Trivia: DCLAU

  • Adored by the Network: Current-season episodes (especially by latest airdate) will be aired until you've memorized them, while older episodes will air much less frequently. Similarly, they'll have mini-marathons of various currently-airing shows every day (compounding the previously described Adored Episode situation) while any concluded series that does not have On Deck or Wizards in the title is pretty much viewable only through DVD or Netflix purchase, and even so the former is aired only on late-night dead hours (unless it's Disney XD) and the latter is barely in a better position.
    • To put this into some perspective: Disney Channel made a promotion of a Gravity Falls marathon that aired Oct 20 2012 consisting of four episodes. The schedule for Oct 26 2012 listed six consecutive episodes of Good Luck Charlie - essentially an unannounced marathon that was an hour longer than the promoted Gravity Falls "marathon." And this doesn't count episodes of Good Luck Charlie that aired still later the same day, non-consecutively. The daily schedule on Disney Channel typically resembles something like this with various other shows.
    • And now, every Disney XD original series that is not a one of these, or a Marvel Universe show (one of which is already Screwed Over however) has been cancelled, much to the frustration to many animation fans who enjoyed the shows. Whereas Lab Rats, Kickin' It and Crash And Bernstein all remain on the air, with tons of promotion.
    • The "Disney Replay" throwback/nostalgia block alleviates this situation somewhat, mainly with pre-DCLAU shows like Even Stevens, Phil of the Future and Lizzie McGuire along with older DCLAU shows like That's So Raven, Cory in the House, Hannah Montana and Sonny With a Chance/So Random!! as well as older DCOMs. Too bad for nostalgia fans that the block starts at midnight on Thursday (the block used to be semi-formally called Throwback Thursday and thus barely fit the primary qualifying definition).
  • Executive Meddling: Most prominently and visibly, when all of the shows are mandated to have a common theme or plotline to promote said common theme (a "mystery weekend" where all of the shows have plots centered around solving a mystery or a "vacation getaway weekend" where all of the shows focus on the main characters getting away on a vacation). Don't be surprised if at least one of the shows puts a serious Lampshade Hanging on how ridiculous or out of place such a contrived plotline seems, if not a more blatant Take That (the Scooby-Doo ShoutOuts on "Whodunnit Up?" being a borderline example for the latter).
    • The various Crossovers being another example of Disney Channel Executive Meddling in practice.
    • So Random!! an example of an entire show being created/ReTooled half because of Executive Meddling (the other half due to the departure of Sonny with a Chance star Demi Lovato - really, the executives were just trying their best to salvage the situation)
    • The sudden Season 2 retool of I Didn't Do It is a more classic example of Executive Meddling, with the main cast remaining unchanged but the old production staff being thrown out in favor of the staff behind Good Luck Charlie.
  • Fleeting Demographic Rule: With few exceptions (most recently Good Luck Charlie as of this writing), every series has ended at about 65-75 episodes. Hannah Montana did come very close, though. More recent years indicate that 100 episodes may be the new benchmark.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: Unlike Nickelodeon, Disney has never released a full boxset DVD collection of any of its DCLAU series, including its most popular and seminal series like Hannah Montana, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody and Lizzie McGuire (However, there are boxsets for these shows but only outside North America). Some of the more recently completed series that still get big draws like Suite Life on Deck and Wizards of Waverly Place will be shown during the Graveyard Hours (and not the full run either - for example, any episodes that run past the standard 23-minute run time - including the extended finales - will simply be left out of the run altogether). DVD collections do exist, but they're typically just a handful of random episodes, about three to five tops to represent an entire 65 to 80 (or more) episode series. Other than that, just about the only way to see any older series is through YouTube or file sharing sites.
    • The older DCOMs (except for the mega-popular ones that practically define the network, such as High School Musical) might be shown during the Graveyard Hours even beyond what's mentioned above. Somewhat annoying considering that they tend to play newer DCOMs nearly to death during primetime hours.
    • Disney Channel's "Throwback Thursday" block (actually closer to "Throwback Wednesday" since it airs right at Midnight) has helped get some of the older series and DCOMs some exposure, two episodes or a single DCOM a week at a time.
      • "Throwback Thursday" (now more formally called "Disney Replay") has been extended to last during the entire Thursday Morning Graveyard timeslot run from midnight to when the Disney Junior block programming starts, but this means that nostalgia fans will have to either stay up all night or have their DVRs ready. Still its a massive improvement over the previous situation (which again was still a massive improvement over the situation previous to that, though it also means occasional weekday airings of older DCOMs are now concentrated to the Replay block). Disney Channel also hosting many if not most of the "Replay" episodes on their Watch Disney Channel app/stream feature (available for free to most basic cable package subscribers and on up) goes very far to finally alleviate the "Keep Circulating the Tapes" situation as well, though only for the series specifically designated for "Replay" and not for the DCOMs (though older DCOMs are occasionally available under the same app/stream from time to time under a dedicated DCOM area). Now if they can only do that for all the series and DCOMs!
      • As of November 2014 it looks like "Throwback Thursday"/"Disney Replay" (now referred to as both simultaneously) seems to be getting some serious cred with That's So Raven which got a primetime marathon on 11/6/14!
    • Some of the series are available in their entirety on Netflix, however (though paradoxically, some of the currently-running series including Austin & Ally will be perpetually stuck on Season 2 or earlier on Netflix, though this seems to be almost resolved now).
    • This has resulted in a somewhat bizarre Urban Legend about a tyrannical and Kamen Rider-obsessed near-Harry S. Plinkett-like figure handing out DCLAU (and Nickelodeon, and other similar shows from other networks) episodes on IRC channels in return for bizarre, almost personality cult-like behavior and production of internet drama - often said to be capable of producing these episodes on the day of airing or even in some cases before.
  • Marathon Running: The ultimate conclusion of Adored By The Network as described above.
  • Missing Episode: Hannah Montana has an entire episode that's essentially banned after people complained about its depiction of diabetes. It was replaced with a brand-new episode "Uptight, Oliver's Alright" that tackled the diabetes issue head-on.
    • JESSIE had the episode "Quitting Cold Koala" pulled from its original May 17, 2013 air date because people complained about its depiction of gluten allergies (the episode was made available as a special preview for certain TV subscribers through On Demand services). Instead of making a new episode tackling the issue head-on ala Hannah Montana the episode simply had the offending lines edited out (the entire gluten allergy issue was brought up for the sake of a one-scene joke) and aired the next month, June 5. JESSIE also had a previous episode, "The Whining", pulled from the rerun schedule very shortly after its premiere after a New York nanny killed her charges under circumstances similar to what was depicted in the episode.
    • One-hour specials and crossovers (which typically are an hour long or longer) have a limited shelf-life on the rerun schedule shortly after premiere because the rerun schedule has limited ability to accommodate anything longer than the standard 24-minute episode runtime. Episodes that run somewhere in between (like the Suite Life on Deck finale or the K.C. Undercover premiere, both of which have an extended 40-minute runtime) will be edited down to 30 minutes with the original length essentially being "lost." Likewise, holiday-themed episodes are very rarely found outside of their respective holidays. And most of the entire runs of series that have been out of production for years will go completely missing (see Keep Circulating the Tapes above).
  • Production Posse: Most of the shows in the DCLAU are produced by It's a Laugh Productions, which is why you keep seeing the same name for director or producer across multiple shows (let alone the recycling of familiar faces on-camera).
  • Screwed by the Network: I'm in the Band was abruptly canceled after one season, for unexplained reasons, all the while apparently being the highest-rated live action show on Disney XD.
  • The Wiki Rule: Truly without exception, all of the shows have comprehensive Wikia communities.
    • The DCLAU (and Disney Channel) itself has a Wiki, though it's infrequently updated and for the most part defers to the more narrowly-focused Wikis.