Drake & Josh is an American sitcom that premiered on the Nickelodeon television network on January 11, 2004, which follows the lives of two stepbrothers. It stars Drake Bell and Josh Peck as stepbrothers Drake Parker and Josh Nichols, respectively. Both actors had played roles in The Amanda Show, along with Nancy Sullivan, who plays Drake and Megan's mother of the series. Jonathan Goldstein plays Josh's father, and Miranda Cosgrove plays Drake's little sister, Megan. Reruns of Drake & Josh are, as of August 2010[update], appearing on Nickelodeon, YTV, and now on TeenNick at 6 p.m. on weekdays. The series ran from Sunday, January 11, 2004 to Sunday, September 16, 2007, although a second film entitled Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh debuted on Friday, December 5, 2008. Seasons 1, 2, and 4 were filmed at the Nickelodeon On Sunset in Hollywood, and Season 3 was filmed at Tribune Studios (now Sunset Bronson Studios; the Old Warner Brothers Studio) on the same boulevard.
|Drake Parker||Drake Bell|
|Josh Nichols||Josh Peck|
|Audrey Parker-Nichols||Nancy Sullivan|
|Walter Nichols||Jonathan Goldstein|
|Megan Parker||Miranda Cosgrove|
|Helen Dubois||Yvette Nicole Brown||Helen appears in Victorious as the new Principal of Hollywood Arts|
|"Crazy" Steve||Jerry Trainor||Jerry Trainor now appears in iCarly as Spencer|
|Eric Blonowitz||Scott Halberstadt||Eric appears in iCarly at webicon|
|Craig Ramirez||Alec Medlock||Craig appears in iCarly with Eric at webicon|
|Mindy Crenshaw||Allison Scagliotti|
|Gavin Mitchell||Jake Farrow||Jake Farrow appears in iCarly at webicon and plays the voice of Rex Powers in Victorious (uncredited).|
|Mrs. Hayfer||Julia Duffy|
Main article: List of Drake & Josh episodes
|Season premiere||Season finale|
|1||6||January 11, 2004||February 22, 2004|
|2||14||March 14, 2004||November 28, 2004|
|3||20||April 2, 2005||April 8, 2006|
|4||20||September 24, 2006||September 16, 2007|
|Drake & Josh Go Hollywood||January 6, 2006|
|Merry Christmas, Drake and Josh||December 5, 2008|
- Nickelodeon (January 11, 2004 – February 21, 2011)
- TEENick (January 11, 2004 – February 2, 2009)
- The N (January 1, 2008 – August 9, 2009)
- TeenNick (February 8, 2010 – present)
- Nicktoons (March 7, 2011 – May 13, 2011)
|DVD Title||Region 1||Region 4||Contains|
|Drake & Josh: Vol. 1 Suddenly Brothers||February 15, 2005||? 2009||4 episodes: Pilot, Dune Buggy, Two Idiots and a Baby, First Crush|
|Drake & Josh Go Hollywood||January 31, 2006||? 2010||The film|
2 bonus episodes: Helen's Surgery & Mindy's Back
"Found a Way" Music video
|The Best of Drake & Josh: Seasons 1 & 2||August 21, 2008||TBA||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: We're Married?, Paging Dr. Drake, Foam Finger, Girl Power, Megan's New Teacher, Little Sibling, Theater Thug, Alien Invasion, Dr. Phyllis Show|
Season 4 episodes: The Great Doheny, The Storm, Tree House, Megan's Revenge, Helicopter, Dance Contest
|Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh||December 19, 2008||The film|
Music video "Jingle Bells" by Drake Bell
Main article: Drake & Josh: Really Big ShrimpSpin 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 an evil record producer, Alan Kirm, wants the song to be remixed 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 Crenshaw the job as assistant manager, the job Josh was after for a long time. Mindy, played by Allison Scagliotti, 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 "Makes Me Happy" gets played at Helen's wedding and at the Super Bowl. At the end, Drake and Josh fight against for the shrimp in their room and later a flashback appears to a similar scene alluding to the The Amanda Show.
The special aired on August 3, 2007. However, it is also considered an hour-long episode because it contained a laugh track and is treated like a typical episode with story elements based on films. The special's premiere brought in 5.8 million viewers. The premiere of the special broke the record for the most views of a premiere of a Nickelodeon movie. iCarly's iGo to Japan later broke that record, until the airing of Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh, took the record back.
Main article: Drake & Josh Go HollywoodDrake 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 film aired on January 6, 2006, and, according to TV Guide, it became the highest rated program on all of cable during its opening week. This is the first Drake and Josh film to be presented in HD.
Main article: Merry Christmas, Drake & JoshA new Drake & Josh TV film tentatively entitled "Drake and Josh: Best Christmas Ever" began production in July 2008, and premiered on December 5, 2008, officially ending the series. 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 Drake and Josh, who are working as Santa's helpers in a mall when Drake promises a little girl that her foster parents and siblings will have "The Best Christmas Ever"—and then try to fulfill that promise while a grumpy policeman tries to stop them. Although Drake and Josh aren't having the time of the lives, their parents are having a worse time on their vacation because they have to stay in a hut while in a hurricane.
The premiere of Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh broke the record of most viewers for the premiere of a Nickelodeon movie with 9.10 million viewers, a title previously held by iGo to Japan. And this movie marked the closing of Drake and Josh series completely. 
Drake & Josh has had some singles and a soundtrack. The music releases are shown below.
|"I Found a Way"||The theme song of the show by Drake Bell.|
|Drake & Josh||The Drake & Josh soundtrack from the TV show.|
|"Makes Me Happy"||From the film Drake & Josh: Really Big Shrimp by Drake Bell.|
|"Jingle Bells"||From the film Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh by Drake Bell.|
|"Christmas Wrapping"||From the film Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh by Miranda Cosgrove.|
|"12 Days of Christmas"||From the film Merry Christmas, Drake and Josh by Drake, Josh, and the orphans.|
Drake and Josh also features parts of various songs within their scene transitions. One of the many songs they feature include "Lithium Flower" by Scott Mathew.
|Drake & Josh||THQ||Game Boy Advance|
|Drake & Josh: Talent Showdown||THQ||Nintendo DS|
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 McElroy.
|"Blues Brothers"||Laurie McElroy||Based on the episodes titled "Blues Brothers" and "Number One Fan"|
|"Sibling Revelry"||Laurie McElroy||Based on the episodes titled "The Bet" and "Peruvian Puff Pepper"|
|"Drake & Josh Go Hollywood"||Laurie McElroy||Based on the 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"|