Did Disney Channel’s Canadian Import, ‘Life With Derek,’ Really Have an Incest Storyline?

by Jeremy Spirogis
Did Disney Channel’s Canadian Import, ‘Life With Derek,’ Really Have an Incest Storyline?

Life With Derek is a Disney Channel present that isn’t on Disney+ as a result of it’s actually a Canadian present that the community picked up. So when the collection was trending on Twitter earlier this 12 months, it wasn’t as a result of the present was now streaming, it was as a result of followers had been deeming a relationship on the present as incestuous and so they had been right here for it. But was the connection actually thought-about incest?

'Life With Derek' actors Ashley Leggat, Michael Seater, Ariel Waller and Daniel Madger in 2009
‘Life With Derek’ actors Ashley Leggat, Michael Seater, Ariel Waller and Daniel Madger in 2009 | George Pimentel/WireImage

‘Life With Derek’ was a Canadian collection that aired on Disney within the U.S.

Many individuals have mistakenly thought that Life With Derek was a present that was initially produced by Disney Channel. However, the community solely had the American rights to the present.

The present was initially ordered by Family Channel in Canada. Disney Channel landed the rights to each Life With Derek and one other Family Channel collection, Naturally, Sadie.

The collection, which adopted a blended Canadian household ran for 4 seasons on the Family Channel and Disney Channel from 2005-2009. The collection additionally had a tv film, Vacation with Derek, which debuted in 2010 on the Family Channel. The film didn’t air on Disney and didn’t premiere within the U.S. till Starz debuted it in 2011.

Life With Derek starred Michael Seater, Ashley Leggat, Jordan Todosey Daniel Magder, Ariel Waller, Joy Tanner, and John Ralston because the blended McDonald-Venturi household. Seater (who was the titular “Derek”), Madger and Waller had been the youngsters of George Venturi, performed by Ralston. Leggat and Todosey had been the youngsters of Nora McDonald Venturi, performed by Tanner.

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The “Dasey” relationship

Throughout the present, it was closely hinted on the reality that there have been romantic emotions between Derek and his step-sister Casey, portrayed by Leggat. Though they by no means turned a pair, the bickering they did, which bordered on flirting, was a reoccurring theme on the present.

Leggat and Seater supported the connection and mentioned there wouldn’t have been something mistaken if the 2 had gotten collectively on the present. In a 2016 interview, Leggat mentioned, “People can’t get enough of Dasey” and that it might be  “a natural progression for them” to be collectively.

The present started trending on social media in January 2020 when tweets in regards to the present having an incestuous relationship between siblings went viral. Someone tweeted, “I saw life with derek trending and I thought it was either going on disney+ or getting rebooted only to find out that people are just now noticing the incest.”

And whereas Derek and Casey being collectively wouldn’t be technically incestuous as a result of they aren’t blood-related, it nonetheless doesn’t take away from the truth that they’re siblings, organic or not.

When the present started trending a couple of months in the past due to followers delivery Dasey, Leggat and Seater as soon as once more cosigned the pairing. Seater quote tweeted a comment about Dasey and mentioned “trailblazers.”

Leggat tweeted a photograph of the 2 collectively in recent times, saying “I love the yearly nostalgic Life with Derek trend that happens. BTW I still go down with this ship. #LifeWithDerek #Dasey.”

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