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Ready or not! (Can't wait another day!)
A little in shock (What'll your mother say?)
But here we go anyway, now I'll see what you got
Give it your own style, Give me a little smile
Everything's better now, When we go
Ready or Not!
Opening Theme

Ready or Not is a Canadian television series that aired on the Showtime Movie Channel from 1993 to 1997, later on The Disney Channel (1996–2000) and also on Global Television Network. The show ran for five seasons and it has 65 episodes. The show began as a short film Thirty-Two Double A which was eventually turned into the series.

Amanda Zimm (Laura Bertram) and Elizabeth "Busy" Ramone (Lani Billard) are two teenage girls who live in the suburbs of Toronto. Amanda is an only child raised by liberal former hippie parents, while Busy is from a rather traditional Italian-Canadian Catholic family and she has three older brothers. The girls start the show as sixth graders and continue to the ninth grade.

Ready or Not was no longer aired in Canada on the Global Television Network until August 1997 but continued to broadcast on Showtime Movie Channel and Disney Channel in the United States.


It is unrelated to the Ready or Not (2019) film, the 2005 sequel to All-American Girl Young Adult novel, or the upcoming video game about a SWAT Team.

Ready or Not for the tropes?

  • Alpha Bitch: Older classmate Chrissy was your stereotypical popular, pretty and mean girl who always picked on Busy and Amanda.
  • Ambiguously Jewish: Amanda finds out as she gets older that she's Jewishnote  but is unsure about following the religion due to anti-Semitism displayed throughout her community.
  • And Starring: Only two people in the opening credits, so to give them more or less equal weight while emphasizing their individuality, they are billed as "Starring Laura Bertram/And Lani Billard".
  • Double Standard: Chrissy lampshades the fact that after being caught in the closet with one of their male classmates made him a stud but her a slut.
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  • Dramatic Irony: "Good! Then maybe I should just move in with Dad, he doesn't throw himself at every women he meets!" Much later, Amanda finds out the real reason that brought her parents to divorce was due to her father's infidelity.
  • First Period Panic: Busy gets her first period when she's playing ice-hockey in a boys' team. She feels extremely uncomfortable and runs away from the session. When told, her best friend Amanda screams in excitement and is a bit jealous she's become a woman first. She helps Busy with pads and tampons at school despite not menstruating herself because she's so fascinated with the thing that she appears to know everything there is to know about it.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Busy and Amanda are best friends and incredibly close. Busy has three older brothers and Amanda is an only child, so they become very close and basically grow up together. The finale shows a flashback when they met as small girls, Amanda crying and Busy helping her out.
  • In with the In Crowd: Amanda has fallen into this trope a couple of times; one episode has her hanging out with Chrissy and believing they were getting close, only for her to use her to get a big assignment completed and manipulate her into shoplifting and blackmailing her to keep quiet. Another once she's in junior high has her becoming popular with some of her classmates, only for Busy to accidentally reveal an embarrassing secret about her which causes them to shun her and for her best friend to call them out on this and they eventually taking her back into their fold.
  • Malicious Misnaming: One episode where the girls attend a house party had the kids calling their classmate named Emory by the derisive "Emma".
  • Maligned Mixed Marriage: Not marriage, but Busy's father disapproves of her relationship with her Black boyfriend, Troy, even at one point accusing him of stealing money from the cash register.
  • One of the Boys: Elizabeth "Busy" Ramone is an only girl with three older brothers who were fairly close in age. She's by no means a pampered baby-girl of the family and has to be tough. She loves sports, mends her bike, plays the drums, works in her father's butcher's shop, and hangs out with guys. Her only female friend is her best friend Girly Girl Amanda.
  • Romantic Spoonfeeding: Busy's oldest brother and his fiancée sit close together at the table, sharing one meal and spoon-feeding each other in an episode close to their wedding.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Busy and Amanda are teenagers and best friends since ever. Busy is a major tomboy who loves all kinds of sports, plays the drums and wears casual clothes like plaid shirts, baseball caps or jeans, while Amanda is a romantic boy-crazy girly girl who likes make-up, nice clothes, writing and wants to be an actress.


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