Jessie (TV series)

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Created byPamela Eells O'Connell
Theme music composerToby Gad and Lindy Robbins
Opening theme"Hey Jessie", performed by Debby Ryan
Composer(s)John Adair and Steve Hampton
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes76 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Camera setupVideotape (filmized);
Running time22–25 minutes
Production company(s)
Original channelDisney Channel
Picture format
Original runSeptember 30, 2011 (2011-09-30) – present
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Not to be confused with Jesse (TV series).
Jessie logo.png
Created byPamela Eells O'Connell
Theme music composerToby Gad and Lindy Robbins
Opening theme"Hey Jessie", performed by Debby Ryan
Composer(s)John Adair and Steve Hampton
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes76 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Camera setupVideotape (filmized);
Running time22–25 minutes
Production company(s)
Original channelDisney Channel
Picture format
Original runSeptember 30, 2011 (2011-09-30) – present
External links

Jessie is an American sitcom which premiered on September 30, 2011 on Disney Channel.[1][2] The series was created and executive produced by Pamela Eells O'Connell and stars Debby Ryan as Jessie Prescott, a small town Texas girl who moves to New York City and becomes a nanny to a high profile couple's four children played by Peyton List, Cameron Boyce, Karan Brar, and Skai Jackson.

On March 28, 2013, the series was renewed for a third season, with production resuming in July 2013.[3] Season 3 premiered on October 5, 2013. On April 16, 2014, according to ABC News, Jessie will get engaged in a four-episode arc that will conclude the season this fall, marking the first time a Disney Channel lead character has gotten engaged.[4]

The show was renewed for a fourth season on May 20, 2014.[5] In October 2014, Peyton List stated that the fourth season would be the last.[6]


The series follows Jessie Prescott (Debby Ryan), a young woman from a small town with big dreams who, rebelling against her strict father, decides to leave the military base in Texas where she grew up and moves to New York City. She accepts a job as a nanny and moves into a multi-million dollar penthouse on the Upper West Side with the wealthy Ross family which includes: jet-setting parents, Morgan and Christina; and their four rambunctious children: Emma Ross (Peyton List), Luke Ross (Cameron Boyce), Ravi Ross (Karan Brar) and Zuri Ross (Skai Jackson); along with the family pet (and Ravi's companion) Mr. (later Mrs.) Kipling, a 7 ft (2 m) Asian water monitor, that was later revealed to be a female. With a whole new world of experiences open to her, Jessie embarks on new adventures in the big city as she grows to rely on the love and support of the children in her care. Assisting her are Bertram (Kevin Chamberlin), the family's lazy and sarcastic butler, and Tony (Chris Galya), the building's 20-year-old doorman.[7][8][9][10][11][12][13]



The series was created by Pamela Eells O'Connell who had had previous experience with the "nanny" sitcom formula, starting her career as a writer on the series Charles in Charge and serving as co-executive producer on The Nanny, before working with Debby Ryan on The Suite Life on Deck.[14][15][16] O'Connell is said to have developed Jessie specifically to showcase Ryan's talent.[17] In an interview with the Star-Telegram, Ryan explained how the concept originated – "(O'Connell) and I were throwing ideas back and forth when The Suite Life was coming to an end, and she came up with this. I was absolutely captivated. Then Disney looked at the script and the show runner (O'Connell) and myself and they were like: 'Awesome. We like it. You're on in the fall'".[17] In interviews with Variety, Disney CEO, Gary Marsh spoke of working with Ryan again, – "It's been thrilling to watch Debby grow from an unknown actress to one of our top stars. Debby is a talented young actress who connects to a wide fanbase because she's genuine, relatable and aspirational all at once. Our viewers have followed her from The Suite Life on Deck to 16 Wishes, and we're pleased to be working with her again."[18][19] Jessie is set to be the first main character to be engaged and married in Disney Channel. There will be a four-part episode of the engagement.[20]


Skai JacksonKaran BrarCameron BoyceChris GalyaPeyton ListDebby RyanMingle Media TV reporter Kristyn Burtt
The cast in December 2011
(Use cursor to identify)

With Ryan signed on, Disney Channel began the search to cast the Ross family in May 2011.[21] Before casting was finalized, there were numerous differences in the original concept for several of the characters.[21] The role of mother to the Ross children was originally a photographer named "Pandora", the role of eldest daughter, Emma was originally named "Anabel", the role of Luke was originally a boy adopted from Korea named "Hiro" and the role of Ravi was originally a boy adopted from South America named "Javier" who had a pet capybara instead of a monitor lizard.[7][21][22] Some have speculated that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, as a prominent celebrity couple with a multi-cultural adoptive family, may have been one possible inspiration for the series.[23] In an interview with the Boston Herald, O'Connell described her inspiration, saying – "I thought the celebrity parents and gorgeous penthouse would be glamorous, and a nice contrast to Jessie's more modest Texas roots. That fish out of water element makes for good stories, and I was inspired by many families who have adopted children of different ethnicities."[23]


After casting was finalized and changes were made to several of the characters to suit the actors chosen, the series skipped the pilot phase and was put directly into production.[22][24] Filming began in June 2011 on Stage 3/8 at Hollywood Center Studios which, prior to start of production, served as the soundstage where the Disney Channel series, Wizards of Waverly Place was taped.[8][10] Thirteen episodes were originally ordered for the first season, but while the show's first season was in production, Disney Channel ordered an additional seven episodes bringing the total number of episodes for the first season to twenty.[19] When asked about the atmosphere on set during an interview with MSN TV, Ryan described her relationship with the young cast – "I definitely feel like a nanny! They are smart kids, but they're real kids. They like to have fun. My policy is: We can play hard, as long as we work hard, and because we work hard, we need to play hard."[25]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main characters[edit]

JessieMrs. KiplingZuriLukeRaviEmmaBertram
Main characters of Jessie (Use cursor to identify)

Recurring characters[edit]

Guest stars[edit]


SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired (U.S. dates)
First airedLast aired
126September 30, 2011 (2011-09-30)September 7, 2012 (2012-09-07)
226October 5, 2012 (2012-10-05)September 13, 2013 (2013-09-13)[34]
3TBAOctober 5, 2013 (2013-10-05)[35]Fall 2014 (Fall 2014)[36]


Austin & Jessie & Ally All Star New Year[edit]

In November 2012, Disney Channel announced that the show would crossover with Austin & Ally as a one-hour special episode titled "Austin & Jessie & Ally All Star New Year".[37] The special episode aired December 7, 2012, and was followed by a new episode of Phineas and Ferb.

Good Luck Jessie: NYC Christmas[edit]

In October 2013, Disney Channel announced another crossover episode. This crossover is with Good Luck Charlie, it is called "Good Luck Jessie: NYC Christmas", and it aired on November 29, 2013. In the episode, PJ (Jason Dolley) and Teddy (Bridgit Mendler) go to New York for Christmas Eve and stay with Jessie for Christmas due to a snowstorm.[38]

Ultimate Spider-Man: Web-Warriors[edit]

The series crossed over with the Marvel/Disney XD series Ultimate Spider-Man for a Halloween episode titled "Halloween Night at the Museum".[39]

Jessie Aloha Holidays with Parker & Joey[edit]

On November 28, 2014, Jessie will share its fourth crossover with the series Liv and Maddie in a special episode entitled "Jessie Aloha Holidays with Parker & Joey" featuring Tenzing Norgay Trainor as Parker Rooney and Joey Bragg as Joey Rooney,[40] putting Jessie into a tie with Hannah Montana and Lilo & Stitch: The Series as the Disney Channel shows to have had the most crossovers. Also, Maia Mitchell is set to reprise her role from "Jessie's Big Break" as Shaylee Michaels.


Disney Channel did not broadcast "Quitting Cold Koala" on its originally scheduled date of May 17, 2013 and showed a rerun of "Kids Don't Wanna Be Shunned" instead. The episode did, however, appear on the Disney Channel website, "WATCH Disney Channel", and on "Disney Channel On Demand", the channel's video-on-demand service. Disney Channel announced on their Facebook page "We are removing this particular episode from our regular programming schedule and will re-evaluate its references to gluten restrictions in the character's diet".[41][42] The edited version of "Quitting Cold Koala" aired on July 5, 2013 as part of a 2 episode spectacular. All gluten jokes were removed in the revised version.


The pilot episode of Jessie was released as a free download via the iTunes Store one week prior to its Disney Channel premiere. Making its official debut on the Disney Channel on September 30, 2011, the series became the network's most-watched premiere on a Friday since September 2008, when The Suite Life on Deck debuted.[43][44] The premiere of Jessie ranked as the No. 1 telecast at 9 p.m. with a total of 4.6 million total viewers in the target demographics, scoring 2.3 million viewers among kids 6–11 and 1.8 million viewers among tweens 9–14, with an average of 887,000 viewers among adults age 18–49.[43][44] The most watched episode of Jessie is "Star Wars" with 7.32 million viewers and the least watched episode is "Between the Swoon and New York City" with 1.76 million viewers.

The series started airing on Disney XD on June 28, 2013 with no episode order. The series now has two airing networks in America.

Awards and nominations[edit]

2012Young Artist AwardBest Performance in a TV Series – Supporting Young ActorKaran BrarWon[45]
BAFTA AwardsKid's Vote – TelevisionJessieWon[47]
2014NAACP Image AwardOutstanding Performance in a Youth/Children's Program (Series or Special)Karan BrarNominated[48]
2014 Kids' Choice AwardsFavorite TV ShowJessie[49]
Favorite TV ActressDebby Ryan[49]
2014 Teen Choice AwardsChoice TV Actress: Comedy[50]

Indian adaptation[edit]

An Indian adaptation of the show, titled Oye Jassie, premiered on Disney Channel India on October 11, 2013. Like most Indian adaptions, the episodes and characters are similar to the original.[51]


The series airs worldwide on Disney Channel. The series premiered on September 30, 2011 in Canada,[52] on November 25, 2011 in Australia and New Zealand,[53] and on December 17, 2011 in Singapore.[54] It later previewed on January 29, 2012 and premiered on February 17, 2012 in the United Kingdom and Ireland,[55] and in South Africa on April 1, 2012.[56]


  1. ^ Press releases stated "Ms. Kipling" while the actual episode used "Mrs. Kipling".[31]


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