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Disney Channel sitcoms (2009-2012)

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While most of the Disney Channel sitcoms from 1983-2008 and 2013 onwards were well received, the same can't be said for most of the ones from 2009 to 2012. The network also gained a bad reputation for pushing them to the front and relegating Mickey Mouse and the gang to shows on Disney Junior and Disney XD.

Why Most of Them Sucked

  1. The main problem with these sitcoms is that they don't stay true to the channel's original routes and lack the charm, wit, and creativity of the sitcoms from 1983-2008 and 2013 onwards, and they share many of the same problems as the modern Nickcoms and Viacom's reality shows.
  2. Many bad sitcoms from this era, such as:
  3. Terrible writing that consists of the following things:
    • Poorly executed or done parodies.
    • Unfunny puns and/or jokes that drag on far too long, gross-out humor, and generally obnoxiously annoying humor.
    • Insulting the intelligence of their audience and treating them like a bunch of idiots.
    • Pure filler padded in whenever needed.
    • Mean-spirited moments.
    • Childish/nonsensical plots.
  4. The acting ranges from being mediocre to laughably bad.
  5. Bad morals. For instance, A.N.T. Farm says that you shouldn't stand up for someone when they're getting bullied.
  6. They sometimes have unlikable, one-dimensional, obnoxious, annoying, stereo-typical, unoriginal, or cliched characters.
    • Lexi Reed from A.N.T. Farm is a rip-off of Jade West from Victorious, and that character herself is no better.
  7. They try too hard to be hip, modern, cool, and edgy with kids.
  8. The special effects in some shows, like Season 4 of Wizards of Waverly Place, are cheap and mediocre looking. Some higher-budget live-action sitcoms have better special effects and look very good for the most part.
  9. The sets can look very cheap, boring, and pathetic.
  10. Some sitcoms have no character development or redemption.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. These shows do have some good and/or decent episodes.
  2. Some of these can have creative concepts but are poorly executed.
  3. Some have a few funny moments and jokes that work.
  4. There are some good/decent sitcoms in this era, such as:
  5. Some of them have good acting, mainly with the good Disney Channel sitcoms in this era.
    • MOST of the bad sitcom shows had good endings! Here are the examples: "Band of Brothers", "Remember Me", "Who Will Be the Family Wizard", The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex, "The New York ExperiANTs" and "Stan's Secret Is Out" are good examples how to end the series.
  6. The theme songs are usually catchy.
  7. Some of the Disney Channel sitcoms in this era, like Shake it Up and A.N.T. Farm, did slightly improve over time.
  8. Unlike the modern Nickcoms, Disney Channel's sitcoms have improved and gotten redemption since 2013.


Disney Channel's sitcoms from 2009 to 2012 have received mixed, mixed-to-positive, or mixed-to-negative reviews from critics, audiences, and fans of the network. The network became notorious for its focus on teen sitcoms and idols.

IMDb score
Show Score
JONAS 4.7/10
Shake it Up 5.0/10
Wizards of Waverly Place (season 4) 6.9/10
A.N.T. Farm 5.1/10
So Random! 4.7/10
Dog with a Blog 4.9/10



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