Drake & Josh

Drake & Josh
Genre Sitcom
Created by Dan Schneider
Starring Drake Bell
Josh Peck
Nancy Sullivan
Jonathan Goldstein
Miranda Cosgrove
Theme music composer Drake Bell
Backhouse Mike
Opening theme "Found a Way"
performed by Drake Bell
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 57 (list of episodes)
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)
Location(s) Nickelodeon on Sunset,
Hollywood, California
Sunset Bronson Studios,
Hollywood, California (Season 3 only)
Camera setup Videotape; Multi-camera
(used FilmLook processing in season 1, filmized appearance afterwards)
Running time approx. 23 minutes
Production company(s) Schneider's Bakery
Nickelodeon Productions
Distributor MTV Networks International[1]
Original network Nickelodeon
Picture format SD: 480i/576i (Seasons 1–4)
HD: 720p/1080i (Season 4 and some films)
Audio format Stereo
Original release January 11, 2004 (2004-01-11) – September 16, 2007 (2007-09-16)
External links

Drake & Josh is an American television sitcom created by Dan Schneider for Nickelodeon. The series follows the lives of two teenage boys with opposite personalities, Drake Parker (Drake Bell) and Josh Nichols (Josh Peck), who become stepbrothers. Both actors previously appeared in The Amanda Show along with Nancy Sullivan, who plays Audrey, Drake and Megan's mother in the series. Miranda Cosgrove plays Megan, Drake's mischievous younger sister, and Jonathan Goldstein plays Walter, Josh's father. The series' opening theme song, "Found a Way", is written by Drake Bell and Backhouse Mike and performed by Bell. The series ran from January 11, 2004, to September 16, 2007, totaling 57 episodes in 4 seasons. It also had two TV films: Drake & Josh Go Hollywood and Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh.


The series is focused on a pair of stepbrothers who have opposite personalities. Drake Parker is a popular but immature aspiring musician idolized by his schoolmates and able to court a countless array of girls with ease, whereas Josh Nichols has trouble with dating and popularity. Drake and Josh live in San Diego, California, with Josh's awkward, unfortunate, geeky father, a weatherman named Walter; Drake's loving mother Audrey; and manipulative and conniving younger sister Megan. The boys are often involved in comedic misadventures and obstacles while also handling teenage situations such as school, dating, and popularity. Over the course of the series, character changes of both Josh and Drake, and their relationship, develop: Josh loses weight and becomes more popular, while Drake matures and becomes more caring towards other people, especially his stepbrother, whom he eventually calls his "brother" instead of "stepbrother."

A notable running joke on the series is the presence of parodies of various well-known brands, TV shows, Films, or people. Such parodies include Mountain Fizz, a parody of Mountain Dew, the GameSphere, a parody of the Nintendo GameCube and the Gary Coleman Grill, a parody of the George Foreman Grill.


Main cast

Actors/actresses Characters Appearances in other shows created by Dan Schneider
Drake Bell Drake Parker Bell makes a cameo appearance on iCarly as Drake Parker, was a guest star on Zoey 101 for "Spring Fling" and guest starred on Victorious, and was on All That. He was also a cast member on The Amanda Show along with Josh Peck and Nancy Sullivan.
Josh Peck Josh Nichols Peck was a cast member on The Amanda Show along with Drake Bell and Nancy Sullivan during the second and third seasons, and had a cameo appearance on Victorious in "Wok Star" as himself.
Nancy Sullivan Audrey Parker-Nichols Sullivan was a cast member of The Amanda Show along with Drake Bell and Josh Peck; she was also Mr. Bender's wife on Zoey 101. Josh's step-mother.
Jonathan Goldstein Walter Nichols
Miranda Cosgrove Megan Parker Cosgrove was the star of iCarly, and she also appeared as Paige Howard on Zoey 101.

Recurring cast

Actors/actresses Characters Appearances in other shows created by Dan Schneider
Alec Medlock Craig Ramirez Medlock appears in iCarly at Webicon, and was a host of All That in 2005
Scott Halberstadt Eric Blonowitz Halberstadt appears in iCarly at Webicon.
Allison Scagliotti Mindy Crenshaw Scagliotti appears in Zoey 101 as Stacy in the episode "Backpack".
Yvette Nicole Brown Helen Dubois Brown appears in one episode of Victorious as Helen Dubois, the new principal of Hollywood Arts and during an un-credited cameo in iCarly as an art student.
Jerry Trainor Crazy Steve Trainor appears in iCarly as Spencer Shay, reuniting with Miranda as Carly Shay. Trainor later would go on to have his own show on Nick called Wendell & Vinnie and voice as Dudley Puppy in T.U.F.F. Puppy. He also made a cameo voice-over in "Sam and Cat" where the signature Premiere vest was shown in the episode "#SuperPsycho"
Jake Farrow Gavin Mitchell Farrow appears in iCarly at Webicon and voices Rex in Victorious, as confirmed by co-star Ariana Grande.
Julia Duffy Mrs. Hayfer
Cathy Shim Leah


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)
420September 24, 2006 (2006-09-24)September 16, 2007 (2007-09-16)
Films2 filmsJanuary 6, 2006 (2006-01-06)December 5, 2008 (2008-12-05)


Spin City Records wants to sign Drake and his new song, "Makes Me Happy", for their label. He is on the road to fame and fortune, but a record producer named Alan Krim wants all the rights to the song and gives Josh a contract. Josh's inexperience as a manager leads him to sign the contract without reading it. Josh, having been drooling over the giant shrimp at the meeting, accidentally signs 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 the job as assistant manager, the job that Josh was after for a long time. Mindy became Josh's girlfriend in later episodes of the series. Eventually, Josh, after Drake tells him that "when people play dirty, sometimes, you have to play dirty back", sneaks into Spin City Records and switches the songs, which is against the law. This makes Drake a statewide star and his song gets played at Helen's wedding and at the Super Bowl. At the end of the series, the boys fight again for the shrimp in their room and later a flashback appears to a similar scene alluding to The Amanda Show.

The two-part episode aired on August 3, 2007. The episode premiere brought in 5.8 million viewers and received an 81% on Rotten Tomatoes.[2][3]


Drake & Josh Go Hollywood

The boys are left at home in San Diego, California 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, California. 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. It currently holds a 78% on Rotten Tomatoes.[4]

Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh

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 policeman tries to stop them. 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.[5]

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.

Despite the strong ratings, the film is the lowest-reviewed of the three Drake & Josh films, currently holding a 70% on Rotten Tomatoes.[6]

Broadcast history




Australia and New Zealand

Latin America



DVD releases

Title Region 1 Region 4 Contains
Drake & Josh: Vol. 1 Suddenly Brothers 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 January 31, 2006 2010 The TV film
2 bonus episodes: Helen's Surgery & Mindy's Back
"I Found a Way" Music video
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 TBA 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


During the series' run, it received generally positive reception from viewers and critics, holding a substantial 8.8/10 on TV.com, and a high 7.6/10 from reviews on IMDb.[7] 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. To this day, Drake & Josh has widely been considered one of Nickelodeon's best live-action shows, if not one of the best Nickelodeon shows of all time.[8]

Other media


Drake & Josh has had some singles and a soundtrack. The music releases are shown below.

Name Notes
"Found a Way" The opening theme song of the TV series by Drake Bell. Music video directed by Joey Boukadakis.[9]
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.
"Lithium Flower" by Scott Matthews

Video games

Two video games based on Drake & Josh have been released on the Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS. Both of them 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


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 TV series and essentially novelize two episodes of material, with one being a novelization of TV film. 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"

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2005 2005 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite TV Show Drake & Josh Nominated[10][11]
2006 2006 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite TV Show Drake & Josh Won[12]
Favorite TV Actor Drake Bell Won[12]
2006 Australian Kids' Choice Awards Fave TV Show Drake & Josh Nominated[13]
2007 2007 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite TV Show Drake & Josh Nominated[14][15]
Favorite TV Actor Drake Bell Won[15]
2007 UK Kids' Choice Awards Best TV Show Drake & Josh Won[16]
Best TV Actor Drake Bell Nominated[16]
2007 Australian Kids' Choice Awards Fave Nick Show Drake & Josh Won[17]
Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) - Supporting Young Actress Miranda Cosgrove Nominated[18]
Casting Society of America Best Casting - Children's TV Programming Krisha Bullock Nominated[19]
2008 2008 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite TV Show Drake & Josh Won[20]
Favorite TV Actor Drake Bell Won[20]
Josh Peck Nominated[21]
2008 UK Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Kids' TV Show Drake & Josh Won[22]
Favorite Male TV Star Josh Peck Won[22]
2008 Australian Kids' Choice Awards Fave Comedy Show Drake & Josh Won[23]
Fave International TV Star Drake Bell Nominated[23][24]
2009 2009 Australian Kids' Choice Awards Fave Comedy Show Drake & Josh Nominated[25]
Fave International TV Star Drake Bell Won[25]
2010 2010 Australian Kids' Choice Awards Big Kid Award Drake Bell Won[26]
Kids Choice Awards Mexico Favorite International Character Male Drake Bell Won[27]


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  3. "Drake and Josh: Really Big Shrimp". Rotten Tomatoes.
  4. "Drake and Josh Go Hollywood". Rotten Tomatoes.
  5. "The Holidays Come Early for Drake & Josh Fans!". Bloomberg L.P. (Press release). Viacom. June 12, 2008. Retrieved June 12, 2008.
  6. "Merry Christmas, Drake and Josh". Rotten Tomatoes.
  7. "Drake and Josh". IMDB.
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  17. "Nickelodeon's Australian Kids' Choice Awards / 2007 KCA Around the World / Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2007 Press Kit". Retrieved September 11, 2015.
  18. "28th Annual Young Artist Awards - Nominations / Special Awards". Retrieved September 11, 2015.
  19. "Casting Society of America, USA". Retrieved September 11, 2015.
  20. 1 2 "Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards – 2008 Winners List – Pictures and Video - Allie is Wired". Retrieved September 11, 2015.
  21. "Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2008 Press Kit". Retrieved September 11, 2015.
  22. 1 2 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.
  23. 1 2 WWE Corporate - WWE® Superstar John Cena® to co-host at Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards 2008
  24. Australia: Winners at the 2008 Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards
  25. 1 2 2009 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Winners! - Take 40
  26. Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2010 Winners List & Orange Carpet Video! - Take 40
  27. "Ganadores Kids Choice Awards Mexico". Retrieved September 11, 2015.

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