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Drake & Josh

Opposite stepbrothers tough it out in tween-friendly sitcom.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

"Nobody's perfect" is the show's general theme; everyone seems happy to help each other out when problems arise, and everyone learns from their mistakes and challenges. The show also tackles issues related to divorce and blended families, albeit in a fairly idealized-for-TV way.

Positive role models

The characters have their flaws (mostly for comedic purposes), but ultimately they're all there for each other when it counts. The teen boys deal with relatable issues like acceptance and individuality.

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Girls are desired and flirted with but also treated with respect.

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Video games, chips, and soda are staples in these boys' lives.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this series is about two very different teenage boys who become stepbrothers when their parents get married. They live above the garage in their fairly ideal upper-middle class suburban home, playing video games, eating chips, and avoiding their little sister's pranks. The series deals with age-appropriate concerns of acceptance and individuality, which both the boys struggle with in and outside the home. Ultimately, the boys learn from one another.

What's the story?

DRAKE & JOSH suddenly become brothers when their parents get married. Drake (Drake Bell), a guitar-playing dude who cruises for chicks and uses hair product, is the cooler of the two, while Josh (Josh Peck) is the smart, awkward one who loves his grandmother and helps his stepbrother with his homework. Whether these two very different types of teenage boys would actually get along as well as Drake and Josh do isn't really the point of this show (which is a spin-off of Nickelodeon's popular The Amanda Show). More important is their willingness to try. Drake helps Josh to be "smooth with the ladies," while Josh helps his new brother to be smart with the ladies.

Is it any good?


The boys' parents are peripheral characters with lighthearted attitudes. (It's hard not to wonder how rules are set and followed in the household.) However, when Josh's Grammy (Randee Heller) shows up, a sterner, though jovial, role model appears. Grammy clearly wears the pants in the family, which might explain Josh's inherent self-confidence even when he's struggling with his self-esteem. Most self-proclaimed "dorks" wouldn't approach life with so much humor, or willingness to try new things ("How do we de-dorkify me?" he asks.)

Drake's female foil is his little sister, Megan (Miranda Cosgrove) -- the smarty pants in the family -- who is cleverer and possibly cooler than her older brother. In other words, the boys are kept in check by strong female characters who don't apologize for their strength. Drake & Josh certainly wins fans with its heart. That's a step in the right direction for Nickelodeon, which often depends on gross or violent jokes to fetch laughs.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the issues the show tackles, such as cheating, lying, getting busted for forgery, favoritism within the family, and, of course, girl problems.

  • The program's premise -- divorce breaking families apart and bringing

  • new ones together -- is a very real topic for discussion. Is Drake and

  • Josh's situation realistic? How would it feel to be brought into

  • a new home with a new mom or dad and new siblings?

  • For kids who've

  • experienced a similar transition: Do you enjoy the lighthearted humor

  • with which Drake and Josh deal with their circumstances?

TV details

Premiere date:January 11, 2004
Cast:Drake Bell, Josh Peck, Nancy Sullivan
Topics:Book characters, Friendship, High school
TV rating:TV-Y7
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Adult Written byDisneyFan April 9, 2008

I love this show!!!

Let me start out by saying that as an adult, I LOVE THIS SHOW!!! I sit and watch it when I'm home by myself. Even my husband likes it. The situations are funny, the guys are funny--the only thing I don't like is the younger sister. I know that she's supposed to be funny, but I do get tired of kids playing the "brat" and getting away with everything. I also take issue with a previous reviewer implying that those of us who let our kids watch have no morals. I have no problem with my son seeing people kissing--like someone else said, this is a bit like Happy Days, and Fonzie and Richie always seemed to have a new girl on their arm. I wouldn't WANT my son to wait until he got married to kiss someone!It's a silly show that's meant to make us laugh and relax for 30 minutes--let's not make it out to be any more than that!
Educator and Parent Written bychristian-witness June 28, 2012

very good

There is hatred toward their little sister Megan. Megan pranks her step brothers constantly. Lots of kissing by Drake
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much violence
Too much sex
Adult Written bycheese0 April 9, 2008


I'm 21 yrs old and I have to say, I'm really disturbed by this show. I grew up watching old school nick, and it was actually very nice quality entertainment, every show had a message, and the evil people were understood at the end. It actually taught me valuable lessons! Imagine that! However, the amount of hitting, screaming, and kissing...is disgusting. I'm surprised no one said anything about the hitting. Since when is that acceptable? The sister is awful too, and every kid I babysit for watches this show and loves her...they say they want to be her. I'm glad this show has finished.