Parents' Guide to

Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Fun, sensitive musical comedy has lots of heart.

TV NBC , USA Comedy 2020
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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 18+

Prime time show with negligible censorship

Not a family show. It is for the hipster/dotcom demographic of self-centered twenty-somethings. Whatever filters there used to be for prime time TV are not applied. Every show opens with Zoey's "What the (blank)" exclamation. Jan 2021 episode showed a fondling scene with Zoey's blouse open to reveal a tiny bra and Max kissing her breasts. This is soft-core porn viewers! Feb 2021 had a recreational drug scene (probably the pill ecstasy) with no adverse consequences. It even gave off a 'what fun' vibe. I feel sorry for any cast and crew that is required to go along with the questionable ethics of this program.
age 14+

Adult supervision

The topic of this show is of a more serious nature, dealing with an ailing father, grief after passing, supporting the bereaved widow. The second season delves more into the main characters romantic relationships. There are multiple characters throughout the show that she is interested in. There is also a character that is transgender or "gender fluid" and part of season one also delves into a religious side of this topic, as this character attends church as well. The second season has more scenes of a sexual nature, which are not too 'racey' but parents may want to take caution with their kids. I also noticed that in scenes with the brother, wife, and new baby, they took pains to not call out the baby's gender, "they", "it", "the baby" and not using the child's proper gender pronoun.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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This high concept musical comedy offers a fun and warm story where music is used to convey the thoughts and feelings that people can't quite speak out loud. Creator Austin Winsberg made the show to help process his own father's death from progressive supranuclear palsy (the same disease that Zoey's father has), and this connection gives power to some very heartfelt, and at times sad, moments.

But these poignant scenes don't overshadow the positive, upbeat tone of the overall show, which contains its fair share of comedic moments. More importantly, they give the musical numbers a context that goes beyond simply being entertaining. It's a challenging balance that has to be maintained, but Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist manages to do so beautifully.

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