Network: Disney Channel
Episodes: 106 (half-hour)
TV show dates: October 12, 2007 – January 6, 2012
Series status: Ended
Performers include: Selena Gomez, David Henrie, Jake T. Austin, Maria Canals-Barrera, David DeLuise, Jennifer Stone, Dan Benson, and Bill Chott.
TV show description:
This live-action show focuses on an unusual family. The mother is mortal while the father is a former wizard and their three kids all have magical abilities. The parents don’t allow their offspring to use magic without supervision, and only one will be able to keep their magic abilities once they become adults, as determined by a magic competition.
Alex Russo (Selena Gomez) is 14 and the middle child. Her motto is to ‘cast magic first, ask questions later,’ which is very much against her parents’ wishes. Like many girls her age, she’s stylish and savvy. Alex appreciates being different and wants to live life on her own, instead of following the pack. Her best friend, Harper (Jennifer Stone), is a real individual and makes her own uniquely-styled clothes. She doesn’t know that her friend and her family have magical powers, and has a crush on Justin, Alex’s older brother.
At 16-years-old, Justin (David Henrie) is the oldest of the Russo kids. He’s a good student, whether he’s learning magic or studying his schoolwork. Being the oldest, he’s also saddled with more responsibility, and often has to help fix his siblings’ magical mistakes. Younger brother Max (Jake T. Austin) is a 12-year-old practical joker. When he’s not out causing trouble, he likes to concoct crazy sandwiches.
Jerry (David DeLuise) is the Russo dad and teaches his children magic in Wizard Training Class. He teaches them how to conduct a spell and use magical objects. Jerry had powers when he was a kid, but chose to give them up in order to marry a mortal, Theresa (Maria Canals Barrera).
Theresa is a proud Mexican-American who makes sure the kids know about their Latino heritage. Together, Jerry and Theresa run the Waverly Sub Station sandwich store and try to keep their kids out of trouble.
Episode 106 — Who Will Be the Family Wizard?
During a dinner that Alex made for the family, Professor Crumbs visits to reveal that, with this selfless act, the Russo children can finally have their family wizard competition.
Round one of the competition is a trivia round, in which questions related to magic are asked. During this round, Harper and Zeke appear. Zeke has accidentally smelled a purple substance in the lair that caused him to turn purple. This causes a griffin to kidnap him and Harper. Alex, Justin and Max use their three time-outs to go and rescue their friends. They return and discover that they have been gone too long and have been disqualified from the competition.
They return home, the lair disappears they all lose their magic and all become mortal. Justin and Max are upset with Alex because her insistence on saving Zeke and Harper made them lose.
Convinced that losing their powers has ruined the family, Jerry decides to sell the sub shop. The kids slowly regain their trust in each other and they run the shop as a team.
They’re abruptly returned to the Wizard Competition area and are told that the griffin attack (which was actually meant for Professor Crumbs) and the weeks without magic were to test their family bond.
The kids enter the final round of the competition — a massive labyrinth. The first one through the maze will win. Justin emerges first and is declared the Family Wizard.
However, he decides he can’t accept the win because Alex should have won. He’d been trapped by magical vines and Alex came back to help to help him. Alex is then declared the true Family Wizard.
Professor Crumbs, proud of Justin’s integrity, announces that he is going to retire as Headmaster of Wiz-Tech and names Justin as the new headmaster, granting him full wizard powers.
Max is the only Russo child left without powers so Jerry decides to one day pass down the sub shop to him and Max happily accepts. The episode ends with the Russo family hugging and gathering together. Alex notes that they are all finally happy at the same time.
First aired: January 6, 2012.