A scene from the Freeform original 'Grown-ish'
A scene from the Freeform original ‘Grown-ish’ | Freeform/Tiffany Roohani

Freeform is an American cable channel that airs TV shows, theatrically released movies, and original programming. Founded by televangelist Pat Robertson in 1977 as part of his Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), the channel was initially called the CBN Satellite Service. It has had several other names as it has changed ownership over the years, including the CBN Cable Network, the CBN Family Channel, the Family Channel, Fox Family, and ABC Family. Freeform’s parent company, ABC Family Worldwide, is part of the Walt Disney Company.

The network’s most popular original programs are dramas such as The Fosters, Pretty Little Liars, Siren, Shadowhunters, and Switched at Birth and the comedy Young & Hungry.

Current original hits include the thriller Cruel Summer, the comedy Everything’s Gonna Be Okay, the sitcom Grown-ish, and the young adult dramas The Bold TypeGood Trouble, and Motherland: Fort Salem.

Freeform also curates themed lineups for seasons and holidays such as “31 Nights of Halloween” and “25 Days of Christmas.”


  • Founder: Pat Robertson
  • Year founded: 1977
  • Owner: ABC Family Worldwide
  • How to watch: Paid basic cable subscription or live-TV streaming services such as DirecTV Stream, Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, and YouTube TV
  • Top current programs: The Bold Type, Cruel Summer, Everything’s Gonna Be Okay, Good Trouble, Grown-ish, Motherland: Fort Salem
  • Most popular shows: The Fosters, Pretty Little Liars, Siren, Shadowhunters, Switched at Birth, Young & Hungry
  • Known for: Teen and young adult programming

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