Here's Every Classic Disney Show From The 2000s, Ranked From Worst To Best
It's time to debate, ya nasties.
Hello, world! My name's Stephen, and as a kid, I was absolutely obsessed with the Disney Channel. Like, I pretty much didn't turn it off from 2000 to 2009.
And yes, I was in college for that last year. I don't want to talk about it!!!
This makes me HIGHLY qualified to rank the 2000s Disney Channel lineup. So that's what I did — and if you disagree with me, feel 100% free to tell me I'm wrong in the comments.
DISCLAIMER: This ranking is all about the network's 2000s staples. In order for a show to appear on this list, it had to air between 2000 and 2009, and it had to be a certified CLASSIC — aka a show people actually watched.
Sorry to any fans of
Dave the Barbarian or The Buzz on Maggie.
With all of that said, let's start with the worst, and work our way up to the best.
Cory in the House
The good: It was a spinoff of That's So Raven, and who wouldn't want more time with Raven?
The bad: As it turns out, there was no more time with Raven. She only appeared on one episode of Cory in the House — and T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh, who played the mom, did not appear at all. The whole thing felt slightly strange without them. Do you really expect us to believe Cory and his dad just moved to D.C. without their sister or mother and barely spoke of them again???
The Suite Life on Deck
The good: After the masterpiece that was The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, I was 100% game for more hijinks with the Sprouse twins.
The bad: Much like Cory in the House, this spinoff just didn't live up to its original. And what was the point of making a spinoff, anyway? Why not just keep making the original, since you still had the two stars???
Lilo and Stitch: The Series
The good: Lilo and Stitch: The Series was an ~okay~ extension of the film franchise — but the best episodes were the crossovers they did with Kim Possible and Proud Family.
The bad: Again with the spinoffs! Look, spinoffs are hard to do well — and that's why Disney's three attempts at it are at the bottom of this list. Moving on!
The good: This show was great. It followed a group of kids who had the magical ability to transform into their favorite pro athletes, just by putting on an old yellow jersey. So many fun guest stars!!! Honestly, this show would've been an instant classic — if anybody remembered it.
The bad: I'm the only one who seems to remember it, even though it was on the air for FIVE YEARS.
Phineas and Ferb
The good: It's cute, it's funny, it's charming. Phineas and Ferb is one of the channel's longest-running shows, and the impact it's had on Disney-loving youth is undeniable.
The bad: The show premiered in 2007, which is why it's on this list, but categorically it's more of a 2010s Disney show because it ran through 2015. I didn't even want to include it in this ranking TBH, but the ~young millennials~ in this office insisted, and I am afraid of them.
Phil of the Future
The good: Ricky Ullman was solely responsible for my sexual awakening.
The bad: It was honestly such a good show, but I am forced to deduct points here for flawed time travel logic. The show ends with Phil getting back in his time machine, and Keely making him promise to wait for her in the future. But when she finally gets there, she's gonna be 100+ years old and he's gonna be a baby. How's an old lady gonna date a baby?
Wizards of Waverly Place
The good: It was like the Disney Channel's own little Harry Potter.
The bad: Harry Potter did it better. But I'm still ranking this show somewhere in the middle because, without it, we wouldn't have Selena Gomez.
The good: This show was the definition of ICONIC. The theme song. The naked mole rat. The kooky villains. Her catchphrase, "What's the sitch?" Even her little ringtone ("di-di-dee-dee") still gets stuck in my head sometimes.
The bad: TBH, as much as I loved this show, the episodes were all kinda the same. Did it really need four seasons and two movies? Hmmmm. I'm extremely excited for that live-action remake, though.
The Suite Life of Zack and Cody
The good: It's the show that gave us the Sprouse twins — two of the funniest kids to ever grace a Disney Channel screen. And they're still fucking hilarious on Twitter today.
The bad: Look. The best Disney Shows are not just funny — they also tug at your heartstrings and make you feel some FEELS. Did Suite Life really do that for you? I'm looking for DEPTH, people.
The Proud Family
The good: It's Disney Channel's first-ever animated series, and a truly underrated one at that. This show had HEART. It had HUMOR. It had A THEME SONG SUNG BY SOLANGE AND DESTINY'S CHILD. What more could you ask for???
The bad: This show needed about 1000x more Sugar Mama.
The good: It's because of this show that I will always remember what year we went to the moon. And for that, I am eternally grateful!
The bad: This is minor, but did anyone else think it was weird that the show was on the air for three whole years, but the kids stayed in the same grade? That's some Simpsons shit, y'all!
The good: If you didn't rock out to "Nobody's Perfect" or "Life's What You Make It" at least once in the year 2007, I honestly feel sorry for you. Hannah Montana had all the fun and feels of the other shows on this list — but it's really the soundtrack (and Miley's killer voice) that earn it a spot in the top three. Bops for days!!!
The bad: The show briefly tore the Cyrus family apart. But it seems like they're doing better these days.
The good: If you look up "PURE" in the dictionary, it's just a picture of Lizzie McGuire trying to make her way through middle school. Every kid saw at least a little bit of themself in Lizzie, and the show perfectly balanced humor and more ~serious~ topics. I haven't seen something so wholesome on TV since Lizzie McGuire ended, and I really hope they do a reboot someday!!!!
The bad: Unfortunately for me, Hilary Duff says she won't do a reboot someday.
That's So Raven
The good: That's So Raven was the greatest show the Disney Channel ever made, PERIOD. It was hilarious! Original! Smart! Layered! And absolutely batshit crazy! In case you don't agree with me, I've got FACTS on my side: That's So Raven was the ~first~ Disney Channel show to break the network's 65-episode limit. It was so popular, Disney made 100 episodes. Talent won!
The bad: None detected.
And that's every classic 2000s Disney show, ranked from worst to best. Tell me your thoughts in the comments!
Raven guest starred in an early episode of
Cory in the House. An earlier version of this post said she never made a cameo. The author deeply regrets this error and plans to watch her episode as soon as he gets home. Nostalgia Trip
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