Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist

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Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist
Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist logo.png
Genre
Created byAustin Winsberg
Starring
Music by
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes25 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
Producers
Production locationsRichmond, British Columbia
Cinematography
  • Vanja Cernjul
  • Shasta Spahn
  • Vincent De Paula
  • Mike Spragg
Editors
  • David Dean
  • Annette Davey
  • John Koslowsky
  • Katie Abel
  • Kristi Shimek
  • Scott Hatcher
  • Mike Patterson
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time43–44 minutes
Production companies
Release
Original networkNBC
Picture formatHDTV 1080i
Original releaseJanuary 7, 2020 (2020-01-07) –
present (present)
External links
Official website

Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist is an American musical comedy-drama television series created by Austin Winsberg that premiered on January 7, 2020 on NBC. The series stars Jane Levy as Zoey Clarke, a software developer who discovers she has the ability to hear the innermost thoughts of people as songs. Each episode features multiple song-and-dance numbers that develop the storyline. The series also stars Skylar Astin, Alex Newell, John Clarence Stewart, Peter Gallagher, Mary Steenburgen, Lauren Graham, Kapil Talwalkar, Andrew Leeds, Alice Lee, and Michael Thomas Grant. In June 2020, the series was renewed for a second season which premiered on January 5, 2021.[1][2]

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Jane Levy as Zoey Clarke, a programmer who has been recently promoted to engineering manager at San Francisco–based SPRQ Point, a tech firm specializing in smart devices and apps. An earthquake occurs while she is getting an MRI, and a huge playlist of songs on file is downloaded into her brain; she subsequently discovers her mind can now perceive the innermost thoughts of others in the form of popular songs and dance.
  • Skylar Astin as Max,[3] Zoey's coworker at SPRQ Point and her closest friend, who has feelings for her. It is later revealed his surname is Richman.[4]
  • Alex Newell as Mo, Zoey's genderfluid neighbor and a DJ, who tries to help her understand the extent of her power.[5]
  • John Clarence Stewart as Simon,[3] a new employee at SPRQ Point who bonds with Zoey over their shared tragic experiences.
  • Peter Gallagher as Mitch Clarke (season 1, special guest star season 2), Zoey's father. He has PSP, which causes him to lose muscular faculties (based in part on Winsberg's experiences with his own father[6]). Mitch is unable to speak, but he can type short phrases on a computer. Zoey's new gift provides a temporary voice for him to sing out what he's really thinking.
  • Mary Steenburgen as Maggie Clarke, Zoey's mother and Mitch's wife. She and Mitch ran a landscape design business prior to his diagnosis.
  • Lauren Graham as Joan (season 1, special guest season 2[7][Note 1]), Zoey's boss at SPRQ Point. She leaves for Singapore and promotes Zoey to her position in the second season.
  • Andrew Leeds as David Clarke (season 2;[8] recurring season 1), Zoey's older brother and a public defender
  • Alice Lee as Emily Kang (season 2;[8] recurring season 1), David's wife who is pregnant with their child and is a corporate lawyer
  • Michael Thomas Grant as Leif (season 2;[8] recurring season 1), a coder and professional rival of Zoey, who is part of her engineering team
  • Kapil Talwalkar as Tobin (season 2;[8] recurring season 1), a coder at SPRQ Point and Leif's best friend. He is also part of Zoey's team

Recurring[edit]

  • Stephanie Styles as Autumn (season 1), a barista who briefly dates Max at Zoey's insistence
  • India de Beaufort as Jessica (season 1), Simon's ex-fiancée
  • Noah Weisberg as Danny Michael Davis, a mercurial tech billionaire and the owner of SPRQ Point
  • Patrick Ortiz as Eddie (season 1), Mo's new boyfriend and a friend of Jessica
  • Zak Orth as Howie (season 1), Mitch's home health aide
  • Hiro Kanagawa as Dr. Hamara (season 1), who treats Mitch for his PSP
  • Harvey Guillén as George (season 2),[9] a new programmer at SPRQ Point
  • Jee Young Han as Jenna Kang (season 2), Emily's older sister[10]
  • Morgan Taylor Campbell as McKenzie (season 2), a coder at SPRQ Point who is moved into Zoey's team
  • Alvina August as Tatiana Morris (season 2), a reporter who befriends Simon
  • Felix Mallard as Aiden (season 2),[10] Zoey's neighbor and childhood friend
  • Katie Findlay as Rose (season 2),[11] a childhood friend of Max's from camp
  • David St. Louis as Perry (season 2), a fire marshal and love interest for Mo

Guest[edit]

  • Justin Kirk as Charlie, Joan's high-profile and demanding husband (in "Zoey's Extraordinary Boss")
  • Renée Elise Goldsberry as Ava Price, Joan's business rival and ambitious manager on the sixth floor of SPRQ Point (in "Zoey's Extraordinary Silence", "Zoey's Extraordinary Outburst", and "Zoey's Extraordinary Mother")
  • Sandra Mae Frank as Abigail, Howie's dauntless and erudite daughter who longs to go to Kenya. Despite her being deaf, Zoey is still able to observe her heart-song (performed in American Sign Language; in "Zoey's Extraordinary Silence").[12]
  • Bernadette Peters as Deb, a recently widowed woman who Zoey meets at the funeral home (in "Zoey's Extraordinary Mother", "Zoey's Extraordinary Girls' Night" and "Zoey's Extraordinary Double Date")
  • Chip Zien as Alan, Max's father and a successful dentist who wants Max to return home and join the family business (in "Zoey's Extraordinary Trip")
  • Ashlie Atkinson as Nova, a medium Zoey visits before her powers start glitching (in "Zoey's Extraordinary Mystery")
  • Rocco Morris as August, Perry's son (in "Zoey's Extraordinary Mystery" and "Zoey's Extraordinary Girls' Night")
  • Oscar Nunez as Dr. Tesoro, Zoey's therapist (in "Zoey's Extraordinary Double Date" and "Zoey's Extraordinary Session")[13]

Episodes[edit]

Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
112January 7, 2020 (2020-01-07)May 3, 2020 (2020-05-03)
213January 5, 2021 (2021-01-05)May 16, 2021 (2021-05-16)

Season 1 (2020)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title [14]Directed byWritten byOriginal air date [14]U.S viewers
(millions)
11"Pilot/Zoey’s Extraordinary Power"Richard ShepardAustin WinsbergJanuary 7, 2020 (2020-01-07)2.66[15]
Zoey is dealing with a lot in her life: she is vying for a promotion at work, and her beloved father is slowly dying from a neurological disease. Fearing that she might be developing symptoms herself, she undergoes an MRI. An earthquake during the procedure alters her brain patterns so she can now essentially read minds as people begin "singing" their private thoughts and feelings to her. She uses her power to emotionally connect with a hurting co-worker, Simon, whom she has a crush on, though she later learns that he is engaged. Later, her gift allows her to communicate with her father for the first time in months. Zoey organizes a sailing trip to lift her father's spirits, and takes charge at work in dealing with a system software bug. This impresses her boss, Joan, who agrees to give her the promotion. When she tells some of this to her close friend Max, her gift reveals that he has been secretly in love with her.
22"Zoey's Extraordinary Best Friend"Adam DavidsonAustin WinsbergFebruary 16, 2020 (2020-02-16)2.01[16]
Hoping to draw Max's affections away from her, Zoey sets him up with Autumn, her favorite barista. Her latest project at work, a virtual scavenger hunt designed as part of a company promotion, goes horribly wrong when her overbearing leadership fails to motivate her team. Out of desperation, she finishes the whole project herself, upsetting Joan, who is disappointed at her inability to be an effective manager. At home, Zoey's father sings "Moondance" to her mother. Zoey believes it's a sign he wants to get intimate. She tells her mother, who is delighted, since her husband, despite gaining more control over his muscle movements thanks to improved medication, is still unable to effectively communicate with her. Zoey takes Simon's advice and tells her team members how much she appreciates them to win their trust. Later, she and Mo discuss her power, and Zoey realizes that she may be able to use it to help people with their problems.
33"Zoey's Extraordinary Boss"Daisy von Scherler MayerSam LaybourneFebruary 23, 2020 (2020-02-23)1.96[17]
Zoey learns Joan is having issues with her marriage. Initially, she decides not to get involved, but finds herself hounded by Joan's song: "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction". Zoey opens a dialogue with Joan, who shares about her neglectful, controlling husband Charlie. Zoey also notices her mother, Maggie, is feeling unappreciated at home, constantly caring for Mitch without taking time for herself. After Maggie instigates an altercation at a grocery store, Zoey and her brother stage an intervention and suggest taking turns caring for Mitch. At the launch party where Charlie is scheduled to debut SPRQ's new smartwatch, Joan tells him their marriage is finished. At Zoey's urging, she does the product demo herself, which is well-received. Zoey overcomes her earlier reluctance and joins Simon in a dance.
44"Zoey's Extraordinary Neighbor"Adam DavidsonGretchen J. Berg & Aaron HarbertsMarch 1, 2020 (2020-03-01)2.06[18]
Zoey discovers that Mo, a choir singer in his spare time, dresses as a man while performing; when she tries to intervene, Mo angrily tells her to stay out of it. Joan becomes depressed and starts fasting, leaving Zoey concerned that her efforts to help others are backfiring. David, noticing that Mitch is upset at the thought of being unable to celebrate the birth of his grandchild, decides to throw a gender-reveal party for him. Maggie is hired to help prepare Simon's wedding, and Zoey confesses to her that her feelings for Simon stem partially from their shared experience of losing fathers. Mo stops attending church, feeling like a hypocrite, but when he sees Zoey help an agoraphobic neighbor leave her apartment for the first time, it inspires him to finally accept who he is and perform dressed as a woman.
55"Zoey's Extraordinary Failure"Darnell MartinJack Kenny & Austin WinsbergMarch 8, 2020 (2020-03-08)1.93[19]
A rift opens between Zoey and her brother when she reveals his fear of fatherhood to his wife Emily, harming their relationship. When she calls him to mend fences, he tells her that they need some time apart before he can forgive her. Max makes the decision to break up with Autumn after realizing that they want different things in life. Leif receives a negative peer review at work and falls into despair as he doesn't know how to handle criticism, so Zoey lets him blame her for the review (which Joan actually wrote) to help him move past it. Maggie contemplates shutting down the garden design business she founded with Mitch, but changes her mind when Zoey intervenes. That night, Simon comes over to her apartment to share his feelings about the anniversary of his father's death, and sings her a heart song, leading to a moment of deep mutual attraction.
66"Zoey's Extraordinary Night Out"Rose TrocheLindsey RosinMarch 15, 2020 (2020-03-15)1.93[20]
Max learns through Zoey that Autumn is furious at him for ending their relationship; he turns to Mo, who advises him to forget the past and gives him a makeover so he can move on. Zoey decides not to attend Simon's engagement party out of fear that his fiancée Jessica believes she and Simon have feelings for each other. Instead, she goes out drinking with Joan, which eventually winds up taking them right to Simon's party. While drunk, Joan and Leif come up with a new tech idea. Mo meets Eddie, one of Jessica's bridesmen. Jessica publicly accuses Zoey of sleeping with her soon-to-be husband, and kicks her out. She then receives a call from Maggie that Mitch has injured his back while going up the stairs. Max steps up, taking Zoey to see her father, and she begins to contemplate whether they might still have a future together.
77"Zoey's Extraordinary Confession"Richie KeenDavah AvenaMarch 22, 2020 (2020-03-22)1.95[21]
Zoey decides to tell Max the truth about her power. He believes she's mocking him and his feelings, so she tries to convince him by helping Leif and Tobin fix their friendship, which has been impacted by Leif's new project. Leif admits that he wants to focus more on work, and that he expects Tobin to do the same. Max remains unconvinced, so Zoey then tells him she always knew he loved her but never said anything. This proves to be the last straw, and he walks out. Zoey is torn and she tries to fix things for herself and Max. While Zoey is able to save their relationship by confessing her fears of commitment, Max tells her it's not enough to fix things. Maggie hires a nurse to care for Mitch, but when she ignores his wishes, Maggie fires her and hires a more laid-back caregiver. Zoey catches Leif and Joan discussing their growing attraction towards each other and start kissing.
88"Zoey's Extraordinary Glitch"Jon TurteltaubSamantha McIntyreMarch 29, 2020 (2020-03-29)1.88[22]
While in the midst of extreme stress to meet an impossible schedule at work, and having to make a major presentation to the CEO, Zoey receives devastating news about her father. His condition is beginning to deteriorate rapidly again, and he may have only a few weeks left to live. The extreme stress and sad news cause her power to "reverse", so that rather than hearing other people's most intimate feelings as song, Zoey herself uncontrollably sings her own innermost feelings. Ultimately she breaks into Pressure by Billy Joel when she's supposed to be presenting her timeline for a project to the CEO. Zoey and Joan assume they will both be fired as a result of her outburst, but the CEO is impressed by her "weirdness" and not only greenlights the project, but accepts her one year timeline. Zoey also sings out loud to both Simon and Max, revealing that she has feelings for both of them. Simon briefly kisses Zoey, and Zoey faces her father so that her powers can return to normal.
99"Zoey's Extraordinary Silence"Charles Stone IIIMatthew Irving EpsteinApril 5, 2020 (2020-04-05)1.94[23]
Zoey's powers are back to normal, but she wants clarity from Simon about the kiss they shared. She hears Howie, her father's caregiver, sing and discovers he has a difficult relationship with his daughter, Abigail. Zoey goes with Howie to see Abigail at college and discovers she is deaf and pursuing coding, but Howie doesn't want Abigail to go abroad to Kenya to further her career. Meanwhile, Mo and Eddie have Simon and Jessica over for brunch so Mo can "read Simon the riot act" about what he is doing to Jessica and Zoey, but it becomes clear that Simon is a good guy who just doesn't know what to do. Emily receives advice from Maggie about how to let her husband know that she wants to have sex again. Max receives a job offer from Ava Price on Floor 6, which he accepts with Zoey's approval. Zoey and Tobin talk to Abigail about her relationship with her father and about a potential internship at SPRQ Point; ultimately Zoey helps convince Howie to let Abigail study abroad. Zoey conveys to Simon that she "can't and won't do this anymore." When Zoey returns to work the next day, she witnesses Simon and Jessica (presumably) break up.
1010"Zoey's Extraordinary Outburst"Tristram ShapeeroAdam ArmusApril 19, 2020 (2020-04-19)1.98[24]
Zoey and Simon attempt to redefine their relationship following his engagement breaking; but she believes his grief is back to square one after hearing him sing the same song that connected them in the first place. Max quickly grows accustomed to his new job on the sixth floor, even deciding to stay and help his new team work on the fourth floor's project when they went up to take him back. Zoey thinks he's torturing her for not supporting him, but he retorts that he wants to focus on his own happiness now rather than everyone else's. Zoey then blows up at Howie for sedating her father so he could sleep better, the drawback being that he's less responsive, and to Zoey, is one less moment to bond with him. Following a screaming match with Simon over his grief and a cathartic little dance party orchestrated by Mo, both Simon and Zoey help each other to acknowledge their own griefs. When Joan breaks off her relationship with Leif (despite him genuinely loving her), he copes by asking Max if he could move to the sixth floor with him. All the while, Mitch and Maggie's anniversary was looming over, with their typical plans derailed due to his condition. The day of, Zoey and Howie craft an intimate dinner for them so they can share one last romantic night together.
1111"Zoey's Extraordinary Mother"Adam DavidsonGretchen J. Berg & Aaron Harberts & Sam LaybourneApril 26, 2020 (2020-04-26)1.70[25]
Zoey and family begin preparations for the funeral, but Maggie especially is not ready for any of it or what follows emotionally. A well-off widow named Deb is encountered by Zoey. She enlists Deb to help Maggie acknowledge the inevitability of her husband being gone. When Joan notices Zoey is unable to hold her own during the floor competition, she assures her to not let work get in the way of family and to take her time in the later transition. Max and Leif unexpectedly bond over their rejected love for Zoey and Joan respectively. Mo wants to break up with his boyfriend when he announces the possibility of an 8-month commitment for a show; despite his heart-singing otherwise, Mo ends it. Joan and Ava learn that Leif has been transferring data for the big project to the fourth floor; they respond by calling the competition off and agreeing to start working together. This inspires Zoey and Max to begin mending their friendship. However, Ava confronts Max for his decision of allowing Leif to join the sixth floor, and fires him on the spot.
1212"Zoey's Extraordinary Dad"Jon Turteltaub & Adam DavidsonAustin WinsbergMay 3, 2020 (2020-05-03)1.98[26]
Zoey heard a song, which unsettled her, so she's waiting for the worst to happen. What's more, Zoey's going to make a huge decision about her feelings and share them with Max and Simon. Mitch's condition is not going well and the family is preparing to go through the worst possible scenario. At the end, Zoey and her family and friends attend Zoey's father's funeral and say goodbye.

Season 2 (2021)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title [14]Directed byWritten byOriginal air date [14]U.S viewers
(millions)
131"Zoey's Extraordinary Return"John TerleskyAustin WinsbergJanuary 5, 2021 (2021-01-05)3.01[27]
After Mitch's death, Zoey has been staying with Maggie, she returns to work six weeks later and is upset over how things have changed. Zoey meets her new colleague George, and Joan offers her the job of executive of the fourth floor. Max struggles to find inspiration for his new company and stumbles upon the idea of creating a restaurant that orders food from other restaurants. Maggie struggles with Mitch's passing. David and Emily adjust to being new parents, and Maggie confesses to Zoey she feels bad about not holding Miles because she and Mitch were supposed to be grandparents together. Later, Zoey and Max kiss.
142"Zoey’s Extraordinary Distraction"Anya AdamsSam LaybourneJanuary 12, 2021 (2021-01-12)2.66[28]
Zoey and Max finally get together, but their attempts at spending private time are continually thwarted by Mo and work problems. The SPRQ Point watch is malfunctioning, and Zoey's team is tasked with coming up with a fix. Max and Mo decide to go into business together, but Mo is reluctant to sign a partnership agreement. Emily's sister Jenna comes to town and is a handful.
153"Zoey’s Extraordinary Dreams"John TerleskySamantha McIntyreJanuary 19, 2021 (2021-01-19)2.41[29]
Zoey has a recurring nightmare where she sings “Nowhere to Run” in her mom’s empty house. Max suggests it may be time for Zoey to move home, but she doesn't want to leave Maggie in a lurch. Zoey and Max decide it may be a good thing to press pause on their relationship. Feeling stuck, Jenna helps Maggie find her creative spark again. David and Emily look forward to Jenna leaving but are disappointed upon learning she'll be sticking around to help Maggie with the new project while Max and Mo look at spaces for their new business.
164"Zoey's Extraordinary Employee"Anya AdamsRobert SudduthJanuary 26, 2021 (2021-01-26)2.31[30]
Zoey decides to "choose happiness" but is thrown upon learning she has to fire 10 percent of the fourth floor including one of her favorite employees. Simon, as the new company spokesman, is interviewed by Tatiana, a female reporter. Maggie's new landscaping client, Roger, flirts with her and asks her out, but Maggie feels it's too soon to date after Mitch's death, and Jenna reminds Maggie that it's okay to want to be wanted. Max feels Mo isn't pulling his weight, something which is intensified when Mo holds a karaoke cleansing. Later, Mo and Max set aside their differences and make up. Zoey discovers her childhood friend, Aiden, just moved back in the neighborhood.
175"Zoey's Extraordinary Trip"John TerleskyJoe Port & Joe WisemanFebruary 2, 2021 (2021-02-02)2.24[31]
Zoey takes the advice of Aiden and takes a day off, doing drugs. Danny, who just got released from his house arrest, joins them. Meanwhile, Max and Mo struggle to attract investors for their restaurant which forces Max to seek help from his rich father. Max's father provides him the money but does not believe his restaurant would work. Max refuses the aid. Roger lashes out on Maggie after she refused to date him. Jenna vandalizes his car as a revenge but Maggie both leaves Roger's project and fires Jenna, upsetting her. Later, they make up and Jenna leaves for home. Simon realizes that his new designation is only a facade for the lack of racial diversity in the company. Disappointed, Simon blows up the company's cover.
186"Zoey's Extraordinary Reckoning"Anya AdamsZora BikangagaFebruary 9, 2021 (2021-02-09)2.19[32]
After Simon reveals the company's truth, Danny forces Zoey to talk him into retracting his statement. She confronts Simon who refuses to draw back. She also discovers that Tobin faces racial comments on his Indian ethnicity and tries to encourage him to support Simon but he initially declines. Simon decides to quit his job, on which Zoey supports him. But when Zoey and Simon find out that Tobin opened up about his experiences and started a hashtag on the internet, and that people have opened up from several branches of the company worldwide, Simon inspires the board to bring a change in the workplace culture, that leads to ultimate success. Meanwhile, Max and Mo succeed in securing funds from Danny.
197"Zoey's Extraordinary Memory"John TerleskyEmily FoxMarch 28, 2021 (2021-03-28)1.20[33]
Zoey wants to recreate a memory with her father on the occasion of an astrological event. Her evening is ruined by Lief, in the pains of love. Mo and Max open the MaxiMo which seems to have a great success. The episode ends with Zoey realizing that the important thing is not the event itself but the people she shares it with.
208"Zoey's Extraordinary Birthday"Shasta SpahnLindsey RosinApril 4, 2021 (2021-04-04)1.18[34]
It's Zoey's 30th birthday, and she's throwing a big party, though there's no shortage of challenges, to honor Mich's celebratory spirit. Everyone seems to have a lover (Mo and Perry, Max and Rose, Mackenzie and Tobin, Emily and David) and Zoey is sad that she's getting her crush on Simon again. Aiden plays a song with his band (with David) in which he expresses his love for Zoey, who turns him down. The episode ends positively for Zoey and Simon starting a relationship. David leaves the band.
219"Zoey's Extraordinary Mystery"John TerleskySamantha McIntyreApril 11, 2021 (2021-04-11)1.43[35]
Zoey consults a medium to contact her father, on Mo's advice, although she isn't very convinced. During the session, the spiratualist mixes Zoey's powers and the "heart songs" become switched. Zoey begins a frantic race to figure out who switched with Max, as Max sang a overwhelmingly sad song at MaxiMo. Her journey leads her to realize that Maggie is feeling lonely, Rose has been sober and dosen't know how to tell Max, and Mo is worried about her relationship with Perry. Finally, after another talk with the medium, Zoey realizes that Emily is suffering when she sings Max's heart song.
2210"Zoey's Extraordinary Girls' Night"Richard LewisAlicia CarrollApril 18, 2021 (2021-04-18)1.20[36]
Zoey desperately tries to help Emily, who she constantly refuses. Meanwhile, Deb tries to help Maggie get back into social life by taking her to the casino. Meanwhile, Mo, Max and Simon deal with love issues: the former fails to connect with Perry's paternity, Max is afraid that when Rose leaves, she might leave him and Simon feels excluded from Zoey's secrets, which has not yet confessed to having powers. Ultimately, Emily admits that she needs help, to Zoey and, later, to David. Zoey goes to a psychologist who she says she has powers.
2311"Zoey's Extraordinary Double Date"Mandy MooreEmily Fox & Robert SudduthMay 2, 2021 (2021-05-02)1.30[37]
Zoey decides, with the help of her new therapist, to dedicate an entire weekend to Simon. Together they participate in a race with Max and Rose. Everyone is excited except Zoey and Max. At the end of the race they find themselves at MaxiMo where Mo is meeting Perry's ex-husband. Zoey promised to help the man with the date, but she just ruins things. Furthermore, Max alludes to the fact that he has decided to move to New York with Rose, which makes Zoey sad. Meanwhile, Deb worries about Maggy who appears to have developed a gambling addiction. On the contrary, she was trying to get rid of the money earned from his last job, but instead of getting rid of it, she earns more and more by continuing to win. With that money, she decides to go on vacation with Deb.
2412"Zoey's Extraordinary Session"Richard J. LewisCeleste Klaus & Sam LaybourneMay 9, 2021 (2021-05-09)1.31[38]
Zoey has a visit with a therapist and recounts her first day at SPRQPoint. Despite predating her "heart song" powers, Zoey's day was punctuated by people actually performing songs, beginning with Danny's choreographed production to kickoff the daylong hiring competition.
2513"Zoey's Extraordinary Goodbye"John TerleskyAustin WinsbergMay 16, 2021 (2021-05-16)TBD
Zoey must face a difficult goodbye but is this the end??

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

On January 12, 2019, the production officially received a pilot order.[39] The pilot was written by Austin Winsberg who executive produces alongside Richard Shepard, Paul Feig, Kim Tannenbaum, Eric Tannenbaum, David Blackman and Daniel Inkeles. Production companies involved with the pilot include Lionsgate Television and Universal Television. On May 12, 2019, it was announced that the production had been given a series order.[40] A few days later, it was announced that the series would premiere as a mid-season replacement in the mid-season of 2020.[41] The series premiered as a special preview on January 7, and moved to its regular time-slot on February 16, 2020.[42] On June 11, 2020, NBC renewed the series for a second season, following significant gains among digital viewership[1] and strong fan support in USA Today's annual Save Our Shows poll.[43] The second season premiered on January 5, 2021.[2]

Casting[edit]

In February 2019, it was announced that Jane Levy, Skylar Astin, Alex Newell and Mary Steenburgen had been cast in the pilot's leading roles.[44][45][46] The pilot was ordered. In March 2019 it was reported that Peter Gallagher, John Clarence Stewart and Carmen Cusack had joined the cast.[47][48] On May 23, 2019, Andrew Leeds was cast as David in a recurring role.[49] On August 27, 2019, it was announced that Lauren Graham had replaced Cusack in the role of Joan.[50] On September 6, 2019, Michael Thomas Grant, Kapil Talwalkar and Stephanie Styles were cast in recurring capacities.[51] In September 2020, it was announced that Kapil Talwalkar, Andrew Leeds, Alice Lee, and Michael Thomas Grant had been promoted to series regulars while Harvey Guillén was cast in a recurring role for the second season.[8][9] On October 29, 2020, Jee Young Han and Felix Mallard were cast in recurring roles for the second season.[10]

Graham's character was written out in the second season as moving to Singapore, since Graham was busy filming The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers.[7] On March 18, 2021, Katie Findlay joined the cast in a recurring role for the second season.[11]

Filming[edit]

Principal photography for the first season began on September 3, 2019, and ended on January 30, 2020, in Richmond, British Columbia.[52] The closing credits note that the pilot was partially filmed in San Francisco, with a number of open air musical productions shot on the downtown streets of The Embarcadero and North Beach.[53] Mandy Moore serves as a producer and the choreographer for the series.[54][55] Filming for the second season began on September 21, 2020 and concluded on March 26, 2021.[56]

Broadcast[edit]

Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist premiered on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 in the 10:00 p.m. (EDT) hour. The series returned on Sunday, February 16, 2020 at 9:00 p.m. and maintained that timeslot for the remainder of the first season. The second season premiered on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 8:00 p.m. EDT. Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist went on hiatus on February 9, 2021 and was replaced by Young Rock and Kenan.[57] The series returned to its original timeslot on Sunday, March 28, 2021.[58] The second season concluded on May 16, 2021.

List of songs performed on the show[edit]

This is a list of songs that have been performed on the show. The series features "musical performances that explore the innermost feelings of its characters" as they "break out into song and (sometimes) dance".[59] Mae Abdulbaki of Cinemablend, said the show "cleverly tackles pent-up emotions and storylines through song".[59]

Season 1[edit]

Episode Song Performer(s)
1.1 "Angel of the Morning" by Juice Newton[60] Alex Newell as Mo
"Wake Me Up Before You Go Go" by Wham[61]
"All by Myself" by Eric Carmen[62] Malinda Farrington as Lonely Woman
"Whatta Man" by Salt-N-Pepa[61] Connie Chen, Karriyma Pekary, and Carolyn Fluehr as Three Ogling Women
"Help!" by The Beatles[59] Various as Crowd
"Lean on Me" by Bill Withers[63] Alex Newell as Mo
"Morning Has Broken" by Eleanor Farjeon[61]
"Mad World" by Michael Andrews featuring Gary Jules[61] John Clarence Stewart as Simon
"All I Do Is Win" by DJ Khaled[61] Michael Thomas Grant as Leif
"True Colors" by Cyndi Lauper[61] Peter Gallagher as Mitch
"Good Morning" by Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, Donald O'Connor[61][64][65] Alex Newell as Mo
"I Think I Love You" by The Partridge Family[59] Skylar Astin as Max
1.2 "I've Got the Music in Me" by Kiki Dee[62] Jane Levy as Zoey
"Sucker" by Jonas Brothers[62] Skylar Astin as Max
"I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)" by Whitney Houston[62] Various as Crowd
"Moondance" by Van Morrison[62] Peter Gallagher as Mitch
1.3 "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" by The Rolling Stones[62] Lauren Graham as Joan
"How Can You Mend a Broken Heart" by The Bee Gees[62] Mary Steenburgen as Maggie
"Superstar" from Jesus Christ Superstar[62] Michael Thomas Grant, Kapil Talwalkar, various as Coders
"NO" by Meghan Trainor[62] John Clarence Stewart as Simon
"Roar" by Katy Perry[62] Lauren Graham as Joan
1.4 Great Pretender” by The Platters[59] Alex Newell as Mo
"Con te partirò" by Andrea Bocelli Skylar Astin as Max
"Margaritaville" by Jimmy Buffett[62] Naoko Mori as Bonnie
"Kokomo" by The Beach Boys[62]
"Wrecking Ball" by Miley Cyrus[62] Lauren Graham as Joan
This Little Light of Mine” by Harry Dixon Loes[59] Alex Newell as Mo
1.5 "Just Give Me a Reason" by P!nk (ft. Nate Ruess)[62] Andrew Leeds as David and Alice Lee as Emily
"(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party!)" by The Beastie Boys[62] Andrew Leeds as David
"Everybody Hurts" by R.E.M.[62] Michael Thomas Grant as Leif
"It's Your Thing" by The Isley Brothers[62] Peter Gallagher as Mitch
"Should I Stay or Should I Go" by The Clash[62] John Clarence Stewart as Simon
1.6 "You Give Love a Bad Name" by Bon Jovi[62] Stephanie Styles as Autumn
"Tik Tok" by Ke$ha[62] Lauren Graham as Joan
"Say My Name" by Destiny's Child[62] India de Beaufort as Jessica
I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by The Proclaimers[59] Skylar Astin as Max
1.7 "A Little Less Conversation" by Elvis Presley[62] Mary Steenburgen as Maggie
"If I Can't Have You" by Shawn Mendes[62] Skylar Astin as Max
"Don't Speak" by No Doubt[62] Kapil Talwalkar as Tobin
"Bailamos" by Enrique Inglesias[62] Alex Newell as Mo and Patrick Ortiz as Eddie
"I Put a Spell on You" by Screamin' Jay Hawkins[62] Michael Thomas Grant as Leif
1.8 "Crazy" by Gnarls Barkley[62] Jane Levy as Zoey
"I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" by Jimmy Boyd[62]
"Pressure" by Billy Joel[62] Jane Levy as Zoey and Skylar Astin as Max
"I'm Yours" by Jason Mraz[62] Jane Levy as Zoey
"I Want You to Want Me" by Cheap Trick[62]
"How Do I Live?" by LeAnn Rimes[62]
1.9 "The Sound of Silence" by Simon & Garfunkel[62] Zak Orth as Howie and Peter Gallagher as Mitch
"Buttons" by The Pussycat Dolls[62] Alice Lee as Emily
"Fight Song" by Rachel Platten[62] Sandra Mae Frank as Abigail
"The Trouble with Love Is" by Kelly Clarkson[62] Alex Newell as Mo
"Happier" by Marshmello (ft. Bastille)[62] John Clarence Stewart as Simon and India de Beaufort as Jessica
1.10 "Here I Go Again" by Whitesnake[62] Skylar Astin as Max and John Clarence Stewart as Simon
"Let's Stay Together" by Al Green[62] Michael Thomas Grant as Leif
"Mad World" by Michael Andrews featuring Gary Jules[62] John Clarence Stewart as Simon
"The Boy Is Mine" by Brandy & Monica[62] Lauren Graham as Joan and Renée Elise Goldsberry as Ava
"Perfect" by Ed Sheeran[62] Mary Steenburgen as Maggie and Peter Gallagher as Mitch
1.11 "We Gotta Get Out of This Place" by The Animals[62] Mary Steenburgen as Maggie, Andrew Leeds as David, various as crowd
"Feeling Good" by Nina Simone[62] Bernadette Peters as Deb
"All Out of Love" by Air Supply/ "Bye Bye Bye" by *NSYNC[62] Michael Thomas Grant as Leif & Skylar Astin as Max
"Issues" by Julia Michaels[62] Alex Newell as Mo
"Get Together" by The Youngbloods[62] Lauren Graham as Joan and Renée Elise Goldsberry as Ava
1.12 "Bad Moon Rising" by Credence Clearwater Revival[62] Jane Levy as Zoey
"Jealous" by Nick Jonas[62] John Clarence Stewart as Simon
"I Will Follow Him" by Peggy March[62] Alex Newell as Mo
"All of Me" by John Legend Skylar Astin as Max
"I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)" by Pitbull[62]
"Lullaby (Goodnight My Angel)" by Billy Joel[62] Peter Gallagher as Mitch and Andrew Leeds as David
"Dream a Little Dream of Me"[62] Mary Steenburgen as Maggie
"American Pie" by Don McLean[62] Various as Crowd

Season 2[edit]

Episode Song Performer(s)
2.1 "Rise Up" by Andra Day Alex Newell as Mo
"Hello, Dolly!" from Hello Dolly! Various
"Are You Gonna Be My Girl" by Jet Skylar Astin as Max and John Clarence Stewart as Simon
"Don't Cry Out Loud" by Melissa Manchester Harvey Guillén as George
"Carry On" by fun. Mary Steenburgen as Maggie, Alice Lee as Emily, and Andrew Leeds as David
2.2 "Poison" by Bell Biv DeVoe Alice Lee as Emily
"Too Good at Goodbyes" by Sam Smith Alex Newell as Mo
"Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing" by Chris Isaak Michael Thomas Grant as Leif
"Take Me Out to the Ball Game", music by Albert Von Tilzer, lyrics by Jack Norworth Skylar Astin as Max
"I'll Make Love to You" by Boyz II Men
"A Moment Like This" by Kelly Clarkson Skylar Astin as Max and Jane Levy as Zoey
2.3 "Nowhere to Run" by Martha Reeves and the Vandellas Jane Levy as Zoey
"Someone You Loved" by Lewis Capaldi Mary Steenburgen as Maggie
"One Call Away" by Charlie Puth Jee Young Han as Jenna
"It's the Hard-Knock Life" from Annie Michael Thomas Grant as Leif, Kapil Talwalkar as Tobin, and Harvey Guillén as George
"Say Something" by A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera Skylar Astin as Max
2.4 "I Want to Break Free" by Queen Andrew Leeds as David
"Juice" by Lizzo John Clarence Stewart as Simon
"Opposites Attract" by Paula Abdul Alex Newell as Mo and Skylar Astin as Max
"Stronger" by Britney Spears Harvey Guillén as George
"I'll Stand by You" by The Pretenders Alice Lee as Emily
"Sex and Candy" by Marcy Playground Felix Mallard as Aiden
2.5 "Unwritten" by Natasha Bedingfield Felix Mallard as Aiden
"Starships" by Nicki Minaj Jane Levy as Zoey, Felix Mallard as Aiden, Noah Weisberg as Danny, Various as Crowd
"Numb" by Linkin Park Skylar Astin as Max
"Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" by Nina Simone John Clarence Stewart as Simon
2.6 "Black Man in a White World" by Michael Kiwanuka John Clarence Stewart as Simon
"No More Drama" by Mary J. Blige Alex Newell as Mo
"The Tracks of My Tears" by The Miracles Kapil Talwalkar as Tobin
"Tightrope" by Janelle Monáe John Clarence Stewart as Simon, Alex Newell as Mo, Alvina August as Tatiana
2.7 "Drift Away" by Dobie Gray Andrew Leeds as David
"Tainted Love" by Gloria Jones Michael Thomas Grant as Leif
"Let's Get Loud" by Jennifer Lopez Alex Newell as Mo and Skylar Astin as Max
"Watermelon Sugar" by Harry Styles Felix Mallard as Aiden
2.8 "Need You Tonight" by INXS Skylar Astin as Max and Katie Findlay as Rose
"Don't Leave Me This Way" by Thelma Houston John Clarence Stewart as Simon, Kapil Talwalkar as Tobin, Morgan Taylor Campbell as McKenzie, Various as Coders
"Kiss Me" by Sixpence None The Richer Alex Newell as Mo, David St. Louis as Perry, Alice Lee as Emily, Andrew Leeds as David, Morgan Taylor Campbell as McKenzie, Alvina August as Tatiana, Various as Crowd
"Crimson Love" (original song)[66] Felix Mallard as Aiden and Andrew Leeds as David
"Into You" by Ariana Grande John Clarence Stewart as Simon
2.9 "Anyone" by Demi Lovato Skylar Astin as Max
"One" by Harry Nilsson Kapil Talwalkar as Tobin, Morgan Taylor Campbell as McKenzie, Michael Thomas Grant as Leif, Various as Coders
"Anything You Can Do (I Can Do Better)" by Irving Berlin Mary Steenburgen as Maggie
"The More I Drink" by Blake Shelton Alex Newell as Mo
"The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)" by Ylvis John Clarence Stewart as Simon
"IDGAF" by Dua Lipa Katie Findlay as Rose
"Love on the Brain" by Rihanna Rocco Morris as August
"Rosanna" by Toto Alice Lee as Emily
"Anyone" by Demi Lovato
2.10 "Make You Feel My Love" by Bob Dylan Andrew Leeds as David
"Cheap Thrills" by Sia Bernadette Peters as Deb
"Tearin' Up My Heart" by NSYNC John Clarence Stewart as Simon, Alex Newell as Mo, and Skylar Astin as Max
"Gasoline" by Halsey Alice Lee as Emily
"I Look to You" by Whitney Houston Alex Newell as Mo, Various as Choir
2.11 "Overwhelmed" by Royal & the Serpent Noah Galvin and Becca Tobin as Therapy Patients
"Unwell" by Matchbox Twenty David St. Louis as Perry
"Don't Stop Me Now" by Queen John Clarence Stewart as Simon, Katie Findlay as Rose, Various as Crowd
"New York State of Mind" by Billy Joel Skylar Astin as Max
"Suspicious Minds" by Mark James John Clarence Stewart as Simon
"Rich Girl" by Gwen Stefani featuring Eve Bernadette Peters as Deb and Mary Steenburgen as Maggie
2.12 "Pure Imagination" by Gene Wilder Noah Weisberg as Danny Michael Davis
"The Climb" by Miley Cyrus SPRQ Point Employee
"Thinking Out Loud" by Ed Sheeran Skylar Astin as Max and Michael Thomas Grant as Leif
"Shut Up and Drive" by Rihanna Alex Newell as Mo
"Dream a Little Dream of Me" Peter Gallagher as Mitch and Mary Steenburgen as Maggie
2.13 "Sing" by Joe Raposo Various as Crowd
"Shake It Off" by Taylor Swift Various as Crowd
"We Can Work It Out" by The Beatles Alex Newell as Mo and David St. Louis as Perry
"I Lived" by OneRepublic Peter Gallagher as Mitch
"When a Man Loves a Woman" by Percy Sledge Skylar Astin as Max
"I'm Still Standing" by Elton John and Bernie Taupin John Clarence Stewart as Simon
"I Melt With You" by Modern English Jane Levy as Zoey

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 76% approval rating with an average rating of 7.18/10, based on 34 reviews for the first season. The website's critical consensus states, "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."[67] On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 66 out of 100, based on 18 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[68] Mae Abdulbaki of CinemaBlend, said the show "cleverly tackles pent-up emotions and storylines through song".[59]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the second season has an approval rating of 83% based on 6 critic reviews, with an average rating of 8.37/10.[69]

Ratings[edit]

Viewership and ratings per season of Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist
Season Timeslot (ET) Episodes First aired Last aired TV season Viewership
rank
Avg. viewers
(millions)
Date Viewers
(millions)
Date Viewers
(millions)
1 Sunday 9:00 p.m. 12 January 7, 2020 (2020-01-07) 2.66[15] May 3, 2020 (2020-05-03) 1.98[26] 2019–20 102 3.06[70]
2 Tuesday 8:00 p.m. (1−6)[14]
Sunday 9:00 p.m. (7−13)[71]
TBA January 5, 2021 (2021-01-05) 3.01[27] TBA TBD 2020–21 TBD TBD

Season 1[edit]

Viewership and ratings per episode of Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist
No. Title Air date Rating
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "Pilot" January 7, 2020 0.6 2.66[15] N/A 1.05 N/A 3.71[72]
2 "Zoey's Extraordinary Best Friend" February 16, 2020 0.4 2.01[16] 0.3 1.06 0.7 3.08[73]
3 "Zoey's Extraordinary Boss" February 23, 2020 0.5 1.96[17] 0.2 1.01 0.7 2.96[74]
4 "Zoey's Extraordinary Neighbor" March 1, 2020 0.4 2.06[18] 0.3 1.14 0.7 3.20[75]
5 "Zoey's Extraordinary Failure" March 8, 2020 0.3 1.93[19] 0.3 0.89 0.6 2.82[76]
6 "Zoey's Extraordinary Night Out" March 15, 2020 0.4 1.93[20] 0.3 1.06 0.7 2.99[77]
7 "Zoey's Extraordinary Confession" March 22, 2020 0.4 1.95[21] 0.3 1.03 0.7 2.98[78]
8 "Zoey's Extraordinary Glitch" March 29, 2020 0.4 1.88[22] 0.3 1.01 0.7 2.89[79]
9 "Zoey's Extraordinary Silence" April 5, 2020 0.4 1.94[23] 0.3 1.10 0.7 3.05[80]
10 "Zoey's Extraordinary Outburst" April 19, 2020 0.4 1.98[24] N/A 1.16 N/A 3.14[81]
11 "Zoey's Extraordinary Mother" April 26, 2020 0.3 1.70[25] 0.3 1.22 0.6 2.92[82]
12 "Zoey's Extraordinary Dad" May 3, 2020 0.4 1.98[26] 0.3 0.99 0.7 2.96[83]

Season 2[edit]

Viewership and ratings per episode of Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist
No. Title Air date Rating
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "Zoey's Extraordinary Return" January 5, 2021 0.5 3.01[27] 0.2 0.81 0.7 3.82[84]
2 "Zoey's Extraordinary Distraction" January 12, 2021 0.5 2.66[28] 0.2 0.71 0.7 3.37[85]
3 "Zoey's Extraordinary Dreams" January 19, 2021 0.4 2.41[29] TBD TBD TBD TBD
4 "Zoey's Extraordinary Employee" January 26, 2021 0.5 2.31[30] TBD TBD TBD TBD
5 "Zoey's Extraordinary Trip" February 2, 2021 0.4 2.24[31] TBD TBD TBD TBD
6 "Zoey's Extraordinary Reckoning" February 9, 2021 0.4 2.19[32] TBD TBD TBD TBD
7 "Zoey's Extraordinary Memory" March 28, 2021 0.2 1.20[33] 0.2 0.81 0.4 2.01[86]
8 "Zoey's Extraordinary Birthday" April 4, 2021 0.2 1.18[34] 0.2 0.76 0.4 1.94[87]
9 "Zoey's Extraordinary Mystery" April 11, 2021 0.3 1.43[35] 0.2 0.75 0.5 2.18[88]
10 "Zoey's Extraordinary Girls' Night" April 18, 2021 0.3 1.20[36] 0.1 0.73 0.4 1.93[89]
11 "Zoey's Extraordinary Double Date" May 2, 2021 0.3 1.30[37] TBD TBD TBD TBD
12 "Zoey's Extraordinary Session" May 9, 2021 0.3 1.31[38] TBD TBD TBD TBD
Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist : U.S. viewers per episode (millions)
SeasonEpisode numberAverage
12345678910111213
12.662.011.962.061.931.931.951.881.941.981.701.98N/A2.00
23.012.662.412.312.242.191.201.181.431.201.30TBDTBD1.92
Audience measurement performed by Nielsen Media Research.[90]

Accolades[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2020
Hollywood Critics Association Midseason Awards Best Broadcast Network Series (New or Recurring) Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist Runner-up [91]
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Choreography for Scripted Programming Mandy Moore Won [92]
TCA Awards Outstanding New Program Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist Nominated [93]
2021
Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Alex Newell Nominated [94]
Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Television Series, Musical or Comedy Jane Levy Nominated [95]
Motion Picture Sound Editors Awards Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing - Episodic Short Form – Music Jaclyn Newman Dorn (for "Pilot") Nominated [96]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Credited as "Special Guest Star" but was a series regular in the first season.

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