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Bunk'd
Bunk'd logo.jpg
GenreComedy
Created byPamela Eells O'Connell
Starring
Theme music composer
  • Steve Hampton
  • John Adair
  • Paul Bessenbacher
  • Brad Hamilton
Opening theme"Kikiwaka"
by Kevin Quinn[1]
Composer(s)John Adair & Steve Hampton
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes58 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time21–23 minutes
Production company(s)
Release
Original networkDisney Channel
Picture format720p (HDTV)
Audio format5.1 surround sound
Original releaseJuly 31, 2015 (2015-07-31) –
present
Chronology
Related showsJessie (2011–15)
External links
Website
Production website

Bunk'd is an American comedy television series created by Pamela Eells O'Connell that premiered on Disney Channel on July 31, 2015, and is a spinoff of Jessie. The series' cast includes Peyton List, Karan Brar, Skai Jackson, and Miranda May.

Plot[edit]

Emma, Ravi, and Zuri leave New York City and head off to Moose Rump, Maine, to spend the summer at Camp Kikiwaka, where their parents met as teenagers. The Ross children and their new friends try their best to adapt to their lives at the camp, which was founded by Jedediah Swearengen and is named after a legendary creature that lives in the nearby forest.

In "We Didn't Start the Fire" at the end of season two, several cabins at Camp Kikiwaka are destroyed by a fire after a candle was left unattended. In the premiere of the third season, "We Can't Bear It", the Ross children return with a new generation of campers to find the cabins were never rebuilt and Gladys ran away with the insurance money. The Ross children then convince their parents to buy Camp Kikiwaka and put them in charge. By the end of the third season, Emma, Zuri and Ravi agree to sell the camp to Lou at a low price while they go pursue their dream jobs.

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
121July 31, 2015 (2015-07-31)May 20, 2016 (2016-05-20)
221August 23, 2016 (2016-08-23)May 24, 2017 (2017-05-24)
316[2]June 18, 2018 (2018-06-18)September 21, 2018 (2018-09-21)[2]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

The main characters during seasons 1–2: Tiffany, Xander, Zuri, Emma, Ravi, Jorge, and Lou.
  • Peyton List as Emma Ross[3] (seasons 1–3), the oldest of the Ross children and counselor-in-training in Cabin Woodchuck. She is shown to have a unique sense of fashion. She becomes manager of the camp in the third season.
  • Karan Brar as Ravi Ross[3] (seasons 1–3), an extremely smart counselor-in-training in Cabin Grizzly. The second-youngest of the Ross children, he brings his pet Asian water monitor Mrs. Kipling to camp. In the third season, he becomes camp chef and lead male counselor.
  • Skai Jackson as Zuri Ross[3] (seasons 1–3), a sweet yet sharp, sarcastic, and talkative girl. She is the youngest of the Ross children and is a camper in Cabin Woodchuck.
  • Miranda May as Lou, a highly enthusiastic farm girl and Emma's friend. She is the head counselor of Cabin Woodchuck and is a longtime friend of Xander.
  • Kevin Quinn as Xander (seasons 1–2), the popular head counselor of Cabin Grizzly and resident musician. He is a longtime friend of Lou and becomes the love interest for Emma.
  • Nathan Arenas as Jorge (seasons 1–2), a bespectacled boy of Hispanic descent who is Ravi's friend and a camper in Cabin Grizzly. He is shown to be very messy, unclean, and calls people "weird". Jorge once claimed that he was abducted by aliens.
  • Nina Lu as Tiffany (seasons 1–2), a young girl camper of Chinese descent whom Zuri befriends. She has an overbearing mother who expects a lot out of her.
  • Mallory James Mahoney as Destiny (season 3–present), a girl who has won almost all of the beauty pageants she has competed in.
  • Raphael Alejandro as Matteo (season 3–present), a cautious boy who can find danger in any situation, packs spider and snake bite kits, would rather not be at Camp Kikiwaka, and speaks Portuguese when he is either scared or emotional.
  • Will Buie Jr. as Finn (season 3–present), Lou's second cousin and a messy boy who does not care about hygiene, washing his clothes, or using his toothbrush. In "By All Memes", his last name is revealed to be Sawyer.
  • Israel Johnson as Noah[4] (season 4)
  • Shelby Simmons as Ava[4] (season 4)
  • Scarlett Estevez as Gwen[4] (season 4)

Recurring[edit]

  • Mary Scheer as Gladys (seasons 1–2), the strict proprietor of Camp Kikiwaka who is a descendant of Jedediah Swearengen. She has been jealous of Christina Ross ever since Christina had "stolen" Morgan from her. Since then, Gladys has been unsuccessful at getting a boyfriend as most people she tries to romance end up avoiding her in various ways. By the third season, it is mentioned that Gladys has left Moose Rump for good and took the insurance money for the burned-down cabins, leaving the Ross children to gain ownership of the camp.
  • Tessa Netting as Hazel (seasons 1–2), the head counselor of Camp Kikiwaka and the main counselor of Weasel Cabin who was then demoted to CIT after accidentally burning down Woodchuck and Grizzly Cabins. She is the niece of Gladys (who share the same problem with men) and descendant of Jedidiah Swearengen. She seeks to steal Xander's affection away from Emma.
  • Casey Campbell as Murphy, the camp chef who is responsible for the terrible food and is Gladys' on and off love interest. Though gruff and gross, Murphy also ends up involved in many of the children's hijinks, All of his known cooking includes food from the garbage, roadkill, and expired (possibly due to the camps budget being poor). In season three episode "By All Memes", it was revealed that Murphy resigned from working at Camp Kikiwaka and got a job as a chef at Camp Champion, the rival camp, where his cooking is actually good.
  • Nate Stone as Timmy, a camper who was kicked out because his parents check bounced and have never got picked up by his parents, he is eager to get in the camp but they always fail resulting him to get lost in the woods and remains "forgotten", but at the end of season three "Up, Up and Away" he decided to give up and is now adopted by the Kikiwaka (the camps mythical ape like creature) and its child "Doug" when they're about to live in a different forest.
  • Lincoln Melcher as Griff (season 2), a juvenile delinquent who is placed in Grizzly Cabin as part of his juvenile hall's Nature Rehabilitation Program during the second season. He eventually decided to change his ways and is now Xander's adopted brother to avoid going back to Juvie.
  • Lily Mae Silverstein as Lydia (seasons 2–3), a camper from Weasel Cabin. Lydia is known for a very dark look such as black lipstick and a bandana, and her aggressive demeanor similar to her followers.

Notable guest stars[edit]

  • Cameron Boyce as Luke,[5][6] the brother of Emma, Ravi, and Zuri who was in summer school at the start of the series and occasionally visits them.
  • Kevin Chamberlin as Bertram,[7] the butler of the Ross family.
  • Christina Moore as Christina,[8] the mother of the Ross siblings and a Camp Kikiwaka alumni.

Production[edit]

The series is a spinoff of Jessie.[9] Bunk'd was renewed for a second season by Disney Channel on February 29, 2016.[10] The second season premiered on August 23, 2016.

The series was renewed for a third season by Disney Channel on August 31, 2017.[11] On June 1, 2018, it was announced that Peyton List, Karan Brar, Skai Jackson, and Miranda May would be returning for the third season and that Raphael Alejandro, Will Buie Jr., and Mallory Mahoney would be joining the cast. The third season premiered on Disney Channel on June 18, 2018. In March 2018, actress Skai Jackson stated in an interview that she was leaving Disney and that Bunk'd would end with the third season.[12] In September 2018, it was confirmed in a report from The Hollywood Reporter that Peyton List would also leave the series after the conclusion of its third season.[13]

On November 15, 2018, it was announced by Disney Channel that the series was renewed for a fourth season. Miranda May, Mallory James Mahoney, Raphael Alejandro, and Will Buie Jr. will be returning for the fourth season, with new unannounced cast also set to star alongside them. Peyton List, Karan Brar, and Skai Jackson will not be returning for the fourth season. Additionally, Andi Mack's Phil Baker and Erin Dunlap will take over as executive producers in the fourth season. Production for the fourth season began in March 2019.[14] On March 18, 2019, it was announced that production on the fourth season had commenced and that Israel Johnson, Shelby Simmons, and Scarlett Estevez were cast in the series.[4] On May 10, 2019, it was announced that the fourth season will premiere on June 20, 2019.[15]

Broadcast[edit]

In Canada, the series premiered on Disney Channel Canada on the second day of the channel's launch on September 2, 2015.[16] The series premiered on Disney Channels in the United Kingdom and Ireland on November 20, 2015,[17] and premiered in Australia and New Zealand on January 14, 2016.[18]

Ratings[edit]

Season Episodes First aired Last aired Avg. viewers
(millions)
Date Viewers
(millions)
Date Viewers
(millions)
1 21 July 31, 2015 (2015-07-31) 4.24[19] May 20, 2016 (2016-05-20) 1.25[20] 1.76
2 21 August 23, 2016 (2016-08-23) 1.35[21] May 24, 2017 (2017-05-24) 0.99[22] 1.23
3 16 June 18, 2018 (2018-06-18) 0.97[23] September 21, 2018 (2018-09-21) 0.65[24] 0.82

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kevin Quinn (July 31, 2015). Kikiwaka (Bunk'd Theme Song). DisneyMusicVEVO. Retrieved August 1, 2015 – via YouTube.
  2. ^ a b "Bunk'd". The Futon Critic. Retrieved September 29, 2018. Current Season: 3 (16 episodes)
  3. ^ a b c "Bunk'd Show Bios". Walt Disney Television Press. Retrieved March 30, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d Bruce Haring (March 18, 2019). "Bunk'd Adds Three New Cast Members for Season 4 on Disney Channel". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 18, 2019.
  5. ^ "Luke's Back". Bunk'd. Season 1. Episode 12. February 12, 2016. Disney Channel.
  6. ^ "Luke Out Below". Bunk'd. Season 2. Episode 6. September 30, 2016. Disney Channel.
  7. ^ "A Bad Case of the Weasels / Griff Is in the House!". Bunk'd. Season 2. Episode 1. August 23, 2016. Disney Channel.
  8. ^ "Mother May I?". Bunk'd. Season 2. Episode 13. March 3, 2017. Disney Channel.
  9. ^ Matt Webb Mitovich (April 24, 2015). "Disney Channel's Jessie Spinoff Gets Title, Premise, Cast Additions". TVLine. Retrieved March 17, 2017.
  10. ^ Denise Petski (February 29, 2016). "Bunk'd, Best Friends Whenever Renewed for Season 2 on Disney Channel". Deadline. Retrieved February 29, 2016.
  11. ^ Denise Petski (August 31, 2017). "Stuck in the Middle, Bunk'd & Walk the Prank Renewed for Season 3 by Disney". Deadline. Retrieved August 31, 2017.
  12. ^ Cindy McLeannen (April 2, 2018). "Bunk'd: No Season Four; Disney Channel Series Ending". TV Series Finale. Retrieved May 21, 2018.
  13. ^ Kevin Rutherford (September 1, 2018). "Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith Dominate Top Actors Social Media Ranking". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 22, 2018. The Disney Channel star revealed she's moving on from the network after the conclusion of Bunk'd later this year...
  14. ^ Erik Pedersen (November 15, 2018). "Bunk'd Renewed for Season 4 on Disney Channel". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 15, 2018.
  15. ^ Andy Swift (May 10, 2019). "Raven's Home Season 3 Gets June Premiere Date on Disney Channel — Plus, Meet the New Bunk'd Mates". TVLine. Retrieved May 10, 2019.
  16. ^ "Get Ready Canada! Disney Channel Arrives on September 1!". Corus Entertainment. August 11, 2015. Retrieved October 11, 2016.
  17. ^ "Welcome to Camp Kikiwaka". TV Guide UK. Retrieved December 26, 2015.
  18. ^ Chuck P (December 24, 2015). "New on Foxtel in January: 200+ Shows Including War and Peace, Legends of Tomorrow and Live Sport". Foxtel. Retrieved December 26, 2015.
  19. ^ Mitch Metcalf (August 3, 2015). "Top 100 Friday Cable Originals & Network Update: 7.31.2015". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved August 24, 2016.
  20. ^ Mitch Metcalf (May 23, 2016). "Top 150 Friday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 5.20.2016". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved May 23, 2016.
  21. ^ Mitch Metcalf (August 24, 2016). "Top 150 Tuesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 8.23.2016". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved August 24, 2016.
  22. ^ Mitch Metcalf (May 25, 2017). "Top 150 Friday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 5.24.2017". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved May 25, 2017.
  23. ^ Mitch Metcalf (June 19, 2018). "Top 150 Monday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 6.18.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved June 19, 2018.
  24. ^ Mitch Metcalf (September 24, 2018). "Top 150 Friday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 9.21.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved September 24, 2018.

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