Format Teen sitcom
Created by Pamela Eells O'Connell
Starring Debby Ryan
Peyton List
Karan Brar
Cameron Boyce
Skai Jackson
Kevin Chamberlin
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 20 (ordered)
(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
Jessie is an American sitcom that premiere on Disney Channel on September 30, 2011. The series stars Debby Ryan, formerly of The Suite Life on Deck. The series was created and executive produced by Pamela Eells O'Connell, a former writer and executive producer on The Suite Life on Deck. The first promo for the show aired during the premiere of Phineas and Ferb: Across The Second Dimension.


Jessie is an 18-year old girl from a rural Texas town who moves to New York City. She suddenly finds herself becoming the nanny of four children living in a multi-million dollar penthouse. One of the children has an imaginary friend and another has a pet capybara. Assisting her is Bertram, a mean, lazy butler and Tony, a 20-year-old doorman who secretly likes Jessie.

Cast and charactersEdit

Main charactersEdit

  • Jessie (Debby Ryan) is an idealistic teen from rural Texas who moves to New York City, and becomes a nanny for four rich children.
  • Emma Ross (Peyton R. List) is a bubbly 13-year-old eager to reorder the world and the only biological child in the bunch.
  • Ravi Ross (Karan Brar) is a 10-year-old Indian adoptee imbued with his Eastern culture, but thrilled with his new life in America.
  • Luke Ross (Cameron Boyce) is a 12-year-old adopted son who is exploding with mischief and is a videogame addict.
  • Zuri Ross (Skai Jackson) is an adorable African-American 7-year-old girl adopted from Africa who is highly imaginative and fanciful.
  • Bertram (Kevin Chamberlin) is the frosty butler.

Recurring charactersEdit

  • Tony (Chris Gayla) is the building's 20-year-old doorman and secretly likes Jessie.
  • Morgan Ross (Charles Esten) is the four children's father and a famous movie director.
  • Christina Ross (Christina Moore) is the four children's mother and a former supermodel turned business magnate.


Main article: List of Jessie episodes
Season Episodes Originally aired (U.S. dates)
Season premiere Season finale
1 20 September 30, 2011 TBA

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.