Plot[ edit ] George Venturi John Ralston , a divorced man from London, Ontario who had custody of his three children from a previous marriage: Up until that point, Casey was perfectly content with her life. Growing up as the oldest child in a household in Toronto , Ontario with only her mother and sister had suited her well and brought her up as a self-sufficient and independent young woman.
Casey was originally upset about having to move to London, Ontario from Toronto, a much bigger city as shown in the episode "How I Met Your Stepbrother" , for many reasons including Derek, but she eventually got over her own problems and agreed to move there for Nora and George's sake once she saw how much they cared for each other. Michael Seater as Derek Venturi, the oldest child and the titular "Derek" of the series. Unlike Casey, he is lax-mannered and somewhat underhanded about achieving his goals and excelling in his academics, though is not entirely unkind.
Derek is a Straight D student. It is shown that he has a bond with Marti because he calls her "Smarti" and she calls him "Smerek". However, he enjoys competing with and irritating Casey. He loves to play pranks, especially on Casey, and has his own band called D-Rock in which he plays guitar. In the series' final season, he receives admission to Queen's University along with Casey. She is idealistic and independent, as well as academically ambitious. She has a Type A personality , being very particular about her academics and frequently studies in advance and does not accept poor grades.
Casey is a Straight A student. She frequently clashes with Derek because of their conflicting personalities and because of their roles as the oldest children in the household. She loves to dance to jazz, hip-hop, and other types of music. She is also a cheerleader at some point in the show. She eventually got into Queen's University along with Derek.
In the film Vacation with Derek , it is revealed that Casey will double-major in English and Economics. She usually sides with Casey, though as a middle child, finds common ground with Edwin. She is very patient and gives in to things her sister says very easily. She also likes to do sports such as soccer and Taekwondo. Daniel Magder as Edwin Venturi, Derek's younger brother.
He looks up to Derek and is Derek's frequent accomplice in various schemes. He sometimes likes to stand up to Derek but then eventually backs down feeling weak. As the youngest child, she enjoys attention from everyone in the family and can be swayed both ways in McDonald-Venturi conflicts, but can easily and stubbornly refuse to agree with anyone as well.
He had his debut in the film Vacation with Derek. He is only shown in the film, so he does not have a role in the TV series. Simon is the only biological child of Nora and George. She works as a window treatment specialist. He works as a lawyer and was previously married to a woman named Abby.
Recurring cast[ edit ] Shadia Simmons as Emily Davis, Casey's best friend and next door neighbor who had a crush on Derek. She dated Sheldon Shlepper who moved to Newfoundland. She and Derek went on a date once, but decided it wouldn't work out when Derek admits he only asked her out to bother Casey.
However, they began to date again after Derek realized he did like her and asks her to the prom. She often tries to help Casey become more popular at school, helps her fit in and helps her figure out boys along the way. According to Casey, she has a "lighthearted way of dealing with Casey's many problems". She started dating Derek in the episode "Surprise", but they broke up, since Derek took interest in Roxy. Arnold Pinnock as Paul Greebie, Casey's guidance counselor.
She constantly goes to him for advice when she gets stressed; however he usually asks questions so that Casey can figure out her problem on her own. She will ask him questions and then immediately answer them herself. His last appearance is in the episode "Futuritis".
After receiving Derek's permission, they begin dating in the episode "Male Code Blue". After breaking up numerous times, they call it quits in the episode "Middle Manic", but decide to stay friends in the episode "Battle of the Bands" when Casey becomes the lead singer of Derek's band. Lauren Collins as Kendra, popular girl, friend of Casey's and Derek's ex after the episode "Misadventures in Babysitting". She still has a major crush on Derek, and she attempts reuniting with him in "Just Friends".
Robbie Amell as Max Miller, the school's quarterback and Casey's boyfriend beginning in "Misadventures in Babysitting". He dated the head cheerleader Amy before asking Casey out. They broke up in the episode "Allergy Season". Casey wanted to get back together with him in the episode "Two Kisses, One Party", but he had already moved on. Shane Kippel as Ralph Papadapolis, one of Derek's friends and fellow band member.
In season 4, Ralph harbors a crush on Casey. William Greenblatt as Sheldon Schlepper. He is currently living in Newfoundland. All of his siblings have once been class president except him. Keir Gilchrist as Jamie, Lizzie's best friend who harbors a crush on her. Kate Todd as Sally, Derek's co-worker who starts to like him after breaking up with ex-boyfriend, Patrick.
With some interference and planning from Casey and Nora, they finally begin to date. Sally and Derek break up after Sally decides to go to UBC , get back together soon afterward, and then break up for good when Sally actually goes to Vancouver. Joe Dinicol as Truman French, a new boy in school that Casey has recurring dreams about. Casey denies her feelings for him, but in the end, finally agrees to date him.
They agree to go with each other in "No More Games" and they start going out in the episode "Teddy's Back". They break up in the episode "Truman's Last Chance" because Casey sees Truman being kissed by Vicki and think it's vice versa. Casey was upset, but she reunites with Truman at the prom, and they reconciled in "Surprise;" however, they broke up. Alex House as Trevor, a "punk" boy who goes to Casey's school. Derek bets Casey she can't get him to ask her out, and Casey takes the bet, soon developing a crush on him.
She loses the bet after telling him about it after Derek interfers and makes her feel guilty for lying to him. She finds out Trevor was only hanging out with her because he had a crush on Emily, but the two stay friends. Adam Butcher as Noel Covington, an "artistic" boy who Casey befriends when he auditions for the lead role in a play on a dare, and, surprisingly, gets it, which leads him to co-star with Casey.
He develops a crush on her. In the episode "Just Friends", Casey begins hanging out with him to prove to Derek that a guy and a girl can be friends, but it backfires when Noel thinks Casey asked him out on a date. He returns for his role in the episode "Just Friends" one last time before the end of the series. Hannah Lochner as Michelle, who first appears at Lizzie and Edwin's birthday party and becomes Edwin's girlfriend after kissing him there.
Although she only appears in three episodes, she is often mentioned. She and Casey appear to be friendly but turn tense when Casey and Derek volunteer to organize the wedding reception of Vicki's mother, and Casey later finds out that Derek and Vicki made out when nobody else was aware.