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The Suite Life of Zack & Cody
Suite Life of Zack and Cody logo
Format: Sitcom
Created by: Danny Kallis
Jim Geoghan
Opening theme: Here I Am by Loren Ellis and The Drew Davis Band
No. of seasons: 3
No. of episodes: 87
Original channel: Disney Channel
ABC Kids
First aired: March 18, 2005
Last aired: September 1, 2008
Status: Series ended
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The Suite Life of Zack & Cody is an American Disney Channel Original Series created by Danny Kallis and Jim Geoghan. The series premiered on March 18, 2005 and was one of the first five shows available on the iTunes Store. It was nominated for Emmy Awards three times. The final episode aired on September 1, 2008 during the "The Suite Life and Times of London Tipton" marathon. The program was nominated for Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards 3 times. The series premiered with 4 million viewers making it the most successful premiere for Disney Channel in 2005. The series is set in the Tipton Hotel in Boston.[1] The series centers upon Zack and Cody Martin (Dylan & Cole Sprouse), trouble-making twins who live at the Tipton Hotel.[1] Featuring an ensemble cast, the series main cast consists of Zack and Cody along with ditsy 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).[1] The series is the third Disney Channel Original to have more than 65 episodes, after That's So Raven and Kim Possible.[2] The 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike resulted in no new episodes being shown from early February 2008. Instead the Disney Channel re-aired the first 13 episodes. After the strike ended, new episodes began airing on April 19, 2008. The Suite Life on Deck is a sequel of this series with the Sprouse twins, Song, and Lewis continuing their roles. While an attempted spin-off, Arwin!, was not picked up by Disney Channel, this show skipped the pilot process and went straight to series. The show is set on a cruise ship with the brothers and London attending a high school-at-sea program, while Mr. Moseby manages the ship.

Plot

The show centers upon Zack and Cody Martin (Cole & Dylan Sprouse), twins who can afford to live in their hotel because of their lounge-singing mother, Carey (Kim Rhodes).[1] Also residing at the hotel is the hotel owner's daughter London Tipton (Brenda Song), the rich but impolite, ditzy heiress of a multi-billionaire and Madeline, also known as Maddie Fitzpatrick (Ashley Tisdale), the down-to-earth candy-counter girl.[3] Mr. Moseby, the dutiful and serious manager is often a foil to Zack and Cody's schemes.[3] The show is often set at the Tipton Hotel, but various other settings like Zack and Cody's high school, Chievers High School,[4] and Maddie and London's private school, Our Lady of Perpetual Sorrow Catholic School[5] are used. Most episodes focus on two stories: the first one is commonly centered on Zack, Cody and their mother while the other story centers on Maddie, London, and Mr. Moseby. Other staff of the Tipton sometimes appear in both of the stories. 

Cast

Main

All actors (except for Ashley Tisdale and Brenda Song) have appeared in all episodes of the series:

  • Cody Martin (Cole Sprouse) – Cody is the calm, mature, and smarter twin. He is a straight A student, making him better, academically, than his brother Zack, who gets Ds. However, he is not as strong as Zack in wood shop, where Zack excels. In one episode, he moves into the coat closet because he is not happy with his brother's sloppiness. Janice and Jessica seem to like Cody more. Cody has a steady girlfriend named Barbara but Zack seems to get a new girlfriend every episode. Cody has been on a 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. Sometimes, he does his sociology projects with innocent tumblr people Zack.
  • Zack Martin (Dylan Sprouse) – Zack is typically the unstudious, outgoing, immature twin, who usually dresses in skater clothes. At school, he is a straight "D" student, mentioned in the episode First Day of High School. Besides not doing well in school, Zack loves wood shop (which he is the best in class). In the episodeTeam Tipton it has shown that he has a fear of bugs. In the first season of the show it was revealed that Zack is 10 minutes older than Cody. He has also taken advantage of teachers and has faked conditions like dyslexia (in "Smart and Smarterer").
  • London Tipton (Brenda Song) – She is the daughter of Wilfred Tipton, the owner of the Tipton Hotel. She is an obvious parody of Paris Hilton, down to the ditzy demeanor and frivolous spending and name of the character (London/Paris and Tipton/Hilton) Although you never see Mr. Tipton fully (usually hiding behind his security force, which stands on all sides.... in the tradition of Wilson from Home Improvement), he is frequently mentioned. London is a dim-witted, spoiled, rich teenager with her own private suite at the Tipton Hotel in Boston, complete with a lot of closets (each with their own talking mirror) and a kitchen which takes up most of the floor. She does not have a nanny, or some other adult, to help her but relies on the Tipton Hotel Staff for any assistance and/or guidance. She transferred to the same private school "Our Lady of Perpetual Sorrow" as Maddie in the episode Forever Plaid, due to poor attendance at her old school. In the episode First Day of High School, London transfers to Zack and Cody's public school "Chievers High", due to being expelled from all of the private schools she had previously attended. She dislikes her step-moms (previous and current) and talks to Mr. Moseby and Maddie about her problems. When happy she usually 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"(although this may be Zack's dream) in the episode Super Twins.
  • Maddie Fitzpatrick (Ashley Tisdale) – She is the teenage candy-counter girl at the Tipton Hotel, a cashier at the Cluck Bucket, manager on the Camp Tipton Daycare Center, counselor for her school's summer camp program - Camp Heaven on Earth - who just got back from Antarctica according to London in the episode, First Day of High School. 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. Zack seems to have a crush on Maddie, but she is too old for him. 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". There's no reason why she attends "Cheevers". 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 turns on and off during Seasons 2-3. 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 due to doing voice work for Candace Flynn in another Disney Channel Original series, Phineas and Ferb.
  • Mr. Moseby (Phill Lewis) – The somewhat uptight manager of the Tipton Hotel, who speaks with a wide vocabulary and an urbane vernacular, but is often annoyed by Zack and Cody's schemes. 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 he is seldom around, he even said he taught London how to walk, her ABC's, and how to drive (or tried to). He cares for London and treats her like his own. He also helps London with any problems she is having. He was also known as the "Meanager". Has a younger brother named Spencer, who is a midget (played by Dana Michael Woods), who is very wealthy and lactose intolerant. His Mothers' name is Beluah Moseby, who favors Spencer, but still likes Marion. Grandmother is Rose Moseby (who is played by Phill Lewis) who visits him in the episode "Nugget of History". Has a 16 year-old niece named Nia Moseby (played by Giovannie Samuels) who comes to stay with Marion during the third season and temporarily replaces Maddie as candy counter girl, while she is absent. 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 coming in useful in a cheer-off. He also was a junior putt putt champion and taught Zack how to play 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 him. 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.
  • Carey Martin (Kim Rhodes) – The single working mother of Zack and Cody is a singer. She and her sons traveled a lot before arriving at the Tipton, which she called the "best gig we've ever had". During the first season, Carey had short blonde hair, though in some episodes of the second season and throughout the third she has red hair. She was married to Kurt Martin but they divorced after the twins were born for unstated reasons. Arwin has made it known on several occasions that he has a crush on her. Whenever Carey kisses Arwin he screams and falls over. Whenever Zack and Cody have an argument, she tells them about her and her ex-boyfriends stories, much to their dismay.

Actors with recurring roles

The 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 have appeared in between 6 and 45 episodes.

Episodes

Season

Ep #

First Airdate

Last Airdate

Season 1

26

March 18, 2005

January 27, 2006

Season 2

39

February 3, 2006

June 2, 2007

Season 3

22

June 23, 2007

September 1, 2008

Settings

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 S.S. Tipton

In the episode Let Us Entertain You, the setting where Zack, Cody, and Carey spent a week vacationing on board the S.S. Tipton. It is also the setting where Zack, Cody and London will be attending school along with Mr. Moseby in the sequel "The Suite Life on Deck". The first time the S.S. Tipton is seen is in "To Catch a Theif" While Maddie was talking to London on the phone you can see the background and the life preserver says "S.S. Tipton".

Buckner Middle School

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. The name comes from formernBoston Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner.

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 joining in Season Two. In Season Three, London, 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 a man named 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 the two businesses are fierce rivals.

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, and Nia attend along with other students including Bob, Mark and Barbara. 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. In the Episode "Benchwarmers" Leslie transfers to Cheevers and tries out for the cheerleading squad.

Other places in Boston

Scenes also take place in several other places in Boston, including Fenway Park, a movie theater, Maddie's home, 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")This fact needs citing., a miniature golf course, Kurt's apartment, Kurt's tour bus, Mr. Moseby's house, the Goose Lodge, Liberty Park, the park across the street from the Tipton Hotel, and Arwin's house.

Awards

Emmy Awards

  • 2006 - nominated for a Creative Arts Emmy for Outstanding Choreography in the episode "Commercial Breaks".[6]
  • 2007 - nominated for a Creative Arts Emmy for Outstanding Children's Program.[7]
  • 2008 - nominated for a Creative Arts Emmy for Outstanding Children's Program.

Kids' Choice Awards, USA

  • 2007 - Nominated for "Favorite TV Show".===
  • 2007 - Cole Sprouse nominated for "Favorite TV Actor".
  • 2008 - Cole Sprouse nominated for "Favorite TV Actor".
  • 2008 - Dylan Sprouse nominated for "Favorite TV Actor".
  • 2008 - Nominated for "Favorite TV Show".

Young Artist Awards

  • 2007 - Won "Best Family Television Series (Comedy)".
  • 2007 - Guest star Sammi Hanratty nominated for "Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama)".
  • 2007 - Recurring guest-star Alyson Stoner nominated for "Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama)".
  • 2007 - Cole Sprouse nominated for "Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama)".
  • 2007 - Dylan Sprouse nominated for "Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama)".
  • 2007 - Guest star Sophie Oda nominated for "Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama)".

DVD Releases

Main article: The Suite Life videography

Other media

Novels

Like many Disney Channel Original Series, The Suite Life of Zack and 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.

Novel title

When 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

7

Side By Side

August 2008

Who's the Boss

Merchandise

The series has spawned four video games, including 3 for the Nintendo DS entitled The Suite Life of Zack & Cody: Tipton Trouble> and a titular release for the Game Boy Advance entitled The Suite Life of Zack & Cody: Tipton Caper. The show was co-created by Danny Kallis, who was a writer, producer, and director for the TV series, Smart Guy; and Jim Geoghan, who was a writer and producer for the TV series, Family Matters.[8]

References

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