The Suite Life on Deck
The Suite Life on Deck is an American teen sitcom that aired on Disney Channel from September 26, 2008 to May 6, 2011. It 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 SS Tipton, where they attend classes at Seven Seas High School and meet Bailey Pickett while Mr. Moseby manages the ship. The ship travels around the world to nations such as Italy, France, Greece, India, Sweden and the United Kingdom where the characters experience different cultures, adventures, and situations.
Why It Rocks
- This show has a pretty catchy opening sequence just like it’s original show.
- Awesome set design and lighting. It was filmed in a real cruise.
- The bedrooms being different from the original show being in a hotel, but now on a cruise look really cool.
- There was a school on a cruise that looks great.
- New characters like Bailey Pickett, Marcus Little (who didn't appear until Season 2), and among others.
- Amazing acting since four of the cast of the original show, such as Dylan & Cole Sprouse, Brenda Song and Phil Lewis has returned to play Zack & Cody Martin, London Tipton, and Mr. Moseby in this show after the original ended to see how they grew up on Disney Channel.
- The show launched the major acting career for Debby Ryan.
- Even though she's not the main character, Ashley Tisdale even reprises her role as Maddie Fitzpatrick as she returns in “Maddie on Deck”.
- It teaches amazing morals.
- Many funny and heartwarming moments.
- It spawned crossover episodes with Hannah Montana and Wizards of Waverly Place called “Wizards on Deck with Hannah Montana” and I'm in the Band called “Weasels on Deck”.
- Speaking of Hannah Montana, the cast from this show made guest appearances in the episode “Super Girl”.
- And speaking of Wizards of Waverly Place, 3 of the main cast from this show also made guest appearances in the episode “Cast Away” as well.
- The crossover between Wizards of Waverly Place and Hannah Montana garned 10.8 MIllion viewers which is the highest viewed episode in Disney Channel history.
- We finally get to see Mr. Tipton in person near the end of the series.
- It spawned a movie called “The Suite Life Movie”, where took place here during the series, and aired almost 2 months before the final episode.
- The series finale, “Graduation on Deck” was an amazing way to end the show and the suite life franchise.
- Season 1 stayed 4:3 and utilized FilmLook processing just like it’s original show. Thankfully, the last two seasons are in 16:9.
- Around the mid 2011 after the show ended it had the possibility that suite life will have a 2nd Spin-Off where Zack and Cody goes back to the hotel and be a mentor for a young child .
- In an interview with Vulture, Dylan explained why the series came to an end. At the time, the twins “had a really awesome idea for where the show needed to go,” but it got turned down. Dylan stated “We were 18. If that isn’t old enough to know exactly what the show needs, then…well, I would beg to disagree, I don’t think [Disney] were willing to work with us, really ever. So we stopped the show.” talk about a waste of potential.
- There was one scene where Bailey farts in “My Sister’s Keeper”.
- Can get mean-spirited at times.
- Unoriginality: The show's premise is recycled from The Suite Life of Zack and Cody (which was spun off into this show), the only difference being that the characters are on a cruise ship.
Episodes with their Own Pages
- Disney Channel made this show because of the cast of The Suite Life of Zack & Cody were growing up and gradually aging.
- Debby Ryan later went on to portray Jessie Prescott in another Disney Channel show, Jessie.
- Doc Shaw left during Season 3 to portray Boomer Parker, one of the main characters for another Disney Channel show, Pair of Kings.
- In 2019, Brenda Song came back to portray Anne Boonchuy in the Disney Channel animated series, Amphibia.