Wizards of Waverly Place first premiered on Disney Channel in 2007. The series starred the Russo siblings, Alex, Justin, and Max, as they studied wizardry in preparation to determine who would be the family wizard. The series won multiple Emmy awards for Outstanding Children’s Program for the show itself and Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie, which released in 2009. The show did very well in ratings and was one of the most popular shows on Disney Channel during its run. For four seasons, the show entranced its viewers with magic, characters, and costumes. It also aired a reunion special, The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex a year after the series finale. The episode “Who Will Be The Family Wizard,” is also the most-watched series finale in Disney Channel history.
10 WIZARDS VS. VAMPIRES: DREAM DATE (7.7)
The third installment in the Wizards vs. Vampires saga follows Justin and Juliet’s relationship progressing. However, Juliet asking Justin to join her family on vacation causes him to lie since he does not want to go. Yet, he later changes his mind and follows Juliet on the magic carpet. Meanwhile, as a way to spend time with Dean since he moved away, Alex uses magic to create dream dates for them. When Dean shows up at the sub shop suggesting he and Alex go out since he has been dreaming of her, their outing is not what Alex envisioned. Dean is more interested in the arcade games than in spending time with her.
9 ALEX TELLS THE WORLD (7.7)
In the aftermath of “Wizards Exposed,” The Russos and Mason have escaped the government facility to reach their home. While Jerry, Teresa, and Justin tell Alex not to do anything, she refuses to be useless. To save captured wizards, Alex calls a press conference, revealing magic to the public. To her surprise, the reporters disappear to reveal Professor Crumbs. After explaining the government agents were an illusion to test Alex, Justin, and Max, Professor Crumbs must take Alex and Justin to court since they revealed wizardry. In the end, Alex and Justin are declared guilty, sent back to level one in the Family Wizard Competition, leaving Max in the lead.
8 MY TUTOR, TUTOR (7.8)
When Max needs a magic tutor, a girl named Tutor is hired to help him, but he is not the only one spending time with her. Alex finds her to be an exciting friend while Justin wants to date her. When Max improves in magic, Alex and Justin decide to tamper with Max to prevent his improvement. The episode features the worst sides of Alex and Justin as they are willing to throw Max under the bus as a way to get what they want. Angry that his siblings sabotaged him, Max gets revenge by setting a leprechaun loose in the Leprechaun Grill that attacks Justin and Alex.
7 RETEST (7.8)
In “Alex in the Middle,” Jerry admits that he gave up being the family wizard to marry Theresa, as one can not be a wizard and marry a mortal. In “Retest,” the emotional ramifications of that choice are explored more deeply. Years later, Megan Russo is still angry that Jerry gave his powers to Kelbo. Alex realizes the importance of family when she and her brothers’ relationship begin splintering, becoming a risk to repeat history. Alex, Justin, and Max’s decision to stand together rather than fight saves their family from losing their magic after Megan refuses to appear for the retest.
6 ALEX CHARMS A BOY (7.8)
Alex’s new crush Mason Greyback is an artist, just like she is. However, their interest in art is quite different. Mason has a deep love of painting dogs or people as dogs. Alex gets upset about this and puts a spell on Mason that makes Alex his new muse. It backfires, though, as Alex did not know the consequences of the charm. Mason will not want to eat or sleep or anything other than paint Alex, and it becomes a dangerous obsession.
Alex realizes this is not what she wants from him and undoes the spell. Meanwhile, Max helps Jerry prepare Justin for an encounter with the mummy that stole his girlfriend, Juliet.
5 LUCKY CHARMED (7.8)
After deciding to quit the wizard competition after being sent back to level one, Alex joins Harper during driving lessons in preparation to earn a license. While switching seats, Alex accidentally causes the car to crash and at Harper’s insistence, tells Mr. Laritiate that it was her fault. Thrilled that Alex has finally taken responsibility for her actions, he happily punishes her for damaging his car. Meanwhile, Jerry gives Max the family wizard robe, only to realize it is a fake. Looking at the recorded footage from the robe, it reveals that Justin had destroyed the family wizard robe minutes after receiving it.
4 ZEKE FINDS OUT (7.8)
Alex’s choice to mess with Zeke’s magic trick causes him to believe that he is a wizard. Excited at discovering new abilities, Zeke dives in headfirst, happily bringing Max on board as his manager and assistant. Alex is willing to let Zeke go crazy, even at the unfortunate expense of causing Harper to lie, to keep magic a secret. That is until Zeke’s birthday party performance includes a trick to cut Max in half using a real saw. Using magic before Zeke can touch their brother, Max’s body cuts in half, setting the birthday party into chaos, and Zeke unsure of himself. Finding it hard to watch Zeke continue to panic, Justin freezes time and admits the truth to Zeke.
3 FAMILY GAME NIGHT (7.9)
Justin finds himself accidentally in a relationship with a classmate named Daphne. He has no romantic interest in her but has no idea how to tell Daphne this. Talking about it with his younger brother, Max tells Justin their parents are planning on having family game night. Knowing that their game nights end with a call to the police, Justin invites Daphne hoping she will break up with him.
While Justin hopes for his family to act as they usually would: loud, obnoxious, and sore losers, Jerry and Theresa do their best to stomp down those feelings to show their right sides to Daphne. During the night, Alex and Harper’s brains are merged inside Alex’s head, causing her body to be fought over after they discover the body-switching spell has a glitch.
2 WIZARDS VS. WEREWOLVES (7.9)
One of the highest viewed episodes of the series includes action, adventure, romance, and a plot twist no one saw coming: Mason and Juliet had dated three hundred years ago. After blurting out that he is still in love with Juliet, Mason is in trouble with everyone other than Max. Instead, Max encourages Mason to explain the entire story to Alex about Mason’s actions the night they saved Juliet. Although heartbroken, Alex needs to know the truth for herself and goes with Mason to Translyvania to get the True Love necklace, allowing Mason to prove he’s in love with Alex. Unfortunately, things don’t go as planned and it leads to a significant explanation of supernatural creatures. The breakout of a fight forces Mason against Juliet until Mason scratches Juliet, and she bites him. Alex has just enough time to put the necklace on Mason before he transforms into a wolf, and Juliet loses her vampire powers, changing into a much older woman. Following their transformations, Mason and Juliet run off into the forest.
1 WHO WILL BE THE FAMILY WIZARD (8.2)
After years of preparation, the Russo siblings finally compete for the chance to be the family wizard. However, it is much more than just a test for magic. After Jerry and his siblings became estranged as a result of his competition, Alex, Max, and Justin face a similar dilemma. They had always been prepared for only one of them coming out a victor, never that none of them would receive the full family powers. Only after Justin and Max have forgiven and reconciled with Alex, do the three find out they were never disqualified from the competition. In the end, Alex wins the competition, Justin receives powers, and Max gets the substation.
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