The 10 Worst Disney Channel Original Movies of All Time

For every Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century, there's a Horse Sense.

I’m a sucker for a good Disney Channel Original Movie. The Luck of the Irish? Count me in. High School Musical? Yup. Pixel Perfect? *Cancels Friday night plans.* When DCOMs are good, they teach you about friendship, teen angst, and romance better than any John Green novel.

But when DCOMs are bad, they’re really effing bad. It doesn’t happen often, but saccharine-heavy plot points and one-dimensional characters do seep their way into DCOMs—very depressing. Specifically, these 10 movies represent the worst of the worst. What happened here, y’all?

  • 1 10. Read It and Weep (2006)
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    When Jamie (Kay Panabaker) accidentally submits her personal journal as a class assignment, it wins a writing contest and later becomes a bestselling book. Read It and Weep—which also stars Kay’s sister Danielle—is not terrible. It’s something much worse: forgettable.

  • 2 9. Twitches (2005)
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    Tamera and Tia Mowry have undeniable charm and camera presence, but Twitches feels like a Sister, Sister knockoff with magic. Plus, the title itself is a rare brand of annoying.

  • 3 8. Quints (2000)
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    Halloweentown living legend Kimberly J. Brown stars in this tepid movie about an unsatisfied only child whose mother gives birth to quintuplets. Kimberly’s witchy charm is wasted on annoying fourth-wall-breaking gaffes and ’80s-style cleaning montages. (However, the film makes excellent use of Britney Spears’ seminal classic “Soda Pop.”)

  • 4 7. Going to the Mat (2004)
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    The premise is touching: A blind student, Jason (Andrew Lawrence), moves to a new school and finds friends and surprising success on the wrestling team. The delivery, however, is a tad “after school special” for our taste.

  • 5 6. The Cheetah Girls: One World (2008)
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    The Cheetah Girls were never the same after Raven-Symoné left the picture, and One World is a prime example of holding on too long and ruining a good thing. They should have ended with “Strut like you mean it!” (“Strut” is a damn iconic song, y’all.)

  • 6 5. Cow Belles (2006)
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    Aly and AJ Michalka play spoiled rich girls forced to work in their father’s dairy factory after they accidentally cause a house fire. (Model daughters, to be honest.) Picture the 2006 film Material Girls on Starbucks and steroids. Is that something you want to see? Nope.

  • 7 4. Horse Sense (1999)
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    The only thing this quasi-equestrian flick has going for it is Inventor of Wet Dreams Joey Lawrence. Everything else in this spoiled-boy-goes-to-work tale is formulaic froth…sprinkled with horses.

  • 8 3. Up, Up, and Away (2000)
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    When the only kid without powers in a superhero family is called to save the world, shenanigans ensue. Unfortunately, those shenanigans are boring and dressed head to toe in awkward polyester. Next.

  • 9 2. You Wish! (2003)
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    Even Stevens trailblazer A.J. Trauth plays Alex, a tormented high schooler whose life turns upside down when he wishes his little brother Stevie (Spencer Breslin) never existed. It has a killer cast—including Lizzie McGuire goddess Lalaine—but something about You Wish! feels off. Perhaps it’s when Alex rejects sweet, fluffy pop-up waffles like a literal doofus. Eggos are precious, dude.

  • 10 1. Life Is Ruff (2005)
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    Kyle Massey (Cory in That’s So Raven) and Mitchel Musso (Oliver in Hannah Montana) are Disney gods, but even they couldn’t make this dog training flick work. When adorable puppies can’t save a project, you know there is a problem.