Family Channel Originals

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This article is about the Canadian channel. For the American network of the same name from 1990-1998, see Freeform Originals.


Family Channel is a child/pre-teen oriented channel launched on September 1, 1988. Until 1999, Family Channel's programming format mirrored that of then fellow U.S. premium service the Disney Channel. Family's programming lineup consisted mainly of domestic and foreign-imported live-action and animated series (with many of the imported series produced by The Walt Disney Company's television production units – Walt Disney Television, and eventually Touchstone Television, now ABC Signature), feature films from the Disney film library (including only three Pixar films), classic films from other American and Canadian film studios, and specials (mostly concerts, documentaries and animated specials). The channel first aired original programs in 1999, the channel was originally owned by Astral Media, it was acquired by DHX Media (now WildBrain) in 2014, after Astral Media was sold to Bell Media, In 2015, Family Channel lost the rights to broadcast Disney Channel programs in Canada to rival broadcaster Corus Entertainment, which launched Canadian versions of Disney Channel, Disney Junior, and Disney XD. The channel started airing TV shows and films from DreamWorks Animation, Universal Pictures (including Illumination), and Paramount Pictures in 2016, and 20th Century Studios films from 2015-21.

1st Logo (October 1, 1999-January 11, 2011)

Logo: On a black background, a teal circle with a white border and a black "f" inside it zooms in and flips a few times, forming dust. Then, the circle stops flipping and shakes, causing the dust to travel down below the circle and form the word "family" (in a bold, stretched out font and in white) below the circle.


  • On some shows such as exotic airings of Franny's Feet and later Katie and Orbie episodes, an in-credit version appears. Both animated and still in-credit versions exist.
  • On a number of shows, a still version appears either as a closing logo or in-credit. Examples include Henry's World and Hoze Houndz.

Technique: The spinning of the logo.

Music/Sounds: None, or the ending theme of the show.

Music/Sounds Variant:

  • On Connor Undercover, we hear an electronic door-like sound.

Availability: Common. Seen on every original show aired on Family in Canada from 1999 to 2011. In the USA, this logo appears on some shows such as Franny's Feet on Sprout, Radio Free Roscoe on The N, and Life With Derek on Disney Channel. It can also be seen on Connor Undercover, Henry's World, Wingin' It, Hoze Houndz, the last three seasons of Katie and Orbie, The Latest Buzz, King, Naturally, Sadie, Stella and Sam, The Secret World of Benjamin Bear, Mentors, and Baxter, amongst others.

2nd Logo (January 12, 2011-2018)

Logo: On a black background, a light blue sphere flies in from the right and stops at the center. It then zooms out turns around to reveal a white "f" on the sphere. The logo also changes to a purple background. Many multicolored abstract shapes and spheres fly on screen as this happens. When the shapes and spheres fly in, the word "family" (in the same style as before) fades in below the sphere. The logo slowly zooms out until the logo is over.


  • In this logo's later years, the sphere would zoom out further and the byline "A DHX Media NETWORK" (with the DHX Media logo instead of the text "DHX Media") fades in below.
  • A still version exists on a white background with the "family" text in black. An example is Mighty Mike.
  • A still and in-credit variant exists, sometimes with blue text.

Technique: CGI animation.

Music/Sounds: Usually the ending theme of the show, but sometimes plays some water splashing sounds or is silent.

Availability: No longer in use, but can be seen on The Next Step on Disney Channel Australia, Space Ranger Roger, 2017-18 episodes of The Deep and the Canadian prints of Degrassi: Next Class. Used in tandem with the next logo. Also, when CBBC airs season 2 to 5 of the first title, they remove this logo.

3rd Logo (2015-2018)

Logo: The animation of the previous logo starts off the logo, however the sphere zooms out faster and further out, the "f" on the sphere looks bigger and it reveals a white background with some blue and white spheres floating in it. The word "family" (in the same font as before but in light blue) fades in below the sphere. Below that, a black line draws itself. Another black line followed by the text "ORIGINAL SERIES" in light blue drops down from the line.

Technique: Again, all CGI animation.

Music/Sounds: A rhythmic, modernized synth tune.

Availability: This was seen at the beginning of every Family Channel original show of the era, and was used in tandem with the previous logo.

4th Logo (2018-)

Logo: On a cyan background, we see a yellow circle with a white letter "f" on it zooming in along with other color circles sliding the left or right, and the black text "family" (in the same style as the previous logos) fades in via a "sparkling" effect. The logo shines.


  • There is an extremely rare variant where the logo is on a background of colorful circles. The words "ORIGINAL SERIES" is shown below in blue. This variant appears on Lucas the Spider.
  • Sometimes, the logo itself is blue, and the circles behind it are eliminated.
  • On Denis and Me, the logo is in-credit.

Technique: The yellow circle zooming in along with circles sliding left or right and the text fading. None for the in-credit version.

Music/Sounds: Some shining sounds. On Lucas the Spider and Denis and Me, the ending theme of the show plays over it.

Availability: Current.

  • Seen on post-2018 episodes of The Deep, season 6 of The Next Step, as well as new originals like Chip & Potato on Netflix, Lucas the Spider on Cartoon Network, Cartoonito, and Family Jr., Summer Memories, and Denis and Me.
  • CBBC airings of season 6 of The Next Step remove this logo.

Legacy: An upgraded rendition of both the 1999 and 2011 logos, but this time, without containing a plastic feel.

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