With everyone spending more time at home, you may find yourself staring at your TV, wondering what to watch. Are you on the hunt for a new show that’s super musical and fun? Or maybe you are just craving something light and heartfelt to distract you from the news? No matter the reason, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist is exactly what you need right now.
If there’s a song in your heart, it will get in her head. Jane Levy stars in this high-concept drama as Zoey Clarke, a whip-smart computer coder forging her way in San Francisco. After an unusual event, Zoey, who always preferred podcasts over pop songs, suddenly starts to hear the innermost wants, thoughts and desires of the people around her – her family, co-workers and complete strangers – through popular songs. At first, she questions her own sanity, but after getting some guidance from her musically adept neighbor, Mo, and making a breakthrough with her ailing father, Zoey soon realizes this unwanted curse may just be an incredibly wonderful gift as she connects with the world like never before.
The series stars Jane Levy, Skylar Astin, Alex Newell, John Clarence Stewart, with Peter Gallagher and Mary Steenburgen. Lauren Graham is special guest star.
Here’s why you should binge (and re-binge) this delightful show!
#1 You will laugh and cry
As the synopsis says, Zoey has a freak accident in an MRI machine that let’s her hear people’s inner emotions via song, and while that may sound like a fun, upbeat opportunity for big dance numbers – you’d be 100% correct, but it’s so much more than that.
This show has many laughs, but it’s the deeper moments that will hook you. Some of the emotional numbers that stand out are when Zoey has a chance to dance with her non-verbal, immobile father, the haunting tune from a grieving son, and the heartbreaking song from a neighbor struggling with gender identity and religion. This show will give you a chance to ugly cry (if you need to).
#2 THE TALENT
Everyone on this show is so talented, right down to Zoey’s co-workers and the woman who works at the coffee place. Skylar Astin’s vocals will melt your face (and your heart), Peter Gallagher (Zoey’s father, Mitch) sings with so much joy that you can’t help but smile, Jane Levy (Zoey) and John Clarence Stewart (Simon) are so charming, and Zoey’s boss (played by Lauren Graham) has big numbers that are so much fun! And everything that powerhouse Alex Newell (Mo) does is BEYOND words.
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#3 Love, love, love
There is a lot of love going on in this show and it’s AMAZING! Zoey has a complex love thing happening in Season 1 that will have you picking teams, but the best love story of this show is the incredible, lasting love between Zoey’s parents, played by Peter Gallagher and Mary Steenburgen. Get ready to love them with your whole heart.
#4 A hug for your heart
Sometimes you just need a show that will make you feel good, and even though they do feature some heavy story-lines, this show is like a warm hug. Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist really leans into the healing power of communication when Zoey starts seeing her powers as a gift and a way to help people work through their inner most struggles. Sigh, it’s just so good.