Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist: Season 1 (2020)


Season 1
Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist

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Though it hits the occasional sour note, Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist manages to carry a pretty enjoyable tune, thanks in large part to the always charming Jane Levy.



Critic Ratings: 34


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User Ratings: 378

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Air date: Jan 12, 2020

An introverted computer programmer living in San Francisco, begins to hear the innermost desires of the people around her through song.

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Air date: Feb 16, 2020

Zoey tries to figure out how to control her new abilities while navigating her best friends' romantic feelings for her. A new medical victory for Mitch gives the family hope.

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Air date: Feb 23, 2020

Zoey must decide whether or not to get involved in her boss's Joan's troubled marriage after she hears Joan sing a "heart song." Zoey creates a new program for the family to communicate with Mitch, but when his first word is not what they expected, Maggie reaches a breaking point.

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Air date: Mar 1, 2020

Zoey is forced to address her own faith and why she was given these powers as she attempts to help Mo feel comfortable expressing his true self. David creates a "big moment" for Mitch.

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Air date: Mar 8, 2020

After hearing her first duet, Zoey gets a little too involved in her brother's marriage. Leif receives negative feedback at work. Maggie is offered an enticing work opportunity.

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Air date: Mar 22, 2020

Zoey is forced to admit the truths to Max. Tobin is worried that his friendship with Leif is on the rocks.

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Air date: Mar 29, 2020

After receiving heartbreaking news, Zoey suffers a mysterious "glitch" in her powers.

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Air date: Apr 5, 2020

Zoey tries to help Mitch's caregiver reconnect with his estranged daughter; and Max must decide his future at SPRQ Point.

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Air date: Apr 19, 2020

Zoey surprisingly finds herself getting into major conflict with Simon, Max, Mo and even Howie. Tensions arise at SPRQ Point when the fourth and sixth floors compete over an important piece of code. Mitch and Maggie try to celebrate their anniversary.

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Air date: Apr 26, 2020

Zoey has to figure out a clever way to help her mother with an impossible decision. Max unexpectedly bonds with Leif. Mo hits a rough-patch with Eddie. Zoey has to figure out a clever way to help her mother with an impossible decision. Max unexpectedly bonds with Leif. Mo hits a rough-patch with Eddie.

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At the beginning of Season 1 of this musical comedy, Zoey Clarke (Jane Levy) decides to get an MRI fearing that she might be developing symptoms of a neurological disease; when an earthquakes hits during the procedure, her brain suffers some kind of damage and she is left with the ability of reading people's minds as they sing their thoughts. Questioning her sanity, she starts using her power for her own interests: she tries to figure out if her crush Simon (John Clarence Stewart) is interested in her, and manages to impress her boss Joan (Lauren Graham) at work. However, it isn't until she discovers that her gift allows her to talk to her father, who had stopped communicating with her due to a disease, that she convinces herself to use her power for good.

Cast & Crew

Jane Levy
Zoey Clarke
Peter Gallagher
Mitch Clarke
Mary Steenburgen
Maggie Clarke
Patrick Ortiz
Noah Weisberg
Danny Michael Davis
Austin Winsberg
Executive Producer
Adam Davidson
David Blackman
Executive Producer
Daniel Inkeles
Executive Producer
Kim Tannenbaum
Executive Producer
Paul Feig
Executive Producer
Aaron Harberts
Executive Producer
Gretchen Berg
Executive Producer
Eric Tannenbaum
Executive Producer
Jessie Henderson
Executive Producer
Lindsey Rosin
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Critic Reviews for Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist Season 1

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (19)

These can be all-encompassing social issues, but rather than develop them within an episode or season, the show argues that their solutions should be easy to find... It resolves this cliffhanger fairly quickly. Nothing extraordinary about that, right?

Mar 19, 2020 | Full Review…

"Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist" is at its most charming when it allows itself to be silly. The musical numbers aren't overly polished or elaborate but have just enough potential for a visual surprise.

Mar 10, 2020 | Full Review…

The imperfections save viewers from having to submit to the overly produced musical segments that undermined "Glee," and it helps give the series the intimacy it requires for the story to work.

Feb 19, 2020 | Full Review…

"Zoey" may have worked as a sharply written 30-minute dramedy, but if it wants to be a "This Is Us"-level heart-tugger, the writers can't use the extra runtime on redundant songs.

Feb 18, 2020 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist isn't in that league - but Austin Winsberg's show, like its characters, comes to life once the music element is introduced. That's never more true than when Zoey is alone with her father, Mitch.

Jan 7, 2020 | Full Review…

"Zoey" unsteadily launches a new decade for network TV, but where there's talent, there's promise. "Zoey" at least has both.

Jan 6, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The music simultaneously elevates and complements the material seamlessly.

Dec 14, 2020 | Full Review…

[T]he merits of the show: the singing and dancing, the characters' emotional bonds, and - its greatest strength - writing that takes complicated human emotions seriously.

Jul 25, 2020 | Full Review…

Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist guarantees laughs, bops, and tears and season 1 serves as a perfect musical treat for the fans of the genre.

May 29, 2020 | Full Review…

There are storylines that fall into typical comedic situations (like a love triangle or the rogue heartbreaking storyline that brings us to tears while we're laughing) but still, it's a lovely watch overall.

Apr 6, 2020 | Full Review…

Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist is a high-concept show with rich storytelling potential.

Mar 10, 2020 | Full Review…

Zoey successfully juggles multiple tones within its jubilantly surreal framework: romantic and workplace comedy - Gilmore Girls' Lauren Graham is a delight as her brittle boss - and touching family drama.

Feb 14, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist: Season 1

  • Feb 19, 2021
    One of the best shows on television.
  • Jan 22, 2021
    It's Glee for adults. This is purely a group of people who can sing but can't act, combined with an unremarkable script that fills in the gaps between cover songs. The little story that's present is overly-sappy without much beyond the obviously predictable.
  • Jan 16, 2021
    An amazing show and first season. Great characters, greats story and of course great music. I don't think I ever cried this much during a TV show. But this made me cry at least once every episode, which shows how much care everyone involved put into this show. You can't help but root for everyone in this story.
  • Jan 10, 2021
    This show has everything you want! Music, dancing, emotion and humour! The actors and actresses do a great job all around.
  • Jan 08, 2021
    It's a fresh way of exploring how one can learn to empathize with the other. Great cast chemistry and great songs too.
  • Dec 23, 2020
    I can't quite give it 5 stars since some of the less favorable reviews do have their valid points, and there's no accounting for taste. But while the plotting is superficial, the emotions are real and it's great to watch something different that sneaks up on you. And I'm definitely NOT in the target demographic. I suspect women -- like my wife -- will enjoy it more (and cry more), and the male characters provide little more than scenery and vulnerable/sensitive feedback, the overall writing makes up for it toward a male audience as well. Jane Levy is exceptional, Skylar Astin reprises his puppy dog hurt from Pitch Perfect, it is nice to see Lauren Graham stealing scenes and actually acting like a real person would (most of the time) and the other veterans and newcomers giving it their all as if they really cared. I'd be more inclined to give 5 stars if the main characters who know Zoey didn't just accept without any objective proof that she has acquired empathy as a superpower. And the company where most of the main characters work is definitely NOT a start-up, as many reviews say. Maybe that's how tech offices would operate before the first bubble burst, but they have lots of money and a reputation already. If season 2 adds dimensions to the characters beyond Zoey, this show could be something special. And they have to get Zoey out of the love triangle (not a spoiler) ASAP because it's a narrative dead end. She needs a soulmate other than her dying Dad (not a spoiler), like someone with some other kind of acquired superpower.
  • Nov 26, 2020
    Very good, needs more duets
  • Nov 07, 2020
    This show is fun with a side of existentail crisis. As a person who struggles with social interaction I would love the clues of this situation.
  • Oct 26, 2020
    I rarely like musicals, but this series is way above the typical musical. Incredible singing, songs, dancing, and acting. The storyline touches on a wide range of emotions and experiences. I can't imagine anyone unable to relate to some, if not all, of them.
  • Sep 26, 2020
    A refreshingly different musical series portrayed by a cast of talented musical actors, they thankfully haven't fallen into the trap of hiring whoever is popular or famous that seems to happen with so many other musical series.

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