So Weird

So Weird

Created by Tom J. Astle
Theme music composer Jon Cooksey
Opening theme "In the Darkness" (performed by Mackenzie Phillips)
Composer(s) Ken Williams
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 65 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Henry Winkler
  • Tom J. Astle
  • Michelle Davis
  • Alec Griffith
  • Ali Marie Matheson (seasons 1-2)
  • Jon Cooksey (seasons 1-2)
  • Larry Sugar (seasons 2-3)
  • John Mandel
  • Bruce Zimmerman (season 3)
Camera setup Film; Single-camera
Production company(s)
  • Sugar Entertainment, Ltd. (seasons 1-2)
  • Equal No. Entertainment, Inc. (season 3)
  • Fair Dinkum Productions
  • Disney Channel Original Productions
Distributor Buena Vista Television
Original network Disney Channel
Picture format 480p (SDTV)
Original release January 18, 1999 (1999-01-18) – September 28, 2001 (2001-09-28)

So Weird is an American-Canadian television series that aired on the Disney Channel as a mid-season replacement from January 18, 1999, to September 28, 2001. The series was shot in Vancouver, British Columbia. One of the first Disney Channel Original Series to be shot in 16:9.[1] In season one and season two, the series centered on teenage girl Fiona Phillips (Cara DeLizia) who toured with her rock-star mom (Mackenzie Phillips), while encountering paranormal activity along the way. The series was compared to the Fox TV series The X-Files since it took a darker tone than other Disney Channel Originals. For the third and final season, Disney replaced DeLizia (due to her wanting to pursue future projects outside of Disney) with actress Alexz Johnson playing Annie Thelen. Production ceased after 65 episodes.

Main characters


Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 13 January 18, 1999 (1999-01-18) April 26, 1999 (1999-04-26)
2 26 August 27, 1999 (1999-08-27) August 19, 2000 (2000-08-19)
3 26 August 28, 2000 (2000-08-28) September 28, 2001 (2001-09-28)


Season 1

The season began with Fiona Phillips on tour with her famous rocker mother Molly, brother Jack, a skeptic, bus driver Ned, his wife Irene, and their son Clu. Stringing together all of Fi's paranormal encounters was her search to communicate with her father, who died when she was three years old. Fi first "encountered" her father in the second episode titled "Web Sight" where an unknown force sent her internet articles warning her of the future. From alien invasions, time warps, and ghosts, Fi faced 13 episodes worth of paranormal activity. Also encountered: one powerful tulpa, a Bigfoot, angels, and more significantly, the Will o' the Wisp. The season finale featured Jack becoming possessed by a hyperactive Scottish will o' the wisp, also known as a Spunkie. The Spunkie told Fi she could save her brother from his control by speaking his one true name, which was only seven letters. Fi found the spirit's one true name, Bricriu,therefore saving her brother. Bricriu had offered to protect Fi from evil spirits who had battled her father and had also offered to give her contact with her late father in return for being allowed to possess her brother. She thought he was lying therefore rejected his offer. He reappears in later episodes to keep her away from other spirits and people who claims are a threat to her, depending on how one reads it, this may be seen as evidence he was telling the truth, but this is questionable at best, especially since in one episode he tried to prevent her from talking to a person who knew her father and wanted to give her information.

Season 2

The second season was even darker than the first, playing out over twenty-six episodes. The premiere picked up with Molly taking time off the tour to record an album. Fi and friend Candy meet a medium who is proven to be a fraud. However, the one who uncovers the fake is actually a medium himself who aids Fi in contacting her father through music on his old guitar.

The character of Clu was reduced during the season, as he went off to college, and his brother Carey was introduced to fill in the gap. Many legendary creatures surfaced within the season, including vampires, werewolves, banshees, trolls, sirens, and merfolk. In a pivotal episode, Fi learned that her father investigated the same kinds of supernatural events that Fi did. In fact, this was exactly what led to his death. Upon learning this, Fi is angered by her mother's deceit in covering up the truth about her father. Molly was eventually possessed by Bricriu, the same Will o' the Wisp as Jack was in season one. Fi discovered that Will o' the Wisps or other dark powers, though not necessarily Bricriu himself, may have killed her father, resulting in the accident that police had assumed took his life. In this episode Bricriu tried to kill a former firefighter who had been present at Rick's car crash and was aware that Fi's dad had been dead, with no apparent cause, before the car crashed. Following this episode, Fi had further contact with her father, as the answer to a troll's question - Faith - was revealed on her computer and a plethora of cell phones. Fi briefly time traveled to her third year, when her father was still alive, in episode 13, Fountain.

The season ended with Fi discovering her father's twin sister received encoded messages from him in her sleep. The messages led Fi to a rooftop where she was attacked by a three-headed demon and saved by the ghost of her father. He left her with a message that the spirit world was angry with her and would try to stop her investigation about the paranormal. At last, Fi got the proper farewell to her father that she had been searching for. Many DeLizia fans consider this a proper, if not entirely fulfilling, finale.

Season 3

After skewing somewhat dark and intricate in its second season, the show was forced into a lighter tone for its final batch of episodes. Cara DeLizia left after the first episode, which introduced family friend Annie Thelen. Fi had yet another encounter with Bricriu. In this episode her family turn into plants and animals and Fi has to go to Bricriu for help in saving them. He does and then he convinces her to give up investigating the occult to save her family, whom the spirit world threatened because of its anger at Fi's intrusions. Fi, who still didn't trust Bricriu even though he claimed he was trying to help, trapped him in a floppy disk. The attraction to the occult, manifested in the ring her father gave her, was passed on to Annie as Fi went to live with her aunt. Molly moved the family to a new, brightly colored house.

Annie's story arc was the mystery behind a spirit guide that followed her in the form of a panther. Her character was also musically talented, and episodes featured more of her singing than that of the older Mackenzie Phillips. The season's stories were a far cry from previous episodes, playing such plots as being sucked into a painting (which directly followed an episode of people being sucked into photographs), a stone from the Tower of Babel that caused xenoglossy and a detention class that never ended. Cara DeLizia never reappeared in the season, however Fi was still prevalent in many episodes via e-mail. She made a brief appearance in the episode "Earth 101" by a lookalike, and in the final episode, although in the final it was only a rerun clip from the first episode of the season. The mystery of the panther was solved: when Annie was three and living in the Amazon she saved a young tribesman at risk to her own life. His tribe, in turn, saved her and his father took on the form of the panther to always protect her as thanks for her selfless act.


After 65 episodes, Disney ceased production. After the show ended, reruns of the series were pushed further and further back in the schedule. In 2003, So Weird was removed from the Disney Channel schedule altogether, and has not aired since.

Cast changes and guest appearances

Music of So Weird

The series featured original songs sung by both Mackenzie Phillips and Alexz Johnson. Songs sung by Mackenzie Phillips included the theme "In the Darkness", "Another World", "Rebecca", "The Rock" and "Love is Broken". Each of the songs usually tied into the theme of the episode they were featured in. For example, "Rebecca" was featured in the episode "Rebecca" which dealt with Molly's former best friend of the same name who vanished when she was 13 years old. A compilation of Molly's songs was featured in the episode "Encore."

During seasons one and two, a music video that starts out with a talking scene between Jack and Clu and then Molly asks them and Fi to go to bed while they act jovial and happy, was aired. It featured over 62 clips from seasons one and two. It was the song "In the Darkness". It starts out with Jack and Clu fooling around, Clu howling and someone strumming a guitar. Molly comes to them in the RV and tells them it is time for her second show and that means bed. Fi closes her computer and says goodnight. She looks sad. Jack hugs Molly goodnight. Clu tells Molly to "knock em dead' or something or Break A Leg, Molly mocks his voice and says, "Thank you Clu" and shakes his hand. They leave. She goes out of the RV and starts to sing in a strange set.

"Last Night Blues," was the only occasion Cara DeLizia had to sing during her stint on the show. The song was supernaturally transferred to the characters from a murdered blues musician.

Season 3 mainly used the music of Alexz Johnson. One of Johnson's original songs, "Dream About You", was featured in the episode "Carnival." A music video by Alexz Johnson, "Shadows", was also featured near the end of the show's run on the Disney Channel.

The following is an incomplete listing of music from So Weird. With the exception of "Lorena" and occasional musical guest appearances, all music was original, created especially for the series.

Introduced in Season 1

  • "In the Darkness"
Music by Annmarie Montade
Lyrics by Jon Cooksey
Sung by Mackenzie Phillips
  • "More Like a River"
Music by Brent Belke
Lyrics by Jon Cooksey
Sung by Mackenzie Phillips
  • "Rebecca"
Music by Annmarie Montade
Lyrics by Jon Cooksey
Sung by Mackenzie Phillips
  • "She Sells"
Music by Annmarie Montade
Lyrics by Jon Cooksey
Sung by Mackenzie Phillips

Introduced in Season 2

  • "Origami"
Sung by Mackenzie Phillips
  • "New Math"
Sung by Mackenzie Phillips
  • "The Rock"
Sung by Mackenzie Phillips
  • "Love Is Broken"
Sung by Mackenzie Phillips
  • "Last Night Blues"
Sung by Mackenzie Phillips and Cara DeLiza
  • "Another World"
Sung by the fictional Phillips Kane Band, and by Mackenzie Phillips. Alternate version sung by David Steele

Introduced in Season 3

  • "One In A Million World"
Sung by Mackenzie Phillips and Alexz Johnson
  • "To Dream About You"
Sung by Alexz Johnson
  • "Never Give Up"
Sung by Alexz Johnson
  • "What You Do (Voodoo)"
Sung by Mackenzie Phillips
  • "Thinkin' About Tomorrow"
Sung by Mackenzie Phillips
  • "A Different Story"
Sung by Mackenzie Phillips
  • "Push Me, Pull You"
Sung by Alexz Johnson
  • "'Cause You're Watching Over Me (Shadows)"
Sung by Alexz Johnson
  • "While I Stare"
Sung by Mackenzie Phillips

Other songs

  • "Lorena" (folk song fragment)
Sung by Mackenzie Phillips
  • "Star-Dot-Star" (fictional jingle)
Sung by cast (and by gremlins)
  • "Jack's Lullaby"
Sung by Patrick Levis
  • "Questions"
Sung by Jewel Staite
  • "Little Goodbyes"
Sung by SheDaisy
  • "Misery"
Sung by The Moffatts


A So Weird soundtrack was never released, but the executive producers of the series recorded studio versions of the songs. Some parts of the studio songs can be found in the end credits, like She Sells, Another World, One in a Million, Different Story, Dream with Me, New Math. Fans have made cover CDs of the songs, as have executive producers Jon Cooksey and Larry Sugar.

Larry Sugar:

CD 1:

  • In The Darkness (Version 1)
  • In The Darkness (Extended Version)
  • In The Darkness (Version 2)
  • In The Darkness (Bricriu's Version)
  • More Like a River (Jon Cooksey's Key Version)
  • More Like a River (Piano Version)
  • More Like a River (Guitar Version)
  • Lorena (Mackenzie Phillips Extended Version)
  • Star-Dot-Star Jingle (Extended Version)
  • Rebecca (Piano)
  • Rick's Melody (Extended Version)
  • She Sells (Extended Version)
  • Questions (Extended Version)
  • New Math (Extended Version)
  • The Rock (Extended Version)
  • Last Night Blues (Mackenzie Phillips Extended Version)
  • Chicago Blues (Mackenzie Phillips Extended Version)

CD 2:

  • Origami
  • Another World (Mackenzie Phillips Version)
  • Land of Free (Extended Version)
  • Love is Broken (Original Version)
  • Love is Broken (Revised Version)
  • One in a Million World (Extended Version)
  • What You Do (Extended Version ft. Alexz)
  • What You Do (Alexz Johnson Version)
  • Never Give (Extended Version)
  • To Dream About You (So Weird Version)
  • To Dream About You (Alexz CD Version)
  • Thinkin' About Tomorrow (ft. Alexz)
  • Different Story (ft. Alexz)
  • Push Me, Pull You (Extended Version)
  • 'Cause You're Watching Over Me
  • While I Stare (ft. Alexz)

Jon Cooksey:


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