Walt Disney Productions (later The Walt Disney Company) has produced an anthology television series under several different titles since 1954.
The original version of the series premiered on ABC on Wednesday, October 27, 1954. The show was broadcast weekly on one of the Big Three television networks until 1990, a 36-year span with only a two-year hiatus from 1984 until 1985. The series was broadcast on Sunday for 25 of those years. From 1991 until 1997, the series aired infrequently.
The program resumed a regular schedule in 1997 on the ABC fall schedule, coinciding with Disney's recent purchase of the network. From 1997 until 2008, the program aired regularly on ABC. Since then, ABC has continued the series as an occasional special presentation.
The show has had only two hosts, Walt Disney and Disney Chairman Michael Eisner.
The show is the second longest running prime-time program on American television, behind rival film anthology, the Hallmark Hall of Fame.