The Suite Life of Zack & Cody is an American sitcom created by Danny Kallis and Jim Geoghan. The series premiered on Disney Channel on March 18, 2005 with 4 million viewers, making it the most successful premiere for Disney Channel in 2005. It was one of their first five shows available on the iTunes Store. The series was nominated for an Emmy Award three times and was nominated for a Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award three times. The show has also been a long time staple of the ABC Kids Saturday morning block on ABC.
The series is set in the Tipton Hotel in Boston and centers on Zack and Cody Martin (Dylan and Cole Sprouse), trouble-making twins who live at the Tipton Hotel. The series' other main characters include ditzy Tipton hotel heiress London Tipton, (Brenda Song) the candy counter girl Maddie (Ashley Tisdale), the hotel's manager, Mr. Moseby (Phill Lewis), and the boys' single mother Carey (Kim Rhodes), who is a performer in the hotel's nightclub. The series is the third Disney Channel Original to have more than 65 episodes, after That's So Raven and Kim Possible. Reruns air on Disney XD & on Saturday mornings on ABC during the ABC kids block.
The Suite Life of Zack & Cody was the first Disney Channel series to feature a tag scene (the final scene of a sitcom episode, featuring the closing credits running over it) at the end of each episode. This began during the show's second season; the first few episodes produced for that season did not include a tag scene (though these episodes were shown out of order with the episodes that had tags). Prior to 2006, all Disney Channel series featured the episode's final scene and the closing credits shown separately.
As of June 11, 2010, The Suite Life series reached the record of the most episodes from a Disney Channel series and its spin-off. The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and The Suite Life on Deck surpassed the previous record holders, That's So Raven and Cory in the House, which held the record with 134 episodes.
The show centers upon Zack and Cody Martin, twin brothers who live in the Tipton Hotel in Boston where their mother, Carey, sings and performs in the hotel lounge. The series also centers upon the hotel owner's teenage daughter, London Tipton, who is privileged and ditzy. Maddie Fitzpatrick is the hotel's down-to-earth candy-counter girl. Mr. Moseby, the strict, dutiful, and serious manager, is often a foil to Zack and Cody's schemes he often likes to play the piano and is very very fond of pocket hankies. The show is often set at the Tipton Hotel, but various other settings like Zack and Cody's school, Cheevers High School, and Maddie and London's private school, Our Lady of Perpetual Sorrow Catholic School are used.
Bottom row from left to right: Kim Rhodes as Carey Martin, Brenda Song as London Tipton, Ashley Tisdale as Maddie Fitzpatrick, and Phill Lewis as Mr. Moseby. Top row from left to right: Brian Stepanek as Arwin Hawkhauser, Dylan Sprouse as Zack Martin, Cole Sprouse as Cody Martin, and Adrian R'Mante as Esteban Ramirez.Cole Sprouse, Dylan Sprouse, Phill Lewis, and Kim Rhodes appeared in all 87 episodes of the series. Brenda Song missed two episodes and Ashley Tisdale missed twelve episodes throughout the series.
|Cody Martin||Cole Sprouse|
|Zack Martin||Dylan Sprouse|
|London Tipton||Brenda Song|
|Maddie Fitzpatrick||Ashley Tisdale|
|Mr. Moseby||Phill Lewis|
|Carey Martin||Kim Rhodes|
Main article: List of recurring characters in The Suite Life of Zack & CodyThe following 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.
|Esteban Ramirez||Adrian R'Mante||1-3|
|Arwin Q. Hawkhauser||Brian Stepanek||1-3|
|Muriel||Estelle Harris||1 & 3|
|Lance Fishman||Aaron Musicant||1-3|
|Barbara Brownstein||Sophie Oda||1-3|
|Norman the Doorman||Anthony Acker||1-3|
|Janice and Jessica||Camilla and Rebecca Rosso||2-3|
|Nia Moseby||Giovonnie Samuels||3|
|Mary Margaret||Monique Coleman||1-2|
|Irene the Concierge||Sharon Jordan||1-3|
See also: The Suite Life of Zack & Cody recurring characters=== Cody Martin=== Main article: Cody MartinCody Martin (Cole Sprouse) is the calm, mature, and smarter twin. He is a "straight A" student (except in wood shop, which he receives a C in, but uses Pass Fail), making him better, academically, than his brother Zack, who gets "D"s. In the first season of the show it was revealed that Cody is ten minutes younger than Zack. Janice and Jessica seem to like Cody more (due to his sensitive nature). Cody has an on-again, off-again girlfriend named Barbara. Cody has attended a Week in Washington program and math camp. Cody is the more gentle twin compared to his brother and somehow always gets talked into going along with Zack's schemes. In The Fairest of Them All, he dressed as a girl to win money. And never drinks soda after 9:30 (unless he is at a bachelor party).
Main article: Zack MartinZack Martin (Dylan Sprouse) is typically the self-centered, non-studious, outgoing, immature twin, who usually dresses in skater clothes. At school, he is a straight "D" student, although he does well in wood shop. In the first season of the show it was revealed that Zack is ten minutes older than Cody, which he uses against Cody, normally telling him, since he's older, to do some sort of job that he doesn't want to do. Or in some cases, give him "brotherly" advice because, "I'm the older twin." He has a crush on Maddie, but after the first season, this was shown less. He has also taken advantage of teachers and has faked conditions like dyslexia (in Smart and Smarterer).
Main article: London TiptonLondon Tipton (Brenda Song) is the daughter of Wilfred Tipton, the owner of the Tipton Hotel. London is a vain, dim-witted, spoiled, rich 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 the 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. In the episode Forever Plaid, due to her poor attendance at her old school, she transferred to the same Catholic girls' school, "Our Lady of Perpetual Sorrow," that Maddie attends. In the episode First Day of High School, London transfers to Zack and Cody's public school, "Cheevers High," due to being expelled from all of the private schools she had previously attended. 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. London often refuses to go to school and even skipped detention twice. Though it seems like London may lead the ultimate rich-girl life, her childhood was not perfect. In the episode Arwinstein, she states she is allergic to lobster, although in one episode she asked Maddie for a lobster dinner. However, it is possible that she developed an allergy to lobster after the earlier episodes and before the later ones. It is also revealed in one episode that she must think about what she does before doing it. For example, she was walking through the lobby while thinking "left, right, blink, breathe" in the episode Super Twins (although this may be Zack's dream).
Main article: Maddie FitzpatrickMaddie Fitzpatrick (Ashley Tisdale) is 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, manager on the Camp Tipton Daycare Center, and counselor for her school's summer camp program - Camp Heaven on Earth. She also visits Antarctica during the series to help save the penguins. While she comes from a lower class family, Maddie is very hard-working, outspoken, and intelligent. But in several episodes she is shown as being very selfish and a bigger opportunist than London, though she always loses out when this side of her personality is shown. 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 isn't shown as much during the other two seasons. She is a strong supporter of environmental causes. She is left-handed. It is revealed that she has asthma. She appeared sporadically throughout Season 3.
Main article: Mr. MosebyMr. Moseby (Phill Lewis) is the uptight manager of the Tipton Hotel, who speaks with a humongous vocabulary and an urbane vernacular, and is often annoyed by Zack's and Cody's schemes. His repeated catch phrases, "Good luck with that" or "Pish posh" 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. For example, when Mr. Moseby took the boys to a baseball game, he caught a ball for Cody, ultimately making Mr. Moseby "the most hated man in Boston". 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. Moseby even taught London how to walk, her ABCs, and tried to teach her how to drive. He cares for London and treats her like his own child. He also helps London with any problems she is having. He was also known as the "Meanager," due to his stern personna. He has an older brother named Spencer, who is a little person (played by Dana Michael Woods), who is very wealthy and lactose intolerant. His mothers' name is Beulah Moseby, who favors Spencer, but still likes Marion. His grandmother is Rose Moseby (whom Phill Lewis also plays) who visits him in the episode "Nugget of History". He has a 16-year-old niece named Nia Moseby (played by Giovonnie Samuels) who comes to stay with him during the third season and temporarily replaces Maddie as candy counter girl, while she is in Antarctica. A running gag of the series is that Mr. Moseby often makes a fool of himself in front of people (e.g.: hitting a baby doll that wouldn't stop crying against a chair when a woman with a baby walked by), or making a sarcastic comment about himself (that the customers think is true, and not sarcastic). Another running joke is that he often just barely catches a vase on the center table of the lobby from falling, although he fails to do that in the series' finale. In his schooling he was captain of the cheerleading squad; his experience with cheering comes in useful in a cheer-off. He also was a junior putt-putt champion and taught Zack how to succeed in playing mini-golf. Mr. Moseby also took ballet lessons and is a very good dancer. When he practiced and participated in Esteban's dance school, he was temporarily partnered with Carey, but found it hard to dance with her since she is much taller than he is. He also takes advantage of Zack and Cody in some cases, like in the episode "Heck's Kitchen" he treats them with room service so they will find a food critic.
Main article: Carey MartinCarey Martin (Kim Rhodes) is the single working mother of Zack and Cody is the hotel's lounge singer. She and her sons traveled to several cities before arriving at the Boston Tipton, which she called the "best gig we've ever had." She was married to Kurt Martin, but they divorced after the twins were born for unstated reasons. The character of Arwin has made it known on several occasions that he has a crush on her. Whenever Carey kisses Arwin he faints. When Zack and Cody have an argument, she tells them stories about her ex-boyfriends, much to their dismay.
Main article: List of The Suite Life of Zack & Cody episodesThe 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike resulted in no new episodes being shown starting in early February 2008. Instead, Disney Channel re-aired the first thirteen episodes of the series. After the strike ended, new episodes resumed 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.
|Season||Episodes||Originally aired (U.S. dates)|
|Season premiere||Season finale|
|1||26||March 18, 2005||January 27, 2006|
|2||39||February 3, 2006||June 2, 2007|
|3||22||June 23, 2007||September 1, 2008|
On July 28, 2006, That's So Suite Life of Hannah Montana premiered. It is the very first Disney Channel crossover special. It featured the casts of That's So Raven, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, and Hannah Montana. It is divided into three parts: "Checkin' Out," "That's So Suite Life of Hannah Montana," and "On the Road Again?"
Checkin' Out: The special started with the That's So Raven episode "Checkin' Out." When Raven Baxter checks into the Tipton Hotel, she meets Zack, Cody, and Mr. Moseby along with pretending to be a famous fashion photographer.
That's So Suite Life of Hannah Montana: When Raven finds out her flight back home is canceled, she stays and befriends Maddie Fitzpatrick. Maddie then tries to make London Tipton wear the dress that Raven designed. Meanwhile, Zack and Cody are planning their mother's surprise birthday party, but Raven has a vision that Cody will be attacked, and warns him that he should be careful when he hears bells and sneezing.
On the Road Again?: After checking in to the Tipton, Hannah befriends Maddie, so Maddie met her father and she recognized him as Robby Ray. Miley knew she must do something to get her father's Robby Ray identity back, because she believes that because of Hannah Montana, Robby had to give up his career as a singer
For the sequel to this series, see The Suite Life on Deck.
|The Suite Life of Zack & Cody|
Main title card
|Format||Family / Teen sitcom|
|Created by||Danny Kallis
|Starring||[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dylan_and_Cole_Sprouse Cole Sprouse|
|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)
(used in season one and some episodes of season two)
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||87 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Danny Kallis
Irene Dreayer Pamela Eells O'Connell (seasons 2-3) Jim Geoghan (season 3)
|Camera setup||Videotape, multi-camera|
|Running time||22–23 minutes|
|Production company(s)||It's a Laugh Productions (seasons 2-3)|
|Original channel||Disney Channel|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)|
|Original run||March 18, 2005 – September 1, 2008|
|Followed by||The Suite Life on Deck (2008-11)|