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Lizzie McGuire
Lizzie McGuire Logo.png
Format Teen sitcom
Created by Terri Minsky
Starring Hilary Duff
Lalaine
Adam Lamberg
Jake Thomas
Hallie Todd
Robert Carradine
Theme music composer Elliot Lurie
Composer(s) Sam Winans
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 65 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Susan Estelle Jansen
Stan Rogow
Running time 22 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel Disney Channel
Original run January 12, 2001 (2001-01-12) – February 14, 2004 (2004-02-14)

Lizzie McGuire is a Disney Channel Original Series that aired on the Disney Channel from 2001 until 2004. Its target demographic was preteens and adolescents. The TV show was created by Terri Minsky.

The show's creatively offbeat, mixed media format stood out from the rest of the Disney Channel's programming of the time and, in essence, became the channel's flagship and definitive show of the early 2000s. The show's producer Stan Rogow says the visual look of the show was partly inspired by Run Lola Run.[1] Production was completed in 2002 after the show fulfilled its 65 episode order.

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Characters

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Main characters

  • Lizzie McGuire (Hilary Duff): Lizzie is the main character of the show. She is portrayed as a fun teen although her animated alter ego displays her true feelings from time to time including becoming rebellious, disrespectful and rude in the episode "Bad Girl McGuire". Lizzie constantly gets into arguments with her younger brother Matt but is well-aware of what is right and wrong.
  • Miranda Sanchez (Lalaine): Miranda is one of Lizzie's best friends; She, Lizzie, and Gordo form the main triumvirate. Miranda is the most self-conscious of the three as is evident in an episode in which she skips meals to get an "anorexic" look, but Lizzie and Gordo always see through her crisis. Her family is Hispanic, but she speaks very little Spanish. Miranda's middle name is revealed to be Isabella in the episode, "Rated Aargh". She did not appear in the last six episodes, nor in The Lizzie McGuire Movie. During this time, her character was said to be vacationing with her family in Mexico.
  • David "Gordo" Gordon (Adam Lamberg): Gordo is one of Lizzie's best friends and has been since they were one day old. He usually offers sarcasm and good advice. He is portrayed as being very intelligent, practical, and he is a "Straight A" student. He was revealed to be Jewish, as shown in one episode where he had a Bar Mitzvah. In the episode "The Untitled Stan Jenson Project," it was revealed that Lizzie had a crush on him in the fourth grade. In The Lizzie McGuire Movie, Gordo was pulled into a lip-lock with Lizzie after she realizes what a big mistake she has made. In the episode "Dear Lizzie", it is revealed that Gordo has a crush on Lizzie.
  • Matt McGuire (Jake Thomas): Matt is Lizzie's little brother. As a stock character, he was often destroying something. He had a best friend named Lanny, who did not speak on-screen. Matt was clever and wily and had a reputation for getting into trouble. Matt and Lizzie shared a typical brother-sister relationship. They fooled around, annoyed each other, but were always there for each other at the end of each episode. He was rather intelligent and creative and knew how to humor people. Matt's favourite color is Yellow.
  • Jo McGuire (Hallie Todd): Jo is Lizzie and Matt's mother. She cared deeply about Lizzie but was still trying to figure out how to raise a teenager. As a result, she sometimes tended to "mess up" situations in Lizzie's life while trying to help make them better. At the end of each episode, Jo and Lizzie tend to come to an understanding and portray the unfaltering love of a mother-daughter relationship.
  • Sam McGuire (Robert Carradine): Sam is Lizzie and Matt's father. He could be best described as a bit goofy and quite clueless about raising his kids. However, he always tried his best to help Lizzie out and understand her and was always available to lend a helping hand.

Recurring characters

  • Kate Sanders/Saunders (Ashlie Brillault): Kate was the most popular girl at Lizzie's school. Originally one of Lizzie and Miranda's best friends, Kate became popular because she got a bra after summer camp was over; as a result of her new-found popularity, Kate became Lizzie's enemy. Kate enjoyed trying to make Lizzie's life miserable, but Lizzie always managed to outsmart Kate and come out on top. References in episodes are inconsistent about her last name. While Kate was mean to Lizzie in the series, she helps her out and becomes Lizzie's Friend Again in The Lizzie McGuire Movie.
  • Ethan Craft (Clayton Snyder): Ethan was the boy who Lizzie, Miranda, and the rest of the girls at school had a huge crush on. He did not appear to be very bright, but he was kind and friendly to everyone. In season one, he was portrayed as more of a bad boy or a class bully. For example, he used to force Gordo to do things against his will.
  • Larry Tudgeman (Kyle Downes): Referred to as "Tudgeman" (or simply Tudge), Larry was the school dork. He was treated like an outcast by everyone except by Lizzie and her friends (with exceptions). He also had been known to wear the same shirt since the fourth grade. Larry had a huge crush on Lizzie (that she did not return) and even asked her out to go to the science museum. Lizzie accepted his invitation to make him feel liked.
  • Claire Miller (Davida Williams): Claire was Kate's new best friend. She was not very kind to Lizzie. She could sometimes even be unkind to her friends, including Kate, as shown in the episode "The Rise & Fall of The Kate Empire." She represented the stereotypical popular girl portrayed on many TV shows.
  • Lanny Onasis (Christian Copelin): Lanny was Matt's best friend. He never spoke on-screen, but Matt seemed to have no problem communicating with him. Apparently, he was a direct descendant of Crispus Attucks.
  • Melina Bianco (Carly Schroeder): Melina was initially Matt's friend who loved getting Lanny and Matt into trouble. Later in the series, they both began to have feelings for each other.
  • "Mr. Digg" Digby Sellers (Arvie Lowe Jr.): Mr. Digg was Lizzie's cool, laid-back substitute teacher. In his lessons he often implied that he had educated celebrities like Frankie Muniz and Christina Aguilera. He befriended Lizzie's dad in one of the episodes and dated Matt's teacher, Miss Jasmine Chapman.

Minor characters

  • Eduardo and Daniela Sanchez (Armando Molina and Dyana Ortelli): They were Miranda's parents and appeared in a few episodes, including one in which they played a prank on Kate.
  • Howard and Roberta Gordon (Michael Mantell and Alison Martin): They were Gordo's parents, who were both psychiatrists.
  • Parker Mackenzie (Chelsea Wilson): Parker was a girl in Lizzie's class. In an episode, Gordo had a crush on her. She was a vegetarian, as shown in the episode "Obsession". In an episode, Gordo asked Parker for a dance. She refused because in her opinion he is too short for her. Parker disliked Lizzie because she sneezed on her Macaroni Art in the 2nd grade and sat on her Titanic lunch box in the 5th grade.
  • Danny Kessler (Byron Fox): Danny was Lizzie and Miranda's first heart-throb. He appeared in the first few episodes. He was mentioned in the episode "My Fair Larry" and in The Lizzie McGuire Movie.
  • Veruca Albano (Rachel Snow): She was a nerdy girl who appeared once in Season 1 and more often in later seasons when Lizzie enters the eighth grade. In "Dear Lizzie", she asks Lizzie for help with a bully problem, and even confides to her that "nothing gets out goulash".
  • Amy Sanders/Saunders (Haylie Duff): She was Kate's 18 year old cousin, who acted like an older version of Kate. Plus, Kate and Amy had a rocky relationship. In the episode "Party Over Here" when Amy first appeared, Kate is shown to have a softer, slightly self-conscious side.
  • Coach Kelly (Dot Jones): She was the gym teacher at Hillridge Junior High.
  • Principal Tweedy (Phill Lewis): He was the principal of Hillridge Junior High.
  • Mr. Escobar (Daniel R. Escobar): He was a teacher at Hillridge Junior High who taught Lizzie's class in junior grade.
  • Jeremy and David: They are Sam's best friends who own a pet chimp named Fredo. Lizzie also saved one of their lives in "Rated Aargh!".

Animated Lizzie

Animated Lizzie was an animated character who represented the title character's inner thoughts, addressing the audience directly in the manner of a Greek chorus. The show was not the first series to use animation to reflect a live-action character's innermost thoughts. McGee and Me and Student Bodies, two syndicated program about the struggles of a cartoonist for a school newspaper, often used the artist's surrealistic caricatures of himself and his friends to visually illustrate his interior monologues. Animated Lizzie was voiced by series star Hilary Duff.

Spin-offs

The show was completed after 65 episodes, which was reportedly a Disney policy for all of its series, although that has changed now due to the popularity and success of That's So Raven, Kim Possible, and The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, Disney considered continuing the franchise in further films and a prime-time television series with Lizzie, Miranda and Gordo attending high school which was to be broadcast on ABC, but the plans never took off because Duff's representatives claimed she was not being paid enough for the proposed series.[2]

Syndication

It was announced in late May 2006 that Superstation WGN (now WGN America) would carry Lizzie McGuire and Even Stevens in syndication; this began on September 18, 2006. As a result, Disney Channel stopped airing both shows except for their holiday episodes, but Disney Channel began airing reruns of Lizzie McGuire in a multi-episode blocks two afternoons each week on September 12, 2009, thus making it the first Disney Channel series to air between 1998 and 2002 to be added back on the schedule after being removed from the channel's lineup. The first episodes to re-air were Pool Party, Picture Day, Rumors, and I've Got Rhythmic in that chronological order.

Episodes

Season Ep # First Airdate Last Airdate
Season 1 31 January 12, 2001 January 18, 2002
Season 2 34 February 8, 2002 February 14, 2004

Film

A film based on the show, The Lizzie McGuire Movie, debuted on May 2, 2003 at number two at the box office behind X2: X-Men United. It earned $42.7 million at the American box office[3] and eventually grossed $55.6 million worldwide.[4] It received mixed reviews with one critic calling it, "an unabashed promotion of Duff’s image, just as Crossroads was for Spears".[5] Other reviews were generally positive and encouraging.[6][7][8]

Merchandising

The character of Lizzie continues to be merchandised by Disney, especially through a large set of Lizzie McGuire books, which include novelizations of the episodes, original Nancy Drew-style stories in the Lizzie McGuire Mysteries series, and "Cine-manga" pictorial adaptations (published by TOKYOPOP) with still shots from the show presented in manga style.

A Lizzie McGuire doll was released in 2002 by Dakin Toys. The 10" doll featured many of Lizzie's outfits. A plush doll of the Cartoon Lizzie was made by Dakin in 2002.

Fortune magazine estimated in 2003 that Lizzie McGuire merchandise had earned the Walt Disney Co. nearly $100 million.[9] In the show's heyday, Radio Disney continually promoted Lizzie McGuire and regularly gave away the show's CD.

The Volume One DVD set of Lizzie McGuire. The only full-length DVD release to date, in the U.S.

Several home video and DVD versions of the show have been released in various countries. In the United States, some thematic episode collections were first released and later a DVD box set consisting of 22 episodes from the first season (mostly, but not entirely, corresponding to the first 22 episodes in production order). It is designated as "Volume 1", but no plans are known for the release of volumes 2 and 3 of the series, and poor sales of the first box set may prevent further releases. As of April 2006, a box set of 12 DVDs with all the 65 episodes of the show is available in Spain, and box sets (grouped into three 22-episode "seasons") Ireland TG4 are available in Australia and the UK.

Lizzie-themed toys were included in a 2004 McDonald's Happy Meal series, which included CD-ROM discs containing Lizzie-related games and graphics and audio versions of Lizzie (not voiced by Duff) reading stories based on episode plots of her show.

There is a Lizzie McGuire bedroom set offered by furniture stores as one of several Disney-themed children's bedrooms and a What Would Lizzie Do? board game where players must judge Lizzie's likely response to various situations. Three Lizzie McGuire video games have been released for the Game Boy Advance: Lizzie McGuire: On the Go (2003), Lizzie McGuire 2: Lizzie Diaries (2004), and Lizzie McGuire 3: Homecoming Havoc (2005).

Both seasons of Lizzie McGuire are now available on iTunes.

DVD releases

Title Episodes DVD release dates Discs
Lizzie McGuire: Fashionably Lizzie 4[10] December 9, 2003[10] 1
Lizzie McGuire: Growing Up Lizzie 4[11] December 9, 2003[11] 1
Lizzie McGuire: Star Struck 4 March 16, 2004 1
Lizzie McGuire: Totally Crushed 4[12] March 16, 2004[12] 1
Box Set (Volume 1) 22[13] November 23, 2004[13] 4

In pop culture

See also

References

  1. ^ "Producer Stan Rogow". LukeFord.net. 2002-01-16. http://www.lukeford.net/profiles/profiles/stan_rogow.htm. Retrieved 2009-08-01. 
  2. ^ "Cable Tv talk". http://www.cabletvtalk.com/showthread.php?t=18. Retrieved December 11 2007. 
  3. ^ "Yahoo!Movies". http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/1808429530/details. Retrieved December 11 2007. 
  4. ^ Box Office Mojo. "Lizzie McGuire Movie". http://boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=lizziemcguiremovie.htm. Retrieved 2007-12-02. 
  5. ^ "Filmcritic.com Review". http://www.filmcritic.com/misc/emporium.nsf/2a460f93626cd4678625624c007f2b46/d5a485c23771e42a88256d1800117469?OpenDocument. Retrieved December 1 2007. 
  6. ^ "Roger Ebert review". http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20030502/REVIEWS/305020304/1023. Retrieved December 11 2007. 
  7. ^ "Variety.com review". http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117920648.html?categoryid=31&cs=1&p=0. Retrieved December 11 2007. 
  8. ^ "BBC review". http://www.bbc.co.uk/films/2003/08/04/the_lizzie_mcguire_movie_2003_review.shtml. Retrieved December 11 2007. 
  9. ^ 'Disney's 'Tween Machine: How the Disney Channel became must-see TV--and the company's unlikely cash cow.' Fortune, September 29, 2003, accessed April 19, 2009
  10. ^ a b "Lizzie McGuire - Fashionably Lizzie DVD information". http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/releaseinfo.cfm?ReleaseID=3082. Retrieved 2008-05-07. 
  11. ^ a b "Lizzie McGuire - Growingup Lizzie DVD information". http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/releases/Lizzie-McGuire-Volume-Release/3083. Retrieved 2008-05-07. 
  12. ^ a b "Lizzie McGuire - Totally crushed Lizzie DVD information". http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/releases/Lizzie-McGuire-Volume-Release/3394. Retrieved 2008-05-07. 
  13. ^ a b "Lizzie McGuire - Box Set Volume 1 DVD information". http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/releases/Lizzie-McGuire-Volume-Release/4024. Retrieved 2009-09-10. 

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Lawrence "Larry" Tudgeman
Larry dancing with Lizzie from the episode "Scarlett Larry".
First appearance I've Got Rhythmic
Last appearance Bye Bye Hillridge High/ Magic Train
Portrayed by Kyle Downes
Information
Nickname(s) Larry
Gender Male
Age 14
Title Master

Lawrence "Larry" Tudgeman III is a fictional character from the Disney Channel TV Series Lizzie McGuire. He is played by Kyle Downes.

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Personality

Lawrence "Larry" Tudgeman III, a character based on the life of Stephen Brickman, is the stereotype of the nerdy, unpopular student at Hillridge Junior High who, although he is ridiculed and taunted by fellow students, has a far more superior image of himself and sees himself as a sophisticated alpha-male, rather than eccentric, obsessive and lacking in hygiene (which most people see him as because he has worn the same shirt since the fourth grade), and is obsessed with science fiction movies and television programs. This can be conveyed in the episode "The Untitled Stan Jansen Project" when Gordo is setting him up and ask him to describe himself. He replies with, "I've always seen myself as a Captain Kirk meets James Bond type of guy ... going where no secret agent has ever been before." When Gordo reveals to him that he is a "geek," Larry gets extremely offended and exclaims, "I'm not a geek! My mom says that people are just mean because they're jealous!"

In the episode Bye Bye, Hillridge Junior High, Larry asks Kate to sign his yearbook.

Larry: "Uh, hey, you wrote, 'Harry, change your shirt and get a clue'."

Kate: "So?"

Larry: "So my name is Larry, not Harry."

Kate: "Close enough."

Larry: "But, that's mean."

Kate: "I said, next!"

Larry: (hisses at her in a catlike way.)

This is also conveyed in "Dear Lizzie", where it is shown that Larry sees himself in a much more superior character. However, Larry states many times that he is proud of his individuality in episodes such as "Scarlet Larry," where he explains that his intelligence comes from his interest of the world in general. Larry, despite appearing creepy and erratic, is more comfortable in his own skin compared to Lizzie, Miranda, Kate, etc., and isn't so bothered about others' perceptions of him. However, this does not mean to say that he does not want to be friends with people who are considered "popular."
Throughout the series, he tried hard to be friends with Kate, not because of popularity, but more because of the fact that he might have had a crush on her. This can be conveyed in "I've Got Rhythmatic," where Kate persuades Larry into ruining Lizzie's performance by flirting with him. However, the chance of a further relationship are ruined when in "I Do, I Don't" Kate and Larry have to work together as in a fake "marriage," and Kate is much more interested in having Ethan as a partner and instead of working with Larry, tries to persuade Ethan to "leave" Miranda, his "wife," for her. When Kate "leaves" Larry at the marriage reunion in school, she humiliates him in front of everyone. Then, after a heated argument, Larry gets his revenge on her by throwing a bowl of punch over her head.

Interests

Larry excels (and also enjoys) subjects such as Math and Science, and can be found spending his time throughout the intervel in a Science classroom. He is heavily interested in science fiction, such as the Star Wars film series and the television programme Star Trek. He was also obsessed with the role playing game "Dwarflord," which is a take on Dungeons & Dragons, by changing the name due to copyright measures. Larry was even more obsessed than Gordo, that he leaded the group of Dwarflord players at Hillbridge High and even dressed up in roleplaying outfits for the event. In "Scarlet Larry", he once stated that he was, "intrigued about the world around me," which was his answer to Lizzie questioning where he received all his intelligence from.

Relationships with Main Characters

Lizzie - At first, Lizzie is disgusted by Larry Tudgeman and although does not dislike him, will joke about him behind his back and tends to find it humorous if Larry acts in a strange manner. But throughout the season, although she still finds Larry weird, she grows towards him and eventually appreciates him as somewhat of a friend. Larry, however, although he was mutual with Lizzie when he broke up, still has a small infatuation on her and is somewhat bitter about the break-up. This can be expressed in "Bye Bye, Hillbridge High" when Larry gives Gordo unwanted advice on his relationship with Lizzie.

Miranda - Miranda is possibly most judgemental towards Larry; she is not so much upset about Larry's personality, but about his reputation - she finds him disgusting because of his habits and is afraid of the concept that if she were to befriend Larry, people would have an impression that she was just like him. She is even more disgusted at the idea that Larry might have a crush on her. Throughout the series, her behaviour towards Larry tones down and when Larry dresses up in a more attractive, sophistocated suit to go to her party, Miranda has an attraction towards him, as she does not recognize that it's him, but once she realises that it was Larry all along, she then realises her mistake, and she grow fond of him by the end of the series, despite still finding him bizarre. It is indicated that Larry has a crush on Miranda in several episodes, but nothing has came out of it yet.

Gordo - Both Gordo and Larry see each other as rivals at the beginning of the season, as Gordo regularly receives good grades, and Gordo has as intense an obsessive streak as Larry has a competitive streak. This is evident in the episode "Obsession," where both Gordo and Larry are competing against one another to win the Science Olympics. By the end of the episode, Gordo claims that he hates Larry when he giggles hysterically, "Look! The aliens brought back Elvis! And they shrunk him! Hee heee!" Throughout the series, however, Gordo sees Larry as less of a rival, and numbs down to him eventually, grinning, "Tudgeman," whenever Larry acts unusually.

Love Relationships

  • In "Scarlett Larry", he goes on a date with Lizzie and is misleaded to believe that he is Lizzie's boyfriend. However, both mutually decide that that their personalities and interests are too different to continue the relationship. It is still indicated throughout the series that Larry still has a small crush on Lizzie - in "Rated Aaargh!" he relishes that he gave Lizzie CPR, and in "She Said, He Said, She Said" there are small indications that Larry may still have an infatuation on Lizzie.
  • In "My Fair Larry", he has a makeover and Miranda begins to fall in love with him (as she believes it is somebody else). There are also strong hints throughout the series that Larry has an infatuation on Miranda - In "Scarlet Larry" he asks Lizzie whether Miranda is an available choice after they break up, and it is revealed in "Gordo's Video" that Larry has a screensaver of Miranda. In "And The Winner Is" there are strong hints that Larry is interested in Miranda. However, mostly it is a one-sided crush, as Miranda appears disgusted at Larry often.
  • In Rumours, Larry thought Kate would love him if he would ruin Lizzie's Rhythmic Gymnastics, which was obviously a lie.
  • In "Clue-Less", Larry has a small romantic interlude with a minor character, Veruca. However, nothing has yet arose out of it.

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