Victorious (stylized as VICTORiOUS) is an American sitcom created by Dan Schneider that originally aired on Nickelodeon from March 27, 2010 to February 2, 2013. The series premiered after the 2010 Kids' Choice Awards. The series won for Favorite TV Show award at the 2012 Kids' Choice Awards and 2013 Kids' Choice Awards, even beating out iCarly. Victorious has had four Emmy nominations.
On August 10, 2012, Victoria Justice stated that the series would not be renewed. Also, after the announcement of the series' spin-off Sam & Cat was made, fans of Victorious expressed dismay that its spin-off series was the reason for its ending, but Dan Schneider himself stated otherwise. Although the Victorious cast only filmed three seasons, when the decision to end the series was made, Nickelodeon split the third season in half, making a fourth season.
The series revolves around aspiring singer Tori Vega (portrayed by Victoria Justice), a teenager who attends a performing arts high school called Hollywood Arts High School, after taking her older sister Trina's (Daniella Monet) place in a showcase while getting into screwball situations on a daily basis. On her first day at Hollywood Arts, she meets Andre Harris (Leon Thomas III), Robbie Shapiro (Matt Bennett), Rex Powers (Robbie's puppet), Jade West (Elizabeth Gillies), Cat Valentine (Ariana Grande), and Beck Oliver (Avan Jogia).
Why It Shines
- Amazing set design and lighting. In fact, it was even filmed at a real high school.
- Plenty of episodes to enjoy.
- Great songs, including the theme song.
- Realistic and relatable storylines.
- Plenty of funny and likable characters, such as Tori (the young dreamer), Andre (the musician), Robbie (the nice, awkward guy), Jade (the bad girl), Beck (the hot guy), Cat (the ditz), and Rex (the puppet), and Trina (the annoying older sister).
- The website the characters use, "The Slap" (a parody of Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube) is really cool, and It avoids product placements.
- Plenty of funny and hilarious moments.
- Creative storylines.
- The acting is pretty good.
- It had a crossover with iCarly in 2011, titled "iParty with Victorious". Not only that, but some of iCarly's cast members, specifically Jerry Trainor and Nathan Kress, make brief cameos as audience members.
- Even after the crossover, there was still room for references to iCarly to be made, such as having the logo pop up in certain places and even a cameo from Gibby in "Tori Goes Platinum". They even made a spin-off where Sam and Cat become friends. Although it wasn't very good, it was nice to see the characters return.
- The color scheme is decent.
- Rex is a hilarious comic relief character with his snarky comments. Jake Farrow did an outstanding job playing him.
- Cat Valentine is a super-adorable character, who is a air-headed, but soft-hearted girl and you can count on her to make you smile. She was a fan-favorite and got a co-lead in Sam & Cat.
- Andre Harris and Beck Oliver are both great straight men to their friends' antics.
- The relationship between Tori and Trina is good, with Tori's more sensible and down to earth personality playing off of Trina's narcissistic, rude, and desperate for fame attitude.
- The show had one episode as a parody of The Breakfast Club, which is not only funny but also a nice tribute to the movie.
- Robbie sings the Drake & Josh theme song on the end credits of the episode "Jade Gets Crushed".
- Some unlikable characters, like Jade West, or even the entire Vega family.
- While Tori Vega is not a bad protagonist, compared to other characters in the show, she can often come off as the least interesting, or in some occasions, the least likeable.
- There are plenty episodes that aren't good at all, such as the pilot episode (which wasn't a good start to the series), The Bird Scene, The Great Ping Pong Scam, Tori Gets Stuck, Brain Squeezers.
- Due to the fact that it was meant to be a kid's show, the humor can be very random and stupid at times.
- It gives kids these unrealistic expectations of what acting and going to a performing arts school is actually like. It's definitely not as easy as Tori makes it look.
- The show can have some very inappropriate jokes, such as Sikowitz saying "Andre, nobody wants to see big nudes" and Cat's "Jade can't fit her boobs in the hamburger".
- As the show went on, it seemed like they ran out of ideas.
- Little to no character development despite having four seasons.
- In fact, Cat was slightly flanderized in Seasons 3 & 4, where she became more stupid, annoying and whiny. But she still kept her charm for the most part, before her flanderization was cranked up to 11 in Sam & Cat.
- When Jade West mimics Tori’s voice in some southern country accent it get’s really annoying and unfunny.
- The final episode, "Victori-Yes" (it was the last in airing order, but "The Slap Fight" was the last one in production order), was a horrible way to end the show, as it unexpectedly got cancelled and this episode was not originally how they planned to end the show.
- The next show, Sam & Cat was a pretty big step-down, and even that show ruined the Victorious franchise as there has been no fourth production season or even any announcements of new shows since Sam & Cat ended, leaving that show to have a bad finale (as mentioned above), and Nickelodeon has since given up on the franchise.
- Tori and Trina's parents can come off as uncaring: in "Freak the Freak out", they go to Santa Barbara all weekend, which they use as an excuse to avoid taking care of Trina, who just had her wisdom teeth removed and give Tori the inconvenience.
Victorious garnered mixed-to-positive reception from critics, fans of previous Dan Schneider shows and audience alike. With over 22,900 ratings, the show has a 6.9 on IMDb.
- Victoria Justice, who portrayed Tori Vega, previously portrayed Lola Martinez on Zoey 101.
- This was Ariana's second role in a TV program.
- This show has a spin-off named Sam & Cat, which is also a spin-off of iCarly.
- Singer Ke$ha guest starred in an episode “Ice Cream for Ke$ha”.
- All the female stars are all naturally brunette.
- All the main female leads except Victoria Justice are vegans.
- Victoria Justice later starred and guest starred on many other programs such as Afterlife of the Party, Fun Size, Trust, Eye Candy, etc.