|Created by||Steve Marmel|
|Based on||Sonny With A Chance|
|Developed by||Michael Feldman|
Brandon Mychal Smith
Allisyn Ashley Arm
|Theme music composer||Ali Dee Theodore,|
Julian Michael Davis
& Jason Gleed
|Opening theme||"So Random!", performed by Brandon Mychal Smith|
|Ending theme||"So Random!" (short version)|
|Composers||Chris Alan Lee &|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||26 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producers||Steve Marmel|
Sharla Sumpter Bridgett
|Production locations||Hollywood Center Studios|
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Production companies||Varsity Pictures|
It's a Laugh Productions
|Distributor||Disney–ABC Domestic Television|
|Original network||Disney Channel|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)|
|First shown in||United States|
|Original release||June 5, 2011 –|
March 25, 2012
|Preceded by||Sonny with a Chance|
So Random! is an American Disney Channel sketch comedy series that premiered on June 5, 2011. It was announced as an independent series after Demi Lovato left the parent series, Sonny with a Chance. The series features the actors who acted in Sonny with a Chance, besides Lovato: Tiffany Thornton, Sterling Knight, Brandon Mychal Smith, Doug Brochu, and Allisyn Ashley Arm along with other featured actors who recur in the series. The series premiere was watched by 4.1 million viewers.
On May 2, 2012, Tiffany Thornton indicated that the series had not been renewed for a second season.
In Sonny with a Chance, Demi Lovato plays the title character, Sonny Monroe, a new member of the cast of the sketch comedy show So Random!, which is presented as a show-within-a-show. The series follows the experiences of Sonny, and the rest of the cast. The full length sketch comedy episode format was played within Sonny with a Chance during season 2 of the series for the Christmas and Halloween episodes. In November 2010, Lovato underwent treatment for "physical and emotional issues," and in April 2011, they confirmed that they would not be returning to Sonny with a Chance for its third season. They stated that returning to acting immediately wouldn't be healthy for their recovery.
Following Lovato's departure from the series, So Random! was introduced as its own series that focused more on comedy skits than Sonny with a Chance. Filming for the season began on January 30, 2011. Each episode features sketch comedy skits with the So Random! cast, as well as a musical performance by a guest star. Originally intended to be a third season of Sonny with a Chance, Disney began to describe the show as a separate series following Lovato's confirmed departure.
Each episode typically consists of five or six sketches. Though it is formatted as a sketch comedy series, So Random! retains the fictional universe style of the sitcom it spun off from, with the main cast members playing both the characters they originated on Sonny with a Chance, in addition to playing the characters appearing in each of the sketches. Such a reference to Sonny with a Chance was made when Grady kept hitting the applause button while trying to open a pickle jar, and Zora goes offstage to tell him to stop. She asks what he's doing, and he tells her that he always has a pickle before the show and can't open the jar. Zora opens the jar without difficulty, horrifying Grady. However, the episode "Miss Piggy" would be the first and only episode to feature backstage scenes where Grady, Zora, and a couple other cast members visit Miss Piggy in her dressing room.
Each episode is typically written by two writers (whereas opening segments and sketches in a traditional sketch comedy series are written by a team of up to twelve writers).
See also: List of Sonny with a Chance characters
Except for Demi Lovato, the main cast of So Random! is identical to that of its parent series, Sonny with a Chance.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.|
|1||"Cody Simpson"||Jay Karas||Michael Feldman & Steve Marmel||June 5, 2011||301||4.1|
Special musical guest: Cody Simpson
|2||"Greyson Chance"||Eric Dean Seaton||Michael Feldman & Steve Marmel||June 12, 2011||303||3.8|
|Sparrow Family, The I'm Going to Marry Zach Feldman Show|
|3||"Selena Gomez & the Scene"||Bruce Leddy||Scott King||June 19, 2011||305||3.9|
Special musical guest: Selena Gomez & the Scene
|4||"Mitchel Musso"||Bruce Leddy||Dava Savel||June 25, 2011||304||N/A|
Special music guest: Mitchel Musso
|5||"Tony Hawk"||Linda Mendoza||Michael Feldman & Steve Marmel||July 10, 2011||302||3.7|
Tony Hawk guest stars and does a sketch on the show while the main cast of the show tries to make him do something extreme. He finally flies out at the end of the show.
Special guest: Tony Hawk
|6||"Coco Jones"||Bruce Leddy||Jessica Kaminsky||July 17, 2011||306||2.7|
Coco Jones performs "Stand Up" and participates in a sketch.
Special musical guest: Coco Jones
|7||"Jacob Latimore"||Bruce Leddy||Josh Silverstein & Lanny Horn||July 31, 2011||308||2.4|
Jacob Latimore performs "Like 'Em All", Tomato Sue raps about ketchup, and Reynaldo starts a fight between sisters during his Spanish lesson!
Special musical guest: Jacob Latimore
|8||"Mindless Behavior"||Bruce Leddy||Adam Schwartz & Josh Herman||August 7, 2011||307||2.8|
Special musical guest: Mindless Behavior
|9||"Colbie Caillat"||Eric Dean Seaton||Maiya Williams||August 14, 2011||309||2.8|
Special musical guest: Colbie Caillat
|10||"Far East Movement"||Eric Dean Seaton||Eric Truehart & Sib Ventress||August 21, 2011||310||2.6|
|Harry Potter in the Real World, P-Brain's No Pain Bad News Auto Tuner, Teen Rage: Making a Music Video, Moon Landing Bloopers, Zombie Man 2|
|11||"Kicking Daisies"||Eric Dean Seaton||Eric Truehart & Sib Ventress||August 28, 2011||311||2.3|
Kicking Daisies perform "Keeping Secrets".
Special musical guest: Kicking Daisies
|12||"Dave Days"||Eric Dean Seaton||Scott King||September 11, 2011||313||2.1|
Dave Days performs "What Does It Take".
Special musical guest: Dave Days
|13||"Chelsea Kane/Hot Chelle Rae"||Eric Dean Seaton||Dava Savel||September 18, 2011||317||3.2|
|VoldeMart, Nolan Knows Best: Part 1, Dance Fever, Nolan Knows Best: Part 2, Sunglass Sass-Off, Nolan Knows Best: Part 3|
|14||"Miss Piggy"||Eric Dean Seaton||Michael Feldman & Steve Marmel||October 2, 2011||316||3.2|
Special guest: Miss Piggy, (Performed by Eric Jacobson)
|15||"Iyaz"||Eric Dean Seaton||Michael Feldman & Steve Marmel||October 9, 2011||321||3.6|
Special musical guests: Iyaz, featuring Mann
|16||"Bridgit Mendler, Adam Hicks and Hayley Kiyoko"||Michael Feldman||Jessica Kaminsky||November 6, 2011||318||3.3|
|17||"Leigh-Allyn Baker and Mia Talerico"||Carl Lauten||Jessica Kaminsky||November 27, 2011||324||3.1|
Pia Toscano performs her new single called, "This Time"
Special musical guest: Pia Toscano
|18||"Justin Bieber"||Bruce Leddy||Michael Feldman & Steve Marmel||December 4, 2011||325||3.3|
Special musical guest: Justin Bieber
|19||"Christina Grimmie"||Eric Dean Seaton||Gina Roncoli||December 11, 2011||315||3.0|
Christina Grimmie performs "Advice".
Special musical guest: Christina Grimmie
|20||"Andy Grammer"||Eric Dean Seaton||David Witt||January 8, 2012||322||2.9|
Special musical guest: Andy Grammer.
|21||"Cole & Dylan Sprouse"||Bruce Leddy||Adam Schwartz & Josh Herman||January 16, 2012||319||2.7|
Cole & Dylan Sprouse guest star and participate in several sketches.The Suite Life on Deck, Teachers Don't Be Cool III
|22||"The Ready Set"||Eric Dean Seaton||Michael Feldman & Steve Marmel||January 29, 2012||312||2.8|
Special guest: The Ready Set
|23||"China Anne McClain"||Michael Feldman||Adam Schwartz & Josh Herman & Josh Silverstein & Lanny Horn||February 12, 2012||326||2.3|
China Anne McClain performs "Unstoppable".
Special guest: China Anne McClain
|24||"The New Boyz"||Eric Dean Seaton||Anthony Watt||February 26, 2012||314||2.2|
The New Boyz performs "Meet My Mom".
Special guest: The New Boyz
|25||"Shane Harper"||Bruce Leddy||Josh Silverstein & Lanny Horn||March 4, 2012||320||2.3|
Shane Harper performs "One Step Closer".
Special guest: Shane Harper
|26||"Destinee & Paris"||Ron Moseley||Rachel Spratt||March 25, 2012||323||2.1|
Destinee & Paris performs "True Love"
Special Guest: Destinee & Paris
The series premiered on Disney Channel on June 5, 2011 and on Family Channel on June 10, 2011. It premiered on July 27, 2011 on Disney Channel (Australia and New Zealand) and on October 31, 2011 on Disney Channel (UK and Ireland).
The series became available to stream on Disney+ on April 3, 2020, however it's listed as "season 3" of Sonny with a Chance, instead of as a separate series. The following year, So Random! was separated from Sonny with a Chance on the platform, going on to be shown as two different series.
The series's premiere earned mixed reviews. Emily Ashby of Common Sense Media gave the series four out of five stars, writing, "Sonny spin-off offers family-friendly sketch comedy, an excellent choice for families".
So Random = 2.663 million Sunday at 7:30p
"Ketchup on Everything"; Tomatow Sue and the Posse; Music from So Random!