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Unfabulous
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Genre Teen sitcom
Created by Sue Rose
Starring Emma Roberts
Malese Jow
Jordan Calloway
Tadhg Kelly
Molly Hagan
Markus Flanagan
Emma Degerstedt
Chelsea Tavares
Theme music composer Jill Sobule
Opening theme "Unfabulous" performed by Jill Sobule
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 41 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Sue Rose
Camera setup Film, Single-camera
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Nickelodeon Productions
Release
Original network Nickelodeon
Original release September 12, 2004 (2004-09-12) – December 16, 2007 (2007-12-16)

Unfabulous is an American teen sitcom that aired on Nickelodeon. The series is about an "unfabulous" middle school student and teenager named Addie Singer, played by Emma Roberts. The show, which debuted on September 12, 2004, was one of the most-watched programs in the United States among children between the ages of 10 and 16. It was created by Sue Rose, who previously created the animated series Pepper Ann and Angela Anaconda, and co-created the character Fido Dido with Joanna Ferrone. The series ended on December 16, 2007, with the third season being the final season.

All the episodes are narrated by Addie, and are told in flashbacks. The show's theme song is performed by Jill Sobule, who also wrote the songs performed throughout the show.

Overview

Unfabulous's main character is a teenager named Addie Singer (Emma Roberts), who writes songs about her life in middle school. Her best friends are Geena Fabiano (Malese Jow), who is interested in fashion and designs her own clothes, and the environmentally committed school basketball player Zack Carter-Schwartz (Jordan Calloway). They all attend Rocky Road Middle School in an unspecified East Coast city. However, in episode 34 "The Birthday" when Addie receives a letter from when she was 7 years old the address is listed as "Pinecrest, PA". Addie's older brother Ben (Tadhg Kelly) works at Juice!, a smoothie bar where Addie and her friends often hang out after school.

Throughout the first season, Addie obsesses about her crush on Jake Behari (Raja Fenske), who already has a girlfriend.

For the majority of the second season, however, Addie is dating Randy Klein (Evan Palmer). They break up towards the end of the season and Addie realizes that she still likes Jake. The made-for-TV movie Unfabulous: The Perfect Moment focused on Addie and Jake getting together although Jake will be gone for the rest of the summer in Canada.

In the third season, Addie and Jake finally begin dating and Geena and Zack begin to have feelings for each other.

Episodes

List of Unfabulous episodes

Cast

Unfabulous cast
The cast (from left to right) Kelly, Flanagan, Jow, Roberts, Hagan, and Calloway

Main

  • Emma Roberts as the 13-year-old main character Addie Singer.
  • Malese Jow as Geena Fabiano, Addie's best friend who is interested in fashion and designs her own clothes, which are usually provocative and therefore she receives daily lectures from the school principal.
  • Jordan Calloway as Zack Carter-Schwartz, Addie's other best friend who is on the basketball team and an environmental advocate that wears sandals
  • Tadhg Kelly as Ben Singer, Addie's older brother
  • Molly Hagan as Mrs. Sue Singer, Addie's mother
  • Markus Flanagan as Mr. Jeff Singer, Addie's father
  • Emma Degerstedt as Maris, a mean girl.
  • Chelsea Tavares as Cranberry, Maris' best friend.

Recurring

  • Dustin Ingram as Duane Oglivy
  • Mary Lou as Mary Ferry
  • Raja Fenske as Jake Behari
  • Bianca Collins as Patti Perez. Another mean girl who joins Maris & Cranberry and ex-girlfriend of Jake who tries to make Addie jealous & humiliate her.
  • Sarah Hester as Jen Stevenson-Ben's girlfriend and co-worker at Juice!
  • Harry Perry III as Manager Mike
  • Stephen Ford as Chad
  • Mildred Dumas as Principal Brandywine
  • Evan Palmer as Randy Klein
  • Sean Whalen as Coach Pearson
  • Brandon Smith as Mario
  • Miracle Vincent as Ellie
  • Shawn McGill as Freddy
  • Carter Jenkins as Eli Pataki (season 1)
  • Shanica Knowles as Vanessa
  • Lourdes Pantin as Becca

Other appearances

The show's main character, Addie Singer, also appears in a cross-over episode of Drake & Josh called "Honor Council", in which she helps Megan play a prank on Josh for a video Megan makes for her website. The episode aired in November 2004, a few months after both series had debuted.

Broadcast

Since the series' cancellation, reruns continued to air until July 2008. The show aired reruns on The N but ended in late 2009. The show then returned to TeenNick on October 11, 2011, and lasted until April 2, 2012. The show returned to the channel again on December 3, 2012 but was pulled once again in 2015. Currently it is aired on Popgirl and Nickelodeon Canada.

Home media

TEENick Picks, Volume 1 released on April 18, 2006 – features "The Little Sister" (Season 1, Episode 11)

Title Release date Episodes
The Complete 1st Season September 23, 2008 (USA) 1-13
Three-disc release, all 13 episodes, exclusively released on Amazon.com, as a "CreateSpace" program of "Burn-On-Demand" DVDs.
Title Release date Episodes
The Complete 2nd Season September 23, 2008 (USA) 14-28
Three-disc release, all 15 episodes, exclusively released on Amazon.com, as a "CreateSpace" program of "Burn-On-Demand" DVDs.

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
2005 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) – Leading Young Actress Emma Roberts Nominated
Best Performance in a Television Series (Comedy or Drama) – Recurring Young Actor Carter Jenkins
Outstanding Young Performers in a TV Series Jordan Calloway
Bianca Collins
Dustin Ingram
Mary Lou
Carter Jenkins
Malese Jow
Emma Roberts
Brandon Smith
Chelsea Tavares
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Breakout Show Unfabulous
Choice TV Breakout Performance – Female Emma Roberts
2005 Australian Kids' Choice Awards Fave TV Show Unfabulous
Fave Rising Star Emma Roberts
Casting Society of America Best Casting – Children's Programming Harriet Greenspan
2006 Young Artist Awards Best Young Ensemble Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) Jordan Calloway
Bianca Collins
Emma Degerstedt
Dustin Ingram
Mary Lou
Malese Jow
Carter Jenkins
Emma Roberts
Brandon Smith
Chelsea Tavares
Casting Society of America Best Casting – Children's TV Programming Harriet Greenspan
2007 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) – Leading Young Actress Emma Roberts
Best Young Ensemble Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) Jordan Calloway
Malese Jow
Emma Roberts
Chelsea Tavares
Emma Degerstedt
Dustin Ingram
Mary Lou
Best Family Television Series (Comedy) Unfabulous
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Comedy Emma Roberts
2007 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite TV Actress Emma Roberts
2007 Australian Kids' Choice Awards Fave Nick Show Unfabulous
2007 UK Kids' Choice Awards Best TV Actress Emma Roberts
Casting Society of America Best Casting – Children's TV Programming Harriet Greenspan
2008 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series – Leading Young Actress Emma Roberts
Best Performance in a TV Series – Supporting Young Actress Malese Jow
Best Young Ensemble Performance in a TV Series Jordan Calloway
Bianca Collins
Dustin Ingram
Malese Jow
Mary Lou
Emma Roberts
Chelsea Tavares
2008 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite TV Actress Emma Roberts

Merchandise

Along with the start of the second season in September 2005, Nickelodeon also began selling different types of Unfabulous-related merchandise, beginning with the album Unfabulous and More (see Soundtrack below). In November 2005, the album was followed by two books tying into the show, Keepin' It Real () and Split Ends (), both written by Robin Wasserman, and the first items in a line of clothes based on Addie's wardrobe on the show. Two more books were released in February 2006, Starstruck () and Jinxed! ().

Before the launch of the third season, a video game based on the show was released for the Game Boy Advance by THQ on September 25, 2006.

All episodes from the first and the second season (including The Perfect Moment) were available for download in the iTunes Store in the U.S. since fall 2006, but are now not available anymore. They have since been put back for download as of 2012.

Soundtrack

On September 27, 2005, shortly after the premiere of the show's second season, Columbia Records and Nick Records released the album Unfabulous and More, which serves as both the show's soundtrack and as Emma Roberts' debut album.

The album includes several original songs (among them "Dummy" and "I Wanna Be", both of which were also released as music videos, "I Have Arrived", and "This Is Me", which was co-written by Roberts), as well as some of Addie's songs from the first season (however in newly recorded versions), including "Punch Rocker" and "New Shoes" (both from the episode "The Party"), "94 Weeks (Metal Mouth Freak)" (from "The Bar Mitzvah") and "Mexican Wrestler" (which had previously appeared on Jill Sobule's 2000 album Pink Pearl and in the Unfabulous episode "The 66th Day").

The album peaked at #46 on Billboard's Heatseekers Albums.

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