Wizards of Waverly Place is an American teen sitcom fantasy children's television series created by Todd J. Greenwald which focuses on the three Russo children who on the surface seem to be normal teens, but are actually wizards in training.
The series aired in the USA on the Disney Channel from 12 October, 2007 to 6 January, 2012. There are 106 half-hour episodes in four seasons.
Wizards of Waverly Place originally aired in South Africa on DStv's Disney Channel from 29 February, 2008 to 26 May, 2012. It later aired on SABC3. See "Seasons" below for seasonal broadcast dates and times.
Season 1 originally aired on Disney Channel from 29 February to 18 July, 2008, on Fridays at 18h30. New episodes broadcast weekly.
Season 1 later aired on SABC3, from 8 October, 2010 to 8 May, 2011. The first 16 episodes aired on Fridays at 14h30, after which the show moved to Sundays at 19h00, beginning with Episode 17 on Sunday 10 April, 2011. There are 21 episodes in the first season.
The Russo family appears to be a typical New York City family, but they are nothing of the sort. Alex, Justin and Max are everyday kids who also happen to be wizards in training.
They're preparing for a test of their magical skills that will determine which one sibling gets to keep their powers. (In each wizard family only one kid is allowed to keep their powers when they grow up).
Their father Jerry heads up Wizard Class when he's not busy running the family restaurant, Waverly Sub Station, with their mom Theresa.
Sibling rivalry is anything but ordinary as the Russo kids figure out they can use magic for anything from household chores to getting even with each other.
It's always laughs as we watch Alex, Justin and Max try to clean up their messes before their parents bust them.
After all, for the Russos being a teenager can be tricky...
Note: broadcast dates and times for the run of the show on Disney Channel are incomplete due to unavailability of information.
Season 1 (21 episodes)
Channel: Disney | Premiere: 29 Feb 2008 | Finale: 18 Jul 2008 | Fridays, 18h30
Channel: SABC3 | Premiere: 8 Oct 2010 | Finale: 8 May 2011 | Fri, 14h30/Sun, 09h00
Season 2 (30 episodes)
Channel: Disney | Aired: 2009
Channel: SABC3 | Premiere: 21 Apr 2012 | Finale: 10 Nov 2012 | Saturdays, 11h30
Season 3 (30 episodes)
Channel: Disney | Aired: 2010 | Fridays, 20h35
Channel: SABC3 | Premiere: 26 Apr 2014 | Finale: 15 Nov 2014 | Sat, 08h30
Season 4 (27 episodes)
Channel: Disney | Premiere: 16 Apr 2011 | Finale: 26 May 2012 | Saturdays, 12h25/20h45