The Disney Channel is a children's and teens' programming channel that has been running since the early '80s. It has aired, and still airs, a wide range of programming from spin-off television series of feature films, original series, animated shows, and live-action sitcoms.
A lot of great shows have come from the Disney Channel, with many of their original programming rated with a 7.0 or above on IMDb. However, there are also many shows with ratings below 5.0 and were not as well received. Here is a look at the five best and five worst shows on Disney Channel, as ranked by IMDb ratings.
10 Worst: Shorty McShorts' Shorts - 3.9
This show is an anthology series of television shorts. The titular character only appears in the trailers, the opening credits, and the closing credits of the show. The actual episodes depict characters and stories that are not always directly related to each other.
One of the best-received episodes was "Boyz on da Run, Part 1," which continued on to have two additional sequel episodes. The highest-ranking episode on IMDb, however, is season 2 episode 1, entitled "Too Many Robots." The episode chronicles Digit, a girl who transfers to a new school and has to face her formerly evil robot uncle.
9 Best: DuckTales (2017) - 8.2
This show is a reboot of the 1982 series and follows Scrooge McDuck as he embarks on adventures with his grandnephews, Huey, Dewie, and Louie, and his nephew Donald Duck. Scrooge rediscovers his love of adventure after rekindling his friendship with Donald and babysitting Huey, Dewie, and Louie.
The show has a talented voice cast with David Tennant as Scrooge McDuck, Ben Schwartz as Dewey Duck, and Kate Micucci as Webby Vanderquack. The show originally began airing on Disney XD but moved to the Disney Channel in 2018. Both Disney Channel and Disney XD now air the show simultaneously.
8 Worst: PrankStars - 3.7
PrankStars was a reality hidden camera television show hosted by Mitchel Musso. The show orchestrated encounters between celebrities and their fans in which the celebrity would create outlandish situations and persuade the fans to participate. Celebrities who participated included Zendaya, Debby Ryan, China Anne McClain, and the pop band All Star Weekend.
The show, which was the first reality series on the channel since Totally In Tune, aired monthly episodes during its run but only lasted for one season. It was canceled after Musso was arrested for a DUI shortly after the fourth episode aired.
7 Best: Welcome To Pooh Corner - 8.3
Welcome to Pooh Corner was one of the very first shows to air on the channel. The show was live-action and utilized a mix of actors in costumes for most of the characters and a puppet to depict Roo. Episodes consisted of a twenty-minute main story, in which the narrator would relay events in the Hundred Acre Wood and ending with a moral, followed by a sing-along music video, and ending with an arts and crafts segment.
The title of the show is derived from A.A. Milne's book The House at Pooh Corner.
6 Worst: Bizaardvark - 3.5
Bizaardvark was about two best friends, Frankie and Paige, and their Vuuugle channel, which was also named Bizaardvark. Their channel hits 10,000 subscribers which makes them eligible to work in the Vuuugle studios. There, they meet other Vuuuglers and they continue making videos for their channel.
The show starred Madison Hu as Frankie and Olivia Rodrigo as Paige. Jake Paul was also a star for the first two seasons, but he was written out of the show after a series of complaints about him became public. The show came to an end earlier this year after three seasons.
5 Best: So Weird - 8.5
So Weird was a television show in the late 1990s that followed Fiona Phillips, who traveled with her mom the famous fictional rock star Molly Phillips. While on her travels, Fiona had paranormal encounters, about which she posted on the website she ran, called So Weird, because of her family's skepticism around her. Through her website, she finds solidarity in other users who also believe in the paranormal.
The show has a generally darker tone than most other shows and has been compared to The X-Files, which was still airing during So Weird's run, because it was so dissimilar.
4 Worst: Contraption - 3.0
Contraption was another show that aired at the very beginning of the channel's run. It was a game show in which two teams consisting of three children competed by participating in different rounds, depending on the category given to them in the passports they received at the beginning.
Each round consisted of trivia questions of Disney films that fell under the different themes of the different rounds: Books, Animals, and Heroes and Villains. Each round also had a different race that followed the trivia questions, and the same kids who answered the questions participated in the race. The show was hosted by Ralph Harris and announced by Miranda Fredericks.
3 Best: Gravity Falls - 8.9
Gravity Falls is a show following twins Dipper and Mabel Pines as they visit their Great Uncle Stan over the summer at the fictional town of Gravity Falls, Oregon. While there, they help Stan, a conman, run his Mystery Shack, and the twins encounter supernatural entities around town.
To find answers, Dipper and Mabel turn to a journal labeled as number three which contains recordings of the supernatural entities. The twins, Stan, and their friends also have to face Bill Cipher, who wishes to gain a physical form and wreak havoc on the world.
2 Worst: Off The Wall - 0.0
Off the Wall is another Disney Channel game show and was on the air from 1998 to 1999. The game involves two teams of three children, similar to Contraption, but in this game, these two teams are pit against nine players who have prerecorded their performances.
Each child picked which prerecorded contestant to go against in the first two rounds, where they each had to perform stunts. The third round pits the two teams and another prerecorded person against each other. There was also a bonus round in which the winning team competed against an audience member. This show received one review on IMDb and the reviewer did not assign any stars to their review.
1 Best: Shook - 9.2
Shook is a single-camera short-form television show revolving around Mia, an aspiring professional dancer who has to help her single mom take care of her younger sister, which at times acts as an obstacle to her professional goals.
The show was just released this last September and is already being received favorably among audiences and, according to IMDb, continues to gain popularity. It has yet to be renewed for an additional season, but considering its ratings, it would not be surprising if Disney Channel renewed it sometime in the future.