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Meet Lizzie [=McGuire=], a completely normal 13-year old girl, living a completely normal life. She goes to a completely normal school, with students (The AlphaBitch Kate Sanders, [[TheDitz ditzy]] hottie Ethan Kraft), and friends (dependable but emotional Miranda Sanchez, TeenGenius David Gordon, aka Gordo). Her home life is completely stereotypical, with a NuclearFamily that consists of her gnome-loving dad, Sam; level-headed mom, Jo, and bratty brother, Matt.

Also, Lizzie has an animated conscience inside her head narrating her every move.

This (and the transformation of HilaryDuff into an IdolSinger) managed to keep this series on DisneyChannel for a full 65 episodes. From January, 2001 to February, 2004. It is commonly {{misblamed}} for being the first of Disney's tween sitcoms geared toward a more surburban audience, when the first being ''ThatsSoRaven''...being created by that one company known as [[HannahMontana Its]] [[TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody A]] [[SonnyWithAChance Laugh]] [[WizardsOfWaverlyPlace Productions]], but not the last Disney Channel shows (not counting cartoons) not made by that company, the last being ''PhilOfTheFuture''.

It also has the honor of being the first Disney Channel Live Action TV series to gain a theatrical movie. A feat followed by its SpiritualSuccessor, ''HannahMontana''

Now has a [[Characters/LizzieMcGuire Character page]].
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!!This show provides examples of:
* AbsenteeActor: Lalaine left the show towards the end of its run (in production, not broadcast order), and gets various excuses for missing episodes.
* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: An interesting example of this one. Instead of using the original opening, the Japanese dub uses a dubbed version of "I Can't Wait" sung by Chieko Kawabe.
* ActingForTwo: Duff plays Lizzie and Isabella in the movie.
* AdultsAreUseless: Averted in a few places (usually with Jo), particuarly "Lizzie's Eleven".
* AnAesop: Delivered at the end of each episode.
* AlphaBitch: Played ludicrously straight with evil head cheerleader Kate.
** Complete with GirlPosse, right down to having a second-in-command who's even ''more'' of an AlphaBitch than she is.
*** Just to elaborate on the point above. When Kate broke her leg and her second in command took her position at the top, she banned non popular girls from using the bathrooms, and wouldn't let non popular students use tables for lunch forcing them to sit on the grass.......[[AdultsAreUseless all of which could have been avoided if they told a teacher]], she was doing it to every kid in school not just Lizzie, the teachers would have believed half the student body complaining about the same girl. She does this to Kate as well. Once Kate recovers though the second in command breaks her leg, but Kate treats her no differently.
* AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents: It varied from episode to episode, but Lizzie's parents would sometimes qualify for this trope depending on their actions, though Jo was usually embarrassing for being overly motherly while Sam was more consistently embarrassing for just being himself.
* AnimationBump: Animated Lizzie gets one [[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-x_W2dqjRGLw/TiFPlMenTGI/AAAAAAAABQU/-v_7Z9nhNrU/s1600/lizziemcguiremovie19.jpg in the feature film]], as compared to her appearance in the series.
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Matt.
* ArtEvolution: Lizzie's animated alter ego changed a lot as time went on. She started out as a [[http://i.imgur.com/hGjKh.png sketch that a first-grader could draw]] and then evolved into her final form, which while simplistic, is leagues ahead of where she started.
* BigBad: Kate at first, though in the movie [[spoiler: she had a HeelFaceTurn and the role is taken over by Paolo Valisari.]]
* BlackHoleBelly: Toon Lizzie has been seen swallowing some pretty big (to her) food items whole without any change to her size except for maybe a split second of DinnerDeformation on occasion.
* BrainlessBeauty: Ethan is the handsome target of affection for every girl in school, and is buffoonish to the point of being a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, complete with "wooshing" sound-effects when he says dumb things.
** [[UpToEleven His stepmom is even dumber]].
* BrokenTreasure: Subverted in that Mom had broken the treasure years earlier.
* BumblingDad: Sam, a lot of the time. He has his moments, and isn't a {{Jerkass}} like many sitcom dads are, but he's a gnome-collecting doofus who has no concept of teenage issues.
* TheButlerDidIt: A DiscussedTrope in "Clue-Less", the episode where Lizzie has a Whodunit murder mystery party.
* CannotSpitItOut: Gordo likes Lizzie. If only he could tell her.
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: Lizzie and Gordo have been friends since they were one day old. The series finale and TheMovie both imply that Gordo does in fact get the girl.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Danny Kessler, the original "hottie" character, was in only two episodes after the pilot. He and his replacement, Ethan Craft, even appear in one episode together (in which the latter is introduced for the first time, [[CharacterizationMarchesOn and his "wannabe gangsta" traits are played up a lot more]]). He then vanishes without a trace, though he is randomly name-dropped in the movie, two years later.
** On the show, Matt's best friend was Lanny while Melina was a minor RecurringCharacter. In the movie, Lanny is gone and Melina seems to have replaced him.
* CoolLoser: Lizzie isn't supposed to be ''ugly'', but she's considered a loser. RogerEbert laughed at this in his review of the film, wondering how someone with a smile ''that shines brighter than all the stars in the sky'' could be unpopular.
** The show once explained that Lizzie and Miranda are losers because they developed later than the other girls. The friends that developed early turned on them.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: (in a later episode than the FunnyAneurysmMoment):
-->'''Gordo:''' Besides, I'm more into those classy European types of girls anyway.\\
'''Ethan:''' Oh, you mean like BritneySpears?
* CompressedVice: Several, most notably Miranda's eating disorder, which consisted of skipping lunch.
* CostumePorn: Lizzie and Isabella in TheMovie
* CreditCardPlot: Gordo gets one...and tries to make a "big budget" movie with a $5,000 line of credit.
* DarkHorseVictory: An election between rivals Lizzie and Claire and icky geek Tudgeman...who do you think wins?
* DeadpanSnarker: Most to all of the characters have their fair share, but this is practically the reason Animated-Lizzie exists.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Kate in TheMovie, in which she was built up to more-or-less replace Miranda.
* She has a few moments in the series as well. Most notably when she is paired with Lizzie for a school project. The two wonder what happened to their relationship. In the end nothing changes in these episodes.
* {{Dojikko}}: Lizzie, strangely enough for a North American series. This was {{flanderized}} in the movie.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Gordo's [[AcceptableHobbyTargets roleplaying game experience]], which is treated like a drug addiction, complete with an "intervention" from his friends.
* DoomedNewClothes: In one episode where Lizzie bought expensive jeans and spilled smoothie all over them, ruining her plans to return them after the school's "Best Dressed" contest.
** Also in "Picture Day", you know after angsting on whether to wear her new blouse or her grandma's [[HomemadeSweaterFromHell hideous sweater]] that that new blouse is going down in a HeroicSacrifice.
* DoubleVision: Hilary Duff performs a duet with herself in TheMovie, playing both Lizzie and Isabella.
* DressesTheSame: Miranda and Kate where the same outfit in "Picture Day", thus precipitating the DoomedNewClothes above.
* ExtravertedNerd: Lawrence "Larry" Tudgeman III.
* FollowTheLeader: Every single Disney Channel original sitcom owes its existence to this show's success.
* FormerFriendOfAlphaBitch: Lizzie and Kate. Actually addressed in a late season one episode when the two work together on a school project.
** Actually Lizzie mentions that she used to be friends with Kate in the pilot but "then she grew breasts" and blew her off. This fact is not pointed out very often afterwards.
* FourthWallMailSlot: Utilized in commercials.
* FreakyFridayFlip: Lizzie and Matt switch bodies for a day.
* FullNameUltimatum: During an episode where Lizzie wanted to go to Kate's unsupervised birthday party, Lizzie's mom uses it on her.
-->'''Jo:''' Elizabeth Brooke [=McGuire=]!!
* GarageBand: Matt once started one for a subplot.
* GoldenMoment: Sometimes occurs in the more {{Anvilicious}} episodes.
* GoshDangItToHeck: Since it's Disney we're talking.
-->'''Miranda:''' Parker is such a witch...
* GreekChorus: The Ani-Lizzie.
* GuiltyPleasures: Clover and Daisy is a guilty pleasure to Miranda and Lizzie.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Lizzie, being a young, kind NaiveEverygirl.
* HiddenDepths: Kate. One episode revolves around her and Lizzie having to work together and it lead to them remembering they used to be good friends. At the end of the episode Kate and Lizzie smile at each other briefly. While Kate doesn't stop being The AlphaBitch, we do see her have some nice moments with Lizzie over the course of the series and TheMovie.
* HilariousOuttakes: At the end of every episode. [[AnimatedActors Cartoon Lizzie]] always gets one made too.
* HongKongDub: Parodied when Matt and Gordo make an audition tape for being in the new Jet Li film.
* HormoneAddledTeenager: And you're watching DisneyChannel!
* IdolSinger: Hilary Duff. This show started the long trend of the DisneyChannel using its live-action shows as vehicles for its Idol Singers.
** ImageSong: A Western example being "I Can't Wait".
** Lalaine also ventured into a singing career, recording an album, ''Inside Story'', a few singles and some unreleased material.
* InformedAttractiveness: Kate is portrayed as being the Queen Bee of the school, and much is made of her "bustiness". In a show like this, she's not any more attractive than most background girls.
** Also Ethan Kraft.
* InstantWebHit
* IronicName: In "Bad Girl [=McGuire=]", Lizzie is [[ToxicFriendInfluence led astray]] by a {{Goth}} girl named "Angel". The video Gordo and Miranda make for Lizzie's intervention {{Lampshades}} this, referring to her as "a devil named Angel".
* JustAStupidAccent: When Lizzie goes to Rome in TheMovie, we learn that Italians all speak English with Italian accents. They even perform pop musical numbers in English. So did the Italian audience spend the whole "What Dreams Are Made Of" number wondering what on earth Lizzie and Isabella were singing about?
* JustFriends: Gordo to ObliviousToLove Lizzie. She's so oblivious it takes The AlphaBitch informing her before she realises.
** Just as the series as a whole was something of a watershed and lead to multiple new shows that were more serialised and included developing romance arcs, it also paved the way for more JustFriends relationships in the shows that followed: Series/ICarly (Which itself is {{Nickelodeon}}'s AlternateCompanyEquivalent), {{Zoey 101}}, NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide, PhilOfTheFuture, Series/ANTFarm, and even WesternAnimation such as WesternAnimation/KimPossible and WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom all contain such relationships between the main character and a best friend and all came after LizzieMcGuire ended.
*** In a way LizzieMcGuire is the TropeCodifier to the JustFriends relationship in post 2000 television, after SlapSlapKiss Love/Hate type couples had dominated the 90's and the Ron/Hermione ship in ''Literature/HarryPotter'' had introduced it all over again.
* KidsShouldntWatchHorrorFilms: Matt gets scared watching a horror film, though it happens with his parents present. He ends up trying to Feng Shui the house to get rid of evil spirits.
* LastMinuteHookup: Lizzie and Gordo got to have their kiss in the last scene of TheMovie.
* {{Leitmotif}}: Whenever Matt is the focus of a scene, the same cheery, bouncy melody can be heard in the background.
* LighterAndSofter: The first season was comparatively edgy for a Disney show, with more cynical humor and ''a lot'' of references to puberty and the AlphaBitch's chest size. Afterwords, it settled into the family-friendlyness Disney Channel is better known for.
** For maximum MoodWhiplash, compare the show's pilot to TheMovie. You'll go from something JudyBlume might have written to what's blatantly a WishFulfillment ChickFlick.
* LittleBoySeeksBigGirl: Matt towards Miranda in "Working Girl".
* LoveMakesYouDumb: Miranda in "Movin' On Up".
* MacGuffin: {{Lampshaded}}. The murdered character in the Whodunit episode is named "Lord [=MacGuffin=]".
* ManipulativeBastard: Kate can manipulate boys into doing anything.
* TheMerch: Fortune magazine estimated in 2003 that Lizzie [=McGuire=] merchandise had earned the Walt Disney Co. nearly ''$100 million''! That's from Radio Disney's big CD promotion, books based on the episodes being sold, mystery books starring Lizzie (much in the same vein as the MaryKateAndAshleyOlsen mystery books), TokyoPOP manga adaptations, bed sheets, {{Franchise/Barbie}} dolls, board games, and TheMovie.
* MickeyMousing: Often goofy sound effects and musical stings in the background are syncopated with the actors' gestures and movements [[RuleOfFunny for comedic effect]].
* {{Misblamed}}: For being the first Disney Channel sitcom. It is true that it's the first and the key show that catapulted DisneyChannel to overnight success...only to be lost by ThatsSoRaven, which stole almost all of its thunder.
** Many people like to point to ''Series/EvenStevens'', which started a year before either show, as the transition point from old Disney Channel to new Disney Channel.
* TheMovie
* {{Montages}}: OnceAnEpisode. Usually a pop song with some relevance to the action at hand would play over the montage.
* MustacheVandalism: Discussed when the cast gets issued their school yearbooks. Gordo rhetorically asks his friends what the first thing anyone does with their new yearbook is. Miranda and Lizzie say it's to draw a mustache on the gym teacher.
* MysteriousWoman: In "Just Friends", Ethan reveals that women who follow this trope are his [[HasAType type]].
* NaiveEveryGirl: Lizzie.
* NiceJewishBoy: Gordo.
* NotImportantToThisEpisodeCamp: Miranda gets plenty of excuses for not being in the last few eps (Once she was "visiting her Grandma". Another time she was "sick")... but gets fully PutOnABus in TheMovie, with Lizzie saying she's off visiting family in Mexico rather than going on the school trip.
* ObliviousToLove: Seriously? ''Lizzie''. It's ridiculous that it takes her until [[spoiler:the Whodunit episode]] to figure out Gordo loves her. And she needs to have it spelled out to her by ''[[JerkassHasAPoint Kate]]'' of all people.
* OnceAnEpisode: Subtle, but for whatever reason Miranda wears some article of clothing (usually a shirt) with a British flag on it at some point in every episode.
* OurFounder: Lizzie's school has a bust of the first principal, which Kate wrecks in the episode "You're a Good Man, Lizzie [=McGuire=]".
* ParentalBonus: A surprisingly large number of these.
* ThePlan: Lizzie and her friends are actually joined by her mom to pull off a surprisingly masterful one in "Lizzie's Eleven".
* PopularIsDumb: Ethan, and to a lesser extent Kate. It's revealed in one episode that Kate got held back because she somehow flunked kindergarten.
** Two drones Kate had in one episode left her because they were so stupid they thought Kate had wet herself even when they saw the drink splash on her.
* PowerTrio: Miranda=Id, Gordo=Superego, and Lizzie=Ego.
* PutOnABus: Miranda in TheMovie.
* NewJobEpisode
* TheRashomon: The food fight episode.
* RawEggsMakeYouStronger: Lizzie's mother serves her glasses of raw eggs as she trains for a rhythmic gymnastics competition, but Lizzie dumps the eggs into a frying pan instead of drinking them.
* RiskyBusinessDance: In Episode 10 of Season 1.
* RomanticFalseLead:
** In the movie, Paolo.
** Also, Ronnie the paperboy. This is before Lizzie and Gordo were an OfficialCouple.
* SequelNonEntity: Miranda is missing from several of the last episodes of the series, and is only mentioned in passing as being "in Mexico with her family" during TheMovie.
* SeriesFauxnale: "Bye Bye Hillridge Junior High" and ''The Lizzie [=McGuire=] Movie'' showed Lizzie and Gordo graduate middle school and grow closer romantically, but since Disney Channel aired several of their shows' episodes at this time in an order that often differed drastically from the production order, ten more episodes aired afterward. (This was likely done to conceal Miranda being PutOnABus.)
* ShakingHerHairLoose: In the murder mystery episode, Larry starts chatting up Veruca, both of them dressed in Edwardian era clothes. Veruca shakes her hair down as some faux-dramatic music plays.
* SilentBob: Lanny. The only times he ever talks are when he's on the phone and even then we never hear his side of the conversation.
** {{Lampshaded}} once:
--->'''Matt''': Lanny's not talking to me.\\
'''Sam''': How can you tell?
* SingleGirlSeeksMostPopularGuy: Lizzie and Miranda are totally gaga for Ethan Kraft, whose most positive quality (other than being attractive and popular) is that he's more of an idiot than a jerk.
* {{Snapback}}: It seems that ''every two episodes'' Lizzie finds out Gordo likes her, but in the next episode she goes back to being completely {{oblivious| to love}}.
* SuckECheeses: Sort of, a western-themed tourist trap called Grubby Longjohn's Western Emporium.
* StrawLoser: One of Lalaine's reasons for leaving the show.
* SplitScreenPhoneCall: A three-way variant with Lizzie, Miranda and Gordo.
* StockholmSyndrome: In [="Bad Girl McGuire"=], Lizzie developed this towards Angel.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Ethan Kraft replaced Danny Kessler as the popular guy the girls fawn over. A bit of an odd example since, as mentioned above, Danny and Ethan appeared together in an early episode where the latter was presented as a JerkJock and so later got hit with some CharacterizationMarchesOn to fit Danny's role.
* TechnologyMarchesOn: In an earlier episode, Matt and Lanny try to raise the money to buy ninety-dollar walkie-talkies. A floppy disk and a VHS tape make appearances in the same episode.
** Throughout the series, Lizzie, Miranda, and Gordo have landlines in their bedrooms rather than cell phones.
** In ''Rumors'', Lizzie and Miranda are chatting on a fake ICQ client while using ''Windows 98''!
** In "Lizzie and Kate's Big Adventure", Lizzie and Kate have to go to an Internet café in order to get [=DSL=].
* ThreeAmigos
* TookALevelInJerkass: Kate prior to the start of the series as it's implied by her previous friendship with Lizzie that she was much nicer before hitting puberty and hanging out with the popular kids.
* TotallyRadical: Most of the kids indulged in this. Not to mention the veritable deluge of references to early-2000s celebrities and music.
* TropeMaker: For the DisneyChannel {{Kidcom}} formula. Something of an UnbuiltTrope as well, since ''Lizzie [=McGuire=]'' lacks many elements of the formula, most notably a LaughTrack or a HighConcept premise.
* TwoGirlsAndAGuy: With Lizzie and Gordo ending up together, and no LoveTriangle involved.
* TwoLinesNoWaiting: Matt would ''always'' have a sub-plot in every episode that didn't involve him the A-plot; usually he would drag his parents along for the ride.
* UnlimitedWardrobe
** Except Tudgeman. And animated Lizzie.
** {{Lampshaded}} (kinda) in the movie, when Kate accuses Lizzie of being an "outfit repeater".
* UnrequitedLoveSwitcheroo: A few lines on the show and commercial spots stated that Lizzie had a crush on Gordo when they were in the fourth grade. Come junior high, Gordo is the one crushing on Lizzie, who instead has other crushes on her mind.
* VerySpecialEpisode: One dealing with Miranda's weight problem.
* WalkOnTheWildSideEpisode
* WithAFriendAndAStranger: Lizzie (the main character), Gordo (the childhood friend and LoveInterest of Lizzie) and Miranda (the stranger).
* WomenAreWiser: Jo is ''much'' more savvy and wise to her kids' games than poor Sam is. Lizzie even says once "Come on- we're just fooling dad here! It's not like we're fooling ''mom''!"
** Inverted in one episode where Sam manages to get Lizzie to open up to him, which Jo has trying trying and failing at doing, by sitting there and letting her talk. It's meant as an aesop for Jo who learns she has to listen to whats wrong with her daughter rather than 'telling' her whats wrong with her "with words like 'Hormones'".
** Inverted quite a lot when it comes to Lizze, Miranda and Gordo. Quite often it is the boy Gordo who is wiser than the girls, is often shown to be more mature and is above caring what others think of his tastes.
* YouGoGirl: "One of the Guys", when Lizzie turns out to be really good at flag football.
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