YMMV / Liv and Maddie

General

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Scoop-A-Rooney brings to question why Joey tries to even befriend Diggie in the first place: Given Joey's current treatment, is Joey desperately seeking a friend, or is he that superficial that he's looking for coattails to ride on so that he can get hallway cred for himself? There happens to be a recurring theme with Liv and Maddie's boyfriends that would point to the latter; Diggie is a Jock, Holden is dating a well-known actress (his sister Liv), and Josh is an actor in Liv's new show.
  • Broken Base: Joey's new relationship with Willow at the end of Season 3. The idea of them dating grew on more than a few fans, but there are fans who think Willow shouldn't have deserved Joey because of her aggressive stalking tendencies. Come beginning of Season 4, it's revealed they broke up, and that broke the base even further, because even those who weren't fans of the pairing felt the whole ordeal was a pointless development if there was no intention to keep them together.
  • The Cast Showoff: Tenzing Norgay Trainor gets to show off his Karate skills from time to time.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: Liv's online Rousing Speech to every girl in the episode Rate-A-Rooney, followed by her song.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Dove Cameron's synth-pop take on "On Top Of The World" by Imagine Dragons
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Stains.
    • A lot of one-episode wonder guest characters, especially if they're played by actors who have a lot of pull or name recognition with the Disney Channel fanbase like Laura Marano and Piper Curda, or are big-name stars period like Kevin James. Surprisingly and impressively, they've been able to get such guest stars pretty regularly.
    • Dump Truck could count.
    • Liv's friends Andi and Holden, too - at least until Holden humiliated Andi and himself on live TV.
    • Diggie might count relative to his actual featured episodes.
    • South Salamanca- you don't even know!! It is hoped that she ever shows up again (which may not be for some time) she's single - girl deserves better than Todd Stenson.
    • Gemma (Liv's director on Voltage).
    • Josh, Liv's costar on Voltage, especially because he's an Audience Surrogate in Season 3 for the periphery demographic, before ascending to being one of Maddie's love interests.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: The Aesop of "Song-A-Rooney" is apparently, as Karen puts it, that "plagiarism can be good". Yeaaahhh...
  • Ho Yay: Joey seems to have a crush on Diggie any time the two are on screen together. At times he seems to enjoy his company, even more than Maddie does (Diggie's girlfriend).
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The entire Maddie/Diggie relationship, especially during their breakup now that Dove Cameron and Ryan McCartan have broken up in real life. Most notably, how Diggie treated Maddie in "Flugelball-a-Rooney" becomes a lot harder to watch when after her breakup, Dove claimed Ryan was terrible to her.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Dove Cameron previously had some prominent guest roles on Shameless.
    • A rather weird example you'd probably never expect: the weird puppet... blob thing with the teeth from the Froyo Yolo music video in "Song-a-Rooney." Yes, for real. It got its own YouTube show and Twitter account now.
    • Miranda May, who played one of Maddie's basketball teammates, later joined Bunk'd.
    • "Joy To-A-Rooney" introduces Ariana Greenblatt, who later joined Stuck in the Middle.
    • Ocean is portrayed by Cozi Zuehlsdorff, who later had a major recurring role in Mighty Med.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Willow, with her relentless pursuit of Joey driving people insane. Though this has improved quite a bit, especially in giving Willow things to do other than to chase Joey like being in Liv's band or greater focus on her part on the basketball team.
    • Nimbus: Some people don't like his over the top personality, and the fact that he can sometimes be conceited. Though again, this has been improving especially since the show has taken these same traits and spun them into personality flaws such as in "Band-a-Rooney".
    • Holden: Some people hated how he broke up with Andie on live TV. Why did he even date Andie, if he had feelings for Liv the whole time?
    • A lot of people feel this towards cousin Ruby in Season 4/Cali Style.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped:
    • Special mention goes to the episode Rate-a-Rooney. This episode addressed a rather important issue about girls and their self-image. Specifically, girls are not a number that defines their appearance.
    • Much like what was done in Jessie, the episodes "Flugelball-a-Rooney", "Triangle-a-Rooney", and "Scoop-a-Rooney" show that the type of perfect, happy ending-relationship that tends to get reinforced on Disney Channel don't always end as such, and can get derailed for legitimate reasons beyond a person's control. Even when two people are perfect for each other, circumstances might force them to drift apart anyway.
    • In a similar vein to Rate-a-Rooney, Ask Her More-a-Rooney takes it further and gives an important message of how girls and women are more than just their appearance.
  • Squick: Joey unintentionally hits on Liv ("Kang-A-Rooney") in season 1 and Karen ("Pottery-A-Rooney" and "Kathy Kan-A-Rooney" - yes, twice) in season 2. The guy has the worst luck.
  • Testosterone Brigade: Dove Cameron. It helps that she is probably the best actress on the show, including the adults, as evidenced by the emotional scene between the two sisters and Diggie.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Joey and Willow's relationship has been a case of this. After two seasons of fans giving flak to this pairing, they eventually warmed up to it when it culminated near the end of Season 3. Come beginning of season 4, Joey's and Willow's relationship was thrown away without attempting to give any further development to them. It's almost as if the writers can't make up their minds about them.

Shipping

  • Anchored Ship: Liv/Holden. They have feelings for each other from the first day Holden moved to the neighborhood but Andie, being as smitten to him as Liv, asked Holden out first. Now Liv, being a caring friend of Andie, have to suppress her feelings, first due to Andie and Holden dating, then due to Andie was hurt when the pair is forced to break up on live TV.
  • Tear Jerker: Miller White's text message to Liv in "Skate-A-Rooney," which rivals the ending of the Even Stevens" episode "Sibling Rivalry." Also the endings of "Prom-A-Rooney," "Flugelball-A-Rooney," and "Triangle-A-Rooney." Honestly, the tearjerkers may have to be split off into a new section.
  • What an Idiot: In "Premiere-A-Rooney", Liv tries to get her phone which is on the other side of the family's meat grinder. She tries reaching over it, but she accidentally activates it and gets her hair caught as a result. If she knew better, she would've walked around to the other side of the counter to pick up her phone instead.
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