‘Hug me brotha!’: Drake and Josh are back for a potential reboot
May 15, 2019
By Hailey Mayewski
Imagine coming home from school to watch your favorite childhood dynamic duo back with a new show. Well, luckily this is a possibility for the not-so-distant future. The stars of “Drake & Josh,” which aired from 2004-2007, are currently working on creating the next installment of their hit sitcom.
“Drake & Josh” featured stepbrothers Drake Parker (Drake Bell) and Josh Nichols (Josh Peck) whose chemistry comes from the fact that they are polar opposites. Focusing on the duo’s day-to-day life and crazy adventures, the show instantly became a classic and captured the hearts of viewers.
On March 14, on the red carpet at the iHeartRadio Music Awards, Bell told People Magazine that he and Peck are talking to several networks about filming a reboot.
“[The show] is going to be way more creative, way cooler than just, you know, the college years or something like that,” Bell told People. “We knew that if we were ever going to come back, it’s got to be something cool. I’m excited to see what the fans think.”
Bell and Peck have been collaborating on Peck’s YouTube channel where they can be seen watching old clips and reminiscing about their past together.
Junior Julia Carrino, who is a big fan of the show, said she is very excited about the possibility of a reboot because the sitcom has helped shape her into who she is today.
“Without the show and Megan (Drake and Josh’s younger sister played by Miranda Cosgrove) playing the oboe, I would have never started to play myself,” Carrino said.
Even though the reboot is not official, Carrino said she is confident “Drake & Josh” will make a comeback.
“I definitely think that the show will become a reality because there are so many fans that love the show,” Carrino said.
Junior Jenna Coviello agrees with Carrino that “Drake & Josh” has the potential to be a successful reboot because the show’s comedic elements are timeless.
“My favorite thing about the show was the beginning of each episode,” Coviello said. “It started with the split screen with Drake and Josh contradicting everything each other said.”
Coviello said she finds herself quoting the sitcom to this day.
“I love the iconic ‘I ain’t calling you a truther’ line.” Ever since I first heard it, it’s become a part of my everyday vocabulary,” Coviello said.
She said she is appreciative of the lessons “Drake & Josh” taught her at a young age.
“I love the scene where Drake goes to Josh’s class to apologize for being immature,” Coviello said. “The show helped me realize how important it is to be close to siblings.”
In 2017, fans were devastated to hear that Bell and Peck were no longer communicating due to Peck’s failure to invite Bell to his wedding.
By August 2017, however, the tension seemed to have passed, as evidenced by a vlog Peck posted to YouTube that showed the two together at an awards show.
“You’re welcome, childhood,” Peck said to the camera jokingly in his vlog.
Sophomore Matthew Derrig said although the co-stars were at odds at one point, he does not think it will impact their communication in the future.
“Even though they have money and fame, they’re still normal,” Derrig said. “Best friends go through ups and downs all the time.”