Austin: You're a song writer with stage fright, and I'm a singer who loves being on stage! We're a perfect match! Ally: Okay...we're partners!
Austin & Ally 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 instrument shop at the Mall ofMiami. Austin Moon (Ross Lynch) is an aspiring singer who visits the shop one day and ends up finding her "Inspiration 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 song.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 Well, they pretty much already did - now the show seems to be focusing on whether or not they'll crash and burn as they finally make it, whether or not Ally will be big on her own, will Austin and Ally get together/get back together and just standard Kid ComWhacky Hijinks.Aired a crossover with Jessie. Has been renewed for a fourth season, 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 (Jessie becoming the sixth).Now has a Character Sheet. Please put all character-relevant tropes there.
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.
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.
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.
Crossover: The two-episode Austin & Jessie & Ally special - the Austin & Ally half being called "Big Dreams & Big Apples" (also a Christmas Episodeand 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.
Austin: These official record officials will be officially recording our official time...*beat*...Officially!
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.
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. Ally: Why? 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.
Happy Dance: Dez in "Managers & Meatballs", which quickly turns sad.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
In another episode the kids are detained by a police officer named Dunphy.
Bonus points because Trish is played by Raini Rodriguez, whose brother plays Manny.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lampshaded in the second episode where Trish comes into the music shop while wearing her work uniform for a part time job.
"Its my first day... And probably my last."
And by the time we see her again, she has another new part time job.
In "Bloggers & Butterflies", we learn that Trish got fired from her first job in Kindergarten because she didn't realize a hall monitor can't charge people to use the restroom. In other words, she's been doing this since she was 5.
Also in "Bloggers & Butterflies", Trish wants to support Ally, but she and Dez have to work. Dez points out that they could just ask for the night off, but Trish decides they need to get fired instead because it's just the way she does things.
In "World Records & Work Wreckers", Trish finds a job she is good at, but ends up quitting anyway.
In "Burglaries & Boobytraps", all the mall store owners are offering a reward for the capture of the burglar. Trish offers yarn (she's working at the yarn store) but says she'll probably get a job with better stuff to offer soon.