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Zoey 101



Tweens will love this fluffy California dream.
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What parents need to know

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

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
Not applicable
Sexy stuff

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

Not applicable

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

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

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.

Families can talk 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?

TV details

Premiere date:January 9, 2005
Cast:Jamie Lynn Spears, Paul Butcher, Sean Flynn
Topics:Book characters, Friendship, High school
TV rating:TV-Y7
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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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 of boring. Other then that i Love the show!
What other families should know
Great role models
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 "shattered the innocence" of little kids who watch this. Good for 10+. Just a LOT of dating. It's barely funny either. More of a tween-drama than a comedy.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Teen, 14 years old Written byAlinaW. April 10, 2010

1st seasons are better, definetly recommended!

This is an awesome show for tweens and teens, and I think I've seen every episode, especially because it seems it's on in the after-school time slot, which is when I usually tend to turn on the tube. It's pretty realistic, but no one seems to have to work to have an amazing room, clothes, or generally stuff, and characters like Nicole (In earlier episodes) and Logan make things funnier. If you're going to watch online, or buy on DVD, I'd definetly reccomend the first couple of seasons, it seems they're less romance and love triangles, and more girls power and funny stuff!
What other families should know
Great role models