The Suite Life of Zack & Cody marked the tail end of Disney Channel’s golden age. 13 years ago today, Dylan and Cole Sprouse graced our televisions as the rowdy twins set to wreak havoc in the Tipton Hotel for the first time! Take a walk down memory lane and relive some of the show’s most iconic moments.
Esteban, portrayed by Adrian R’Mante, was introduced in the show’s debut episode as a bellboy in the Tipton. He reveals his lengthy full name during the first season’s 11th episode and became a recurring gag throughout the show’s three-year run. The joke still remains popular today and has turned into a constant theme for memes.
Mr Moseby’s Killer Dance Moves
No other actor in this world could’ve sassed as Mr Moseby like Phill Lewis did. His performance as the hotel’s uptight manager mixed with the character’s own brand of comedy holds second to none. If it wasn’t his sarcastic humor or his trademark “NO RUNNING IN MY LOBBY!” line, it was his legendary moves that cracked the viewers up. Just listen to the infectious laugh from someone in the live studio audience when Moseby does his Shorty George!
Moseby’s attempt at teaching Brenda Song’s character, hotel heiress London Tipton, to drive is a piece of genius comedic writing. The scene perfectly captures the essence of both of characters from Moseby’s failed efforts to calm himself down to London’s prideful smile at her knowledge of “the PRNDL”. We’re certain a chunk of the Millennial population refers to the gear shift as “the PRNDL” because of this episode.
Teaching Body Positivity
After being insulted for their physical flaws, Brenda Song and Ashley Tisdale’s characters ventured into unhealthy diets in order to achieve the ideal body. London’s big butt caused her to stop eating while all Maddie did was eat junk food. The two make fools out of themselves during a catwalk, but eventually, realize that they’re perfect the way they are. The episode’s lesson left a positive impact on their young audience, proving that the show really was the last straw in Disney’s golden age.
The Really Cool Crossover Episodes
“That’s So Raven,” “Hannah Montana,” and “The Suite Life of Zack & Cody” coming together was a trifecta of the late Disney years. The three-part special appeared on all three TV shows but their universes collided in “That’s So Suite Life of Hannah Montana in the Tipton”. Our favorite psychic, identity crisis popstar, hotel heiress, and candy girl all in one episode? Ultimate Disney peak!
If you suddenly miss spending your afternoons watching back to back Disney shows, you’re not alone. Those were the days.