Just for Kicks (TV series)
Just for Kicks is an American comedy series that aired on the Nickelodeon television network as a part of the channel's TEENick television lineup. The series is about a group of girls on a soccer team set in New York City.
|Just for Kicks|
|Created by||Alana Sanko|
|Developed by||Whoopi Goldberg|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||13 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producers||Matt Dearborn|
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Production companies||Brookwell McNamara Entertainment|
Lil' Whoop Productions, Inc.
|Original release||April 9 –|
August 13, 2006
Created by Alana Sanko and developed by Whoopi Goldberg, the series was first titled Head to Toe, and then The Power Strikers, but its title was finally changed in 2005 to Just for Kicks. The series premiered in January 2006 on Nickelodeon UK, and in April 2006 on Nickelodeon in the United States. The series is produced by Brookwell McNamara Entertainment. Airing for one season of thirteen episodes, it is also considered to be one of Nickelodeon's most forgotten series, as this show fell to obscurity and was lost for over a decade until May 2, 2016, nearly ten years after its original premiere, when the entire series was uploaded onto YouTube in two parts. Despite this, the show has yet to ever air again on television in over a decade.
- Alexa D'Amico (Francesca Catalano) – She is a typical popular high school girl. She was a former cheerleader and she is fond of boys. She has an older brother, Chris. Towards the end of the series, her father gets laid off of his job, which causes some stress for her. Since Alexa started being a soccer player and she had to stop cheerleading her old, popular friends don't understand why she would rather run around on a muddy field than go shopping. She lives in Brooklyn.
- Winifred "Freddie" Costello (Mallory Low) – She is a tough girl in high school who is not good friends with Alexa because she and her friends are snobs to Freddie at their private school. Her father is always with the military, and she lives with her grandmother. She is also known for having severe cases of "bacne", or acne on her back. Freddie lives in Manhattan on the Upper East Side.
- Lauren Zelmer (Katija Pevec) – Lauren is a shy, timid serious girl who is a good athlete. She is a typical schoolgirl who plays the violin and is on the soccer team, among other activities. Lauren is very intelligent, and is very busy with extracurricular activities, which causes her much stress. She has a big crush on Alexa's older brother Chris, and at the end of the season they start to date, much to Alexa's disbelief. Her overprotective mother works at a local private school, in which Lauren attends. Lauren lives in Harlem, Manhattan.
- Vida Atwood (Jessica Williams) – Vida is a sporty athletic serious girl, who has a lot in common with her soccer mate Lauren Zelmer. She has been playing soccer the longest, and is sort of the unofficial best at the game. She lives at home with her younger brother, older sister, and parents. Vida is self-conscious of her towering height, and it is known that she once beat up a boy back in first or second grade. She lives in Queens.
- Chris D'Amico (Jerad Anderson) – Chris is Alexa's older brother, he is an aspiring filmmaker and somewhat dimwitted.
- Marni Nelson (Jessica Sara) – A Power Strikers teammate later turned team manager
- Coach Leslie Moore (Craig Young) – The Power Strikers coach
- Evan Ribisi (Johnny Palermo) – Chris' best friend who also works at the girls' local hangout the @itude Cafe
- Courtney (Shelley Buckner) – Alexa's shallow best friend who doesn't like Alexa having interest in soccer
- Dr. Charles Atwood (Kadeem Hardison) – Vida's dad
- Mrs. Atwood (JoNell Kennedy) – Vida's mom
- Ty Atwood (Leon Thomas III) – Vida's annoying little brother
- Elise Atwood (Shani Pride) – Vida's older sister who is an aspiring model
- Mrs. Zelmer (Jenica Bergere) – Lauren's overprotective mom
- Lucy Costello (Amy Hill) – Freddie's grandmother who she is living with while her parents are overseas in the military
- Dana Battle (Rinabeth Apostol) - The captain of the Power Strikers who spends every waking minute on the soccer field and is Vida’s foil. When she gets injured, she softens up to the rookies.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.|
|"Meet the Power Strikers"||Sean McNamara||Part 1: Alana Sanko|
Part 2: Matt Dearborn
|April 9, 2006||101|
|Alexa D'Amico, Freddie Costello, Lauren Zelmer and Vida Atwood, four teenage girls from different walks of life, all make the local girls soccer team, the Power Strikers. As teammates, Alexa and Freddie butt heads due to their different social classes in school. Vida stands up to Dana, the team captain. Lauren quickly develops a crush on Alexa's older brother, Chris.|
|3||"The Right Size"||Sean McNamara||Hilary Winston||April 16, 2006||105|
|The girls all became self-conscious about their body image: Alexa is concerned with growing hair above her upper lip, Freddie has back acne, Lauren is worried about her breast cup size and Vida is taller than a boy that she has been crushing on.|
|4||"Boys Do Cry"||Casey DeStefano||Steve Leff & Jim Patterson||April 23, 2006||103|
|Vida begins dating a boy who she later finds out she beat up back in elementary school. Freddie is too scared to use public restrooms.|
|5||"I'll Cry if I Want To"||Gregory Hobson||Alana Sanko||May 7, 2006||110|
|Vida hosts a slumber party to get the team ready for a game the next day. Vida's plans to eat healthy pasta and watch game film goes out the window, when the team would rather do regular slumber party things like watch television, play Charades and eat pizza. On the way to a costume party dressed in surgical doctor garb, Chris and Evan pretend to be real doctors to impress two older women. The Atwoods plan to surprise their Nana with a visit, but get lost in the road.|
|6||"I Love Lucy"||Casey DeStefano||Dawn DeKeyser||May 14, 2006||106|
|Freddie becomes jealous when Lauren and her grandma Lucy share similar interests and spend a lot of time together. Vida's little brother Ty develops a huge crush on Alexa.|
|7||"Freudian Kicks"||Sean McNamara||Bernie Ancheta||May 21, 2006||104|
|Vida accidentally hits Elise in the face with a soccer ball, ruining an upcoming modeling campaign for her, causing Vida to feel guilty. Chris has a major pimple problem and goes to Lauren for help.|
|8||"Sisters Before Misters"||David Brookwell||Hilary Winston||June 11, 2006||107|
|Alexa's ego gets slighted when a boy chooses to go out with Freddie over her. The Power Strikers are on a losing streak and Coach Moore goes to a self-help guru for help, who Lauren and Vida discover is a fraud.|
|9||"Out of Time"||David Brookwell||Bernie Ancheta||June 18, 2006||108|
|Lauren becomes overwhelmed with all of her extracurricular activities with her mother putting pressure on her to quit soccer. Alexa and Evan secretly plan on giving a birthday present to Chris, with Chris thinking that they are dating.|
|10||"We Aren't Family"||David Brookwell||Steve Leff & Jim Patterson||July 9, 2006||109|
|Vida wants Charles to attend more of her games, but when he starts doing so, he becomes another overbearing "stage dad". Chris is working on a film on the Power Strikers to show the team's booster club. However, with encouragement from Evan, Chris plans on embellishing the film with hysterics.|
|11||"Alexa in Charge"||David Brookwell||Bernie Ancheta & Hilary Winston||July 16, 2006||111|
|Alexa gets a part-time job at her uncle's Italian restaurant after her dad gets laid off from his job. Marni decides to quit the team and is later promoted to team manager.|
|12||"Waiting for Fleishman"||Paul Hoen||Bernie Ancheta & Hilary Winston||July 23, 2006||112|
|A talent scout for an Olympic developmental program chooses Vida to join, causing tension between her and Freddie. Alexa and Marni are worried about Coach Moore's romantic relationship interfering with the team's winning streak. Chris asks for Lauren's help to study for an upcoming exam, finally showing reciprocal romantic feelings for her.|
|13||"The Longest Yarn"||Paul Hoen||Matt Dearborn||August 13, 2006||113|
|Lauren and Chris' continued time alone together has Alexa concerned for her friend. Lauren's mother then finds out about the blossoming relationship and has her worried as well. Marni and Vida try to keep Freddie off her feet after she suffers a serious ankle injury.|
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