Format Family/Teen sitcom
Created by Pamela Eells O'Connell
Starring Debby Ryan
Peyton List
Cameron Boyce
Karan Brar
Skai Jackson
Kevin Chamberlin
Frank the Lizard (uncredited)
Theme music composer Toby Gad & Kinship Robbins
Opening theme "Hey, Jessie" by Debby Ryan
Composer(s) John Adair & Steve Hampton
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 26 (aired) (List of episodes)
Pamela Eells O'Connell
Location(s) New York City (setting)
Hollywood Center Studios,
(Los Angeles, California) (Taping location)
Camera setup Videotape (filmized);
Running time 22-24 minutes
It's a Laugh Productions
Bon Mot Productions
Disney Channel Original Productions
Original channel Disney Channel
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
720p (HDTV)
Original airing September 30, 2011-
External links
Official website

JESSIE is an American television sitcom which premiered on September 30, 2011 on Disney Channel. The series was created and executive produced by Pamela Eells O'Connell. It stars Debby Ryan as Jessie, a small town girl who moves to New York City and unexpectedly becomes a nanny for four children portrayed by Peyton List, Cameron Boyce, Karan Brar and Skai Jackson.


The series follows Jessie Prescott, an 18-year-old small town girl with big dreams who decides to leave her hometown in Texas for New York City. She accepts a job as a nanny and moves into a multi-million dollar penthouse apartment on the Upper West Side with the wealthy Ross family. The family includes jet-setting parents, Morgan and Christina, and their four rambunctious children, Emma, Luke, Ravi, and Zuri along with the family's pet, a seven-foot monitor lizard. With a whole new world of experiences open to her, Jessie embarks on new adventures in the big city as she learns to rely on the love and support of the children in her care. Assisting her are Bertram, the family’s sarcastic butler, and Tony, the building's 20-year-old doorman.

Cast and charactersEdit

Main castEdit

  • Jessie Prescott (Debby Ryan) is an idealistic and resourceful 18-year-old from rural Texas who moves to New York City to realize her dreams and becomes a nanny to the four Ross children along the way.
  • Emma Ross (Peyton List) is a bubbly but cynical 13-year-old girl, eager to order the world the way she sees it. She is the only biological child of the bunch.
  • Luke Ross (Cameron Boyce) is a mischievous 12-year-old boy adopted at the age of five from Detroit who has a passion for video games and dancing. He considers himself a ladies' man and has taken a liking to Jessie in particular.
  • Ravi Ross (Karan Brar) is a 10-year-old boy from India and the newest adoptee to join the Ross family. He is imbued with the culture of his beloved homeland, but is thrilled with his new life in America.
  • Zuri Ross (Skai Jackson) is an adorable, sassy 7-year old who was adopted at birth in Africa. She is the one who discovered Jessie in the first episode. She has close-knit relationships with Emma and Jessie. She is also Luke's partner-in-crime, but she lets him fend for himself.
  • Bertram (Kevin Chamberlin) is the frosty butler of the Ross family who begrudgingly helps Jessie navigate her job as nanny for the four Ross children.
  • Mr. Kipling Ross (Frank the Lizard) is the house pet, a 7-foot Asian Water Monitor lizard. Ravi found the lizard when he was only a egg, and he is his only link to his beloved homeland, India. While the series was in fruition, he was orignally a capybara.

Recurring castEdit


Main article: List of JESSIE episodes
Season Episodes Originally aired (U.S. dates)
Season premiere Season finale





September 30,2011

October 5, 2012

September 7, 2012

TBA 2013

Development and productionEdit

JESSIE skipped the pilot phase and was directly put into production by Disney Channel. The show is taped at Hollywood Center Studios and takes place in New York City. It was announced on June 9, 2011 that production had begun on the series. Thirteen episodes were initially ordered for the first season. On July 22, 2011 when the show's freshman season was in production, Disney Channel ordered an additional seven episodes bringing the total episodes for the first season to 20. The series has been renewed for a second season.


  • JESSIE is the only Disney Channel series where the main character has already graduated from high school.
  • JESSIE currently has the highest ever testing for a Disney Channel series.


Many of the things it does in this show was first used in BABYSITTER:

  • In Creepy Connie Bertram hurts himself by doing the splitz. This was first used in the BABYSITTER episode, A New Philip
  • In World Wide Web of Lies Luke and Ravi wrestle. This was first used in the BABYSITTER episode, Wrestling in the Dark
  • Also in World Wide Web of Lies Bertram wears a black and white striped shirt, the shirt that Matthew first wore in the BABYSITTER episode Wrestling in the Dark
  • In Romancing the Crone Jessie says that she was hoping that Bertram was taking Mrs. Chesterfeild on a date to Australia. In the BABYSITTER episode A New Philip, Madison says that if the police come looking for her, tell them that she moved to Australia
  • The plot of the episode Badfellas is basically a similar plot to the BABYSITTER episode The book of Secrets
  • Jessice Prescott likes to sing, but Madison in BABYSITTER liked to sing since the first episode.