Austin & Ally
|Austin & Ally|
|Created by||Kevin Kopelow & Heath Seifert|
|Theme music composer||
|Opening theme||"Can't Do It Without You"[a]|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||87 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||22–26 minutes|
|Original network||Disney Channel|
|Original release||December 2, 2011– January 10, 2016|
Austin & Ally is an American teen sitcom that premiered on Disney Channel on December 2, 2011, and ended on January 10, 2016. The series was created by Kevin Kopelow & 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, who is fun-loving and outgoing, and introverted and awkward songwriter Ally Dawson, who is a singer, but has a bad case of stage fright.
In the pilot, "Rockers & Writers", Austin overhears Ally singing a song she's written. Later, he changes the tempo of the song and sings it himself, although he's completely forgotten it's the same song he heard Ally singing. He becomes famous from it after his best friend, Dez, directs Austin in a music video for the song and posts it on the Internet, making Austin an overnight sensation. Once Ally takes credit for her song, she and Austin work together on a second song. At the end of the episode, Austin convinces her to become his partner, and the two agree to work together and eventually become close friends. Ally's best friend, Trish, pitches in as Austin's manager and Dez continues to direct Austin's music videos. 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, Trish starts her own management company, and Dez goes to film school in Los Angeles.
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.
- 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. In the series finale, it is revealed that Austin is married to Ally and they have two children named Alex and Ava.
- Ally Dawson (Laura Marano) is a smart girl and a singer-songwriter with severe stage fright and a quiet, shy personality. Ally's father ran a music store and that's where Ally learned to love music and writing songs. 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. In the series finale, it is revealed that Ally is married to Austin and they have two children named Alex and Ava.
- Trish (Raini Rodriguez) is Ally's best friend and Austin's manager. She is sarcastic, snarky, lazy, 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 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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. The series officially premiered on December 2, 2011. The series was renewed for a second season and resumed production in summer 2012. The second season premiered on October 7, 2012. The series was renewed for a third season by Disney Channel on April 2, 2013. The third season premiered on October 27, 2013, and production ended on January 24, 2014. The series was renewed for a fourth season on April 25, 2014, which premiered on January 18, 2015. On February 6, 2015, Laura Marano stated that the fourth season would be the final season. The final episode aired on January 10, 2016.
|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 series 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 and the Ross children. Later, Jessie and the children travel to Miami with the group. Jessie inadvertently steals lyrics that were written by Zuri and tries to get Austin to sing them with her. Meanwhile, Ravi is jealous to see that the family's pet lizard, Mrs. Kipling, may have a crush on Dez, though it turns out that Mrs. Kipling does not like Dez at all.
|Season||Episodes||First aired||Last aired||Avg. viewers
|1||19||December 2, 2011||5.66||September 9, 2012||2.95||3.25|
|2||26||October 7, 2012||4.02||September 29, 2013||3.27||3.5|
|3||21||October 27, 2013||3.28||November 23, 2014||2.90||2.6|
|4||20||January 18, 2015||3.08||January 10, 2016||3.20||2.13|
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 premiered on Disney Channel in Canada on September 1, 2015, with Raini Rodriguez and Calum Worthy introducing the series with special contests and events.
|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|
|"You've Got a Friend"||Raini Rodriguez||Musicals & Moving On|
|"Two in a Million"||Ross Lynch
|Duets & Destiny|
Awards and nominations
|2013||Kids' Choice Awards Argentina||Best International TV Show||Nominated|
|2014||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Show: Comedy||Nominated|
|Kids' Choice Awards Mexico||International Program||Nominated|
|2015||Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite TV Show||Won|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Show: Comedy||Nominated|
|Kids' Choice Awards Mexico||International Program||Won|
|Kids' Choice Awards Colombia||International Program||Won|
|Meus Prêmios Nick||Favorite TV Show||Won|
|Kids' Choice Awards Argentina||International Program||Won|
|2016||Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite TV Show – Kids Show||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Show: Comedy||Nominated|
- Performed by Ross Lynch in the first three seasons, and Ross Lynch and Laura Marano in the fourth season.
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