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Drake & Josh is an American sitcom created by Dan Schneider for Nickelodeon. The series follows stepbrothers Drake Parker (Drake Bell) and Josh Nichols (Josh Peck) as they live together despite having opposite personalities. The series also stars Nancy Sullivan, Jonathan Goldstein, and Miranda Cosgrove.

Drake & Josh
Logo drakejosh.png
GenreSitcom
Created byDan Schneider
StarringDrake Bell
Josh Peck
Nancy Sullivan
Jonathan Goldstein
Miranda Cosgrove
Theme music composerDrake Bell
Backhouse Mike
Opening theme"I Found a Way"
performed by Drake Bell
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes56 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Dan Schneider
Producer(s)Robin Weiner
(Season 1; supervising producer, Seasons 2-4)
Joe Catania (Season 1; associate producer; co-producer, Seasons 3-4)
Bruce Rand Berman
(Season 4)
Camera setupVideotape (filmized); Multi-camera
(used Filmlook in Season 1)
Running timeapprox. 23 minutes
Production company(s)Schneider's Bakery
Nickelodeon Productions
DistributorMTV International[1]
Release
Original networkNickelodeon
Picture formatNTSC (480i) (original broadcast)
HDTV 1080i (partially Season 4)
(Seasons 2-4 recorded)
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseJanuary 11, 2004 (2004-01-11) –
September 16, 2007 (2007-09-16)
External links
Website

After actors Bell and Peck previously appeared in The Amanda Show, Schneider decided to create Drake & Josh with them in starring roles. The series ran from January 11, 2004, to September 16, 2007, totaling 56 episodes and 4 seasons. It also had two TV films: Drake & Josh Go Hollywood (2006), and Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh (2008). The series' opening theme song, "I Found a Way", is written by Drake Bell and Backhouse Mike and performed by Bell.

Contents

PlotEdit

Drake Parker and Josh Nichols live in San Diego, California with Drake's mother; Josh's father Walter; and Drake's intelligent but duplicitous younger sister Megan. Drake is a popular musician idolized by his schoolmates. Josh Nichols is a well-read student, but is clumsy and has trouble with his social life and dating. The two boys are often involved in comedic escapades and challenges while also handling an array of teenage problems.

CastEdit

MainEdit

RecurringEdit

EpisodesEdit

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
16January 11, 2004 (2004-01-11)February 22, 2004 (2004-02-22)
214March 14, 2004 (2004-03-14)November 28, 2004 (2004-11-28)
317April 2, 2005 (2005-04-02)April 8, 2006 (2006-04-08)
419September 24, 2006 (2006-09-24)September 16, 2007 (2007-09-16)
Films2 filmsJanuary 6, 2006 (2006-01-06)December 5, 2008 (2008-12-05)

ProductionEdit

Drake Bell and Josh Peck had previously acted together on The Amanda Show, created by Dan Schneider.[3] Bell and Peck had differing personalities, which inspired Schneider to create a new show starring them as characters with traits similar to their own.[4] An unaired pilot episode featured Stephen Furst as Walter Nichols, although he was busy with another project when Drake & Josh was picked up as a series, and Jonathan Goldstein was cast in the role instead.[5][6] A house in Los Angeles' Encino neighborhood was used for exterior shots of the family's home,[7][8][9] while interior scenes were shot on a sound stage at the Nickelodeon on Sunset studios in Hollywood.[10] As of January 2005, Tribune Studios in Hollywood was also used as a filming location.[11]

Production was put on hold in late December 2005, after Bell was injured in a car crash.[12][13] Bell had filmed three episodes of the fourth season prior to the accident.[12] Filming resumed in March 2006.[14][15] The following month, Nickelodeon greenlit an additional seven episodes for the fourth season, and Bell and Peck also signed on to direct several episodes.[16][15] With the extended season, filming was now expected to continue through July 2006.[15] According to Schneider, the show ended due to a collective decision from the creative forces behind the show.[17]

The profession of the family's mother and her name are never revealed on the show, although Schneider had written dialogue into the series finale that would have revealed her name as Audrey and her profession as a catering business. The scene was filmed, but Schneider ultimately chose to remove it during editing. Schneider said, "On the one hand, I thought it was funny to finally reveal it, so casually, in the very last episode - there was something ironic about that. But then I decided that, because fans always seemed to have fun trying to figure it out (what 'Mom's' name and job were), it would be better to 'keep the bit going' for eternity, by never revealing it in any episode."[2]

FilmsEdit

Drake & Josh Go Hollywood (2006)Edit

Drake and Josh are left at home in San Diego after their parents go on a ten-day cruise. The boys are told to take Megan to the airport so she can visit her friend in Denver, Colorado, but they accidentally send her on a flight to Los Angeles. Drake and Josh go to Hollywood to get Megan back, but end up stopping a multibillion-dollar heist and booking a guest-spot for Drake on TRL. The TV film aired on January 6, 2006; according to TV Guide, it was the highest rated program on all of cable during its opening week.

Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh (2008)Edit

A new Drake & Josh TV film tentatively entitled Drake & Josh: Best Christmas Ever began production in July 2008, and premiered on December 5, 2008. The title was later changed to Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh. Schneider returned as executive producer, with Marjorie Cohn and Lauren Levine co-executive producing. Michael Grossman directed the feature. The film centers around the boys who are working as Santa's helpers in a mall when Drake promises a little girl that her foster family will have "The Best Christmas Ever"—and then try to fulfill that promise while a grumpy police officer interferes. While the boys are not enjoying their time, their parents are feeling worse on their vacation because they have to stay in a hut while in a hurricane.[18]

The TV film was broadcast in HD format, unlike the previous TV film. It also featured Henry Winkler and MMA fighter Kimbo Slice.

The premiere of Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh broke the record of most viewers for the premiere of a Nickelodeon film with 9.10 million viewers, a title previously held by iGo to Japan.

Broadcast historyEdit

United States:

United Kingdom and Ireland:

Canada:

Australia and New Zealand:

Latin America:

Brazil:

Africa:

Home mediaEdit

Title Region 1 Region 4 Contains
Drake & Josh: Vol. 1 Suddenly Brothers (VHS release included) February 15, 2005 2009 Season 1 episodes: Pilot, Dune Buggy, Two Idiots and a Baby, First Crush
Never-before-seen outtakes
Drake & Josh Go Hollywood (VHS release included) January 31, 2006 2010 The TV film
Bloopers
2 bonus episodes: Helen's Surgery & Mindy's Back
"I Found a Way" Music video
Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Winners Collection 2007 N/A Season 4 episode: Who's Got Game?
The Best of Drake & Josh: Seasons 1 & 2 August 21, 2008 January 4, 2016 Season 1 episodes: Pilot, Dune Buggy, Two Idiots and a Baby, First Crush, Grammy
Season 2 episodes: The Bet, Movie Job, Football, Pool Shark, Smart Girl, Little Diva, Number 1 Fan, Mean Teacher, Drew & Jerry, Honor Council
The Best of Drake & Josh: Seasons 3 & 4 August 29, 2008 N/A Season 3 episodes: Alien Invasion, Little Sibling, Megan's New Teacher, Foam Finger, We're Married?, Paging Dr. Drake, Theater Thug, Girl Power
Season 4 episodes: Dance Contest, Treehouse, Helicopter, Megan's Revenge, The Great Doheny, The Storm
Drake & Josh: Hermanos y Cómplices (Brothers and Accomplices)
Drake & Josh: Parceiros No Crime (Partners in Crime)
N/A 2011 Season 2 episodes: Smart Girl, Football, Little Diva, The Gary Grill, Pool Shark, Honour Council
Note: The DVD was only released in Latin America and Brazil; thus, it features English, Latin American Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese audio tracks, and English, Spanish and Portugal subtitle tracks

Reception and legacyEdit

The series premiere was watched by 3.2 million viewers,[19] Nickelodeon's highest-rated series premiere in nearly 10 years.[20] As of 2006, Drake & Josh ranked consistently among the 10 most-watched cable shows of the week,[12] and was the top-rated live-action series among children aged 2 to 11 years old.[20] It averaged three million viewers at the time.[16] It proved to be popular with younger viewers.[21] According to Schneider, Drake & Josh had its highest ratings in its final season.[17]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2005 2005 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite TV Show Drake & Josh Nominated[22][23]
2006 2006 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite TV Show Drake & Josh Won[24]
Favorite TV Actor Drake Bell Won[24]
2006 Australian Kids' Choice Awards Fave TV Show Drake & Josh Nominated[25]
2007 2007 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite TV Show Drake & Josh Nominated[26][27]
Favorite TV Actor Drake Bell Won[27]
2007 UK Kids' Choice Awards Best TV Show Drake & Josh Won[28]
Best TV Actor Drake Bell Nominated[28]
2007 Australian Kids' Choice Awards Fave Nick Show Drake & Josh Won[29]
Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) - Supporting Young Actress Miranda Cosgrove Nominated[30]
Casting Society of America Best Casting - Children's TV Programming Krisha Bullock Nominated[31]
2008 2008 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite TV Show Drake & Josh Won[32]
Favorite TV Actor Drake Bell Won[32]
Josh Peck Nominated[33]
2008 UK Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Kids' TV Show Drake & Josh Won[34]
Favorite Male TV Star Josh Peck Won[34]
2008 Australian Kids' Choice Awards Fave Comedy Show Drake & Josh Won[35]
Fave International TV Star Drake Bell Nominated[35][36]
2009 2009 Australian Kids' Choice Awards Fave Comedy Show Drake & Josh Nominated[37]
Fave International TV Star Drake Bell Won[37]
2010 2010 Australian Kids' Choice Awards Big Kid Award Drake Bell Won[38]
Kids Choice Awards Mexico Favorite International Character Male Drake Bell Won[39]

Other mediaEdit

MusicEdit

Name Notes
"I Found a Way" The opening theme song of the TV series by Drake Bell. Music video directed by Joey Boukadakis.[40]
Drake & Josh The Drake & Josh soundtrack from the TV series.
"Makes Me Happy" From the episode Drake & Josh: Really Big Shrimp by Drake Bell.
"Jingle Bells" From the TV film Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh by Drake Bell.
"Christmas Wrapping" From the TV film Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh by Miranda Cosgrove.

Video gamesEdit

Two video games based on Drake & Josh have been released on the Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS. Both of them were published by THQ and released in the same year.

Game Publisher Platform North American release date
Drake & Josh THQ Game Boy Advance March 15, 2007
Drake & Josh: Talent Showdown THQ Nintendo DS July 30, 2007

BooksEdit

A book series based on Drake & Josh has been published by children's publisher Scholastic since 2006. The books are written by author Laurie McElroy.

Book Author Info
"Blues Brothers" Laurie McElroy Based on the episodes "Blues Brothers" and "Number 1 Fan"
"Sibling Revelry" Laurie McElroy Based on the episodes "The Bet" and "Peruvian Puff Pepper"
"Drake & Josh Go Hollywood" Laurie McElroy Based on the TV film Drake & Josh Go Hollywood
"Kid Trouble" Laurie McElroy Based on the episodes "Megan's New Teacher" and "Little Sibling"
"Alien Invasion" Laurie McElroy Based on the episodes "Alien Invasion" and "The Demonator"
"Surprise!" Laurie McElroy Based on the episodes "Josh Runs into Oprah" and "Vicious Tiberius"
"Josh Is Done" Laurie McElroy Based on the episodes "Josh Is Done" and "I Love Sushi"

Online videosEdit

Beginning in December 2016, Bell and other cast members released a series of short online videos titled Where's Walter? Bell, Sullivan, and Yvette Nicole Brown reprised their roles for the videos, which involve a search for Walter after he goes missing.[41][42][43]

Possible revivalEdit

In March 2019, Bell announced that he and Peck were working on a Drake & Josh revival that would feature both of them reprising their roles.[44] The proposed project will feature similar characters and scenarios in a more adult, funny way.[45] At the time, Bell and Peck were in discussions with several networks about the project.[46]

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