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Best Friends Forever is the popular American musical sitcom, premering from October 13, 2006 until April 15, 2011 on Disney Channel. Josh Hutcherson, Keke Palmer, Dylan Patton, Dakota Fanning and Alyson Stoner and Jason Dolley stars as the main characters, but Dolley becomes recurring in the show's fourth and final season.

As the series ended its run, it matched the record from That's So Raven as the longest-running Disney Channel Original Series to date, which were later broken on October 14, 2011 by Wizards of Waverly Place with 101 episodes (currently 106 episodes in total after four seasons as of January 2012).

BackgroundEdit

Best Friends Forever involves with 6 group of friends Nick David, Amy Abraham, Sasha Henry, Zack Foster, Cassie Hilliard, and Chris Taylor dealing with their relationship and other problems they are facing when they are attending school. Josh Hutcherson, Keke Palmer, Dylan Patton, Dakota Fanning and Alyson Stoner remain as the main characters throughout the entire show. Although, Jason Dolley is the main character until season 4 when he has to withdraw from the show for being a main character to recurring because he was working on another project, Good Luck Charlie. His character Chris is written to be homeschooled and away on tour. Justin Gaston became Dolley's replacement playing as Bradley Johnson, who was a main character from seasons 2 and 3. Best Friends Forever: The Movie was released in theaters on April 9, 2010.

The one hour series finale was aired on April 15, 2011, bringing in 17 million viewers, marking it the most watched Disney Channel episode of all-time. On July 13, 2012, an unaired episode from season 2 will finally air on Disney Channel as part of a special episode that was has never been seen before. But the show will not return for its fifth season.

ProductionEdit

DevelopmentEdit

The show storyline is based on Chris Turner, Alex Wilkerson and Duke Johnson they were the three best friends. After gradulating and finishing college in 1987, they plan to start make the show that starts feature the life of children whom grows up and starts become a family, and so as they. In May 1987, Duke Johnson moved to Georgia to attend college, and than by the time he finished in 1992, he moved back to LA to go back with his family and friends.

In May 1998, Johnson planning onto making a TV show that it was to be the first time to be seen for children, within they couldn't starts seen live action sitcom including laughing tracks. For the meantime, Chris Turner and Alex Wilkerson, the writers of all shows, were working real hard making all episodes by themselves. Duke Johnson is planning to make this show, which the start planning onto Santa's North Pole Elementary, but he really thinks that is not part of his plan. Meanwhile, he starts planning to make a title of Magic School Elementary, but still not part of his plan at this time, not planning to make a fantasy sitcom, he'll be making a personal life sitcom. Meanwhile, he titled North Pole Elementary, which that'll be an idea. In the meantime, Turner and Wilkerson were also planning to does that when they past by with Duke Johnson, and heard them what they said that they are going to make North Pole Elementary. Johnson and Turner and Wilkerson were met to be upset, that Johnson might not going to make the show, but have an idea. The three decide that they'll make the show together. They'll planning to make this show that talks about their lives into relationship and taking some sort of adventures in history, and school attendances.

Johnson is directing the TV show, Turner and Wilkerson became writers for the show. The start planning to filmed that show which Turner and Wilkerson used to attend to North Pole Elementary, and they moved to Oakwood City School, but North Pole doesn't live near Oakwood in LA. The start writing the first six main characters, the kids who nearly became friends by the time they begin Elementary school. Johnson didn't actually goes to North Pole Elementary, but he does went to Oakwood Elementary, when he first meet Turner and Wilkerson.

FilmingEdit

Filming for the first season began in July 2005 and wrapped until spring 2006. The show debuted on the NBC network on released on September 29, 2006 of the first Season by a first episodes filming "Pilot". Best Friends Forver was first developed in 2001 by Chris Turner and Alex Wilkerson. Filming for season 2 began in May 2006 and wrapped in November 2006. The second Season aired on August 31, 2007, within the last Season by the students in Elementary school, everything is about to change until "The School Escape" aired on May 14, 2006.

The show's third season is now airing, starting with the first 30 episodes, making it the longest running season into the series, with filming starting on August, 2008, and they were done filming as of August 2009, beginning on June, 2008. They took a five-month break to focus on filming its film adaptation, Best Friends Forever: The Movie. Filming took place from April 2009 to July 2009. After they finished filming, they rescumed filming season 3 a month later after finishing up the film adaptaion before it was finally completed in November 2009.

The fourth and final season for Best Friends Forever, begin filming on April 2010, for airing into July 2010. Filming for the show wrapped in June 2010 after five years of filming.

ThemeEdit

A theme song of the show was titled "Friends Forver", song singed by Puffy AmiYumi, as well written by creators of the characters, Turner and Wilkerson. The cast member's name can be featured in the opening credits including Josh Hutcherson, Keke Palmer, Dylan Patton, Dakota Fanning, Alyson Stoner and Jason Dolley. The ending scene are included with some scenes taking place inside the show.

Dolley's name is seen in the first three seasons, before being removed from its fourth season due to depaturing from being main characters when filming another show. Justin Gaston was added as main character in the fourth season after Dolley's depature. Dolley's name was featured as one of the special guess stars. The opening theme song scenes makes dramatic changes throughout the entire show. Seasons 1 and 2 features a scene taking place at school, season 3 has a different tone taking place in Hollywood. Season 1 and 2 ends with the main characters taking a picture together. Season 3 changed with the characters posing. And season 4 shows the brand new high school and the scene ends with the characters (except for Gaston's character Bradley) wearing their graduation gowns while taking a picture. Bradley did not appear in that scene because the character has since already graduated from the last season. Chris, in which Dolley also did not appear in the scene, did graduate high school alongside his friends.

The character being in a middle also make some changes. Nick (Josh Hutcherson) can be seen in the middle for the first three seasons. However in season 4, Sasha (Keke Palmer) was placed in the middle as she can be seen holding a microphone. Bradley was the supporting character who first appears in season 2. He remains as the main character in season 4, but not seen wearing graduation gown because he has already graduated high school from season 3.

SoundtracksEdit

The show also includes the release of the albums.

CharactersEdit

Main charactersEdit

RecurringEdit

Reality guess starsEdit

Main article: List of Best Friends Forever characters#Real-life characters

CastingEdit

Josh Hutcherson, Mitchel Musso and Jason Dolley were be audience to each one to play as Nick David. When finding one, Musso and Dolley seems that they start being dropped out for casting as Nick, both would start to have longer hairs, till Hutcherson has lead onto the role as Nick, for he has a little bit long hair to play as Nick. Until Dolley plays Chris Taylor for the show while Musso will be playing as Nick's childhood friend Duncan Harris into the upcoming Best Friends Forever: The Movie, which is slanted for release of July 2010.

Keke Palmer has been audience to portayal as the character, until she don't think that the plan would work, and she has dropped out, the producers says that will be true. They were searching for anyone else playing Sasha. When find Shanica Knowles, but seems too old to play as Sasha, but she does play as Sasha's older BFF, Becky Adams. And it goes on again with Parker McKenna Posey, till she has caught the role as Kady Kyle, the daughter of Michael and Janet Kyle for My Wife and Kids, and couldn't find anyone to play as Sasha, when they decided to delete the character. Meanwhile, the producers were planning to let Palmer to play as Sasha, and they start to added the character for the show. Dylan Patton plays as Zack Peck.

Dakota Fanning originally plays Amy Abraham, but caught Cassie Hilliard. Taylor Momsen is originally going to play as Cassie, just right before, but Dakota Fanning has already signed up to play as the character, but wanting to play as Amy Abraham for the show, till Alyson Stoner has already got the role, and Fanning accected the role of Cassie Hilliard. Stoner has been audienced to portrayed as the role of that character, just as before Dakota Fanning is going to play as her, when she got the role as Cassie Hilliard.

Jason Dolley has audience to play as Chris Taylor for the show. But Dolley, Josh Hutcherson and Mitchel Musso were be audience to each one to play as Nick David. When finding one, Musso and Dolley seems that they start being dropped out for casting as Nick, both would start to have longer hairs, till Hutcherson has lead onto the role as Nick, for he has a little bit long hair to play as Nick. Until Dolley returns to play Chris Taylor for the show while Musso will be playing as Nick's childhood friend Duncan Harris into movie, which is slanted for release of July 2010. Season 2 marks the first of appearance Justin Gaston as Bradley Johnson. Courtney Jines portrayed as Jennifer Dawson, appearing into 10 episodes of season 2. Mitchel Musso will be appearing as Duncan Harris, Nick's childhood friend. Green Day will make their appearance for the movie.

Taylor Lautner played Andy Brown, Amy's ex-boyfriend from The School Escape and appeared into nearly 3 seasons. Originally, scheduling him to appear into the film, display not returning, when instead onto working onto the Twilight film adaptations, but the producers have removed the character for the movie. Lautner changes his mind, saying he will return into some episode for the show, but not yet.

Dakota Fanning reprise her role as Cassie Hilliard. She is also working on filming her newest movie Jane Hoop Elementary: The Final Rush, which she can have time to get a break from filming the film, in order to her to continue on filming her TV series. As well as Keke Palmer, she also can have time to take a break from filming her other TV series True Jackson, VP, and reprises her role as Sasha Henry. Also to Alyson Stoner, also reprise her role as Amy Abraham.

Dylan Patton stated he will not return as Zack Peck, but the producers plan states they won't let anyone else to play Zack. Patton heards the report than changes his mind and reprise his role on last time. Jason Dolley also reprise his role as Chris Taylor, but will not be part as the main character, due to filming Good Luck Charlie, as he will be instead be part as a recurring cast. It was reported that Justin Gaston will only be appearing into two episodes as Bradley Johnson is an crossover and a series finale.

Episode overviewEdit

Main article: List of Best Friends Forever episodes
Season Episodes First Aired Last Aired Notes
Season 1 29 October 13, 2006 August 31, 2007
Season 2 29 September 7, 2007 October 24, 2008 "True Love Hurts" was not aired, but only aired in United Kingdom. It finally aired in the US in 2012.
Season 3 30 November 14, 2008 May 14, 2010 Unaired episode "True Love Hurts" was rebooted to fit for the third season.
Season 4 12 November 19, 2010 April 15, 2011

ReactionEdit

The show debuts on Disney Channel on October 13, 2006, with the beginning of the series "Pilot", ranking 6.5 million, making it the ranking-television on Disney Channel. For the meantime in season 3, it ranks 7.2 million, making it the highest viewers only with "The School Escape", including on that channel in history. It became the most successful original series on Disney Channel. However on December 2009, the record was broken by "How the Bullies Stole Christmas" with 10.5 million featuring special guess of Jonas Brothers. It all ended by it's series finale with 17 million. On July 13, 2012, an unaired episode from season 2 will premiere on Disney Channel.

DVD releaseEdit

Main article: Best Friends Forever DVDs

MovieEdit

Walt Disney Pictures along with Chris Turner and Alex Wilkerson released only one motion pictures from the TV series. Best Friends Forever: The Movie is a first feature length film into the series, was released in theaters on April 9, 2010. The film has mixed reviews and opened at #1 at the box office grossing $32 million. It's total is $80 million, and a worldwide total is nearly $167 million, making it a financial success.

Worldwide releaseEdit

The show is broadcast on the following stations around the world:

Region Network(s) Series premiere
Arab World Disney Channel Middle East March 24, 2006 (original premiere)
MBC3 November 10, 2007
Argentina Disney Channel Latin America 2006
Asia Disney Channel Asia September 23, 2006
South Asia Disney Channel India September 23, 2006
Australia Disney Channel Australia August 7, 2006
Seven Network April 7, 2007
Baltic States Disney Channel Scandinavia September 29, 2006
Belgium VT4/Disney Channel (Netherlands & Belgium) September 3, 2007, 1 November 2009
Brazil Disney Channel November 26, 2006
Rede Globo April 5, 2007
Bulgaria Jetix August 15, 2007 (initially English only)
BNT 1 July 14, 2006
Disney Channel Bulgaria September 18, 2006
Cyprus Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation October 1, 2006
Canada Family August 4, 2006
Chile Disney Channel Latin America November 11, 2006
Mainland China SMG International Channel Shanghai June 30, 2008
Colombia Disney Channel Latin America November 12, 2006
Czech Republic Jetix 2008
Denmark Disney Channel Denmark September 29, 2006
DR 1 January 2007
Dominican Republic Disney Channel Latin America November 12, 2006
Finland Finnish version of Disney Channel Scandinavia February 29, 2008
France Disney Channel France October 3, 2006
Germany Disney Channel Germany September 23, 2006
Super RTL September 24, 2007
Greece Disney Channel Greece October 31, 2009
Iceland Sjónvarpið 2007
Ireland RTÉ Two, Disney Channel May 6, 2006
Israel Arutz HaYeladim
Jetix
June 6, 2007
2009
Italy Disney Channel (Italy) September 21, 2006
Japan Disney Channel Japan October 14, 2006
TV Tokyo October 5, 2007
Lebanon Future Television January 2009
Macedonia A1 television September 29, 2008
Mexico Disney Channel Latin America November 12, 2006
Azteca 7 TV Azteca July 6, 2007
Moldova Disney Channel Romania September 18, 2009
Netherlands Jetix
First season dubbed in Dutch, as of season two subtitled. /Disney Channel (Netherlands & Belgium)
May 17, 2008, 3 October 2009
New Zealand Disney Channel New Zealand
TV 3 Sticky TV
August 7, 2006
Template:Flagicon Norway Disney Channel Scandinavia September 29, 2006
Pakistan Disney Channel (US Premiere) March 24, 2006
Disney Channel Arabia March 24, 2006
Disney Channel India September 23, 2006
Jetix Pakistan January 5, 2008
GEO Kids (Airing the show with Urdu subtitles) November 2008
WikKid Plus (Dubbed in Urdu) January 12, 2009
Template:Flagicon Panama Disney Channel Latin America November 12, 2006
Tele 7 January 2, 2008
Peru Disney Channel Latin America November 11, 2006
Poland Disney Channel Poland December 2, 2006
Portugal Disney Channel Portugal 2006
Quebec VRAK.TV June 18, 2007
Romania TVR 1 July 3, 2007
Jetix August 15, 2008
Disney Channel Romania September 18, 2009
Russia STS September 1, 2008
Disney Channel Russia 2010
South Africa Disney Channel South Africa September 29, 2006
Slovenia Kanal A October 2008
Slovak Republic STV 1 May 2007
Jetix July 2007
Spain Disney Channel Spain January 2007
Sweden Disney Channel Scandinavia
SVT
September 29, 2006
Taiwan Disney Channel Taiwan November 4, 2006
Turkey Digiturk April 29, 2007
Disney Channel Turkey April 29, 2007
Ukraine Novyi Kanal February 23, 2010
United Kingdom Disney Channel UK, Five November 10, 2006
United States Disney Channel June 30, 2006
ABC Kids

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Recipient Outcome
2006 Teen Choice Awards TV - Breakout Star Keke Palmer Template:Nominated
ASCAP Awards Top Television Series cast and crew Template:Won
2007 Golden Icon Award Best New Comedy cast and crew Template:Nominated
Kid's Choice Awards Favorite Television Actress Keke Palmer Template:Won
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Show: Comedy cast and crew Template:Won
Favorite TV Actress Miley Cyrus Template:Won
Creative Arts Emmy Outstanding Children's Program cast and crew Template:Nominated
2008 Kid's Choice Awards Favorite Television Actress Keke Palmer Template:Nominated
Favorite TV Show Hannah Montana cast and crew Template:Nominated
Young Artist Award Best Family Television Series cast and crew Template:Won
Best Performance in a TV Series - Leading Young Actress Keke Palmer Template:Nominated
Best Performance in a TV Series - Recurring Young Actress Ryan Newman Template:Nominated
Best Young Ensemble Performance in a TV Series Josh Hutcherson, Keke Palmer, Dakota Fanning, Dylan Patton, Alyson Stoner, Jason Dolley Template:Won
Gracie Allen Awards Outstanding Female Lead - Comedy Series Miley Cyrus Template:Won
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress-Comedy Keke Palmer Template:Won
Choice TV Show-Comedy cast and crew Template:Won
Creative Arts Emmy Outstanding Children's Program cast and crew Template:Nominated
Television Critics Association Awards Outstanding Achievement in Children's Programing cast and crew Template:Nominated
BAFTA Children's Awards BAFTA Kid's Vote 2008 cast and crew Template:Won
ASCAP Awards Top Television Series cast and crew Template:Won
2009 Kid's Choice Awards Favorite TV Show cast and crew Template:Nominated
Gracie Allen Awards Outstanding Female Lead-Comedy Series Dakota Fanning Template:Won
Creative Arts Emmy Outstanding Children's Program cast and crew Template:Nominated
ASCAP Awards Top Television Series cast and crew Template:Won
2010 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) - Leading Young Actress Dakota Fanning Template:Nom
Creative Arts Emmy Outstanding Children's Program[1] cast and crew Template:Nom
Kids' Choice Awards Mexico Personaje Internacional Femenino Favorito de una Serie Miley Cyrus Template:Nom
Kids' Choice Awards Favorite TV Actress Keke Palmer Template:Nom
MYX Music Awards Favorite International Video "Reflection" Template:Nom
2011 32nd Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series (Recurring Young Actress Ten and Under) Mary-Charles Jones Template:Nom
Best Performance in a TV Series (Guest Starring Young Actor 11-13) David Burrus Template:Nom
2011 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite TV Actress Keke Palmer Template:Nom
Kids' Choice Awards México Favorite TV Program cast and crew Template:Nom


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