Zoom (1999 TV series)

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Genre Children
Created by Christopher Sarson
Developed by WGBH Boston
Opening theme "Come On And Zoom"
Ending theme "Send it to Zoom"
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 7
No. of episodes 202
Executive producer(s) Kate Taylor
Producer(s) Jonathan Meath[1][2]
Location(s) Boston, Massachusetts
Running time approx. 30 minutes[3]
Production company(s) WGBH-TV
Original channel PBS Kids (1999-2004)
PBS Kids GO! (2004-07)
Picture format Closed-Captioned, Color
Audio format Mono
First shown in United States
Original release January 4, 1999 (1999-01-04) – December 30, 2005 (2005-12-30)
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 December 30, 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 around early 2007.[citation needed] Zoom also aired on Discovery Kids in Canada.


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.[4]

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 Jessica Ogungbadero Kenny Yates Zoe Costello
Season 3 (2001) Frances Domond Kenny Yates Rachel Redd Eric Rollins Kaleigh Cronin Kevin "Buzz" Barrette Caroline Botelho
Season 4 (2002) Aline Toupi Garrett DiBona Rachel Redd Matt Runyon Estuardo Alvizures Kaleigh Cronin Caroline Botelho
Season 5 (2003) Caroline Botelho Aline Toupi Estuardo Alvizures Garrett DiBona Michael "Mike" Hansen Kortney Sumner Elena "Shing Ying" Shieh
Season 6 (2004) Michael "Mike" Hansen Kortney Sumner Francesco Tena Cara Harvey Kyle Larrow Maya Morales Elena "Shing Ying" Shieh
Season 7 (2005) Nicholas "Nick" Henry Taylor Garron Francesco Tena Noreen Raja Emily Marshall Kyle Larrow Elena "Shing Ying" Shieh

Season Overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired (U.S. dates)
First aired Last aired
1 41 January 4, 1999 (1999-01-04) November 29, 1999 (1999-11-29)
2 40 February 7, 2000 (2000-02-07) March 31, 2000 (2000-03-31)
3 40 March 12, 2001 (2001-03-12) May 4, 2001 (2001-05-04)
4 21 January 25, 2002 (2002-01-25) June 7, 2002 (2002-06-07)
5 20 March 31, 2003 (2003-03-31) July 18, 2003 (2003-07-18)
6 20 April 19, 2004 (2004-04-19) June 25, 2004 (2004-06-25)
7 20 April 4, 2005 (2005-04-04) June 24, 2005 (2005-06-24)


  • ZoomSci: features experiments to explore. Sometimes this segment features brain teasers or observation surveys that require viewers to send in results.
  • Zoom Along (season 1) and Zoom Phenom (season 2-7) Observations or phenomenon discoveries
  • Zoom Zinger: Challenges or interesting tricks viewers share.
  • Zoom Do: Creative handicrafts
  • Zoom Game: Games and activities that are fun for a group. Zoomers sometimes form teams to compete with each other in relay races.
  • Cafe Zoom and Znack (season 3-7): Simple Recipes to make.
  • Zoom Playhouse: Skits and dramas by viewers and portrayed by the Zoomers.
  • Zoom Chat: Discussion on topics involving children's issues or questions from viewers.
  • Zmail: Sharing of fan mail and answering questions from viewers.
  • Zoom Reviews Books (season 3-7) Book reviews recommended by viewers.
  • Whatz Up: Interviews from children that answer interesting questions.
  • Zoom Vid Home videos and short films made by viewers.
  • Zoom Guest Special feature of children with unique talents or hobbies.
  • Zooma cum Laude (season 1-2) and Zoom Into Action (season 3-7) pays tribute to children who volunteered in the community or done charitable deeds
  • Zoops: Viewers share their embarrassing moments. Blooper clips are sometimes shown here.
  • Fannee Doolee centered around a character who likes any person, place, thing or concept with double letters in it but hates its non-double-lettered equivalent.
  • Ubbi Dubbi Short skits that uses Ubbi Dubbi (adding the "ub" in every vowel sound in English.) Occasionally this segment is done like an advertisement.
  • Zoom Tales Original stories written and illustrated by viewers


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.[5]

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

See also[edit]


  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. ^ Zoom, Internet Movie Database, September 5, 2014
  4. ^ "Children's show 'Zoom' a victim of ratings drop". Boston Globe. December 9, 2004. 
  5. ^ Zoom - Cover art and contents for Zoom - Back to the '70s 2-DVD set, tvshowsondvd.com, October 7, 2008

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