8 Old School Disney Channel Shows That Deserve a Reboot
Many of us grew up with TV shows on Disney Channel, planning our Friday nights around the premiere of every single new Disney Channel Original Movie. We laughed, we cried and we prayed that our secret twin sibling would show up out of nowhere, while simultaneously finding out that our mother was born a leprechaun.
The last few years have given all Disney Channel kids hope with the return of That’s So Raven and Boy Meets World via their respective spinoffs, Raven’s Home and Girl Meets World. (Adult Shawn Hunter, anyone?) If you love baby Sarah Jessica Parker and the Sanderson sisters as much as the rest of the world, you probably jumped for joy when a Hocus Pocus remake was announced. Oh, and who can forget the huge news that the Wildcats will return to East High in High School Musical 4?
Sure, all of these reboots are great, but so many more ‘90s and 2000s TV classics deserve a revival. Read on to take a trip down memory lane!
1. Lizzie McGuire
Hilary Duff has been busy since Lizzie McGuire went off the air in 2004. The former child star has a son, Luca, with her ex-husband, Mike Comrie, has a starring role on the show Younger and has even been working on new music. In 2014, the “Chasing the Sun” singer told the Huffington Post that she would be “totally open to” a cast reunion.
"I mean, so many people loved [Lizzie],” she said. “I loved her. Honestly, working on that show, I got so strong with my physical comedy and all the things that they would throw at me."
Who wouldn’t love to see Lizzie, Gordo and Miranda back in action? Let’s just hope that if a reboot does happen, Lizzie’s little brother, Matt, will have cooled it with his pranks and troublemaking a little bit.
2. Kim Possible
Kim Possible and her trusty sidekick/best friend, Ron Stoppable, were a staple in the lives of every kid in the 2000s. Seriously, what millennial doesn’t still use the phrase “call me, beep me, if you wanna reach me” on a regular basis?
Not only was Kim Possible a total badass while simultaneously defeating bad guys and navigating the mean hallways of high school, she was a feminist icon for young girls everywhere. While all the boys were busy looking for burritos (ahem, Rufus the naked mole rat), she was saving the world.
3. Even Stevens
Christy Carlson Romano played the uptight, overachieving older sister on Disney Channel’s Even Stevens, and now she’s a mom herself! The 33-year-old gave birth to her daughter, Isabella, on Christmas Eve 2016. Despite that, she exclusively told ET earlier this year that she would be “game” to do a reboot and reprise her character, Ren Stevens.
As for her co-star and little brother Louis on the show, Shia LaBeouf, Carlson Romano says she hasn’t spoken to him in years, but wishes him the best.
“There will always be that connection, having been so close as long as we were,” she said of LaBeouf. “I wonder if he would do [a reboot], because he’s so interesting with his creative choices.”
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4. Out of the Box
This show was the epitome of imagination and encouraged youngsters everywhere to step up their fort-building game. These kids built a clubhouse out of cardboard boxes and it turned into a giant playhouse! What’s cooler than that?
Out of the Box host Tony James has since worked with iconic musicians like Cyndi Lauper and Lenny Kravitz, and has made appearances on shows like The Tonight Show, Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood and Roseanne. Perhaps it’s time for a reboot starring James and all of his famous friends.
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5. Rolie Polie Olie
They just don’t make cartoons like this anymore! Rolie Polie Olie taught kids valuable lessons about friendship, family and being a good kid. Before he was Superbad, Michael Cera was the voice of Little Gizmo on this Playhouse Disney show. After the upcoming fifth season of Arrested Development wraps, maybe he’ll have time for a revival?
6. Phil of the Future
Sure, Phil Diffy returned to the year 2121 when Phil of the Future came to an end, but that doesn’t mean he couldn’t come back again! Aly Michalka, who played Phil’s BFF/love interest in the series, is back in the spotlight, having recently released a new song with her sister and singing partner, AJ.
"Raviv [Ullman, who played Phil] and I keep in touch; we're Instagram buddies,” Michalka told Elle in August. “Whenever I'm in New York or he's in L.A., we try to see each other and get lunch."
So what about a reunion?
"I mean, sure! I guess reunions are a big thing now,” she said. “I wouldn't be opposed to it. It's a funny idea. I have no idea what they'd do necessarily with the storyline, but yeah, sure.
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7. Good Luck Charlie
Good Luck Charlie has only been off the air for a few years -- the final episode aired in 2014 -- but fans are already ready for a reboot. The Duncan family is too funny, similar to that of The Middle, if the Heck family had a baby.
Bridgit Mendler, who played Teddy on the series, recently wrapped a guest role on CMT’s Nashville and Fox’s Thin Ice, so this may be the perfect time to revisit the Duncans.
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8. The Suite Life of Zack & Cody
Cole Sprouse has been busy on set of The CW’s Riverdale, which is currently in its second season. His twin brother, Dylan, just landed a role in an upcoming indie film, Carte Blanche. So, is there room in their busy schedules to return to the Suite Life after six years? Only time will tell.
As for the rest of the cast, Brenda Song is currently dating Home Alone alum Macaulay Culkin. The pair began dating in September, and were spotted on a romantic shopping trip in Paris around Thanksgiving.