An animated Canadian show produced by Alicia Silverstone (who also voices the main character for the first two seasons). The show follow the exploits of Sharon Spitz, an average eighth grader who at the start of the series is forced to get braces for her teeth. Typical of teenage life, she worries about how this will affect her usual status amongst her peers as she goes through her daily life.The show, when first advertised, put much emphasis on Sharon's braces, as they were affected during a lightning storm while being fitted onto her mouth. Every now and then they would occasionally affect the environment around her (lockers, water fountains, radios, etc). As the show went on, this focus was dropped for the usual slice of life and "teenage issues" stories (though it does occasionally pop up).The series lasted from June, 2001 to August 2005. A total of 78 episodes in roughly three seasons. Only the first two aired in the States starting on ABC Family first then moved to Disney Channel before being dropped. The third season never made it for some odd reason—though the inclusion of a gay character (Dion) and some of the subject matter may have been a factor.Now has a character sheet.Here a Wiki
All Just a Dream: A rather ludicrous episode in which Shannon dreams that her dad married Nina's mom.
Alpha Bitch: Nina Harper. Partially subverted - she's as rich, popular, and nasty as any proper Alpha Bitch, but is actually a top student in her class. On top of that, the reason she's nasty comes from her parents not paying attention to her and her accusing Sharon of wrecking her dolls when she was a kid (until she finds out her cousin did it and that she wasted her life being mean to Sharon for no reason).
Evie from the high school episodes, who makes Nina seem sweet. She torments poor Sharon for being paired up with Dion as a mentor.
Deus ex Machina: And on other occasions, Sharon's braces did save her a couple of times.
Disproportionate Retribution: Nina's Alpha Bitchiness to Sharon was started over a doll she had during childhood that got its head popped off. She instantly accused Sharon for the crime despite no proof to claim her as the guilty party. In the third season, it was eventually revealed that Nina's cousin was the culprit.
Easily Forgiven: Allison. To be fair, many early episodes did show that she was nicer than Nina, and Sharon and Maria initially did not want to trust her, but they are all buddies the episode after she breaks off from Nina.
Early-Installment Weirdness: The first season which made it seem like the show was going to be more about Sharon and the oddball powers from her braces.
Hot for Teacher: Maria in the aptly titled "Teacher's Pet" — until Sharon points out that students can't date their teachers.
Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Sharon, especially when it comes to activism. She is very stubborn in insisting that her reasons are the right one and can never see things from the other person's POV most of the time. Though its this attitude that powers most of the conflicts she gets into. More often then not she has to learn the hard way you can't always get what you want.
Last Minute Hookup: Sharon and Alden, whose break up spans most of the second season and the entirety of the third season. It isn't until the last episode that they finally get back together.
Lightning Can Do Anything: Having her braces put in during a lightning storm did something to Sharon's braces so they have unpredictable and sometimes bizarre effects on things around her. Hilarity Ensues.
Limited Wardrobe: Subverted; They have different outfits for the summer and winter and their outfits changed after season 1, but otherwise they wear the same clothes.
Male Gaze: There's a lot of odd shots of bare or socked feet in this show.
Magic Realism: Apart from the strange things the braces do, the series is standard slice of life.
Middle Child Syndrome: Sharon is the middle child of the family, having two brothers doesn't help either.
Soapbox Sadie: Sharon, not just with animal rights and vegetarianism either. There was an episode where she started a rock band in an attempt to prove that she wasn't as girlie as everyone thought she was.
Stepford Smiler: Nina, she makes a big deal how popular she is. But in truth due to her mean spirited nature and the fact her parents are constantly busy, is actually quite lonely. Gets especially noticeable after Alyson leaves her.
Uncanny Valley Makeup: Nina in one example but there are instances where Sharon goes overboard on the makeup.
Verbal Tic: Alyson has to include the word "totally" in every other sentence.
Very Special Episode: A few, most notably the "smoking" episode and the episode in which Maria dates an abusive Arab guy, but thinks Sharon hates him because she has a grandfather who's racist and, by proxy, is a racist herself.
We Will Not Use Photoshop in the Future: One episode has Nina discrediting Sharon and Maria with a slideshow of doctored photos including Sharon picking her nose and Maria scratching her butt. Unless you hired Industrial Light & Magic, edits like that would not be possible in real life.
Maybe. It depends on what the source photos were. A photo of a butt and a hand are not hard to stick together.... and sticking a finger up the nose is relatively easy as well.
What the Hell, Hero?: One episode have Sharon and Maria getting back on Nina by sabotaging her performance in a show, but realizes they went too far when she is more humiliated than they intended, even putting her at a risk of falling from her swing onto the stage from a great height. They also took advantage of Alyson's trust in them to go through with it.