* AudienceAlienatingPremise: The sitcoms had this very bad since the debut of ''Series/HannahMontana''. Several {{Family Unfriendly Aesop}}s, focus on stardom, having the protagonist always be a 16-year-old GirlyGirl and HormoneAddledTeenager, increasingly unrealistic settings, and trying to be relevant to ongoing teen cultures has pretty much driven away everyone who wasn't a female born between 1989 and 2001.
* BrokenBase: Before the channel's resurgence in 2017, the channel had all but abandoned cartoons (with ''WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse2013'' being the only animation series exclusive to the channel). Disney seemed to be under the impression only boys watch cartoons, as Disney Channel was less unisex than before and [=XD=] became their male aimed channel ([[PeripheryDemographic even if a large amount of XD viewers are female]]). Disney Channel called their animation block "Disney [=XD=] on Disney Channel" which only burned people more. Many fans were outraged that the channel, historically known for its great cartoons, was de-evolved into showing mostly live action sitcoms inferior to its cartoons, though few were fine with the cartoons on XD rather than splitting between both channels. Then again, all of this could be possible, because the sitcoms [[CashCowFranchise make the big bucks for the network]], and the cartoons would take up time slots [[AdoredByTheNetwork they'd rather waste on reruns]]. And then there's the abandonment of old programs, animation and sitcom alike, in favor of newer ones that [[FleetingDemographic relate to the current 16-year-old female crowd]] has caused the base to split. Either you hate that old shows were swept under the rug or you love the newer shows and see the first camp as nostalgia blind.
* CriticalDissonance: Many of the sitcoms and Disney Channel Original Movies attract thousands of fans in mostly teenage girls (and the occasional guy or two), but they're often panned by critics, [[ItsTheSameSoItSucks mainly for having the]] [[StrictlyFormula same plot between them]] (and a lot of films made after ''High School Musical'' tend to be sucky and forgettable {{Chick Flick}}s).
* DorkAge: The premiere of ''Hannah Montana'' in 2006, and its subsequent AdoredByTheNetwork and FollowTheLeader status, started a major dork age for the channel for the non-teen girl crowd, with further sitcoms abusing the LaughTrack, having more dull, hokey and mean-spirited humor, a more vapid focus on being famous, and with the lone exceptions of perhaps ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' and ''Series/GoodLuckCharlie'' practically no appeal to those outside of the teen-girl demographic, all while pushing animation out of the way. The debut of ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' in 2012 marked the end of the dork age for animation, while ''Series/AndiMack'' (and, for some, ''Series/StuckInTheMiddle'') ended it for sitcoms in 2017, with a sequel series to the much loved ''Series/ThatsSoRaven'' giving the future of the channel more promise. The [=DCOMs=] remain in a dork age, however.
* EarWorm:
** The "Wipe Your Paws" song featuring the ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'' shown during interstitial segments on Disney Junior. What?
** A ''lot'' of the channel's 90s shows had very well-written and catchy introductions, which was a staple of the era across nearly all cartoon-focused channels, especially those made outside the United States like ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}''[[note]]which now plays on Creator/DisneyXD[[/note]], ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'', and ''Anime/SailorMoon''. Some of the most notorious examples were ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'', ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'', ''WesternAnimation/ChipAndDaleRescueRangers'', ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'', ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}''....
** Let's just say, every ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' song.
** Occasionally, an IdolSinger that is being heavily promoted by Disney Channel will cover a classic song from the Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon, which are prone to be stuck in peoples' heads for years. Most of these songs (such as [=Jump5's=] SoBadItsGood cover of "Beauty and the Beast"), however, are bubblegum pop covers that play frequently on Radio/RadioDisney, and are panned by critics and older audiences.
* FleetingDemographic: A lot of sitcoms have a limit in seasons that are only extended if the show is either very popular or AdoredByTheNetwork, so as to keep creating new shows that are relevant to the current teen girl trends.
* FranchiseOriginalSin: You'd probably be shocked to learn that ''Series/LizzieMcGuire'' and ''Film/TheCheetahGirls'' were the real reason for Disney Channel's introduction to the GirlShowGhetto trope which the channel fully embraced when ''Series/HannahMontana'' and ''Film/HighSchoolMusical'' aired and brought it to NetworkDecay.
* GirlShowGhetto: Between 2006 and 2017, Disney Channel's target demographic had been girls between the ages of 10 - 16, and a lot of their shows starting with ''Series/HannahMontana'' were accused of this trope.
* HilariousInHindsight: One of the Zoogs has three eyes and is tied into online games. His name? [[{{Website/Twitch}} Twitch]].
* InternetBackdraft: Though it's not as big as the 2009 Nickelodeon logo change, the 2014 to present day Disney Channel logo caused a lot of salt, most of which come from people who say the new logo is too generic.
* {{Misblamed}}: Disney purists, fans of the older shows, and MoralGuardians point the blame at ''Series/HannahMontana'' and ''Film/HighSchoolMusical'' for Disney Channel's serve NetworkDecay from a family-oriented channel to a teen-girls only gossip club that overpromotes singers and encourages GroupieBrigade and high-pitched {{Squee}} towards them. ''Series/LizzieMcGuire'' and ''Film/TheCheetahGirls'' [[FranchiseOriginalSin actually started this]], but ''Lizzie'' was still a SliceOfLife series, and were tolerated by families.
* NetworkDecay: NetworkDecay/TotalAbandonment. Ever since [[Series/HannahMontana 20]][[Film/HighSchoolMusical 06]], and especially 2012, a lot of their older, better, sitcoms and cartoons ended, the channel seems dead set on only appealing to girls despite the two decades before being a good mix of males, females, and kids at the same time, with Disney XD being the defacto station for programming aimed at males, and Disney Junior for preschool programming. They've also almost completely exported all of their cartoons to either channel. With less of this programming on the main channel, a lot of shows have a lot of negative reactions if you're not a tween girl, with a noticeable lack in creative writing, no risks being taken, weak acting from a lot of the kids, occasional sexism, and other things despite admittedly good premises for most of them. This blandness has resulted in ''Series/GirlMeetsWorld'', a spin-off of its older ABC sitcom which used to rerun on this channel, being their best sitcom in years, despite that show suffering from a lot of the same problems that the others are, but at least it actually attempts to portray a lot of realistic situations, which is what made its parent series, ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'' so popular.
** It is to be pointed out that the release of ''High School Musical'' came three months after the release of ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'', and given that both franchises were popular with teen girls, they shifted their target audience to FollowTheLeader, especially after noticing that more girls were watching their channel than boys.
** Fortunately, Disney Channel is slowly RevisitingTheRoots by adding in more animation (including those based on the Disney Animated Canon), better reviewed sitcoms, a sequel series for ''Series/ThatsSoRaven'', and airing reruns of their more popular shows while cancelling the critically panned ones. It hasn't quite broken out of the GirlShowGhetto, but it looks to be heading that way.
* NeverLiveItDown: ''Series/HannahMontana'' and ''Film/HighSchoolMusical'' have pretty much tarnished the reputation of Disney Channel, as now people view it as a teenage-girls only channel, even in spite of the channel's resurgence as a family-channel in 2017.
* PeripheryHatedom: The channel's NetworkDecay has granted it a large hatedom among males, and females who were born before 1989 out of frustration for appealing exclusively to tween girls and not releasing their classics onto DVD or Netflix. According to Wiki/TheOtherWiki, the hatedom has even gone as far as to declare the channel InNameOnly.
* PopCultureIsolation: ''Series/{{Violetta}}'', an Argentine youth telenovela, has had sold out concerts and platinum albums not only in Latin America, but in many European countries as well. Outside of these regions, however, it's virtually unheard of (unless you count the South East Asian feed's airing).
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: It is hard to believe it today, but Disney Channel's NetworkDecay resulted in a ''boost'' of popularity from audiences outside 10 - 16 year old girls. The two AdoredByTheNetwork franchises were praised by critics, and were popular enough to have theatrical movies, and ''Hannah Montana'' actually had a DarkerAndEdgier final season. But as the years went on, other franchises (including a few non-Disney Channel franchises such as ''Series/{{Glee}}'') tried to copy their success through focus on stardom and having their own DCOM, which often had mixed results. Both ''Hannah Montana'' and ''High School Musical'' are now seen as examples of what went wrong with Disney Channel after 2006, losing the PeripheryDemographic they once had.
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: People say this about the channel ''a lot''.
* WereStillRelevantDammit: Post-NetworkDecay shows often try to mooch off what was popular with teen girls for their own use. For example, ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' had a plotline involving romance between the main characters, a vampire, and a werewolf, which was written, filmed, and aired during the popularity of ''Literature/{{Twilight}}''.
* WinBackTheCrowd: The premiere of ''Series/GoodLuckCharlie'' during the decay period won over many due to being far more low-concept than other Disney {{Kid Com}}s, while ''Gravity Falls'' pretty much ended Disney Channel's animation decay. In 2017, this trope began in full-force when the network ended poorly-reviewed series such as ''Liv and Maddie'' and ''Best Friends Whenever'', put more emphasis on their animation like ''WesternAnimation/TangledTheSeries'', and in particular debuting the DarkerAndEdgier and LaughTrack-free ''Series/AndiMack''. Adding reruns of ''Good Luck Charlie'' and ''The Suite Life of Zack and Cody'', (two better-received sitcoms) when people can actually see them helped a lot too.
** The news of a ''That's So Raven'' sequel series has also been getting positive reception as well.
** Zig-zagged, as reruns of both ''The Suite Life'' and ''Charlie'' have disappeared completely, but luckily, Disney Channel put the much beloved ''Series/LizzieMcGuire'', ''WesternAnimation/TheProudFamily'', and ''Series/ThatsSoRaven'' back on demand and on their app.
** Likewise with the new stuff. ''AndiMack'' was something of a feeler and its' ratings and critical success means there'll be more like it...eventually...but not before more HighConcept wackiness that was already in the pipeline makes it to air.
** On July 2nd, 2017, Disney Channel's animation block went defunct, but the network kept it's animated shows: ''Pat the Dog'', ''WesternAnimation/TangledTheSeries'', the Canadian-acquired ''WesternAnimation/HotelTransylvaniaTheSeries'', ''WesternAnimation/TheZhuZhus'' ''WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse2013'', ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsForcesOfDestiny'', and ''WesternAnimation/LegoStarWarsTheFreemakerAdventures'' as of recently,
** Recently, reruns of ''Series/DogWithABlog'' were pulled all together, to the relief of many. ''Series/AustinAndAlly'' and ''Series/GirlMeetsWorld'' air reruns at midnight only, while ''Series/LivAndMaddie'' airs reruns at awkward timeslots like at 10 PM and 5 AM. ''Series/BestFriendsWhenever'' and ''Series/GoodLuckCharlie'' air reruns at midnight on weekends only, indicating that if ratings continue to tank, Disney Channel will pull them completely, however ''Series/{{Jessie}}'' doesn't seem to be going anywhere anytime soon, as long as ''Series/BunkD'' is still around.