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Disney+ and Hulu to Begin Removing Shows Starting May 26, 2023

Disney+ and Hulu to Begin Removing Shows Starting May 26, 2023

Disney has announced that both Disney+ and Hulu will start culling titles from their libraries starting May 26, 2023.

The Details

In the recent earnings call from The Walt Disney Company (TWDC), CFO Christine McCarthy said Disney will also be removing certain content from its streaming services as it looks to improve profitability.

We are in the process of reviewing the content on our DTC services to align with the strategic changes in our approach to content curation that you’ve heard Bob discuss. As a result, we will be removing certain content from our streaming platforms and currently expect to take an impairment charge of approximately $1.5 billion to $1.8 billion. The charge, which will not be recorded in our segment results, will primarily be recognized in the third quarter as we complete our review and remove the content.

And it looks like TWDC will make good on that statement with this first pull of titles. It’s important to note once these titles are pulled, residuals to the writers and actors will also end, since the series and movies can no longer be streamed.

Since this list was first announced, some titles have been removed to stay in the streaming catalog for different reasons.

Titles that have been saved since the list was posted include the 2018 documentary “Howard,” about the brilliant lyricist Howard Ashman, who collaborated with composer Alan Menken on soundtracks for several Disney animated films.

Disney Howard documentary

Also reportedly saved are Pixar’s “A Spark Story,” Marvel’s “MPower” (which only recently debuted on Disney+), and Marvel’s “Voices Rising: The Music of Wakanda Forever.”

If I hear of any more saves, I’ll update this list.

The Titles

Here is the current batch of titles to be pulled from Disney+ and Hulu, and I find some of them very surprising (“Harmonious Live!”??)

If you have any of these on your “to watch” list, they need to be moved to your “binge now” list immediately.



  • Best in Dough
  • Best in Snow
  • Darby and the Dead
  • Dollface
  • Everything’s Trash
  • Little Demon
  • Love in the Time of Corona
  • Maggie
  • Pistol
  • The Premise
  • The Quest
  • Y: The Last Man


Some creators have taken to social media to protest their shows being included in the pull:

From John Bickerstaff, a writer for the “Willow” series on Disney+, which was only cancelled two months ago:

From Phil Hay, a writer on “The Mysterious Benedict Society” series on Disney+:

And Chelsey Lora, who was also a writer on “The Mysterious Benedict Society”:

From Eliza Clark, showrunner for “Y: The Last Man” series on Hulu:

From Julia Hart, the director of both “Stargirl” and “Hollywood Stargirl” on Disney+: