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The best Disney Channel shows to add to your watch list

Here are the best Disney Channel shows to add to your watch list: classics like Lizzie McGuire and newbies like Bunk'd!

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Danielle Valente
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What are the best Disney Channel shows, you ask? There's definitely room for debate, but we guarantee all of the series on our list are nothing short of delightful. 

Opt for fun cartoons for kids like Doc McStuffins or throwbacks like Phil of the Future (the 22nd-century man). You can even catch odes to your favorite Disney princess movies thanks to a new favorite, Princess Sophia. Naturally, Options and adventure abound! 

Of course, we can't forget the sensation that is Lizzie McGuire! When Disney+ makes its debut later this year, millennials (uh, we mean kids) can watch Hilary Duff reprise her iconic role. Needless to say, we're ready. 

When you've finished watching a few episodes of your favorite Disney Channel shows, head to theaters can check out some of the best kids' movies 2019 has on its list! 

Best Disney Channel shows

Experience the turbulence associated with middle school— heartbreak, mean girls, drama—alongside 13-year-old Lizzie (Hilary Duff) and her buds Miranda and Gordo. Nothing screams adolescence quite like this Disney throwback. Plus, who doesn't love when Lizzie's illustrated doppelgänger shells out her opinions? To kick the nostalgia factor into high gear, Disney revealed that Duff will reprise her role in the Lizzie McGuire reboot, which is to air on Disney+ this year. Rejoice, millennials! 

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Miley Stewart is a typical tween by day. At night, she's pop sensation Hannah Montana who sells out arena shows and drives youngsters bonkers with her catchy tunes. However, her musical alter ego is something she keeps hidden from everyone. What will happen when both of her worlds collide? 

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Recess (1997–2006)
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7. Recess (1997–2006)

Recess is the throwback of every '90's kid's dream, a cartoon that can't help but make fans reminisce about their childhood. In the show, six friends at Third Street School team up to face the bullies on the playground, and you better believe this group of buddies is nothing short of epic. 

Phil of the Future (2004–2006)
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8. Phil of the Future (2004–2006)

Fitting in when you're a teen is never easy. Imagine trying to do so when you're from a different century! That's exactly what it's like for Phil. When he and his fam set off for vacation in 2121, they end up back in time in 2004. Will this brood be able to adjust a 117-year difference? 

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Dottie plans to follow in her mother's footsteps by becoming a doctor when she grows up. In the meantime, the ambitious kiddo decides to start practicing for her career in medicine as soon as possible. What's the sense of waiting? She tries out her techniques on her stuffed animals, who just so happen to come to life when she takes out her stethoscope. Expect some tips for healthy habits along the way! 
 
 
 

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Even Stevens (2000–2003)
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11. Even Stevens (2000–2003)

Shia LaBeouf rose to fame when Even Stevens aired in 2000. The family comedy follows middle schooler, Louis, who can't quite find a place where he belongs—even at home. He constantly goes head-to-head with his pompous big sis, Ren, the seemingly perfect sibling. 

"What's the stitch," you ask? It's that Kim Possible dominated our TV screens with her crime-fighting, butt-kicking adventures! As if high school weren't enough to tackle, the teen is also tasked with saving the world from evil masterminds! Somehow, she manages to conquer her missions as easily as cheerleading moves. 

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Now these step brothers have room for activities! Whether it's creating a DIY beach in the backyard or constructing a roller coaster, Phineas and Ferb always have a plan. Plus, their sidekick, Perry the Platypus, is on hand to provide a dose of adorableness...when he's not fighting crime, of course. Fingers crossed their big sis doesn't rat them out! 

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The Replacements (2006–2009)
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16. The Replacements (2006–2009)

Riley and Todd are two siblings who think they have things figured out. The orphans answer an ad that results in a new family—a secret-agent mother and thrill-seeking pop. The siblings find out that they're able to replace adults, but that's not exactly as seamless as it sounds. 

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Fish Hooks (2010–2014)
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19. Fish Hooks (2010–2014)

School is tedious enough, but Fish Hooks adds another element to the coming-of-age theme: Class takes place in a pet store and an aquarium! Get ready for pop quizzes, cliques, crushes and, you know, the occasional lobster infestation. 

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Jessie (2011–2015)
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23. Jessie (2011–2015)

They say everything's bigger in Texas, but Southern belle Jessie is certainly in store for plenty of outrageous scenarios when she leaves her hometown for a nanny job in NYC. 

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Brandy & Mr. Whiskers (2004–2006)
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25. Brandy & Mr. Whiskers (2004–2006)

A rabbit and pup—both of whom hail from different worlds—find themselves lost in the rain forest and struggling to cope with their new environment. But it's nothing a bit of signing and a fun adventure can't fix! 

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