Review: ‘Liv and Maddie’

Dove Cameron shines in “Liv and Maddie’ but what’s new.

In honor of the return of “Descendants 3” in 2019, I thought it was time to sit down and review the gift that brought Dove Cameron into my life. That is right, we are going to review “Liv and Maddie.” Don’t worry, it’s not as bad as “Dog with a Blog.” I’ve never actually seen “Dog with a Blog” but it was a really show that was so stupid. How did that dog actually type? And who would let their dog use their computer, let alone buy them one?

“Liv and Maddie” follows two twin sisters in a documentary-style show. Dove plays both the roles of twins. Liv is an actress that returned home after four years of being on the hit TV show “Sing it Loud.” Her sister Maddie is the total opposite of her sister; she is more into sports. From there, it’s your basic situational Disney Channel family sitcom. Plot of the day, then chaos ensues, followed by a life lesson that will make you think. The show ran for four season, with the fourth and finale season being named “Liv and Maddie: Cail Style.”

I was rather surprised by how good this show was. Disney Channel shows haven’t really been anything to celebrate to a certain degree since the early 2010s. “Liv and Maddie” was a clever produced show that was actually funny. It wasn’t too childish to where you couldn’t stand it but it wasn’t too adult to where parent would want to take the mouse down. It covered a lot of topics that a Disney Channel show before “Andi Mack” never covered. Like they did multiple episodes on female image and about empowering women/girls. It was really nice to see topics like that covered.

Dove Cameron is honestly the best part of the show. She plays two characters and does it very well. She also has a lot of amazing songs on the soundtrack. The original soundtrack for the show is flawlessly done by Dove. Pretty much, Dove is the best part of the show. I preferred her as Maddie over her as Liv. Liv was just too much for me. Also, that voice. It’s like nails on a chalkboard over and over again.

The only thing that wasn’t good about “Liv and Maddie” was the last season. It was just strange and felt out of place with the rest of the series. Sure, there was a big change in it but it wasn’t as funny or clever like the three seasons before it. They also brought back a lot of past characters to the new setting, which just made me miss what “Liv and Maddie” was.

Verdict

Overall, “Liv and Maddie” is on the list of classic Disney Channel shows. It’s one of those shows that will forever be timeless. It’s just too bad that it won’t get the proper props it deserves. The style of the show is what really makes the show stand out. It just goes with extremely well with the storytelling. This show is just an amazing show…not just because Dove Cameron is on it.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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