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Drake & Josh

Drake & Josh is an American sitcom shown on the Nickelodeon television network, starring the two stepbrothers Drake Parker (Drake Bell) and Josh Nichols (Josh Peck). Both stars had already played roles in The Amanda Show, as had Nancy Sullivan, who plays their mother in the show. Jonathan Goldstein plays their father, and Miranda Cosgrove plays their little sister. The show takes place in San Diego but was filmed in Hollywood. Reruns of Drake & Josh are currently appearing on Nickelodeon, YTV and the The N. The show ran from January 2004 to September 2007, but a new "Christmas" movie was recently announced for a broadcast in December 2008.

It was still seen frequently on Nickelodeon in the USA after the cancellation of the series.

Summary

Drake & Josh focuses around the lives of Drake Parker (Drake Bell) and Josh Nichols (Josh Peck), two teenagers who become stepbrothers when Drake's mother, Audrey Parker-Nichols (Nancy Sullivan), and Josh's father, Walter Nichols (Jonathan Goldstein), got married. Drake is portrayed as an easygoing, simple, lucky teenager, while Josh is a smart, unlucky and unpopular teenager. They are often aggravated by Drake's pre-teen sister, Megan Parker (Miranda Cosgrove), who is evil to Drake and Josh. She never gets in trouble because she acts innocent around her parents. Walter, Josh's father, can be described as unlucky and clumsy, like Josh, and an outdated meteorologist, and Audrey, Drake and Megan's mom, is more strict than Walter, and is lucky and easygoing, like Drake. She is the only person in the family unaware of the torture they go through with Megan, as Walter begins to realize Megan is truly evil in seasons 3 and 4. Throughout the series, Drake and Josh go through many conflicts. The conflicts are mainly social, others include school, work and Megan, their "evil" sister.

Main characters

Drake Parker

Drake (Drake Bell) is Josh's easygoing, cool, but immature brother. He is not the best in school and is even hated by almost all of his teachers, especially Mrs. Hayfer. The most important thing in his life is girls; he loves girls, and they love him. He does not have a job and does not really care about school, so he has very little to stress about. He is a singer and guitarist for his band, who, later in the series, gets famous and gets featured on TRL and in shoe commercials aired during the Super Bowl. He has many arguments with Josh, but the two still like each other very much, both as brothers and friends.

Josh Nichols

Josh (Josh Peck) is the educationally successful one, but he is not even close, in the first few seasons, to being the socially successful one. He stresses over school a lot. He is friends with two boys, his age, Craig and Eric, who are often called nerds. Josh has a job at a movie theatre, where he gets an average amount of customers. Later in the series, he begins to date Mindy Crenshaw, who is his academic rival. He is constantly trying to beat her in the Science fair, where she has gained 1st place in for four years. Mindy is also his first girlfriend, where Josh is her first boyfriend. Later in the series, Josh becomes more popular, more lucky, and more people are friends with him.

Megan Parker

Megan (portrayed by actress Miranda Cosgrove) is Drake's sassy and "evil" little sister, who takes after him in the worst ways. She continually pulls pranks on Drake and Josh, and enjoys seeing them suffer. Drake and Josh have tried to foil her plans and convince their parents that she is a demon, but they always fail. Megan is always one step ahead. As stated on season four, her schemes get more complex: from simply putting hot sauce in Drake and Josh's pasta in season one to firing paintballs at them from a custom made radio in season three. She usually calls her two brothers "boobs" as a way of saying they're dumb. She has also been shown to be quite sadistic, hurting and pulling pranks on her older brothers through much of the series, but she loves them, although she rarely admits it. She will also blame the brothers if she does something and gets away with it.

Walter Nichols

Walter (portrayed by actor Jonathan Goldstein) is Josh's father, and Megan and Drake's stepfather, a meteorologist who is often wrong about the weather. Walter is often clumsy, out of date, even seemingly empty-headed (for example, he believed Titanic to be "just a movie" and not real, thought the word touché to be pronounced 'toosh', and thought the word capisce to be pronounced capise). As a result, he lacks the respect of his stepchildren, Drake and Megan (Drake and Megan refuse to call him "Dad" in some episodes and instead calls him by his first name Walter, which stepchildren commonly do). He is also quite clueless in regards to Megan's pranks which have caused Drake and Josh a lot of punishments, although in seasons 3 and 4, Walter slowly begins to notice Megan's evil.

Audrey Parker Nichols

Audrey (portrayed by actress Nancy Sullivan) is the mother of Drake and Megan and the stepmother of Josh. She, too, upsets Walter because of her preference to Bruce Winchill, his rival weatherman. She is usually telling the boys to try not to be so immature. Because Walter is unable to discipline Drake and Josh, she usually has to punish the boys. Her name, never mentioned on the show, (But does appear when the TV's captions are turned on) appears only on the Nick.com webpage. She, along with Walter, always believes Megan instead of Drake and Josh, even when they are telling the truth. It is unknown what her profession is or even if she works, as her job is never mentioned throughout the series.

Recurring characters

  • "Crazy" Steve (portrayed by actor Jerry Trainor) is an employee at The Premiere movie theater. He is hard working and pretty calm at times, that is, until someone (usually Josh) criticizes his work or does something he dislikes, and that is when he goes crazy. He actually quit in his first appearance, leading to Helen offering Josh a job, but showed up again as an employee later in the series. He is unusually nice and polite to Drake's mom. On Mondays, he goes particularly crazy, but calms down when She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain is sung and he gets a drink of milk (usually served warm). The song calms him down because of his father. It's likely Steve had a rough childhood, most likely because of his father, because in the Really Big Shrimp, he is able to vacuum the floor by thinking of the stains on the floor as his father. His favorite show is Dora The Explorer
  • Craig Ramirez and Eric Blonowitz (Alec Medlock and Scott Halberstadt): Craig and Eric are two stereotypical "nerdy" honor students that are always being exploited by Drake, mostly due to Drake's hare-brained schemes. Drake often mixes their names.They appear a few times in Seasons 1 and 2, but appear more frequently in Season 3. Eric left for Puerto Rico in the episode "Dance Contest," even though the episode was set before "Really Big Shrimp" which had both Craig and Eric(possibly due to that the movie premiered before the episode)
  • Mindy Crenshaw (Allison Scagliotti-Smith): Mindy was introduced in the episode Honor Council as Josh's rival at school; in fact, she enjoyed reminding Josh that she had beat him in the science fair for five years straight. Despite this, she eventually became Josh's girlfriend. Though they broke up in Season 4's "Mindy Loves Josh," they get back together in Drake & Josh: Really Big Shrimp.
  • Trevor Wilson (Taran Killam): Trevor Wilson is one of Drake's friends, who appears to be even more unintelligent than Drake. His only appearance is in "Dune Buggy", but he is mentioned a lot throughout the rest of the series.
  • Helen Ophelia Dubois (Yvette Nicole Brown): Helen is the manager at the Premiere theater (a movie theater where Josh (and formerly Drake) has a job), connected to the Premiere Galleria, a mall. She is known for her intimidation factor, due to her loud voice and orders for her employees. She adores Drake but seems to dislike Josh, despite the hard work he puts in at the theater.She also starred in a hit television show as a child, called "Happy Times". Though Yvette Nicole Brown plays Helen normally, Frances Callier filled in for her and portrayed her in the episode "Little Diva". She became married to Buzz Baxter in the episode "Really Big Shrimp".
  • Gavin (Jake Farrow): Gavin works with Josh at The Premiere, and has a mullet-like haircut (in Season 4's "Who's Got Game" he got a perm). A running gag throughout the series involved Helen asking him to tell Josh to clean something unusual in the theater. He then cleans up the mess himself - telling Josh "I got it." He also has a crush on Audrey, Drake and Josh's mother. He can apparently get away with anything at work, like taking a nap on the roof. He first appeared in "Driver's License" and made a final appearance in "Dance Contest", in which he also does an offstage farewell.
  • Leah (Cathy Shim): Leah is an Asian female employee at The Premiere movie theater who appears in Seasons 3, 4 and appears in Really Big Shrimp. She seems to get along well with Josh, but seems to be afraid of Crazy Steve.
  • Mrs. Hayfer (Julia Duffy): Mrs. Alice/Linda Hayfer is Drake and Josh's English teacher who adores Josh (due to his hard-working personality) but loathes Drake because of his consistently poor performance in school. In fact, her catchphrase is "I hate you, Drake", with Drake responding, "I know." Mrs. Hayfer has a daughter named Kelly, who Drake briefly dated, much to the discontent of Mrs. Hayfer.
  • Dr. Glazer (Roark Critchlow): Dr. Jeff Glazer is a doctor who lives across the street from Drake and Josh. He is always called on whenever a serious emergency happens at their house. Although he always seems kind while performing medical procedures for Drake and Josh, he always leaves the two brothers with a ridiculously high bill for his services (he once charged $100 for diagnosing a sheep as pregnant after she had her baby, and an extra $50 not to tell Drake and Josh's parents, and charged $300 for diagnosing Drake's facial rash). He first appeared in "The Bet" and last appeared in "Sheep Thrills".
  • Bruce Winchill: Bruce Winchill is a weather-man who works for Walter's competition's news station. He is never seen on the show, but is mentioned from time to time. He is described by Megan and Audrey as having good-looking hair and is hated by Walter so much that at times he orders his family never to mention his name in the house. Walter lost the Weather Man Award at the "News-ies" to him, because Winchill's forecasts were 100% accurate, compared to Walter's, which are 0-99%.

Crew

Name Position
Dan Schneider Creator
Executive Producer
Writer
Joe Canatia Producer
Robin Weiner Supervising Producer

Episodes

Season Ep # First Airdate Last Airdate
Season 1 6 January 11, 2004 February 22, 2004
Season 2 14 March 14, 2004 November 28, 2004
Season 3 20 April 2, 2005 April 8, 2006
Season 4 20 September 24, 2006 September 16, 2007

TV movies

Movie Airdate Episode #
Drake & Josh Go Hollywood January 6, 2006 Ep 32-34
Drake & Josh: Really Big Shrimp August 3, 2007 Ep 57-58
Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh December, 2008 61-62

DVD releases

Drake & Josh: Vol. 1 Suddenly Brothers

(Release Date February 15, 2005)

Contains 4 episodes:

  • Pilot
  • Dune Buggy
  • Believe Me Brother
  • First Crush

Drake & Josh Go Hollywood

(Release Date January 31, 2006)

  • Contains the movie.
  • Contains 2 bonus episodes; Helen's Surgery & Mindy's Back
  • Contains the Found a Way music video by Drake Bell

Amazon.com

  • Nickelodeon and Amazon.com have struck a deal to produce DVDs of new and old Nickelodeon shows. Amazon will be making the discs, cover art, and disc art themselves. The Best of Drake & Josh Seasons 3 & 4 came out on Amazon.com on Aug 29.

iTunes

Did you know how imagine the television called Drake & Josh on Apple iTunes? The TV show includes iTunes. Drake & Josh is available at standard-defenition television in 2004. The high-definition television in 2007. Drake & Josh on iTunes the list, Season 1 in 2006 episode called "Pilot" and "Grammy", Season 2 in 2006 episode called "The Bet" and "Honor Council (HC)", Season 3 in 2006 episode called "Drake and Josh Inn" (not the real TV episode such as iTunes) and "Dr. Phyliss Show", and Season 4 in 2006 or 2007 episode called "Josh Runs Into Oprah" and "Dance Contest". You need to check at Nickelodeon website, or subscribe through iTunes.

Movies

Drake & Josh Go Hollywood

Drake and Josh are left at home after their parents go on a cruise. They are told to bring Megan to the airport to visit her friend in Denver, but accidentally send her on a flight to Los Angeles. They go to Hollywood to get her back, and end up stopping a multi-billion dollar heist and booking a guest-spot for Drake on TRL. The movie aired on January 6, 2006, and, according to TV Guide, it became the highest rated program on all of cable during its opening week.

Drake & Josh: Really Big Shrimp

Spin City Records wants to sign Drake for his new song " Makes me Happy " for their label. He is on the road to fame and fortune, but Josh's inexperience as a manager leads him to sign the contract without reading it (having been drooling over the really big shrimp at the meeting), accidentally signing over creative rights for Drake's new song. Drake fires Josh, and a series of bizarre events follow. Meanwhile at the Premiere, Helen is getting married, so she gives Mindy Crenshaw the job as assistant manager, the job Josh was after for a long time. Later, Josh Nichols sneaks into Spin City Records and switches songs, which was against the law. This makes Drake a statewide superstar and his song "Makes Me Happy" gets played at Helen's wedding and at the Super Bowl. The movie aired on August 3, 2007. However, it is also considered an hour-length episode because it is treated like a typical episode with story elements based on films. The movie's premiere brought in 5.8 million viewers.

Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh

A new Drake & Josh TV movie tentatively entitled "Drake and Josh: Best Christmas Ever" began production in July 2008, with its premiere to be sometime in December 2008. Creator Dan Schneider is set to return as executive producer, with Marjorie Cohn and Lauren Levine co-executive producing. Michael Grossman is set to direct the feature. The film centers around Drake and Josh, who are working as Santa's helpers in a mall, as they promise a little girl that her foster parents and siblings will have "the best Christmas ever"—and then try to fulfill that promise.

Games

Two video games based on Drake & Josh have been released on the Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS. The games are based on the Drake & Josh series.

The list of games are published by THQ.

Books

A book series based on Drake & Josh has been published by children's publisher Scholastic since 2006. The books are generally based upon content from the show and essentially novelize two episodes of material, with one being a novelization of a feature length film.

The books are written by author Laurie Calkhoven.

  • Blues Brothers, based on the episodes titled "Blues Brothers" and "Number One Fan"
  • Sibling Revalry, based on the episodes titled "The Bet" and "Peruvian Puff Pepper"
  • Drake & Josh Go Hollywood, based on the movie Drake & Josh Go Hollywood
  • Kid Trouble, based on the episodes "Megan's New Teacher" and "Little Sibling"
  • Alien Invasion, based on the episodes "Alien Invasion" and "The Demonator"
  • Surprise!, based on the episodes "Josh Runs Into Oprah" and "Vicious Tiberius"
  • Josh is Done, based on the episodes "Josh is Done" and "I Love Sushi"
  • Brother vs. Brother, based on episodes "Foam Finger" and "Dance Contest"
  • Really Big Shrimp, based on the episode "Drake & Josh: Really Big Shrimp"
  • Mindy, based on the episodes "Honor Council" and "Mindy's Back"
  • Sky Divers, based on the episodes "Helicopter" and "Tree House"

Awards

References

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