Lizzie McGuire

Lizzie McGuire
Created by Terri Minsky
Theme music composer Elliot Lurie
Opening theme "We'll Figure It Out" by Angie Jaree
Composer(s) Sam Winans
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 65 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Camera setup Film; Single-camera
(videotape used sporadically)
Running time 22–24 minutes
Production company(s)
  • Stan Rogow Productions
  • Disney Channel Original Productions
Distributor Buena Vista Television
Original network Disney Channel
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Original release January 12, 2001 (2001-01-12) – February 14, 2004 (2004-02-14)
Followed by The Lizzie McGuire Movie (2003)
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Lizzie McGuire is an American live-action scripted teen sitcom, which features an animated version of the title character performing soliloquy. The animated sequences were interspersed with the show's live-action sequences. It premiered on the Disney Channel on January 12, 2001, following the premiere of Zenon: The Zequel and ended February 14, 2004. A total of 65 episodes were produced and aired. Its target demographic was preteens and adolescents.

The series won Favorite TV Show at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards in 2002 and 2003.


The series follows 13-year-old Lizzie McGuire, a shy, compassionate, and clumsy teen who dreams to fit in and be popular at school, with the help of her best friends Miranda and Gordo. Episodes center on Lizzie's life, dealing with her family, mostly her parents Jo and Sam and her younger brother Matt, and normal teenage life issues. Lizzie has an animated alter-ego that represents her feelings.


The series was created by Terri Minsky. The show's working title was What's Lizzie Thinking? before being changed to Lizzie McGuire. The show's producer Stan Rogow says the visual look of the show was partly inspired by the film Run Lola Run.[1] Though production wrapped in June 2002, the show did not end its original run on Disney Channel until 2004. In 2014, Hilary Duff announced that she would be open to a Lizzie McGuire reunion.[2]


Main characters

Recurring/minor characters

Animated Lizzie

Animated Lizzie is an animated character who represents the title character's inner thoughts, addressing the audience directly in the manner of a Greek chorus. The show was not the first series to use animation to reflect a live-action character's innermost thoughts. McGee and Me and Student Bodies, two syndicated programs about the struggles of a cartoonist for a school newspaper, often used the artist's surrealistic caricatures of himself and his friends to visually illustrate his interior monologues. Animated Lizzie was voiced by series star Hilary Duff.

Canceled spin-offs

The show was completed after 65 episodes. Disney considered continuing the franchise in further films and a prime-time television series with Lizzie, Miranda and Gordo attending high school, which was to be broadcast on ABC, but the plans were never implemented due to contract disagreements with Duff's representatives.[5]


The series reran on Disney Channel from February 14, 2004, to September 4, 2006. The episode "Night of the Day of the Dead" also aired on October 14, 2006, as part of Disney's "Hispanic Heritage Month."

In 2006, Superstation WGN (now WGN America) acquired the rights to Even Stevens and Lizzie McGuire.[6][7] It aired on the channel from September 18, 2006, to January 2009, during the week originally airing after each other on weekday afternoons before moving to the late night hours, when both shows' target audiences were generally not awake, with Even Stevens airing Tuesdays and Thursdays and Lizzie airing the rest of the week.


Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 31 January 12, 2001 (2001-01-12) January 18, 2002 (2002-01-18)
2 34 February 8, 2002 (2002-02-08) February 14, 2004 (2004-02-14)
Film May 2, 2003


A film based on the show, The Lizzie McGuire Movie, debuted on May 2, 2003, at number two at the box office behind X2: X-Men United. It earned $42.7 million at the American box office.[8] and eventually grossed $55.6 million worldwide.[9]Based on Lizzie and her classmates going on a school trip to Rome where Lizzie finds love, fame and trouble in unexpected places. It received mixed reviews with one critic calling it, "an unabashed promotion of Duff's image, just as Crossroads was for Britney Spears."[10] Other reviews were generally positive and encouraging.[11][12][13]


The character of Lizzie continues to be merchandised by Disney, especially through a large set of Lizzie McGuire books, which include novelizations of the episodes, original Nancy Drew-style stories in the Lizzie McGuire Mysteries series, and "Cine-manga" pictorial adaptations (published by TOKYOPOP) with still shots from the show presented in manga style.

A Lizzie McGuire doll was released in 2002 by Dakin Toys. The 10" doll featured many of Lizzie's outfits. A plush doll of the Cartoon Lizzie was made by Dakin in 2002.

Fortune magazine estimated in 2003 that Lizzie McGuire merchandise had earned the Walt Disney Co. nearly $100 million.[14] In the show's heyday, Radio Disney continually promoted Lizzie McGuire and regularly gave away the show's CD.

Several home video and DVD versions of the show have been released in various countries. In the United States, some thematic episode collections were first released and later a DVD box set consisting of 22 episodes from the first season (mostly, but not entirely, corresponding to the first 22 episodes in production order). It is designated as "Volume 1", but no plans are known for the release of volumes 2 and 3 of the series, and poor sales of the first box set may prevent further releases. As of April 2006, a box set of 12 DVDs with all the 65 episodes of the show is available in Spain, and box sets (grouped into three 22-episode "seasons") Ireland TG4 are available in Australia and the UK.

Lizzie-themed toys were included in a 2004 McDonald's Happy Meal series, which included CD-ROM discs containing Lizzie-related games and graphics and audio versions of Lizzie (not voiced by Duff) reading stories based on episode plots of her show.

There is a Lizzie McGuire bedroom set offered by furniture stores as one of several Disney-themed children's bedrooms and a What Would Lizzie Do? board game where players must judge Lizzie's likely response to various situations. Three Lizzie McGuire video games have been released for the Game Boy Advance: Lizzie McGuire: On the Go (2003), Lizzie McGuire 2: Lizzie Diaries (2004), and Lizzie McGuire 3: Homecoming Havoc (2005).

DVD releases

Title Episodes DVD release dates Discs
Lizzie McGuire: Fashionably Lizzie 4[15] December 9, 2003[15] 1
Lizzie McGuire: Growing Up Lizzie 4[16] December 9, 2003[16] 1
Lizzie McGuire: Star Struck 4 March 16, 2004 1
Lizzie McGuire: Totally Crushed 4[17] March 16, 2004[17] 1
Lizzie McGuire: When Moms Attack 6 December 31, 2009 1
Lizzie McGuire: Misadventure In Babysitting 5 December 31, 2009 1
Lizzie McGuire: Come Fly With Me 5 December 31, 2009 1
Lizzie McGuire - Whats Lizzie Thinking 5 December 31, 2009 1
Box Set (Volume 1) 22[18] November 23, 2004[18] 4
Season 1 21[19] September 4, 2004 4
Season 2 (Contains some Episodes from Season 1) 22[20] November 8, 2004 4
Season 3 (Contains the rest of Season 2's Episodes) 22[21] March 20, 2006 4

Awards and nominations

2002 - Outstanding Children's Television Programming (Nominated)
2002 - Best International - Susan Estelle Jansen & Neal Israel (Nominated)
2004 - Outstanding Children's Program (Nominated)
2003 - Outstanding Children's Program (Nominated)
2003 - Best Supporting Actress in Television - Lalaine (Nominated)
2005 - Favorite TV Actress - Hilary Duff (Nominated)
2005 - Favorite TV Show (Nominated)
2004 - Favorite TV Actress - Hilary Duff (Nominated)
2004 - Favorite TV Show (Nominated)
2003 - Favorite TV Actress - Hilary Duff (Nominated)
2003 - Favorite Television Actor - Adam Lamberg
2003 - Favorite TV Show (Won)
2002 - Favorite TV Actress - Hilary Duff (Nominated)
2002 - Favorite TV Show (Won)
2004 - Favorite Television Star - Hilary Duff (Won)
2003 - Choice TV — Comedy (Nominated)
2003 - Choice TV Actress — Comedy - Hilary Duff (Nominated)
2002 - Children's Script - Terri Minsky for the "Pilot" (Nominated)
2004 - Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama): Supporting Young Actor - Jake Thomas (Nominated)
2003 - Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series: Guest Starring Young Actress - Amy Castle (Won)
2003 - Best Ensemble in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) - Hilary Duff, Lalaine, Jake Thomas & Adam Lamberg (Nominated)
2003 - Best Family Television Series (Comedy or Drama) (Nominated)
2003 - Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama): Supporting Young Actor - Jake Thomas (Nominated)
2002 - Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series: Leading Young Actress - Hilary Duff (Nominated)
2002 - Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series: Supporting Young Actress - Lalaine (Nominated)
2002 - Best Ensemble in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) - Hilary Duff, Lalaine, Jake Thomas & Adam Lamberg (Nominated)

See also


  1. "Producer Stan Rogow". 2002-01-16. Retrieved 2009-08-01.
  2. Hilary Duff Says Why Not to a Lizzie McGuire Reunion
  3. Nora G C, Catherine C; Newsday, Rebecca E (September 20, 2005). "Moving to her own music, Lalaine leaves' Lizzie' behind". Chicago Tribune.
  4. 6 Things You Never Knew About "Lizzie McGuire
  5. "Cable TV talk". Retrieved December 11, 2007.
  6. "CMT Drops 'Foxworthy', Cuts 'Dukes' Airings; WGN Buys 'Lizzie McGuire' & 'Even Stevens' Reruns; TV Land June Changes".
  7. "Disney Channel Shows to WGN".
  8. "Yahoo!Movies". Retrieved December 11, 2007.
  9. Box Office Mojo. "Lizzie McGuire Movie". Retrieved 2007-12-02.
  10. " Review". Retrieved December 1, 2007.
  11. "Roger Ebert review". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved December 11, 2007.
  12. McCarthy, Todd (May 1, 2003). " review". Retrieved December 11, 2007.
  13. "BBC review". Retrieved December 11, 2007.
  14. 'Disney's 'Tween Machine: How the Disney Channel became must-see TV--and the company's unlikely cash cow.' Fortune, September 29, 2003, accessed April 19, 2009
  15. 1 2 "Lizzie McGuire - Fashionably Lizzie DVD information". Retrieved 2008-05-07.
  16. 1 2 "Lizzie McGuire - Growingup Lizzie DVD information". Retrieved 2008-05-07.
  17. 1 2 "Lizzie McGuire - Totally crushed Lizzie DVD information". Retrieved 2008-05-07.
  18. 1 2 "Lizzie McGuire - Box Set Volume 1 DVD information". Retrieved 2009-09-10.
  19. " - Buy Lizzie McGuire: Complete Series 1 (Box Set) online at and read reviews. Free delivery to UK and Europe!".
  20. " - Buy Lizzie McGuire - Complete Series 2 (Box Set) online at and read reviews. Free delivery to UK and Europe!".
  21. "Buy Lizzie McGuire: Complete Season 3 (4 Discs) online at and read reviews. Free delivery to UK and Europe!". Retrieved 2012-10-26.

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