''Zoey 101'' is an American comedy-drama
television series created by Dan Schneider
and originally aired from January 9, 2005 to May 2, 2008.
It focuses on the lives of teenager Zoey Brooks (Jamie Lynn Spears
), her brother Dustin (Paul Butcher
), and her friends as they attend Pacific Coast Academy (PCA), a fictional boarding school
in Southern California
It was initially filmed at Pepperdine University
in Malibu, California
, then at stages in Valencia
beginning in season 3. It was nominated for an "Outstanding Children's Program" Emmy
in 2005. ''Zoey 101'' was the most expensive production ever for a Nickelodeon series, as it was shot completely on location in Malibu.
''Zoey 101'' was one of Nickelodeon's highest rated and most successful shows in the 2000s decade. The series won three Young Artist Awards, two Kids' Choice Awards
and a Neox Fan Award
. The entire series is currently available for purchase on DVD and on digital stores online, such as iTunes
, Google Play
, and Amazon Prime Video
Several soundtracks and video games based on the series have also been produced and released. The series officially ended production in August 2007 after the shooting of its final season, which began airing five months later in January 2008. Spears' pregnancy made this season controversial. However, the show was not cancelled due to her pregnancy. It was not until October 2007—two months after the final season wrapped production—that the ''Zoey 101'' staff learned about her pregnancy.
The series centers around Zoey Brooks as she enrolls in Pacific Coast Academy, a school that previously only allowed boys to attend. Throughout the series, Zoey and her friends navigate life as teenagers in a boarding school
. As the series progresses, the group of friends grows closer together.
Cast and characters
* Jamie Lynn Spears
as Zoey Brooks
* Paul Butcher
as Dustin Brooks
* Sean Flynn as Chase Matthews
(seasons 1–3; guest in season 4)
* Kristin Herrera
as Dana Cruz
* Christopher Massey
as Michael Barret
* Alexa Nikolas
as Nicole Bristow
* Erin Sanders
as Quinn Pensky
* Matthew Underwood as Logan Reese
* Victoria Justice
as Lola Martinez
* Austin Butler
as James Garrett
10th anniversary revival short and possible revival
On September 18, 2015, the 10th anniversary of the airing of the season 2 episode "Time Capsule
aired a short clip featuring Chase and Michael. In the clip, it becomes apparent that Zoey and Chase have broken up and he is now seeing someone else. When Chase proposes to his current girlfriend Alyssa (Jamie Snow), Michael storms in and informs him of what Zoey said on her DVD from "Time Capsule". The DVD reveals that Zoey suspected Chase's crush on her at the time, even before she went to England, and at some point even thought about getting together with him as she considered him her soulmate, but didn't act on it until after she went to England. This causes Chase, who is still in love with Zoey, to abandon Alyssa to find Zoey, with the clip ending on a cliffhanger.
After reuniting with many of her former cast mates on ''All That
'' in late 2019, with the sketch later aired on July 11, 2020, Spears revealed during a podcast in May 2020, that she was interested in developing a possible revival and that discussions had already been underway, but nothing was official at the time as many details of the potential project had yet to be confirmed. On October 2020, the cast made a reunion on TikTok
Nickelodeon has released all 4 seasons on DVD in Region 1 (United States only). Seasons 2, 3 and 4 are manufacture-on-demand (MOD) releases and are available only through Amazon.com
Alliance Home Entertainment
has released the first three seasons on DVD in Canada only. Season 3 was released on March 8, 2011.
In Region 4, Madman Entertainment
has released the first two seasons on DVD in Australia.
As of March 2021, the complete series is available to stream on Paramount+
''Zoey 101: Music Mix'' is the soundtrack album for the series. It was released on March 7, 2006. The album features music of the pop and rock genres. By June 2016, only tracks 2, 4, 9, and 10 were available on iTunes.
A video game titled ''Zoey 101'' was released in March 2007 for Game Boy Advance
. Another game called ''Zoey 101: Field Trip Fiasco'' was released on September 11, 2007 for Nintendo DS
. Both video games were published by THQ
and developed by Barking Lizards
and received poor reception and negative reviews from sites such as ''IGN
'' and Common Sense Media
''Zoey 101'' is a mini-game collection. Players must successfully complete each mini-game, then a dare, and then a final challenge. Dares and challenges are randomly chosen from three games in the level. Players can choose to play mini-games freely in the main menu. GameZone awarded the game 4 out of 10, stating that the game was either "boring, frustrating, just plain unfun, or some combination of all three." ''Nintendo World Report'' rated the game 2 out of 10,
'' rated it one star out of five,
with both reviews criticizing the mini-games, graphics and music.
''Field Trip Fiasco'' is about Zoey and her friends taking a field trip to a park. The player controls Zoey by using the D-pad or touch screen to walk or run. The player runs around Pacific Coast Academy completing fetch quests. They involve delivering things to people or collecting objects scattered around the school before time runs out. After finishing a fetch quest, the player plays a mini-game involving hosing off cars or picking up Frisbees. Zoey walks around the national park, talks to the camping club about Native Americans, goes to the library to learn about the park and takes a quiz about a national park.
Jack DeVries of IGN gave the game a 3.5/10 and criticized the game's boring gameplay, bland music and sound, and awkward controls. Mike David reviewed the game for GameZone and gave it a 2.8. It was criticized for its graphics and controls.
The series received positive reviews from its target demographic, scoring high with younger audiences. It was Nickelodeon's best performance for a series premiere (live action or animation) in almost eight years. The premiere of the episode "Goodbye Zoey" was the highest-rated live-action show ever on Nickelodeon, with over 7.3 million viewers. The series finale "Chasing Zoey" was the highest-rated show on all of television for all kid demos, including teens 12-17, beating out ''American Idol''.
The show has an 8.2/10 on TV.com, a 6/10 on IMDb and a 3/5 on Common Sense Media.
Criticisms of the show have come mostly from older audiences, and have included claims that the show is unrealistic.
Awards and honors
Zoey 101 on Family
Category:2005 American television series debuts
Category:2008 American television series endings
Category:2000s American comedy-drama television series
Category:2000s American high school television series
Category:2000s American single-camera sitcoms
Category:2000s American teen drama television series
Category:2000s American teen sitcoms
Category:2000s Nickelodeon original programming
Category:English-language television shows
Category:Television series about teenagers
Category:Television series created by Dan Schneider
Category:Television series by Schneider's Bakery
Category:Television shows set in Los Angeles County, California