If you were a kid in the early 2000s, you probably miss those simpler times. You know, times of Britney Spears and Limited Too. I’m sure we all have similar memories of coming home from school wearing our light up sneakers and watching hours of Disney Channel. My personal favorites were Lizzie McGuire (obviously) and Even Stevens. But, recently, I was looking up old TV shows and came across ones that I had completely forgotten about. It was a very eye-opening experience, if I do say so myself.
We all remember the “classic” Disney shows like That’s So Raven, but do you remember the short-lived shows that were a little more obscure or even ~edgy~? In the late ’90s and early ’00s, Disney Channel experimented with a ton of different genres of shows. Some of them worked, and others didn’t. They only lasted for a season or two before they disappeared. But, even though they were only on for a short amount of time, we probably all watched them, since that’s what kids did back then (there was no internet! Just TV! Imagine!) I remember sitting on the couch and watching whatever the eff was on the TV. If you did the same, take a look at these Disney shows you probably watched but totally forgot existed.
In A HeartbeatI barely remember this show, but it did exist, according to Wikipedia. It followed a bunch of high school students who also worked as EMTs. It's pretty heavy for a Disney show, but it was based on real teens who also worked as EMTs, which is pretty cool. It aired from 2000-2001, and was never heard of again. You can watch the pilot here.
The JerseyThis show aired from 1999-2000 and featured -you guessed it - a magical jersey. A group of teens discovered a jersey that would transport them into the bodies of professional athletes. It even featured famous athletes as guest stars. They completely took the show off air in 2004, but you can still find the episodes on Youtube.
So WeirdI recently rediscovered this show and I am, how the kids say, shook. This show SERIOUSLY freaked my 8-year-old self. It was about a girl who ran a blog about her supernatural experiences like aliens and ghosts, which is pretty heavy for Disney IMO. Honestly, I'm sure that this show wasn't as scary as I think it was, but I remember being afraid to sleep at night since I was scared of getting abducted by aliens. If you want to relive these stories, you can watch almost every episode on Youtube.
Dave The BarbarianThis cartoon was about a barbarian who was a bit of a wimp but is put in charge of his family's kingdom after his parents go away. It aired from 2004-2005 and while I don't remember it being a huge hit, I remember that the episodes were actually pretty funny. They commonly broke the fourth wall AKA spoke to the audience and made a ton of meta-jokes, which might have gone over my 9-year-old head. You can watch all of the episodes on Youtube.
The Famous Jett JacksonYou might remember this show since it aired for three seasons, but then disappeared from Disney. It was a classic "show within a show" concept revolving around a boy who played a secret agent on TV who tries to lead a normal teen life when he's not filming his show (or being a famous celebrity). It was a Disney show, but it still focused on serious topics like race and family issues. You can find some of the episodes on Youtube.
Bug JuiceAnyone else remember this reality show about summer camp?! I was always so jealous because I never went to sleepaway camp. The show aired from 1998- 2001 and followed different groups at summer camp. It was a pretty basic concept, but it was before reality shows were huge, so it was definitely a pretty big deal at the time. You can watch the first season on Youtube.
The Buzz On MaggieThis was a more recent cartoon that never got super popular, even though it was praised by critics and even got nominated for a Daytime Emmy. It followed a teen fly named Maggie who desperately wants to be a rockstar, but is stuck in middle school with her nemesis Dawn. The show lasted from 2005-2006 which is pretty good if you consider that fact that a fly's average lifespan is 28 days. You can watch episodes on Youtube.
Have you seen any of these shows? Tell us in the comments!