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Zoey 101

TV review by
Joly Herman, Common Sense Media
Zoey 101 TV Poster Image
Tweens will love this fluffy California dream.
Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 25 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 106 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Educational Value

The show is intended to entertain rather than educate.

Positive Messages

The show promotes the standard tween-sitcom messages about friendship, problem solving, etc. -- but the fact that it takes place in a world where many characters are exceptionally priveleged gives it a little bit of iffiness.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Zoey and her girlfriends are the first females to infiltrate the boys' school -- so expect to find some strong female characters here. That said, many of them are also priveleged and not particularly realistic in depicting what it's really like to be a teenager.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

Some dating/flirting among teens, but nothing too racy.


Everything a tween could want fills the screen in each shot.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this upbeat series is about kids let loose in a peer-dominated world where privilege is a way of life. Tween viewers are going to love the California coastline, the sunny days, and easy life. Parents might cringe for the same reasons.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMrCrocodile April 29, 2013

It's a Cute Show

I really enjoyed this show. Beginning to end. I don't think I was ever in the demographic for this show but I loved it. I didn't think Zoey 101 was co... Continue reading
Parent of a 11 and 12 year old Written byBibliomaniac Mom April 9, 2008

Tween Magnet, But Talk to Your Kids About It!

This is a favotrite of my two tween (11, 12) daughters. I agree with CSM that the world of Zoey is very idealistic, with not many real world, tough problems tha... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old March 26, 2011

Zoey 101

Personally i love the show and think it is great! Only they stopped making more episodes so you have to watch the same ones over and over again which gets kind... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old April 7, 2010

Used to be fine. Now Jamie lynn is pregnant so it's awkward

Used to be a good show until she got knocked up at 16. Making-out is brief. Nothin too bad in this. But now jamie, as quoted by several people, has "shatte... Continue reading

What's the story?

In ZOEY 101, Zoey Brooks (Jamie Lynn Spears) and her younger brother, Dustin (Paul Butcher), are new students at Pacific Coast Academy, which was formerly an all-boys' boarding school -- and is still a place where most students live priveleged lives and get everything they want. Spears (Britney's younger sister), is no stranger to the small screen. She's been a regular on All That, Nick's answer to Saturday Night Live. Tweens are going to love her in the role of Zoey -- a fair-minded heroine who befriends all kids who come her way, even when they're a bit awkward or geeky.

Is it any good?

Zoey and her peers live in an utterly unreal world, where her character confesses during a truth-or-dare type game that "Once, I burped in church." This is admitted by a kid wearing full makeup and a miniskirt. How do innocence and being expected to make adult choices co-exist in the 21st century? Let's hope that kids viewing this show go a little deeper for answers than these characters.

Nick has kept Zoey 101's plot pretty shallow for a reason: Without adult supervision, kids in the circumstances that they appear in this program would get into a lot of trouble. But besides some bickering and tricky behavior, these are pretty well-mannered kids. Fantasy? You be the judge.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether these kids are growing up too quickly in certain ways. They're expected to problem-solve like adults and even to work on top of dealing with homework and normal hormonal challenges. Is this pure fantasy, or do kids in boarding school really have it this sweet?

  • In what ways are the characters themselves realistic? In what ways aren't they?

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