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TFK gets the scoop on the new seasons of Kickin’ It and Lab Rats

Feb 14, 2014 | By TFK Kid Reporter Amelia Compton
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TFK Kid Reporter Amelia Compton (center) poses with the cast of Disney XD's Lab Rats: (from left): Kelli Berglund, Tyrel Jackson Williams, Spencer Boldman, Billy Unger, and Hal Sparks.

The hit shows Kickin’ It and Lab Rats are back, they’re action-packed, and filled with laughs! Catch the season premieres of both sitcoms on February 17 on Disney XD when the stars of both series host a telecast.

In advance of the season premieres, TFK Kid Reporter Amelia Compton visited the sets of Kickin’ It and Lab Rats in Los Angeles, California. Here, she gives a sneak peek of the new seasons of both shows.

Disney XD's Kickin' It, starring Mateo Arias, Jason Earles, Leo Howard, and Dylan Riley Snyder, kicks off its fourth season on February 17.
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Disney XD's Kickin' It, starring Mateo Arias, Jason Earles, Leo Howard, and Dylan Riley Snyder, kicks off its fourth season on February 17.

All the Right Moves

The first three seasons of Kickin’ It centered on a struggling strip-mall dojo (a martial arts school) and its misfit students. In season four, the karate kids relocate to a new state-of-the-art dojo that’s right on the beach.

Returning fans are sure to notice Falafel Phil’s facelift as well. Be sure to take a peek at the menu for some interesting, if not appetizing, eats!

Not only do the sets change in season 4, so do the characters. Kim (played by Olivia Holt) leaves the group to attend a martial arts school overseas. Plus, the martial arts ninjas are no longer underdogs. They have, over the course of the series, become prominent figures in Seaford Village.   

“We’ve paid our dues,” Dylan Riley Snyder told TFK. He plays the quirky braniac Milton, who divides his time between doing schoolwork and practicing karate. “We’re all moving up in the world.”     

Todd Howard, the real-life father of Leo Howard, who plays martial-arts expert Jack, guest stars this season. Howard has wanted to act alongside his son for a long time, but he doesn’t have much experience in front of the camera. “My son has really encouraged me and given me coaching,” says Howard.

What’s Next for the Super Siblings?

Across the studio lot, Lab Rats is shaping up to be far more action-packed as the cast heads into season 3.

At the end of last season, billionaire and bionic-kid creator Donald Davenport finds himself bankrupt. The hacker turns out to be none other than Davenport’s own brother, Douglas. 

The Lab Rats cast gathers during a scene from the "Sink or Swim: Part II" episode.
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The Lab Rats cast gathers during a scene from the "Sink or Swim: Part II" episode.

Meanwhile, Principal Perry discovers the siblings’ super powers and threatens to call the authorities. The three bionic kids—Bree, Chase and Adam— run away thinking the FBI is on their tail. But it’s really Davenport’s evil brother Douglas who is after them. 

How will the super siblings escape their predicament? Their plan includes plenty of action and adventure. In the first episode of the new season, Spencer Boldman’s character, Adam, gets to dive into the ocean and do some cool underwater stunts. In another episode, the trio finds themselves on the wings of an airplane.

“It’s kind of like a big-budget mini-movie in a 27-minute show,” says Boldman.

Amidst all the action, the Lab Rats characters mature in the new season, just as the Kickin’ It cast does. Bree, for example, is overcoming her awkwardness and becoming more comfortable in the world.

“Our goal was to allow the lab rats to grow up a bit,” Billy Unger told TFK. He plays super-sibling Chase. “We wanted audiences to be able to grow up with the characters.”