Series: Liv and Maddie

Liv and Maddie is a Disney Channel sitcom. A "special preview" of the pilot episode premiered July 19, 2013 after Teen Beach Movie; it officially premiered in September 15, 2013.

Liv Rooney (Dove Cameron) returns home in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, after four years filming a successful TV show in Hollywood, Sing It Loud! She rejoins her parents, her two brothers and her twin sister, Maddie (also played by Dove Cameron), who shaped up to have a very different personality from hers - Maddie is a tomboyish basketball player, while Liv is girly and peppy. Their parents are Karen (Kali Rocha), their school's psychologist (promoted to Vice-Principal in season two), and Pete (Benjamin King), the school's coach. Their brothers are the awkward Joey (Joey Bragg) and the mischievous Parker (Tenzing Norgay Trainor).

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This show gives examples of:

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Maddie's friend Willow to Joey. Liv has Artie.
  • A Boy, a Girl, and a Baby Family: Played with. Liv and Maddie being twins fills the girl role, they have a brother who's also in high school and an elementary school baby brother.
  • Absentee Actor: So far we've had Tenzing Norgay Trainor missing from "Brain-A-Rooney" and Benjamin King being absent from "Kathy Kan-A-Rooney."
  • Adorkable: Maddie and Joey all the way.
  • All Women Love Shoes: Surprisingly it is Maddie who had a bad case of this after being forced a Girliness Upgrade by Liv.
  • And Starring: "with Kali Rocha and Benjamin King".
  • The Artifact: The Confession Cam segments are a holdover from when the show was originally envisioned as Bits and Pieces (see the Trivia Page for more details)
  • The Bad Guy Wins: At the end of "Move-A-Rooney," Joey's arch-nemesis, Artie, humiliates him in the hallway, and becomes king of rocket club forever. Thanks to Joey being victim to Poor Communication Kills, he let him win the race, thinking that his family was moving away.
  • Big "WHAT?!": Maddie's catchphrase, "BAM! WHAT?!". There are situations the catchphrase go defensive or flat ("BAM! What have I done?"), but most of the case it is big.
  • Blind Without 'Em: Maddie cannot see well without her glasses, meanwhile Liv inverts it by not seeing well with Maddie's glasses.
  • Beauty, Brains and Brawn: Liv, Joey (informed, though) and Maddie (she is just as beautiful as Liv, but far more physically fit than her sister or Joey).
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: Everyone's catchphrase (except Liv's) is borrowed at least once: Maddie's "BAM! WHAT?!" by Bernard, Joey's "What. Is. Happening?" by Liv, Karen's "Drop a butt-bomb of Mom" by Bree, Parker's "munch" by Evan.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: The Guess that Food game is back, now with various Squickful variants.
  • Break the Cutie: Liv, after her idiot skateboarding boyfriend dumped her in a text message in the episode "Skate-a-Rooney."
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Every other scene or so a character will get a close up and talk to the audience about whatever is going on.
  • Bromance: As of "Howl-a-Rooney", Joey and Diggy seem to officially have this going on.
  • Buffy Speak: Liv, being a Ditzy Genius, slips into this from time to time.
    Liv: And who went on to win top prize on in the school kick ball-y thing?
  • The Cast Showoff: Tenzing Norgay Trainor gets to show off his Karate skills from time to time.
  • Catchphrase: Maddie's "BAM! WHAT?!"
    • Also, Joey's "What. Is. Happening?"
    • Karen used to have one, which is taken away by Bree: "Drop a butt-bomb of Mom"
    • Parker has a tendency to call others "munch", and is called so by Evan.
  • Chickification: Maddie gave herself this after Liv forced a Girliness Upgrade on her. Luckily Liv stopped her from this soon enough.
  • Christmas Episode: "Fa-la-la-a-Rooney"
  • Continuity Nod: "New Year's Eve-A-Rooney" reveals that Diggie was in the robot costume in the "Froyo YOLO" music video from "Song-A-Rooney".
  • Cool Big Sis: Maddie is this to her brother Parker. Liv tries her best to do so to Parker in "Sleep-A-Rooney" but has trouble being one (due to her being away from him since he was 6) and later succeeds.
  • Cover Version: Liv covers Imagine Dragons' "On Top of the World" in the first episode.
  • Creator Backlash: In-universe example in "Song-A-Rooney," when Liv (already not crazy about having to sing "FroyoYOLO," a song about frozen yogurt) is absolutely mortified by the accompanying video - as is the rest of the family - and doesn't want to sing it again.
  • A Day in the Limelight: "Detention-A-Rooney" is very much a Parker episode.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: Dove Cameron sings the opening credits song, "Better in Stereo".
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?:
    • Joey and Artie's building of bigger rockets in "Move-A-Rooney".
    • When Maddie tells her Dad she no longer wants him as her partner for a tag-team tournament, it sounds like a girl breaking up with her boyfriend. She even says It's Not You, It's Me.
  • Dumb Blonde: Both girls averted this trope, but Liv's character in Sing it Loud! played it straight, with the sarcastic name Stephanie Einstein. Liv herself is more of a Ditzy Genius.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Maddie's teammate Stains attempted a restaurant's challenge to eat an entire roast chicken in under an hour to win a t-shirt, and indeed she did eat the entire thing, bones and all.
    "When I commit, I commit, man."
  • The Fashionista: Liv. Maddie even directly called her that.
  • Flat "What.": Joey's catchphrase "What. Is. Happening?" There are situations the catchphrase is the prelude to a Heroic BSOD or Punctuated! For! Emphasis! ("WHAT? IS? HAPPENING?!"), but most of the case it is flat.
  • The Film of the Book: In universe, Liv auditions for (and wins) the role of Tristan Lycanth (who was male in the source material) in the film version of "Space Werewolves", a graphic novel about werewolves in space.
  • Former Child Star: Liv, but more like Semi-Retired Actress. Much of the show is based on her readjustment to non-star life.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Liv's sanguine, Maddie's phlegmatic, Joey's melancholic and Parker's choleric.
  • Genius Ditz: Liv shows off this vibe in "Brain-A-Rooney".
  • Genki Girl: Liv.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: The Halloween episode's plot took a turn in which Joey accidentally hits on his own sister. Squick indeed.
    • Joey's boss in "Steal-A-Rooney" (who can't be much older than 30) has a thing for single moms.
    • And over the end credits for "Kathy Kan-A-Rooney," Joey hits on a girl he likes the look of from behind who turns out to be Karen. Squick II, anyone.
    • In "Muffler-A-Rooney" Parker gets his spine ripped out by his own mom. Granted, it was only in a video game that the audience never sees, but it's still pretty impressive that this one got network approval!
  • G-Rated Drug: Maddie's new shoes in "Shoe-A-Rooney."
  • Halloween Episode: "Kang-A-Rooney" and "Helgaween-A-Rooney".
  • Hollywood Genetics: None but the twins in the family are blonde. Given Maddie's the Tomboy, the Dye Hard situation is very unlikely. It is technically possible since blonde is a recessive gene but since hair color is controlled by multiple genes the chance is still too slim.
    • However one possible theory still exists: Karen is bottle brunette and Pete was born blonde. When people grew up, especially when puberty hit, their hair color turn darker, slightly for females, a lot for males. Pete, Joey and Parker are all born dark blonde and their hair turned dark naturally; while Karen dyed her hair dark for some reason. The girls also inherited the blonde genes but unlike their mother they decided to flaunt it.
    • There is also the fact that the youngest son is clearly Asian.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Most episodes' names follow the pattern "key word-A-Rooney" (including the pilot, called "Twin-A-Rooney").
    • Which makes sense, since the show was created by two former writers from Shake It Up, which gave us the phrase "Rock-a-rooney, queen of the laser dweebs".
  • Jock Dad, Nerd Son: Pete and Joey, Pete was captain of the basketball team while in school and hopes his son will on day aspire to sports, while Joey's set against it.
  • The Lad-ette: Maddie has her moments showing off the Ladette vibe, sans drinking and sex.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Four kids in the family alone.
  • Logo Joke: In "Flashback-A-Rooney" Liv sees the picture of Liv and Maddie when they were younger on their bedroom wall come to life, with their real faces in place of the drawing; consequently the Beck & Hart Productions Vanity Plate after the end credits has the real faces of creators John D. Beck and Ron Hart superimposed on their drawn bodies.
    • "Helgaween-A-Rooney" has the Helga drawing in the logo, with Beck and Hart presenting offerings of pizza and sandwiches.
    • "Rate-A-Rooney" has Beck and Hart holding up sheets of paper with "10" on them, with Liv saying "What's up, Honeybunch?" over the closing music.
  • Meganekko: Maddie. See Blind Without 'Em above.
  • The Moving Experience: "Move-A-Rooney."
  • Mundane Solution: Averted in "Switch-A-Rooney," when the girls could have gotten away with it all, had they simply gotten a pair of Maddie's frames and put regular glass in them. Especially egregious when you consider that all of the Rooney kids border on Dangerously Genre Savvy, and one of the boys would have suggested this for a scam long ago.
  • Name and Name
  • Never Live It Down: In-Universe Liv was assumed to be a Dumb Blonde just like her character Stephanie Einstein in Sing it Loud!.
  • Official Couple: Maddie and Diggie.
  • Overly Narrow Superlative: Happy Carrot as the biggest carrot-based franchise in Wisconsin.
  • Polar Opposite Twins: Of the Tomboy and Girly Girl variety. And of course this is lampshaded when Patty Duke guest stars.
  • Precocious Crush: Parker towards South in "BFF-A-Rooney".
  • Raised by Wolves: To improve her chances of getting a role in "Space Werewolves", Liv enlists help from a girl who was literally raised by wolves.
  • Running Gag: Whenever anyone mentions Sing It Loud! they sing the title. Except Joey. (And Liv herself in "Dodge-A-Rooney," when during her roadside cleanup duties she finds someone's thrown away a season 1 DVD.)
  • Second Year Protagonist: The twins are sophomores, presumably so freshman Joey can be their younger brother and still go to the same school (Bragg is younger than Cameron in real life but only by 5 months).
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Joey and Parker respectively.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: The Tomboy Maddie can be just as stunning as, if not more than Liv. Granted as they share an actress.
  • She's Got Legs: Liv. (And Maddie, obviously, but Liv is more prone to showing them off.)
  • Shipper on Deck: Liv to Miggie
  • Shout-Out: The Z-Phones in "Steal-A-Rooney" are from A.N.T. Farm (and connect the show to the DCLAU).
    • In "Fa-La La La La La-A-Rooney," the Griswolds are mentioned as being Christmas House decoration rivals.
    • Sing it Loud! to Glee and Shake It Up.
      • And to Hannah Montana (this is especially evident in the first episode)
    • The "Guess this Food" is back from Good Luck Charlie.
    • Nevell's Novelty Shop from "Switch-a-Rooney" could be a shout out to iCarly.
      • In the same episode, in said shop, when the camera switches to Joey and Parker you can see a box that says "Bites & Pieces." This is a shout-out to the show's in-development title, "Bits & Pieces."
    • The record label that releases Liv's song in "Song-A-Rooney" shares its name with one of the show's production companies, Oops Doughnuts Productions.
    • The Show Within a Show Linda and Heather, a favourite of Parker's and, it turns out, other boys in spite of it being for girls, is named after Linda Mathious and Heather MacGillvray, two of Liv and Maddie's writers.
  • Show Within a Show: Sing It Loud!, the show Liv formerly starred in.
    • And Raise The Roof, which Liv's friend South stars in (as mentioned in "BFF-A-Rooney").
    • And the in-universe Korean version of Sing It Loud! ("Kathy Kan-A-Rooney").
    • And Linda and Heather, which Parker loves ("Kathy Kan-A-Rooney"). See also Shout-Out above.
  • Smart People Build Robots: Joey's on the robotics team. So far, only mentioned in passing.
  • Spiritual Successor: A Disney Channel Sitcom about two polar opposite twins. Now where have we seen that before?
  • Standardized Sitcom Housing
  • Story Arc: Most of Season 1 features Liv trying to get into and prepare for the main role in Space Werewolves.
  • Talent Double: Maddie's breakdancing in "Howl-A-Rooney" is all-too-obviously not being done by Dove Cameron.
  • Title Drop: "Switch-A-Rooney," when Liv and Maddie pull a... you know.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Maddie and Liv, respectively. The actress portraying them is a mix of both types.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail: Maddie's usual hairstyle.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: All resident tomboys have this one way or another. Liv even believes every girl has a "sparkle", tomboy or not, and her statement is quite accurate: Stains have some pink PJs, Willow is boy crazy towards Joey, and Maddie has a Liv mode with a crazy fashion sense.
  • The Unfavorite: Joey sometimes feels this way.
  • Valley Girl: Liv picked up some of that vibe during her four-year stay in Hollywood.
  • Xenafication: Liv gave her this in order to be the part of a werewolf. She commented that this makes her more like Maddie.
  • X Meets Y:
  • Vocal Evolution: From the last quarter of Season 1 onward, Dove uses a high-pitched valley girl voice for Liv; yet she retains her normal voice as Maddie.