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Wizards of Waverly Place
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Wizards of Waverly Place season one cast
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 21
Release
Original network Disney Channel
Original release October 12, 2007 (2007-10-12) – August 31, 2008 (2008-08-31)
List of Wizards of Waverly Place episodes

The first season of Wizards of Waverly Place aired on Disney Channel from October 12, 2007 to August 31, 2008. The season introduces the Russo children, Alex (Selena Gomez), Justin (David Henrie), and Max Russo (Jake T. Austin) as they compete to become the leading wizard in their family. Maria Canals Barrera and David DeLuise star as their parents and Jennifer Stone co-stars as Alex's best friend, Harper Finkle.

Guest stars and recurring cast include: Amanda Tepe as Monotone Woman, Skyler Samuels as Gigi Hollingsworth, Bill Chott as Mr. Laritate, Daryl Sabara as T.J. Taylor, Brian Kubach as Riley, Shane Lyons as Manny Kin, Eric Allan Kramer as Coach Gunderson, Chelsea Staub as Kari Landsdorf, Sara Paxton as Millie, Julie Brown as Ms. Angela and Jeff Garlin as Uncle Kelbo.

Production

The series was created and as executive produced by Todd J. Greenwald, who began developing the show after working as a writer and consulting producer during the first season of Hannah Montana. The show is produced by It's a Laugh Productions and Disney Channel Original Productions. The theme song, "Everything Is Not What It Seems", written by John Adair and Steve Hampton, is of techno-pop style and is performed by Selena Gomez. The series is filmed at Hollywood Center Studios in Hollywood, California.

Premise

Set on Waverly Place in Manhattan, New York's Greenwich Village neighborhood, Wizards of Waverly Place centers on the Italian-Mexican Russo family, which includes Alex (Selena Gomez), her older brother Justin (David Henrie) and their younger brother Max (Jake T. Austin). The three Russo siblings are wizards in training and live with their Italian-American father Jerry (David DeLuise), a former wizard, and their Mexican-American mother Theresa, who is a mortal. Alex also has a mortal friend, Harper (Jennifer Stone), who at first does not know the Russos are wizards.

Theme song

The theme song begins with Alex (Selena Gomez) waking up in the morning with her alarm clock going off. She uses a spell to make the time 6:30. She then goes into the bathroom where Justin (David Henrie) is looking at himself in the mirror and spitting out mouthwash when Alex pushes him to the side. He gets annoyed and then uses magic to trap her in the mirror. In the kitchen, Max (Jake T. Austin) has an orange which he turns into a vanilla cupcake. Meanwhile, Harper (Jennifer Stone) meets Alex at the front door and shows off her watermelon shirt. Back at the kitchen, Max is about to put his cupcake into his backpack when his mother, Theresa (Maria Canals Barrera), makes him turn it back into an orange. Alex is telling Max to hurry up. In the lair, Jerry (David DeLuise) is yelling to someone when a laptop flies away. He then goes to retrieve it. In the sub shop, Alex opens her book bag, which the laptop goes into (meanwhile Harper was distracted not seeing anything). Jerry lectures her as the main title card appears. Then the four friends walk to school. Throughout the sequence, the furniture in the background seems to be moving around.

Release

The show debuted on Disney Channel on October 12, 2007 after the premiere of Twitches Too, gathering 5.9 million viewers. In February 2009, the episode "Helping Hand" broke the record for the largest audience in the 7:00 PM (Eastern Time) time period on the Disney Channel, with a total of 4.5 million viewers. In January 2010, "Wizards vs. Werewolves" one-hour special episode became the series' most-watched episode with 6.2 million viewers, surpassing the 6 million viewers of "Paint By Committee" episode In 2009, the series was the top scripted telecast for teens between the age of 9–14 (1.63 million/6.7 rating) and second in kids 6–11 (1.81 million/7.4 rating), which was only slightly behind "The Suite Life on Deck" (1.82 million/7.4 rating.)

Cast

Episodes

  • This season consists of 21 episodes.
  • Filmed from July 2007 to December 2007.


Wizards of Waverly Place Season 1 episodes
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No. in
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Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
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U.S. viewers
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1 1 "Crazy 10-Minute Sale" ʁ Fred Savage Todd J. Greenwald ʁ ʁ October 12, 2007 (2007-10-12) ʁ 102 ʁ
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2 2 "First Kiss" ʁ Joe Regalbuto Vince Cheung & Ben Montanio ʁ ʁ October 19, 2007 (2007-10-19) ʁ 104 ʁ
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3 3 "I Almost Drowned in a Chocolate Fountain" ʁ Joe Regalbuto Gigi McCreery & Perry Rein ʁ ʁ October 26, 2007 (2007-10-26) ʁ 105 ʁ
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4 4 "New Employee" ʁ Bob Berlinger Peter Murrieta ʁ ʁ November 2, 2007 (2007-11-02) ʁ 107 ʁ
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5 5 "Disenchanted Evening" ʁ Mark Cendrowski Jack Sanderson ʁ ʁ November 9, 2007 (2007-11-09) ʁ 114 ʁ
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6 6 "You Can't Always Get What You Carpet" ʁ Fred Savage Peter Murrieta ʁ ʁ November 10, 2007 (2007-11-10) ʁ 101 ʁ
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7 7 "Alex's Choice" ʁ Bob Berlinger Matt Goldman ʁ ʁ November 16, 2007 (2007-11-16) ʁ 109 ʁ
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8 8 "Curb Your Dragon" ʁ Bob Berlinger Gigi McCreery & Perry Rein ʁ ʁ November 30, 2007 (2007-11-30) ʁ 108 ʁ
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9 9 "Movies" ʁ Mark Cendrowski Justin Varava ʁ ʁ December 14, 2007 (2007-12-14) ʁ 113 ʁ
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10 10 "Pop Me and We Both Go Down" ʁ Bob Berlinger Vince Cheung & Ben Montanio ʁ ʁ January 6, 2008 (2008-01-06) ʁ 103 ʁ
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11 11 "Potion Commotion" ʁ Bob Berlinger Todd J. Greenwald ʁ ʁ February 10, 2008 (2008-02-10) ʁ 110 ʁ
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12 12 "Justin's Little Sister" ʁ Andrew Tsao Eve Weston ʁ ʁ March 9, 2008 (2008-03-09) ʁ 117 ʁ
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13 13 "Wizard School" (Part 1) ʁ Mark Cendrowski Vince Cheung & Ben Montanio ʁ ʁ April 6, 2008 (2008-04-06) ʁ 111 ʁ
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14 14 "Wizard School" (Part 2) ʁ Mark Cendrowski Gigi McCreery & Perry Rein ʁ ʁ April 6, 2008 (2008-04-06) ʁ 112 ʁ
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15 15 "The Supernatural" ʁ Mark Cendrowski Matt Goldman ʁ ʁ May 18, 2008 (2008-05-18) ʁ 115 ʁ
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16 16 "Alex in the Middle" ʁ Bob Berlinger Matt Goldman ʁ ʁ June 15, 2008 (2008-06-15) ʁ 106 ʁ
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17 17 "Report Card" ʁ Andrew Tsao Gigi McCreery & Perry Rein and Peter Murrieta ʁ ʁ June 29, 2008 (2008-06-29) ʁ 118 ʁ
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18 18 "Credit Check" ʁ Fred Savage Todd J. Greenwald ʁ ʁ July 6, 2008 (2008-07-06) ʁ 121 ʁ
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19 19 "Alex's Spring Fling" ʁ Victor Gonzalez Matt Goldman ʁ ʁ July 20, 2008 (2008-07-20) ʁ 119 ʁ
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20 20 "Quinceañera" ʁ Andrew Tsao Gigi McCreery & Perry Rein ʁ ʁ August 10, 2008 (2008-08-10) ʁ 116 ʁ
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21 21 "Art Museum Piece" ʁ Victor Gonzalez Vince Cheung & Ben Montanio ʁ ʁ August 31, 2008 (2008-08-31) ʁ 120 ʁ
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