(from left to right) Kelly, Flanagan, Jow, Roberts, Hagan, and Calloway
|Created by||Sue Rose|
|Theme music composer||Jill Sobule|
|Opening theme||"Unfabulous" performed by Jill Sobule|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||41 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Nickelodeon Productions|
|Original release||September 12, 2004– December 16, 2007|
Unfabulous is an American children's television series that aired on Nickelodeon. The series is about an "unfabulous" middle school student 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 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.
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 and Nickelodeon Canada.
Unfabulous's main character is a young teenage middle schooler named 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.
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.
- Emma Roberts portrays the 13-year-old main character Addie Singer.
- 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
- Chelsea Tavares as Cranberry
- Dustin Ingram as Duane Oglivy
- Mary Lou as Mary Ferry
- Raja Fenske as Jake Behari
- Bianca Collins as Patti Perez
- Sarah Hester as Jen Stevenson-Ben's girlfriend and co-worker at Juice!
- Harry Perry III as Manager Mike
- Mildred Dumas as Principal Brandywine
- Evan Palmer as Randy Klein
- Sean Whalen as Coach Pearson
- Brandon Smith as Mario
- Miracle Vincent as Ellie
- Shawn McGill as Freddy
- Carter Jenkins as Eli Pataki
- Shanica Knowles as Vanessa
|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|
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.
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. Two more books were released in February 2006, Starstruck (ISBN 0-439-83157-1) and Jinxed! (ISBN 0-439-83158-X).
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.
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").
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!.
|The Complete 1st Season||September 5, 2008 (USA)||1-13|
|Three-disc release, all 13 episodes, available just on Amazon.com, as a "CreateSpace" program of "Burn-On-Demand" DVDs.|
|The Complete 2nd Season||September 5, 2008 (USA)||14-28|
|Three-disc release, all 15 episodes, available just on Amazon.com, as a "CreateSpace" program of "Burn-On-Demand" DVDs.|
Awards and nominations
|2005||Young Artist Awards||Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) – Leading Young Actress||Emma Roberts||Nominated|||
|Best Performance in a Television Series (Comedy or Drama) – Recurring Young Actor||Carter Jenkins|
|Outstanding Young Performers in a TV Series||Jordan Calloway
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Breakout Show||Unfabulous|||
|Choice TV Breakout Performance – Female||Emma Roberts|
|2005 Australian Kids' Choice Awards||Fave TV Show||Unfabulous|||
|Fave Rising Star||Emma Roberts|
|Casting Society of America||Best Casting – Children's Programming||Harriet Greenspan|||
|2006||Young Artist Awards||Best Young Ensemble Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama)||Jordan Calloway
|Casting Society of America||Best Casting – Children's TV Programming||Harriet Greenspan|||
|2007||Young Artist Awards||Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) – Leading Young Actress||Emma Roberts|||
|Best Young Ensemble Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama)||Jordan Calloway
|Best Family Television Series (Comedy)||Unfabulous|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Actress: Comedy||Emma Roberts|||
|2007 Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite TV Actress||Emma Roberts|||
|2007 Australian Kids' Choice Awards||Fave Nick Show||Unfabulous|||
|2007 UK Kids' Choice Awards||Best TV Actress||Emma Roberts|||
|Casting Society of America||Best Casting – Children's TV Programming||Harriet Greenspan|||
|2008||Young Artist Awards||Best Performance in a TV Series – Leading Young Actress||Emma Roberts|||
|Best Performance in a TV Series – Supporting Young Actress||Malese Jow|
|Best Young Ensemble Performance in a TV Series||Jordan Calloway
|2008 Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite TV Actress||Emma Roberts|||
Notes and references
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- "MSN Live chat transcript". Archived from the original on May 5, 2006. Retrieved June 4, 2006.
- The character's last name is spelled both Behari and Bahari by Nickelodeon.
- Added to the main cast at the beginning of the second season.
- Petrecca, Laura (October 4, 2005). "TV fans can now dress the part". USA Today. Retrieved October 31, 2005.
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