We all know that great works of art can shape us. Sometimes, it's a critically-acclaimed journey through one man's psyche, like Mad Men. Or, it's an empowering '90s supernatural teen series, like Buffy the Vampire Slayer. And sometimes ... it's a Disney Channel show called Lizzie McGuire .
Lizzie McGuire aired on the Disney Channel from 2001 to 2004; right smack in the primetime for development of millions of millennial girls. We were looking for a style icon and a moral compass, and boy, did we find a great (albeit hallucinatory) one. We followed Lizzie, Gordo, and Miranda through their coming of age and — isn't it always the case? — went through one right along with them.
The first kisses, the disses, the really truly terrible hair decisions, the fights, and the general middle school madness: It was basically The O.C. with more heart, and less drugs. Here's how you know you were (and perhaps will always be) a true Lizzie McGuire superfan.
you gleaned actual advice from Lizzie's life lessons
you mimicked lizzie's style
...or for worse
either way, you definitely tried out those hair styles
Really, Lizzie? Crimps AND twirls? Bold.
and it was epic
Seriously, what is even going on here?
either way, you suddenly found yourself needing an abundance of scarves
And some...other stuff from claire's
I don't know how to explain this other than "2002."
You didn't find Lizzie's cartoon hallucinations weird
But that's definitely some kind of psychiatric issue, right?
when Lizzie got her heart broken, you did too
If it happened to her, you just knew it'd happen to you eventually.
And you wanted Gordo and Lizzie together real bad
Gordo could definitely be stereotyped as a Nice Guy, but his friendship with Lizzie was genuine and unencumbered by bitterness.
... even though she completely ignored him romantically
not to mention, you were better for him, anyway
(though perhaps you didn't want to admit it)
but really, as long as those three stayed together, you were happy
(I still need those plaid pants, by the way.)
Which is why you were so confused and upset when Lalaine's Miranda wasn't in the movie
It was like the entire show was just a LIE
Did you not mean what you said, Disney Channel???
Though you trust she had her reasons
Because Miranda was the coolest.
no matter what he achieves, you know Zachary Quinto was on this show first
you've looked up what the cast looks like now
and when Hillary Duff got married and had a baby, you knew you were officially old
(And that was before you knew about the marital problems.)
Because, wasn't this just, like, five seconds ago?
Gotta love this show.
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