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~This article is about the Alex & Co. TV series. For the band, see Alex & Co. (band).~

Alex & Co. is a 2015 Italian situation comedy, broadcast on Disney Channel Italy and directed by Claudio Norza.

The series was broadcast in Italy on May 11, 2015, and ended on May 27 of that year. The second season debuted on September 27 of that year and ended on November 29, 2015.

On January 30, 2016, Disney Channel confirmed that the series has been renewed for third season, which was splitted in two parts, first beginning on September 24, 2016 and ending on October 22, 2016 and second beginning on January 21, 2017 and ending on February 18, 2017.

The series ended with a set of Special Episodes, which aired from June 26, 2017 to June 29, 2017.

Plot

Alex & Co follows childhood friends as they begin high school. Alex, a smart, fun-loving boy, thinks that high school is going to be one big party. The school head wants the school to hold its place at the top of the academic tables and insists students concentrate on traditional subjects, rather than music, singing and acting. Alex & Co have no option but to find their own way to express their creativity and talents.

Cast and Characters

Main characters

  • Alex Leoni, played by Leonardo Cecchi.
    He is fifteen years old, he is a good guy, nice, intelligent, and he always defends those who need him. He tries to be helpful to everyone around him.
  • Nicole De Ponte, played by Eleonora Gaggero.
    For many years, she is the best friend of Alex, she is generous. She takes things very seriously and always try to change what does not go well.
  • Emma Ferrari, played by Beatrice Vendramin.
    She's a nice girl. She is loved by all for being beautiful, and she is aware of it. On the surface, she seems courageous and self-confident, but deep down inside she is not, she needs constant approval from her friends.
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  • Samuele "Sam" Costa, played by Federico Russo.
    He is a hardworking student, responsible, but shy. He often gets high marks, and dreams of being admitted into one of the best universities, but does not have the financial resources, therefore works at the part-time jobs.
  • Christian Alessi, played by Saul Nanni.
    He is the best friend of Alex since they were children. He is always cheerful, friendly and very nice but not a cocky guy.

Episodes

Main article: List of Alex & Co. Episodes

Season Episodes Italy flag Originally aired (Italy dates) UK flag UK aired
First aired Last aired First aired Last aired
Season 1 (2015) 13 May 11, 2015 May 27, 2015 July 24, 2017 August 10, 2017
Season 2 (2015) 18 September 27, 2015 November 29, 2015 TBA TBA
Season 3 (2016-2017) 20 September 24, 2016 October 22, 2016 TBA TBA
January 21, 2017 February 18, 2017 TBA TBA
Special Episodes (2017) 4 June 26, 2017 June 29, 2017 TBA TBA

Spin-offs

Penny on M.A.R.S.

Main article: Penny on M.A.R.S.

On June 29, 2017, after the broadcast of the last episode of Alex & Co, a promo announced that a spin-off, Penny on M.A.R.S., will premiere in Autumn.

The series will follow the adventures of Penny (already main character in Special Episodes of Alex & Co.) and her dream to enter the music high school M.A.R.S.

Radio Alex

Main article: Radio Alex

On January 30, 2016, Disney Channel Italy announced the arrival of the spin-off Radio Alex. The series aired in Italy on February 8, 2016.

Contests

Alex & Co. Cup song

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In Summer 2015, when season 1 was finished, Disney organized a cup song contest to promote the second season. Participants had to play Music Speaks while making its rythms with a cup. The winner was Giorgia Lipari, who appeared in episode 23.


Alex & Co. Lip sync

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Alex & Co - Lip Sync Contest - English and Spanish subtitles

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After season 2, a new contest was organized. In this one, participants had to lip-sync We Are One, Oh My Gloss! or Incredibile. The winner was Suami Venturi, who appeared in episode 47.
Watch more lip sync contest videos


Alex & Co. Super Fan

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Super Fan contest was launched a month before season 3 part 2 premiere. This contest was looking for the biggest fan of Alex & Co. so participants had to answer daily quizzes about the series on Disney Channel website. The winner watched season 3 finale with Alex & Co. cast whereas the 10th biggest fans got the album Welcome to Your Show.

Movie

Main article: Come diventare grandi nonostante i genitori

On December 2, 2015, Disney Channel Italy announced the release of a movie based on the series. On March 31, 2016 it was announced its release date - November 24, 2016 in Italy.

International releases

Country Channel Premiere date Title
Italy flag Italy Disney Channel Italy May 11, 2015 Alex & Co.
Denmark flag Denmark Disney Channel Scandinavia October 13, 2015
Norway flag Norway
Finland flag Finland
Sweden flag Sweden
Poland flag Poland Disney Channel Poland October 17, 2015 Alex i spółka
France flag France Disney Channel France November 4, 2015 Alex & Co.
Benelux flag Netherlands and Belgium Disney Channel Netherlands and Belgium November 22, 2015
Spain flag Spain Disney Channel Spain January 11, 2016 Alex & Friends
Bulgaria flag Bulgaria Disney Channel Bulgaria February 1, 2016 Групата на Алекс (Alex & Co.)
Romania flag Romania Disney Channel Romania Alex și trupa
Czech Republic flag Czech Republic Disney Channel Hungary and Czech Republic February 6, 2016 Alex & spol.
Hungary flag Hungary Alex és bandája
Greece flag Greece Disney Channel Greece March 3, 2016 Ο Άλεξ κι η Παρέα του (Alex & Friends)
Middle East flag Middle East Disney Channel Middle East Alex & Co.
South Africa flag South Africa Disney Channel South Africa
Germany flag Germany Disney Channel Germany April 24, 2016
UK flag United Kingdom Disney Channel UK and Ireland July 24, 2017[1]
Ireland flag Ireland
LatinAmericanFlags Latin America Disney Channel Latin America and Brazil September 25, 2017[2]
Brazil flag Brazil

Trivia

  • Michele Bottini has played different minor characters throughout the series. He was a football coach in episode 15 and 20 and a private driver called James from episode 45 to the last one. He also appeared in the Alex & Co. movie as a janitor of the school. Behind the scenes, he is one of the acting coaches.
  • Virgin Media, a British TV provider, initially called the series "Alex & Friends" in its listings, but Disney Channel UK confirmed they kept the original "Alex & Co." name.[3]

Links

English websites (may be outdated):

References

  1. Disney Channel UK's tweet confirming the series premiere
  2. Alex & Co. premieres in September on Disney Channel Brazil
  3. Disney Channel UK's tweet confirming the series title

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