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    Ranking My Top 25 Disney Channel Shows From "Very Good" To "Absolute Perfection"

    That's So Raven really was SO good.

    We all grew up watching Disney Channel and have our favorite original shows. But which ones are actually the best? Today, I'm going to rank what I think are the 25 best Disney Channel shows of all time.

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    Keep in mind that these are MY opinions. You are welcome to agree and/or disagree in the comments!

    25. Sydney to the Max (2019-Present)

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    This is the most recent show on the list, and it may be blasphemous to include it, but I simply do not care. The '90s are back, and Sydney to the Max deals with that in one of the best ways possible. The show takes place in both the '90s and present day by chronicling the coming-of-age of both Sydney, today, and her father Max, in the past. Each episode details similar hijinks that Sydney and her father went through with their respective best friends. Everyone loves Caroline Rhea (Aunt Hilda on Sabrina the Teenage Witch), and she pulls double duty by playing Max's mom in the past, and, of course Sydney's grandma (with a gray wig) in the present. This is one of the better modern Disney Channel shows. It's funny, heartwarming, and even deals with real world issues such as sexism and Black women feeling comfortable wearing their natural hair. This is a good one for the kids of today to watch.

    24. Shake It Up (2010-2013)

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    Everyone loves a good choreographed dance sequence! Shake It Up may not be the most memorable show, but it gave us Zendaya! Memes aside, it did also shine a light on dyslexia with Bella Thorne's character CeCe. (Bella also has dyslexia in real life.) Shake It Up certainly had its moments with good dance numbers and even better original music (Stream "Watch Me"!) It also has the honor of being the most-watched series premiere in Disney Channel history with 6.2 MILLION viewers!

    23. Girl Meets World (2014-2017)

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    Sure, it's not as good as its predecessor, but Girl Meets World is still a pretty great watch. It's a sweet show that gives today's youth positive lessons and morals. It may not have dug into deeper issues like some other modern Disney shows, but it was a good step forward for Disney Channel. It was nice to see the Boy Meets World cast reunite in many episodes throughout the series, and, let's be honest, Sabrina Carpenter's Maya steals the whole show. She would've been a better main character, just like Rider Strong's Shawn Hunter would have been in Boy Meets World, because Cory Matthews and his daughter are mighty annoying.

    22. Big City Greens (2018-Present)

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    The first and most recent animated series on this list! Big City Greens focuses on a rural family that makes a move from a farm in the country to a big city. The show is wildly entertaining and hilarious. The characters are a perfect mix of weird, quirky, and fun, and the show is chock-full of silly and lighthearted laughs. A big theme throughout the show is family. The Greens are not perfect, they're supportive and will always be there for each other. I think this is a lesson many of us can benefit from.

    21. Raven's Home (2017-Present)

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    Another sequel series that isn't quite as good as the original, but Raven's Home has so much to offer that you can't ignore it! The show does maintain a lot of the humor and charisma that made That's So Raven so amazing. It's anchored by a wonderful cast of child actors who are almost as fun to watch as Raven and Chelsea! Raven-Symoné and Anneliese van der Pol do not miss a beat and reprise their beloved roles with enthusiasm and charm. The show is funny and heartfelt and full of beautiful family moments. It's just a joy to watch Raven Baxter back in action.

    20. K.C. Undercover (2015-2018)

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    Disney Channel doesn't have many action-based shows, so to see one focusing on a family of spies is really a fun ride. One of the few Disney Channel shows to focus on a Black family, K.C. Undercover is a warm and fun show carried on a more mature Zendaya's back. It was nice to see her back on screen right before her career exploded and she became Hollywood's "It Girl."

    19. Phil of the Future (2004-2006)

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    Phil of the Future is a funny and unique show. It definitely provides some early 2000s nostalgia. Also, Aly Michalka of the iconic group Aly & AJ is definitely a bright spot in this show!

    18. A.N.T. Farm (2011-2014)

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    A.N.T. Farm is very underrated. Funny jokes, quirky characters, and awesome original music are just a few things this show has to offer. China Anne McClain is a fantastic comedic actress and of course her rendition of "Dynamite" will forever be stuck in my mind. This show also gave us one of the few great Halloween songs that exist, "Calling All the Monsters," and it frankly gives "Thriller" a run for its money.

    17. Austin & Ally (2011-2016)

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    Austin & Ally follows in Hannah Montana's footsteps by giving kids an inside, albeit very fictional, look into the music industry. This show has some of the best original music a Disney Channel show has to offer and the polar opposite leads give us a very fun will they/won't they relationship where we truly root for them to get together. Add two good sidekicks and a flurry of memes that got popular years after the show aired and you've got a recipe for a memorable show.

    16. The Suite Life on Deck (2008-2011)

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    This is a weird one. Looking back, why the hell did Zack and Cody move onto a ship and onto a whole new show? Either way, it was incredibly fun to see the twins grow up and graduate high school, even if it was on a cruise ship. Bailey Pickett was a fun addition to the show, but Ashley Tisdale's Maddie Fitzpatrick and Kim Rhodes' Carrie Martin were greatly missed. This show also gave us the best Disney Channel crossover event ever, Wizards on Deck With Hannah Montana. This was one of the most-watched Disney Channel show episodes ever with over 10 MILLION viewers.

    15. DuckTales (2017-2021)

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    Woo-oo! This may be one of the few reboots in history that is much better than the original. It's bright and energetic and a whole lot of fun! The voice acting is superb, and the adventures are bold and dangerous. I really do think it ended way too soon.

    14. Jessie (2011-2015)

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    From Mary Poppins to Fran Fine to Jessie! Everyone loves a good nanny. Jessie has proved to have staying power and is very popular because it's a fun, bold, and heartwarming show. It was very funny at times and had cute and incredibly talented child actors, from Skai Jackson to the late Cameron Boyce, may he rest in peace.

    13. Liv and Maddie (2013-2017)

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    Disney Channel just loves twins. Whether they are real twins like Tia and Tamera Mowry and Dylan and Cole Sprouse or twins played by the same actor. That is what Dove Cameron does here spectacularly. Her Emmy-winning turn as the completely different twin sisters is one of the best things about the show. Plus, it has great jokes, well-done teen drama, and amusing hijinks. This was most definitely one of the better Disney Channel shows from the later years.

    12. Andi Mack (2017-2019)

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    This is everything Girl Meets World wanted to be and should've been. From teen pregnancy to anxiety and panic attacks to sexual orientation, this show was groundbreaking in accurately depicting the lives of young teenagers in today's world. In the first episode alone, the title character's older sister reveals that she is actually her mother and had her when she was a teenager. This is also the first Disney Channel show where a main character actually utters the words, "I'm gay." A relationship between two boys also starts to blossom in the last episode. Disney Channel really made a huge leap forward with this one. It ended way too soon, and I hope we're able to revisit these historic characters again.

    11. Gravity Falls (2012-2016)

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    Gravity Falls was an outstanding animated series that proved animation is not only for children, but for people of all ages. The beloved characters, the hilarious and quirky nature, the complex storytelling, and the entrancing and dark mysteries of this show really stood out among other Disney shows airing at the time. And, as a giant Scooby-Doo fan, this was quite the treat.

    10. Kim Possible (2002-2007)

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    We have reached the top ten! Kim Possible is truly a legendary show. It gave us a worthy, strong, smart, and beautiful female hero who was adored by everyone. The entertaining nature of the show was all due to the amazing dialogue, humor, and animation. The action sequences, the characters, and the amusing high stakes of the show let our little minds run wild.

    9. The Proud Family (2001-2005)

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    Disney was, of course, founded on the art of animation. The Proud Family was the first animated series on Disney Channel, and it really showcased the evolution of Disney. This show was important for so many people. The diversity and representation is something that not many cartoons have been able to give us recently. The modern and hip humor and nature resonated with audiences like never before. This show has a strong legacy that will continue with The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder coming to Disney+ in 2022!

    8. Even Stevens (2000-2003)

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    Even Stevens is the first Disney Channel show that a lot of people remember watching. Viewers could really identify with the characters and the growing pains of family and annoying siblings. The show was fun and paved the way for many more shows to come.

    7. Lizzie McGuire (2001-2004)

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    Hilary Duff was the epitome of a Disney Channel "It Girl." Everyone wanted to be her. Children identified with Lizzie and how growing up can suck and be confusing. The show was pretty funny, clever, and sincere in how it portrayed the struggles of kids becoming teenagers. I'm still not happy Disney isn't letting Lizzie McGuire grow up and do adult things in the canceled Disney+ revival.

    6. Phineas and Ferb (2007-2015)

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    The longest-running Disney Channel show in history is quite worthy of that honor. Phineas and Ferb is wildly creative and imaginative. The beloved characters are expertly voiced and loved. The show is witty, charismatic, and hilarious at all times. A show about summer vacation was elevated with fun and wild adventures that left viewers in awe and wanting more. Catchy songs played throughout the show, and we couldn't help but sing along and join in the fun that the Flynn-Fletchers had throughout their wild run, where they really did it all.

    5. Hannah Montana (2006-2011)

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    We start the top five with a truly iconic show. Hannah Montana took the world by storm and made Disney millions of dollars. The show, of course, had its funny and memorable moments. It propelled Miley Cyrus to worldwide fame, but, frankly, shaky acting and writing, plus the toll it took on its star is what stops it from being any higher on this list. That still does not take away the legacy and impact that this show had on the world. However, the impact of Hannah Montana just doesn't quite compare to that of the next four shows.

    4. Good Luck Charlie (2010-2014)

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    Good Luck Charlie was a refreshing show that reminded viewers of more classic sitcoms from any of the four major networks. The show was full of laughs and heart. The big family at the center of the show — portrayed by an outstanding cast that gave us both emotional and hilarious moments — really cemented Good Luck Charlie as being one of the best shows Disney Channel has ever had.

    3. The Suite Life of Zack & Cody (2005-2008)

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    The Suite Life of Zack and Cody blended some of the best qualities of a Disney Channel show expertly: memorable characters and episodes, truly funny jokes, fun and wild shenanigans, and a lot of heart. The cast of main and recurring characters were all as strong as could be, and the show really elevated Disney Channel as a whole.

    2. That's So Raven (2003-2007)

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    I just want to take this time to sing my praises for Raven-Symoné. She's an extraordinary comedic actress. She single-handedly elevated That's So Raven with her physical comedy. Any other actress would not have had the same effect Raven had. For a while, Raven carried the entire Disney Channel on her back and made hundreds of little Black girls feel seen, and I don't ever see anyone give her the recognition she deserves for that. That's So Raven tackled issues like racism and body image issues in a way other children's shows can't. The hijinks that Raven Baxter, her family, and her friends got into really made a difference in many people's childhoods. The comedy and the simple existence of this show feels timeless, and I want to rewatch it over and over again for years to come.

    1. And finally, Wizards of Waverly Place (2007-2012)

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    Wizards of Waverly Place is the only live-action Disney Channel show to win Emmys for a reason. The writing, the world-building, the magical qualities, and the ensemble cast lifted the Disney Channel to new heights. Selena Gomez is a star, and her expert comedic timing and sassy and sarcastic delivery is what made Alex Russo one of, if not the most, relatable teen characters in television history. The humor and heart this show has is unparalleled. Wizards of Waverly Place was the first Disney Channel show to center on a Latino family, and as a little Mexican boy, I felt seen and represented on American television for the first time thanks to things like the quinceañera episode. This show should most certainly be the blueprint for successful, well-made, and popular Disney Channel shows.

    What are your top Disney Channel shows? Let us know in the comments below!

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