When it comes to the range of content on each platform, you can't dispute Disney's collection of movies and shows for kids. Its catalog contains nearly 100 years' worth of goodies and was crafted with young imaginations in mind. That said, every series and film on Disney Plus stands firm on that legacy of crafting family-oriented content. It's paradise for kids and a home run on nostalgia for adults. But Disney Plus has some gaps for adults, while Netflix has a balance.
Generally, nothing beyond TV-14 or PG-13 has been on the Disney service. With the addition of Marvel's TV series that it scooped up from Netflix, Disney Plus gave adults a taste of more mature titles with Luke Cage, The Punisher, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. And its Werewolf by Night film brought adult-level horror to the MCU -- and Disney.
Still, it may not be enough to hold your attention if you're in the mood for something gritty and fresh. Disney Plus has a hefty selection of documentaries, TV shows, animated tales and blockbuster movies, and there are approximately a little over 1,200 pieces of content, total. Most of it comes from a Disney-owned network or studio like ABC, Pixar or Marvel. I should note that Disney is shedding content from its multiple streaming platforms in 2023, but the Disney Plus-Hulu combination app could offer a better variety of stuff to watch.
Meanwhile, Netflix reportedly has roughly 6,000 movies and TV series on its platform. It offers a well-stocked cabinet of original and licensed fare for kids of all ages, but also something for every genre. In addition to checking out its homegrown creations, you can watch content from the CW, Fox, Universal Pictures, Showtime, USA and more.
Catch anime, preschool hits, rom-coms, horror flicks and just about anything else on Netflix. Because maturity ratings range from G to NC-17, whole families can watch certain content together or adults can stream all the violence, dark comedy or romance they want.