Zoom (1999 TV series)

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Zoom TV logo.png
Created by Christopher Sarson
Developed by WGBH Boston
Opening theme "Come On And Zoom"
Ending theme "Send it to Zoom" (seasons 1–2 and 7)
"Send us Z-Mail" (seasons 3–6)
Country of origin United States (1999–2007)
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 7
No. of episodes 200
Executive producer(s) Kate Taylor
Producer(s) Jonathan Meath[1][2]
Alan Catello Grazioso[3][4][5][6]
Location(s) Boston, Massachusetts
Running time 26 minutes
Production company(s) WGBH-TV
Original network PBS (January 4, 1999-September 6, 1999)
PBS Kids (September 6, 1999-May 6, 2005)
Picture format Closed-Captioned, Color
Audio format Mono
First shown in United States
Original release January 4, 1999 (1999-01-04) – May 6, 2005 (2005-05-06)
Preceded by Zoom (1972 TV series)
Shining Time Station
External links
Website pbskids.org/zoom/

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 May 6, 2005. It was a remake of a 1972 TV series by the same name. Both versions were produced by WGBH-TV in Boston. Zoom also aired on Discovery Kids in Canada.


Zoom made a comeback in 1999 in largely the same format replacing Shining Time Station, 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. The Show had auditions for its eighth season, but was not renewed after the 2005 season due to falling ratings blamed on the increased competition in children's programming.[7]

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 "Jessie" 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 Barta Garrett DiBona Rachel Redd Matthew Gornstein Estuardo Alvizures Kaleigh Cronin Caroline Botelho
Season 5 (2003) Caroline Botelho Aline Barta 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

Season overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally Aired (U.S. Dates)
First Aired Last Aired
1 40 January 4, 1999 (1999-01-04) January 3, 2000 (2000-01-03)
2 40 January 4, 2000 (2000-01-04) April 24, 2000 (2000-04-24)
3 40 January 1, 2001 (2001-01-01) April 11, 2001 (2001-04-11)
4 20 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 7, 2004 (2004-06-07)
7 20 April 4, 2005 (2005-04-04) May 6, 2005 (2005-05-06)


  • Zoom Sci: features experiments to explore. Sometimes this segment features brain teasers or observation surveys that require viewers to send in results.
  • Zoom Along/Phenom: (seasons 1-3) Observations or phenomenon discoveries
  • Zoom Zinger: Challenges or interesting tricks viewers share.
  • Zoom Do: Creative handicrafts or activities
  • 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 Zoom 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 (seasons 3–5): Book reviews recommended by viewers.
  • What Zup: Interviews from children that answer interesting questions.
  • Zoom Vid: (seasons 1–5) 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) pay tribute to children who volunteered in the community or done charitable deeds.
  • Zoops: Viewers share their embarrassing moments. (Season 1-3) Blooper clips are sometimes shown here. (The embarrassing moments were dropped after season 3 and they were replaced with blooper clips from season 4 to the end of the series.)
  • Fannee Doolee centered on 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 Tale(s) (seasons 1–5) 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.[8]

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


  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. ^ https://www.linkedin.com/in/alangrazioso
  4. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2485470/
  5. ^ http://www.huntingadventureswithrogermorris.com/huntingstories/2016/3/15/wic4d2up5dqk6gh06qaodywn8c4o47
  6. ^ https://vimeo.com/20133356
  7. ^ "Children's show 'Zoom' a victim of ratings drop"Paid subscription required. Boston Globe. December 9, 2004. 
  8. ^ Zoom - Cover art and contents for Zoom - Back to the '70s 2-DVD set, tvshowsondvd.com, October 7, 2008

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