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What I Like About You
What I Like About You.jpg
Jennie Garth and Amanda Bynes as Val and Holly
Genre Sitcom
Created by Wil Calhoun
Dan Schneider
Starring Amanda Bynes
Jennie Garth
Wesley Jonathan
Simon Rex (season 1)
Stephen Dunham (season 2)
Michael McMillian (season 2, regular; season 1, recurring; season 3, guest star)
Nick Zano (seasons 2-4)
Leslie Grossman
(seasons 2-4)
Allison Munn (seasons 2-4)
David de Lautour (season 3)
Dan Cortese (season 4)
Theme music composer Wally Palmar, Mike Skill, Rich Cole, and Jimmy Marinos (lyrics)
Philip Steir (seasons 2-4; remixed version of theme song)
Opening theme "What I Like About You", performed by Lillix
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 86 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Brian Robbins
Mike Tollin
Joe Davola (all; entire run)
Wil Calhoun
Dan Schneider
(both; seasons 1-2)
Caryn Lucas (seasons 3-4)
Camera setup Film; Multi-camera
Running time 22–24 minutes
Production company(s) Tollin/Robbins Productions
Warner Bros. Television
Original channel The WB
Picture format 480i (SDTV; entire run)
720p (HDTV; seasons 2-4)
Audio format Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Original run September 20, 2002 (2002-09-20) – April 24, 2006 (2006-04-24)
Status Ended

What I Like About You is an American television sitcom set mainly in New York City, following the lives of two sisters, Valerie Tyler (Jennie Garth) and Holly Tyler (Amanda Bynes). The series ran on The WB Television Network from September 20, 2002 to March 24, 2006, with a total of 86 episodes produced. With the exception of a brief period early in the second season, What I Like About You was a headline on The WB's Friday night comedy lineup.


Cast and characters


What I Like About You tells the story of Valerie "Val" Tyler and her younger sister, Holly Tyler. Val Tyler (Jennie Garth) is an uptight taskmaster who is very organized and somewhat neurotic. Holly (Amanda Bynes) is a rambunctious and narcissistic teenager who doesn't want to move to Japan where her father has a new job, arranging instead to move in with her older sister Val, in her apartment in New York City. The show featured two strong sisters who love each other. They have equally loyal friends (Val's Lauren and Holly's Gary, or in later episodes Tina, for example).

Some of the early episodes featured physical comedy done by Amanda Bynes. Her performance style was compared favorably by critics to that of Lucille Ball.[citation needed] The physical comedy was, however, deemphasized in later episodes. The humor of the show spoofs pop culture and uses extreme deadpan manner.

The series frequently made references to previous episodes of the series starting with the second season giving the show continuity. Some of the show's storylines ran independently, and sometimes led into further developments, similar to that of the popular series Friends (a series co-creator Wil Calhoun previously wrote for). As well as being similar to Grounded for Life due to flashbacks during the series.

Major changes

Between the first and second seasons of the series, What I Like About You made numerous changes. The show was somewhat notorious for its cast changes. Simon Rex (who played Val's ex-boyfriend Jeff Campbell) was written out of the series after the first season finale. He was written out as Val said that they shouldn't see each other anymore because Val had found out that Jeff didn't ever want to get married and Val didn't want to be in a relationship that had no future. Val had found out about that in a ski trip and told Holly when she arrived. Jeff was still in a few episodes after the breakup.


2003-04 season

For the 2003-04 season, five cast members were in the series including two recurring characters from the first season. Three new characters were introduced for the second season. Vince (played by Nick Zano) became Holly's new love interest and later boyfriend, Tina Haven (played by Allison Munn), was Holly's new best friend, who was somewhat troubled in the relationship department, almost as much as Val and Peter (played by Stephen Dunham). Peter was Val's old boyfriend from high school and is now her current boyfriend again. In addition, two recurring cast members from the first season, Leslie Grossman (who played Lauren, a co-worker of Val's and made numerous attempts to get Val to have more fun in her life) and Michael McMillian (who played Henry Gibson, Holly's boyfriend) became series regulars. Their additions to the cast turned the series from a core four-person ensemble to an eight-person ensemble. Dunham was soon written out of the show after having appeared in only six out of the first eight episodes.

Other changes made to the series were a new opening credit sequence, remixed theme song and music cuts. Holly and her friends' hangout changed again from Jeff's restaurant B-91 in the first season to the Liberty Diner in the second, only to be changed again to Val's new bakery Sugar Babies in the latter part of the third season. Holly and Tina were best friends. Val and Holly also moved out of their apartment and moved into a loft (larger than the apartment they lived in the first season and the first four episodes of the second season) so Val could have a larger office space for her PR business, which Lauren later destroyed.

2004-05 season

In the 2004-2005 season, Michael McMillian left the series only to write an episode later in the third season. Season 3 also added David de Lautour as a series regular (although he was never added to the opening credits) as Ben Sheffield, a musician from England who became Holly's new boyfriend, after she met him when she was in Europe.

2005-06 season

In the last season one recurring cast member Dan Cortese returned to the series as a regular character (although he, too, was never added to the opening credits) as Vic Meladeo, Val's former boss, who became a firefighter, dyed his hair, and got married to Val in Atlantic City while they both were drunk. Val was protesting the marriage, insisting that they "did everything backwards." Val wanted Vic to sign annulment papers. Vic said that he wanted to wait six months, and if Val didn't love him by then (which Vic said was very unlikely), he would then sign the annulment papers. At the end of the six months, Val decided she loved Vic and wanted to stay married to him. Val and Vic soon found out that they weren't legally married. Therefore, they decided to remarry. Their wedding is the Series Finale. There were rumors of a 5th season posted throughout various fan sites. However, in the end, the WB Television Network decided to cancel the series.

Season summaries

Season One (2002-2003)

Holly moves into her sister Val's apartment in New York where on her first couple of days there she manages to save the dog of a prospective client of Val's. Later, Holly misinterprets a comment by Val about feng shui and rearranges the furniture. Later Holly goes to Val's business party with her new client Tony Hawk as a special guest. There, Holly tries to ride Tony's skateboard and accidentally sends it off the roof. A boy gets it off of a balcony causing Holly to try to convince the boy to give it back. When Holly goes through the roof access ladder, she opens the door to the roof and accidentally causes Tony Hawk to lose control of his skateboard while performing skate tricks causing him to crash into the food. Holly thinks she's messed up bad and decides to move to Tokyo with her dad, but Val convinces Holly to stay.

Season Two (2003-2004)

Henry becomes a little jealous about Holly and her new bike messenger friend Vince. Holly tries to assure Henry there's nothing going on and accidentally says "I love you" to him. Holly later says that she doesn't love him yet but is on the way there. She says she lo-s him. Val becomes suspicious that Holly will fall for Vince's charms and she'll get hurt because Vince is a "playa." Holly ends up sleeping with Vince (literally) but even though nothing happened, Val still worries he'll hurt Holly. Valerie becomes attracted to and somewhat disgusted by her chauvinistic new boss Peter (Stephen Dunham, who plays Peter was dropped from the series after eight episodes). Back to Holly and Vince, later in the season Val accidentally says Holly has feelings for Vince in front of Henry. After that Henry breaks up with Holly and he tells Vince that Holly likes him, causing Holly to leave the apartment. Then when Holly's car won't start she has to wait for Tina, Val, and Lauren in Vince's apartment. Then Vince tells Henry that he wouldn't date Holly because Henry and him were friends. In the next few days Vince gets in an accident and when Holly visits him at the hospital. They share a romantic kiss, while Gary is sleeping on a chair in the room, and he sees everything. When Holly is on her way to Paris she is kissed by Henry and Vince. While Val is having her own romantic get-together with ex-boyfriend Rick, Holly is on the plane. Holly has her own surprise when Vince ends up on the plane with her.

Season Three (2004-2005)

When Holly comes back from her summer trip to Paris, Vince and Henry are shocked to find out she has a new boyfriend, Ben, a musician she met when she traveled to England. Henry, livid that Holly has moved on when he has waited for her all summer, says he never wants to see Holly again. Later on, before he goes off to attend Princeton University, he wishes Holly luck with her and Ben and Holly assures him that she'll never have another first love. Val thinks she is pregnant and Rick decides to propose to her. When a pregnancy test reveals she isn't pregnant, Rick says he still wants to marry her and Val accepts. The preparation for Val's wedding has several pitfalls including the fact that her perfect wedding dress has already been sold; Miss Gittle, a senior citizen from Russia, who had sewn her new wedding dress, died. Val's dream dress had been sold because all of Miss Gittle's clothes in her home had been sent to a shop. Also Holly learns that Rick and his ex-fiancee Julie had lunch together, when Rick said that he was going out of town. After finding out that Rick called Julie instead of the other way around, Val breaks off the wedding and while drunk makes out with the entertainment, Gavin DeGraw.

Season Four (2005-2006)

Holly finally meets Vince in Florida, she confesses to Vince that she loves him he says "I'm sorry." Holly is disappointed Vince was talking to Rikki. Holly and Vince finally became a couple. Meanwhile Val has a dream that she marries her plumber Todd in Atlantic City. Val finds that she didn't get married to the plumber as it was all a dream but the reality was she got married to her old boss Vic. Val believes her marriage to Vic is a joke, and it can't last. Vic believes the complete opposite and tells Val if she isn't convinced in 6 months, he will sign the annulment papers. On Tina's birthday Tina, Holly, Vince, and Gary go to Vermont where Holly decides she's ready for Vince and her to have sex for the first time. But, Gary tells Vince that this is a big deal and Vince gets nervous. So Vince tells Holly that he has poison ivy. So during the night, Holly checks Vince everywhere to see if he was telling the truth, and he wasn't. So, she says something to him and he told her he was nervous. Val finally decides to ask Vic out on a date. Although they ended up having a good time, Vic finally agrees to sign the annulment papers. But Lauren "accidentally" drops champagne on the papers, knowing Val loves Vic and Vice Versa, so they must wait until after Thanksgiving for new papers.

Connections to other series

  • Jennie Garth's former Beverly Hills 90210 co-stars Luke Perry, Ian Ziering, and Jason Priestley have appeared on the show. Ziering appeared in season one's "Copy That"; Perry appeared in season three's "Dangerous Liaisons," "My Boyfriend's Back," and "Enough is Enough"; Priestly appeared in season four's "The Perfect Date" and "Halloween." Priestly mentioned that he thought that Val looked familiar and perhaps they went to high school together, was a friend of his sister, and that he was the editor of the school paper. All of this was true in the 90210 series, but obviously Val is an unrelated character. In "Dangerous Liaisons,", Perry and Garth's characters flashed back to high school, where Perry's character spoke of his girlfriend, Brenda, who was away in Paris; Garth's character mentions that Brenda was her best friend, which was true on 90210.The Flash back also played a tune like the 90210 tune and Garth wore a dress that her character Kelly wore Season 1 "spring fling". Also during the high school scene, Perry says "Hi, Brandon," referencing to another character on 90210.
  • Chelsea Brummet, who played Samantha in season one's "Tankini," appeared on All That, where Amanda Bynes got her start. In fact, Bynes made a guest appearance on All That alongside Brummet in 2002.
  • From Leslie Grossman's former WB series, Popular, two of her co-stars appeared in season three. Tamara Mello appeared on "We'll Miss Gittle, A Little" playing Nikki, a girl who had an overbearing mother and was getting married to her fiance in Val's old wedding dress which they found in a thrift store. Bryce Johnson appeared in "Girls Gone Wild" playing a high school student, Chris.
  • Samm Levine, who plays with Amanda in the movie "Sydney White," appeared in the episode "Copy That" as Shelden, her co-worker who kisses various cleaning tools, but the movie was made a few years after the episode premiered.
  • Jennie Garth and Cameron Mathison both appeared on season 5 of Dancing With the Stars. Mathison appeared in one episode in season one as a date of Val. He played a doctor who was the older brother to Holly's boyfriend Henry. Val ditched him before the date when she discovered his bedroom full of stuffed animals.


  • Fran Drescher and Ryan McPartlin (of Living with Fran, a fellow WB Friday-night sitcom) guest-starred in an episode of What I Like About You. They played their characters from Living with Fran, Fran Reeves and Riley Martin, respectively.

Theme song and opening sequences

The series takes its title from the song of the same name, which was originally released on a hit record by The Romantics in 1980 and written by the group's members Wally Palmar, Mike Skill, Rich Cole, and Jimmy Marinos. A cover version of the song, performed by the Canadian all-female rock group Lillix, was used as the theme song for the show. Lillix's cover version of "What I Like About You" was also heard on the soundtrack of the 2003 remake of Freaky Friday and 13 Going on 30. The theme was remixed and turned into a techno/dance style theme for the second season by Philip Steir (who composed the music for remainder of the series including the music to signal commercial breaks).

The pilot episode had a short opening sequence and the cast members' names were only shown in the teaser. The sequence solely consisted of scenes of New York sights with an animation of the show's logo with the letters "i" and "o" enlarging, the word "what" sliding in from the left side of the screen, the word "like" fluctuating in size, the "ab" and "ut" in "about" sliding in from both sides of the screen and the letters in the word "you" sliding up from the bottom of the screen appearing to smack the rest of the title into place. This same animation was carried over to the season one opening titles.

The first season's opening sequence mixed home movies of three sets of two girls representing younger versions Holly and Val for six seconds in the beginning and two seconds near the end of the sequence, along with shots of Amanda Bynes and Jennie Garth sticking their tongues out at the camera for four seconds near the beginning and two seconds near the end of the sequence and scenes from the first four episodes, all shown on rounded rectangles which for most of the sequence moved from right to left sliding in from the right side of the screen. Video headshots of each cast member with their names were shown every two to five clips. Newer episode scenes were inserted twice during the first season. First, in the episode "Valentine's Day" and again in the episode "The Fix-Up", which replaced nearly all of the clips from the first four episodes.

The opening title sequence used for the rest of the series featured the show's cast in front of digitally inserted scenes of New York at night. The sequence was modified twice. The first time the sequence was modified was in the episode "The Incredible Shrinking Group" when Stephen Dunham's video headshots were removed and the video of the cast after the show's title was replaced with video of Amanda Bynes and Jennie Garth. Stephen Dunham's video headshot was replaced with video of the cast in front of the New York skyline. The second modification was in "The Longest Night of the Year" when all traces of Michael McMillian were removed from the sequence. Added footage was put in to replace the footage of McMillian. A yellow streak of light was added to the sequence as well.


Season Episodes First airdate Last airdate
Season 1 22 September 20, 2002 May 9, 2003
Season 2 22 September 11, 2003 May 7, 2004
Season 3 24 September 17, 2004 May 20, 2005
Season 4 18 September 16, 2005 March 24, 2006

DVD Release

DVD Name Release Date Ep # Additional Information
The Complete First Season May 1, 2007 22 Bonus features include a Gag Reel.

Due to the cost of music licensing, the theme music has been replaced on the show's first season DVD release. [1] It is unknown if there will be future releases of the series.


In 2006, the series aired as reruns in a new block on its home channel The WB (called "Daytime WB") alongside Reba. After The CW launched, the series aired on "Daytime CW" until September 2008. Currently, the show can be seen on ABC Family on weekdays from 4-5 p.m. ET/PT. On January 1, 2009, the series began airing on weeknights on The N in three-hour blocks, showing four episodes each night. What I Like About You aired on The N until its switch over to TeenNick, where it continues to air today. [2]As of February 2, 2010 TeenNick airs two two-hour blocks of the series from 1-3 p.m./ET and again from 10 p.m.-12 a.m./ET, with the latter block's episodes being replayed the following afternoon. Currently as of September 7th, 2009, YTV (Canada) still airing What I Like About You at 9:30pm ET.

ABC Family and TeenNick now share exclusive rights to air the series reruns and has imposed restrictions to not allow any broadcast television networks in the U.S. from purchasing the rights to air the reruns again.[citation needed]


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