Zoom (1999 TV series)

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Format Children's television series
Created by Christopher Sarson
Developed by WGBH Boston
Opening theme "Come On And Zoom"
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 7
No. of episodes 201
Executive producer(s) Kate Taylor
Producer(s) Jonathan Meath[1][2]
Location(s) Boston, Massachusetts
Production company(s) WGBH-TV
Original channel PBS Kids
Picture format Closed-Captioned, Color
Audio format Mono
First shown in USA
Original run January 4, 1999 (1999-01-04) – June 24, 2005 (2005-06-24)
Preceded by Zoom (1972 TV series)
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Zoom is an American television program for ages eight and up, created almost entirely by children. It originally aired on PBS from January 4, 1999 to June 24, 2005. It was a remake of a 1972 TV series by the same name. Both versions were produced by WGBH-TV in Boston. Reruns were aired until September 1, 2006.


Zoom made a comeback in 1999 in largely the same format, with many of the same games and continued to feature content and ideas submitted by viewers. This second Zoom series ran for seven seasons (1999–2005) and featured 32 Zoomers but was not renewed after the 2005 season due to falling ratings blamed on the increased competition in children's programming.[3]

Cast members[edit]

ZOOM Cast Member 1 Cast Member 2 Cast Member 3 Cast Member 4 Cast Member 5 Cast Member 6 Cast Member 7
Season 1 (1999) Zoe Costello Jared Nathan Keiko Yoshida Pablo Velez, Jr. Alisa Besher David Toropov Lynese Browder
Season 2 (2000) Ray MacMore Caroline Botelho Claudio Schwartz Alisa Besher Jessie Ogungbadero Kenny Yates Zoe Costello
Season 3 (2001) Frances Domond Kenny Yates Rachel Redd Eric Rollins Kaleigh Cronin Buzz Barrette Caroline Botelho
Season 4 (2002) Aline Toupi Garrett DiBona Rachel Redd Matthew Runyon Estuardo Alvizures Kaleigh Cronin Caroline Botelho
Season 5 (2003) Caroline Botelho Aline Toupi Estuardo Alvizures Garrett DiBona Mike Hansen Kortney Sumner Elena "Shing Ying" Shieh
Season 6 (2004) Mike Hansen Kortney Sumner Francesco Tena Cara Harvey Kyle Larrow Maya Morales Elena "Shing Ying" Shieh
Season 7 (2005) Nick Henry Taylor Garron Francesco Tena Noreen Raja Emily Marshall Kyle Larrow Elena "Shing Ying" Shieh

After ZOOM[edit]

  • Season One cast member Keiko Yoshida, is a Spanish teacher at Canterbury School in Connecticut.
  • Season One and Two member Zoe Costello is still allergic to latex and cats.
  • Season One cast member Pablo Velez, Jr., is a TV and film producer in Los Angeles, CA.
  • Season One and Two cast member, Alisa Besher, is an administrative and program assistant for CEC ArtsLink in New York City.
  • Season one cast member David Toropov, is a stage technician and contributing writer in New York City.
  • Season two cast member Jessica Ogungbadero, is a product manager in San Francisco, CA.
  • Season Two, Three, Four and Five cast member Caroline Botelho is hosting an award-winning Web-based video series and interactive network, Advanced Technological Education Television (ATETV).
  • Season Three cast member Kevin "Buzz" Barrette is a medical student at Boston University School of Medicine.
  • Season Three and Four cast member Kaleigh Cronin graduated as a Musical Theater student from Carnegie Mellon University in 2011. She appeared for two years on the 2nd National Tour of the Tony Award winning musical Jersey Boys. Currently,[8] she's making her Broadway Debut in the Roundabout Theatre Company's revival of Cabaret starring Alan Cumming and Michelle Williams at Studio 54 in New York City. The production began previews on March 21, 2014 and opened on April 24, 2014. The production originally scheduled to play a limited 24 week engagement till August 31st, 2014, recently just got extended till January 4th, 2015.
  • Season Four and Five cast member Garrett DiBona, is a logistics account manager at Total Quality Logistics.
  • Season seven cast member Taylor Garron was a contestant of Season 1 of FETCH! with Ruff Ruffman and lasted in 6th place with 1400 points. She is a Senior at the University Of Massachusetts Amherst.
  • Season seven cast member W. Nick Henry is a music fan living in Houston, Texas.
  • Season six and seven cast member Francesco Tena attends Bunker Hill Community College in Charlestown, Massachusetts.


Four videos were released based on the show: Party with Zoom (June 22, 1999, ISBN 157807200X), The Zoomers Video Special: The Making of ZOOM! (January 11, 2000), America Kids Respond (March 20, 2001), and Zoom: America's Kids Remember (October 8, 2002). Additionally, a two-disc set with four full episodes plus various footage from all six seasons of the 1970s version was released on October 28, 2008.[9]

Four books by Amy E. Sklansky compiled from material submitted by viewers were published by Little, Brown and Company:

See also[edit]

  • Studio See (another PBS children's program that used content from viewers)


  1. ^ "About This Person: Jonathan Meath". The New York Times: Movies & TV. 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-13. "Jonathan Meath Filmography: Zoom (TV Series)" 
  2. ^ "Jonathan Meath". Yahoo! TV. 2010-11-13. Retrieved 2010-11-13. "The Making of Zoom. Producer. Zoom. Senior producer." 
  3. ^ "Children's show 'Zoom' a victim of ratings drop". Boston Globe. December 9, 2004. 
  4. ^ The Juilliard Journal Online
  5. ^ "Driver faces DWI charge after death of young NH actor". Union Leader. 2006-12-28. Retrieved 2007-02-06. 
  6. ^ Associated Press (2006-12-30). "Jared Nathan, at 21; former cast member of PBS's 'Zoom'". The Boston Globe (The New York Times Company). Retrieved 2007-02-06. 
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ "Roundabout Theatre Company - Cabaret - 2013-2014 Season". Roundabout Theatre Company. 2006-12-28. Retrieved 2013-12-09. 
  9. ^ Zoom - Cover art and contents for Zoom - Back to the '70s 2-DVD set, tvshowsondvd.com, October 7, 2008

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