5 Classic Disney Channel Shows Disney Should Bring to Their New Streaming Service

Miley Cyrus as Hannah Montana
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Miley Cyrus as Hannah Montana

With the Walt Disney Company set to launch its own streaming service, fit with Disney and Pixar movies and a selection of Disney Channel original programs, it’s time to start thinking about what Disney delicacies are going to be opened from the vault and made once again available for viewing. 

Over the years there have been a number of classic Disney Channel series, but some stand above the rest. Here are a few Billboard hopes to see on Disney’s new Netflix-like service.

Even Stevens 

Sure, Shia LaBeouf may be a serious actor/experimental artist/social justice activist today, but let’s not forget his humble beginnings on the Disney Channel. Though Even Stevens was one of the strangest shows in Disney’s early ‘00s lineup, it made suburban life out to be extraordinary, by documenting the adventures of the Stevens family and their overbearing neighbor Beans.

What could be better than a little sibling rivalry between the put together Ren and her immature brother Louis? Few things. The show was comedic gold.

Suite Life of Zack and Cody

Dylan and Cole Sprouse are thriving in 2017, with Cole on the CW hit Riverdale and Dylan starring in indie flicks, but their roles as the mischievous Zack and Cody remain legendary. The show was full of wild antics surrounding life in a hotel, and featured some of the channel's best supporting characters, like heiress London Tipton and the tightly wound manager Mr. Moseby. We deserve access to the show’s hilarious bits like the infamous beauty pageant episode and the amazing Jesse McCartney guest appearance -- because, let’s be real, who doesn't wish they lived at the Tipton?

That’s So Raven

This year Disney Channel gifted fans with the That's So Raven spin-off Raven’s Home, telling the story of the Raven children, so what better time to revisit the original show that started it all? Raven-Symon√©?'s fierce performance as a misbehaving psychic teen was prime television, and the show often tackled important issues like body image and race.

Hannah Montana

A regular girl by day and a pop star by night, under the guise of a wig -- Hannah Montana changed the game for the Disney Channel. Not only did the show launch a major franchise and the superstar career of Miley Cyrus, it combined the world of typical teenage woes with Hollywood, and even spun off a number of great pop hits. Hannah Montana will forever remain a Disney Channel classic and -- sweet niblets -- the day those episodes are available for streaming, that would be “the best of both worlds.”

Lizzie McGuire

Simply stated: Lizzie McGuire was ahead of its time. As an awkward preteen just trying to “figure it out [her] own way,” Hilary Duff was all of us as we navigated the perils of middle school. From the iconic “I want a bra!” scene to navigating bullies and dorky little brothers, the show conveyed life’s gawkiest moments in the most honest and heartwarming of ways that a new generation of teenyboppers could use in 2017. 

If Lizzie made it on Disney’s new streaming service, Lizzie, Miranda and Gordo could find their way into the hearts of a new audience, and we could all find some well-timed early-'00s fashion inspiration from the classic show.


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