What I Like About You (TV series)
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What I Like About You is an American television sitcom co-created by Wil Calhoun and Dan Schneider. It is set mainly in New York City, following the lives of two sisters: responsible older sister Val (Jennie Garth) and her vivacious teenaged sister Holly (Amanda Bynes). The series ran on The WB from September 20, 2002, to March 24, 2006, with a total of 86 episodes produced. With the exception of a brief period early in the second season, What I Like About You was a headline on The WB's Friday night comedy block.
|What I Like About You|
|Theme music composer|
|Opening theme||"What I Like About You" by Lillix|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||86 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||20–22 min.|
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television Distribution|
|Original network||The WB|
|Audio format||Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound|
|Original release||September 20, 2002 –|
March 24, 2006
Cast and charactersEdit
Throughout their time on the series, two main characters—Vince and Lauren—were never given last names. Jeff was also never given a last name, although in the artwork for the season 1 DVDs, he is listed as "Jeff Campbell".
|Amanda Bynes||Holly Tyler||Main|
|Jennie Garth||Val Tyler||Main|
|Simon Rex||Jeff Campbell||Main|
|Wesley Jonathan||Gary Thorpe||Main|
|Michael McMillian||Henry Gibson||Recurring||Main||Guest|
|Allison Munn||Tina Haven||Main|
- Dan Cortese as Vic Meladeo (seasons 1 & 4)
- Edward Kerr as Rick (seasons 2–4)
- Stephen Dunham as Peter (season 2)
- David de Lautour as Ben Sheffield (season 3)
Theme song and opening sequencesEdit
The series takes its title from the song of the same name, which was originally released on a hit record by The Romantics in 1980; it was written by the group's members Wally Palmar, Mike Skill, Rich Cole, and Jimmy Marinos. A cover version of the song, performed by the Canadian all-female rock group Lillix, was used as the theme song for the show. Lillix's cover version was also heard on the soundtrack of the 2003 remake of Freaky Friday and the soundtrack of the film 13 Going on 30. The theme was remixed into a techno/dance style theme for the second season by Philip Steir (who composed all the music for remainder of the series).
The pilot episode had a short opening sequence and the cast members' names were only shown over the cold open. The first season's opening sequence featured intercut scenes (as from home movies) of two girls portraying younger versions of Holly and Val, with shots of Bynes and Garth sticking their tongues out at the camera, mixed with footage excerpted from the first four episodes. The opening title sequence used for the rest of the series featured the show's cast in front of digitally inserted scenes of New York at night. Different versions of the sequence were used for SD and HD broadcasts.
Due to music costs, and rights, HBO Max replaced the theme song of Lillix's cover of a song by the same name of the series by The Romantics. In addition to this, TVLine called it "royalty-free garbage that not even Shazam can identify."
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||22||September 20, 2002||May 9, 2003|
|2||22||September 11, 2003||May 7, 2004|
|3||24||September 17, 2004||May 20, 2005|
|4||18||September 16, 2005||March 24, 2006|
What I Like About You premiered on Friday, September 20, 2002, in the 8PM timeslot. On September 11, 2002, the series moved to Thursday nights at 9PM, alongside The Jamie Kennedy Experiment. On January 9, 2004, the series moved back to Friday nights, in the 8:30PM timeslot. On September 17, 2004, the series moved back to the original 8:00PM timeslot, remaining their until the series finale in March 2006.
In Canada, the series aired on YTV.
From April to September 2006, the series left the primetime block, to be moved to the Daytime WB afternoon programming block, alongside 8 Simple Rules. In September 2006, when The WB went off the air, The CW took over and began airing reruns of the series in the new daytime block, airing for a full hour at 3:00PM on weekdays, alongside Reba. On September 24, 2007, The CW shifted their daytime block, airing All Of Us at 3:00PM, and moving What I Like About You to 3:30PM, remaining until September 2008. Following the series' departure from The CW, the show began airing on ABC Family (now Freeform) in various timeslots during the daytime. The N aired the series in fall 2009, mere weeks before their rebranding to TeenNick, where the series aired before subsequently being removed in 2013.
On May 1, 2007, Warner Home Video released the complete first season on DVD in region 1. The 3-disc set included a gag reel as the set's only bonus feature. Because of music licensing issues along, Lillix's cover of the theme song was removed and replaced with a generic pop-rock song produced specifically for the set. Due to low DVD sales and high music licensing costs, no further seasons were given a general retail release.
On March 7, 2017 Warner Archive released the complete second season on DVD in region 1. The 3-disc set is a Manufacture-on-Demand (MOD) release, available only from online sellers such as Amazon.com and their CreateSpace MOD program. Despite being a Manufacture-on-Demand release, the theme song is still replaced with the same song used for the season 1 DVD set, and although it was originally broadcast in widescreen high definition (the first season of the series to do so), the episodes are presented on the DVD in fullscreen format.
|DVD Name||Release Date||Ep #||Additional Information|
|The Complete First Season||May 1, 2007||22||Bonus features include a Gag Reel.|
|The Complete Second Season||March 7, 2017||22||None.|
|The Complete Third Season||November 27, 2018||24||None.|
|The Complete Fourth Season||February 26, 2019||18||None.|
United States ratingsEdit
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2006||Outstanding Individual Episode (In a Series Without a Regular Gay Character)||"Someone's In the Kitchen with Daddy"||Nominated|
|2003||Choice TV: Breakout Show||What I Like About You||Nominated|
|Choice TV Breakout Star||Wesley Jonathan|
|Choice TV Actress: Comedy||Amanda Bynes|
|2004||Choice TV Actress: Comedy||Amanda Bynes|
|2005||Choice TV Show: Comedy||What I Like About You|
|Choice TV Actress: Comedy||Amanda Bynes|
|2003||Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series: Guest Starring Young Actress||Chelsea Brummet||Nominated|
|2004||Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama): Leading Young Actress||Amanda Bynes|
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