Wizards of Waverly Place
The hit sitcom "Wizards of Waverly Place" engages kids and tweens through funny, adventurous and aspirational storytelling that celebrates family and the pursuit of goals and dreams. The series premiered in October 2007 on Disney Channel.
Now in its fourth season, the Emmy Award-winning Disney Channel series continues the magical adventures of the Russo family -- Jerry, Theresa, Justin, Alex and Max-- and Alex's best friend Harper Finkle who moves in with the Russos this season.
In the series, set in Manhattan, Jerry Russo long ago relinquished his wizard powers to marry his mere mortal wife, Theresa. Their kids, Justin, Alex and Max, have each inherited wizard powers and continue to hone their budding skills, even though only one member of the family can keep their powers.
While Jerry tutors the kids in wizardry and tries to stay one step ahead of them, Theresa encourages them to learn about her side of the family and although she loves her kids, she won't stand for magic run amok. Self-assured Alex is undisciplined when using her powers; overachiever Justin exercises restraint with magic as he vies for the wizard spot in the family; and youngest sibling Max is steadily gaining confidence in his magic abilities.
Jerry and Theresa have their hands full running the family-owned sandwich shop, Waverly Sub Station and although Jerry does his best to teach his kids the proper use of magic, and to practice only when supervised by him, comedic chaos ensues as they experiment with magic and test their skills. Even when their wizard works go awry, the Russos know they can ultimately rely on each other.
Whether it's going to prom with a vampire as a date, working with a spell that animates an inanimate object, or conjuring up a Pocket Elf to help with a Spanish test, the Russo kids learn the good, the not so good and the often very funny consequences of deploying their magic.
Starring are Selena Gomez ("Wizards of Waverly Place The Movie," "Princess Protection Program") as Alex Russo; David Henrie ("Wizards of Waverly Place The Movie," "How I Met Your Mother") as Justin Russo; Jake T. Austin ("Wizards of Waverly Place The Movie," "Johnny Kapahala: Back on Board") as Max Russo; Jennifer Stone ("Wizards of Waverly Place The Movie," "Secondhand Lions") as Harper Finkle; Maria Canals-Barrera ("Wizards of Waverly Place The Movie," "Camp Rock") as Theresa; and David DeLuise ("Wizards of Waverly Place The Movie,""Stargate SG-1,") as Jerry.
"Wizards of Waverly Place" is a production of It's a Laugh Productions for Disney Channel. The series was created by Todd J. Greenwald and is executive-produced by Greenwald, Vince Cheung and Ben Montanio. It carries a TV-G parental guideline.