The Suite Life of Zack & Cody

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The Suite Life of Zack & Cody
The Suite Life of Zack & Cody logo.png
GenreSitcom
Created byDanny Kallis
Jim Geoghan
Starring
Theme music composerGary Scott (music)
John Adair &
Steve Hampton (lyrics)
Opening theme"Here I Am" performed by Loren Ellis and The Drew Davis Band
Ending theme"Here I Am" (instrumental)
ComposerGary S. Scott
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes87 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
ProducerWalter Barnett
CinematographyAlan Keath Walker
EditorsKelly Sandefur
Jim Miley
Camera setupVideotape, multi-camera
Running time22–23 minutes
Production companyIt's a Laugh Productions
Release
Original networkDisney Channel
Picture formatNTSC
Original releaseMarch 18, 2005 (2005-03-18) –
September 1, 2008 (2008-09-01)
Chronology
Followed byThe Suite Life on Deck (2008–11)
Related showsThe Suite Life of Karan & Kabir
External links
Website

The Suite Life of Zack & Cody is an American sitcom created by Danny Kallis and Jim Geoghan. The series aired on Disney Channel from March 18, 2005, to September 1, 2008. The series was nominated for an Emmy Award three times and was also nominated for a Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award three times.

The series is set in the Tipton Hotel in Boston and centers on Zack and Cody Martin (Dylan and Cole Sprouse), a set of twin brothers who live at the Tipton Hotel. The series' other main characters include the Tipton hotel's heiress London Tipton (Brenda Song), the hotel's candy counter girl Maddie Fitzpatrick (Ashley Tisdale), the manager, Mr. Marion Moseby (Phill Lewis), and the boys' single mother who is also the Hotel's lounge singer, Carey Martin (Kim Rhodes). The series is the third Disney Channel Original to have more than 65 episodes, after That's So Raven and Kim Possible.[1]

The Suite Life launched a sequel series, also starring the Sprouse twins in their respective roles as Zack and Cody, called The Suite Life on Deck, which aired on Disney Channel from 2008 to 2011. A TV movie based on both series, The Suite Life Movie, premiered on Disney Channel on March 25, 2011.

Premise[edit]

The Suite Life of Zack & Cody centers on Zack and Cody Martin, twin brothers who live in the Tipton Hotel (a parody of the Hilton Hotel) in Boston, where their mother Carey sings and performs in the hotel lounge. The series also follows the hotel owner's teenage daughter London Tipton (a parody of Paris Hilton), the hotel's candy-counter girl, Maddie Fitzpatrick,[2] and Mr. Moseby, the hotel manager, who is often the foil to Zack and Cody's schemes.

The show is often set at the Tipton Hotel, but has other settings such as Zack and Cody's school, Cheevers High,[3] and Maddie and London's private school, Our Lady of Perpetual Sorrow Catholic.[4] Zack and Cody often get in trouble and come up with ideas to get out of it. In the 3rd season the show is also set at the store Zack and Cody work for: Paul Revere Mini Mart, and the camp that Maddie works for: Camp Heaven on Earth.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

Bottom row (from left to right): Carey Martin, London Tipton, Maddie Fitzpatrick and Mr. Moseby. Top row (from left to right): Arwin Hawkhauser, Zack Martin, Cody Martin and Esteban Ramirez.
  • Cole Sprouse portrays Cody Martin, the mature, and smarter twin. He is a "straight A" student. In the first season of the show, it was revealed that Cody is the more gentle twin compared to his brother and somehow always gets talked into going along with Zack's schemes.
  • Dylan Sprouse portrays Zack Martin, the self-centered, outgoing, older twin, who usually dresses in skater and baggy-camo clothes. In the first season of the show it was revealed that Zack is ten minutes older than Cody, as he was born at 6:30 and Cody at 6:40[5]
  • Brenda Song portrays London Tipton, the only daughter of Wilfred Tipton, the owner of the Tipton Hotel. London is a teenager with her own private suite at the Tipton Hotel in Boston, complete with a large wardrobe with several divisions (each with their own talking mirror) and a kitchen. London loves fashion; she only wears designer clothes and hates plaid, especially plaid Catholic school uniforms. She does not have a nanny, or any other adult, to help her but relies on the Tipton Hotel Staff for any assistance or guidance. She dislikes her step-moms (previous and current) and usually talks to Mr. Moseby and Maddie about her problems. When happy she always claps her hands repeatedly while saying her catchphrase, "Yay me!" She also has her own web show called Yay Me! Starring London Tipton that exists both within the program and in the real world. Though it seems like London may lead the ultimate rich-girl life, her childhood was not perfect. London is a shopaholic who shops to fill the void of lack of attention from her father.
  • Ashley Tisdale portrays Maddie Fitzpatrick, the teenage candy-counter girl at the Tipton Hotel and London's best friend, who throughout the series holds several other jobs/positions including a cashier at the Cluck Bucket and manager on the Camp Tipton Daycare Center. She also visits Antarctica during the series to help save the penguins. While she comes from a lower-class family, Maddie is hard-working, outspoken, and intelligent. Like Esteban, it is shown she has an incredibly long name; in the episode "Pilot Your Own Life", it is revealed to be Madeline Margaret Genevieve Miranda Catherine Fitzpatrick.[6] She attends private school at "Our Lady of Perpetual Sorrow" and later attends "Cheevers High". Maddie is London's closest friend, though London often treats her like a servant, as in the episode "Footloser", usually bribing her with money. Maddie also babysat Zack and Cody throughout season one. Zack has a huge crush on her in Season One, however the crush is less visible during the other two seasons.
  • Phill Lewis portrays Mr. Marion Moseby, the stern and uptight manager of the Tipton Hotel, who speaks with a large vocabulary and an urbane vernacular, and is often annoyed by Zack's and Cody's schemes. It is later revealed that his first name is Marion and the majority of the other characters often made fun of his masculinity because of his feminine name, as well as his experience as a ballet dancer. His repeated catchphrases, "Good luck with that", "Pish posh", and "If you'll excuse me", have become his trademark. Though he acts as though he does not care about the boys, he actually has a great deal of affection for them. In the episode "The Ghost of 613", it is revealed that he started out at the Tipton as a bellhop back in the 1970s, and had a "voluminous 'fro". Mr. Moseby is more of a father to London than her own, because Mr. Tipton is seldom around. He was also known as the "Meanager", due to his stern persona. Mr Moseby also makes a brief appearance in the Disney Channel sitcom Jessie where it is revealed that he now manages the Tipton Hotel in New York.[7]
  • Kim Rhodes portrays Carey Martin, the single working mother of Zack and Cody. She is the hotel's lounge singer. She and her sons traveled to several cities before arriving at the Boston Tipton Hotel, which she calls the "best gig we've ever had". She was married to Kurt Martin, but they divorced after the twins were born for unstated reasons.

Recurring[edit]

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
126March 18, 2005 (2005-03-18)January 27, 2006 (2006-01-27)
239February 3, 2006 (2006-02-03)June 2, 2007 (2007-06-02)
322June 23, 2007 (2007-06-23)September 1, 2008 (2008-09-01)

Crossover with That's So Raven and Hannah Montana

The episode "That's So Suite Life of Hannah Montana" is the second part of a three-way crossover that begins on That's So Raven and concludes on Hannah Montana. Raven Baxter meets Zack and Cody as she visits the Tipton Hotel to do a photo shoot promoting a new fashion line for boys, only to have a troubling psychic vision of Cody. In the meantime, London refuses to wear one of Raven's original designs until Hannah Montana stops by and shows an interest in the fashions.

Sequel series, film and adaptation[edit]

The Suite Life on Deck is a sequel to The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, that debuted on Disney Channel on September 26, 2008, set on a cruise ship with Zack, Cody, and London attending a semester-at-sea program, while Mr. Moseby manages the ship. Debby Ryan joins the cast as Bailey Pickett, who becomes Zack and Cody's friend (and Cody's girlfriend) and London's friend and roommate.[8] The series also introduces Doc Shaw as Marcus Little, a former superstar who lost his fame after his voice changed. While an attempted spin-off, Arwin!, which was to star Selena Gomez and Brian Stepanek, was not picked up by Disney Channel,[9] The Suite Life on Deck skipped the pilot process and went straight to the series. The Suite Life on Deck eventually ended on May 6, 2011.

On September 20, 2010, Disney Channel announced that production has begun for a Disney Channel Original Movie based on The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and The Suite Life on Deck.[10] The Suite Life Movie premiered on Disney Channel in the United States and Canada on March 25, 2011.[11]

An Indian adaptation of the show, titled The Suite Life of Karan & Kabir, premiered on Disney Channel India on April 8, 2012. It ran for two seasons and ended on January 19, 2014.[12]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2006 Young Hollywood Awards Superstar of Tomorrow Brenda Song Won[citation needed]
Role Model Award Brenda Song Won[citation needed]
Asian Excellence Awards Outstanding Newcomer Award Brenda Song Nominated[13]
Young Artist Awards Best Performance In A TV Series (Comedy or Drama) – Leading Young Actor Cole & Dylan Sprouse Nominated[14]
Emmy Awards Outstanding Choreography Travis Payne (Episode: Commercial Breaks) Nominated[15]
2007 2007 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite TV Show The Suite Life of Zack & Cody Nominated[16][17]
Favorite TV Actor Cole Sprouse Nominated[16][17]
Young Artist Awards Best Performance In A TV Series (Comedy or Drama) – Leading Young Actor Cole Sprouse Nominated[18]
Dylan Sprouse Nominated[18]
Best Performance In A TV Series (Comedy or Drama) – Guest Starring Young Actress Alyson Stoner Nominated[18]
Sammi Hanratty Nominated[18]
Monet Monico Won[18]
Best Performance In A TV Series (Comedy or Drama) – Recurring Young Actor Charley Stewart Nominated[18]
Best Performance In A TV Series (Comedy or Drama) – Recurring Young Actress Sophie Oda Nominated[18]
Best Family Television Series (Comedy) The Suite Life of Zack & Cody Won[18]
Emmy Awards Outstanding Children's Program The Suite Life of Zack & Cody Nominated[19]
2008 2008 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite TV Show The Suite Life of Zack & Cody Nominated[20][21]
Favorite TV Actor Cole Sprouse Nominated[20][21]
Dylan Sprouse Nominated[20][21]
2008 UK Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Kids' TV Show The Suite Life of Zack & Cody Nominated[22][23]
Favorite Male TV Star Dylan Sprouse Nominated[22][23]
2008 Australian Kids' Choice Awards Fave International TV Star Ashley Tisdale Nominated[24][25]
Young Artist Awards Best Performance In A TV Series – Recurring Young Actress Sammi Hanratty Nominated[26]
Alyson Stoner Nominated[26]
Emmy Awards Outstanding Children's Program The Suite Life of Zack & Cody Nominated[27]
2009 2009 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite TV Show The Suite Life of Zack & Cody Nominated[28][29]
Favorite TV Actor Cole Sprouse Nominated[28][29]
Dylan Sprouse Won[29]
Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV series – Guest Starring Young Actor Hunter Gomez Nominated[30]
The 10th Annual Crown Awards Best Hairstyle on Television Brenda Song Won[31]

Broadcast[edit]

Country / region Network(s) Series premiere Source(s)
Australia, New Zealand Disney Channel Australia & New Zealand April 15, 2005 [32]

Other media[edit]

Novels[edit]

The Suite Life of Zack & Cody had a number of novels based on episodes of the series, as well as original books.[33]

Merchandise[edit]

The series has spawned three video games entitled The Suite Life of Zack & Cody: Tipton Caper for the Game Boy Advance, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody: Tipton Trouble, and The Suite Life of Zack & Cody: Circle of Spies for the Nintendo DS. They were developed by Artificial Mind and Movement and published by Buena Vista Games, with the exception of Circle of Spies, which was published by Disney Interactive Studios.

Disney Press has released several books based on the shows including The Suite Life of Zack & Cody: Tipton Caper, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody: Tipton Trouble, and The Suite Life of Zack & Cody: Circle of Spies novels based on the television episode and the video game.[34] Merchandise based on the series include clothing, bags, bedding, and toys.

References[edit]

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  3. ^ Zack and Cody episode: "Election"
  4. ^ Zack and Cody episode: "Forever Plaid"
  5. ^ Suite Life on Deck episode: Bermuda Triangle – Cody says that he was born at 6:40, Zack says that he was born at 6:30
  6. ^ "Pilot Your Own Life". The Suite Life of Zack & Cody. Season 1. Episode 23. January 6, 2006. 9:40 minutes in. Disney Channel.
  7. ^ Koherr, Bob (March 27, 2015), Karate Kid-tastrophe (Comedy, Family), Debby Ryan, Peyton List, Cameron Boyce, Karan Brar, retrieved October 30, 2020
  8. ^ Zack & Cody Spin-off Is Afloat Archived August 18, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. TV Guide.
  9. ^ "Disney Society". Disney Society. Archived from the original on August 17, 2009. Retrieved March 18, 2009.
  10. ^ Macdonald, Malcolm (September 20, 2010). "Production to Begin on The Suite Life Movie For Disney Channel". The Walt Disney Company. Archived from the original (DOC) on July 10, 2011. Retrieved October 30, 2010.
    "Production to Begin on The Suite Life Movie For Disney Channel". Disney Channel Medianet. Disney Channel. Archived from the original on October 5, 2010. Retrieved October 30, 2010.
    Seidman, Robert (September 20, 2010). "Production to Begin on The Suite Life Movie For Disney Channel". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 30, 2010.
  11. ^ "Zack & Cody Continue The 'Suite' Adventure With The Premiere Of "The Suite Life Movie", Friday, March 25 On Disney Channel". The Walt Disney Company. February 3, 2011. Archived from the original (DOC) on July 10, 2011. Retrieved March 25, 2011.
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  13. ^ "Asian Excellence Awards Nominees" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on March 6, 2006.
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  15. ^ "Outstanding Choreography 2006". Emmys.com.
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  22. ^ a b "Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards UK 2008 Nominees Press Release".
  23. ^ a b "2008 Nickelodeon UK KCAs: The Show And The Winners!".
  24. ^ "WWE® SUPERSTAR JOHN CENA® TO CO-HOST AT NICKELODEON KIDS' CHOICE AWARDS 2008". Archived from the original on September 4, 2012.
  25. ^ "Australia: Winners at the 2008 Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards". Archived from the original on July 10, 2011.
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  31. ^ "The 10th Annual Crown Awards".
  32. ^ Hooks, Barbara (April 14, 2005). "Pay TV – Friday". The Age. Melbourne, Australia: Fairfax Media. p. 18. Archived from the original on March 6, 2012. Retrieved January 11, 2010.
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  34. ^ "Amazon, March 13, 2007". September 9, 2009. Retrieved September 5, 2010.

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