[[caption-width-right:350:[[{{Headscratchers}} Strange how]] Pat Robertson hasn't yet complained about this "new kind of family"...]]

ABC Family is a cable channel owned by [[{{Disney}} The Walt Disney Company]]. It started in 1977 as CBN Cable ("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 ''{{Gunsmoke}}'', ''{{The Big Valley}}'' and ''Series/{{Bonanza}}''. In the early 90's, the network started original programming such as ''Big Brother Jake'' (think ''Series/CharlesInCharge'', minus the hijinks of teenage hormones), and the television version of ''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 [[GameShow Game Shows]] found on cable at that time.

The Family Channel, which was by this point co-owned with the library of MTM Enterprises, was bought by {{Fox}} in 1997, and renamed Fox Family Channel the next year. The channel, along with FoxKids, was sold to Disney in 2001 because Fox had no idea what to do with a network devoted to families 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]], 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''.

Disney planned to revamp the channel into a young-adult-aimed channel named "XYZ"; a stipulation in their contracts with the cable companies that "Family" remain in the name forever put the brakes on this. The network also has to give up a full day of programming in late January so Robertson can air his annual {{Telethon}}, but these days the only thing that's lost is the usual Sunday movie marathon.

The channel eventually [[LoopholeAbuse abused a loophole]] and remained ABC Family, but changed their slogan to "A new kind of family", pretty much saying that they may have to keep the name, but [[ScrewedByTheNetwork that won't stop them from turning it into a not-so-family-friendly channel]]. 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 DisneyChannel... or the channel itself being "Teen Disney", the channel's answer to 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.
!! Original shows airing or about to air on this channel:

* ''Series/TheFosters''
* ''Series/MelissaAndJoey''
* ''Series/BabyDaddy''
* ''Series/PrettyLittleLiars''
* ''Series/{{Ravenswood}}''
* ''Series/SwitchedAtBirth''
* ''Series/{{Twisted}}''
* ''Series/YoungAndHungry''
!! Past Shows:
* ''Series/{{Bunheads}}''
* ''TenThingsIHateAboutYou''
* ''Series/TheLyingGame''
* ''MakeItOrBreakIt''
* ''Series/{{Greek}}''
* ''HigherGround'' (as Fox Family)
* ''Literature/{{Huge}}''
* ''Series/JaneByDesign''
* ''Series/KyleXY''
* ''Series/TheMiddleman''
* ''Series/TheNineLivesOfChloeKing''
* ''Series/TheSecretLifeOfTheAmericanTeenager''
* ''Series/StateOfGrace'' (as Fox Family)
* ''[[ThomasTheTankEngine Storytime with Thomas]]''-A ThreeShorts program from the Fox Family era featuring Thomas and Friends as the A segment, Magic Adventures of Mumfie as the B segment, and musical interludes.
* ''Series/{{Wildfire}}''
!!Syndicated shows:
* ''Series/The700Club'' ([[TheArtifact ABC Family is contractually required to air it]], and it clearly isn't happy about having to do so; it [[ScrewedByTheNetwork buries the show at 11 PM]] [[note]]This has an upside though, as putting ''700'' in competition to local newscasts gives the ''CBN News'' segments potential credibility as a competing news provider[[/note]] and puts a disclaimer in front of it to warn people.)
** If you're watching the channel at any time ''The 700 Club'' is airing, you would have no idea you're watching ABC Family as the network removes all branding from the channel during that hour. You might as well call this time "CBN on ABC Family", like Nick's Creator/NickAtNite. CBN {{telethon}}s also air on the channel.
** 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'' because they're normal paid programs.
* ''AmericasFunniestHomeVideos''
* ''AngelaAnaconda'' (from the Fox Family days, series only)
* ''Series/BigWolfOnCampus'' (during the Fox Family days, from Canada)
* ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Braceface}}'' (From Canada, later did a ChannelHop to DisneyChannel)
* ''The All New CaptainKangaroo'' (from the Fox Family days)
* ''{{Digimon}}'' (from the Fox Family days)
* ''{{The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air}}''
* ''FullHouse''
* ''GilmoreGirls''
* ''GroundedForLife''
* ''WesternAnimation/MagicAdventuresOfMumfie'' (from the Fox Family days)
* ''Series/TheMiddle''
* ''MyWifeAndKids''
* ''[[Series/TheAddamsFamily The New Addams Family]]'' (from the Fox Family days, from Canada)
* ''SClub7'' (from the Fox Family days)
* ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch''
* ''ShiningTimeStation'' (from the Fox Family days)
* ''Series/That70sShow''
* ''TwoOfAKind'' (during the Fox Family era)
* ''Walter Melon'' (from the Fox Family days, ''very'' loosely adapted from ''ComicBook/AchilleTalon'')
* ''WhatILikeAboutYou''
* ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway''
* ''Xuxa'' (in Fox Family era, Brazilian)
!! Film Broadcast Rights:
* Film/HarryPotter series
** AdoredByTheNetwork, which will air ''Harry Potter'' marathons for the slightest excuse. Pat Robertson and ''The 700 Club'' are among the MoralGuardians who believe ''Harry Potter'' teaches witchcraft, so this is an instance of {{Irony}}. Prior to the end of the ''Potter'' film series, the ABC Family marathons were notable for airing "sneak peeks", consisting of footage and interview clips relating to whichever installment was about to hit theaters, during commercial breaks. Today, these sneak peeks can be easily found on Website/YouTube. ABC Family typically airs extended cuts of the films with {{Deleted Scene}}s added back in.
* Film/{{Twilight}} series
** AdoredByTheNetwork also; same reasons as ''Harry Potter''.
* Film/ThePrincessDiaries
* Disney/{{Aladdin}}
* Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast
* Disney/TheLionKing
* Disney/{{Hercules}}
* Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog
* BringItOn
* Film/{{Holes}}
* Film/PrettyWoman
* Film/TheGoonies
* Film/ALeagueOfTheirOwn
* Film/TheSandlot
* Film/ForrestGump
* Theatre/{{Annie}} (1982, 1999) The former was acquired during the Family Channel era, when they reran ''Series/TheCarolBurnettShow''. The latter is a Disney property.
* Film/TheParentTrap (1998)
* Film/FreakyFriday2003
* Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory
* Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory
* Film/RaceToWitchMountain
* Film/ChittyChittyBangBang
* Film/MaryPoppins
* Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic
* Film/PracticalMagic
* Film/MeanGirls
* WhatAGirlWants
* Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs
* The Creator/{{Pixar}} filmography
** The ''WesternAnimation/PixarShorts'', the ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' films, and ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'' are also AdoredByTheNetwork.
* Disney/LadyAndTheTramp
* Film/{{Matilda}}
* Film/RememberTheTitans
* Film/TheBlindSide
* Film/TheNotebook
* WesternAnimation/DespicableMe
* Film/{{Titanic}}
* Film/CheaperByTheDozen
* Film/{{Hook}}
!! Special events
* ''13 Nights of Halloween'': A yearly carry-over from the Fox Family days, playing specials and movies devoted to light horror (and ''Harry Potter'').
* ''25 Days of Christmas'': Another yearly tradition since the Fox Family era. Initially playing all-Christmas programming, Disney subsequently phased out some of said specials and has since devoted a lot of airtime to in-house/Pixar animated films, and since almost all of the ''Harry Potter'' films have at least one Christmas scene, [[Main/LoopholeAbuse ABC Family has a legitimate excuse to air them.]]
!! Actors/Actresses that show up on the channel:
* Creator/ShaileneWoodley
* Creator/IndiaEisley
* Creator/FranciaRaisa
* Daren Kagasoff
* Megan Park
* Lucy Hale
* Shay Mitchell
* Josie Loren
* Skyler Samuels
* Katie Leclerc
* Vanessa Marano

''A new kind of family.''