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Origins of Freeform date back to April 29, 1977, when the network launched as America's second basic cable and satellite television network, but with a much different name -- the CBN Satellite Network. The name changed to CBN Cable Network in September 1981, as it was designed to broadcast family-friendly entertainment programs.

As this tradition continued, the network changed its name again, this time to the CBN Family Channel on August 1, 1988, and then later to just the Family Channel on September 15, 1990.

Fox Family Channel (1998-2001)Edit

On August 15, 1998, the Family Channel was renamed the Fox Family Channel. During its three years, Fox Family Channel was partially owned by 20th Century Fox.

ABC Family (2001-2016)Edit

After Fox Family Worldwide was sold to the Walt Disney Company, the Fox Family Channel changed its name to the current ABC Family on November 10, 2001. The slogan "A new kind of family" debuted in August 2006.

Many family-oriented films aired on ABC Family, including the Harry Potter films and some of Disney's films.

Every once a year, there are two special programming blocks promoting Halloween and Christmas: 13 Nights of Halloween (October 19-31) and 25 Days of Christmas (December 1-25).

In early 2008, ABC Family HD launched, and in this network, all films and programs are presented in a 720p resolution.

In October 2015, it was announced that ABC Family will re-launch as Freeform, which occurred on January 12, 2016.

List of programs and moviesEdit

The Family ChannelEdit

  • Super Mario Bros. Super Show (September 15, 1991–August 26, 1994)
  • Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 (September 1991–August 26, 1994)
  • Super Mario World (September 1992–August 26, 1994)
  • Mario All Stars (September 1994–September 28, 1996)

Fox Family ChannelEdit

  • Shining Time Station (August 17, 1998–May 28, 1999)
  • Donkey Kong Country (1998-2000)
  • Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (August 23, 1998–April 23, 2001)

ABC FamilyEdit

  • Full House (September 2003–September 13, 2013)
  • The Cat in the Hat (1971) (December 21, 2006–December 17, 2012)
  • Dr. Seuss on the Loose (December 21, 2006–December 17, 2012)
  • The Incredibles (December 16, 2007–January 11, 2014)
  • The Lorax (December 20, 2007–December 17, 2012)
  • The Hoober-Bloob Highway (December 1, 2008)
  • Cars (December 3, 2008–February 22, 2014)
  • The Mask (October 24, 2009–July 27, 2013)
  • Ratatouille (December 19, 2009–May 3, 2014)
  • The Grinch Grinches the Cat in the Hat (December 22, 2009–December 9, 2013)
  • Toy Story (June 5, 2010–December 13, 2013)
  • Toy Story 2 (June 6, 2010–December 13, 2013)
  • Pontoffel Pock and His Magic Piano (December 14, 2010)
  • Finding Nemo (December 15, 2010–December 14, 2011)
  • WALL-E (December 17, 2010–November 20, 2013)
  • A Bug's Life (January 9, 2011–August 17, 2013)
  • Up (December 16, 2011–June 21, 2014)
  • The Princess and the Frog (May 26, 2012–November 21, 2013)
  • Home Alone (December 5, 2012–July 14, 2013)
  • The Lion King (March 30–April 28, 2013)
  • Grinch Night (October 27, 2013)
  • Winnie the Pooh (2011) (December 14, 2013)

FreeformEdit

  • Frozen (March 26, 2016–present)
  • Hook (March 14, 2004–present)
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (July 11, 2004–present)
  • Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (September 11, 2004–present)
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (June 19, 2005–present)
  • The Goonies (October 21, 2005–present)
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (December 3, 2006–present)
  • Matilda (February 3, 2007–present)
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (December 7, 2008–present)
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (March 21, 2010–present)
  • Monsters, Inc. (March 6, 2011–present)
  • Toy Story 3 (December 16, 2012–present)

GalleryEdit

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