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Braceface! (My life is complicated)
Boyfriend! (Don't wanna talk about it)
I'll work it out in the end!
Theme Song

Braceface is an animated Canadian Series from Nelvana that was created by Melissa Clark (previously a writer for Rolie Polie Olie) for Teletoon. This animated sitcom features the voice of Alicia Silverstone during its first two seasons in the role of the protagonist, although Silverstone also served as an executive producer on the show.

The show follows the exploits of 13-year-old Sharon Spitz, an average eighth grader who lives with her divorced mother Helen (who works as a psychologist) and two brothers, Big Guy Adam and Child Prodigy Josh, in Elkford, British Columbia, Canada. Sharon has all the typical anxieties of teens her age, such as her social status, her life goals, and how she is perceived by others. Her worries about these things are only further complicated at the start of the series when she get braces. However, these braces not make her even more insecure about herself, but have been gifted with unusual powers as a result of a lightning storm that was going on when she was getting them fitted on. As a result, Sharon's braces have a weird way of throwing a curveball into her life every now and then by causing strange things in the environment around her (sending texts to the wrong number, opening the locks on a friend's diary, etc.).

Naturally, Sharon's braces only serve to heap onto the many problems she faces in her day-to-day life, such as dealing with the occasional visit from her divorced father Richard, overcoming the machinations of her rival and Alpha Bitch Nina Harper, and trying to get the attention of her musically-inclined crush Alden Jones. And while Sharon makes more than her fair share of screw-ups and mistakes as she tries to navigate life and keep her worrying to a mnimum, she'll always find a way to make things work out for her in some way in the end - often with a little help from her two best friends, Connor Mackenzie and Maria Wong.

Although the series rarely receives credit for it these days, Braceface was a pioneer of children's television in many ways. It was one of the very few Slice of Life cartoons to avert Negative Continuity back then. For instance, Sharon became a vegetarian and animal rights activist early on in the series run and remained so for the rest of the show (in part due to the Executive Meddling of Alicia Silverstone, a vocal vegetarian and animal rights activist); she also graduated middle school and entered ninth grade at the beginning of the second season.

Additionally, Braceface often tackled or featured issues that many kids' shows of the time considered taboo; underage drinking and smoking, eating disorders, and A-Cup Angst were among the topics that appeared in the series at one point or another. It was even the first kids' cartoon to discuss the topic of periods, and one episode even had Sharon helping a gay friend find a boyfriend, with the character's sexuality not being that big of a deal. Unsurprisingly, a number of these episodes were banned or censored on American television.

The series lasted from June, 2001 to August 2005. A total of 78 episodes in roughly three seasons. Only the first two aired in the US starting on ABC Family (though promoted during the dying days of Fox Family), then moving to Disney Channel before being dropped. The entirety of the show can be viewed nowadays on the Tubi TV app.note 

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  • Actor Allusion: In "Triangles," the fire chief who saves Conner from the laundromat fire, who also happens to be Alyson's father, is voiced by Norm Spencer, who also played another fire chief, Billy Blazes, on Rescue Heroes.
  • All Just a Dream: A rather ludicrous episode in which Sharon dreams that her dad becomes romantically involved with Nina's mom.
  • Alpha Bitch:
    • Nina Harper's kind of a Downplayed Example—she's as just rich, popular and nasty as any proper example of this trope, but averts Popular Is Dumb in that she's actually one of top students in her grade (she often brags about being a straight-A student). Also, some episodes have shown Nina's nicer side, implying that she's not as bad as she seems. Plus, on top of all that, it seems that Nina's mean and sour disposition stems mostly from her Amazingly Embarrassing Parents hardly ever spending time with her (or paying any real attention to her) as well as her accusing Sharon of wrecking her beloved fashion dolls when they were little kids (though in the third season, both Nina and Sharon discover that the true culprit was Nina's cousin, and Nina realizes that she's wasted so many years being mean to Sharon for nothing).
    • Evie from the high school episodes, who makes Nina seem sweet-natured by compared. She torments poor Sharon for being paired up with Dion as a mentor.
  • Always Camp: Dion, the fashion designing college student and Sharon's mentor.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Sharon's dad when she discovers that he's taken a job as a minstrel at a medieval-themed restaurant. Nina's parents also seem to be this to a certain extent, such as Mr. Harper calling his daughter "Popo" as a pet name (and apparently being either unaware or simply ignoring the fact that she finds the nickname embarrassing).
    • Also, Mr. Spitz is shown to be rather fond of Nina while Mr. and Mrs. Harper are shown to be very fond Sharon, and all three parents assume that Sharon and Nina are still friends, apparently not knowing that the girls stopped being friends when they were around 7 or 8.
  • Amicably Divorced: Sharon's parents got divorced when she was around 6 or 7—"friends" might be a bit of stretch, but they're shown to still get along pretty well.
  • Artistic License – Biology: In "Vegging Out" Sharon becomes anemic due to a lack of iron in her blood and the doctor suggests that she might have to stop her vegetarian diet in order to get her iron level back up. First of all, no doctor treating someone with such a severe case would say "just eat meat" in order to get better. One would most likely supply their patient with iron supplement pills or suggest finding ways to get more iron in their diet (for example, Sharon manages to stay vegetarian thanks to her mom finding iron-rich vegetarian recipes and helping her make sure she’s still getting proper nutrients in her diet). Along with this, once someone becomes vegetarian their body eventually stops producing the enzymes needed to properly digest meat, so in Sharon's case eating an entire cheeseburger or hot dog (like she tried to do and what Cody tricked her to do) would make them violently ill.
  • Author Tract: Alicia Silverstone, one of the executive producers and Sharon's voice actress for the first two seasons, is both a vegetarian and an animal-rights activist. Sharon is a vegetarian and an animal right activist and there are several episodes that focuses on that.
  • Bare Midriffs Are Feminine: Almost every young female character wears midriff-baring tops, whereas the boys wear full shirts. Eventually, Sharon and Maria both received changes to their default outfits and no longer did this.
  • Be Yourself: Plenty of episodes showcasing this.
  • Beta Bitch: Subverted with Alyson—while she was friends with Nina for a large part of the show, she was never truly cruel or mean-spirited; she just did whatever Nina told her to do because, like a lot of teenagers, she just wanted to fit in and be noticed. Eventually, after Alyson and Conner discover they have feelings for each other and start dating, Nina forces Alyson to choose between her and Conner, with Alyson performing a Heel–Face Turn by ultimately choosing Conner (and by extension, Conner's friends) over Nina.
  • Beta Couple: Eventually, Brock and Maria, although they don't actually hook up until Sharon and Alden have already called it quits. In contrast to Sharon and Alden, who hook up almost immediately, it takes Maria and Brock a long time to become a proper couple. They later became a couple during the when in rome episode and had their first kiss. They begin to spend more time with each in Just Quacks, She Got Game, and Get Ready, Set and Date.
  • Big Brother Instinct: For as much as Adam messes with Sharon, it's clear he does love her and looks out for her. An early example occurs in The Makeover, when he finds out Sharon had a crush on his leech classmate and sorta-friend, Caleb. He's startled to hear this, and despite being angry at her and pulling a It's Probably Nothing on her earlier, he immediately tries to warn her away from him by pointing out his leech tendencies and his behavior with girls. It came too late, unfortunately, but the intent was there.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Sharon (blonde), Maria (brunette), and Nina (redhead).
  • Braces of Orthodontic Overkill: Downplayed; Sharon got off relatively easy with her braces despite the side effects they bring.
  • Breast Expansion: The episode "Busted" had Sharon buy a pump water bra to give her more prominent breasts and enjoys all the attention she gets and that more people are treating her like an adult. Thanks to her braces, it didn't end well. She ends up overdoing it, with humiliating results. First getting laughed at by the same people she was trying to impress, and then her boobs... pop.
  • Buxom Beauty Standard: The episode "Busted" subverts this. After an initial thrill at all the extra attention her new fuller figure is receiving, Sharon learns that her more mature look comes with its own unique set of problems, such as attracting the "wrong" guys.
  • Celebrity Toons: Wouldn't have been noticed if Alicia Silverstone didn't voice and promote the show.
  • Chew-Out Fake-Out: In "Dissection Connection", after Sharon and Tally are caught freeing the live frogs in the pond and then get suspended for it, Helen reprimands Sharon for stealing school property. She then reveals that she's actually more furious at the school for refusing to respect Sharon's uncomfortableness with doing real frog dissections and didn't consider the alternatives she suggested to get the passing Biology grade (such as the computer program or a plastic frog model), so she puts an angry phone call into the principal's office about it. By the end of the episode, the school decided that while they won't stop real dissections, they'll buy some computer dissection programs for those uncomfortable with it starting with the next school year. And Sharon still ends up suspended for stealing the frogs.
  • Circle of Shame: In the episode "The Worst First Date Ever. Period.", Sharon walks into the school gym and everyone laughs at her, complete with a big red P on her head. It turns out to be an imagination.
  • Clip Show: "My Big Fat Braceface Life" where Sharon recounts the highs and lows that braces have played in her social life - with Alden front and center in her story.
  • Convenience Store Gift Shopping: In the Christmas episode, Nina's revealed to be Sharon's Secret Santa and gives her a large gift basket as her present—the contents of the basket include mini shampoo bottles (like what you find in a hotel), a car calendar (Nina's dad owns a car dealership) and a little blue kitten toy which turns out to be the thing Maria gave to Nina for the Secret Santa-gift exchange the previous year.
  • Cover Innocent Eyes and Ears: When Sharon accidentally came across a pornographic website, she covered the eyes of the cat sitting on her lap.
  • Crazy Cat Lady: Subverted with Miranda in "23's a Crowd." She has 23 cats, but she's not crazy. Just lonely and a little eccentric.
  • Depending on the Artist: The Spitz family dogs, Sampson and Pigger, either wear their collars indoors or don't depending on the scene.
  • Deus Angst Machina: Sharon's braces would often kick in at the worst possible time.
    • Deus ex Machina: And on other occasions, they did save her a couple of times.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Nina's Alpha Bitchiness to Sharon was started when, while playing together at Nina's house, Nina saw that someone had decapitated all of Nina's beloved fashion dolls—Nina, despite never having any actual evidence to prove it, assumed Sharon was the one who did it and ultimately ended their friendship. It's not until more than halfway through the third/final season of the show that it's revealed that the true culprit behind it was Nina's jerkass cousin Petra, who rather casually admits to it when she's visiting her cousin and her family.
  • Easily Forgiven:
    • Alyson. Many early episodes did show that she was nicer than Nina, and Sharon and Maria initially did not want to trust her, but they are all buddies the episode after she breaks off from Nina.
    • Sharon conspires to break up Griffin and Nina on the belief that the latter is just toying with the former (not to mention the irritation of having to interact with Nina in her life outside of school). Upon seeing how hard both take the break-up, Sharon confesses what she did and gets yelled at. Griffin admits he can still forgive Sharon for all this, as they are practically family, but Nina naturally doesn't (which Sharon admits is actually fair for once).
  • Early-Installment Weirdness: The first season which made it seem like the show was going to be more about Sharon and the oddball powers from her braces.
  • Eat the Evidence: In "Act Your Age" Sharon doesn't want Alden and Brock to know she's dating a much younger boy, so when she sees his birthday cake is in the shape of his age, she changes the 13 into a P for Pablo and eats what is left over.
  • Embarrassing Old Photo: Helen shows Sharon a photo of a baby with food all over their face. Sharon initially thinks it's of Josh at first, but it turns out it's of Sharon as a baby.
  • Embarrassing Tattoo: An episode has Sharon going behind her mom's back to get a Chinese character tattoo that allegedly means "freedom" (but actually means "grapefruit"). In that same episode, Sharon's mom reveals that when she was young (possibly around Sharon's age), she got a tattoo of her disco ball done on her rear end, but she later had it removed when she realized it looked more like a golf ball than a disco ball.
  • First Kiss: Sharon and Alden share theirs. It's not romantic at all; they don't "aim" properly when they go in and have to fumble their way through it.
  • First Period Panic: When Sharon starts menstruating, she passes out from the sight of the blood. She gets her first period while on her first date with Alden. It ends in embarrassment for both, not necessarily because it was her first period, but because she was unlucky enough to have painful menstrual cramps, leading Alden to think it was appendicitis and call 911. Then at the hospital, when the nurse mistakenly gives Alden a bag of sanitary napkins (thinking he's Sharon's brother), Sharon grabs it from him and causes them to fly all over the waiting room (one even falls in a man's glass of water, absorbing all its content). She's embarrassed by Alden and her brothers finding out (it is Josh, her younger brother, who quite loudly tells their mom), and by her mom making a big deal about how she's "a woman now", it's said quite clearly her mom had told her in detail about menstruation and that it was going to happen sooner rather than later (she was just taken unaware by her cramps).
  • Foreign-Language Tirade: In "The Makeover," Maria starts shouting at Sharon in both Italian and Chinese. Sharon's narration comments on it.
    Sharon: I knew things were bad. Whenever Maria started mixing the language of her ancestral heritage, it always meant the same thing: you are in her bad books, big time.
  • Foreshadowing: In several episodes late in the show's third season, Alden is uncharacteristically rude and unfriendly towards Sharon's love interests. Thus it's no surprise when he admits he still has feelings for her in the series finale.
  • Former Friend of Alpha Bitch: Sharon and Nina. See above, next to Disproportionate Retribution, for the explanation.
  • Four-Fingered Hands: As well as four toed feet.
  • Free the Frogs: In the episode Dissection Connection. It might have been Sharon protesting seeing as she's an animal lover and a vegetarian so at least it's consistent. This one also hand waved the fact that the frogs are supposed to be delivered pre-killed by showing the teacher complaining to the delivery guy about the mix-up that resulted in live ones being delivered.
  • Fur and Loathing: An episode deals with a short tiff between Sharon and Maria when the former plans to participate in a fashion show wearing fur clothes. In the end, Sharon decides to accept Maria's decision, whereas Maria has switched out all the real fur for fake fur.
  • Granola Girl: Hannah, the girlfriend of Sharon's older brother, Adam—she's a vegetarian and loves yoga, and Sharon seems to see her as like an older sister.
  • Grey-and-Gray Morality: In "Vegging Out" Sharon is diagnosed with anemia and her new friend Cody cures her by tricking her into eating normal hot dogs he claims are vegetarian.
  • Harmful to Minors: In "Mommy Nearest" when Sharon accidentally comes across a pornographic website she covers her cat's eyes. Later when Sharon's mom looks through her browsing history she puts a parental lock on the internet.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: When Nina pulls a stunt to humiliate Sharon and Maria for "brainwashing" her former friend Alyson, the girls use their new "friend" (and her backstage pass) to retaliate against Nina at her dance recital. But the revenge work too well and Sharon and Maria realize that they've sunk even lower than their nemesis.
  • Heel–Face Turn:
    • Alyson, Nina's friend, when she realizes that she has feelings for Connor and Nina makes her choose between her or him (and, by extension, his friends).
    • Nina herself in the end once the truth of the doll incident is known.
  • The Internet Is for Porn: In "Mommy Nearest", Sharon did a search for Red Riding Hood and accidentally came across some Red Riding Hood-themed porn.
  • iSophagus: In the first season, Sharon's braces had the power to play music and electromagnetically control metal. Sadly, the premise was dropped beginning in season two.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: There are a few moments where Nina drops her Alpha Bitch attitude and shows some genuine kindness.
    • Sharon herself is a typical bratty teenager who is prone to making selfish mistakes, but she is mostly a good person.
  • Hot for Teacher: Maria in the episode titled "Teacher's Pet" until Sharon points out that students can't date their teachers. Rather noticeably it's one of the few kid's shows where someone points out that a teacher-student relationship would be illegal.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Sharon's grandpa in "Grey Matters", who believes in racist stereotypes and tells racist jokes around Sharon's friends, although he doesn't know that he's offending anyone and is clearly a Nice Guy with no ill-intentions. It's stated later in the episode that his beliefs are simply out of ignorance rather than malice.
  • Kiddie Kid: In "Act Your Age" Sharon meets a boy named Pablo and starts dating him. However, it turns out he's only 12 years old turning 13 soon. However at several points in the episode he behaves like a child younger than that. Most boys that age wouldn't still wear Velcro shoes or have a birthday party with clowns and loot bags. However, this is justified to show off his immaturity compared to Sharon.
  • Kindly Vet: In one episode, Sharon did work experience at an animal hospital and broke down in tears when a rabbit she tried to help save didn't make it.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Sharon, especially when it comes to activism. She is very stubborn in insisting that her reasons are the right one and can never see things from the other person's POV most of the time. Though its this attitude that powers most of the conflicts she gets into. More often then not she has to learn the hard way you can't always get what you want.
  • Last-Minute Hookup: Sharon and Alden's breakup spans most of the second season and almost the entire third season—they end up getting back together in the series after realizing that they still have feelings for each other.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: The group plays a trivia game in "The Loooong Weekend" and one of the questions pertains to a show about a blonde high schooler and her circle of friends navigating teenage life. Alden and Brock are certain they know this name of the show, but it's on the tip of their tongues.
  • Lightning Can Do Anything: Having her braces put in during a lightning storm did something to Sharon's braces so they have unpredictable and sometimes bizarre effects on things around her. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Downplayed; They have different outfits for the summer and winter and their outfits changed after the first season, but otherwise they wear the same clothes.
  • Male Gaze: There's a lot of odd shots of bare or socked feet in this show.
  • Magic Realism: Apart from the strange things the braces do, the series is a standard slice of life.
  • Middle Child Syndrome: Sharon's the middle child and only daughter of three kids.
  • Missing Child: Josh in "Twenty Four Hours" He felt neglected because Sharon was more interested in spending time with her friends than helping him with piano.
  • "Miss X" Pun: "Miss Understanding," the school newspaper's advice column in the Braceface episode of the same name.
  • Modesty Towel: Both girls and boys wears this in few episodes. In an episode Sharon scares Connor with a rubber cockroach causing him to drop his towel.
  • Naïve Everygirl: Sharon wants everything a teenage girl wants: to be popular, get good grades, hang out with friends, and have a boyfriend. She sometimes does get into trouble and messes up like every other teen, but she always learns from her mistakes and sets things right in the end, no matter what the situation.
  • Official Couple: Sharon and Alden. They're both so obviously attracted to each other that the show gets them together midway through the first season, a rarity at the time as most shows tended to milk a Will They or Won't They? angle for as long as possible. Then they have a Second-Act Breakup and finally get back together with a Last-Minute Hookup.
  • Once an Episode: Sharon's braces acting up and causing trouble; although this was reduced as of season two.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: Not initially, as the first season has the characters in junior high, but they graduate and move to high school in season two. This changes a lot of the relationship dynamics that had been previously established, including Sharon and Alden breaking up, Alyson abandoning Nina's clique, and Connor drifting apart from Sharon and Maria.
  • Out of Focus: Connor, one of the three main characters at the show's outset, barely appears in season 3, as his life and interests lead him to drift apart from Sharon and Maria.
  • Picture Day: It's set during the school years; no surprise this pops up. Naturally Sharon's braces broke the camera.
  • Pool Scene: Has a couple. Examples include "The Coolest", "Up in Smoke", "Second Thoughts", and an episode with Sharon, her friends, and her class fighting British rival girls to win back the school pool.
  • Powers in the First Episode: Sharon gets her braces in the series premiere, and receives its electromagnetic abilities in turn.
  • Promise Me You Won't X: "Leap of Faith" (last episode), "promise me you won't panic" (or "freak out", or something similar) when Alden tells Brock he's got feelings for Sharon again.
  • Protagonist Title: The title refers to Sharon.
  • Pubescent Braces: The source of the show's title and Sharon's Embarrassing Nickname.
  • Racist Grandma: The episode "Grey Matters", which featured Sharon's Grandpa. However, unlike some other examples, he isn't a hateful man in the slightest. He's actually quite a nice guy. However, he believes in several racial stereotypes (Arabs having harems, Asians being bad drivers), and jokes around about this with Sharon's friend Maria and her boyfriend, who are Asian and Arabian. Her boyfriend playfully runs with it, while Maria is offended. It's implied that he gets over it by the end of the episode.
  • Second-Act Breakup: Second season, between Sharon and Alden. They get better by the end of the series.
  • Secret Santa: Sharon pulls Nina's name, and is morally torn between actually getting her a present and not getting her anything at all.
  • Security Blanket: Sharon once found her older brother still seeking comfort in his blanket. She knows this is his security blanket, so after asking what the problem was, he informed her that he had lost a lot of money in the stock market.
  • Sitting on the Roof: Sharon does this occasionally.
  • Slice of Life
  • Sock Slide Rink: In "Funny Business", Sharon decides to try her hand again at Ballet, having dropped it when she was little, and participates in a beginner class. Not having a leotard or ballet shoes (since it was an impromptu decision to join in as she's was visiting the rec center where the classes were held), she tries to get by by taking off her shoes and doing the exercises in her socks. Slipping up a few times since, well, ballet shoes have soles at the bottom to prevent this, socks don't.
  • Soapbox Sadie: Sharon, not just with animal rights and vegetarianism either. There was an episode where she started a rock band in an attempt to prove that she wasn't as girlie as everyone thought she was.
  • Space Whale Aesop: A few episodes here and there.
  • Spit Take: Sharon does this when her mom shows her an Embarrassing Old Photo of her as a baby (which she thought was Josh at first)
  • Squeamish About Slaughter: Sharon becomes a vegetarian and animal-rights activist after Alden gets her a part-time job at his uncle's meat-packing plant and she discovers she doesn't like the idea of animals being turned into food.
  • Stepford Smiler: Nina, she makes a big deal how popular she is. But in truth due to her mean spirited nature and the fact her parents are constantly busy, is actually quite lonely. Gets especially noticeable after Alyson leaves her.
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: In "Miami Vices" Sharon, sick of her mother's rules, decides to spend a few days with her dad in Miami, who is much more laid back and permissive. However, when Sharon gets drunk at a party and makes a fool of herself, he isn't happy and gives her a lecture about how she could have been taken advantage of in her state. Just because a parent is permissive doesn't mean they're going to be okay with their child doing something absolutely reckless like getting drunk at 13.
  • Token Minority Couple: Brock (only black character) and Maria (half-Chinese and half-Italian).
  • True Blue Femininity: Sharon usually wears a light blue shirt and dark blue pants.
  • Twofer Token Minority: Maria Wong, who's half-Chinese through her dad's side and half-Italian through her mom's side.
  • Two Girls and a Guy: Sharon, Maria and Connor initially comprise the main trio until Alyson enters the group.
  • Uncanny Valley Makeup: Nina in one example but there are instances where Sharon goes overboard on the makeup.
  • Verbal Tic: Alyson has to include the word "totally" in every other sentence.
  • Very Special Episode: A few, most notably the "smoking" episode and the episode in which Maria dates an abusive Arab guy, but thinks Sharon hates him because she has a grandfather who's racist and, by proxy, is a racist herself.
  • Visit by Divorced Dad: Richard, Helen Spitz's ex-husband and father of Sharon and brothers, appears occasionally. In an episode Sharon has to deal with her conflicting feelings over her Mom's new boyfriend at the same time as welcoming a visit from her own Dad. Sharon attempt to re-unite her parents after seven years of divorce, but she fails and has to finally face reality.
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: During her hangover in "Miami Vices" Sharon can be heard but not seen throwing up in the bathroom.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Sharon and Nina were friends as little kids, but they stopped hanging out when they were in 2nd-grade after Nina accused Sharon of decapitating her beloved fashion dolls.
  • We Will Not Use Photoshop in the Future: One episode has Nina discrediting Sharon and Maria with a slideshow of doctored photos including Sharon picking her nose and Maria scratching her butt. Unless you hired Industrial Light & Magic, edits like that would not be possible in real life.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: One episode has Sharon and Maria getting back at Nina by sabotaging her performance in a show, but realize they went too far when she is more humiliated than they intended, even putting her at a risk of falling from her swing onto the stage from a great height. They also took advantage of Alyson's trust in them to go through with it.
  • Wham Episode: "Dear Alden": Sharon and Alden break up.
  • Wham Line: After the infamous doll incident gets referenced early into "Clean Slate", we get this bombshell from Nina’s cousin.
    Petra: When did you finally figure out I was the one who did it?
  • Wild Teen Party: In the promptly named episode "Home Alone". Though in an aversion it's not Sharon who threw it, but her brothers who take advantage of the fact their babysitter had to leave them due to a family emergancy. Sharon tries to be the responsible one doing the chores and whatnot. The one time she does try to loosen up and relax is when her mom not surprisingly comes back early from her vacation. Though her brothers get her off the hook by taking responsibility for the party, the most punishment Sharon gets is not getting the desired curfew extension she wanted.
  • Younger Than They Look: Adam, Sharon's older brother, who's only seventeen but looks like he's in his twenties due to a growth spurt.
Couples kissing: Alden and Sharon have one during the end of leap of faith, Maria and Brock have three kisses during different seasons.


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Sharon starts menstruating in the middle of her first date, which greatly embarrasses her; her boyfriend mistakes the cramps for appendicitis and calls an ambulance.

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