The 25 Best Disney Channel Original Movies

17. The Thirteenth Year (May 15, 1999)

Director: Duwayne Dunham
Stars: Chez Starbuck, Courtnee Draper, Tim Redwine
Lesson Learned: All adopted kids are mermaids.

Is there anything more exciting than your first chest hair? Or being 13 and thinking of all the different types of mustaches you could grow? Then imagine you wake up and you have fins. That's when you know you're adopted—aw, nuts!

That's what happened to Cody (Chez Starbuck), and it explained why he was so good at swimming. Too bad being a mermaid isn't an easy thing to explain to your heated rival/teammate. Any rational person would be cool with just believing the dude was on 'roids that had some crazy side effects. —TA

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