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5 Shows like Victorious: Living the Dream

Laura Light itcherThink ‘Glee’ is the number one for songs, teen drama and producing the next big thing? Then think again! Grab your hairbrush, practice your high notes, and have a good sing along to ‘Big Time Rush’, ‘Hannah Montana’ and ‘How to Rock’, all fab TV shows like ‘Victorious’. ~ Laura Light

It Isn’t Just for Kids!

I swear! I mean I’m in my (very) early 30s, and like most kids back then, I watched Nickelodeon, when it was still in its prime in the mid-’90s. Some of the greatest-ever kids shows may no longer be on air, and relegated to my mere childhood memories, but ‘Victorious’ gives me hope that they may be on the return!

Yep, I’d agree it’s perfect for the tween audience but let’s be honest, it’s easily one of the most quirky and just flat-out enjoyable Nick shows produced. Okay, so it’s a touch over-dramatic and can be pretty corny, but that’s all part of the show’s charm, I think. It’s like a whirlwind mix of ‘Community’, ‘Glee’, and one of the other tween shows, I dunno, like ‘iCarly’ for example – and that, as it turns out, is a pretty cool combination.

Secretly, it’s one of the only live action kids shows that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed, and unlike my love for ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’, I’m not afraid to admit it.

And sorry guys, if you’re looking for just Dan Schneider shows then you won’t find many here – but if you’re on a quest to find something a little different, but not totally out there, then these next three series similar to ‘Victorious’ may very well be for you!


Shows Similar to ‘Victorious’…

‘Big Time Rush’ (Nickelodeon, 2009-2013)

Well, James, I’m a member of the hotel un-welcome list, along with Russell Crowe, all the members of Aerosmith, and the original host of Blues Clues…

Okay, so I was forced to watch the show with my 13 year old niece and to be honest I had NO interest at all in watching a show about boy bands… funny then how I sat and watched it all, isn’t it?!

Creator, Scott Fellows, did a top job of creating a show that is comic to adults yet cool enough for kids too. The dynamic of the show is ace. Kendall (Kendall Schmidt) doesn’t really want to be famous but is born for stardom, James (James Maslow) wants to be famous and is hysterical as a self-involved pretty boy who loves himself a bit too much. Carlos (Carlos PenaVega) is the sweet kid who is always ready to fight for his friends while Logan (Logan Henderson) is the comic relief with the nervous tension of a young Chandler from ‘Friends,’ who blurts stuff out without thinking first.

Oh, plus there’s the ego-maniacal record producer who’s just as mean as Simon Cowell. You have been warned!

Similarity Match: 95%
Beautiful teens living the dream with pop tapping tunes to sing along too. Both are fun musical romps for the entire family, but whereas ‘Victorious’ is based on trying to become famous, ‘Big Time Rush’ is all about being there and living it.

‘Hannah Montana’ (Disney Channel, 2006-2011)

She’s your best friend, Miley, sooner or later your gonna have to tell her you’re Hannah Montana…

Nick fans, please don’t hate me, this is here for a very good reason, and one of them is the darn catchy songs that just won’t leave my head. And come on, who doesn’t want to be a normal teen by day and a huge popstar by night?!

Yep, I agree Miley Stewart (Miley Cyrus) does have a weird accent at times, but then she does have a double life as the famous pop star ‘Hannah Montana’ (am I the only one that realises it’s just a wig that separates the personas?). Saying all that, I love it! I hang out with folk who are very anti-Disney, and am ashamed to say that I pretend not to like it… I do… I’m just not ready to come out about it yet…

Similarity Match: 85%
While both shows deal with high school dilemmas using slapstick comedy, their protagonists are very different and see the world of stardom in a different way.

‘How to Rock’ (Nickelodeon, 2012-2012)

The whole world knows you’re wearing braces and glasses, that you’re lisping and that you just loogied into the mouth of one of the hottest boys in school. EPIC fail…

I know there is some serious hate about this show, but I can’t see why? I love it! Reminds me of the good old days of school, and dates and dances… hold on a second…

I’m happy to admit that the plot can be predictable at times but that doesn’t make it any less funny! I honestly feel better after I watch it. No one dies, gets pregnant, does drugs, yadda yadda yadda and that might make it boring for some but not for me… weirdly…

Similarity Match: 80%
‘How to Rock’ shares similar themes of school, music and cliques with ‘Victorious’, and though both have terrific music, ‘Victorious’ is more balanced between music and teen drama.


If You Like ‘Victorious’, You Will Like…

It’s all about living your dreams right?! And as a lifelong Disney Channel and Nickelodeon fan, I expect to be able to reach my goals with a tad bit of hard work glittered with humour. So if singing isn’t really your thing, then why not grab your big red cape and check out these other TV series like ‘Victorious’ that will crash, bang and pow you into the superhero you really are! See what I did there….

‘Henry Danger’ (Nickelodeon, 2014 – )

Wanna be my sidekick?

So I went against my better judgement and added a Dan Schneider show. Only because this one rocks! I can’t remember the last time a show made me laugh so hard I cried. It might be a corny show, but it’s really amusing. As most of you know I love sarcasm and this has it a plenty! It has jokes innocent enough for kids but jokes masked for adults too. It maybe just about a 13-year-old boy who lands a part-time job, but this is a job like no other! Fact!

Both feature young protagonists who are living the dream; though ‘Henry Danger’ is far more playful and surreal then ‘Victorious’.

‘The Thundermans’ (Nickelodeon, 2013 – )

It’s so nice to sit down for dinner like a normal family…

Other Nick show?! Yep, but don’t be dishearten, this one packs a punch! Successfully combining the family sitcom with the superhero genre, the show creates a happy middle ground that has the requisite absurdity of a teen/preteen sitcom.

The basic idea is simple; a superhero family, much like the family in the ‘Incredibles’, have powers to use for the forces of good. It’s a fast paced half hour of cute entertainment full of uncomplicated humour and fun. Let’s just say that if you don’t like this, then you probably don’t like puppies, rainbows or ice cream either…

Both are about our heroes trying to find their place in the world, though ‘Victorious’ is about juggling school and upcoming fame, whereas ‘The Thundermans’ is more about power and responsibility.


Dream a Little Dream

Like I said before, I love Nick and the Disney Channel, can’t get enough of it! I’m way (way, way) out of their demographic, but that doesn’t stop me reliving (or re-watching) some of their amazing shows. ‘Drake & Josh’ is fab for a Nick first timer, and I dare anyone not to laugh hysterically throughout!

Have I missed any out?

Is the Disney Channel or Nick the Best for Tween Shows?

Let Me Know In The Comments Below.

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