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Both classic and new shows have a place here

Glenn Gaslin
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Since the Disney Channel's launch in 1983, the channel has added some incredible shows to its roster. It's also guilty of greenlighting some not-so-incredible titles. Here are the top 30 Disney shows, ranked from worst to best.

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In a world where YouTubers are a dime a dozen, this show about a pair of vlogging best friends feels like overkill.

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Also known as Junior Operatives Networking As Spies, JONAS comes in at No. 29. Though the Jo Bros are objectively talented and Disney faves, this spy musical comedy was a flop. Luckily it didn't seem to hurt their careers.

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Starring Zendaya and Bella Thorne as dancers who land on a successful TV show, Shake It Up should have been a smash. But audiences and critics alike felt like it was too similar to Hannah Montana to stand on its own.

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A.N.T. (Advanced Natural Talent) Farm follows a group of extremely gifted middle schoolers through their academic careers. Though the cast featured no mega stars, the show lasted three seasons.

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This Disneyfied teen version of the X-Files is a little too dark for the rest of Disney's lineup, but there's something undeniably awesome about watching Fiona and her pal Clu (played by Brink! star Erik Von Detten) tackle creepy alien mysteries.

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This Jessie spin-off takes three characters audiences already loved and puts them at Camp Kikiwaka for the summer. Though camp is totally fun, Jessie's character is sorely missed. Here's why ...

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A Texas girl decides to move to New York City with the dream of being an actress... and ends up working as a nanny to four bratty children. Debby Ryan's hilarity and charm totally make this a show worth watching.

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Described as a pint sized Entourage, Austin & Ally is another show on the list about teenage rock stars. Only this one has a twist: one star is outgoing and excited to be famous, while the other has stage fright. Though it started off feeling like a Hannah Montana clone, during its four season run, Austin & Ally grew into its own.

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Demi Lovato is a star in this comedy about... a comedy. Unfortunately, the show ended after two seasons, when Lovato checked into rehab.

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Breakout Disney starlet Zendaya shines in this current series about a teen genius and spy-in-training. The hot show was just renewed for a third season.

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Double the Dove Cameron? Yes please! Cameron stars as both Liv and Maddie in this heartwarming show about twin girls who struggle to readjust to their new family life.

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It's another show about twins, but these two (played by real life twins Dylan and Cole Sprouse) live out every child's greatest dream: to live in a hotel. With standout performances by the twins, as well as Brenda Strong and Ashley Tisdale, it's no wonder it spun off into another successful series: Suite Life On Deck.

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Bridgit Mendler stars as Charlie, a teenager who constantly records a video diary as she adjusts to the birth of her family's fourth and fifth children. With teenage and family drama, this show has something for everyone.

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Created in 2001 originally for Nickelodeon, The Proud Family was the first animated Disney Channel original series. Featuring the voices of Kyla Pratt and Orlando Brown, the show chronicles the daily life of a typical family living in California.

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Phil of the Future was Disney's attempt at a sci-fi sitcom. The fact that no one seems to care that Phil and his family are from the future is just one of the great things about this series. Stars Raviv Ullman and Aly Michalka being so gosh darn adorable doesn't hurt either.

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Britney Spears. Justin Timberlake. Christina Aguilera. Ryan Gosling. All in one place. Take a look at The All New Mickey Mouse Club from 1989, the star-making series which aired for seven magical seasons.

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This animated musical spans four seasons, airing over five years on two networks, making it the longest-running Disney Channel original series. Watching the adventures of the titular stepbrothers as they try to fill up their summer vacation is a good time.

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Based on the Monday Night Football Club books, this show transported regular teens into the bodies of their favorite athletes via a magical jersey. As silly as it sounds, it was super fun to watch famous athletes like Tony Hawke and Peyton Manning guest star.

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This show starred Lee Thompson Young, who had a successful acting career as a teen but sadly committed suicide in 2013. Despite the overall fun of the show, it often dealt with hard hitting issues like bulimia, censorship and racism.

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This Disney drama stars Ben Foster and Jewel Staite as best friends and neighbors navigating the exciting adventures of the eighth grade. Though it only ran for a single season, it holds a special place in our hearts as the first show to boast the label Disney Channel Original Series.

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Hannah Montana is arguably the most successful of the Disney Channel originals. Not only did last four seasons, but it spawned four albums, two movies, a world tour, and launched the career of Miley Cyrus.

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Kim Possible, voiced by Christy Carlson Romano, is the cartoon equivalent of Buffy the Vampire Slayer - a teenage girl who is constantly saving the world, while still dealing with her high school issues on a regular basis. With four seasons and two movies to its name, there's a lot to love about this series.

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Though it's a spin-off of the '90s ABC series Boy Meets World, Girl Meets World has given Disney viewers everything audiences loved about its parent show. It expertly tackles love triangles, cyberbullying, best friends growing apart, and all the other tricky topics of what it's like to grow up as a teenage girl.

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Megastar Selena Gomez plays a teenage witch in this fantasy sitcom about a family of witches living in Manhattan. Not only is Gomez incredibly charming in the role, but the show's successful run spun off into an Emmy-nominated Disney Channel original movie, and its finale boasted 10 million viewers: the most watched series finale in Disney history.

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Turns out that summer camp is the perfect place for a reality show geared towards pre-teens. Disney's attempt at jumping into reality TV was a smashing success, and audiences fell in love with three seasons worth of campers at Camp Waziyatah.

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This show brought the popular medical show genre to teens by following a group of young EMTs. The cast is made up of stars like Shawn Ashmore and Lauren Collins and, though it only lasted a single season, the actors' chemistry as well as the heart-pounding drama made a career in medicine look super cool.

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This might be Disney's best show you've never heard of. The animated series, based on a short film about twins sent to a mysterious town for their summer vacation, is Disney's most critically acclaimed. It won two Primetime Emmys and was nominated for a Peabody Award.

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This supernatural sitcom starring Raven-Symone tells the story of a psychic teenager who helps her family and friends based on her visions. After its four-season run, the show spun off into another original series. Bonus: Yet another spin-off, starring Raven as a single mother with two psychic kids, was just announced.

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The show that introduced the world to Shia LaBeouf comes in at No. 2. LaBeouf plays Louis Stevens, an underachieving middle schooler who struggles to get along with his type-A sister, played by Christy Carlson Romano. The show ran for three seasons, featured an incredibly memorable musical episode, and had a two-hour Disney Channel Original Movie finale.

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No. 1 belongs to the Hilary Duff-led Lizzie McGuire. The show was both a ratings success and critically-acclaimed, earning two Emmy nominations, a WGA award, and a BAFTA, and is the only Disney series to have a theatrical movie spin-off. Lizzie was relatable in her everyday middle school dramas. Plus, it guest stars Aaron Carter, who famously became Duff's boyfriend.