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.
  • 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.
  • 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!!
    • Gemma (Liv's director on Voltage).
  • Expy: I have a feeling that Parker and Evan are expies of Flynn and Henry.
    • Liv and Maddie have a bit in common with Patty and Cathy. Dove even Lampshades this in a interview. (And guess who plays twins in "Grandma-A-Rooney"? Besides Dove Cameron, that is.)
    • Linda and Heather (a show that exists within the universe that's only ever heard, particularly the theme song) appears to be an in-universe expy for Liv & Maddie itself. Doubles as an In-Joke or Shout-Out likely to the male Periphery Demographic that exists for this show (as it was introduced for a plot point revolving around Parker being a fan of the show).
      • Certainly a Shout-Out, given that two of the show's writers are the team of Linda Mathious and Heather McGillvray.
  • 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).
  • 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?
      • Todd Stenson he's pretty much the definition of Jerk With A Heart Of Jerk. Not to mention being a misogynistic, vain, and selfish twit. He is also pretty much this inverse, as the majority of the cast hate him.
  • 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.
    • The same in both "Flugelball-a-Rooney" and "Triangle-a-Rooney": Much like in Jessie, not all relationships end happily ever after.
    • 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 Maddie and Diggie.

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.
  • Ship Sinking: both Miggie (Maddie/Diggie) and Handie (Holden/Andie).
    • Diggie was so caught up in the wonders of the world after he came back from his semester as an exchange student, that he ended up neglecting Maddie's feelings and planned to leave again, prompting a break from Maddie.
      • However its unsunk by "Video-a-Rooney" and "Frame-A-Rooney" which makes it clear they both want to get back together, unfortunately neither presently know this about the other. In "Champ-A-Rooney" and "Continued-A-Rooney", Diggie does realize how much Maddie means to him, and decides he will stay. However, Maddie shows how much she cares for him by encouraging Diggie to pursue his interest, and doesn't want to stand in his way.
    • Holden was asked out by a smitten Andie to the prom before he or Liv can take action, despite their feelings to each other. Holden refrained from disclosing his true feelings to Andie in order not to hurt Andie, until Nimbus being a Jerkass forced Holden to do so on live TV, smashing Andie's heart into million pieces.
  • 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.
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