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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 Addy 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, 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 was supposed to end in 2007, but instead 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.

Tropes used by the series:

  • 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. Addy 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 Addy'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 Addy's True Companions (Until the Snap Back for season 2.)
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: On occasion.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Ben thinks Addy 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 Addy and her friends.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Ben acts as this sometimes towards Addy and her friends.
  • Big Brother Instinct: On rare occasions, Ben can be somewhat protective of Addy.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Addy.
  • 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: Addy wants her friends to do this in The Secret
  • Butt-Monkey: Maris and Cranberry in Addy's daydreams.
  • Catholic School Girls Rule: The Cute Girls (Jolene, Molly and Skye).
  • Character Development: Addy 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: Addy and Geena.
  • Continuity Nod: Randy Klein becoming Addy's boyfriend after being The Ghost for the first season.
    • One episode has Addy 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 Addy 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 Addy.
  • 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.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: One episode has Geena explicitly mention that Health is code for Sex Ed (She turns out to be wrong though).
  • Girl Group: The Cute Girls.
  • Girl Posse: Maris, Cranberry, and Patty, as well as the Cute Girls.
  • Granola Boy: Zack in the first season.
  • Homage: The The Last Day of Seventh Grade is shown in the style of 24, from Addie's opening narration, showing a timer while she recounts the events, right down to the Twist Ending as the school day's timer fully expires.
  • Hollywood Nerd: Mary Ferry, Freddy, and Dwayne.
  • How We Got Here: The show uses this a lot. Typically the show begins with Addie in trouble, in plaster, or covered in food, water, or other liquids. She then explains (in voiceover) that to understand how she got into this mess, we'll have to go back a few days.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: All episodes begin with “The”.
  • Indulgent Fantasy Segue: Many, many times.
  • Informed Judaism: Addy and Randy.
  • "Last Day of School" Plot: Two of them. "The Last Day of Seventh Grade" focused on Addie trying to tell how she feels to Jake before the end of seventh grade. The Grand Finale "The Best Trip Ever" focused on Addie's final day at middle school and planning a cruise, and discovering her two best friends are in love with each other.
  • Last-Second Word Swap: The Principal Jazz trio sing:
    Go to class
    Don't give us no sass
    If you don't we'll go Medieval on your...
  • Lyrical Dissonance: Some of Addy's songs.
  • Ms. Imagination: Addy.
  • Noodle Incident: Addy's failed science projects.
  • One-Word Title
  • Pop-Star Composer: Jill Sobule, who also wrote and performed the opening theme and all of Addy's songs (Including the guitar riffs/instrumentals played as the Ending Themes.)
  • Promotion to Opening Titles: Maris and Cranberry as of Season 2.
  • Relationship Upgrade: Addy and Jake in The Perfect Moment, Zack and Geena in The Best Trip Ever.
  • Rouge Angles of Satin: The Little Sister.
  • Sadist Teacher: Principal Brandywine, and Zack's basketball coach.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Many episodes focus on Ben and Addy's rivalry.
  • Shipper on Deck: Jake actively supports Geena/Zach and htries multiple times to get them together in season 3.
  • Single Girl Seeks Most Popular Guy: Addy toward Jake Behari, especially in The 66th Day
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: Ben and Jen.
  • Snap Back: Maris and Cranberry in Season 2.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: The Mexican Wrestler song after Addy learns Jake has a girlfriend.
  • Stalker with a Crush: The 66th Day reveals a lot about how Addy stalks Jake, not to mention producing a CD with 65 songs about him on it.
  • Stripping Snag: In the “Book Club” episode, Addy tries sneaking out of her home through the front door while her mom is meditating in the living room. Addy makes it, but her skirt doesn’t.
  • Stylistic Suck: Addy's songs.
  • ¡Three Amigos!: Addy, Geena, and Zack.
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Cranberry.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Zack and Abby in The List of Kissed.

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