YMMV: Jessie

  • Accidental Innuendo: "Who broke into my room and touched my badger?"
    • "Would you like to see a picture of my lizard?"
    • "I'm on you like stripes on a tiger!"
    • "That date ended with me all wet."
    • The episode title "Pain in the Rear Window".
  • Adored by the Network: How else can you explain this show getting no less than four Crossovers including one with an animated Spider-Man cartoon? It's also getting a spinoff featuring half the original cast.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • Are the Ross parents extremely successful celebrities who are simply too busy maintaining their financial empire so that their children can afford keeping Bertram, Jessie and all of their material possessions around and legitimately love their children, or are they irresponsible self-absorbed attention freaks who have clearly adopted far too many children just for the sake of appearances and have left them to be raised by money, resulting in four clearly spoiled brats?
    • Is Jessie really a Magical Nanny or dangerously incompetent and ill-suited for the job? Even the show itself has a hard time deciding (sometimes within the same episode), with her own kids making fun of her skills.
      • Also, Jessie is engaging in Obfuscating Stupidity. She can fly a helicopter and was a straight-A student in high school, after all. The fact that she genuinely can do right and give good advice is also telling.
      • One joke suggests Ravi cares for Kipling's children out of fear of her.
  • Award Snub: In good company with Nickelodeon's own The Haunted Hathaways and even The Big Bang Theory who all lost Favorite TV Show at the 2014 Kids' Choice Awards to Sam & Cat (and Debby Ryan and Sam & Cat's Jennette McCurdy losing Favorite TV actress to Ariana Grande, who herself said it should've gone to Jennette).
  • Base Breaker: Is Zuri cute or annoying?
    • The same can be said about Ravi. His "relationship" with Mrs. Kipling is pretty annoying as is the way he treated her young. At least Zuri and Ravi both have some of the funniest scenes, but at the cost of simultaneously being two of the most annoying characters on the Disney Channel.
    • The Ross parents. See Alternate Character Interpretation above. A rare case of potential Base Breaking characters existing through their absence.
    • The crossover with Ultimate Spider-Man. Many viewers thought it was a harmless novelty, others had trouble getting past a crossover between an animated comic superhero show and a live-action tween-oriented Kid Com and how a failed actress turned nanny who once tried to (fake) kill her kids because she was sleep-deprived would be aware of the existence of a top-secret organization designed to hunt down intergalactic super-threats.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Adam Sandler in "Punch-Dumped Love," from Breaking the Fourth Wall with Cameron Boyce to admitting that the punch was made in Kevin James' bathtub (with Kevin James in it) to insisting being called Thunder to his very unexplained appearance in the episode to begin with.
  • Billing Displacement: Kevin Chamberlin is listed second on the info for each episode. If it was alphabetical, excluding Debby Ryan, Cameron Boyce and Karan Brar would be the other two listed. Peyton R. List is the third name which makes sense as she is shown second during the opening credits, and should only be listed third behind one of the other kids. Mileage varies on which Ross child gets most the screen time or is the most or least relevant, but any one of them deserves to be listed above Bertram. It's probably a matter of experience with Kevin and Peyton, since they have done much more acting than the other Ross kids (though it makes one wonder why not an And Starring accreditation, which is traditional on the network anyway).
  • Bizarro Episode: "To Be Me Or Not To Be Me".
    • "The Jessie-nator: Grudgement Day" as well.
    • "Ghost Bummers," the second full-on Halloween special. You try finding another Disney show involving demonic possession.
  • Creator's Pet: Zuri, hands down.
    • Kipling. Do we really need that many episodes about a lizard?
    • To a lesser extent, Ravi himself.
    • Brooks, the man Jessie would be engaged to at the end of Season 3. Most viewers found him to be absolutely charmless and even a stalker. The fact that he was also rich also made people think Jessie was mostly attracted to the money.
  • Critical Dissonance: The show is actually almost universally panned by critics and often called one of the worst shows on Disney Channel (or one of the worst tween/teen shows in history), yet it's one of the highest-rated shows on the network and able to squeeze out a full four seasons (something traditionally only reserved for consistent breakout hits).
  • Critic-Proof: There is hardly a review of this show published that didn't claim anything other than it being horrible. It's gotten so bad, in fact, that websites that don't even normally review TV shows at all (like humor site Cracked, or Deadspin which is a sports news site though often branching into humor) would review it specifically just to point out how awful it is and/or how awful the state of tween-centric entertainment is. That hasn't stopped the show from getting some of the highest ratings and being among the most renewed shows on the network when it aired.
  • Crossover Ship: Jessie with Cody Martin (you should've seen this coming). Or even Jessie and Bailey.
    • Since the crossover with Austin & Ally shipping Jessie with Austin has become popular.
      • Likewise for Emma and Austin (bonus points for canon shipping!)
    • Jessie and Teddy. The upcoming crossover between the two shows wasn't necessary to make this happen; this pairing had been popular since SLOD (when Debby was still Bailey).
    • Jessie and Sam Puckett is pretty popular too.
    • Jessie and PJ Duncan or Jessie and Adam Davenport. What makes these two pairings popular is that they've both appeared on the series (during the Jessie/Good Luck Charlie crossover and when Spencer Boldman guest starred in "Break-Up and Shape-Up") and rumors of Debby actually dating one of them in real life.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: Quite a few examples especially for a kid-friendly Disney Channel sitcom that should know better:
    • An episode was temporarily pulled to remove a scene involving making fun of a kid with an allergy to gluten, and then throwing pancakes at him. What the hell, Disney?
    • Also, a couple of the racial jokes in the show are rather unsettling to say the least.
    • Zuri's slurs against citizens of Denver and Denver itself in Good Luck Jessie. It came off as Zuri mostly being a mouthpiece for the writers on why New York is awesome and if you live in Flyover Country you must suck.
    • The suicide "joke" in Jessie's Aloha Holidays with Parker and Joey. Enough said.
      • Especially that the joke was directed at Jessie, while Debby was experiencing a lot of stress with trying to wrap up Season 4 when this episode aired and got sick several times.
    • Jessie (and to a lesser extent Zuri through Stuart) being the victim of stalking and having it be played for laughs, full stop. Luke being the most frequent offender, but part of the audience's negative reaction to Brooks is because he used CIA resources to cyber-stalk Jessie. Especially since it turns out Debby herself was victimized from stalking and physical abuse in Real Life.
  • Ear Worm: Even if you don't like the theme song, you've got to admit it's catchy.
  • Estrogen Brigade: Tony, Luke and even Ravi (the show has greatly underestimated his appeal to the fanbase in this regard).
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: One of the most popular characters in the whole show so far is Creepy Connie - a character who not only was meant to be as close to walking Nightmare Fuel as a series of this nature would allow, but also a character who has appeared in a whopping three episodes.
    • Officer Petey, who has now appeared in two episodes each season so far and certainly in future ones.
    • Arguably Nanny Agatha, who's appeared in as many episodes as Officer Petey has so far (including one with Officer Petey)
    • Maybelle, who has appeared in a whole single episode and mentioned in passing in another one. She's one of the most frequently requested characters to make a return in future episodes or in the Bunk'd spin-off.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Jessie is with Tony, but fans like to pair her with Luke or Officer Petey, or for those into Les Yay, with Emma.
    • The canon Jessie-Tony pairing started gaining real traction with the fans once, ironically enough, Jessie and Tony split and especially after the show started pairing Jessie with random-love-interest-of-the-week. Brooks and his relative unpopularity with the fans also helped the Jessie-Tony pairing gain popularity in comparison.
    • Emma and Maybelle as a Heterosexual Life-Partners variation of this trope (or not).
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: After "The Whining" aired, a nanny in New York did kill two of her kids like the Ross children thought Jessie wanted to do. Disney has since pulled all reruns of the episode and it was removed from iTunes.
    • The pulling of the "Quitting Cold Koala" episode can be considered this as it was pulled before being aired due to jokes made about Gluten-free dieters. It was to air in May of 2013 and May is National Celiac Disease Awareness Month. People with Celiac Disease cannot eat gluten.
    • In-universe example: In "Gotcha Day" Bertram warns Mr. Kipling that if he ever has kids Bertram will make omelets out of them. In "The Secret Life of Mr. Kipling" (which happened to be the very next episode,) Mr(s). Kipling's unhatched kids are in danger by being trapped inside a restaurant - that specializes in making omelets!
    • In "Girls Don't Wanna Get Shunned" Jessie warns Bertram about how nasty and backstabbing teenagers are - then Bertram points out that Jessie is a teenager. This episode aired just a few weeks before Debby Ryan's 20th birthday (and was thus no longer a teenager).
      • Likewise, in "Punch-Dumped Love" Bertram notes Jessie's hypocrisy in complaining about teenagers by pointing out she's still a teenager, even though Debby had already turned 20 when the episode aired (although she was still a teenager when the episode was actually filmed).note 
      • Also in "Punch-Dumped Love" Jessie looks at Balloon Jessie and says that she looks good as a blonde. Debby had started dying her hair blonde during the hiatus between that season and the next, and since production of the show wrapped has mostly been a blonde (and of course, she was blonde in Suite Life on Deck).
    • A particularly uncomfortable "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: The final episodes of Season 3 consist of a multi-part story arc where Jessie suddenly gets engaged to a guy she randomly meets through the help of acquaintances (Emma, Zuri and Mrs. Chesterfield - all who ironically later try to split her up with him). It's been widely assumed (and rather transparent) that the story arc is an Author Avatar / Actor Allusion moment to Debby's real-life relationship to 21 Pilots drummer Josh Dunn, a person she randomly met through the help of acquaintances (friendships with other members of 21 Pilots as well as her own band, The Never Ending) to the point where many fans speculated she would announce her own real life engagement to Josh at the conclusion of the story arc. As it turned out, Debby and Josh broke up right during the middle of the story arc's airing - which could make development of future plotlines of the show's marriage a bit awkward, to say the least. The fact that this comes on the heels of the break-up of Debby's real-life friend Sarah Hyland's breakup with long-time boyfriend Matt Prokop (due to what turned out to be a very abusive relationship) manages to make it just that much more uncomfortable.
      • The end of the plotline ( they don't get married and the guy moves to Africa to run an animal shelter) makes this either better or worse, depending on how you look at it.
      • Then Debby revealed that she had been victimized by stalking and physical abuse by an unnamed assailant (which many people initially wrongly thought was Josh Dun), making this even worse, especially since many of Jessie's love interests and friends (including Brooks and Luke) often engage in what can be interpreted as stalking behavior.
      • Likewise the subtle rape and prostitution jokes that tend to make their way into episodes in light of the above.
    • In "Used Karma" Jessie says she doesn't want to date Tony because she's afraid of a nasty break-up and being forced to climb up 30 flights of stairs just to avoid him - both of which, respectively, happen in "Break-Up and Shape-Up" and "The Blind Date, The Cheapskate and The Primate".
    • At the end of "Creepy Connie 3: The Creepening" and the fake wedding between Connie and Luke Jessie grabs the tossed bouquet proclaiming that she's going to be the next to get married - which almost happens at the end of that season in "There Goes the Bride."
  • Girl-Show Ghetto: Averted by using an equal cast of three guys and three girls, giving both the male and female characters important (if not entirely equal) roles and attracting both male and female viewers with eye candy. You can take the viewpoint that the show is slightly shifted more towards girls because Jessie herself is the title character, Peyton R. List is the second actor billed & Zuri is the first regular character the audience is introduced to after Jessie.
  • Heartwarming In Hindsight: In one episode, Jessie delivers a speech on how precious childhood toys are and how meaningful their memories are. In another episode, it turns out that Luke is attached to Kenny the Koala because he was the only family he had at the orphanage. Although, it seems a bit Harsher in Hindsight and hypocritical considering that Jessie and co. spent much of the episode trying to separate Luke from him.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: It was already reasonably funny, but the joke where Zuri calls Ravi "Mowgli" gets even funnier when you remember who Ravi's pet is named for.
    • The plot point of the episode guest starring NBA All-Star Chris Bosh, who plays for the Miami Heat, has Luke trying to and seemingly suceeding at washing Chris's lucky socks, rendering them useless and causing Bosh to lose all of his skills, so the Knicks can beat the Heat. Considering that television episodes are typically shot at least 2-3 months before their air date, the episode was more than likely shot before the 2012-13 NBA season had started. New York and Miami have played each other twice between filming and the air date, and the Knicks won both games.
    • Add to that Lebron not scoring 20 or more points in a game for the first time all season right around the time of the promo started running and that the Knicks got off to one of their hottest starts to the season in franchise history makes its even funnier.
    • In "Where's Zuri?" Jessie called Hudson (played by Matt Shively) "her with man hands" after learning their backstories were the same. In and of itself funny, even funnier when you learn Ryan (Matt Shively's character from True Jackson VP) was teased a lot for his girly physique.
  • Ho Yay: In "Somebunny's In Trouble", Brett is Mistaken for Cheating on Emma, leading to a fight when she finds out he's been hanging out with Luke behind her back, her brother being referred to as "the other woman" up until the reveal. Their behavior and Brett's conversations with Emma and Luke that follow are similar to that of a soap opera when one is caught cheating, background music and all.
    Luke: There's only one thing to do. Brett, I don't think we should see each other anymore. Have I cherished our time together? Yes, but... it's over.
    Brett: Luke, no!
    Luke: We'll always have the Jets game.
    Brett: Luke, don't be rash.
    Luke: I said it's over!
    • This is prefaced by a scene in which Emma discovers Luke wearing Brett's football jersey.
    Emma: Luke, are you wearing Brett's jersey?
    • Also, this dialogue during the credits scene:
    Bertram: Great, so that includes you and Emma.
  • Hollywood Homely: Jessie, played by Debby Ryan, is occasionally made fun of for apparent physical imperfections. Though that might be the joke.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: As with most Disney KidComs, a fair amount of males are only watching to look at females (in this case, Debby Ryan and Peyton R. List).
    • Apparently, a good chunk of the show's actual intended fanbase are watching mainly for Ravi and especially Luke.
  • Les Yay: Emma, with Jasmine. And again with Rosie.
    • And with Jessie. Especially with Jessie.
    • Jessie and Angela. Their catfight practically made this canon.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Mrs. Rhoda Chesterfield crosses this at least twice: First time she crossed it was when she yelled at Jessie and calls the Animal Control to get rid of Mr. Kipling, merely because Jessie's cookies broke her tooth. She crossed it again in Glue Dunnit: A Sticky Situation by breaking Luke's football. It's implied she crossed this a while back, and did something very terrible to her ex-hairdresser and several of her ex-husbands.
    • Agatha crosses the line by oppressing nannies and trying to blackmail Jessie with out-of-context photos to get her fired.
    • Darla especially crossed it in the past, by throwing Jessie down a well!
  • Purity Sue: Surprisingly averted - While Jessie is nice, and does care for the kids, she can be a blatant Bitch in Sheep's Clothing.
  • Replacement Scrappy Series: Some people had this attitude when Jessie first premiered regarding Suite Life on Deck. Note that people also thought the same when On Deck replaced Suite Life of Zack and Cody.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
  • The Scrappy:
    • Zuri to some, for her annoying, bratty attitude. She Took a Level in Jerkass in later seasons, with few heartwarming moments in between For example, she blatantly mismanaged and neglected Ravi's baby lizards when he asked her to babysit them and still demanding that she be paid for it. Also, in "Caught Purple Handed" she lied to partygoers, saying a really famous celebrity would be there, but once Emma and Luke opposed the fact she lied, she immediately insulted them and made them fix her problem.
    • Bertram to others, even though he can be portrayed sympathetically. Although, it's been lessening lately, due to the fact that everyone Took a Level in Jerkass toward him.
    • Ethnic Scrappy: Zuri & to a degree Ravi (see Base Breaker).
  • Special Effect Failure: The tiger in "Jessie's Big Break" is clearly not there.
    • "The Jessie-nator: Grudgment Day" attempted to have two Jessies on-screen (one is Jessie, one is her futuristic Sarah Connor-esque self) at once.
  • Spiritual Licensee: See Expy and Spiritual Successor, and pay particular attention to who stars in/created the series. A lot of people feel that this is The Bailey Pickett Show with the Serial Numbers Filed Off.
    • That almost was the case but very early in development it was felt that making it a formal Suite Life spin-off would be too much of a distraction and take away from the Suite Life on Deck finale.
  • Squick: The Ross kids' reaction to Bertram and Jessie when they mistakenly believed Bertram was proposing to Jessie. Quite possibly many in the audience, too.
  • Testosterone Brigade: Jessie, Emma and Christina Ross when she appears.
  • They Wasted A Perfectly Good Crossover: Crossing over with Liv and Maddie and not have Liv or Maddie anywhere in sight (Jessie's Aloha Holidays with Parker and Joey)? Especially since Emma and Liv would get on like a house on fire, and Jessie would likely bond with Maddie? Not to mention a special with Debby Ryan, Peyton R. List, Dove Cameron and Maia Mitchell would definitely appeal to the show's Testosterone Brigade.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: It's hard to act sympathetic for the kids at times, considering that they're selfish half of the time (especially Zuri & Luke).
  • What an Idiot: In "Trashin' Fashion", Christina fails to identify Kitty Couture as Emma. Y'know, her only biological daughter.
    • At the end of "Used Karma", Jessie & the kids are scared by a robed figure who is very obviously Bertram.
    • Jessie during "G.I. Jessie." What could possibly have made her think that bringing Luke to a military base where experimental weaponry is kept was a good idea? She was practically begging him to make trouble.
  • The Woobie: Jessie - Debby's acting and facial expressions really sell it. Bertram also gets more than a few moments of Woobie-ness.
    • Ravi gets a lot of Woobie moments too, especially in Are You Cooler Than a Fifth Grader? and pretty much whenever Mr. Kipling is in trouble. Like Debby, the actor really sells it. Additionally, if anyone's going to get hurt in a scene, it's usually Ravi.
    • Stuart gets hit with this pretty hard. He really likes Zuri, but is unintentionally stalking her. Zuri doesn't even give him a chance and openly degrades him in public even though he's done a lot for her. She made him do a lot of this stuff; she's actually using him.
    • Jerkass Woobie: All of the main characters get at least one turn at this, typically by being selfish but repentant brats (yes, including Jessie).