Today’s Disney is a giant of entertainment. It’s hard to understand. It’s almost like trying to comprehend the size of a blue whale. How can you understand a 330,000-pound animal that is as long as six cars? How can you explain an entertainment company that owns ESPN, Marvel Star Wars, Star Wars, Pixar and 12 amusement parks around the world? It was quite different from the Disney of 2000s. It was the Anakin before Darth Vader, Mogwai prior to the Gremlin, and the Hobbit prior to the Gollum. They cared more about entertaining children than world dominance. The beginning of the century, Disney had modest goals that led to the TV shows that still generate memes . This is our definitive list of the top Disney TV shows from the 2000s.
1. Phineas and Ferb
You can’t find many Disney classics that you can still enjoy with a pinch of nostalgia. But Phineas and Ferb is one such show. This irreverent series captures summer vacation as a child’s magic and possibilities. You’re invited to join the fun, even if you don’t know the secret-agent platypus. Accepting the premise is worth it if you want to finally understand the memes. Phineas and Ferb are a cultural institution you can enjoy even as an adult.
2. This is the Raven!
It’s So Raven fits well within the 2000s sitcom format for kids. The show’s cast, writing, production, and actors are all so great that it is hard to believe its peers. It was the first Disney series to exceed the 65-episode limit. This speaks volumes about the show’s cultural impact.
3. Hannah Montana
Hannah Montana benefited from the momentum of That’s So Raven, Lizzie McGuire, and helped fuel the Disney channel into the 2000s. Although it’s not the greatest Disney show, it’s a testament to Miley’s star power and her incredible commercial success that made Disney’s channel a household name.
4. The Proud Family
The Proud Family will make you realize that not all dads are alike. The Proud Family is the best show to return to if you’re looking for a new series. There are still many classics, such as Sugar Mama, who loved wrestling and afro puffs so she named her little dog Puff. A rewatch of the show will make you excited for its revival, The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder. It’s due to air on Disney+ this year.
5. Kim Possible
The show’s premise was a huge hit. Who didn’t dream of being a spy in the fight against crime as a child? It is situated in the middle of a complex Venn diagram that includes high school drama, comedy, adventure, and action/aventure.
6. The Suite Life of Zack of Cody
What was it about this show that made the writing so great? Although not every episode is a Sorkin-level gem, there are always one-liners that will surprise you. This old Disney show also gave us the Sprouse brothers who still delight in Twitter. Cole Sprouse can be seen on Netflix’s dark Archie drama, Riverdale, and on various cable reruns on Spectrum TV.
7. Wizards of Waverly Place
Wizards of Waverly Place strayed so far from the Disney sitcom formula, that it sometimes felt like it was on another channel altogether. Selena Gomez was the part of the ensemble cast that looked like Bewitched for a different generation. Although it is criticized for its cheesy special effects, and slapstick humor the film received some criticism. However, it was a refreshing stateside version of Harry Potter fever.
8. Lizzie McGuire
Talk about Disney stars who made it through it all. Hilary Duff is now not only grounded but also a mom. Along with That’s So Raven, Lizzie McGuire started the golden age in Disney TV. It almost received a Disney+ launch, but it was canceled in pre-production.
9. Even Stevens
You wouldn’t be wrong to return to Even Stevens to see bb Shia LaBeouf. His childhood in Hollywood had a profound impact on him. It was the Disney show that everyone watched at the beginning of the decade. Stevens was even able to reach Disney’s 65-episode limit, despite the fact that viewership has never declined. They released Shia prematurely into a world that he was not ready for.
10. American Dragon Long
American Dragon did not transcend the decade’s zeitgeist like the rest of the list. It’s a charming show that is reminiscent of a lighter Gargoyles with lots of crossover production with Kim Possible.