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The Suite Life on Deck
TSLODLogo
Genre Teen sitcom
Created by Danny Kallis
Jim Geoghan
Developed by Danny Kallis
Pamela Eells O'Connell
Starring Cole Sprouse
Dylan Sprouse

Brenda Song
Debby Ryan
Phill Lewis
Theme music composer Gary Scott
Lyrics by Steve Hampton
and John Adair
Opening theme "Livin' the Suite Life", sung by Steve Rushton
Ending theme "Livin' the Suite Life"
Composer(s) Gary Scott
Lyrics by Steve Hampton
and John Adair
Country of origin Flag of the United States.svg
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 21 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive
producer(s)
Danny Kallis
Pamela Eells O'Connell
Jim Geoghan
Irene Dreayer
Editor(s) Jim Miley
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 23-24 minutes (approx.)
Production
company(s)
It's a Laugh Productions
Danny Kallis Productions
Disney Channel Original Productions
Broadcast
Original channel Disney Channel
Picture format 480i (SDTV),
720p (HDTV; effective season 2)
First shown in United Kingdom
First aired September 19, 2008 (2008-09-19)
Last aired present
Status Returning series
External links
Official website

The Suite Life on Deck is a sequel/spin-off of the Disney Channel Original Series The Suite Life of Zack & Cody.

The series follows twin brothers Zack and Cody Martin and hotel heiress London Tipton in a new setting, the S.S. Tipton, where they attend classes at "Seven Seas High" and meet Bailey Pickett while Mr. Moseby manages the ship. The ship travels around the world to countries such as Italy, Greece, India, and the United Kingdom where the characters experience different cultures and adventures.

The series' pilot aired in the UK on September 19, 2008, and in US markets on September 26, 2008. The series premiere on the Disney Channel in the US drew 5.7 million viewers,[1] and it became the most-watched series premiere in Canada on the Family channel.Cite error: Closing </ref> missing for <ref> tag. Zack does not perform particularly well academically, but he manages to perform well physically and enjoys physical sports especially basketball. Zack acts aggressive at times. Zack seems to care about his brother, but at times he does not show this. His brother, Cody Martin (Cole Sprouse), is the erudite, mature, intelligent, wise and sensitive twin. Cody performs well academically, he is a straight A+ student and has shown to have a great interest in academics. Cody does not perform well in sports. Cody has been noted to be several minutes younger than Zack and also often plays along with Zack's crazy schemes. In the beginning of the second episode in the first season, Zack and Cody were both fighting over the new Seven Seas High student, Bailey Pickett (Debby Ryan) since they both seemed to have a crush on her. But in the end, when they found out more about Bailey's life and her ex boyfriend, Zack decides to lose interest in Bailey letting Cody have her. Cody attempts several times to attract Bailey, but is, thus far in the series, unsuccessful as Bailey seems oblivious to his advances. In "International Dateline," he gets really close, but finally succeeds in "Wizards On Deck With Hannah Montana" by impressing Bailey by getting concert tickets, back stage passes, and after party tickets from Hannah Montana. Bailey considers this a date and kisses Cody, thus starting their relationship. Zack usually picks on his little brother, but becomes very protective of him when someone else picks on him.

London Tipton

Main article: London Tipton

London Tipton (Brenda Song) is the socialite of the four main teen characters (Zack, Cody, Bailey, and London). She is the daughter of Wilfred Tipton, a multibillionaire who is the owner of the Tipton Hotel chains, including the Boston Tipton Hotel and the S.S. Tipton. She is described as a "dim-witted, spoiled, gullible, and an often airheaded teenager". When she is happy, she usually claps her hands repeatedly jumps up and down, while saying her catchphrase, "Yay me!" Mr. Moseby fools London into thinking that she is on the S.S. Tipton for a vacation, to get her on the ship. London gets enrolled at the Seven Seas High school program because her father wants her to live in the real world. London does not live in a first class suite at the S.S. Tipton, she resides in a small cabin. London reluctantly agreed to accept Bailey Pickett (Debby Ryan) as her new roommate, although she did so after unsuccessfully trying to bribe Bailey into leaving as she did with her previous roommate. The two later become good friends. In the beginning of the Suite Life series, when London resided at the Boston Tipton Hotel, it seemed she was living in her own bubble. On the S.S. Tipton, London has become more aware of the real world and has faced several difficulties. London also has a pet dog named Ivana.

Bailey Pickett

Main article: Bailey Pickett

Bailey Pickett (Debby Ryan) is a fifteen-year-old teenage girl from the fictional town of Kettlecorn, Kansas. She is seemingly the perfect girl next door and has been described as a "small town, down-to-earth girl." She shares a room with the wealthy socialite London Tipton, in which the two later form a close friendship together and end up becoming best friends. Bailey is a student at Seven Seas High and attends classes with her new friends Zack, Cody, London, and Woody. She came on the ship to leave Kettlecorn, where she lived on a farm, because she hated the fact that the town is so small. She pretends to be a boy in the pilot in order to get a room on the S.S. Tipton because the girls' cabins were filled. Eventually, she moves in with London when people find out she is a girl. London tries to bribe her not to move in but Bailey refuses. In the beginning of the second episode in the first season, Zack and Cody were both fighting over Bailey since they both seemed to have a crush on her. But in the end, when they knew more about Bailey's life and her ex boyfriend, Zack lets Cody have Bailey claiming that Bailey was carrying too much baggage and that he liked girls with just carry-ons. Cody tries several times to attract Bailey, but is, thus far in the series, unsuccessful as Bailey seems oblivious to his advances, though in one episode when Cody apologized to Bailey for lying to Cody's ex-girlfriend, Barbara, she acted like she would if Cody would have asked her to pretend to be his girlfriend, which ended in a kiss on the cheek. She starts dating Cody in the crossover episode "Wizards on Deck with Hannah Montana."

Episodes in which Bailey Pickett was absent:

  • "The Mommy and the Swami" - Episode 12
  • "Mom and Dad on Deck" - Episode 16
  • "The Wrong Stuff" - Episode 17
  • "Splash & Trash" - Episode 18
  • "Cruisin' for a Bruisin'" - Episode 20

Mr. Moseby

Main article: Mr. Moseby

Marion Moseby (Phill Lewis) is the uptight and serious former manager of the Tipton Hotel in The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, Moseby is now the chaperon and manager of the S.S. Tipton. He speaks with a wide vocabulary and an urbane vernacular, and is often annoyed by Zack and Cody's schemes. His repeated catch phrase, "Good Luck with That" has 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. He's constantly running from stem to stern keeping the Martin twins and London out of trouble. Moseby is a father figure in London's life, because of London's father absence in the series he looks after her. Moseby reportedly tricked London in order for her to be enrolled in the Seven Seas High school program. He told London she was going on a vacation at the S.S. Tipton to get her on the ship.

Episodes in which Mr. Moseby was absent:

  • "International Dateline" - Episode 6
  • "Flowers and Chocolate" - Episode 9
  • "Boo You" - Episode 10
  • "Shipnotized" - Episode 15
  • "The Wrong Stuff" - Episode 17

Special guest appearances

Reception

U.S. Nielsen ratings

The show's pilot premiered on the Disney Channel in the US on September 19, 2008, and gathered approximately 5.7 million viewers on the night of its premiere.[1] The series premiere in Canada was also the most watched series premiere on Family channel.[2] In December 2008, Business Wire reported the show was 2008's #1 top scripted television series for children between the ages 6 to 11 and pre-teenagers between the ages 9 to 14 , beating the veteran series Hannah Montana and Wizards of Waverly Place in the ratings.[3] The show was in the #1 spot for the top rated childrens television series for many months.[4][5][6][7] The show has been one of the top 4 live-action television series for many months.[8][9] Since then, “The Suite Life on Deck” held a commanding lead in the time slot (Friday 8:00 p.m.), ranking as TV's #1 program among the key children demographics, virtually doubling Nickelodeon among children between the age of 9-14, and defeating it by a 58% among children between the age of 6-11. In addition, the series is #1 in total viewers on all cable, outperforming #2 rank (Fox News and Nickelodeon) by 800,000 more viewers.[10]

Season 1

# Episode Air date Rating Viewers (in millions)
1.01 The Suite Life Sets Sail 2008-09-19 4.8 5.7[1]
1.02 Parrot Island 2008-09-27 4.7 5.66 [11]
1.03 Broke 'N' Yo-Yo 2008-10-03 3.0 4.0[12]
1.04 The Kidney of the Sea 2008-10-10 N/A N/A
1.05 Showgirls 2008-10-17 N/A N/A
1.06 International Dateline 2008-10-24 N/A N/A
1.07 It's All Greek to Me 2008-11-07 N/A N/A
1.08 Sea Monster Mash 2008-11-14 3.1 4.45[13]
1.09 Flowers and Chocolate 2008-10-21 3.0 4.07[14]
1.10 Boo You 2008-12-05 3.2 4.3[15][16]
1.11 seaHarmony 2008-12-12 3.0 4.28[15]
1.12 The Mommy and the Swami 2009-01-09 N/A N/A
1.13 Maddie on Deck 2009-01-16 4.8 5.08[17]
1.14 When in Rome... 2009-01-23 N/A N/A
1.15 Shipnotized 2009-01-30 3.3 4.05[18][19]
1.16 Mom and Dad on Deck 2009-02-20 2.3 3.25[20][21]
1.17 The Wrong Stuff 2009-03-27 2.9 3.4[22]
1.18 Splash & Trash 2009-04-17 TBA TBA
1.19 Mulch Ado About Nothing 2009-05-01 TBA TBA
1.20 Cruisin' for a Bruisin' 2009-06-05 TBA TBA
1.21 Double-Crossed 2009-07-17 TBA 9.3 [23]

iTunes

Before the series officially made its debut on air, the first episode was made available as a free download on iTunes. The show's first season is available on iTunes, the unaired episodes are also available on iTunes.

Episodes

Main article: List of The Suite Life on Deck episodes
Seasons Episodes First Air Date Last Air Date
Season 1 21 September 19, 2008 July 17, 2009
Season 2 28 August 7, 2009[24] 2010

Theme song and opening sequence

The show's theme song, "Livin' the Suite Life," was written by John Adair and Steve Hampton (who also wrote the themes for fellow Disney Channel series The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, Phil of the Future, and Wizards of Waverly Place, as well as the theme for 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, some of which are styled similarly to the theme), and is performed by British singer Steve Rushton.

The series is one of only two of Disney Channel's presently active series whose theme song is not performed by a star of the series (Phineas and Ferb is the other).

The opening sequence begins with a shot of the S.S. Tipton, then it shows Zack and Cody playing basketball on the Sky Deck. It then shows London, Bailey and Zack on the Sky Deck when a basketball lands on Bailey's desk, she then notes to Zack to pay attention as Cody (in front of a chalkboard) pulls down a map of the world. Side-by-side shots of Zack and Cody are then shown, which then switches to London on the ship, first zooming in on her from a far shot of the side of the ship then a shot of her carrying shopping bags. London then takes a picture of Bailey (looking disinterested in doing so), which then switches to a shot of Mr. Moseby being carried on the ship on a lifebuoy and waving signal flags. London and Bailey are then shown lounging in the sun, while Zack and Cody waterski, as the opening title logo (a slightly modified version of "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody" title logo with the wording "ON DECK" on the piece of paper). Brenda Song, Debby Ryan, and Phill Lewis are the only cast members with episode clips displayed as their names are shown, and episode clips are also shown in-between the opening shot of the S.S. Tipton and the portion of the credits where the creators' names are shown.

Merchandise

DVD Releases

Season Region 1 Discs Extras
One August 25, 2009 1 Several bonus episodes such as the "International Dateline" and "Mulch Ado About Nothing." Also, "Debby on Deck" which is where the Sprouse twins interview Debby Ryan. In addition, The Suite Life on Deck premiere is featured in the DVD.[25]

Other media

On April 16, 2009, People Magazine released a special collector's edition of The Suite Life on Deck, People Magazine has previously published several special editions based on Disney Channel productions such as the 2008 Hannah Montana and High School Musical special editions.

The Suite Life on Deck edition was sixty pages long and included many interviews of the cast, posters, upcoming episode pictures, and included several games based on the series.Cole Sprouse, Dylan Sprouse, and Brenda Song are featured on the cover of the special edition. An activity book based on the series was released on July 13, 2009, the book is called "The Suite Life on Deck Sink or Swim Sticker Activity Book" and is 32 pages of full colored sticker spreads. The activity book was published by Modern Publishing and Disney Books and also includes several quizzes, posters and fill-ins. A photo album based on the series was also released, the book includes several posters, colored images from the series, captions and activities for the reader.

Award and nominations

Year Result Award Category Recipient
2008 Nominated Family Television Awards Best Comedy Series
Winner Young Artists Awards Best Performance in a TV Series-Guest Starring Young Actress Sophie Oda
Nominated Young Artists Awards Best Performance in a TV Series-Supporting Young Actor Jacopo Sarno
2009 Nominated Popstar Magazine's Poptastic Awards Best Television Series[26]
Winner Favorite Television Actor Dylan Sprouse[26]
Nominated Favorite Television Actor Cole Sprouse[26]
Nominated Favorite Television Actress Brenda Song[26]
Nominated Favorite Television Actress Debby Ryan[26][27]
Winner Favorite Newcomer
Winner Kids Choice Awards (Italy) Favorite TV Show


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Gary Levin (September 30, 2008). "Nielsens: Presidential debate fights for numbers". USA Today. Accessed 2008-12-12.
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  4. Growing by Double-Digit Percentages Week to Week, Disney Channel Extends its Streak as Cable’s No. 1 Network in Prime to 193 Weeks in Kids 6-11 and 189 Weeks in Tweens 9-14
  5. Disney Channel weekly ratings
  6. Football, Future President, and Zack & Cody Lead Weekly Cable Viewing
  7. Disney Channel Weekly Highlights
  8. Disney Channel Weekly Ratings December 29 - January 4
  9. Disney Channel highlights for week of January 5-11, 2009
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  11. Top 10 Cable TV Rankings: September 22 - 28, 2008
  12. Disney Channel Weekly Ratings
  13. Football (though not NFL Network), Jeff Dunham and iCarly lead weekly cable viewing
  14. Updated: Weekly Top Cable Shows
  15. 15.0 15.1 Top 10 Cable TV Rankings: December 8- 14, 2008
  16. Growing by Double-Digit Percentages Week to Week, Disney Channel Extends its Streak as Cable’s No. 1 Network in Prime to 193 Weeks in Kids 6-11 and 189 Weeks in Tweens 9-14
  17. WWE RAW, The Closer and Monk lead weekly cable viewing
  18. Tommy 2 Net
  19. WWE RAW, The Closer and Monk lead weekly cable viewing
  20. iCarly, Burn Notice and WWE RAW top cable charts
  21. Tommy 2 Net
  22. WWE RAW, Hannah Montana and Northern Lights lead cable show rankings
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  27. Popstar Magazine

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