My Thoughts On The 65 Show Rule | By: Mariel Ferry
I have been in love with Disney ever since I was a little girl. There is always something for people of all ages. Even though I am not part of the target demographic, I still watch and keep up with the Disney Channel shows and stars then and now. However, even though Disney comes up with some very creative content, there is one personal bone I want to pick with Disney.
Disney Channel comes up with some very creative content, but their 65 episodes rule needs to go! What are the 65 episodes rule you might wonder? It is a controversial rule in the Disney television books stating that no show can go beyond 65 episodes or 2 or 3 seasons. This started in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. This is why Disney goes through TV shows like women go through shoes. I and a bunch of other Disney fans don’t particularly like this because doing this creates a bunch of problems. For example, Disney could be in the middle of a season of Liv and Maddie, start a really good season plot, reach the climax of a plot between the characters, and quickly tie a little bow on a resolution because that is episode 64 and 65 and they can’t exceed that. This makes viewers so mad because they were so invested in what was going to happen and Disney didn’t follow through. This leaves Disney wondering why they always lose their viewers.
Girl Meets World, a spinoff of the 7-season 90’s show Boy Meets World, captured the hearts and investment of people in America young and old. People loved it. Corey Matthews, played by Ben Savage, was now the new Mr. Feeny, teaching life lessons to his class every day which would basically be the focal point of each episode. He would always tell them to do good in the world and make the world a better place. The new friends’ group in series was Cory and Topanga’s daughter Riley Matthews (representing Cory), Maya Hart (representing Shawn Hunter), Farkle Minkus (representing Stewart Minkus), and Lucas Friar (as Topanga). This show pushed the envelope on topics like romance, bullying, not being a bystander, parent/child relationship issues, finding yourself and your identity and being ok with who you are and much more.
There was a topic in each show that everyone of all ages could relate to in an engaging yet self- reflective way. Then came the 65-episode rule to ruin everything. Disney promised there were going to be talks of a season 4 as the show only lasted 3 seasons, but Disney went back on their word and tied a pretty little bow on the entire series. The only reason that Boy Meets World ever lasted 7 seasons was that after they were done with their content, ABC bought the show to continue it. Viewers pleaded with Disney to keep the show on. They put online petitions together, wrote letters, and even asked Netflix or another channel to keep the show alive. They explained there was so much more content that was still to come in season 4 so why leave us all upset and cancel the show in the middle of investing everyone in a juicy plot line. Everyone wanted to at least know the ending, but season 4 never happened.
If I were Disney I would come to a consensus that this is how you lose your viewers. Not a lot of people watch Disney anymore because either they take a really long hiatus with their content or they constantly turn it over. Nobody knows Stuck in The Middle from Bunk’d anymore because shows are always changing. They never let viewers fully get drawn into a show anymore. Like I said Disney has such creative content but they need to handle how they deal with it a lot better.