Drake & Josh

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Drake & Josh
Logo drakejosh.png
GenreComedy
Satire
Farce
Surreal humour
Slapstick
FormatTeen Sitcom
Created byDan Schneider
StarringDrake Bell
Josh Peck
Miranda Cosgrove
Nancy Sullivan
Jonathan Goldstein
Theme music composerDrake Bell
Backhouse Mike
Opening theme"I Found a Way"
performed by Drake Bell
Country of originUnited States
Language(s)English
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes57 (+ 2 TV films) (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)
Location(s)Nickelodeon On Sunset,
Hollywood, California (except season 3, which is filmed at the Old Warner Brothers Studio)
Camera setupVideotape; Multi-camera
(used FilmLook processing in season 1, filmized appearance afterwards)
Running timeapprox. 23 minutes
Production company(s)Schneider's Bakery
Nickelodeon Productions
DistributorMTV Networks International[1]
Broadcast
Original channelNickelodeon
Picture formatSD: 480i/576i (Seasons 1-2)
HD: 720p/1080i (Seasons 3-4 and TV films)
Audio formatStereo
Original runJanuary 11, 2004 (2004-01-11) – September 16, 2007 (2007-09-16)
Chronology
Followed byDrake & Josh Go Hollywood
Related showsiCarly
Victorious[2]
External links
Website
 
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Drake & Josh
Logo drakejosh.png
GenreComedy
Satire
Farce
Surreal humour
Slapstick
FormatTeen Sitcom
Created byDan Schneider
StarringDrake Bell
Josh Peck
Miranda Cosgrove
Nancy Sullivan
Jonathan Goldstein
Theme music composerDrake Bell
Backhouse Mike
Opening theme"I Found a Way"
performed by Drake Bell
Country of originUnited States
Language(s)English
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes57 (+ 2 TV films) (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)
Location(s)Nickelodeon On Sunset,
Hollywood, California (except season 3, which is filmed at the Old Warner Brothers Studio)
Camera setupVideotape; Multi-camera
(used FilmLook processing in season 1, filmized appearance afterwards)
Running timeapprox. 23 minutes
Production company(s)Schneider's Bakery
Nickelodeon Productions
DistributorMTV Networks International[1]
Broadcast
Original channelNickelodeon
Picture formatSD: 480i/576i (Seasons 1-2)
HD: 720p/1080i (Seasons 3-4 and TV films)
Audio formatStereo
Original runJanuary 11, 2004 (2004-01-11) – September 16, 2007 (2007-09-16)
Chronology
Followed byDrake & Josh Go Hollywood
Related showsiCarly
Victorious[2]
External links
Website

Drake & Josh is an American television sitcom created by Dan Schneider for Nickelodeon. The series follows the lives of two teenage boys with opposing personalities, Drake Parker (Drake Bell) and Josh Nichols (Josh Peck), who become step-brothers. Both actors had played their roles in The Amanda Show along with Nancy Sullivan, who plays Audrey, Drake and Megan's mother of the series. Miranda Cosgrove plays her daughter, Megan, Drake's mischievous younger sister and Jonathan Goldstein plays Walter, Josh's father. The series' opening theme song I Found a Way is written by Drake Bell and Backhouse Mike and performed by Drake Bell. The series ran for four seasons and 57 episodes from January 11, 2004 to September 16, 2007. There were also three TV films: Drake & Josh Go Hollywood premiered on Friday, January 6, 2006; Really Big Shrimp premiered on August 3, 2007; and Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh premiered on Friday, December 5, 2008. There are currently reruns of the series on TeenNick.

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Premise

Set in San Diego, California, the series revolves around Drake Parker (Drake Bell) and Josh Nichols (Josh Peck), two teenage boys who become stepbrothers. Megan (Miranda Cosgrove) is Drake's mischievous younger sister, and constantly pulls pranks on the boys. Audrey (Nancy Sullivan), Drake and Megan's mother, is a stay-at-home mom. Walter (Jonathan Goldstein), Josh's father, is a weatherman. Much of the humor revolves around the boys' contrasting personalities, with Drake being a "cool kid," somewhat unintelligent and lazy but good-natured and popular, and Josh being hard-working, smart, uptight and socially awkward. A notable running joke on the series is the presence of parodies of well-known brands or people, including Mocha Cola, a parody of Coca-Cola, Mountain Fizz, a parody of Mountain Dew, Galaxy Wars, a parody of Star Wars, B.F. Wang's, a parody of P.F. Chang's, GameSphere, a parody of the Nintendo GameCube video game system, a pear logo on laptop computers instead of an "Apple" logo, and Blaine Darvey, a parody of David Blaine.[3][4]

Cast

Main cast

Actors/actressesDrake & Josh characters
Drake BellDrake Parker
Josh PeckJosh Nichols
Miranda CosgroveMegan Parker
Nancy SullivanAudrey Parker-Nichols
Jonathan GoldsteinWalter Nichols

Recurring cast

Actors/actressesDrake & Josh charactersAppearances in other shows created by Dan Schneider
Alec MedlockCraig RamirezAlec appears in iCarly at Webicon.
Scott HalberstadtEric BlonowitzScott appears in iCarly at Webicon.
Allison Scagliotti-SmithMindy CrenshawAllison appears in Zoey 101 as Stacy.
Yvette Nicole BrownHelen DuboisYvette appears in Victorious as the new principal.
Jerry TrainorCrazy SteveJerry appears in iCarly as Spencer Shay, reuniting with Miranda as Carly Shay.
Jake FarrowGavin MitchellJake voices Robbie's puppet in Victorious
Julia DuffyLinda Hayfer
Cathy ShimLeah

Episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
Season premiereSeason finale
16January 11, 2004February 22, 2004
214March 14, 2004November 28, 2004
317April 2, 2005April 8, 2006
420September 24, 2006September 16, 2007

Broadcast history

DVD Releases

DVD TitleRegion 1Region 4Contains
Drake & Josh: Vol. 1 Suddenly BrothersFebruary 15, 20052009Season 1 episodes: Pilot, Dune Buggy, Two Idiots and a Baby, First Crush
Never-before-seen outtakes
Drake & Josh Go HollywoodJanuary 31, 20062010The TV film
Bloopers
2 bouns episodes: Helen's Surgery & Mindy's Back
"I Found a Way" Music video
The Best of Drake & Josh: Seasons 1 & 2August 21, 2008TBASeason 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 & 4August 29, 2008TBASeason 3 episodes: We're Married?, Paging Dr. Drake, Foam Finger, Girl Power, Megan's New Teacher, Little Sibling, Theater Thug, Alien Invasion, Dr. Phyllis Show
Season 4 episodes: The Great Doheny, The Storm, Tree House, Megan's Revenge, Helicopter, Dance Contest

Multi-part installments/TV films

Drake & Josh Go Hollywood

The boys are left at home in San Diego, California after Audrey and Walter go on a ten-day cruise. Drake and Josh 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, California. Drake and Josh go to Hollywood to get Megan back, end up stopping a multi-billion 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.

Drake & Josh: Really Big Shrimp

Spin City Records wants to sign Drake and his new song, "Makes Me Happy", for their label. He is on the road to fame and fortune, but an evil record producer named Alan Kirm, who wants the song to be remixed and gives Josh a contract. Josh's inexperience as a manager leads him to sign the contract without reading it. Josh, having been drooling over the giant shrimp at the meeting, accidentally signs over creative rights for Drake's new song. Drake fires Josh and a series of bizarre events follow. Meanwhile at The Premiere, Helen is getting married, so she gives Mindy the job as assistant manager, the job that Josh was after for a long time. Mindy became Josh's girlfriend in later episodes of the series. Eventually, Josh, after Drake tells him that "when people play dirty, sometimes, you have to play dirty back", sneaks into Spin City Records and switches the songs, which is against the law. This makes Drake a statewide star and his song gets played at Helen's wedding and at the Super Bowl. At the end of the series, the boys fight against for the shrimp in their room and later a flashback appears to a similar scene alluding to The Amanda Show.

The two-part episode aired on August 3, 2007. The episode premiere brought in 5.8 million viewers.[5] The premiere of the episode broke the record for the most views of a premiere of a Nickelodeon episode. iCarly's iGo to Japan later broke that record, until the airing of Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh, took the record back.

Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh

A new Drake & Josh TV film tentatively entitled "Drake & Josh: Best Christmas Ever" began production in July 2008, and premiered on December 5, 2008, officially ending the series. The title was later changed to "Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh". Creator Dan 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 policeman tries to stop them. Although the boys aren't having the time of the lives, Audrey and Walter are having a worse time on their vacation because they have to stay in a hut while in a hurricane.[6]

The TV film was broadcast in HD format, unlike the previous TV film Drake & Josh Go Hollywood. 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. This film marked the end of the Drake & Josh series.[7]

Drake & Josh Go New York

Although there were rumors about a major motion picture similar to "Go Hollywood," the project fell through after its stars decided to work on different projects.

Other media

Music

Drake & Josh has had some singles and a soundtrack. The music releases are shown below.

NameNotes
"I Found a Way"The opening theme song of the TV series by Drake Bell.
Drake & JoshThe 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.
"Lithium Flower"by Scott Matthews

Video games

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

GamePublisherPlatformNorth American release date
Drake & JoshTHQGame Boy AdvanceMarch 15, 2007
Drake & Josh: Talent ShowdownTHQNintendo DSJuly 30, 2007

Books

A book series based on Drake & Josh has been published by children's publisher Scholastic since 2006. The books are generally based upon content from the TV series and essentially novelize two episodes of material, with one being a novelization of TV film. The books are written by author Laurie McElroy.

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

Awards

References

  1. ^ "MTV at Mip TV". Television Business International 16 (3): 27. 1 March 2004. 
  2. ^ The character "Helen Dubois" is a minor character in "Victorious".
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Talk:Drake & Josh
  5. ^ "Drake & Josh's Big Shrimp Nets Really Big Audience". TV Guide. 2007-08-07. http://community.tvguide.com/blog-entry/TVGuide-News-Blog/Todays-News/Drake-38-Joshs/800019987. Retrieved 2007-10-22. 
  6. ^ "The Holidays Come Early for Drake & Josh Fans!" (Press release). Viacom. 2008-06-12. http://www.viacom.com/news/Pages/newstext.aspx?RID=1165313. Retrieved 2008-06-12. 
  7. ^ "Drake & Josh: Nickelodeon Stars Return -- for the last time?". TV Series Finale. July 10, 2008. http://tvseriesfinale.com/tv-show/drake-josh-nickelodeon-stars-return-for-the-last-time/. Retrieved 30 July 2012. 

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