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Ready or Not
Ready or Not (TV series).jpg
Title card
Format Teen drama
Created by Alyse Rosenberg
Starring Laura Bertram
Lani Billard
Gail Kerbel
John Lefebvre
Diana Reis
Gerry Mendicino
Joseph Griffin
Fab Filippo
Jason Deline
Country of origin  Canada
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 65
Executive producer(s) John Brunton
Barbara Bowlby
Alyse Rosenberg
Running time 30 min.
Original channel Showtime
Disney Channel
Global Television Network
Original run January 1, 1993 – January 1, 1997

Ready or Not is a Canadian teen drama series which aired on the Showtime Movie Channel (1993-1997) and later on the Disney Channel (1996-1997) and Global Television Network for 5 seasons and 65 episodes between January 1, 1993 and January 1, 1997.



The program follows teenagers Amanda Zimm (Laura Bertram) and Elizabeth "Busy" Ramone (Lani Billard) throughout life's struggles. The show began as a short film and was titled Thirty-Two Double A. Eventually the producers saw that the show had the potential to be popular and turned it into a series. Throughout the show's 5 year run, the girls matured from the sixth grade to the ninth grade. The show ends when one of the main characters (Amanda Zimm) has to move to the West Coast. Her best friend on the show, Busy Ramone, stays behind.

Principle Cast

  • Laura Bertram as Amanda Zimm
  • Lani Billard as Elizabeth "Busy" Maria Teresa Carlita Ramone
  • Gail Kerbel as Phyllis Zimm
  • John Lefebvre as Leonard Zimm
  • Diana Reis as Lucy Ramone
  • Gerry Mendicino as Sam Ramone
  • Joseph Griffin as Manny Ramone
  • Fab Filippo as Dominick "Dom" Ramone
  • Noah Plener as Frankie Ramone.


  • Amy Smith as "Chrissy"
  • Jesse Nilsson as "Justin"
  • Omari Moore as "Troy Edwards"
  • Keram Malicki-Sanchez as "Lizard"
  • Keith White as "Petrocelli"
  • Amos Crawley as "Bernie Sagittarius "Sag" Chearney
  • Jason Deline as "Ernie Lipnit"
  • Tamara Podemski as "Carla
  • Benjamin Plener as "Michael (Monkey Ears)"
  • Kari Matchett as "Sheila"
  • Karl Pruner as "Stephen Bennett"
  • Daniel Enright as "Milan"
  • Ross Hull as "Danny Masters"



Season 1

  • 101 - Thirty-Two Double A - Amanda thinks that she is ready for a bra, even though her breasts haven't developed. At first she thinks she's ready, but once she gets to school she realizes maybe she's not.
  • 102 - Smoke Screen - Busy's older brother Frankie starts hanging with a new crowd that is into smoking and not having little sisters tag along. After Busy tries to stop him she decides to act like him in order to hang out with him again.
  • 103 - Model Perfect - After joining the swim team, Amanda tries to get in better shape by not eating.
  • 104 - Busy's Curse - Busy starts her period. Worried about people finding out she experiments with pads and tampons.
  • 105 - The Big Gulp - Amanda and Busy crash Chrissy's girls-only slumber party followed by Justin and his friends who drink too much and humilate one of Justin's shy friends.
  • 106 - Members Only - Chrissy's rich friends exclude her from a party at their country club; wanting to show she can afford things they have she lures Amanda into shoplifting a sweater with the promise of being being shown how to be cool.
  • 107 - The Worst Thing That Happened and The Best Thing That Didn't - Busy's pregnant mom loses the baby, Busy thinks it's her and her family's fault for not helping the mom around the house. Amanda asks her crush Justin to attend a party with her but with the upcoming funeral she can't decide which to attend.
  • 108 - He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not - Busy develops a crush on her karate instructor only to see him kiss another man. Busy wonders if that makes her gay also.
  • 109 - Double Talk - On a band overnight trip Amanda walks in on Chrissy and Justin kissing in a closet. When the two do not return until morning, rumors spread about what they did that night.
  • 110 - Black or White or Maybe Grey - Troy gets a job working for Busy's dad. After money goes missing, Busy's father fires Troy and shows his racist side.
  • 111 - Origins of Man - Amanda is paired up with Michael to do a report of the origins of man. Michael develops a crush on Amanda and has a wet dream.
  • 112 - Wild Life - A garage band catches the eye of both Amanda and Busy. Busy is asked to play drums but Amanda is the band manager and treated badly.
  • 113 - Tricky Kisses - Busy' mother's decides to move out. Amanda throws a party and tries to cheer Busy up by inviting her crush, Troy.

Season 2

  • 201 - Beyond the Birds and the Bees - While babysitting Busy finds a "guide to sex book." Amanda takes the book which Michael steals, photocopies then sells it to students.
  • 202 - First Date - Busy gets asked on a date by Troy to go bowling, a sport Busy thinks she is not very good at. After taking advice from everyone else, she decide to get dressed up and look more girly.
  • 203 - Family Therapy - Busy's mom returns home only if the family attends therapy together. Busy decides to take on the role as housewife in order to keep her mom from leaving again.
  • 204 - Poor Little Rich Girl - Amanda's father loses his job. Amanda decides to get a job to earn money for new clothes. When that does not work she tries to win a 1000 dollar dance-a-thon contest.
  • 205 - A Little White Lie - After winning tickets to a concert, Busy lies to Amanda in order to go with Troy. Amanda, still wanting to go to the concert, asks her mom to pull a few strings to get her tickets.
  • 206 - White Girls Can't Jump - Busy tries out for the senior basketball team. After an argument with the African-American captain, Busy is labelled a racist, something she is worried was inherited from her father.
  • 207 - Break Up - Amanda's father moves out. Unable to cope with the issues at home Amanda decides to live in the mall.
  • 208 - Amanda's Romance - Amanda and her mother move into a new apartment, where she meets Danny. Unfortunately Danny's constant jokes and teasing goes too far.
  • 209 - Dear Troy - Troy gives Busy a special ring making Busy re-think their relationship.
  • 210 - The New Deal - Amanda's mom starts dating more with different guys. After her mom poses nude in an art class, Amanda has had enough.
  • 211 - Monkey See, Monkey Do - Busy is asked by Peter, an aspiring rock star, to play the drum on his demo tape. While practicing at his house Busy sees where Peter get his abusive temper.
  • 212 - Flunky - Chrissy is moved to the 7th grade English class, Amanda is asked to tutor her. Amanda does not want to be the teacher's pet and tries to be more cool.
  • 213 - Am I Perverted or What? - Amanda and Busy listen to a sex talk radio station. Busy thinks Dom is one of the callers and is having sex. She looks for evidence to blackmail him. Amanda thinks her curiosity of intimacy means she's a sex crazed pervert.

Season 3

  • 301 - My Buddy Buddy - Amanda and Busy go to summer camp only to find they were put in different cabins. Amanda tries to fit in with her cabin by teasing a younger girl, Jessica.
  • 302 - The Last Hurrah - While trying to steal the boys' flag, things take a turn for the worse. That same night Amanda starts her period.
  • 303 - Tongue Tied - After getting the wrong message from a guy, Busy thinks her bust is too small and buys a bra.
  • 304 - Under One Roof - Busy's band finally lands a gig which happens on the same day as her father's family reunion.
  • 305 - Crossing the Line - Busy and Amanda go to a sports park with Frankie. The guy Busy has a crush on assaults her when they are alone. Amanda and Frankie kiss.
  • 306 - Three's a Crowd - Busy begins to notice Amanda and Frankie's relationship and does not like it. Frankie gets teased for dating a younger girl.
  • 307 - Crater Face - Danny returns from New York with terrible acne. Amanda worries what everyone will think.
  • 308 - Thin Ice - A casting director picks Busy for an audition over Amanda for a commercial with a world-famous ice skater.
  • 309 - Swear to God - After being embarrassed for not knowing her religion, Amanda studies Judaism but is unsure if she can handle the abuse the other Jewish kids go through.
  • 310 - Just Friends - Busy's friend takes more interest in Amanda than her, but Busy plans to change that.
  • 311 - Sweet Thirteen - Amanda invites some older boys over who take her mom's boyfriend's car for a joyride.
  • 312 - Sister, Sister - Mel (her mother's boyfriend) invites Amanda and her mom over for the weekend to meet his daughter but Amanada becomes jealous when she sees how perfect the daughter is.
  • 313 - Nothing in Common - Busy and Amanda decide they have nothing in common and stop being friends.

Season 4

  • 401 - First Day of Junior High- New to Junior High, Busy is worried about being beat-up by the same family that attacked her brothers,
  • 402 - The Grass is Greener- Busy and Amanda switch lives for the weekend to see what it is like to be the other.
  • 403 - Where Do I Belong?- Busy's band decides to replace her with another drummer who's much better than she is.
  • 404 - Glamour Girl - Amanda tries to become a model only to be told she needs a nose job. She debates whether or not to have an operation.
  • 405 - I Do, I Don't - Busy's brother gets married and moves into the house. Busy doesn't know how she feels about all the changes.
  • 406 - The Girlfriend - When Busy's new bandmates' old girlfriend moves back, she realizes she may have feelings for him.
  • 407 - Prince Charming - Amanda develops a crush on her art teacher when she gets sick of living with her mother.
  • 408 - Family Album - Amanda finds a photo of her father with another woman with whom she thinks he was cheating on her mother.
  • 409 - First Serious Party - When Amanda's mom goes out of town she host a party with fake beer.
  • 410 - Heroes - A boy in a wheelchair joins the school making Busy uncomfortable when he is around.
  • 411 - Warts and All - When a group of girls invite Amanda out but not Busy, she decides to even the playing field by telling them about Amanda's wart.
  • 412 - Girls Night In - Busy invites Amanda over when everyone is out of the house, unfortunately her brother's interfering wife decides to come home early.
  • 413 - What's Yours is Mine - Amanda wants to join an exclusive arts group and uses another persons work as her own.

Season 5

  • 501 - Coming Home- Busy runs into Dom who has not been home in weeks. She suspects something is wrong.
  • 502 - Your Fifteen Minutes are Up - Busy rescues a girl who fell in the river. Soon everyone wants to hear their story but Busy thinks it is too much.
  • 503 - Cross My Heart- Amanda is entrusted to babysit Steven's daughter when she would rather go to her acting group.
  • 504 - Your Own Money- Busy decides to get a real job so she can afford Steven's old keyboard. When her father finds out about it, he starts charging her rent and utilities.
  • 505 - Let Me Make My Own Mistakes- Amanda's grades start dropping and it seems her involvement in the after school arts program is the reason.
  • 506 - When a Kiss is Just a Kiss- Busy has a crush on two guys at the same time and what she thinks is an innoccent kiss was viewed by one of the guys.
  • 507 - Get a Life- The girls are not aware they have the option to attend an arts high school. Amanda looks promising but Busy might have trouble getting in.
  • 508 - Saint Carla- Clara school dies in a car accident. Busy does not understand why she is not as upset as everyone else. Amanda is asked to take over Clara's lead role in the school play.
  • 509 - Graduation- The girls graduate from the 9th grade. Amanda debates inviting her father, Busy finds out the truth about her own father's high school education.
  • 510 - Second Generation- While working the family hotdog stand Busy meets the competition, the son of her father's rival.
  • 511 - All or Nothing- Amanda joins an animal rights group but without the support of Milan she thinks she may need to end the relationship.
  • 512 - Great is...Great- Amanda's mother finally marries Steven making Amanda think of her own wedding and her feelings for Milan.
  • 513 - Hello, Goodbye- Amanda has to move to the west coast, leaving Busy behind. An accident at a party held in an old building may change those plans forever.

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