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Jane by Design is a television coming-of-age drama/comedy about the complicated life of high school student Jane Quimby (Erica Dasher). Jane struggles to juggle school work and teen life with a secret job as assistant to high fashion diva Gray Chandler Murray (Andie MacDowell). In the pilot episode, Jane falls into her high profile job by accident. When Jane applies for an internship position, Gray mistakes her for an adult applicant and hires her as executive assistant, assuming Jane will be as quickly fired as previous assistants. Week by week, Jane proves to be resourceful and valuable even for demanding Gray. With the help of her high-spirited best friend Billy Nutter (Nick Roux), Jane copes with grace and style with high school, friendships, romances, fractured family and work, despite many close scrapes. Jane's mother pursues her own life elsewhere for the most part, leaving Jane and her older brother Ben (David Clayton Rogers) to fend for themselves, making Jane's salary vital to their financial well-being. Over time, Jane begins to develop a true talent for the world of fashion.

The cast of characters in Jane by Design is likeable and believable, spiced with a complicated villain or two such as devious corporate climber India Jordain (India de Beaufort). The actors deliver their dialogue fluidly, with good dramatic and comic timing. The over-arching plot draws viewers into Jane's world episode by episode.

Jane by Design is a visual feast of fashionable clothing, showcasing haute couture as well as fashions that wouldn't seem out of place if worn by real-life teens. The contemporary background music is upbeat, with a theme song that sums up the show with the line "Life is a work of art."

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ABC Family
1 Season, 18 Episodes - Canceled/Ended
Drama, Family
7.8/10
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Jane By Design Full Episode Guide

  • When Jane finds out the school play is in jeopardy, she donates her bonus check from Donovan Decker. But after preparations for the show continue, she can't help but feel she's sacrificed more for this play than money.

  • Jane has the house to herself and decides to throw a party with Billy's help.

  • Jane gets the opportunity to go on a real date, Ben gets the chance to try out with a minor league baseball team, and Kate considers marriage.

  • Jane is determined to help her friends out with their romantic connection. Billy is surprised when Zoe invites him to meet her parents. Kate decides to help Gray take the next step with her love life by setting up an online dating profile for her. Mortified by her mother's actions, Jane attempts to end the online dating scheme before Gray finds out.

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