Let me tell you, I only watched this because Hilary Duff is in it. This is the first set of three volumes, and contains all 22 episodes from seasons 1 which include:
Pool Party(Pilot)- 4.5/5 Lizzie and Miranda are invited to the coolest party, except Lizzie's parents won't let her because it's her aunts birthday, but Miranda can go. Gordo isn't invited. I think it was a very cute episode, and Gordo's and Lizzie's interaction is great.
Picture Day- 4.5/5 Lizzie has to go wearing an incredibly embarrassing shirt for picture day. I don't know about those kids, but I though she looked super cute. I didn't think it was that bad, but what do you expect from a kids show. Well, I don't expect much from any show really.
Rumors- 4/5 Lizzie says a no no about Kate to Miranda and Miranda accidentally sends it to all her classmates when her computer messes up. War enrages when Miranda tells Kate that she was the one that wrote it, to protect Lizzie. Poor Lizzie, so shy. I really felt for her.
I've got Rhythmic- 4.5/5 This is a good one. The first appearence from Larry Tudgeman, when he helps Kate to try and bring down Lizzie at the one thing she is good at... Rhythmic Gymnastics. Also known as the world's geekiest sport, but Kate gets jealous anyway.
When Moms Attack- 5/5 This is hilarious! Lizzie and her class get to go on a vacation, but the chaperone is no longer able to make it, so they get a replacement at the last second... Lizzie's mother. You have to watch this one, I love the war between boys and girls. Go GIRLS! Hey, I happen to like them, despite myself being a guy. I probably could have phrased that better to make more sense.
Jack of all Trades- 4.5/5 Gordo finds out from an aptitude test that he is doomed to become a blackjack dealer. And with his science teacher giving him B's in everything he does, he is convinced that he is doomed to that career. But, appearences aren't everything, and to be truthful, is Gordo really doing the excellent work he can? So, he decides to ask Lizze to switch projects with him. Lizzie gets a C- on hers, which is now Gordo's.
Misadventures in Babysitting- 4.5/5 Lizzie convinces her parents that she is old enough to babysit Matt, but she finds out that it is too much for her to handle. Meanwhile, her father gets permission from Lizzie's mother to go back and check on the kids, only to find that the kids think he is a burgular and is trying to break in. It's pretty funny, actually!
Election- 4.5/5 Here comes Lizzie, the politician. She is so convincing, go Hilary!!
I Do, I Don't- 5/5 The whole class gets to get married as a class project, Kate gets married to... Larry Tudgeman, Lizzie "The Lawyer" gets married to Gordo "The Trashman" and Miranda gets married to Ethan "the surgeon". Brilliant idea for an episode. It's fantastic!! Meanwhile, Lizzie spends all her time worrying about Ethan, wishing she was paired with him. Kate is in her own world, hoping to win the best marriage by herself(like that will work) and Ethan has double-timed Miranda and is going to dump her for Kate at the presentation thing.
The Untitled Stan Jensen Project- 4.5/5 When Gordo finds out he has a good shot at directing, but he finds out to be a good director, you are going to have to be a little mean, even to his friends.
Between a Rock and a Bra Place- 4.5/5 Lizzie and Miranda get embarrassed by Kate, her mother and a cute English teacher while shopping for their first bras. Only telling their parents that they are going to get school supplies, but that fails majorly.
Come Fly with Me- 4.5/5 Gordo is always finding something different then everything else, and his latest trend is following the Rat Pack era. But he is unable to be a cd one day and asks Lizzie to get it for him after school. The next day, Ethan finds Lizzie with that cd, plays it and decides he likes it and that makes it the next big thing at the school. Gordo goes off to flying planes as his next, quoted by him, "boring hobby".
Random Acts of Miranda- 5/5 Miranda is chosen to be the lead character in a play, to which Lizzie has to review. Only, Miranda is terrible and knocks down absolutely everything on the set.
Lizzie's Nightmare- 4.5/5 Lizzie is so excited when Ethan asks her to sit with him at lunch. He is bringing in the cool new kid, Matt Bond, which happens to be her brother.
Night of the Day of the Dead- 4/5 Miranda/Gordo/Lizzie/Matt and Miranda's parents all team up to make Kate the victim at a Hallowe'en party. Love the ending.
Obsession- 4.5/5 Lizzie gets obsessed with recycling and it becomes her new hobby. And she starts being kinda of mean to Miranda and Gordo.
Lizzie Strikes Out- 4.5/5 Lizzie's father has started to feel left out of Lizzie's life, so he plans to have dinner with her on Friday night, the same night, Ethan and his friends have agreed to go bowling with Lizzie and her friends. Meanwhile, Gordo tries to overcome his fear of bowling. It is a happy episode, I like it a lot!!
Here Comes Aaron Carter- 4.5/5 Obvious what it is about. Lizzie and her pals and Matt sneak in to see Aaron. Can't say I like this guy too much anymore, two-timer. Not that I ever really liked him, just, now I hate him.
Sibling Bonds- 4.5/5 Matt does a horrible magic trick that leaves Lizzie and himself tied together, while their parents hold the key until they resolve all thier, "issues". This was good.
Gordo and the Girl- 4.5/5 Lizzie and Miranda find themselves really missing Gordo, when he finally gets a girlfriend. Especially Lizzie.
Rated Aargh!- 5/5 The new best movie is out that every kid has scene except Lizzie, Gordo and Miranda, except it is rated R. And no, their parents won't let them go. So, back up plan is, sneak in. Only, that doesn't work out so well. It is pretty hilarious.
Educating Ethan- 4.5/5 Duh, can I just say, Ethan=dumb. Gordo tries to tutor Ethan so he can get some money to buy a stereo, but he finds that his method of tutoring isn't quite working, while Lizzie's is working perfect. Ethan wants Lizzie to tutor him, but Lizzie doesn't want to hurt Gordo's feelings, even though he was being mean to them.
Overall, this was a good first 22 episodes. They were no really bad episodes, but nothing that really stood out. And it does have some high points like: Rated Aargh, I do, I don't, Random Acts of Miranda, Sibling Bonds and Pool Party.
On the Cover-
The Front- Lizzie, think that is obvious from the picture above
The Back- Lizzie and Kate
Cover of discs 1 & 2- Lizzie
Cover of discs 3 & 4- Gordo and Miranda
Disc 1- Lizzie
Disc 2- Ethan
Disc 3- Matt
Disc 4- Miranda
The pics are nothing fancy. Just regular pics combined with colorful backgrounds, they still are appealing though.
Audio Commentaries- 2/5 On episodes-
I Do, I Don't(which is Clayton Snyder's pick for best episode) Night of the Day of the Dead(Ashlie Brillault(Kate)'s pick)
and Rated Aargh!(Lalaine(Miranda)'s pick)
All those 3 and Jake Thomas(Matt) gather together to comment on those episodes. Let me tell you, they spend more time hanging and chatting then talking about the episode. No wonder they left Hilary out of it, if I was there, I would have left too. Man, was that the most lame commentary they could come up with? Better to watch commentaries where the actors know what they are talking about, or just from the writers is best. It's a shame Hilary wasn't available for this, she would have been much more focussed and told us a lot more. But one thing you DO HAVE TO WATCH, is them singing the theme song. They are so bad, you would think they are drunk, it is so funny!!
The Cast Dishes the Dirt- 4.5/5 Now this is more like it. They talk about what it was like being on the set, hanging out with friends, some pretty funny momments, and they are all the same people who did the commentaries- including Jake Thomas, Lalaine, Clayton Snyder and Ashlie Brillault.
Get the Lizzie Look- 4.5/5 Funny they should mention that, because this basically follows Ashley Brillault(Kate) around and they look at things for Hilary and Lalaine, what their characters might wear in the future, and of course, stuff for Kate. Ashley is actually the exact opposite of Kate in real life, she is very nice. It was pretty fun following her around for about 5 minutes.
Makeup and Hair Secrets of the Stars: 4/5 And Ashlie's makeup stuff, lasts about 5 minutes, it's all right. Nothing really special though.
Overall, this is a must for any Hilary or Lizzie Mcguire fans. It's a great series and a good collection!! We need box sets 2 & 3, how could we live without them? And I didn't know it would turn out so long.