YMMV / Disney Channel

  • Broken Base: The channel has all but abandoned cartoons (with Mickey Mouse (2013) being the only animation series exclusive to the channel). Disney seems to be under the impression only boys watch cartoons, as Disney Channel is less unisex than before and XD is their male aimed channel (even if a large amount of XD viewers are female). Disney Channel calls their animation block "Disney XD on Disney Channel" which only burns 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 make the big bucks for the network, and the cartoons would take up time slots they'd rather waste on reruns. And then there's the abandonment of old programs, animation and sitcom alike, 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.
  • Critical Dissonance: 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, mainly for having the same plot between them (and a lot of films made after High School Musical tend to be sucky and forgettable Chick Flicks).
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  • Franchise Original Sin: You'd probably be shocked to learn that Lizzie McGuire was the real reason for Disney Channel's introduction to the Girl Show Ghetto trope which the channel fully embraced when Hannah Montana and High School Musical aired and brought it to Network Decay.
  • Girl Show Ghetto: Since 2006, Disney Channel's target demographic has been girls between the ages of 10 - 16, and a lot of their shows starting with Hannah Montana are accused of this trope.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: One of the Zoogs has three eyes and is tied into online games. His name? Twitch.
  • Misblamed: Disney purists, fans of the older shows, and Moral Guardians point the blame at Hannah Montana and High School Musical for Disney Channel's serve Network Decay from a family-oriented channel to a teen-girls only gossip club that overpromotes singers and encourages Groupie Brigade and high-pitched Squee! towards them. Lizzie McGuire actually started this, but was still a Slice of Life series, and was tolerated by families.
  • Internet Backdraft: 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.
  • Network Decay: Ever since 2006, 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 Girl Meets World, 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, Boy Meets World so popular.
  • Never Live It Down: Hannah Montana and High School Musical have pretty much tarnished the reputation of Disney Channel, as now people view it as a teenage-girls only channel.
  • Periphery Hatedom: The channel's Network Decay 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.
  • Pop-Culture Isolation: 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).
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: People say this about the channel a lot.
  • We're Still Relevant, Dammit!: Post-Network Decay shows often try to mooch off what was popular with teen girls for their own use. For example, Wizards of Waverly Place had a plotline involving romance between the main characters, a vampire, and a werewolf, which was written, filmed, and aired during the popularity of Twilight.
  • Win Back the Crowd: In 2017, Disney Channel ended some of their most panned sitcoms such as Liv and Maddie and Best Friends Whenever, and are putting more emphasis on their animation, such as Tangled: The Series. Not only that, Andi Mack, their newest Kid Com, has won over many males, and females born before 2001, due to having no laugh track, mature themes, and lacking the mean-spirited undertones that most Disney sitcoms today have. 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.
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