian Voices (2021)
  • Our America: Climate of Hope (2021)
  • The Last Drop (2021)
  • Mission Possible: The Race for a Vaccine (2021)
  • The March on Washington: Keepers of the Dream (2021) (On Hulu)
  • North Korea: Inside the Mind of a Dictator (2021) (On Hulu)
  • Launch America: Mission to Space Live (2020)
  • Butt Heads: The Strange Story of Sheep (2020)

Recent Series Missing:

  • Drain the Oceans (Season 6)
  • The Incredible Dr. Pol (Season 22)
  • Port Protection: Alaska (Season 6) (Foolishly licensed to Hulu despite Nat Geo brand tile)
  • Life Below Zero: Next Generation Season 5 (Foolishly licensed to Hulu despite Nat Geo brand tile)
  • Border Patrol aka To Catch a Smuggler: South Pacific (Seasons 1-12) (Foolishly licensed to Hulu despite Nat Geo brand tile)
  • Hitler: The Lost Tapes of the Third Reich (Foolishly licensed to Hulu despite Nat Geo brand tile)
  • UFOs: Investigating the Unknown (2023) (Foolishly licensed to Hulu despite Nat Geo brand tile) (No-showed in April due to immensely bad work)
  • Narco Wars (Seasons 1-3) (Licensed to Hulu)
  • Trafficked With Mariana van Zeller (Seasons 1-3) (Licensed to Hulu) (No-Showed March 23 on Disney+ 😭)
  • The Hot Zone (Seasons 1-2) (Licensed to Hulu)
  • Car SOS Seasons 9-10 (Available outside USA)

Additional date: Nat Geo Library Progress

The Usual “Missing Titles” Watch

  • Anastasia (1997), Baby’s Day Out (1994), Mr. Popper’s Penguins (2011), Horton Hears A Who (2008), Epic (2013), Dr. Dolittle 2 (2008), Dr. Dolittle 5 (2009), Flicka: Country Pride (2012), Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (2011) and Robots (2005) have all left HBO, Starz, Peacock, or Hulu in the past 1.5 years!! All stream on Disney+ around the world and most were previously on Disney+ USA.
  • Dick Tracy (1990) and Jungle Book (1994) left HBO February 28th, 2021. Neither have ever been made available on Disney+ worldwide.
  • Everybody’s Hero (2006) and Eddie the Eagle (2016) remain lost after mysterious removals.

Additional data: 82 Missing Disney Pictures Films

Additional data: Over 2000 Missing Touchstone, Hollywood, and Fox Films

Additional data: All Titles Removed From Disney+ USA

Final Consensus: Is It Worth $10.99 A Month?

For the 4th month in a row since we launched this feature, not remotely close.

Monthly recommendation: Cancel – subscribe to Paramount+.

🟦🟦 View previous monthly lists in our Disney+ hub. 🟦🟦

Drew Ryan is a film, TV, and Disney geek. He has degrees in English, Student Personnel Administration, and Library & Information Science from Lawrence University, Concordia University-Wisconsin, and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Interested in the minutia and licensing of streaming service content, he is always publishing lists, suggestions, and advocating for Disney’s missing library to be added to Disney+. Drew subscribes to Disney+, Hulu, Netflix, HBO Max, and Paramount+. You can find him waxing nostalgic over classic Disney Channel or geeking out over Marvel, CW shows, & Disney on Twitter.