Austin & Ally
|Austin & Ally|
|Created by||Kevin Kopelow
|Theme music composer||
|Opening theme||"Can't Do It without You" performed by
Ross Lynch (S1-S3)
Laura Marano (S4)
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||87 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||22–26 minutes|
|Distributor||Disney–ABC Domestic Television|
|Original network||Disney Channel|
|Original release||December 2, 2011– January 10, 2016|
Austin & Ally is an American teen sitcom that originally aired on Disney Channel from December 2, 2011 to January 10, 2016. The series was created by Kevin Kopelow and Heath Seifert, the writers and producers of the Disney Channel sitcoms Sonny with a Chance and Jonas.
Set in Miami, Austin & Ally is a multi-camera comedy about the relationship between two very different musicians: extroverted singer and instrumentalist Austin Moon (Ross Lynch), who is fun-loving and outgoing, and introverted and awkward songwriter Ally Dawson (Laura Marano), who is a singer, but has a bad case of stage fright.
In the pilot, "Rockers & Writers", Austin secretly records one of Ally's songs without her knowing. He becomes famous from it after his best friend Dez (Calum Worthy) directs Austin in a music video for the song and posts it on the Internet. Once Ally, convinced by her best friend Trish (Raini Rodriguez), takes credit for her song, Austin convinces her to become his partner. The two agree to work together and become close friends, while struggling to keep Austin's new-found fame and profit from it. Trish pitches in as Austin's manager and Dez continues to direct Austin's music videos. The group has many adventures while in Austin's music career. At the end of the first season, Austin gets signed to Jimmy Starr's record label.
The second season sees both Austin and Ally taking bigger steps. Ally conquers her stage fright by performing a duet with Austin. By the end of the second season, Ally signs a record deal and records an album with Ronnie Ramone, while Austin goes on his first national tour. Due to her schedule with Ronnie Ramone, Ally is unable to attend the first half of Austin's tour, but in the first two episodes of the third season, Ally does attend the second half of the tour.
In the third season, Ally's career takes off. Later, Ally is making her first album. By the end of the third season, Austin sacrifices his music career when his record label forbids him from being together with Ally. Austin chooses to be with Ally as they confess their love for each other. In the end, Austin goes with Ally on her first tour, Dez goes to film school in L.A., and Trish starts her own management company.
In the fourth season, the group reunites after the tour and turns Sonic Boom into a music school called A&A Music Factory, where they help students pursue their musical dreams. They combine their talents to become business partners, and the store's success explodes. Also in the fourth season, the gang graduates from high school.
Cast and characters
- Austin Moon (Ross Lynch) is an outgoing, confident, and talented singer. After becoming an "overnight" Internet sensation by performing a song he overheard Ally singing, Ally tracks him down to confront him for theft, but they eventually become friends instead and decide to form a musical partnership. His partnership with Ally is initially built on the idea that "he rocks; she writes". Ally is a brilliant songwriter, but is too timid to perform her own music, while Austin loves to perform, but is unable to write songs for himself. Their radically different personalities tend to clash early on, though they find they're much more alike than they think as their friendship develops, leading to an on-again off-again romance starting in the second season. In the third season, they begin to date again and are found in a healthy, secure relationship throughout the fourth season. Austin's best friend is Dez, who directs and films all of his music videos, and his manager is Trish. Austin gives music lessons and teaches students about being a performer at the A&A Music Factory in the fourth season.
- Ally Dawson (Laura Marano) is a singer-songwriter with severe stage fright and a quiet, shy personality. She originally wrote for herself, but after Austin accidentally stole one of her songs and became an Internet sensation as a result, she and her best friend Trish track him down, and she eventually becomes his musical partner and songwriter. Her partnership with Austin is initially built on the idea that "she writes; he rocks". Ally is a brilliant songwriter, but is too timid to perform her own music, while Austin loves to perform, but is unable to write songs for himself. Their radically different personalities tend to clash early on, though they find they're much more alike than they think as their friendship develops, leading to an on-again off-again romance starting in the second season. In the third season, they begin to date again and are found in a healthy, secure relationship throughout the fourth season. Ally works at her father's music store, Sonic Boom, until she manages to conquer her stage fright and begins her own career, at which point the store becomes the A&A Music Factory. She gives music lessons and teaches students about being a performer at the Music Factory in the fourth season.
- Trish (Raini Rodriguez) is Ally's best friend and Austin's manager. She is sarcastic, snarky, vindictive, has little patience, and has a bit of a temper, but cares very much for her friends. Her jobs change frequently due to her lack of effort and presence at work. She takes her job as Austin's manager, however, fairly seriously and she also became Ally's manager when her career takes off. She has a complicated love–hate relationship with Dez. She teaches students at the A&A Music Factory about being a celebrity manager in the fourth season.
- Dez (Calum Worthy) is an aspiring director with an odd personality and an unusual fashion style. He films all of Austin's music videos and is Austin's best friend. He's considerably dense and lacks much logical understanding, which tends to lead him and the group into messy situations. He has a complicated love–hate relationship with Trish. He teaches students at the A&A Music Factory about filming and directing music videos in the fourth season.
- Nelson (Cole Sand) is an awkward young boy who takes music lessons from Ally. He constantly uses the phrase, "Aww, nartz!" and tends to mix up words that sound alike, such as "oboe" and "hobo".
- Lester Dawson (Andy Milder) is Ally's cheapskate father who owns the music store Sonic Boom. He is completely ignorant of Ally's musical talents and believes that Ally has a billion-to-one shot at making it in the music business, just like Austin's parents have told him. He and Penny, Ally's mother, are divorced.
- Jimmy Starr (Richard Whiten) is the owner of Starr Records who signs Austin to his record label.
- Megan Simms (Aubrey K. Miller) is a 10-year-old reporter and photographer for Cheetah Beat Magazine. Megan is eccentric and constantly uses teenage slang terms such as "totes" or "hilar". She is stubborn and nosy as well, as she is bent on getting the stories she's after for the magazine.
- Mike Moon (John Henson) is Austin's father, who co-owns the mattress store Moon's Mattress Kingdom.
- Mimi Moon (Jill Benjamin) is Austin's mother, who used to be a hand model before co-owning Moon's Mattress Kingdom.
- Penny Dawson (Julia Campbell) is Ally's wildlife biologist mother. She was researching gorillas in Africa and came home in "Chapters & Choices" to see Ally and her friends. She and Lester, Ally's father, are divorced.
- Kira Starr (Kiersey Clemons) is Jimmy Starr's daughter and Austin's ex-girlfriend. Kira temporarily had a case of repugnant breath, causing the group to be extremely wary of her throughout "Ferris Wheels & Funky Breath". Her bad breath was caused by her constant eating of garlic and anchovy pizza. Her bad breath cleared away afterward.
- Chuck (John Paul Green) is a short, country-speaking teenager who believes he is better than Dez at everything. Their rivalry follows a long history of their families feuding, so Chuck and Dez often get into similar battles. He usually wears cowboy attire.
- Trent (Trevor Jackson) is Trish's ex-boyfriend and the group's rival.
- Dallas (Noah Centineo) is Ally's former crush who worked at a cell phone accessories cart.
- Mindy (Ashley Fink) is the manager of The Melody Diner and has a crush on Dez. Dez himself has no interest in her and is more intimidated by her than anything, as Mindy is overbearing and aggressive.
- Brooke (Carrie Wampler) is entirely obsessed with Austin and is desperate to get back together with him.
- European Supermodel (Madison McMillin), real name unknown, was hired to be Austin's girlfriend by Trish as a cover-up. She appears again in "Tunes & Trials" as a candidate who the song "Steal Your Heart" is about.
- Val Crawford (Saidah Arrika Ekulona) is the manager of the group The Stray Kitties. She and the group have somewhat of a rivalry, since she is bitter over the group tricking her into allowing Ally to leave The Stray Kitties.
- Ronnie Ramone (Joe Rowley) is the owner of Ramone Records, who signs Ally to his record label.
- Carrie (Hannah Kat Jones) is a waitress at Shredder's Beach Club, Piper's sister, and Dez's girlfriend. She broke up with him in Los Angeles, but they got back together in "Wedding Bells & Wacky Birds".
- Piper (Hayley Erin) is Carrie's sister and Austin's ex-girlfriend.
- Jace (Cameron Deane Stewart) is a boy who Trish met when she was on tour and Trish's long-distance boyfriend.
- Gavin Young (Cameron Jebo) is a country performer and Ally's ex-boyfriend.
- Lily (Mimi Kirkland) is a student in A&A Music Factory.
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||19||December 2, 2011||September 9, 2012|
|2||26||October 7, 2012||September 29, 2013|
|3||22||October 27, 2013||November 23, 2014|
|4||20||January 18, 2015||January 10, 2016|
In November 2012, Disney Channel announced that the show would crossover with Jessie as an hour-long special episode titled "Austin & JESSIE & Ally All Star New Year". The special aired on December 7, 2012, in which Austin finally gets to perform in Times Square on New Year's Eve like he has always dreamed of, with help from Jessie (Debby Ryan) and the Ross kids. Later, Jessie and the kids travel to Miami with the group. Jessie inadvertently steals lyrics that were written by Zuri (Skai Jackson) and tries to get Austin to sing them with her. Meanwhile, Ravi (Karan Brar) is jealous to see that the family's pet lizard, Mrs. Kipling, may have a crush on Dez. It turns out that Mrs. Kipling does not like Dez at all.
Development and production
The series was created by Kevin Kopelow and Heath Seifert, the writers and producers of the Nickelodeon comedy series All That and the Disney Channel sitcoms Sonny with a Chance and Jonas. Production for the pilot episode began in mid-February 2011, and on May 24, 2011, Disney Channel announced that Austin & Ally had been picked up as a series. They initially ordered 13 episodes, though that number was later increased to 21; however, only 19 aired. The first promo for the series was released in October 2011, during Disney Channel's Make Your Mark: The Ultimate Dance-Off event. A series preview followed the premiere of the Disney Channel original movie, Good Luck Charlie, It's Christmas!, and the series officially premiered on December 4, 2011.
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|Austin & Ally||27||1||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|Austin & Ally: Turn It Up||
|Austin & Ally: Take It from the Top||
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.|
|"Can't Do It without You" (Austin & Ally Main Title)||Ross Lynch||Rockers & Writers||Austin & Ally|
|"Break Down the Walls"|
|"A Billion Hits"||Kangaroos & Chaos|
|"Not a Love Song"||Secrets & Songbooks|
|"It's Me, It's You"||Zaliens & Cloud Watchers|
|"The Butterfly Song"||Ross Lynch
|Bloggers & Butterflies||N/A|
|"Trash Talka"||James Earl ft.
|Tickets & Trashbags||N/A|
|"Better Together"||Ross Lynch||Managers & Meatballs||Austin & Ally|
|"You Don't See Me"||Laura Marano||Deejays & Demos||N/A|
|"Heard It on the Radio"||Ross Lynch||Songwriting & Starfish||Austin & Ally|
|"Heart Beat"||Diners & Daters|
|"Na Na Na (The Summer Song)"||Everglades & Allygaters|
|"The Way That You Do"||Successes & Setbacks|
|"Illusion"||Albums & Auditions|
|"Don't Look Down"||Ross Lynch
|Costumes & Courage||Austin & Ally: Turn It Up|
|"Who I Am"||Ross Lynch||Magazines & Made-Up Stuff|
|"Got It 2"||Ross Lynch
|Crybabies & Cologne|
|"Christmas Soul"||Ross Lynch||Austin & Jessie & Ally All Star New Year||Disney Channel Holiday Playlist|
|"Can You Feel It"||Can You Feel It - Single|
|"Face to Face"||Ross Lynch
|Austin & Ally: Turn It Up|
|"No Ordinary Day"||Ross Lynch||Ferris Wheels & Funky Breath||N/A|
|"You Can Come to Me"||Ross Lynch
|Chapters & Choices||Disney Channel Play It Loud|
|"I Think About You"||Ross Lynch||Partners & Parachutes||Austin & Ally: Turn It Up|
|"Finally Me"||Laura Marano||Tracks & Trouble|
|"The Ally Way"||Viral Videos & Very Bad Dancing||N/A|
|"Steal Your Heart"||Ross Lynch||Tunes & Trials||Austin & Ally: Turn It Up|
|"Timeless"||Future Sounds & Festival Songs||Disney Channel Play It Loud|
|"Living in the Moment"||Sports & Sprains||N/A|
|"I Got That Rock and Roll"||Beach Bums & Bling||Disney Channel Play It Loud|
|"The Me That You Don't See"||Laura Marano||Fresh Starts & Farewells|
|"Better Than This"||Ross Lynch||Austin & Ally: Turn It Up|
|"Chasin' the Beat of My Heart"||Road Trips & Reunions|
|"You Wish You Were Me"||Raini Rodriguez||What Ifs & Where's Austin||N/A|
|"Redial"||Laura Marano||Beach Clubs & BFFs||Austin & Ally: Turn It Up|
|"I Love Christmas"||Ross Lynch
|Mix-Ups & Mistletoes||Disney Holidays Unwrapped|
|"Austin & Ally Glee Club Mash Up"||Austin & Ally cast||Glee Clubs & Glory||Disney Channel Play It Loud|
|"Who U R"||Ross Lynch||Austin & Alias||Austin & Ally: Turn It Up|
|"Upside Down"||Princesses & Prizes|
|"Stuck on You"||Critics & Confidence|
|"Me and You"||Laura Marano
|Hunks & Homecoming|
|"What We're About"||Ross Lynch||Fanatics & Favors|
|"Look Out"||Ross Lynch
|Eggs & Extraterrestrials||N/A|
|"Superhero"||Ross Lynch||Beauties & Bullies||Austin & Ally: Turn It Up|
|"Parachute"||Laura Marano||Records & Wrecking Balls|
|"Can't Do It Without You" (Austin & Ally Main Title)||Ross Lynch
|Buzzcuts & Beginnings||Austin & Ally: Take It from the Top|
|"No Place Like Home"||Laura Marano|
|"Play My Song"||Mini-Me's & Muffin Baskets|
|"Dance Like Nobody's Watching"||Dancers & Ditzes|
|"Take It From the Top"||Ross Lynch||Comebacks & Crystal Balls|
|"Jump Back, Kiss Yourself"||Cap and Gown & Can't Be Found||N/A|
|"Perfect Christmas"||Ross Lynch
|Santas & Surprises||N/A|
|"You've Got a Friend"||Raini Rodriguez||Musicals & Moving On||N/A|
|"Two in a Million"||Ross Lynch
|Duets & Destiny||N/A|
Awards and nominations
|2013||Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite TV Actor||Ross Lynch||Won|
|Radio Disney Music Awards||Best Music Video – Heard It on the Radio||Won|
|Imagen Awards||Best Young Television Actress||Raini Rodriguez||Won|
|Kids' Choice Awards Argentina||Best International TV Show||Austin & Ally||Nominated|
|2014||Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite TV Actor||Ross Lynch||Won|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Show: Comedy||Austin & Ally||Nominated|
|Choice TV Actor: Comedy||Ross Lynch||Won|
|Choice TV Actress: Comedy||Laura Marano||Nominated|
|Kids' Choice Awards Mexico||International Program||Austin & Ally||Nominated|
|2015||Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite TV Kids Show||Austin & Ally||Won|
|Favorite TV Actor||Ross Lynch||Won|
|Favorite TV Actress||Laura Marano||Won|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Actor: Comedy||Ross Lynch||Won|
|Choice Summer TV Star: Female||Laura Marano||Nominated|
|Choice TV Show: Comedy||Austin & Ally||Nominated|
|Choice TV Chemistry||Ross Lynch & Laura Marano||Nominated|
|Kids' Choice Awards Mexico||International Program||Austin & Ally||Won|
|Kids' Choice Awards Colombia||International Program||Austin & Ally||Won|
|Imagen Awards||Best Supporting Actress – Television||Raini Rodriguez||Nominated|
|Meus Prêmios Nick||Favorite TV Show||Austin & Ally||Won|
|Kids' Choice Awards Argentina||International Program||Austin & Ally||Won|
|2016||Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite TV Show||Austin & Ally||Pending|
|Favorite Male TV Star – Kids' Show||Ross Lynch||Pending|
|Favorite Female TV Star – Kid's Show||Laura Marano||Pending|
The series airs worldwide on Disney Channel. It aired as a preview in Canada alongside the original broadcast and premiered on January 20, 2012. It premiered in Singapore on March 3, 2012, and in Australia and New Zealand on March 23, 2012. In India, the series premiered on Disney Channel on December 1, 2013. In the UK and Ireland the series aired a preview on March 30, 2012, and premiered on April 20, 2012. The series will broadcast on Disney Channel in Canada starting September 1, 2015, with Raini Rodriguez and Calum Worthy introducing the series with special contests and events.
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