Disney sitcoms offer nostalgic lens

Many longtime fans of Disney have used the stay-at-home protocols to catch up on missed shows or reminisce with childhood favorites. Many iconic Disney sitcoms are beloved by viewers who remember growing up with them.

With limited options on how to procrastinate during quarantine, I often find myself turning to Disney+. Don’t get me wrong, I love Netflix and my regular shows, but I might as well use this time to delve into childhood memories and simpler times. So, Disney+ has become my go to for binging TV series. 

Let’s be honest, anything after 2010 is irrelevant. Disney sitcoms were at their prime when Gen Z was watching them. So, I’m going to review a few classic Disney sitcoms to binge during quarantine and maybe even bring back a forgotten memory. 

1. “Lizzie McGuire”

“Lizzie McGuire” is probably the most uncomfortable high school sitcom ever made. Half of the joy of watching the show is seeing the early 2000’s hair, make up and clothes. The woes of teenage love, frenemies, annoying family and trying to fit in are wholesome and so cringey you kind of like it. A big plus of “Lizzie McGuire” is that it led to “The Lizzie McGuire Movie,” which is undoubtedly a five star film. 

2. “Hannah Montana”

If you say you don’t know every word to “Best of Both Worlds,” you’re lying. “Hannah Montana” is a classic, but it’s overrated if you ask me. Every actor in this show is sub-par and the storyline is repetitive. There’s only so many times you can watch Miley worry about someone finding out she’s Hannah and care about it, ya know? The only reason I gave the show three stars is because of the soundtrack. We definitely got some jams from that show.

3. “Wizards of Waverly Place”

I think it might be the most relatable Disney sitcom, well besides the whole wizard thing. As someone who has annoying siblings, I can sympathize with wanting to cast spells on them, especially during this quarantine. Alex Russo, the main character, is sarcastic, funny and really carries the show. 

4. “Kim Possible”

Kim Possible is a badass. The show started in the early 2000’s and has a female crime-fighting main character who is a legend. “Kim Possible” is the most versatile show in terms of audiences; there’s comedy, love, high school life and, of course, crime fighting. “Kim Possible” also has a five star theme song and has given me a lot of sayings that I have continued to use for over 15 years; most notably “What’s the sitch?” 

5. “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody” / “The Suite Life on Deck”

“The Suite Life of Zack and Cody” and the spin-off, “The Suite Life on Deck,” are arguably the only shows that were able to successfully make a spin-off. You really get to watch Zack and Cody grow up in “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody” and get into all sorts of shenanigans. While growing up in a hotel and then on a cruise ship isn’t necessarily relatable, it’s quality entertainment. Their mom, Carey, is raising the boys as a single mother and adds great comedic flare to the show.