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It's often said that life imitates art (or vice-versa), and perhaps that's never been more perfectly illustrated than in the Disney Channel's teen sitcom, Austin & Ally. Created by the writing/producing team of Kevin Kopelow and Heath Seifert, Austin & Ally revolves around the unorthodox relationship between two teenagers who, at first glance, appear to be polar opposites. How they deal with and use their differences to form a prolific musical team is both inspiring and entertaining.

Ally Dawson (Laura Marano) is a slightly withdrawn, extremely talented songwriter who prefers to toil in the background and let others bask in the spotlight. Ally is actually a gifted singer/performer, but her innate shyness and lack of self-confidence prevents her from "stepping out front," and performing publicly. When a song she's written is made into an Internet video by Austin (Ross Lynch) and becomes a sensation, both his and Ally's lives change dramatically.

Austin is everything that Ally isn't; outgoing, outspoken and determined to become a star. The unlikely pair discover their differences complement each other perfectly, and along with their respective best friends Trish (Raini Rodriguez) and Dez

(Calum Worthy), they set out to make their mark in the music video universe.

In early episodes, Ally continues to struggle with her reticence and stage fright, but with some behind-the-scenes maneuvering by Austin, finds herself onstage, accompanying Austin on piano. The end result isn't favorable, but the experience helps to solidify the two, and they learn to trust each other.

Ensuing episodes of Austin & Ally find the duo not only increasing their output, but also dealing with the trappings of stardom. When a far-from-flattering video of Austin shows up on an Internet blog, the resulting controversy not only leads to the cancellation of an upcoming gig, but also forces the group to reassess their strategy. An appearance at the Internet Music Awards severely tests the group's friendship, and in perhaps the ultimate test of loyalty, Austin is faced with a dilemma when a noted manager attempts to woo him into a contract. Despite visions of superstardom and promises of unimagined riches, Austin chooses to remain with his friends.

Obviously targeted for the 'tween and teen demographic, Austin & Ally nonetheless is a well-written and well-performed production. The chemistry between cast members appears genuine, and the original music featured is much better than expected. Kopelow and Seifert cut their teeth on other Disney productions such as Sonny With a Chance and Jonas, but they've already shown that they are capable of taking the typical Disney format to a new level.

Sunday 8:00 PM et/pt on Disney
4 Seasons, 87 Episodes
December 2, 2011
Children, Family
Cast: Ross Lynch, Laura Marano, Raini Rodriguez, Calum Worthy
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Austin & Ally Full Episode Guide

  • Ally, Austin, Trish and Dez reunite after years of being on their own.

  • While everyone gets ready for a new phase in life, Trish is trying to decide what her future will be.

  • One of Austin and Ally's music pupils is sad she must spend Christmas away from her dad, so the group goes to extreme measures to help her be happy and they all discover they are family too.

  • Ally is driven to graduate and go to Harvard, when a missing library book stands in her way.

  • When Ally is jilted out of college, she chooses to put an end to her "perfect student" ways. Also, Austin and Dez find out their most loved ride from childhood will be closed indefinitely.

  • The crew head to Spooktacular in N.Y.C. where they share spooky tales.

  • Ally finds out that her dad is dating the mother of a very difficult student at the A&A music factory.

  • When Trish's client Boynado threatens to split up, she searches to find a way to fix their problems. Austin and Ally try to help a former impersonator find his own voice.

  • After Austin visits a fortune teller, he's convinced that something bad is going to happen during his comeback concert.

  • Ally's songbook is stolen and the gang sets out in search of the culprit.

  • Ally is performing at an awards show, but the producers worry about her dancing talents.

  • The gang gets ready for the A&A Music Factory's first showcase.

  • Austin want to perform again, so he starts singing at a karaoke club in disguise.

  • Austin and Ally get paired together in Home Ec, and they get to imagine life together as a married couple.

  • A code inspector comes to look at the music school and threatens to shut it down, and the foursome learns the famous duo have ulterior motives.

  • Ally wants to prove to Austin that she can unlock the hidden musical talent of a new student. Trish enlists Dez to help her make a video for a book report.

  • Austin discovers he's a credit short for graduation, throwing off his plans for his senior year.

  • The gang is on a time crunch to teach first-time music students how to play in a band in preparation for the A&A Music Factory's grand opening.

  • Austin feels pressured into working at his parents' mattress store. Ally has a hard time keeping up with the influx of music students.

  • The gang shares an emotional reunion in Miami at Ally's triumphant homecoming gig.

  • Ally's father wants to sell Sonic Boom when Ally informs him she's too busy to work there anymore.

  • After the four friends get trapped on Halloween because of a power outage, they begin to tell scary stories.

  • Trish gets the lead role in the school play but she drops out when someone makes fun of her online.

  • Brooke keeps Austin captive until he performs a song for her.

  • Carrie threatens to tell her sister Piper that her prom date actually would rather be at prom with Ally. On her own, Piper is starting to feel suspicious of Austin's relationship with Ally.

  • When Gavin doesn't ask Ally to prom, Ally begins questioning their relationship. Meanwhile, Austin is having second thoughts about his decision to ask Piper to prom.

  • Dez, Trish, and Austin talk Ally into going to the annual Zaliens Convention in Miami. Trish and Dez run into real Zaliens and now they must come up with a plan to survive.

  • Austin, Ally and Trish discover that Dez is unexpectedly related to someone who happens to be a huge Austin Moon fan, as well as being an NBA superstar.

  • Dez suggests that Austin go on a blind date with Carrie's sister.

  • Ally teams up with a new artist to perform a duet.

  • An unexpected opportunity to direct a movie comes to Dez; Austin will be in the movie, but things get difficult when Austin has to work with a co-star who is pretty high-maintenance.

  • Austin is anxious to perform after he gets his first negative review from a critic.

  • Trish is nervous about an upcoming visit from a boy she has a crush on so she turns to advice columnist, Dr Cupid.

  • Austin gets auctioned off on a date for Ally's charity.

  • Ally assumes an alias in order to continue to be Austin's song writer.

  • Austin, Ally, Trish and Dez attempt to win a Glee Club competition.

  • Austin and Ally are scheduled to perform at a holiday party and give away Austin Moon dolls, but there is a mix-up at the toy factory. Meanwhile, Dez and Chuck contend to play Santa at the party.

  • Trish becomes jealous when she assumes Ally has a new best friend.

  • Austin is glued to a priceless object at a Washington, D.C. museum and tries to return it before his big performance for the president.

  • The gang imagines what life would be like if they'd never met Austin.

  • Ally begins to miss her friends and decides to catch Austin's performance in Portland. Barely arriving on time, Ally is now torn between continuing to work on her own music, or joining her friends for the last leg of Austin's tour.

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