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Unfabulous was a Nickelodeon original teen sitcom created by Sue Rose (Of Pepper Ann) that started in 2004. It starred Emma Roberts as Addie Singer, a Cool Loser girl with braces and a guitar. The show is all about her life, and her friends as she grows up through middle school. She starts out as 13 years old and in the 3rd season, turns 14. Her best friends are Geena (Malese Jow) and Zack (Jordan Calloway), and they attend Rocky Road Middle School somewhere on the East Coast. The first season is mostly about her awkward struggles just getting used to middle school, but her obsessive crush on Jake Behari takes most screen time of the second and third season.

The show ended in December 2007, but reruns continued into 2008.

Notable as being the only show in the Nick Verse to not have Dan Schneider involved in writing. As a result, the show tends to be overlooked by Nick Verse fans.

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  • 24-Hour Party People: The Party.
  • Acquired Situational Narcissism: In "The Rep," everyone is assigned to a different clique for a week for a history project. Addie is assigned to the "Popular" clique, and, as she spends more time with Maris, she starts acting snottier and more narcissistic. However, she does start feeling guilty about ditching her friends. She finally decides to put her foot down when Maris takes an unflattering picture of Geena from Addie's house and decides to make a billboard-sized copy to display in the hallway at lunch for everyone to see.
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  • Aloof Older Brother: Addie sees Ben as this.
  • Alpha Bitch: Maris and Cranberry qualify at first, but at the end of the first season become members of Addie's True Companions (Until the Snap Back for season 2.)
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: On occasion.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Ben thinks Addie is this most of the time.
  • Ascended Extra: Randy Klein in season 2.
  • Auto-Tune: The Cute Girls.
  • Beta Couple: Mary Ferry and Dwayne.
  • Big Brother Bully: Ben acts like this towards Addie and her friends.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Ben acts as this sometimes towards Addie and her friends.
  • Big Brother Instinct: On rare occasions, Ben can be somewhat protective of Addie.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Addie.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: At the end of the Heffer House episode:
    Like Ben telling dad that no-one pranks better,
    Or supporting someone's nudist dreams since they don't wear sweaters
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  • British Brevity: Only ran for 13 episodes per season.
  • Brutal Honesty: Addie wants her friends to do this in The Secret
  • Butt-Monkey: Maris and Cranberry in Addie's daydreams.
  • Catholic School Girls Rule: The Cute Girls (Jolene, Molly and Skye).
  • Character Development: Addie changing from The Everyman into a girl who speaks her mind and goes for whatever she wants. Zack changing from a granola boy into an intelligent young man. Geena upgrading from an easily angered fashionista into the down-to-earth member of the group. Jake growing into an actual character from generic boy. Even Maris and Cranberry somehow get in on the Character Development, thought it has to happen again after their Snap Back in season 2.
  • Character Narrator: All of the episodes are narrated by Addie.
  • Circling Birdies: In "The Toot," during a daydream sequence, Addie imagines herself passing gas with enough force to send her boyfriend Jake flying. He crashes into a soda machine and looks dazed as bird sounds play and soda cans clonk him on the head. In "The Two Timer" Addie fantasizes about striking her doppelganger, Abbie, with a guitar which results in a cross-eyed birds chirping moment.
  • Cool Loser: Addie and Geena.
  • Continuity Nod: Randy Klein becoming Addie's boyfriend after being The Ghost for the first season.
    • One episode has Addie singing about her dead goldfish, the Science Fair episode reveals that she's the one who killed it.
    • Two of the Cute Girls (Jolene and Molly ) also show up as Science Regional Champions who continuously beat Zack.
  • Cosmic Plaything: Randy Klein.
  • Crossover: Addie appears to be a close friend of the prankster Megan Parker and even gets a chance to help her torment a sleeping Josh in Megan's webshow.
  • Cute, but Cacophonic: One episode had Addie attempt to babysit a little girl. The girl's favorite pastime was to apparently run around the house screaming at the top of her lungs.
  • Daydream Surprise: Often.
  • Derailing Love Interests: Patti Perez was always part of Maris and Cranberry's Girl Posse, but a few episodes after she starts dating Jake Behari she becomes both insufferable and Too Dumb to Live.
  • Ending Theme: An instrumental version of whatever song Addie sang in that episode, usually with an entirely different arrangement.
  • Evolving Credits: The title sequence is updated slightly in Season 2 to reflect Maris and Cranberry’s promotion to main characters.
  • The Fashionista: Geena, in contrast to Addie.
  • First Kiss: Invoked in The List Of Kissed, though it doesn't actually happen until a season later in The Balancing Act.
  • Genius Ditz: Geena Fabiano, who alternates between fashion obsessed teen and somebody with an encyclopedic knowledge of sociology.
    • Jolene and Molly of the Cute Girls are Regional Science Fair Champions.

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