The Suite Life of Zack & Cody
The Suite Life of Zack & Cody is an American teen 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 Suite Life of Zack & Cody|
|Created by||Danny Kallis|
|Theme music composer||Gary 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)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||87 (list of episodes)|
|Cinematography||Alan Keath Walker|
|Camera setup||Videotape, multi-camera|
|Running time||22–23 minutes|
|Production company||It's a Laugh Productions|
|Original network||Disney Channel|
|Original release||March 18, 2005 –|
September 1, 2008
|Followed by||The Suite Life on Deck (2008–11)|
|Related shows||The Suite Life of Karan & Kabir|
The series is set in the Tipton Hotel in Boston and centers on Zack and Cody Martin (Dylan and Cole Sprouse), a set of twins 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. Reruns aired on Disney XD until 2014. Reruns of the show aired on Disney Channel until April 14, 2017.
The Suite Life spawned 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 the 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.
The show centres upon 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, 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, and Maddie and London's private school, Our Lady of Perpetual Sorrow Catholic. 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
- 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
- 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, 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. 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 catch phrases, "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.
- 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.
Throughout the series' run, Brenda Song was absent for two episodes while Ashley Tisdale was absent from twelve episodes. All other main cast members appeared in all 87 episodes.
Below is a list of cast members who have appeared in significant roles as recurring characters throughout the series. Each of the cast members listed has appeared in between 6 and 45 episodes and the list is ordered according to the number of episodes credited (highest number first). A complete list of all characters who have appeared more than once is included at list of recurring characters in The Suite Life of Zack & Cody.
|Adrian R'Mante||Esteban Ramirez||Recurring|
|Brian Stepanek||Arwin Hawkhauser||Recurring|
|Aaron Musicant||Lance Fishman||Recurring|
|Sophie Oda||Barbara Brownstein||Recurring|
|Adam Tait||Various characters||Recurring|
|Camilla and Rebecca Rosso||Janice and Jessica||Recurring|
|Giovonnie Samuels||Nia Moseby||Recurring|
|Monique Coleman||Mary Margaret||Recurring|
|Robert Torti||Kurt Martin||Recurring|
The 2007–08 Writers Guild of America strike resulted in the series being on hiatus. When the strike ended, new episodes began airing on April 19, 2008. The show eventually ended for good with its series finale, a total of three seasons and 87 episodes on September 1, 2008.
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||26||March 18, 2005||January 27, 2006|
|2||39||February 3, 2006||June 2, 2007|
|3||22||June 23, 2007||September 1, 2008|
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.
- Tipton Hotel
The Tipton Hotel is where Zack, Cody, Carey, and London all live, and where the majority of the other characters in the series work. It is the main setting for the series. The Tipton Hotel is located in Boston, Massachusetts. Hotel Vancouver is used for the exterior of the hotel.
- The SS Tipton
In the episode "Let Us Entertain You", Zack, Cody, and Carey spent a week vacationing on board the SS Tipton. It is also the setting of the sequel series, The Suite Life on Deck. The first time the SS Tipton is referenced is in the episode, "To Catch a Thief". While Maddie talks to London on the phone a life preserver with the words "S.S. Tipton" can be seen in the background.
The twins' Middle School. The school's mascot is a badger.
In the scene outside of the school where a few students are walking between two buildings shows "The Mall" area that's located in Lincoln Park High School, in Chicago, Illinois. Some of the students that attend Buckner were Max, Bob, and Agnes. Carey would come sit outside of the detention area while Zack was being punished. She said when she was outside the principal's office at Cheevers High that, "Thanks to Zack, I knitted 32 sweaters and an afghan."
- Our Lady of Perpetual Sorrow Catholic School
Maddie and Mary Margaret (Monique Coleman) attended this private school in season one. Later in season two, Corrie (Vanessa Hudgens) and Leslie (Kaycee Stroh) were added to the minor cast, with London also attending the school in season two. In season three, London, Maddie, and Leslie no longer attend Our Lady. External shots of Our Lady of Perpetual Sorrow Catholic School are of University College at the University of Toronto in Canada.
- Paul Revere Mini Mart
Zack and Cody work at the Paul Revere mini mart for the manager, Wayne Wormser. The mini mart's motto is, "The savings are coming! The savings are coming!" It is across the street from another mini mart with a patriotic name and theme, The Betsy Ross Stop and Shop, which is run by Wormser's business enemy and fierce rival.
- Camp Heaven on Earth
The summer camp where Maddie works over the summer. The only part of the camp shown is the cabin in which Maddie and the young girls stay.
- Cheevers High School
Where Zack, Cody, London, Maddie, and Nia attend along with other students including Barbara, Bob, and Mark. This setting was used in "Lip Synchin' in the Rain", "First Day of High School", "Orchestra", and "Benchwarmers". John Marshall High School (Los Angeles, California) is shown in a snapshot as Cheevers High School.
- Other places in Boston
Scenes also take place in several other places in Boston, including Fenway Park, a movie theater, Maddie's apartment, the local shopping mall, a bowling alley (The same bowling alley was used to film a scene from the Hannah Montana episode, "People Who Use People"), a miniature golf course, Kurt's apartment, Mr. Moseby's condo, the Goose Lodge, Liberty Park, an apartment where Maddie and her friends painted for a poor family for community service, Arwin's apartment, camp Knock-a-Number, the forest that has Merele's cabin, Kurt's tour bus, the shop where Maddie demanded London give her inhaler, an art museum, a dance club, an alley with a garbage container, a pizza restaurant, Theo's home, the "Risk It All" studio, the Cluck Bucket, an aptitude company, and the restaurant where Wayne "dates" London. There are even two episodes that take place in Hollywood, which includes a movie studio, LAX, a beach, Sunset Blvd, Hollywood Blvd, and the Tipton Los Angeles.
Theme song and opening sequence
The show's theme song, "Here I Am", was written by John Adair and Steve Hampton (who also wrote the theme for the show's spinoff The Suite Life on Deck, as well as for fellow Disney Channel series Phil of the Future, Wizards of Waverly Place, Sonny With a Chance, Jonas, Good Luck Charlie, Shake It Up, A.N.T. Farm, So Random!, PrankStars, and Austin & Ally and the ABC Kids series Power Rangers: RPM), with music composed by Gary Scott (who also composed the music cues to signal scene changes and promo breaks, which are styled similarly to the theme), and is performed by Loren Ellis and the Drew Davis Band (who also performed the theme to Phil of the Future, and whose performance is uncredited). The theme was remixed for the ending credits of "Rock Star in the House" in a form similar to "Beautiful Soul" to accompany the episode's guest appearance of Jesse McCartney.
Sequel series and film
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. 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, The Suite Life on Deck skipped the pilot process and went straight to the series.
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.
Awards and nominations
|2006||Young Hollywood Awards||Superstar of Tomorrow||Brenda Song||Won|
|Role Model Award||Brenda Song||Won|
|Asian Excellence Awards||Outstanding Newcomer Award||Brenda Song||Nominated|
|Young Artist Awards||Best Performance In A TV Series (Comedy or Drama) – Leading Young Actor||Cole & Dylan Sprouse||Nominated|
|Emmy Awards||Outstanding Choreography||Travis Payne (Episode: Commercial Breaks)||Nominated|
|2007||2007 Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite TV Show||The Suite Life of Zack & Cody||Nominated|
|Favorite TV Actor||Cole Sprouse||Nominated|
|Young Artist Awards||Best Performance In A TV Series (Comedy or Drama) – Leading Young Actor||Cole Sprouse||Nominated|
|Best Performance In A TV Series (Comedy or Drama) – Guest Starring Young Actress||Alyson Stoner||Nominated|
|Best Performance In A TV Series (Comedy or Drama) – Recurring Young Actor||Charley Stewart||Nominated|
|Best Performance In A TV Series (Comedy or Drama) – Recurring Young Actress||Sophie Oda||Nominated|
|Best Family Television Series (Comedy)||The Suite Life of Zack and Cody||Won|
|Emmy Awards||Outstanding Children's Program||The Suite Life of Zack & Cody||Nominated|
|2008||2008 Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite TV Show||The Suite Life of Zack & Cody||Nominated|
|Favorite TV Actor||Cole Sprouse||Nominated|
|2008 UK Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite Kids' TV Show||The Suite Life of Zack & Cody||Nominated|
|Favorite Male TV Star||Dylan Sprouse||Nominated|
|2008 Australian Kids' Choice Awards||Fave International TV Star||Ashley Tisdale||Nominated|
|Young Artist Awards||Best Performance In A TV Series – Recurring Young Actress||Sammi Hanratty||Nominated|
|Emmy Awards||Outstanding Children's Program||The Suite Life of Zack & Cody||Nominated|
|2009||2009 Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite TV Show||The Suite Life of Zack & Cody||Nominated|
|Favorite TV Actor||Cole Sprouse||Nominated|
|Young Artist Awards||Best Performance in a TV series – Guest Starring Young Actor||Hunter Gomez||Nominated|
|The 10th Annual Crown Awards||Best Hairstyle on Television||Brenda Song||Won|
The Suite Life of Zack & Cody is broadcast on the following stations (and many others) around the world:
|Country / region||Network(s)||Series premiere||Source(s)|
|Australia, New Zealand||Disney Channel Australia & New Zealand||April 15, 2005|
|Canada||Family Channel||September 3, 2005|
|Disney XD (Canada)||June 1, 2011|
|United States||Disney Channel||March 18, 2005||N/A|
|ABC Kids||September 17, 2005|
|Toon Disney||September 1, 2008|
|Disney XD||February 13, 2009|
|DVD Title||Release Date||Episodes Featured||Bonus Features|
|Disney Channel Holiday||November 1, 2005||
|Volume 1: Taking Over the Tipton||USA: July 18, 2006
AUS: July 1, 2008
|That's So Suite Life of Hannah Montana||USA: January 16, 2007
AUS: July 2, 2008
|Volume 2: Sweet Suite Victory||USA: August 7, 2007
AUS: October 21, 2008
|Wish Gone Amiss||USA: November 27, 2007
AUS: October 21, 2008
|Volume 3: Lip Synchin' in the Rain||June 17, 2008||
All episodes of the show are available on iTunes and Zune.
According to Amazon.com, all three seasons of the show will be released, however no release dates have been announced.
The Suite Life of Zack & Cody had a number of novels based on episodes of the series, as well as original books. The following list of novels is based on information from the Barnes & Noble website and list of The Suite Life of Zack & Cody episodes. An inspired stories book set, based on the show was released in 2007.
|#||Novel title||Published||Based on episode|
|1||Hotel Hangout||May 2006||Hotel Hangout|
|2||Double Trouble||May 2006||Maddie Checks In|
|3||The Room of Doom||August 2006||The Ghost of Suite 613|
|4||Zack Attack||November 2006||Footloser|
|5||Check It Out||February 2007||Hotel Inspector|
|6||Star Crazy||November 2007||Rock Star in the House|
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. A calendar for the show, Disney The Suite Life of Zack and Cody 2008 Calendar has been released. Merchandise based on the series are sold exclusively at Amazon.com, Wal-Mart, Sears, Macy's, and several other retailers. They include clothing (such as pajamas and tee shirts), bags (tote bags, backpacks, etc.), bedding collection, and toys.
A soundtrack for the show was announced to be released around the summer of 2008. It would have featured songs from and inspired from the show, including songs from Ashley Tisdale, Brenda Song, Jesse McCartney, and Raven-Symoné. This idea appears to have been scrapped upon the airing of The Suite Life On Deck.
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