The Indiana Jones Movies Are Heading To Disney+

When Disney acquired Lucasfilm to the tune of over $4 billion in 2012, it wasn’t just the Star Wars franchise that the Mouse House secured. The production company is also home to the Willow and Indiana Jones properties, and while the former recently returned with a Disney+ TV series that only lasted a season (for now) to accompany the original movie, there’s been no representation of the latter on the platform. That will soon change though, because ahead of Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny’s arrival to the 2023 movies calendar, Disney+ subscribers will be able to stream the first four Indiana Jones movies starting May 31. However, it’s the addition of the much-lesser know TV series The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles that has me more excited.

I’ve been an Indiana Jones fan since I was in middle school, and as such I’ve owned all these movies in various forms over the years, not to mention have periodically watched them on cable. So while it’ll be nice to have Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Temple of Doom, The Last Crusade and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull in the Disney+ library, I’m already covered on that front. The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, on the other hand, is not part of my collection. I don’t remember when exactly I learned about the TV show’s existence, but by the time I’d expressed a morsel of interest in checking it out, the DVD set was hard to track down. Making matters worse, I never ran into Chronicles while channel-surfing, so I’ve only ever dipped my toes in this corner of the franchise by viewing a few bootleg copy episodes uploaded to YouTube years later.

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