“Hi, I’m Raven Symone from That’s So Raven and you’re watching Disney Channel.”
From Raven Symone to Hilary Duff to even Zac Efron, our favorite tween actors often repeated this simple line while drawing Mickey Mouse ears on the left hand corner of the screen with a glowing stick. Pretty impressive for a Disney star.
Unfortunately for any NYU student who dorms, this sparkly, green-screened image may be hard to find today. Why? Because while Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, TLC, and even OWN are on the university’s TV guide, one station is missing: The Disney Channel. So forget Halloweentown or Mom’s Got a Date with a Vampire or any seasonal programming for that matter; without Disney Channel our prepubescent years cease to exist.
If you believe Disney is irrelevant to you now, think again. Sure, the network’s current schedule is filled with overacting and fake laugh tracks, but there is always the slight chance a classic movie will take the screen, especially during the holidays. Need I say Luck of the Irish? This week, for example, 2002’s The Scream Team will be playing at midnight on Thursday, and on Saturday the 1999 space film Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century will air at 2:30 AM, the perfect hour for a drunk viewing. For those who like Selena Gomez, Wizards of Waverly Place still airs, in addition to the successful cartoon, Phineas and Ferb. Both shows remain widespread hits that you’re not following. So sad.
The newer programs are cheesy, but in an entertaining fashion. Their jokes are ludicrous and the parents are nowhere near as realistic as the McGuires. Kids wear clothes fit for dolls and all the plots are based around famous singers living a double life. The show titled Dog with a Blog, speaks for itself. Even so, this generation of melodramatic TV maintains a light and witty humor worth the time to make fun of. Of course, you wouldn’t invest yourself in the story lines like American Horror Story fans. But sometimes you just need to laugh at the absurdity to forget the stress of college life.
The biggest disappoint in the exclusion of Disney Channel is missing Girl Meets World, the reboot of Boy Meets World premiering in early 2014. Corey Matthews and Topanga are finally grown up and married with two kids! Mr. Feeney is somehow alive too! Crazy, right? Are you totally going to watch the pilot? Oh too bad, you can’t. Being deprived of cultural phenomenons like this is just one step in the wrong direction for NYU. We deserve better.
Disney Channel is more than child stars bound for twerking futures. Just because NYU is cool enough to enroll some of the actors like the Sprouse twins, doesn’t mean we should be stripped of our nostalgic viewing rights! College students need a little Mickey Mouse every now and then. So let’s take a stand and get back the channel we love to hate.