Drake & Josh

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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"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)
Production location(s)Nickelodeon on Sunset,
Hollywood, California
Sunset Bronson Studios,
Hollywood, California (Season 3 only)
Camera setupVideotape; Multi-camera
(used FilmLook profilmized appearance afterwards)
Running timeapprox. 23 minutes
Production company(s)Schneider's Bakery
Nickelodeon Productions
DistributorMTV Networks International[1]
Release
Original networkNickelodeon
Picture formatSD: 480i (Season 1)
HD: 720p/1080i (Seasons 2-4 and some films)
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseJanuary 11, 2004 (2004-01-11) – September 16, 2007 (2007-09-16)
External links
Website

Drake & Josh is an American television 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 Miranda Cosgrove, Nancy Sullivan, and Jonathan Goldstein.

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 in 4 seasons. It also had three TV films: Drake & Josh Go Hollywood (2006), Really Big Shrimp (2007), and Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh (2008).

The series' opening theme song, "Found a Way", is written by Drake Bell and Backhouse Mike and performed by Bell.

Plot[edit]

Drake Parker and Josh Nichols live in San Diego, California, with Josh's awkward father Walter; Drake's loving mother Audrey; and their manipulative and conniving younger sister Megan. Drake is a popular, yet immature aspiring musician idolized by his schoolmates, and Josh Nichols is a smart and responsible person with situations affecting his daily goals, but has trouble with dating and popularity. The two boys are often involved in multiple comedic misadventures and obstacles while also handling an array of teenage situations.

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

Recurring[edit]

Episodes[edit]

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)

Films[edit]

Drake & Josh Go Hollywood (2006)[edit]

The boys are left at home in San Diego 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. Drake and Josh go to Hollywood to get Megan back, 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". 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 police officer interferes. While the boys are not enjoying their time, Audrey and Walter are feeling worse on their vacation because they have to stay in a hut while in a hurricane.[2]

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.

Broadcast history[edit]

United States:

United Kingdom and Ireland:

Canada:

Australia and New Zealand:

Latin America:

Brazil:

Africa:

Home media[edit]

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: 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[edit]

Critical[edit]

Ratings[edit]

Drake & Josh became one of Nickelodeon's top-rated shows,[citation needed] often being listed as one of the most successful in terms of ratings along with other live action Nickelodeon productions.[3] It became well known over its run, and proved to be popular with younger viewers.[4] According to creator Dan Schneider, Drake & Josh had its highest ratings in its final season, and ended due to a collective decision from the creative forces behind the show.[5]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2005 2005 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite TV Show Drake & Josh Nominated[6][7]
2006 2006 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite TV Show Drake & Josh Won[8]
Favorite TV Actor Drake Bell Won[8]
2006 Australian Kids' Choice Awards Fave TV Show Drake & Josh Nominated[9]
2007 2007 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite TV Show Drake & Josh Nominated[10][11]
Favorite TV Actor Drake Bell Won[11]
2007 UK Kids' Choice Awards Best TV Show Drake & Josh Won[12]
Best TV Actor Drake Bell Nominated[12]
2007 Australian Kids' Choice Awards Fave Nick Show Drake & Josh Won[13]
Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) - Supporting Young Actress Miranda Cosgrove Nominated[14]
Casting Society of America Best Casting - Children's TV Programming Krisha Bullock Nominated[15]
2008 2008 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite TV Show Drake & Josh Won[16]
Favorite TV Actor Drake Bell Won[16]
Josh Peck Nominated[17]
2008 UK Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Kids' TV Show Drake & Josh Won[18]
Favorite Male TV Star Josh Peck Won[18]
2008 Australian Kids' Choice Awards Fave Comedy Show Drake & Josh Won[19]
Fave International TV Star Drake Bell Nominated[19][20]
2009 2009 Australian Kids' Choice Awards Fave Comedy Show Drake & Josh Nominated[21]
Fave International TV Star Drake Bell Won[21]
2010 2010 Australian Kids' Choice Awards Big Kid Award Drake Bell Won[22]
Kids Choice Awards Mexico Favorite International Character Male Drake Bell Won[23]

Other media[edit]

Music[edit]

Name Notes
"Found a Way" The opening theme song of the TV series by Drake Bell. Music video directed by Joey Boukadakis.[24]
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 games[edit]

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

Books[edit]

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"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MTV at Mip TV". Television Business International (Market news ed.). 16 (3): 27. March 1, 2004.
  2. ^ "The Holidays Come Early for Drake & Josh Fans!". Bloomberg L.P. (Press release). Viacom. June 12, 2008. Retrieved June 12, 2008.
  3. ^ "IMDb Permalink; Kpf Exclusive: "iCarly" and "Victorious" Creator Shares How to Make a Successful TV Series!". KidsPickFlicks.com. 3 January 2011. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  4. ^ "TeenNick's 'The '90s Are All That' Block Takes MTV Newsers Back To The Good Old Days". MTV News. July 26, 2011. Retrieved 4 August 2018. Shows like "iCarly," "Drake and Josh" and "Victorious" are wildly popular with the younger generation,[...]
  5. ^ Schneider, Dan. "FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions (and MY ANSWERS!)". DanSchneider. Blogspot. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
  6. ^ "2005 Nickelodeon Host/Nominees Release". Archived from the original on September 5, 2014.
  7. ^ "2005 Kids' Choice Awards Winners".
  8. ^ a b "Winners Release - Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2006 Press Site". Retrieved September 11, 2015.
  9. ^ "Viacom - News Release". Retrieved September 11, 2015.
  10. ^ "2007 Host/Nominees Release / Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2007 Press Kit". Retrieved September 11, 2015.
  11. ^ a b "2007 KCA Winners Release / Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2007 Press Kit". Retrieved September 11, 2015.
  12. ^ a b "In full: Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards UK winners". Digital Spy. Retrieved September 11, 2015.
  13. ^ "Nickelodeon's Australian Kids' Choice Awards / 2007 KCA Around the World / Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2007 Press Kit". Retrieved September 11, 2015.
  14. ^ "28th Annual Young Artist Awards - Nominations / Special Awards". Retrieved September 11, 2015.
  15. ^ "Casting Society of America, USA". Retrieved September 11, 2015.
  16. ^ a b "Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards – 2008 Winners List – Pictures and Video - Allie is Wired". Archived from the original on July 6, 2014. Retrieved September 11, 2015.
  17. ^ "Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2008 Press Kit". Retrieved September 11, 2015.
  18. ^ a b POPSUGAR Celebrity UK. "Winners And Photos From Inside The 2008 Nickelodeon UK Kids' Choice Awards, Feat Evanna Lynch, Bonnie Wright, Josh Peck, McFly". POPSUGAR Celebrity UK. Retrieved September 11, 2015.
  19. ^ a b WWE Corporate - WWE® Superstar John Cena® to co-host at Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards 2008 Archived September 4, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  20. ^ Australia: Winners at the 2008 Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards Archived July 10, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  21. ^ a b 2009 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Winners! - Take 40 Archived March 15, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  22. ^ Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2010 Winners List & Orange Carpet Video! - Take 40 Archived September 26, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  23. ^ "Ganadores Kids Choice Awards Mexico". Retrieved September 11, 2015.
  24. ^ HowloftheJackal (2011-06-23), Drake and Josh - "I Found A Way", retrieved 2016-06-24

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