Top 10 Discontinued TV Channels

Welcome! Today we'll talk all about Television networks and programming blocks. Every year, at least one channel or block gets discontinued for one reason or another. While some TV networks are cherished by older generations, these networks have a very low chance to return in the future for newer generations to experience. So come down with me in memory lane and well, we will talk about these!
The Top Ten
1 Toon Disney

Kicking off the list, we have Toon Disney. This network was sort of like the third pillar to Disney Channel and Playhouse Disney. Formed in 1998 with the rise of cartoon channels, Toon Disney and Boomerang were true 24-hour Saturday Morning cartoon blocks. Toon Disney even had an action block named Jetix. But in 2009, things changed. Toon Disney and Jetix merged to become the much more underwhelming Disney XD (yes, that's what it's called. Personally, Teen Disney would've made more sense). While XD had many exclusives for the first 10 years or so, they stopped altogether. The chances of Toon Disney returning are slim to none thanks to Disney+ and the fact that in many locations, Disney XD is closing down.

Disney XD? More like The Disney Killer! Not only did XD kill itself, but also two better networks!

2 The WB

Taking the silver spot on our list, we have one of the big boys. The WB was launched in 1995 as a "5th network". Yes, this network was meant to compete with ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox. Now, The WB had nearly everything everyone wanted: mystery, comedies, cartoons, and superhero shows. While UPN (we'll get to them later) mostly had niche audience programming. Not only that, but The WB managed to be the only OTA television network to actually utilize a network (aside from PBS Kids).

What made The WB's closure pretty sad is the fact that it merged with its own enemy to produce The CW. Now, don't get me wrong, The CW is an awesome network! But it got rid of most of the things that made The WB the way it was. They got rid of the mascot on day one, and cartoons in 2014. Nowadays, most of CW's programming is just cheap superhero shows. But it had a better fate than UPN though.

3 Noggin

Taking the third spot, we have Noggin. It was originally launched as a teen-oriented channel by CTW (now known as Sesame Workshop) as a joint venture with Nickelodeon. But then, it later became a preschool-oriented network with the launch of The N. It wasn't long before Noggin was later rebranded to the Nick Jr. channel.

Now, Nick Jr. isn't that bad (it's better than Disney XD), but they just stopped caring about the kids and only cared about the money with "social" shows in the likes of Shimmer and Shine as well as Baby Shark's Big Show (which is just Family Guy for little kids). Hopefully, Nick Jr. will have a better fate than Disney XD!

4 Qubo

In all respects, we have a network that has no replacements at all. Qubo launched in 2007 (around four months after The WB's closure) as a joint venture between Ion, NBC, Scholastic, and Nelvana. WildBrain, Splash Entertainment, HiT Entertainment, and 9 Story later joined. Qubo was pretty much like a fusion between Noggin and Toon Disney since it had content for both kids and teens.

But in 2021, following Ion's merger with The E.W. Scripps Company, they decided to close down Qubo to expand the viewership for their Katz channels. Some are somewhat decent (Laff and Bounce), while others are, well, you tell me. Though a Qubo look-alike still remains on the Ion network, that's simply not enough.

5 UPN

Next up, we have another one of the big boys. UPN was The WB's number one rival. While it wasn't as gimmicky as The WB, it still had its fair share of exclusive programming, such as a few niche audience shows (such as Everyone Hates Chris), sports (WWE), and Star Trek. Just Star Trek.

While UPN doesn't really have a true replacement, it merged with The WB to create The CW. But what made UPN's fate worse than The WB's is that most UPN stations didn't become The CW and became either independent, MyNetworkTV, or even Ion affiliates.

6 Escape

Now we have Escape. If you're wondering what Escape is, it's a true-crime network operated by Scripps (the same Scripps that closed down Qubo) from 2014-2019. Escape aired predominantly crime shows such as American Greed and CSI.

With the launch of Court TV (which surprisingly killed most Diginets) Escape was replaced by Court TV Mystery. It's like Scripps is killing off all of these somewhat successful networks in favor of Court TV. We seriously don't need another "crime" related network.

7 Fox Kids Fox Kids is a former American children's programming block and branding for a slate of international children's television channels.

Yet another channel I haven't experienced. Fox Kids started during the late '80s/early '90s and mainly competed with Kids' WB. But unlike Kids' WB, Fox Kids had a TV network, which remained AFTER the block's closure.

You see, during the year 2004, Fox Kids was sold to The Walt Disney Company and was rebranded to Jetix, and we know the fate that channel had. So unless the Fox Corporation revives Fox Kids as a Qubo-like channel, then the chances of Fox Kids returning are slim to none thanks to Disney XD and Disney+ (but mostly XD).

8 PAX Network

Okay, this is one network I'm not really familiar with, but Pax Network was launched in 1998 because of the amount of mature programming on the other major channels. If you thought The WB was gimmicky, The Pax channel itself was a gimmick. It mostly contained sitcoms and cartoons from DIC Entertainment.

But in 2005, Pax was rebranded to I (no really, if you thought Disney XD had a stupid name, this one's worse) and later to Ion in 2008. I'm really surprised to see Ion alive as the lineup they have is just the same program played 19 hours a day. Oh well. That fate is still better than UPN and Qubo though.

9 Playhouse Disney

So far, we've tackled three of the big boys, two channels victimized by Court TV, and Fox Kids. So, what's next? Well, Preschool: Disney edition! Playhouse Disney was formed around the same time as the Pax channel and Toon Disney. Playhouse Disney had a whole lot of mind-blowing preschool shows that have quite the fanbase. Bear in the Big Blue House, Madeline, Little Einsteins, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Rolie Polie Olie, PB&J Otter, and The Jungle Junction, to name a few. While most of these (aside from Madeline and Bear in the Big Blue House) are on or have been announced to be on Disney Plus, Playhouse Disney was replaced by Disney Junior in 2011.

Now, I haven't really watched Disney Junior myself that often, but from what I've seen, people don't really seem to like Disney Junior.

10 The Hub The Hub was an American digital cable and satellite television channel that targeted a family audience. Co-owned by Discovery, Inc. and Hasbro, the channel featured a mix of animated series, game shows, and reruns of classic family entertainment. The channel has since been rebranded as Discovery Family... read more

And finally, we have the channel that brought the Pony show you either love or despise to the ground. Now unlike its predecessor, Discovery Kids, which is still around, The Hub, on the other hand, isn't. Only lasting an extremely short four years, The Hub later got the ax and was replaced by Discovery Family.

Which is mostly a hub (no pun intended) for Netflix originals, or at least it seems. Though I've never really interacted with The Hub, it could've lasted as long as, per se, Toon Disney, or The WB, or even Escape!

The Contenders
11 Jetix Jetix, formerly Fox Kids in Europe, Latin America and North America, was a worldwide children's television programming brand owned by Jetix Europe, Jetix Latin America and ABC Cable Networks Group.
12 G4
13 Teletoon Retro Teletoon Retro was a Canadian English-language Category B specialty channel owned by Corus Entertainment.

I remember this channel. It was good. It shut down on September 1, 2015, and it sucks that it shut down.

14 Spike TV
15 ABC Family
16 Fox Family
17 PBS Kids Go!

A former programming block on PBS aimed at older kids and young teens.

18 Speed

How is this not already on the list? I loved watching Monster Jam on Speed when I was younger.

19 Hawkvision
20 Disney XD Japan
21 Mizlou Television Network

I'm so happy that THIS is on this list. It was once a place where college football bowl games were aired, including that epic 1980 Holiday Bowl as BYU had a miraculous win over SMU on the game's final play.
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22 Discovery Kids
23 Funimation Channel
24 4kids Entertainment
25 PBS Kids Sprout Universal Kids is an American digital cable and satellite television network that is owned by the NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Group subsidiary of NBCUniversal, itself a division of Comcast. The network broadcasts children's programming and takes the branding of the sister company, Universal Pictures... read more
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