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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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1 Season, 18 Episodes
January 3, 2012
Drama, Family
7.4/10
Cast: Nick Roux, Rowly Dennis, David Clayton Rogers, Matthew Atkinson
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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.

  • Jane is dealing with her mother being back and wants an explanation of why she left. Jane is hoping to reconnect with her mother and start the relationship she has always hoped for. Ben is worried Kate will walk out again and Jane will be left heartbroken. Billy is trying to figure out Zoe's strange behavior.

  • Jane is under the impression that no one remembered her birthday. Little does she know, Ben and Billy have planned a surprise party for her. A visitor from the past ends up being the biggest surprise of all.

  • Jane hangs out with movie star Aiden Redmond - the new celebrity face of the collection. With his good looks and charm, it is only a matter of time before the whole team is smitten.

  • Jane is trying to get a grip on her personal and professional life. Billy gets back from juvie and Jane is worried where their friendship stands. WIth India gone from Donovan Decker, Jane is needed by Gray now more than ever which keeps her hopeful she'll land the job. Ben tries to keep Jane's secret to himself which puts a strain on his relationship with Rita.

  • In the spring finale, Jane works hard getting ready for Fashion Week. Everyone is depending on her and she is hoping she doesn't have to bail considering Ben now knows her secret. Billy has to deal with the consequences after helping his brother.

  • The crew is under pressure to find the perfect wedding dress for Charlotte Whitmore.

  • Donovan lands an unpredictable model for the face of their new line and Jane must keep her under control until the photo shoot.

  • Jane must conduct a research project to determine what high school students are really looking for in the fashion world. Jane hits the hallways of her school to prove her point, but with little cooperation from her classmates, Jane starts to worry that she won't be able to pull the presentation off.

  • Jane is desperate to protect the Donovan Decker Lookbook, which holds all the secrets, ideas, and inspirations for the company, when she is assigned the task of flying to Paris and delivering it to Gray.

  • Jane is feeling pretty special when Gray gifts her with the use of a real Birkin bag to commend her for a job well done. Believing she finally is in control of the job, Gray assigns her the task of running the private trunk show at Gray's house.

  • Jane must juggle two of the most important nights of her life - simultaneously.

  • What if you could go from Plain Jane to life in the fab lane? Meet Jane Quimby, a high school student trying to balance the demands of life.

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