Zoey 101

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

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 25 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 111 reviews

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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 byThalfred April 9, 2008


Sexual Content: People are constantly talking about dating and making out.

Violence: Occasionally, people will be hurt or violence is implied.

Language: J... Continue reading
Adult Written bynachiux January 25, 2019

el unico show bueno que hizo dan schneider

dan schneider para mi es uno los peores en hacer series, pero zoey 101 fue algo bastante hermoso, este show es el único que no es inapropiado para niños pequeño... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old April 9, 2008

Very good show

I love this show and I am watching Blast from the Past now. This show is one of my favorites. Very funny, verry cool. I have always loved the show but I have li... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byVonterrio Jones May 6, 2021

Very good

This show was one of my favorites growing up.
The main characters are likable (minus Logan Reese, god that boy is a jerk)
It also tackles sexism by addressing t... 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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