Drake and Josh (partially found unaired pilot of Nickelodeon sitcom TV series; 2002)


Drake and Josh (unaired pilot)
The show's title card.
The show's title card.
Status Partially Found

Drake and Josh is a sitcom that premiered on Nickelodeon on January 11, 2004, and ended its run on December 5, 2008. It was created by Dan Schneider as a spin-off of The Amanda Show, in which Drake Bell and Josh Peck originally appeared. Although the first episode of the series is known to fans as the pilot, there was, however, a real pilot of the show.

This pilot was produced in 2003 and was made before Nickelodeon officially picked up the show. Not much is known about this except that it supposedly used the same plot as the first episode of the show, and Walter Nichols (Josh's Dad) was played by Stephen Furst instead of Jonathan Goldstein.

The pilot remained in obscurity until 2013 when Dan Schneider posted screenshots on his DanWarp Twitter account, and a short video of footage from the pilot showing Stephen Furst that was soon privatized. Other than that, no other piece of info is available for this pilot and has yet to be released by Nickelodeon or by Dan Schneider himself. There are clips in the promo.

On November 28, 2017, LMW user afx6010 found the privatized video after finding it was created in 2002, not 2003, and uploaded it to MEGA. The footage indicates that, along with clear casting and set design deviations, the pilot's writing differed from that of the final version of the premiere episode to some degree. The video showcases a version of the basketball scene where Drake accidentally hits Walter in the face with the ball, knocking him out; in the final episode, Walter catches the ball and spins it on his finger before accidentally tossing it at and consequently breaking a ceramic lamp beside Drake.

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Promo featuring clips from the unaired pilot.
A mirror of Dan Schneider’s privatized video, featuring footage from the pilot.

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Anonymous user #1

19 months ago
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I Am A Huge Fan Of Drake And Josh

I really want this unaired pilot to be released it would amazing to see how the show originally started
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Anonymous user #2

19 months ago
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Aren't their more screenshots? where are the rest?
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Anonymous user #1

18 months ago
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I am going to guess what part each of the screenshots are the first 5 are the basketball scene photos the next 2 is when Drake finds out his mom is getting married

The one where Josh's original dad is laughing is after Drake asks"is he going to be my stepfather"
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Waluigi577

18 months ago
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I feel the one where Josh's dad is laughing is when he is revealing the news about him and the mom getting married.
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Anonymous user #3

17 months ago
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Every episode of show just has to have an UNAIRED PILOT
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Anonymous user #6

17 months ago
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Ikr, hey arnold, billy and mandy, Johnny bravo, and im pretty sure many other shows that have yet to be leaked.
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Anonymous user #4

17 months ago
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Place Megan in a locked room with Ruthie Camden. Seal it. That is all.
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Anonymous user #5

17 months ago
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Umm why
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Anonymous user #6

17 months ago
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I will cherish this piece of lost media in my heart because it is one of the first pieces of lost media i ever discovered.
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Anonymous user #7

17 months ago
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Maybe we could try to contact Dan Schneider and ask for more information and possibly a future release.
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Anonymous user #8

15 months ago
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It's 2016 still no updates or information
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Anonymous user #8

15 months ago
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Notice how the basketball hits Walter in the face but in the aired version Walter throws it at a lamp and then Drake says "Lamps Don't think that fast"
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Anonymous user #8

15 months ago
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The Original Dad's name is Dan Pickham according to Drake
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Anonymous user #9

15 months ago
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BEST ANIME
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Nostaljik

4 days ago
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I think you're forgetting Seinfeld
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Anonymous user #10

13 months ago
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I am so angry that Dan Schneider privatized the clip from the unaired pilot.
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Anonymous user #11

12 months ago
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I think he might not be able to legally release the Unaired Pilot but I'm not sure.
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Anonymous user #18

15 days ago
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That might very well be true, but he could give us the name of the unknown dad actor at least...
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Anonymous user #12

9 months ago
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According to josh, the dad is Dan PickHam and works for "Dude! Wheres my challenge?"
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Anonymous user #13

9 months ago
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Drake Bell did not say that.
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Anonymous user #13

9 months ago
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Nor did Josh Peck
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Anonymous user #14

8 months ago
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Josh's original dad looks kind of old in the screenshot where he is smiling.
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Anonymous user #14

8 months ago
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Three Clips are available in the promo the first one was the scene where Drake was preparing Josh to fight with Buck. The second one is when Josh first visits Drake's room. The third one is the Miss Nancy from the Unaired Version, The fourth one is when Drake blows the Whistle and Josh hears Audrey Screaming. There is the Karate Scene and the scene when Drake and Josh's dinner is spicy and Josh drinks from the Vase and Drake goes in the fish tank. In the Fish tank scene you can see the pattern in the frame behind Josh which matches the sixth screenshot. This is all we have right now. I want the Unaired Pilot to be released just to see Josh's Original Dad
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Anonymous user #15

8 months ago
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Can someone try to contact Dan on Schneider or Nickelodeon about this? We need this released or a reason why it couldn't be released.
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Anonymous user #16

5 months ago
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I think the father in the close up looks a little like Anthony Head
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Anonymous user #18

15 days ago
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Not even slightly.
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Anonymous user #17

4 months ago
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I don't think that's him
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Anonymous user #19

12 days ago
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It says in the mirror of Dan’s video that Josh’s original Dad was named Stephen Furst.
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Anonymous user #20

11 days ago
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Who's the vandal that said that Animal House actor Stephen Furst played Drake & Josh's dad in the pilot? That unidentified actor looks nothing like him!
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Ryanskii

11 days ago
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Yea, but that is Stephen Furst (I think)

He was identified and (You also get that his appearance could have changed during the time before and after his appearance in the Drake and Josh pilot)
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Hankhill22

11 days ago
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Here's an interview of him from 2002 which mentions the Drake & Josh pilot. http://www.i...tephen-furst
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Anonymous user #20

11 days ago
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Didn't he die earlier this year or sometime last year?
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SADLAD84

11 days ago
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Yup. He died last June apparently.
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Zerocakes

10 days ago
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What a fucking find. Been following this for 2 years and it's amazing to finally have a conclusion. feelsgoodman
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Ryanskii

10 days ago
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Actually not yet, The conclusion would be when the full pilot is found
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Zerocakes

1 days 4 hours 11 minutes ago
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Very true, but it's nice to have some sort of info towards it.
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Anonymous user #21

4 days ago
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found it.
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Thundermaster612

1 days 10 hours 54 minutes ago
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Wow you're so cool pls pls pls release it i am now youres biggest fan man i cant believe you did it wow
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