Unfabulous

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Unfabulous
Unfabulous cast.jpg
The cast
(from left to right) Kelly, Flanagan, Jow, Roberts, Hagan, and Calloway
Format Teen sitcom
Created by Sue Rose
Starring Emma Roberts
Malese Jow
Jordan Calloway
Tadhg Kelly
Molly Hagan
Markus Flanagan
Emma Degerstedt
Chelsea Tavares
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 41 (List of episodes)
Production
Running time 22 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel Nickelodeon
Original run September 12, 2004 (2004-09-12) – December 16, 2007 (2007-12-16)

Unfabulous is an American children's television series that aired on Nickelodeon. The series is about an "unfabulous" 7th Grade middle school student (8th Grade in season 3) named Addie Singer, played by Emma Roberts. The show, which debuted in late summer 2004, was one of the most-watched programs in the United States among children between the age of 10 and 16[1] and was created by Sue Rose, who previously created the animated series Pepper Ann and Angela Anaconda.

The series ended on December 16, 2007, with the third season being the final season.[2]

Reruns of the show ended on Nickelodeon on June 2008. The show aired reruns on The N but ended in late 2009. The show then returned to TeenNick on October 11, 2011, and lasted until April 2, 2012. The show returned to the channel again on December 3, 2012. Currently it is aired on Popgirl.

All the episodes are narrated by Addie, and are told in flashbacks. The episode titles all start with the article "The".

The show's theme song is performed by Jill Sobule, who also writes the songs for the series.

Overview[edit]

Unfabulous's main character is a 13-year-old girl seventh grader (14-year-old eighth grader in third season) Addie Singer (Emma Roberts), who writes songs about her life in middle school. Her best friends are Geena Fabiano (Malese Jow), who is interested in fashion and designs her own clothes, and the environmentally-committed school basketball player Zack Carter-Schwartz (Jordan Calloway). They all attend Rocky Road Middle School in an unspecified East Coast city. However in episode 34 "The Birthday" when Addie receives a letter from when she was 7 years old the address is listed as "Pinecrest, PA". Addie's older brother Ben (Tadhg Kelly) works at Juice!, a smoothie bar where Addie and her friends often hang out after school.

Throughout the first season, Addie obsesses about her crush on Jake Behari[3] (Raja Fenske), who already has a girlfriend.

For the majority of the second season, however, Addie is dating Randy Klein (Evan Palmer). They break up towards the end of the season and Addie realizes that she still likes Jake. The made-for-TV movie Unfabulous: The Perfect Moment focused on Addie and Jake getting together although Jake will be gone for the rest of the summer in Canada.

In the third season, Addie and Jake finally begin dating and Geena and Zack begin to have feelings for each other.

Cast[edit]

Main cast[edit]

  • Emma Roberts portrays the 13 year old main character, Addie Singer, who writes songs about her life in middle school. She is somewhat insecure, shy, clumsy, and is not popular, but very talented, loving, and a good friend, sister, and daughter.
  • Malese Jow plays Geena Fabiano, Addie's best friend who is interested in fashion and designs her own clothes, they are usually provocative and therefore she receives daily lectures from the school principal.
  • Jordan Calloway as Zack Carter-Schwartz, Addie's other best friend who is on the basketball team and an environmental advocate
  • Tadhg Kelly as Ben Singer, Addie's older brother
  • Molly Hagan as Mrs. Sue Singer, Addie's mother
  • Markus Flanagan as Mr. Jeff Singer, Addie's father
  • Emma Degerstedt as Maris[4]
  • Chelsea Tavares as Cranberry[4]

Recurring cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Season Episodes Season premiere Season finale
1 13 September 12, 2004 March 6, 2005
2 15 September 10, 2005 April 16, 2006
3 13 August 10, 2007 December 16, 2007

Other Appearances[edit]

The show's main character, Addie Singer, also appears in a cross-over episode of Drake & Josh called Honor Council, in which she helps Megan play a prank on Josh for a video Megan makes for her website. The episode aired in November 2004, a few months after both of the series began.

Merchandise[edit]

Along with the start of the second season in September 2005, Nickelodeon also began selling different types of Unfabulous-related merchandise, beginning with the album Unfabulous and More (see Soundtrack below). In November 2005, the album was followed by two books tying into the show, Keepin' It Real (ISBN 0-439-79666-0) and Split Ends (ISBN 0-439-80179-6), both written by Robin Wasserman, and the first items in a line of clothes based on Addie's wardrobe on the show.[5] Two more books were released in February 2006, Starstruck (ISBN 0-439-83157-1) and Jinxed! (ISBN 0-439-83158-X).

Before the launch of the third season, a video game based on the show was released for the Game Boy Advance by THQ on September 25, 2006.[6]

All episodes from the first and the second season (including The Perfect Moment) were available for download in the iTunes Store in the U.S. since fall 2006, but are now not available anymore. They have since been put back for download as of 2012.

Soundtrack[edit]

Unfabulous and More album cover
Main article: Unfabulous and More

On September 27, 2005, shortly after the premiere of the show's second season, Columbia Records and Nick Records released the album Unfabulous and More, which serves as both the show's soundtrack and as Emma Roberts' debut album.

The album includes several original songs (among them "Dummy" and "I Wanna Be", both of which were also released as music videos, "I Have Arrived", and "This Is Me", which was co-written by Roberts), as well as some of Addie's songs from the first season (however in newly recorded versions), including "Punch Rocker" and "New Shoes" (both from the episode "The Party"), "94 Weeks (Metal Mouth Freak)" (from "The Bar Mitzvah") and "Mexican Wrestler" (which had previously appeared on Jill Sobule's 2000 album Pink Pearl and in the Unfabulous episode "The 66th Day").

The album peaked at #46 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers.[7]

DVD releases[edit]

One episode of Unfabulous, season one's "The Little Sister", was released on DVD – on TEENick Picks 1, released in April 24, 2006, together with episodes of Drake & Josh, Zoey 101, Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide, and Romeo!.

Title Release date Episodes
The Complete 1st Season September 5, 2008[8] (USA) 1-13
Three-disc release, all 13 episodes, available just on Amazon.com, as a "CreateSpace" program of "Burn-On-Demand" DVDs.[9]
Title Release date Episodes
The Complete 2nd Season September 5, 2008[10] (USA) 14-28
Three-disc release, all 15 episodes, available just on Amazon.com, as a "CreateSpace" program of "Burn-On-Demand" DVDs.[9]

Awards and Nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
2005 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) – Leading Young Actress Emma Roberts Nominated [11]
Best Performance in a Television Series (Comedy or Drama) – Recurring Young Actor Carter Jenkins
Outstanding Young Performers in a TV Series Jordan Calloway
Bianca Collins
Dustin Ingram
Mary Lou
Carter Jenkins
Malese Jow
Emma Roberts
Brandon Smith
Chelsea Tavares
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Breakout Show Unfabulous [12]
Choice TV Breakout Performance – Female Emma Roberts
2005 Australian Kids' Choice Awards Fave TV Show Unfabulous [13]
Fave Rising Star Emma Roberts
Casting Society of America Best Casting – Children's Programming Harriet Greenspan [14]
2006 Young Artist Awards Best Young Ensemble Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) Jordan Calloway
Bianca Collins
Emma Degerstedt
Dustin Ingram
Mary Lou
Malese Jow
Carter Jenkins
Emma Roberts
Brandon Smith
Chelsea Tavares
[15]
Casting Society of America Best Casting – Children's TV Programming Harriet Greenspan [14]
2007 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) – Leading Young Actress Emma Roberts [16]
Best Young Ensemble Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) Jordan Calloway
Malese Jow
Emma Roberts
Chelsea Tavares
Emma Degerstedt
Dustin Ingram
Mary Lou
Best Family Television Series (Comedy) Unfabulous
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Comedy Emma Roberts [17]
2007 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite TV Actress Emma Roberts [18][19]
2007 Australian Kids' Choice Awards Fave Nick Show Unfabulous [20][21]
2007 UK Kids' Choice Awards Best TV Actress Emma Roberts [22]
Casting Society of America Best Casting – Children's TV Programming Harriet Greenspan [23]
2008 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series – Leading Young Actress Emma Roberts [24]
Best Performance in a TV Series – Supporting Young Actress Malese Jow
Best Young Ensemble Performance in a TV Series Jordan Calloway
Bianca Collins
Dustin Ingram
Malese Jow
Mary Lou
Emma Roberts
Chelsea Tavares
2008 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite TV Actress Emma Roberts [25][26]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "For teens & tweens, 'Chris' is still cool". Media Life Magazine. Retrieved November 10, 2005. 
  2. ^ "MSN Live chat transcript". Archived from the original on May 5, 2006. Retrieved June 4, 2006. 
  3. ^ The character's last name is spelled both Behari and Bahari by Nickelodeon.
  4. ^ a b Added to the main cast at the beginning of the second season.
  5. ^ Petrecca, Laura (October 4, 2005). "TV fans can now dress the part". USA Today. Retrieved October 31, 2005. 
  6. ^ "Unfabulous for Game Boy Advance". GameSpot. Retrieved September 20, 2006. 
  7. ^ "Emma Roberts: Artist Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved October 31, 2005. 
  8. ^ "Unfabulous: The Complete First Season (Three-Disc Edition): Movies & TV". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2012-01-08. 
  9. ^ a b "Site News DVD news: Amazon and Nickelodeon/Paramount Strike Deal for Burn-on-Demand Titles". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Retrieved 2012-01-08. 
  10. ^ "Unfabulous – Season 2 (3 Disc Set): Movies & TV". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2012-01-08. 
  11. ^ "26th Annual Young Artist Awards - Nominations / Special Awards". Youngartistawards.org. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  12. ^ "Teen Choice Awards 2005 (List of Award Winners and Nominees)". Whosdatedwho.com. 2005-08-14. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  13. ^ "Kids' choice - Guy". The Age (Melbourne). September 21, 2005. 
  14. ^ a b http://www.imdb.com/event/ev0000154/2006
  15. ^ "27th Annual Young Artist Awards - Nominations / Special Awards". Youngartistawards.org. 2006-03-25. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  16. ^ "28th Annual Young Artist Awards - Nominations / Special Awards". Youngartistawards.org. 2007-03-10. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  17. ^ "Teen Choice Awards 2007 (List of Award Winners and Nominees)". Whosdatedwho.com. 2007-08-26. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  18. ^ "2007 Host/Nominees Release / Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2007 Press Kit". Nickkcapress.com. 2007-02-05. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  19. ^ "2007 KCA Winners Release / Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2007 Press Kit". Nickkcapress.com. 2007-03-31. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  20. ^ "Microsoft Word - Voting Open 140807.doc" (PDF). Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  21. ^ "Nickelodeon's Australian Kids' Choice Awards / 2007 KCA Around the World / Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2007 Press Kit". Nickkcapress.com. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  22. ^ "In full: Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards UK winners - Showbiz News". Digital Spy. 2007-10-20. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  23. ^ http://www.imdb.com/event/ev0000154/2007
  24. ^ "29th Annual Young Artist Awards - Nominations / Special Awards". Youngartistawards.org. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  25. ^ "Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2008 Press Kit". Nickkcapress.com. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  26. ^ "Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards – 2008 Winners List – Pictures and Video". Allie is Wired. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 

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