‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist: 4 reasons to watch this fun and endearing show

This show will leave your heart singing!

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! 

ZOEY’S EXTRAORDINARY PLAYLIST — “Zoey’s Extraordinary Neighbor” Episode 104 — Pictured: Alex Newell as Mo — (Photo by: Sergei Bachlakov/NBC)

#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). 

ZOEY’S EXTRAORDINARY PLAYLIST — “Pilot” Episode 101 — Pictured: (l-r) Jane Levy as Zoey, Skylar Astin as Max — (Photo by: Sergei Bachlakov/NBC)


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. 

Stream the Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist on RIGHT HERE

ZOEY’S EXTRAORDINARY PLAYLIST — “Pilot” Episode 101 — Pictured: Mary Steenburgen as Maggie — (Photo by: Sergei Bachlakov/NBC)

#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. 

zoeys extraordinary playlist
ZOEY’S EXTRAORDINARY PLAYLIST — “Zoey’s Extraordinary Neighbor” Episode 104 — Pictured: Jane Levy as Zoey Clarke — (Photo by: Sergei Bachlakov/NBC)

#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. 

Season 1 is currently airing on Sundays on NBC, and you can stream the episodes on RIGHT HERE

After you watch, tweet us your thoughts!  Happy watching! 


Meg Bonney

Meg is a TV obsessed writer based in the Midwest. She is also the author of the award winning YA-Fantasy novel, EVERLY and tends to be overly caffeinated. Find her on Twitter to chat about TV, books and Bellamy Blake's freckles.

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