If you were watching Disney Channel nearly ten years ago in 2006, you would be no stranger to the stylishly talented Sharpay Evans from High School Musical and the goofy yet lovable best friend sidekick Lilly Truscott from Hannah Montana. Even if you didn’t watch the movies and television shows that raised teen actresses Ashley Tisdale and Emily Osment to fame, it was hard to miss their faces plastered over every backpack, t-shirt, and poster in the late 2000s.
Yet here we are now, nearly a decade later, and our stars have grown up just as we have, but can they break out of their type casts of Disney Channel past? I first heard about the newest ABC Family channel show, Young & Hungry, when I stumbled across a tweet about it from Executive Producer Ashley Tisdale. She was making a guest appearance and I was expecting to see a reprisal of her sassy self-centered character she once played in three musical movies and one solo spin off. It was still enough to intrigue me into tuning in just to find out.
However, I was surprised when her character, Logan Rawlings, walked on screen. It seems our “Stick to the status quo!” preaching character was anything but; Tisdale appeared as a tattoo sporting lesbian with eyes for our main character, Gabi Diamond, played by none other than Emily Osment.
These ladies have come a long way from their Disney Channel days despite the show airing on its sister channel, ABC Family. While I tuned in for the nostalgia of familiar stars, I stayed for the witty humor mixed among an array of charming characters. This sitcom has all the elements you look for in your favorite half hour show.
The main plot follows Osment’s character, Gabi, a 23 year-old aspiring chef who manages to score a job cooking for San Francisco’s newest, richest, and youngest tech wizard played by Jonathan Sadowski. A delightful “will they, won’t they” love boils between the two which is witnessed by the most amusing elements of the show, Gabi’s co-workers and roommate.
Young & Hungry will having you laughing out loud with a surprisingly adult stream of jokes and puns throughout the series as well as having you applaud our favorite teen stars for successfully breaking out of the box in this hidden gem of a show.
Young & Hungry is currently on a mid-season two hiatus returning to Wednesday nights on ABC Family August 12th. Meanwhile, now is a perfect time to catch up on the series with season one recently debuting on Netflix as well as current full episodes of season two available on ABCfamily.com.
In addition, this isn't the only project Tisdale has been working on. She will be starting in the upcoming TBS comedy sitcom Clipped that comes from the creative minds that brought us Will & Grace. The show revolves around former high school friends working together in a barbershop. Eager to see what else Tisdale has in store, I will be tuning in June 16th for the premiere on TBS.