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Season 1 reviewed.

Season 1 reviewed.

After watching 31 episodes of Lizzie McGuire, I’m halfway done with this project! 

The first season was all over the place. As a first season of a TV show, it does a remarkably poor job of setting up the world. This must have been partially production-related, because the early episodes feel so different that they must’ve been shot before the show got picked up and then never reshot. The consequence of that is that we get weird, unfamiliar sets and characters like Danny Kessler who just disappear into the void after a few episodes.

Season 1, episode 25: “Facts of Life”

Season 1, episode 25: “Facts of Life”

Man, I wish I knew more about how these episodes were written. When you watch all of them back to back, it’s pretty obvious that some had different writers in charge because they seem off somehow. This week’s episode is a good example. There’s a heightened, joke-a-minute style that’s not typical at all for this series. For instance, at one point Gordo makes a lame joke and Lizzie shrieks, “That’s not a joke! What does a cannibal call a phonebook? A menu! Haha! Now that is a joke! HA HA HA HA HA.” This entire episode is like that. The directing is also subpar, as lines are delivered really sloppily with diction problems everywhere.

Season 1, episode 24: “Night of the Day of the Dead”

Season 1, episode 24: “Night of the Day of the Dead”

It’s the Halloween episode! I definitely remember this one, at least the second half of it. I feel like Disney must have hyped it up a lot during October.

It begins with Matt and Lanny plotting out the best spots in the city for trick-or-treating while Lizzie and Matt exchange their usual cruel banter. The McGuire parents show up to tell Matt he’s not going trick-or-treating at all, by the way, he’s going to the Halloween festival at Lizzie’s school. Matt and Lizzie both hate this plan, but their parents offer no explanation at all.