Oct. 12, 2007
30 min.
Disney Channel TV Network

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Wizards of Waverly Place

"Wizards of Waverly Place" focuses on the Russos, a typical family, which includes a mother, Theresa Russo; a father, Jerry Russo; a daughter, Alex Russo, and two sons, Justin Russo and Max Russo. The family live normal lives, but what their friends don't know is they are wizards.

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  • The show was originally called "The Amazing Hannigans," then it was changed to "The Amazing O'Malleys," then it was changed to "Wizards of Waverly Place," then to "Disney's Wizards," and finally back to "Wizards of Waverly Place."
  • Selena Gomez's character was originally named Brooke O'Malley.
  • Some of the spells are created by using the names of the producers. (E.g. Murrieta Animata is Peter Murrieta, Executive Producer.)
  • The hardware store is called Greenwald's Hardware, which is a reference to creator Todd J. Greenwald.
  • Despite the Russo family mixed ethnicities of Mexican and Italian, Selena Gomez (Alex) in real life is the only actor to have both ethnicities whereas Jake T. Austin (Max) is Puerto Rican, Polish and Argentine, David Henrie (Justin) and David DeLuise (Jerry) are Italian while Maria Canals-Barrera (Theresa) is Cuban.
  • Several characters are named for characters from series in the 1960s. Mr. Laritate is named for the character played by David White in Bewitched; Ms. Majorhealey for a character played by Bill Daily in I Dream of Jeannie.
  • Joe Jonas auditioned for the role of Justin Russo.
  • The façade of Tribeca Academy, where the Russo children go to school, despite there being no such place, is actually PS 40, which is in the Gramercy neighborhood of Manhattan on East 20th Street between First and Second Avenue, and is actually northeast of Tribeca.
  • In the Sub Station, there is a poster in the background for "Sublet", which is a blatant nod to the musical "Rent", as the word "sublet" is a synonym for "rent", and the posters are designed in similar styles.
  • As of 2012, Disney's most successful and longest-running TV Series (surpassing That's So Raven) with 106 episodes over four seasons.
  • This episode got 5.93 million viewers on the premiere.
  • This episode was legally available on the itunes USA website a week prior to the original airing.
  • Wizards of Waverly Place premiered on the same day as Twitches Too as a part of Disney Channel's Witches and Wizards Night.
  • The spell Edgebonoutoosis is a play on singers The Edge, Bono and the band U2.
  • The store Suburban Outfitters, is an allusion to the store Urban Outfitters.
  • The spell "McCreerytimereary" is a play on the name of producer Gigi McCreery
  • To keep the continuity, in the last season when Justin tells Zeke he is a Wizard, Zeke refers to this episode as an indication of Justin being a Wizard, even though he is Zack at this time. Non-continuity happens as this seems to be the first time they meet, but during the series after this show they were friends as kids.
  • This marks the introduction of the school principal Mr. Laritate, whose name is a reference to the character Larry Tate from Bewitched.
  • Alternate title; "Justin's Little Sister"
  • There are several references to Harry Potter. The Headmaster resembles Dumbledore, Justin is a Natural at 12 ball (Harry was a natural at Quidditch), the uniform is a robe and black framed glassed and Wiz-tech resembles Hogwarts.
  • An aerial shot of the 12-Ball table shows that it was made in the shape of the logo for the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees.
  • The first appearance of Dean.
  • Dean's last name is Moriarty, the name of Sherlock Holmes' biggest nemesis.
  • The Murrieta Clown Shop is named after executive producer Peter Murrieta.
  • The car owned by Jerry Russo and driven by Dean is a 1974 Chevrolet Monte Carlo.
  • Alternate title; "Maximan"
  • Alternate title: "Wizard Outing".
  • This episode kind of connects to the universe that the 1978 television series Taxi takes place in. Alex Russo was born the Sunshine Cab Company's cab #804. Not only is that the same company that the series Taxi revolves around, but that exact cab was part of a season 1 two-part episode entitled "Memories of Cab 804" in which the cabbies recollect all of the memorable events that took place while they drove that cab. In Part 2, Alex Reiger (played by Judd Hirsch) recalls the time a woman gave birth in the back of the cab. If only this Taxi episode had originally aired 15 years later and Maria Canals played that woman, Alex Russo could have conceivably been born on another series!
  • A blur was placed over Theresa's cleavage in two shots when she's stopping the old lady from flirting with Jerry.
  • Alternate title: "Plan B".

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