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 meets again her parents, her two brothers and her twin sister, Maddie (also played by Dove Cameron), that shaped up to a very different personality than hers. Maddie is a tomboyish basketball player, while Liv is girly and peppy. Their parents are Karen (Kali Rocha), their school's psychologist, and Pete (Benjamin King), the school's coach. Their brothers are the awkward Joey (Joey Bragg) and the mischievous Parker (Tenzing Norgay Trainor).There is a new character page, please show some love, thanks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 logo at the end of the episode has the real faces of creators John D. Beck and Ron Hart superimposed on their drawn bodies.
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.
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).
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.
Unintentional Period Piece: The first season of the show is clearly filmed in early 2013, with everyone using iPhones with iOS 6 (in one scene the default iOS 6 wallpaper is shown) or Samsung Galaxy phones and tablets.
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.