When it comes to making television content for tweens, it really doesn’t get much better than the Disney Channel – a network which has mastered the family-friendly formula of producing TV shows and movies that are not only interesting to pre-teens, but also deemed as acceptable by their parents. It’s hard work to meet both of those expectations, especially when your audiences are only tweens for a limited amount of years, and then move on to look for different things in the entertainment industry.
Over time, the Disney Channel has successfully captured the attention of many different generations of children and pre-teens in the last few decades, having nearly mastered the medium while simultaneously launching successful careers for actors and musicians such as Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, Ryan Gosling, Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Shia LaBeouf, Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, and the Jonas Brothers, to name a few.
But because taste buds change with each passing generation and child actors grow up to become whomever they want to be, it’s fair to say that certain TV shows on the Disney Channel have not aged well. Re-watching some of these series in the present day, knowing everything that would follow those projects, can sometimes be cringe-worthy or borderline tragic.
These are the 15 Disney Channel Shows That Have NOT Aged Well.
15. DOG WITH A BLOG
The idea for Dog with a Blog made sense in 2012, and it was undoubtedly very Disney Channel-appropriate. Back then, blogging seemed like a no-brainer for kids, and introducing a dog to the mix just made things even better.
However, by the time the show ended in 2015, the idea that anyone – but especially a dog – would be blogging seemed “very three years ago.” With the popularization of social media, not a lot of people were really casually blogging anymore, and instead just communicating through short-form social platforms such as Twitter and Facebook.
Like technology itself, Dog with a Blog became obsolete and dated rather quickly, which is a common problem when a TV show is so tightly dependent on a particular technology-related story device.
14. PHIL OF THE FUTURE
A family from the year 2121 gets stranded in 2004 due to a complication in time-traveling – that was the simple premise of Phil of the Future. Back then, before smartphones and WiFi, the show succeeded in selling the audiences on the idea of what the future would look like. More than a decade later, however, re-watching Phil of the Future feels off-putting due to the fact that, aside from time-traveling, many of the devices shown in the series look dated and have functions that present society has already found better solutions for.
Unlike The Jetsons, which still succeed in portraying a future the world has yet to achieve, Phil of the Future featured technology that aged very quickly and is deemed obsolete after less than twenty years in the real world.