Liv and Maddie
Liv and Maddie is an American teen sitcom created by John D. Beck and Ron Hart that aired on Disney Channel from July 19, 2013 to March 24, 2017. The series stars Dove Cameron in the lead roles.
The series centers around the lives of identical twin sisters Liv and Maddie who are best friends despite being opposites in personality.
Why It Rocks
- It's a very heartfelt and emotional show about family and friendship.
- Despite the plot of identical twins having very different personalities being done before, it's done so well here. The best part is the fact that they embrace their differences and are best friends.
- They even say "Sisters by chance, friends by choice", meaning that they didn't expect to be born as sisters, but always chose to be best friends.
- The tagline also says "One has fame, and the other's got game!", which is a very catchy slogan.
- The series has an overall slice-of-life feel to it, with most episodes portraying its scenarios in a realistic light.
- Nice acting that contains a sense of reality.
- Dove Cameron in particular does an excellent job playing both Liv and Maddie. She even played their evil triplet Helga in the second Halloween episode ("Helgaween-A-Rooney").
- It was one of the best live-action sitcoms during the infamous 2010s era of Disney Channel and kids' TV in general.
- Great songs like "Say Hey", "What a Girl Is", and the theme song "Better in Stereo".
- Likable characters, particularly Liv and Maddie themselves.
- The show is extremely emotional at its core because of its themes of family and friendship, especially with the relationship between the twins, but also with the relationship of the whole family as well. This is supported by its sense of realism.
- Good use of humor.
- Liv and Maddie's brothers Joey and Parker both appeared in an episode of Jessie in a crossover called "Jessie's Aloha Holidays with Parker and Joey".
- Great morals like "Fear is just another reason to try harder" and "You don't have to change who you are to fit someone else's idea of what a girl is supposed to be".
- There were also the episodes "Roll Model-A-Rooney" where Liv and her co-stars from "Sing It Louder!!!" break the stereotype that boys and girls don't like the same things and "Brain-A-Rooney" where Liv proves that she can be smart, despite being stereotyped as a dumb blonde on "Sing It Loud!"
- In the last episode "End-A-Rooney", Liv says that no matter where you go or what you do, your family will always be there for you.
- Andy Grammar guest stars as himself in "SPARF-A-Rooney" and sings his hit song "Honey, I'm Good".
- Great season premieres: every season started off exquisitely. The premieres in question were the Season 1 premiere ("Twin-A-Rooney"), the Season 2 premiere ("Premiere-A-Rooney"), the Season 3 premiere ("Continued-A-Rooney"), and the Season 4 premiere ("Sorta-Sisters-A-Rooney").
- Great season finales, especially the Season 1 finale ("Space-Werewolf-A-Rooney"), the two part Season 3 finale ("Skyvolt-A-Rooney" and "Californi-A-Rooney"), and the three part Season 4 finale ("Sing It Live!!-A-Rooney", "Voice-A-Rooney", and "End-A-Rooney").
- There are some occasionally mean-spirited jokes, such as Joey injuring himself in "Skate-A-Rooney".
- The show is very unorigional as it copied plots, quotes, and jokes from other non-disney shows, such as Victorious and ICarly. Disney has done this before, for example GMW was copied off of EAH since Disney found a quick way to make money out of it.
- Some episodes in the show get really melodramatic in which they use a plot with tons of drama to tangle with your emotions. This leads to a corny and inconsistent tone, as well as some really sad episodes (examples: "Champ-A-Rooney", "Californi-A-Rooney", and even "End-A-Rooney" (the series finale).
- The character Skeeter in the last season wasn't really necessary, as the show doesn't usually have villains in it most of the time and it usually didn't need any.
- Liv and Maddie's father Pete Rooney couldn't appear in the last season because Benjamin King (Pete's actor) had Crohn's disease. His character also had a good few absenses in the third season and second season starting at the fourth episode of Season 2 ("Kathy-Kan-A-Rooney").
- Liv and Maddie themselves didn't make guest appearances in the crossover with Jessie, nor did other Liv and Maddie characters. It also wasn't counted as episode of Liv and Maddie. It was only counted as an episode of Jessie.
- There was a love triangle between Liv, Andy, and Holden that started in "Prom-A-Rooney", and a love triangle between Maddie, Diggie, and Josh that started in "Secret-Admirer-A-Rooney". Both were rather annoying to an extent. It was also rather mean-spirited when Maddie and Diggie broke up, though they got back together. But then when Liv and Holden broke up, they didn't ever get back together, and neither of them got another boyfriend or girlfriend.
- In the last season (known as Liv and Maddie: Cali Style), the location switched from Wisconsin to California after the collapse of the Rooney house in the Season 3 finale. While the new location was rather interesting, it wasn't quite the same.
- The Parker tunnels, while a creative idea, was really unrealistic, as Parker built a whole series of tunnels throughout the house. Making matters worse was the fact that it was the cause of the house collapsing in the Season 3 finale, which was why they had to move to California in the last season.
Episodes with their own pages
- In real life, Dove Cameron the personalities of both twin sisters combined.