''What I Like About You'' is a 2002-2006 [[TheWB Frog network]] sitcom about two sisters living in [[BigApplesauce New York]]. Holly Tyler ([[TheAmandaShow Amanda Bynes]]) is an impulsive, hyperactive teenager; Val Tyler (Jennie Garth) is hyperorganized neat freak nearing 30.

In addition to coping with each other, they also have to deal with their friends (in order of appearance):
* Gary Thorpe (Wesley Jonathan), Holly's longtime best friend
* Jeff Campbell (Simon Rex), Val's boyfriend (in season 1 only)
* Henry Gibson (Michael [=McMillan=]), Holly's {{first love}}
* Lauren (Leslie Grossman), Val's work-rival-turned-business-partner
* Vic Meladeo (Dan Cortese), Val's (eventually ex-) boss [[spoiler:and eventual husband]]
* Vince (Nick Zano), either a hunk or a sleaze
* Peter (Stephen Dunham), Vic's chauvinistic replacement
* Tina Haven (Alison Munn), Holly's female confidante & bad influence
* Ben Sheffield ([[LegendOfTheSeeker David de Lautour]]), a musician Holly meets in Europe

(Characters with [[OnlyOneName no last name given]] are [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin exactly that]].)

Created by DanSchneider[[note]]it, along with ''Guys Like Us'' (produced for {{UPN}}) are the only shows Schneider created/produced shown first-run outside of {{Nickelodeon}}[[/note]] and [[{{Friends}} Wil Calhoun]]. Correspondingly, it mixed SlapStick with [[RomanticComedy relationship comedy]].
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!!Contains examples of:
* ActorAllusion: Holly's old standup comedy tape in "Dangerous Liasons" is the actual routine that got Bynes hired for ''Series/AllThat'' back in the day.
** Val and Todd's backstory in the same episode is a ''90210 plot''; Todd is played by Luke Perry.
** In the Season 4 episode where Holly and Val's father returns [[TheOtherDarrin as Barry Bostwick]], this time [[spoiler: gay]], he and the entire cast sing the {{Grease}} song, ''Summer Nights''. Bostwick was the first Danny Zuko in the original, 1973 Broadway production
* {{Adorkable}}: Gary in the beginning, when he's a virgin who believes in conspiracy theories about pyramids and Stonehenge. Later, Henry.
* AllGuysWantCheerleaders: Val buys and puts on a cheerleader uniform for Jeff, though it gets awkward when he comes to introduce her to his mother while she has it on.
* AllJustADream: Val's drunken marriage to Todd the plumber at the end of season 3/beginning of season 4. [[spoiler:When she wakes up, though, the drunken marriage to Vic is real.]]
* AmicableExes: Ben and his estranged wife.
** Ben and Holly eventually, as she continues being his manager.
** Holly and Henry eventually become this.
* AnythingThatMoves: Lauren.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Val is afraid of sharks, bears and leaving the house with the flat iron on.
* BelligerentSexualTension: Gary and Tina. Val and Peter.
* BettyAndVeronica: Henry and Vince are this for a while to Holly's Archie. When she comes back from Europe, she brings [[ThirdOptionLoveInterest Ben]] with her.
* BigApplesauce: Duh!
* BorrowedCatchphrase
-->[[spoiler: Ben's wife]]: Benji!
-->'''Ben''': Oh my damn!
* BrandX: Holly & Gary's "[=iBop=]" music player. Justified on the "Palm Pirate" and "Rulex" as Jeff being conned into buying knockoffs.
* ButtMonkey: Henry especially but Gary has moments too, particular before Henry was introduced.
* CallBack: "The Talk" has one to Gary's crush on Val in the first few episodes.
* TheCastShowoff: A musician [[CastTheExpert was cast as Ben specifically for this]]. Allison Munn (Tina) also gets an episode to show off her voice.
** Averted by Holly several times throughout the series; Bynes is a pro at StylisticSuck singing.
** Although there is a video shown of a very young Holly doing stand-up comedy, which actually is a video Amanda Bynes performing.
* CatchPhrase: Gary's "Oh my damn!"
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Lauren was first introduced as a fellow employee at Val's office who was smart and competent enough to pose as a threat to Val. Yet after she was introduced the second time and became a permanent cast member, her character became a stereotypically dumb blonde who's too dumb to be believable.
* ComingOutStory: "Someone's In the Kitchen with Daddy", in which Val and Holly's father comes out to them, was nominated for a GLAAD Medis Award.
* ADateWithRosiePalms: {{Implied}}:
-->'''Lauren''': When I don't have a boyfriend, I get to know myself pretty well.
* DawsonCasting: Extremely averted with Holly (who's in-universe birthdays were near Bynes'). Played straight with Henry, Vince and Gary, all of whom were played by actors who were 24/25 at the time of their introductions, and Tina, whose actress was 28 at the time of her introduction.
* DistractedByTheSexy: [[EvenTheGuysWantHim Everyone]] (except Holly) whenever Gary is shirtless.
* DoggedNiceGuy: Henry, when we first meet him. [[spoiler:Vic, when he returns.]]
* DoppelgangerDating: Henry dates another girl at college named Holly, which is commented on.
* EmbarrassingMiddleName: Gary Johann Thorpe
* FieryRedhead: Tina
* {{Foreshadowing}}: [[spoiler:Double-]]Subverted. "Loose Lips" is a perfect setup for a developing Val-Vic romance in season 2. Then, over the summer, he leaves the firm. [[spoiler:Two years later, he shows up & marries Val.]]
** Ironically, and perhaps {{Squick}}ily, he had no problem flirting shamelessly with Holly in his first appearance.
* FriendsRentControl: Justified & semi-averted. At the start of the series, Val's been in the same apartment for several years, with a high-paying, upper-executive job & a roommate to split rent with and their father sends her money for Holly's expenses.
** "Tyler v. World" shows a tiny, filthy, unlivable rat trap going for the same rent she's currently paying, at which point Val lampshades the rent control.
** The huge loft the Tylers move to in "The Loft" is offered at the ''same'' rent level by the owner after Holly does him a huge personal favor, & once Holly's gainfully employed in season 3, she splits the rent with Val.
* GrandFinale: "Finally..."
* GrandparentalObliviousness: Implied, since Nana does not have glaucoma, [[StonersAreFunny but medicates herself as though she did]].
* GuideDangIt: Jeff's last name is seen only in the season 1 DVD cases.
* HalloweenEpisode: Two (seasons 3 & 4). Also two Thanksgiving episodes (seasons 1 & 4) and a Valentine's Day episode (season 1). No ChristmasEpisode, though.
* HilarityEnsues: Holly's plans are about as effective as those of [[ILoveLucy Lucy Ricardo]].
* IntergenerationalFriendship: Gary and Jeff.
* TheInternetIsForPorn: Lauren is very surprised when Holly tells her that there are other things on the Internet besides porn.
* IvyLeagueForEveryone: Val went to Columbia, Peter went to Yale, Lauren's doctor boyfriend went to Harvard Medical School, and [[HollywoodNerd Henry]] [[PutOnABus attends Princeton.]] One episode revolved around Holly's interview with Columbia and her decision not to apply to Columbia.
* LocalHangout: Changed over the years: Jeff's restaurant, the bar, the diner, and the bakery.
* AManIsNotAVirgin: Played with. Gary begins the series a virgin, & Henry's sexual resumé consists solely of his first time, though a fraction of Vince's or Peter's experience dwarfs them both combined.
* TheMatchmaker: Holly and Lauren, for Val and Vic.
* MinorFlawMajorBreakup: After breaking up with Jeff, Val spends a couple episodes being hyper-picky about dating prospects.
* MissingMom: Holly and Val's mother died.
* MyFriendsAndZoidberg
--> '''Holly''': ''(To Vic on proposing to Val)'' What could be better than giving her in front of all the people she loves? ...and Tina.
** Later:
---> '''Vic''': ''(Proposing to Val)'' So I want to ask you, in front of all the people you love...and Tina...
* MyGirlIsASlut: Tina, Tina, Lauren, and Tina.
** [[OverlyLongGag Did we mention Tina]]?
* MyGirlIsNotASlut: Holly. Val tries.
* NewJobEpisode: Played with. For Val & Lauren, the switch from public relations work to baking was permanent, [[spoiler:as were Vince's shift from bike-messaging to real estate & Vic's transition to firefighting]]. Holly, Gary, & Tina, on the other hand, often found themselves in assorted short-lived employments, though Holly eventually settled in as a music manager.
* NoodleIncident: Numerous. As mentioned above, the show was co-created by Creator/DanSchneider.
* OhCrap
* OneSteveLimit: Averted. After breaking up with Holly, Henry eventually goes out with another girl also named Holly in college. Unfortunately, when Vince sees Henry making in the dark, he automatically assumes it was the main Holly.
* TheOtherDarrin: Mr. Tyler was played by Peter Scolari in the pilot; when he came home to visit twice in the last season, he became Barry Bostwick. [[spoiler:[[ComingOutStory And gay]].]]
* OutWithABang: {{Downplayed}}, Rick has a heart attack while in bed with Lauren, but he doesn't die.
* PairTheSpares: [[spoiler: Tina and Gary]]
* ParentalAbandonment: Mrs. Tyler is dead, and Mr. Tyler moves to Japan in the pilot. Gary's and Tina's respective parents are divorced. Vince hates his father.
* PlatonicLifePartners: Holly & Gary
* PoorCommunicationKills: Holly finds out about Jeff planning to get Val jewelry on Valentine's day, so she tells Val that he's planning to propose. He isn't, and in fact didn't ever want to get married, so they break up.
* PrecociousCrush: Gary to Val
* ProductPlacement: An episode was devoted to Holly and Tina competing to be in an Herbal Essences ad, both getting beat by the girl who was actually in the ad, which aired in the last scene of the episode.
* PromotionToParent: Val, since Holly doesn't want to do when their father moves to Japan and Val's roommate has just moved out.
* PutOnABus: Jeff, Peter, and Ben, no two of whom ever even met each other.
** Henry as well. [[TheBusCameBack He returned]] for one episode in Season 3, however.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Gary's crutches; Wesley Jonathan had injured himself in an exhibition basketball game.
* ReallyGetsAround: Tina and Vince.
* RealSongThemeTune: And TitledAfterTheSong to boot. The theme song used Lillix's cover of the song.
* RelationshipUpgrade: Holly & Vince, but then not, but then yes. [[spoiler:Gary & Tina in the finale.]]
* SexChangesEverything: [[spoiler:Holly went flipping '''''insane''''' after "Halloween".]]
* ShipSinking: Holly/Henry is sunk when Henry gives up when Holly comes back from Europe with [[ThirdOptionLoveInterest Ben.]]
* SiblingYinYang: Holly and Val start off like this, but through 4 years of rubbing off on each other, [[CharacterDevelopment both start to balance out]].
* SlapSlapKiss: Gary & Tina
* StalkerWithACrush: In the earliest episodes, Gary to Val. In season 3, Vince to Holly.
* TeensAreShort: Averted. Teenage Amanda Bynes was 5'8, making her taller than adult Jennie Garth who was 5'5. Many episodes would actually have Garth wearing high heels and Bynes in sneakers so that they would appear to be the same height (sometimes even making Garth look taller).
* ThreeAmigos: Holly, Tina, and Gary from season 2 onward.
* ThrowItIn: The season 1 gag reel suggests that Bynes does this a lot.
* TimeToMove: Played straight in "Tyler v. World", subverted in "The Loft" & "I Want My Baby Back".
* TokenMinority: Gary
* TokenMinorityCouple: Averted. Gary does have two black girlfriends during the show's run, but one of his first dates is with a white girl, he has a crush on Val for a while, [[spoiler:and he ultimately ends up with Tina]].
* UptightLovesWild: All of Val's love interests are notably more relaxed than she is.
* WalkOnTheWildSideEpisode: Jeff says to Val he wishes she was more spontaneous. She goes a bit wild during the episode but reveals at the end the whole experience "nearly killed me".
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: From season 4's "Halloween", does Gary '''''ever''''' get his apple butter!?
** And in one episode Val goes to a speed dating service, meets a very nice guy, who seems really interested. He stands her up. Val goes to look for him, but finds Peter instead. Never addressed: '''''what happened''''' to the mystery man?
* WhatTheHellHero: Lauren when she dates Val's ex-fiance, Rick, which almost ruins their friendship.
* WithAFriendAndAStranger: Holly (main character), Gary (the friend), and Tina (the stranger).
* WillTheyOrWontThey: Holly and Vince, once Henry is out of the picture. TheyDo.
* WriteWhoYouKnow: Ben writes a romantic song about Holly and then a mean one after they break up. In the second one ("Holly Tyler Sucks"), he changes her name to "Molly Myler" when he performs it in public.
* YouLookFamiliar: A couple former ''Series/BeverlyHills90210'' actors say this to Val.
* YourCheatingHeart: Holly's knowledge of Vince's past makes her paranoid about this.
** They even named an episode "Your Cheatin' Heart", which had Vince hook up with another girl while he and Holly were waiting until Henry moved on so they could get together.
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