Austin: You're a song writer with stage fright, and I'm a singer who loves being on stage! We're a perfect match! Austin & Ally
Ally: Okay...we're partners!
is a Disney Channel
sitcom that first aired on December 2, 2011.
Ally Dawson (Laura Marano
) is an aspiring singer-songwriter with extreme stage fright
who works at her father's music store at the Mall of Miami
. Austin Moon (Ross Lynch
) is an aspiring singer who visits the store one day and ends up finding her in the upstairs practice room the same time Ally is working on her newest song. After unceremoniously kicking him out, she is shocked when a day later, her good friend Trish brings news that Austin has become an Instant Web Hit
over night ("Actually, it was more like two nights" Austin admits in an interview) but what really shocks her is the fact it happened with him singing her
After an episode's worth of misadventures trying to get Ally the credit she deserves, the two decide to combine forces. Ally writes the songs, Austin sings them, Trish de la Rosa (Raini Rodriguez
) is Austin's manager and personal stylist, and Austin's friend Dez Wade (Calum Worthy) is their producer and music video maker.
Will Austin and Ally make it big? We'll have to watch and find outnote
Aired a crossover
in December 2012. The show was renewed for a fourth season due to popular fan demand, being the fifth Disney Channel live-action series to be extended past three after That's So Raven
, Hannah Montana
, Wizards of Waverly Place
and Good Luck Charlie
becoming the sixth). Austin & Ally is the first Disney Channel show to get a fourth season, which does not revolve around a family cast, having less than 5 cast members and having a male co-lead.
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Tropes found in this show
- Adorkable: Ally Dawson. When dancing. Or nervously chewing her hair. Or doing her vocal warmups. Or when suffering from stage fright.
- Adults Are Useless: Ally's father regularly leaves her alone with her friends to run the store.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Austin's parents, who reenact their mattress commercial every chance they get.
- Anchored Ship: Austin and Ally dropped the anchor in the 3rd episode via I Don't Want to Ruin Our Friendship.
- And again one episode after they finally got together during the Kira arc.
- And You Were There: Austin recites this at the end of "Future sounds and Festival songs" after waking up from a dream.
- Anti-Love Song: "Not a Love Song", which we assume is about Austin's relationship with Ally.
- Arc Words: "I feel like I can do anything." are said by both Austin and Ally during significant moments.
- Are You Pondering What I'm Pondering?: In "Managers and Meatballs"
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: At the end of "Everglades & Allygators" Austin lists their exploits in the episode saying they sunk a boat, fought an alligator, and Dez made toast.
- In another episode Dez states that for his music video he needs a helicopter, a giraffe and a red pen.
- In another Austin's nightmare was he was playing at Time's Square without his friends, and he was out of peanuts.
- Artistic License – Law: Tunes and Trials is very blatant with this. Trish represents Austin's defense, despite having no legal experience of any sort, the trial is sidetracked with complete irrelevancy, which would be seen as lunacy by any real court, and the day is saved by the judge basing the situation on emotional connotations that wouldn't be held as real proof in a competent court and circumstantial evidence. Only Ally notices what's wrong with all this.
- Artistic Title: The Title Sequence is pretty awesome!
- Bad Job, Worse Uniform: All of Trish's jobs.
- Bad Liar: All of them. They all have a tendency to give a drawn out "What?" when accused of lying.
- Beach Episode: "Songwriting & Starfish".
- Also "Beach Clubs & BFF's", where the group hang out a beach club, which soon becomes the main hangout for the 3rd season.
- Bland-Name Product: Twitter—>Tweeter, Tweets—>Twits; iPad—>myTab
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Austin's the blond, Ally and Trish split brunette duties, and Dez is the redhead.
- Brainy Brunette: Played straight with Ally and averted with Trish.
- Brick Joke: Dez's twenty-pound hamburger, and how he likes to autograph for those who remember that.
- Building of Adventure: The Mall.
- California Doubling: The screenshots of the show's fictional outdoor shopping mall, the "Mall of Miami," actually feature the exceedingly popular Irvine Spectrum Center in Orange County, California.
- Call Back: Ally having her audition in the season 1 finale being judged by the same man who judged her when she failed the first time.
- Casting Gag: In Teen Beach Movie, Grace Phipps plays one of the nicest people ever. So what does she play on this show? A total bitch.
- Catchphrase: In the first season Ally's was "Don't touch my book". In the following seasons the line is occasionally referenced
- Trish's "Guess who got a job at.....", when she announces a new job.
- Nelson's "Aw, nartz!"
- Can't You Read the Sign??: In The Pilot with Austin disobeying the sign to not play the drums in the store.
- Caught on the Jumbotron: Ally unknowingly admits her crush on the cellphone accessory guy on the mall Jumbotron.
- Cheerful Child: Nelson.
- Childhood Memory Demolition Team: Ally's favorite pond being torn down.
- In the penultimate episode of Season 3, Sonic Boom was about to be torn down, but fortunately was kept.
- Christmas Episode; Two of them so far. The first being the crossover with Jessie (see below), and the second being "Mix-Ups & Mistletoes" where Team Austin tries to deliver toys to some unfortunate kids, only to wind up with the wrong toys in the process.
- Comedic Underwear Exposure: Austin in "Film making & Fear breaking" and "Road trips & Reunions"
- Dez in "Family and Feuds"
- Continuity Nod: Ally mentions in The Pilot that she hates sand, or rather, the beach in general, which comes into play during the Beach Episode.
- Crossover: The two-episode Austin & Jessie & Ally special - the Austin & Ally half being called "Big Dreams & Big Apples" (also a Christmas Episode and New Year's Eve episode).
- Dark Reprise: When Ally decides to leave the group behind to attend a prestigious music school in New York in "Albums & Auditions"; Austin sings a slow acoustic version of the upbeat title song, emphasizing that he can't do what he does without Ally.
- Deadpan Snarker: Ally and Trish.
- Deathbringer the Adorable: Mad Dog, Face-Puncher's ballerina daughter.
- Deep-Fried Whatever: In "Bloggers & Butterflies", to the point where an entire restaurant gets 99.9% deep fried.
- Department of Redundancy Department: In "World Records & Work Wreckers":
These official record officials will be officially recording our official time...*beat
- Disproportionate Retribution: Tilly Thompson in "Bloggers & Butterflies" has hated Ally since kindergarten because Ally's good song was picked over her terrible one for an insect-themed play. She even takes this grudge out on Austin.
- Distracted by the Sexy: Austin in "Zaliens & Cloudwatchers" and "Bloggers & Butterflies".
- The Ditz: Dez. It's practically his name.
- "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: "Can't Do It Without You" performed by Ross Lynch.
- Doorstopper: The books provided by Ally's book club.
- Duet Bonding: Austin intentionally tries to defy this in "Secrets & Songbooks" by avoiding practicing with Ally with the door closed.
- The entire sequence of "Break Down the Walls" in the Pilot.
- Early Installment Weirdness: In the early episodes, Austin had a food obsession that's now more characteristic of Dez.
- Everything Is an Instrument: Austin is first shown playing the drums with corndogs.
- Four-Man Band:
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Austin is sanguine, Trish is choleric, Ally is melancholic, and Dez is phlegmatic.
- Freudian Excuse: Mocked. Tilly's excuse for hating Ally is seen as a pretty lousy reason.
- George Jetson Job Security: Trish's continuous hiring and subsequent firing about Once per Episode.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: A pretty sweet one, right in the show's Theme Song:
- Gilligan Cut: A staple of the show's comedy. They happen repeatedly and often back to back in the same scene. Sometimes they don't even do a cut, they just have the person wander into the shot doing the Gilligan action. An example from "MyTAB & My Pet" where the group have to wait in line for a new computer tablet:
Ally: I wish I didn't have to work today, I need to be in that line.
Trish: Relax, it's not like Dez is there by himself, Austin is with him and Austin would never leave the line.
Austin: *enters Sonic Boom* Hey guys. I left the line.
Austin: I needed a break.
Ally: You left Dez there by himself?
Austin: It's only been 5 minutes, do you think Dez is just gonna let people go in front of him?
Gilligan Cut to Dez letting people in front of him.
- Good Angel, Bad Angel: In the episode "Secrets & Songbooks", Austin is conflicted as to whether or not to read Ally's book. So a good Austin and a Bad Austin appear on the real Austin's shoulders. Then a Trish dressed in red pushes the Good Angel away and tells him to read the book.
- Halloween Episode: "Costumes & Courage" which is also the second season premiere, and features a duet between the main protagonists of the show which can only be described as a Musical Moment of Awesome.
- "Horror Stories & Halloween Scares" in the third season.
- Happy Dance: Dez in "Managers & Meatballs", which quickly turns sad.
- Humiliation Conga:
- Tilly Thompson gets one in "Bloggers & Butterflies", first accidentally admitting she faked her negative video footage of Austin, then having a meltdown in front of the audience she'd lined up to see Ally embarrass herself. She ends up so humiliated that she had to shut down her blog.
- Trish organizes one for Dallas in "World Records & Work Wreckers". She hires a Marching band, a group of cheerleaders with a large banner, and a gospel choir to tell him that he's fired. There are even balloons! Problem: he already quit.
- A mix of this and Trauma Conga Line when Dallas turns down Ally's Dance of Romance and Dez crashes both into the DJ station and Trish's table of birthday presents.
- Hypocrite: Trent tries to egg Austin into a dance-off by saying he was afraid his dancing wasn't up to snuff...this from a guy who pretended to date Trish while he had a girlfriend because he was scared his dancing wasn't up to snuff to become Austin's backup by his own merit.
- Hypocritical Humor: Trish lists a number of jobs she's been fired from in one period of time (for slacking off and generally not showing up at all) and proceeds to call Austin and Ally lazy.
- I Can't Dance: Ally and Dallas.
- Identical Stranger: Ralphie Hayes for Austin.
- Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: An alliterative "X & Y".
- Subverted for "Zaliens & Cloud Watchers" and "Everglades & Allygators".
- Idiot Ball: Austin is unable to help any of the customers at the store with their instruments even though he may just be more musically talented than Ally.
- I Don't Want to Ruin Our Friendship: Austin's logic in trying to become a turn-off to Ally.
- Imagine Spot: Austin imagining what he'd sound like as a chipmunk and a dolphin in "Successes & Setbacks". The entirety of "What ifs and Where's Austin" in which Ally, Dez and Trish imagine what their lives would be like if they never met Austin.
- Incessant Music Madness: Many of Austin and Dez's skits in the music store.
- Instant Web Hit: Austin seems to have some kind of web presence before the pilot, but he becomes an Internet sensation over (two) nights with the song he stole from Ally. His music video is bumped to second by the end of the episode. The newest hit? Ally accidentally destroying the TV show studio!
- Happens again with Ally's "The Ally Way" music video.
- Ironic Echo: the episode with T-Fame's rising star. Several lines of dialog are identical to lines from the first episode.
- It Makes Sense in Context: In-Universe, Ally talking to her father in Episode 1.
Ally: The one I have upstairs is older than the lady I'm dating Sunday.
- Basically the whole plot of "Songwriting & Starfish".
- In the episode "Diners and Daters":
Ally: See Austin, I told you she wasn't a mermaid!
(Gives Ally a weird look).
- Lampshaded when Ally replies, "You had to be there."
- It's Always Sunny In Miami: Nonetheless, they (the guys especially) do seem to wear a lot of skinny jeans, cardigans and jackets.
- Just Friends: The title characters.Until Season 2. Then it gets crazy.
- Kangaroos Represent Australia: Played with in "Kangaroos & Chaos". The kangaroo causes most of the damage and conflict in the episode, but hundreds of people pay just to see it in the music store.
- Kawaiiko: Nelson.
- Kids Are Cruel: In the flashback scene in "Bloggers & Butterflies".
- Lampshade Hanging: Trish's employment record is the reason why Ally specifically refuses to hire her for the Sonic Boom store.
- Longing Look: Ally to Dallas in "Secrets & Songbooks".
- Also in "Club Owners & Quinceñearas".
- Austin to Ally in "Proms & Promises" and "Last Dances & Last Chances".
- Loony Friends Improve Your Personality: Austin, Trish and Dez throw a private dance party in the store to help Ally loosen up.
- Love Triangle: Austin between Kira and Ally. Unfortunately, it does not end well—Austin gets neither.
- Mad Libs Catchphrase:
- "Guess who got a job as/at X?"
- generally, Trish does does it with anything big, "Guess who..."
- Ally's "There's no eating in X!" - once in "Rockers & Writers", four times in "Bloggers & Butterflies".
- Also, Ally's "Don't touch my X!" Usually, it's her book.
- The Mall: Almost all scenes take place here.
- In Season 3, the main setting moves to a beach club.
- In Season 4, it moves back to the mall.
- Malaproper: This appears to be a tendency of Nelson.
- Meaningful Name: The store where Ally works is called 'Sonic Boom'.
- Also, Austin Moon = Moon, Ally Dawson = Daw - Sun
- The vile, unscrupulous music manager, Demonica Dixon.
- And, as mentioned by the creators, Lester Dawson, a cheapskate, married a woman named Penny. Cue rimshot.
- Jimmy Starr's name is rather appropriate, considering that he runs a big name record label and thus, produces a lot of stars.
- Dallas and Austin are both cities in Texas and serve as the main love-interests for Ally.
- Missing Mom: It turns out Ally's mom is conducting primate research in Africa, communicating with Ally through a Skype-like service.
- Moment Killer: Inverted in the third episode. Ally loses her songbook and promptly freaks out; Dez plays a jaunty tune on the piano in response.
- Mundane Made Awesome: "A Million Hits". Such a number isn't very high for views. It'd be like saying "I want to reach #40."
- Name and Name: Applying to both the series' title and its Idiosyncratic Episode Naming.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: "The Helen Show".
- And Wanda Watson for either Wendy Willams or Rachael Ray. Wendy if it's a Race Lift but true to the Alliterative Name with W's, or Rachael Ray, if they wanted to use an Alliterative Name but didn't care what letter was used.
- The president (played by a professional Obama impersonator) is only ever referred to as the President.
- No OSHA Compliance: Trish and Dez worked at a pirate-themed seafood restaurant that made employees serve food and operate the fryer wearing a fake hook hand.
- The Not-Love Interest: Austin and Ally are this for each other, for the time being until after Campers & Complications they realize they like each other.
- Obsessed with Food: Dez.
- Odd Couple: Calm Austin and neurotic Ally. Their lack of common interest becomes a problem in one episode when Austin dislikes a song Ally writes because it fits her personality more than his, so they spend the whole episode learning more about what the other is interested in.
- Official Couple: Austin and Ally
- OOC Is Serious Business: Austin and Ally are at odds in "Real Life and Reel Life" while Trish and Dez are in harmony.
- Overly Long Gag:
Dez: Hold on, hold on, hold on...
- Pimped-Out Dress: Trish gets one of zebra print for her quincenera.
- Poor Communication Kills: When Austin reads Ally's song book before she has the chance to tell him about her crush... on Dallas.
- P.O.V. Boy, Poster Girl: Played as a Gender-Inverted Trope. Ally is the shy, nerdy everywoman who writes songs for musical star Austin and his rise to stardom drives the overarching plot of the show and shakes up Ally's life.
- Pretty Boy: Austin.
- Previously On: The beginning of both "Partners & Parachutes" and "Last Dances & Last Chances" has it. Trish said the "previously on" line for the former and Austin said the line on the latter.
- Punny Name: Austin Moon and Ally Dawson "Sun".
- Rewrite The Song: In addition to an updated title sequence, Season 4 has the theme song, originally performed by Ross Lynch solo, re-recorded as a duet with Laura Marano.
- Running Gag/Catchphrase: "Don't touch my book!"
- "Guess who got a job at [X]!"
- Sarcastic Clapping: Ally in "Deejays & Demos" after Dez hypnotizes himself while attempting to hypnotize her.
- Satellite Love Interest: "Dallas, the cellphone accessory guy" for Ally- she likes him because he has "kind eyes", "hair that flops just the right way" and "a great smile".
- Series Continuity Error: Ally has stage fright and is shown numerous times to be horribly afraid of singing in public, but in "Diners & Daters", she has a singing argument with Austin in front of the staff and customers at the Melody Diner without any trouble at all. Granted, it wasn't an official performance and it wasn't a huge crowd, but still...
- She's Got Legs: Even with her short stature Ally has an impressive set of legs 
- Ship Tease:
Austin: I'll always be an Ally Dawson fan.
- Along with ten million other examples.
- Shirtless Scene: Austin, per Beach Episode protocol in "Songwriting & Starfish".
- Shockingly Expensive Bill: The bill to repair the store window.
- Shouldn't We Be in School Right Now?: If it weren't for an off-hand comment in a Season 1 episode the average viewer would probably think the whole series took place during Summer Break ala Phineas and Ferb. Somewhat Averted in Season 2 as a good chunk of episodes actually have the school setting or schoolwork become major plot points.
- Shout-Out: In "Kangaroos & Chaos", Austin offers his guitar for the kangaroo to play, only for the guitar to be tossed out of the room. Austin then states that it's better for the kangaroo to play the drums.
- The 'This Or What?' routine was shown on The Abbott And Costello Show.
- Ally's Swedish "Roxie Rocket" alias wears a long blonde wig (albeit with some pink markings) and pink clothing, hangs out at the beach, has a superstar boyfriend and is treated far differently in her disguised persona than her regular "ordinary girl" self, as least until her secret is revealed. Remind you of anyone?
- The goofy, barely-there pidgin Swedish accent ("Jaaaa!") has shades of the accent Lilly used as a Swedish truffle saleswoman in "Hannah On The Streets With Diamonds".
- Their high school Glee club is named The "B Sharps", not to mention an entire episode being set around their club wanting to make it to Regionals.
- Shutting Up Now: From "Bloggers & Butterflies":
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Austin's is T-Fame (aka Trent) and Dez's is Chuck.
- Skirt over Slacks: Averted by Ally. She wears dresses or skirts on their own, often achieving various high grades of Zettai Ryouiki. The few times she wears pants or shorts she doesn't match them with skirts. Trish uses layering of long t-shirts to achieve a similar effect to the trope but still averts the trope.
- Status Quo Is God: The Zalien movies set up a sort of Odd Friendship for Dez and Trish... which promptly crashes at the end of the episode.
- It's averted with the 'Starr Records' plot-line in the final two episodes of Season 1. You'd expect something to go disastrously wrong so that Austin can remain an independent singer trying to reach for the stars but nothing does. He signs a record deal. He has a record made. They release the CD and have a launch party, and remark at the end of "Albums & Auditions" that with Austin moving up in the music world that things will be changing.
- Played straight with Ally's plot in "Albums & Auditions". The Power of Friendship makes her decide to stay in Miami instead of leaving to go to New York for music school.
- Surfer Dude: Billl. Yes, with three L's.
- The B Grade: Ally is upset when Dez gets a 94 on a test, while she only gets a 92.
- Theme Tune Cameo: During "Glee Clubs & Glory" the theme song is used in their final mashup.
- Theme Naming: Related to Punny Name. Three of the central figures in Austin's music career have names relating to the solar system: Austin Moon, Ally Dawson (Sun), and Jimmy Starr.
- Title Drop: Having a show named after the two main characters makes this happen reasonably often:
Austin: Whenever you need me I'm there. No more Austin time. From now on, it's Austin and Ally time.
- This Is a Song:
- To Be Continued: The end of "Chapters & Choices", which is the 1st episode in the show to have one. Luckily it doesn't have a "On the Next Austin and Ally", instead showing a funny credits scene about Ally's parents, to soften the blow.
- And the end of Proms & Promises
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: More apparent in Season 2. Ally is the Girly Girl to Trish's tomboy.
- Too Dumb to Live: Inverted with Austin in "Filmmaking & Fear Breaking" (or Austin just joins him?), where the two engage in Who's on First?-style puns with Dez saying, "Fight with this oar", and Austin answering, "This or what?" - to which he answers, "This oar" - "This or what?" repeated until Dez gets tired of it and calls it a paddle.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Austin's love of pancakes is occasionally mentioned.
- Also, Ally's love of pickles.
- Trauma Conga Line: In the second episode, Trish gets a job at a dry cleaners, from which she "borrows" a leather jacket for the video shoot. Over the course of a few minutes, it gets stretched by a kangaroo and thrown in a bucket of caramel. What makes it even worse is the name of the guy who owns the jacket - "Face Puncher". Even worse? He has a daughter named "Mad Dog"! The cleaning process both shrinks the jacket and discolors it from black to pink. Mad Dog is delighted with her new jacket.
- True Companions: Austin, Ally, Trish and Dez. Aka "Team Austin".
- Two Scenes, One Dialogue: "Secrets & Songbooks" has Austin mistakenly believing Ally has fallen for him when he reads her Secret Diary; meanwhile Ally elaborates on her crush on the cellphone accessory guy.
- Unreliable Narrator: Tilly in "Bloggers & Butterflies".
- Uptight Loves Wild: Doubly played with. Austin is only a rocker while on stage; also, Austin tries to convince Ally that she doesn't have a crush on him, because he doesn't want to ruin their friendship.
- Very Special Episode: Beauties & Bullies, complete with a knockout at the end where the cast members doing a PSA about bullying , while mentioning insulting comments they've received online.
- Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs?: A Running Gag with Trish. She goes through two or three jobs a day before finally becoming Austin's manager. According to Austin, her resume was eight pages.
- Zebras Aren't Real: In the crossover with Jessie.