Growing up as a kid born in the 90s, there were so many ways to have fun and truly enjoy being a kid. Everyone cherishes the television as a kid, as the characters and shows are equally full of imagination and relatable content. Channels like Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, and Disney Channel were all you looked forward to as a kid coming home from school during the week or enjoying your cereal during the weekend morning shows.
With a huge variety of shows and a specifically designated time for each, anticipation for your favorite show to start would only grow stronger as the day (or night) went by. Then, suddenly, the previous show would cut to black and you would be greeted by your favorite shows popular theme song that you could never resist singing along to.
Revisiting some of my favorite Disney Channel shows from the early 2000s stirs up great nostalgia for me as I’m sure they will for you! Everyone has a show they hold close to their heart because of the pure joy it brought during those important childhood years, and I understand that given the great shows Disney Channel produced during the 2000s, its hard to narrow down the best five, but there always has to be some winners!
Honorable mentions include: the Suite Life of Zack and Cody, Hannah Montana, and Phil of the Future
Disney Channel Shows #5 – Kim Possible
Call me, beep me, if you want to reach me! Who can forget the iconic theme song at the beginning of each Kim Possible episode? Kim Possible was one of those shows that made you feel like you were strong and could do just about anything.
Average high school student by day and crime fighting butt-kicker by night, Kim Possible can’t complete a mission without her sidekick and best friend, Ron Stoppable and Rufus, his pet naked mole rat. Together the pair travel to different places and save people from dangerous situations all while trying to stop Dr. Drakken and his sidekick Shego from world domination. I could definitely go for a naco right now!
Disney Channel Shows #4 – Even Stevens
Though it only had three seasons, Even Stevens will always remain one of the most popular and loved Disney Channel series of the 2000s. The show centers around the everyday chaos of Stevens Family, particularly between brother Louis (Shia LeBouf) and sister Ren (Christy Carlson Romano).
Louis is the carefree and immature younger sibling of Ren, a perfectionist and goodie two shoes, and their contrasting personalities often lead to chaos and fights between the two. With iconic characters like Beans, the Stevens’ annoying kid neighbor, and moments like Rea sining about the moon landing, the show is full of fun and never has a dull moment.
By the way, Christy Carlson Romano has her own Youtube Channel where she cooks meals featured on the shows she’s acted in! Along with Ren, she also voiced Kim Possible and made the naco with Will Friedle who voiced Ron, the little girl in me just loved it!
#3 – The Proud Family
Little 8 year-old me couldn’t get over the catchy and smooth intro for the Proud Family sung by none other than the iconic Solange Knowles and Destiny’s Child! I mean, you know the show is amazing when some of the most talented artists sing the theme song!
The Proud Family was hilarious and fun, all while showing the great kinds of relationships families can have with one another, and the wonderful life lessons we can learn together. The show focused around Penny Proud, a strong-willed and respectful teenage girl who often times gets embarrassed by her loving, but overbearing family. Featuring guest appearances from Steve Harvey, Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey, and Samuel L. Jackson, the Proud Family will always tap into that feel good nostalgia your heart holds.
#2 – That’s So Raven
Who as a little kid didn’t want to have some kind of magic powers? In That’s So Raven, teenager Raven Baxter tries to live her normal life as someone who has psychic powers.
Her power to see into the future often gets her into sticky situations that she can’t get out of without the help of her close friends Chelsea and Eddie. With another catchy theme song and plenty of fun episodes, like the Halloween episode when Raven and Chelsea accidentally turned into cows or the home makeover episode when Raven got a spiffy new bedroom, you’ll always have a good episode to go to.
#1 – Lizzie McGuire
Between the great series and the iconic movie, Lizzie McGuire will always hold a place in my heart as one of the greatest Disney Channel shows of the 2000s. Part of what made the show so popular and so lovable in my heart was its ability to make every young person relate to the struggles Lizzie and her friends were going through.
In middle school, Lizzie aspires to be a cool, popular student along with her friends Miranda and Gordo. The show highlights the insecurities and everyday difficulties teenagers deal with along with the fun shenanigans along the way. Lizzie’s animated alter ego is another element that makes the show relatable, because all of us have a voice in our head that is unfiltered and unrefined at points, but nonetheless helps us get through life. Thanks for all your help, Lizzie!