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Created byPamela Eells O'Connell
StarringDebby Ryan
Peyton List
Cameron Boyce
Karan Brar
Skai Jackson
Kevin Chamberlin
Theme music composerToby Gad & Lindy Robbins
Opening theme"Hey Jessie", performed by Debby Ryan
Composer(s)John Adair & Steve Hampton
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes19 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)Pamela Eells O'Connell
Production location(s)Hollywood Center Studios, Hollywood, California
Camera setupVideotape (filmized);
Running time22-24 minutes
Production company(s)It's a Laugh Productions
Bon Mot Productions
Disney Channel Original Productions
Original networkDisney Channel
Picture format480i (SDTV)
720p (HDTV)
Original releaseSeptember 30, 2011 (2011-09-30) –
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Jessie (stylized as JESSIE) is an American television sitcom which premiered on September 30, 2011 on the Disney Channel.[1][2] The series was created and executive produced by Pamela Eells O'Connell and stars Debby Ryan as Jessie, 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.[3][4][5] On March 11, 2012, Disney announced that Jessie had been renewed for a second season and that a telefilm based on the series was in development.[6]


The series follows Jessie, an 18-year-old small town girl with big dreams who, rebelling against her strict Marine Sergeant 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 East Side with the wealthy Ross family which includes: jet-setting parents, Morgan and Christina; and their four rambunctious children: Emma, Luke, Ravi and Zuri; along with the family pet (and Ravi's companion) Mr. Kipling, a seven-foot monitor lizard. 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, the family’s sarcastic butler, and Tony, the building's 20-year-old doorman.[3][4][5][7][8][9][10]



The series was created by Pamela Eells O'Connell who'd 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.[11][12][13] O'Connell is said to have developed Jessie specifically to showcase Ryan's talent.[14] 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'".[14] 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."[15][16]


The cast in December 2011

With Ryan signed on, Disney Channel began the search to cast the Ross family in May 2011.[17] Before casting was finalized, there were numerous differences in the original concept for several of the characters.[17] 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.[3][17][18] 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.[19] 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."[19]


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.[18][20] 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.[4][7] 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.[16] 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."[21]

Cast and characters

Main characters

JessieMr. KiplingZuriLukeRaviEmmaBertram
Main characters of Jessie (Use cursor to identify)
  • Jessie Prescott[22] (Debby Ryan), an idealistic and resourceful 18-year-old from a military base in rural Texas. Rebelling against her father, a strict Marine Sergeant, Jessie moved to New York City to realize her dreams, becoming nanny to the four Ross children.[5][7][8][9][10][23]
  • Emma Ross (Peyton List), a bubbly (yet cynical) 13-year-old girl, eager to reorder the world to the way she sees fit. Emma is the oldest and only biological child of the Ross children.[5][7][8][9][24]
  • Luke Ross (Cameron Boyce), a mischievous 12-year-old boy adopted at the age of five from Detroit who has a passion for video games and break-dancing. He considers himself a ladies' man, having taken a liking to Jessie in particular, though in one episode, she points out that "All my boyfriends have to be at least 18 - and human." (referring to Mr. Kipling, who is not human).[5][7][8][9][25]
  • Ravi Ross (Karan Brar), a 10-year-old boy from India and the newest adoptee of the Ross family. He is imbued with the culture of his beloved homeland, but is thrilled with his new life in America.[5][7][8][9][26]
  • Zuri Ross (Skai Jackson), an imaginative 7-year-old girl adopted at birth from Africa. She is highly creative and has an array of imaginary friends and pets.[5][7][8][9][27]
  • Bertram (Kevin Chamberlin), the frosty butler of the Ross family, who begrudgingly helps Jessie navigate her job as nanny to the four Ross children. In one episode, his hoarding obsession is revealed.[5][7][8][9][28]

Recurring characters

  • Tony (Chris Galya), the 20-year-old doorman in the building where the Ross family lives who helps Jessie navigate her adventures in the big city. He also starts to date Jessie in episode 13, of season 1. [5][7][8][9]
  • Morgan Ross (Charles Esten), father to the four Ross children and a famous movie director.[5][7][8][9]
  • Christina Ross (Christina Moore), mother to the four Ross children and a former supermodel turned business magnate. [5][7][8][9]
  • Mr. Kipling (Frank) is the Ross family's house pet, a seven-foot Asian water monitor lizard brought from India by Ravi when he came to America.[5][7][8][9]
  • Mrs. Rhoda Chesterfield (Carolyn Hennesy), the cold-blooded head of the condo board in the building where the Ross family lives, and the main antagonist of the series. Her first spat with Jessie and the Ross clan involved Mr. Kipling tearing her clothes up in the elevator.
  • Officer Petey (Joey Richter), a police officer who is strangely obsessed with the performing arts.[29]
  • Nanny Agatha (Jennifer Veal), who forbids her from taking the Ross kids to Central Park. She ends up putting pictures of Jessie online that makes her look like a bad nanny.


SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
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)
326October 5, 2013 (2013-10-05)November 28, 2014 (2014-11-28)
420January 9, 2015 (2015-01-09)October 16, 2015 (2015-10-16)


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.[30][31] 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.[30][31]


Year Award Category Recipient(s) Result Ref.
2012 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Series - Supporting Young Actor Karan Brar Won [32]

International release

Country / Region Channel Series premiere Title in country
 United States Disney Channel September 30, 2011 Jessie
 Canada Family
 Brazil Disney Channel Brazil September 30, 2011 (Sneak peek)
December 5, 2011 (Premiere)
Disney Channel Latin America
 Singapore Disney Channel Asia December 17, 2011
Arab League Arab World Disney Channel Middle East December 31, 2011 Jessie
 France Disney Channel France January 3, 2012[33]
 Spain Disney Channel Spain February 3, 2012 (Sneak Peek)
February 10, 2012 (Premiere)[34]
 Portugal Disney Channel Portugal February 10, 2012
 United Kingdom Disney Channel UK and Ireland January 29, 2012 (Sneak peek)
February 17, 2012 (Premiere)
 Germany Disney Channel Germany January 28, 2012 (Sneak peek)
February 25, 2012 (Premiere)
 Malaysia Disney Channel Malaysia March 2, 2012
Disney Channel Asia
 Ukraine Disney Channel Ukraine March 10, 2012 Джессі
 Bulgaria Disney Channel Bulgaria December 23, 2011 (Sneak peek)
March 10, 2012 (Premiere)
Disney Channel Greece Jessie
 Italy Disney Channel Italy
 Poland Disney Channel Poland
 Romania Disney Channel Romania
 Turkey Disney Channel Turkey
 Czech Republic Disney Channel Czech Republic December 31, 2011 (Sneak Peek)
March 10, 2012 (Premiere)
 Hungary Disney Channel Hungary
 Kazakhstan Disney Channel Kazakhstan April 1, 2012 (Premiere) Джесиi
Disney Channel Netherlands and Flanders March 23, 2012 (Sneak peek)
April 20, 2012 (Premiere)
Disney Channel Scandinavia April 27, 2012
 Russia Disney Channel Unknown Джесси


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