“Sing to me, Paolo.”

Like many of us, I was pretty obsessed with Disney Channel and Nickelodeon shows and movies growing up. And while they were mostly lighthearted and funny, I kind of lived for the dramatic moments.

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Here are 21 times Disney Channel and Nick literally made me gasp on the couch:

1. When Miley told Jake she was Hannah on Hannah Montana:

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But like, did she need to do the whole wig/dress thing to reveal it?

2. When Chase’s “I love you” message for Zoey fell in the fountain and she never saw it on Zoey 101:


This was basically me in this moment.

3. When Isabella exposed Paolo’s lying ass in front of the world in The Lizzie McGuire Movie:


I C O N I C.

4. When Chase transferred to Zoey’s school in England and Zoey transferred back to PCA, just when we thought they were going to be together on Zoey 101:



5. When Mitchie’s lie was exposed in Camp Rock:

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Why was this so dramatic?? She just pretended like she was rich ’cause she knew Tess would bully her. Shane acted like she’d been like…idk, selling a story to the press about him or something, not lying about her mom’s job.

6. When Troy and Gabriella dramatically broke up and Gabriella quit in High School Musical 2:

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This is the song I would dramatically scream (both parts of) in the shower…okay, fine, I still do.

7. When Chad asked Sonny out on Sonny With a Chance:

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I started screaming at the TV and jumping up and down.

8. When Alex forgot who Alex was and then disappeared in the Wizards of Waverly Place Movie:

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One of the darkest Disney Channel moments, tbh.

9. When it seemed like Ren had killed Louis in the Even Stevens Movie:

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Never mind. THIS is the darkest Disney Channel moment. I literally thought she’d killed him.

10. When Freddie literally got hit by a bus on iCarly:


They didn’t show the actual scene and quickly jumped past it back to comedy, but still, this was super shocking to me.

11. When Chase’s grandmother died and Zoey went to comfort him in the rain on Zoey 101:


This was so dark and unexpected, especially on Chase’s BIRTHDAY.

12. When Zack thought the ghost had taken everyone and was coming for him next in The Suite Life of Zack and Cody:

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13. When an obsessed fan kidnapped Carly, Freddie, and Sam and then basically tried to kill Gibby on iCarly:


You take out the laugh track in this episode, and it’s absolutely harrowing.

14. When Sam literally checked herself into a psych ward because she liked Freddie on iCarly:


Can we talk about how problematic this storyline was?

15. And then they fought and Sam finally admitted her feelings for him AND THEY KISSED AGAIN:


You’re lying if you say you didn’t cheer.

16. When Patrick and Spongebob were literally dying and experiencing their last moments together in The Spongebob Squarepants Movie:

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Pretty damn dark.

17. When Kim found out Eric was a Syntho-Drone and then he electrocuted her in Kim Possible Movie: So The Drama:

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And then Ron FINALLY (sort of) admitted his feelings for her when she woke up!! Too much for my heart to take.

18. When Chase dug up the time capsule to see what Zoey said about him on Zoey 101:


I am still mad to this day that we didn’t hear what she said that episode, even though it was definitely the right thing to do to stop the video and he really should not have even dug it up in the first place. Side note: Everyone deserves a friend like Michael, who will dig up a time capsule to steal a video your crush made at 3 a.m., then help you come to the conclusion that it was the wrong thing to do.

19. When the blue spirit saved Aang and then was revealed to be Zuko on Avatar: The Last Airbender:


My face watching this… :O

20. When Miley revealed she was Hannah in Hannah Montana: The Movie:


I still don’t get how people knew Robbie Ray was both Hannah and Miley’s dad, and didn’t put two and two together before this.

21. And finally, when Kal revealed he’d tricked Marnie in Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge:


The biggest Disney betrayal until, “Oh, Anna. If only there was someone out there who loved you.”

What super dramatic Disney/Nick moment shocked you as a kid? Let us know in the comments!

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