Zoey 101

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Zoey 101
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Genre Comedy
Teen drama
Created by Dan Schneider
Starring
Narrated by Jamie Lynn Spears
Theme music composer Britney Spears, Christian Karlsson, Pontus Winnberg, Henrik Jonback
Opening theme "Follow Me" by Jamie Lynn Spears
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 65 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Dan Schneider
Bill O'Dowd (both; entire run)
Jan Korbelin (episodes 1-15)
Jörg Westerkamp
(episodes 15-65)
George Doty IV (season 4)
Producer(s) Joe Catania (entire run)
Bryan Spears
(co-producer, entire run)
Robin Weiner (supervising producer, seasons 1-3; consulting producer, season 4)
Tom Keniston (season 4)
Location(s) Pepperdine University[1]
Camera setup Film; Single-camera
Running time 23-25 minutes
Production company(s) Schneider's Bakery
Apollo ProMovie
Nickelodeon Productions
Broadcast
Original channel Nickelodeon
Picture format 480i 16:9 (SDTV)
(broadcast in Letterbox format)
Original run January 9, 2005 (2005-01-09) – May 2, 2008 (2008-05-02)
Chronology
Related shows iCarly
Sam & Cat[n 1]
Victorious
External links
Website

Zoey 101 is an American television series which originally aired on Nickelodeon from January 9, 2005 until May 2, 2008. It focuses on the lives of teenager Zoey Brooks (Jamie Lynn Spears) and her friends as they attend Pacific Coast Academy (PCA), a fictional boarding school in Southern California. It was created by Dan Schneider. It was initially filmed at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, then at stages in Valencia, California beginning in season 3. It was nominated for an "Outstanding Children's Program" Emmy in 2005.[2] Zoey 101 was the most expensive production ever for a Nickelodeon series, as it was shot completely on location in Malibu.[3] It was also Nickelodeon's best performance for a series premiere (live action or animation) in almost eight years.[3] Despite this, many critics have made negative comments about the show, its setting, and its characters.

Plot[edit]

In season one, Zoey Brooks (Jamie Lynn Spears) and her younger brother Dustin (Paul Butcher) arrive at Pacific Coast Academy (PCA), a school which recently went Mixed after being a boys' school since its founding. Zoey meets her first friend Chase Matthews (Sean Flynn), who, after meeting her, realizes that he has a crush on her. Zoey then meets her roommates, tomboy Dana Cruz (Kristin Herrera) and boy-obsessed, girly-girl Nicole Bristow (Alexa Nikolas). She also meets aspiring scientist/inventor Quinn Pensky (Erin Sanders) and humorous Michael Barret (Christopher Massey), and rich, spoiled and obnoxious Logan Reese (Matthew Underwood). With Chase's help, she gets Quinn a boyfriend named Mark Del Figgalo (Jack Salvatore Jr.).

Season two follows Zoey's second year at PCA. Dana has been accepted by a European student exchange program and is now studying in Paris, much to Nicole's delight. Zoey and Nicole get a new roommate, aspiring actress Lola Martinez (Victoria Justice). At first, Lola tricks them into thinking she is a goth voodoo punk freak and they try to find a way for her to leave. However, they catch Lola talking on the phone to her friend telling her how well her little scheme has worked — she's been caught. Zoey and Nicole confront her and she admits to it and confesses that it was an acting exercise. Zoey and Nicole forgive her and they become the best of friends. Their affection can also be seen in the next two seasons.

In season three, Zoey and the rest of the gang return to PCA. Nicole has left PCA because she is diagnosed with Obsessive Male Gender Disorder (OMGD), and is sent to an all-girls school. This causes Zoey and Lola—much to their dismay—to become roommates with Quinn, after she's accidentally assigned to a dorm that doesn't exist by Coco, their dorm parent. At the end of the season, in the "Goodbye, Zoey?" TV film, Zoey transfers to Covington (a new boarding school) in England. Due to a webcam malfunction, Zoey finds out that Chase loves her.

In season four, the final season, Zoey returns to PCA, only to find that Chase transferred to Covington since he thought Zoey was there. Zoey and Chase reveal their love for each other and want to be together, but Chase has to stay a full semester at Covington. When they finally have their first date over web chat, it doesn't go well, so they decide to put off their relationship until Chase's return. Meanwhile, Logan and Michael get a new roommate named James Garrett (Austin Butler), who eventually becomes Zoey's boyfriend. Quinn and Logan begin to date, but they hide their relationship from their friends. In the series finale, entitled "Chasing Zoey", the kids get ready for prom. Zoey and James end their relationship, and Chase surprises Zoey once he returns home to PCA. They finally have their long awaited first kiss and begin to date. The last episode aired on May 2, 2008.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Actor Character Episodes Seasons
1 2 3 4
Jamie Lynn Spears Zoey Brooks 65 Main
Paul Butcher Dustin Brooks 27 Main
Sean Flynn Chase Matthews 55 Main Recurring
Kristin Herrera Dana Cruz 13 Main
Christopher Massey Michael Barret 64 Main
Alexa Nikolas Nicole Bristow 26 Main
Erin Sanders Quinn Pensky 62 Main
Matthew Underwood Logan Reese 60 Main
Victoria Justice Lola Martinez 50 Main
Austin Butler James Garrett 10 Recurring Main

DVD releases[edit]

Nickelodeon has released all 4 seasons on DVD in Region 1 (United States only). Seasons 2, 3 and 4 are manufacture-on-demand (MOD) releases and are available only through Amazon.com.

Alliance Home Entertainment has released the first three seasons on DVD in Canada only.[4][5] Season 3 was released on March 8, 2011.[6]

In Region 4, Madman Entertainment has released the first two seasons on DVD in Australia.[7][8]

DVD Name Ep # Release dates
Region 1 (U.S.) Region 1 (Canada) Region 4
The Complete 1st Season 13 February 13, 2007[9] November 23, 2010[10] July 25, 2006
The Complete 2nd Season 13 August 29, 2008[11] January 11, 2011[12] September 11, 2008
The Complete 3rd Season 26 July 1, 2008[13] March 8, 2011[14] N/A
The Complete 4th Season 13 November 11, 2008[15] TBA N/A

Soundtrack[edit]

Zoey 101: Music Mix
Soundtrack album by Various artists
Released March 7, 2006
Recorded 2004-06
Genre Pop rock
Label Nick and Columbia

Zoey 101: Music Mix is the soundtrack album for the Nickelodeon television series, Zoey 101. It was released on March 7, 2006. The album features music of the pop and rock genres. The theme song by Jamie Lynn Spears, wasn't included in the final official soundtrack, only the instrumental version, composed by her sister & a 3-man production team.

Track listing[edit]

Songs Artist
1. "Follow Me" (Instrumental Version) Britney Spears, Henrik Jonback, and Christian Karlsson & Pontus Winnberg
2. "Predictable" Good Charlotte
3. "Louder" The Piper Downs
4. "Calling All Angels" Train
5. "Mandy" Nicholas Jonas
6. "Vacation" The Go-Go's
7. "Permanent Midnite" Saucy Monky
8. "Found Out About You" Gin Blossoms
9. "Highway to Nowhere" Drake Bell
10. "All I Want" Toad the Wet Sprocket
11. "It's True" Odds Against Tomorrow
12. "Okay" Backhouse Mike

Video games[edit]

A video game titled Zoey 101 was released in March 2007 for Game Boy Advance. Another game called Zoey 101: Field Trip Fiasco was released on September 11, 2007 for Nintendo DS. Both video games were published by THQ and developed by Barking Lizards and received poor reception and negative reviews from sites such as IGN and Common Sense Media.

Zoey 101 is a mini-game collection. Players must successfully complete each mini-game, then a dare, and then a final challenge. Dares and challenges are randomly chosen from three games in the level. Players can choose to play mini-games freely in the main menu. GameZone awarded the game 4 out of 10, stating that the game was either "boring, frustrating, just plain unfun, or some combination of all three."[16]

Field Trip Fiasco is about Zoey and her friends taking a field trip to a park. The player controls Zoey by using the D-pad or touch screen to walk or run. The player runs around Pacific Coast Academy completing fetch quests.[clarification needed] They involve delivering things to people or collecting objects scattered around the school before time runs out. After finishing a fetch quest, the player plays a mini-game involving hosing off cars or picking up Frisbees. Zoey researches around the national park, talks to the camping club about Native Americans, goes to the library to learn about the park and takes a quiz about a national park.

Jack DeVries of IGN gave the game a 3.5/10 and criticized the game's boring gameplay, bland music and sound, and awkward controls. jkdmedia reviewed the game for GameZone on October 8, 2007 and gave the game a 2.8. It was criticized for its graphics and controls.[17]

Critical reception[edit]

Although the series scored high with younger audiences, the show is believed to be one of Schneider's more criticized series. Some have called the show "utterly unreal" and "too innocent".[18]

Awards and honors[edit]

Awards and honors for Zoey 101
Year Award Category Recipient Result
2005 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Breakout Show Zoey 101 Nominated[19]
Choice TV Breakout Performance — Female Jamie Lynn Spears Nominated[19]
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Children's Program Zoey 101 Nominated[20]
Casting Society of America Best Casting — Children's Programming Sharon Chazin Lieblein Nominated[21]
2006 2006 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite TV Actress Jamie Lynn Spears Won[22]
Young Artist Awards Best Young Ensemble Performance In A TV Series (Comedy or Drama) Sean Flynn
Paul Butcher
Kristin Herrera
Victoria Justice
Christopher Massey
Alexa Nikolas
Erin Sanders
Jamie Lynn Spears
Matthew Underwood
Won[23]
2007 2007 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite TV Actress Jamie Lynn Spears Nominated[24][25]
Kids' Choice Awards Germany Favorite Actor/Actress Jamie Lynn Spears Won[26]
2007 UK Kids' Choice Awards Best TV Actress Jamie Lynn Spears Nominated[27]
2007 Australian Kids' Choice Awards Fave Nick Show Zoey 101 Nominated[28][29]
Young Artist Awards Best Performance In A TV Series (Comedy or Drama) - Leading Young Actress Jamie Lynn Spears Nominated[30]
Best Performance In A TV Series (Comedy or Drama) - Supporting Young Actor Paul Butcher Nominated[30]
Best Performance In A TV Series (Comedy or Drama) - Supporting Young Actress Victoria Justice Nominated[30]
Best Family Television Series (Comedy) Zoey 101 Nominated[30]
Best Young Ensemble Performance In A TV Series (Comedy or Drama) Jamie Lynn Spears
Paul Butcher
Sean Flynn
Victoria Justice
Christopher Massey
Alexa Nikolas
Erin Sanders
Matthew Underwood
Won[30]
Casting Society of America Best Casting — Children's TV Programming Krisha Bullock Nominated[31]
2008 2008 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite TV Actress Jamie Lynn Spears Nominated[32][33]
Young Artist Awards Best Performance In A TV Series — Leading Young Actress Jamie Lynn Spears Nominated[34]
Best Performance In A TV Series — Recurring Young Actress Erin Sanders Won[34]
Best Family Television Series Zoey 101 Nominated[34]
Best Young Ensemble Performance In A TV Series Jamie Lynn Spears
Paul Butcher
Sean Flynn
Victoria Justice
Christopher Massey
Erin Sanders
Matthew Underwood
Nominated[34]
Casting Society of America Outstanding Achievement in Casting — Children's Series Programming Krisha Bullock Nominated[35]
2009 2009 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite TV Show Zoey 101 Nominated[36][37]
Young Artist Awards Best Performance In A TV Series (Comedy or Drama) - Supporting Young Actress Erin Sanders Nominated[38]
2013 Neox Fan Awards Best Neox Kidz series Zoey 101 Won

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The character "Stacey Dillsen" from Zoey 101 is a minor character in iCarly and Sam & Cat.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Graphic - What Pepperdine learned in "Zoey 101"". Graphic.pepperdine.edu. 2004-08-30. Retrieved 2013-11-05. 
  2. ^ emmys television gold. "Primetime Emmy Award nominations for 2005". Retrieved 2012-03-26. 
  3. ^ a b March 9, 2011 (2011-03-09). "Zoey 101". Dolphinentertainment.com. Retrieved 2013-01-18. 
  4. ^ "Zoey 101 DVD news: Announcement for Zoey 101 - The Complete 1st Season (Canada)". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Retrieved 2012-03-31. 
  5. ^ "Zoey 101 DVD news: Box Art for Zoey 101 - The Complete 1st Season, Release Date for Zoey 101 - The Complete 2nd Season in Canada". TVShowsOnDVD.com. 2007-05-25. Retrieved 2012-03-31. 
  6. ^ "Zoey 101 DVD news: Announcement for Zoey 101 - The Complete 3rd Season". TVShowsOnDVD.com. 2007-05-25. Retrieved 2012-03-31. 
  7. ^ "Zoey 101 - Season 1 (3 Disc Set)". Ezydvd.com.au. 2006-07-25. Retrieved 2012-03-31. 
  8. ^ "Zoey 101 - Season 2 (2 Disc Set)". Ezydvd.com.au. 2008-09-11. Retrieved 2012-03-31. 
  9. ^ "Zoey 101: The Complete First Season: Jamie Lynn Spears, Adam Weissman, Steve Hoefer, Fred Savage, Savage Steve Holland: Movies & TV". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2012-03-31. 
  10. ^ "Zoey 101: Amazon.ca: DVD: DVD". Amazon.ca. 2010-11-23. Retrieved 2012-03-31. 
  11. ^ "Zoey 101: The Complete Second Season: Movies & TV". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2012-03-31. 
  12. ^ "Zoey 101 Season 2: Amazon.ca: DVD". Amazon.ca. 2011-01-11. Retrieved 2012-03-31. 
  13. ^ "Zoey 101: The Complete Third Season: Jamie Lynn Spears, Paul Butcher, Christopher Massey, Erin Sanders, Matthew Underwood: Movies & TV". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2012-03-31. 
  14. ^ "ZOEY 101 SSN 3 DVD FF: Amazon.ca: DVD". Amazon.ca. Retrieved 2012-03-31. 
  15. ^ "Zoey 101: The Complete Fourth Season: Movies & TV". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2012-03-31. 
  16. ^ "Zoey 101 - GBA — Review". GameZone. 2007-03-22. 
  17. ^ Review on GameZone
  18. ^ "What parents need to know about Zoey 101". Joly Herman. 
  19. ^ a b "Teen Choice Awards 2005 (List of Award Winners and Nominees)". Whosdatedwho.com. 2005-08-14. Retrieved 2013-01-18. 
  20. ^ "Primetime Emmy Awards nominations for 2005 - Outstanding Children's Program". Emmys.com. Retrieved 2013-01-18. 
  21. ^ http://www.imdb.com/event/ev0000154/2005
  22. ^ "Winners Release — Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2006 Press Site". Nickkcapress.com. 2006-04-01. Retrieved 2013-01-18. 
  23. ^ "27th Annual Young Artist Awards — Nominations / Special Awards". Youngartistawards.org. 2006-03-25. Retrieved 2013-01-18. 
  24. ^ "2007 Host/Nominees Release / Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2007 Press Kit". Nickkcapress.com. 2007-02-05. Retrieved 2013-01-18. 
  25. ^ "2007 KCA Winners Release / Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2007 Press Kit". Nickkcapress.com. 2007-03-31. Retrieved 2013-01-18. 
  26. ^ "Nick Kid's Choice Awards in Germany / KCA Around the World / Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2007 Press Kit". Nickkcapress.com. Retrieved 2013-11-05. 
  27. ^ Published Saturday, Oct 20 2007, 21:21 BST (2007-10-20). "In full: Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards UK winners — Showbiz News". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2013-01-18. 
  28. ^ http://www.nickkcapress.com/2007KCA/aus/Voting%20Open%20140807.pdf
  29. ^ "Nickelodeon's Australian Kids' Choice Awards / 2007 KCA Around the World / Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2007 Press Kit". Nickkcapress.com. Retrieved 2013-11-05. 
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  31. ^ http://www.imdb.com/event/ev0000154/2007
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  33. ^ "Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards – 2008 Winners List – Pictures and Video". Allie is Wired. Retrieved 2013-01-18. 
  34. ^ a b c d "29th Annual Young Artist Awards — Nominations / Special Awards". Youngartistawards.org. Retrieved 2013-01-18. 
  35. ^ http://www.imdb.com/event/ev0000154/2008
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  37. ^ "Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2009 Press Kit | Winners Release". Nickkcapress.com. Retrieved 2013-01-18. 
  38. ^ "30th Annual Young Artist Awards — Nominations / Special Awards". Youngartistawards.org. Retrieved 2013-01-18. 

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