A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Song and dance is used to express people deepest, innermost feelings. These range from being lonely and sad, to being angry and frustrated. Illness, family, and love for parents are also addressed.
Positive Role Models
The cast features strong and successful women, including Zoey, Joan, Mo, and Maggie.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some sexual talk, ranging from sexist jokes (that are seen as inappropriate in the context of the show) to suggestive song lyrics. Characters have crushes and fall in love.
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Words like “bitch” are sometimes used.
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Products & Purchases
Lots of popular songs are performed. There are references to product brands like Apple Music, Spotify, Skinny Girl and others.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
References to being high, drug dealing, etc. All are offered in a humorous context.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist is a musical comedy about a woman who can suddenly hear people's thoughts in the form of popular songs, complete with dance numbers. There's some strong language, including the word "bitch," some sexy talk and jokes, and drug references (offered in a humorous context). A central theme of the show centers on an ailing father with a degenerative disease who is unable to communicate, and the family's efforts to cope with the situation.
Is It Any Good?
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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