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* ''Series/RadioActive'' (as Fox Family)
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* ''Small Talk'' (as The Family Channel)

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* ''Small Talk'' (as The Family Channel)Channel) [[note]]The final American series produced by [[Series/SaleOfTheCentury Reg]] [[Series/{{Scrabble}} Grundy]] [[Series/HotStreak Productions]][[/note]]



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* ''Masters of the Maze'' (as The Family Channel) [[note]]Sort of a SpiritualLicensee to British kids' game show ''Series/{{Knightmare}}'', but with more video game-style elements and an educational bent; the producer was [[Series/BreakTheBank1985 Kline]] [[Series/StrikeItLucky and]] [[Series/WinLoseOrDraw Friends]], and the hosts were [[Series/FunHouse J.D. Roth]] in season 1 and [[Series/SavedByTheBell Mario Lopez]] in season 2; season 1 also had [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 Renae Jacobs]] as the "Lady of the Maze"[[/note]]

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* ''Masters of the Maze'' (as The Family Channel) [[note]]Sort of a SpiritualLicensee TransAtlanticEquivalent to British kids' game show ''Series/{{Knightmare}}'', but with more video game-style elements and an educational bent; the producer was [[Series/BreakTheBank1985 Kline]] [[Series/StrikeItLucky and]] [[Series/WinLoseOrDraw Friends]], and the hosts were [[Series/FunHouse J.D. Roth]] in season 1 and [[Series/SavedByTheBell Mario Lopez]] in season 2; season 1 also had [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 Renae Jacobs]] as the "Lady of the Maze"[[/note]]
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* ''Boggle: The Interactive Game'' (as The Family Channel)

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* ''Boggle: The Interactive Game'' (as The Family Channel)Channel) [[note]]One of three interactive game shows produced and hosted by [[Series/TicTacDough Wink]] [[Series/HighRollers Martindale]] and announced by [[Series/SupermarketSweep Randy West]][[/note]]



* ''Family Challenge'' (as The Family Channel) [[note]]notable for being the last show hosted by former ''Series/FamilyFeud'' host Ray Combs prior to his 1996 suicide[[/note]]

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* ''Family Challenge'' (as The Family Channel) [[note]]notable for being the last show hosted by former ''Series/FamilyFeud'' host Ray Combs prior to his 1996 suicide[[/note]]suicide, as well as the last game show announced full-time by Gene Wood prior to his retirement[[/note]]



* ''The Home And Family Show'' (as The Family Channel)[[note]]Hosted by Christina Ferrare and Chuck Woolery (who was replaced by Michael Burger after a while). In 2012 it was UnCancelled on the Hallmark Channel and is currently hosted by Ferrare (who replaced Paige Davis) with Mark Steines.[[/note]]

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* ''The Home And Family Show'' (as The Family Channel)[[note]]Hosted by Christina Ferrare and Chuck Woolery [[Series/WheelOfFortune Chuck]] [[Series/{{Scrabble}} Woolery]] (who was replaced by [[Series/MatchGame Michael Burger Berger]] after a while). In 2012 it was UnCancelled on the Hallmark Channel and is currently hosted by Ferrare (who replaced Paige Davis) with Mark Steines.[[/note]]



* ''Jumble: The Interactive Game'' (as The Family Channel)

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* ''Jumble: The Interactive Game'' (as The Family Channel)Channel) [[note]]One of three interactive game shows produced and hosted by [[Series/TicTacDough Wink]] [[Series/HighRollers Martindale]] and announced by [[Series/SupermarketSweep Randy West]][[/note]]



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Madeline}}'' (as The Family Channel)



* ''Masters of the Maze'' (as The Family Channel)

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* ''Masters of the Maze'' (as The Family Channel)Channel) [[note]]Sort of a SpiritualLicensee to British kids' game show ''Series/{{Knightmare}}'', but with more video game-style elements and an educational bent; the producer was [[Series/BreakTheBank1985 Kline]] [[Series/StrikeItLucky and]] [[Series/WinLoseOrDraw Friends]], and the hosts were [[Series/FunHouse J.D. Roth]] in season 1 and [[Series/SavedByTheBell Mario Lopez]] in season 2; season 1 also had [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 Renae Jacobs]] as the "Lady of the Maze"[[/note]]



* ''Series/ShoppingSpree'' (as The Family Channel)
* ''Shuffle: The Interactive Game'' (as The Family Channel)

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* ''Series/ShoppingSpree'' (as The Family Channel)
Channel) [[note]]Creator/JayWolpert's longest-running game show, clocking in at a season and a half![[/note]]
* ''Shuffle: The Interactive Game'' (as The Family Channel)Channel) [[note]]One of three interactive game shows produced and hosted by [[Series/TicTacDough Wink]] [[Series/HighRollers Martindale]] and announced by [[Series/SupermarketSweep Randy West]][[/note]]



* ''Trivial Pursuit'' (as The Family Channel) [[note]]aired as an hour-long pair of half-hour shows: ''The Interactive Game'', where 12 (later nine) players were whittled down to three; and the "classic game" (simply called ''Trivial Pursuit''), played by the aforementioned three finalists)[[/note]]

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* ''Trivial Pursuit'' (as The Family Channel) [[note]]aired [[note]]Also a Wink Martindale-produced and hosted series; aired as an hour-long pair of half-hour shows: ''The Interactive Game'', where 12 (later nine) players were whittled down to three; and the "classic game" (simply called ''Trivial Pursuit''), played by the aforementioned three finalists)[[/note]]
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In March 2012, the network gained a Canadian counterpart in ABC Spark, which replaced Dusk ([[NetworkDecay formally, a horror film network called Scream]]). ABC Spark is bound by none of Robertson's requirements, and outside of some programs already claimed by other channels (like ''PrettyLittleLiars'', which was one of [[Creator/{{CTV}} MuchMusic's]] stalwart shows), carries most of ABC Family's original shows, and even rerun shows.

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In March 2012, the network gained a Canadian counterpart in ABC Spark, which replaced Dusk ([[NetworkDecay formally, a horror film network called Scream]]). ABC Spark is bound by none of Robertson's requirements, and outside of some programs already claimed by other channels (like ''PrettyLittleLiars'', which was one of [[Creator/{{CTV}} [[UsefulNotes/CanadianMultichannelNetworks MuchMusic's]] stalwart shows), carries most of ABC Family's original shows, and even rerun shows.
20th May '16 9:32:37 AM MarcoPolo250
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[[caption-width-right:350:"Become with us." That's some bad grammar.]]

Cable channel owned by [[Creator/{{Disney}} The Walt Disney Company]]. It started in 1977 as '''CBN Satellite Network''', then '''CBN Cable Network''' ("CBN" standing for "Christian Broadcasting Network"), owned by controversial Right-Wing pastor Pat Robertson. In 1988, the channel was renamed to '''CBN Family Channel'''; two years later it was spun off and the name was changed to '''The Family Channel''', as the channel had begun to make too much money for non-profit CBN to keep it around. Through all the CBN/Family Channel years, though, outside of the hours devoted to ''Series/The700Club'' and its surrounding programming it was probably known more for being the place your grandfather got his fix of [[TheWestern Westerns]] with ''Series/{{Gunsmoke}}'', ''Series/TheBigValley'', and ''Series/{{Bonanza}}''. In the early 1990s, the network started original programming such as ''Big Brother Jake'' (think ''Series/CharlesInCharge'', minus the hijinks of teenage hormones), and the television version of ''VideoGame/ManiacMansion'', which owing to where it aired was severely [[{{Bowdlerise}} Bowdlerised]]. Soon, though, most of the network's original efforts devolved to the usual NoBudget family {{Game Show}}s found on cable at that time, including the second iteration of ''Series/ShopTilYouDrop''.

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[[caption-width-right:350:"Become [[caption-width-right:350:''[[Main/{{Slogans}} Become with us." ]]'' ...That's some bad grammar.]]

A Cable channel owned by [[Creator/{{Disney}} The Walt Disney Company]]. It started in 1977 as '''CBN Satellite Network''', then '''CBN Cable Network''' ("CBN" standing for "Christian Broadcasting Network"), owned by controversial Right-Wing pastor Pat Robertson. In 1988, the channel was renamed to '''CBN Family Channel'''; two years later it was spun off and the name was changed to '''The Family Channel''', as the channel had begun to make too much money for non-profit CBN to keep it around. Through all the CBN/Family Channel years, though, outside of the hours devoted to ''Series/The700Club'' and its surrounding programming it was probably known more for being the place your grandfather got his fix of [[TheWestern Westerns]] with ''Series/{{Gunsmoke}}'', ''Series/TheBigValley'', and ''Series/{{Bonanza}}''. In the early 1990s, the network started original programming such as ''Big Brother Jake'' (think ''Series/CharlesInCharge'', minus the hijinks of teenage hormones), and the television version of ''VideoGame/ManiacMansion'', which owing to where it aired was severely [[{{Bowdlerise}} Bowdlerised]]. Soon, though, most of the network's original efforts devolved to the usual NoBudget family {{Game Show}}s found on cable at that time, including the second iteration of ''Series/ShopTilYouDrop''.
20th May '16 9:29:05 AM MarcoPolo250
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Cable channel owned by [[Creator/{{Disney}} The Walt Disney Company]]. It started in 1977 as CBN Satellite Network, then CBN Cable Network ("CBN" standing for "Christian Broadcasting Network"), owned by controversial Right-Wing pastor Pat Robertson. In 1988, the channel was renamed to CBN Family Channel; two years later it was spun off and the name was changed to The Family Channel, as the channel had begun to make too much money for non-profit CBN to keep it around. Through all the CBN/Family Channel years, though, outside of the hours devoted to ''Series/The700Club'' and its surrounding programming it was probably known more for being the place your grandfather got his fix of [[TheWestern Westerns]] with ''Series/{{Gunsmoke}}'', ''Series/TheBigValley'', and ''Series/{{Bonanza}}''. In the early 1990s, the network started original programming such as ''Big Brother Jake'' (think ''Series/CharlesInCharge'', minus the hijinks of teenage hormones), and the television version of ''VideoGame/ManiacMansion'', which owing to where it aired was severely [[{{Bowdlerise}} Bowdlerised]]. Soon, though, most of the network's original efforts devolved to the usual NoBudget family {{Game Show}}s found on cable at that time, including the second iteration of ''Series/ShopTilYouDrop''.

The Family Channel, which was by this point co-owned with the library of MTM Enterprises, was bought by {{Fox}} in 1997, and renamed as the ''Fox Family Channel'' (or often just ''Fox Family'') the next year, and became primarily a hub for programming from Fox Kids and Saban, and programming imported or co-produced with Creator/{{Teletoon}}. The early look of the network, with the "twister" logo, was modelled after Canada's Creator/{{YTV}}, including an equivalent to YTV's ''The Zone'', known as ''The Basement''; other blocks included ''Captain Kangaroo's Treasure House'' (named after and featuring Saban's ''Series/CaptainKangaroo'' revival) and ''Toon-A Casserole'', which was a medley of cartoons. The channel, along with FoxKids, was sold to Disney in 2001 because not only did Fox have no idea what to do with a network devoted to families but the network struggled in ratings- they needed to sell it to avoid further money drainage. This was thanks to infighting between Fox and Saban over who ran the net, mediocre reaction to their new programming, a mass exodus of older viewers who loved the Westerns they used to show, and the restrictions of their contract for the purchase of the network. An attempt to create two spin-off channels with sex-segregated children's programming, the [[XtremeKoolLetterz Boyz & Girlz Channels]], also failed because of a lack of interest and viewers questioning excluding one gender from an entire channel (though it could be said that these days, the DisneyChannel and Creator/DisneyXD have the near-same concept).

That same year, the channel's name settled on the current one, the FoxKids block met its end the next year, and its programming moved to ABC Family (and ToonDisney) as "Jetix" (the name was introduced in 2004; previous to that the programming had aired on ABCF under the name of "ABC Family Action Block"). The early ABC years were spent converting the network to a place to re-air ABC programs, which was botched by the network realizing that only programs from their internal studio could get a second ABC Family run, with other outside producers heavily objecting to the arrangement. By 2005, it had seemed to become a place for cheap reality programming and non-stop reruns of ''TheBachelor''.

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Cable channel owned by [[Creator/{{Disney}} The Walt Disney Company]]. It started in 1977 as CBN '''CBN Satellite Network, Network''', then CBN '''CBN Cable Network Network''' ("CBN" standing for "Christian Broadcasting Network"), owned by controversial Right-Wing pastor Pat Robertson. In 1988, the channel was renamed to CBN '''CBN Family Channel; Channel'''; two years later it was spun off and the name was changed to The '''The Family Channel, Channel''', as the channel had begun to make too much money for non-profit CBN to keep it around. Through all the CBN/Family Channel years, though, outside of the hours devoted to ''Series/The700Club'' and its surrounding programming it was probably known more for being the place your grandfather got his fix of [[TheWestern Westerns]] with ''Series/{{Gunsmoke}}'', ''Series/TheBigValley'', and ''Series/{{Bonanza}}''. In the early 1990s, the network started original programming such as ''Big Brother Jake'' (think ''Series/CharlesInCharge'', minus the hijinks of teenage hormones), and the television version of ''VideoGame/ManiacMansion'', which owing to where it aired was severely [[{{Bowdlerise}} Bowdlerised]]. Soon, though, most of the network's original efforts devolved to the usual NoBudget family {{Game Show}}s found on cable at that time, including the second iteration of ''Series/ShopTilYouDrop''.

The Family Channel, which was by this point co-owned with the library of MTM Enterprises, was bought by {{Fox}} in 1997, and renamed as the ''Fox '''Fox Family Channel'' Channel''' (or often just ''Fox Family'') the next year, and became primarily a hub for programming from Fox Kids and Saban, and programming imported or co-produced with Creator/{{Teletoon}}. The early look of the network, with the "twister" logo, was modelled after Canada's Creator/{{YTV}}, including an equivalent to YTV's ''The Zone'', known as ''The Basement''; other blocks included ''Captain Kangaroo's Treasure House'' (named after and featuring Saban's ''Series/CaptainKangaroo'' revival) and ''Toon-A Casserole'', which was a medley of cartoons. The channel, along with FoxKids, was sold to Disney in 2001 because not only did Fox have no idea what to do with a network devoted to families but the network struggled in ratings- they needed to sell it to avoid further money drainage. This was thanks to infighting between Fox and Saban over who ran the net, mediocre reaction to their new programming, a mass exodus of older viewers who loved the Westerns they used to show, and the restrictions of their contract for the purchase of the network. An attempt to create two spin-off channels with sex-segregated children's programming, the [[XtremeKoolLetterz Boyz & Girlz Channels]], also failed because of a lack of interest and viewers questioning excluding one gender from an entire channel (though it could be said that these days, the DisneyChannel and Creator/DisneyXD have the near-same concept).

That same year, the channel's name settled on the current one, became '''ABC Family''', the FoxKids block met its end the next year, and its programming moved to ABC Family (and ToonDisney) as "Jetix" (the name was introduced in 2004; previous to that the programming had aired on ABCF under the name of "ABC Family Action Block"). The early ABC years were spent converting the network to a place to re-air ABC programs, which was botched by the network realizing that only programs from their internal studio could get a second ABC Family run, with other outside producers heavily objecting to the arrangement. By 2005, it had seemed to become a place for cheap reality programming and non-stop reruns of ''TheBachelor''.



The channel eventually [[LoopholeAbuse abused a loophole]] and changed their slogan to "A new kind of family", pretty much saying that they may have to keep "Family" in their network's name for now, but [[NetworkDecay that hasn't stopped them from turning it into a not-so-family-friendly channel]], featuring original series with sexual content and other edgy material you wouldn't normally associate with a network with "Family" in the name.

Eventually, the network also got actual original programming too, mainly targeting young women. The end result is something akin to being the Creator/AdultSwim to Creator/DisneyChannel... or the channel itself being "Teen Disney", the channel's answer to Creator/TeenNick (Minus the old Disney shows in it).

In March 2012, the network gained a Canadian sister network in ABC Spark, which replaced Dusk, a horror film network. ABC Spark is bound by none of Robertson's requirements, and outside of some programs already claimed by other channels (like ''PrettyLittleLiars'', which is one of [=MuchMusic's=] stalwart shows), carries most of ABC Family's original shows, and even rerun shows.

2015 is notable for bringing in two revolutionary events. Their original show ''Series/TheFosters'' gained some extra buzz for boasting what has been said to be [[http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/abc-familys-fosters-features-what-may-be-youngest-same-sex-kiss-tv-history030315 the youngest same sex kiss]] in television history. A few months later it started airing its' first RealityShow, ''Series/BecomingUs'', about a teen couple dealing with both their fathers [[{{Transsexual}} transitioning]].

That same year, on October 6th, ABC Family management confirmed that the network would be renamed once again, to [[http://www.ew.com/article/2015/10/06/abc-family-changing-name-freeform "Freeform"]]. The new name is an attempt to re-position the channel towards millen--. er, [[InsistentTerminology "becomers"]], and rid itself of any lingering presumption of wholesomeness implied by the use of the word "Family"; the new programming strategy led to the network being targeted regularly by moral guardians and viewers who felt there was severe brand dissonance.

This move also debunked a prior rumor that a contractual obligation from network founder Pat Robertson was the reason the "Family" name was kept on the channel. (Sources, such as James B. Stewart's ''Disney War'', merely said that the name "Family" was written into previous contracts with cable companies.) However, the network will still be required to air ''The 700 Club'' twice a day. The new branding launched on January 12, 2016 to co-incide with the premiere of ''Series/{{Shadowhunters}}''.

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The channel eventually [[LoopholeAbuse abused a loophole]] and changed their slogan to "A new kind of family", family". It was pretty much ABC Family's way of saying that they may have to keep "Family" in their network's name for now, name, but [[NetworkDecay that hasn't stopped won't stop them from turning it into becoming a not-so-family-friendly channel]], featuring original series channel]]. From then on, the channel began airing programs with sexual content and other edgy material you wouldn't normally associate with a network with "Family" in the name.

name. Eventually, the network ABC Family also got actual original programming too, mainly targeting young women. The end result is something akin to being the Creator/AdultSwim to Creator/DisneyChannel... or the channel itself being "Teen Disney", the channel's answer to Creator/TeenNick (Minus the old Disney shows in it).

In March 2012, the network gained a Canadian sister network counterpart in ABC Spark, which replaced Dusk, Dusk ([[NetworkDecay formally, a horror film network. network called Scream]]). ABC Spark is bound by none of Robertson's requirements, and outside of some programs already claimed by other channels (like ''PrettyLittleLiars'', which is was one of [=MuchMusic's=] [[Creator/{{CTV}} MuchMusic's]] stalwart shows), carries most of ABC Family's original shows, and even rerun shows.

2015 is notable for bringing in two a series of revolutionary events. Their original show ''Series/TheFosters'' gained some extra buzz for boasting what has been said to be [[http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/abc-familys-fosters-features-what-may-be-youngest-same-sex-kiss-tv-history030315 the youngest same sex kiss]] in television history. A few months later later, it started airing its' first RealityShow, ''Series/BecomingUs'', about a teen couple dealing with both their fathers [[{{Transsexual}} transitioning]].

That same year,
transitioning]].

Finally,
on October 6th, ABC Family management confirmed that the network would be renamed once again, to [[http://www.ew.com/article/2015/10/06/abc-family-changing-name-freeform "Freeform"]].'''Freeform''']]. The new name is an attempt to re-position the channel towards millen--. er, [[InsistentTerminology "becomers"]], and rid itself of any lingering presumption of wholesomeness implied by the use of the word "Family"; the new a programming strategy that led to the network ABC Family being targeted regularly by moral guardians and viewers who felt there was severe brand dissonance.

dissonance. This move also debunked a prior rumor that a contractual obligation from network founder Pat Robertson was the reason the "Family" name was kept on the channel. (Sources, such as James B. Stewart's ''Disney War'', merely said that the name "Family" was written into previous contracts with cable companies.) However, the network will still be required to air ''The 700 Club'' twice a day.

The new branding launched on January 12, 2016 to co-incide with the premiere of ''Series/{{Shadowhunters}}''.
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* ''Ellen'' (as Fox Family)

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* ''Ellen'' (as Fox Family)


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* ''Series/LastManStanding''
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[[/index]]
** It's also the only show they frequently run commercials before, after the preceding show has ended fully and run closing credits. They ''really'' seem to want their normal demographic to change over and watch ''Series/TheDailyShow'' (or anything else)...
** Sundays are usually filled with televangelists like Joel Osteen, Creflo Dollar, Joyce Meyer and others, but these don't receive as severe a warning as ''The 700 Club'' because they're normal paid programs.
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*** It's also the only show they frequently run commercials before, after the preceding show has ended fully and run closing credits. They ''really'' seem to want their normal demographic to change over and watch ''Series/TheDailyShow'' (or anything else)...
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Sundays are usually filled with televangelists like Joel Osteen, Creflo Dollar, Joyce Meyer and others, but these don't receive as severe a warning as ''The 700 Club'' because they're normal paid programs.
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