It might have been nearly four years ago when we learned the news, but it’s still a sad memory in all of our hearts: the day Disney Channel announced that Good Luck Charlie was ending. Fans are still reeling with unanswered questions and want to know the truth: Why did Good Luck Charlie end?
From 2010 to 2014, we watched as Teddy — played by Bridgit Mendler — produced video diaries addressed to her toddler-aged sister Charlie — played by Mia Talerico — and chaos ensued in the Duncan household thanks to Teddy’s brothers Gabe (Bradley Steven Perry) and PJ (Jason Dolley). The series is to thank for the launch of Bridgit’s singing career, the 2011 movie Good Luck Charlie, It’s Christmas — which was the most-watched live-action cable movie of the year — and accomplished some major TV feats, like introducing the first-ever lesbian couple on Disney.
But then, in 2014, Deadline announced Season 4 would be the end of the series. To this day, fans want to know: What happened to cause Disney to give GLC, such a successful project, the axe?
“On behalf of everyone at Disney Channel, it’s been our great pleasure to work with the extraordinary producers Phil Baker, Drew Vaupen and Dan Staley and the writers and crew of Good Luck Charlie,” the cancellation statement read. “We could not have dreamt of a better cast than Bridgit Mendler, Jason Dolley, Leigh-Allyn Baker, Bradley Steven Perry, Mia Talerico and Eric Allan Kramer (and even little Logan Moreau as Baby Toby!) and the many guest stars who make the series so special.”
The Duncan family. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
So then why cut the show? The truth, unfortunately, lies in Disney Channel’s 65-episode rule. Originally, the network had a rule set in place that after a show reached the benchmark of its 65th episode — no matter how strong and active its fanbase — it would come to an end. This happened to series like Lizzie McGuire and Even Stevens, fan favorites.
So what’s the logic behind the original 65-episode rule? It actually has a lot to do with the programming schedule. If a series has 65 episodes, one episode can air per week, the 65th of which would be shown on the 13th week. Four 65-episode shows can air from January to December based on that programming rationale. But a change of heart (and not to mention, the avid fan bases behind the shows) led to a modification in the way Disney looked at programming.
The rule officially ended — or rather, was amended — in 2004 thanks to the wild popularity of That’s So Raven. Disney Channel ordered a total of 100 episodes for the Raven-Symonè-led series. And then the rule officially changed to the 100-episode rule. Other series that ended after 100 episodes include Wizards of Waverly Place, Suite Life of Zack and Cody, Hannah Montana, and more.
But the cancellation isn’t stopping some fans — and actually, some former cast members, too! — from hoping for a reboot. Leigh-Allyn Baker, who played mom Amy Duncan on the show, recently called upon Netflix to consider a “2.0” version of Good Luck Charlie.
“I kind of need to laugh given the stress of the world these days,” she wrote on Instagram. “How cool would it be to revamp the Duncans on a channel like @netflix ? If Full House can get fuller, why couldn’t Good Luck Charlie get some more good luck?” The sentiment came in the caption of a picture of the cast in a silver frame.
Leigh-Allyn Baker isn’t the only one in support of a reboot. At the time of the Instagram post and subsequent tweet, both Bradley Steven Perry and Jason Dolley retweeted Leigh-Allyn’s remake sentiment. “Need a good laugh during these trying times?” the tweet read. “Revive #GoodLuckCharlie @Netflix? How many would watch? #justcurious #Duncan2.0 #whynot.”
And last but not least the Duncan family’s smallest member — well, that is, until little Toby arrived — got in on the fun and uploaded an Instagram post, asking Netflix to consider a remake. “Who wants the Duncan Family back? @netflix how about making more memories with Good Luck Charlie?” Mia Talerico wrote on IG.
We’re not sure where this is going to go, but it doesn’t feel like it’s over yet for the Duncan family. Stay tuned, GLC fans!
Watch: See Then-and-Now Photos of the Good Luck Charlie Cast