• Network: NBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 7, 2020

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Amy Amatangelo
    Jan 6, 2020
    Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist on NBC is a pure delight. It is a show that is 1000% guaranteed to put a smile on your face, get your feet tapping and leave you humming a happy tune. I defy you to not be in a good mood after watching it.
  2. Reviewed by: Mekeisha Madden Toby
    Jan 7, 2020
    If fictional TV characters Ally McBeal and Eli Stone had a love child, it would be Zoey Clarke.
  3. Reviewed by: Kelly Lawler
    Jan 7, 2020
    Strange and ambitious concept? Absolutely. But when it comes to executing what is essentially "X-Men" telepath Professor X trapped in the "Glee" classroom, "Zoey" hits most of the right notes.
  4. Reviewed by: Kristen Baldwin
    Jan 2, 2020
    Light-hearted but not too whimsical, starring a heroine who solves low-stakes emotional puzzles with angsty pluck, and delivering entertaining musical numbers that supplement rather than dominate the story, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist is certainly worth keeping on shuffle.
  5. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jan 7, 2020
    The cast is unusually good, with Mary Steenburgen as Zoey's mom and Lauren Graham ("Gilmore Girls") as her boss, who both get a chance to show off their musical pipes in later episodes.
  6. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Jan 7, 2020
    A likably inspired musical dramedy boasting a strong cast led by a never-better Jane Levy and running the risk of being too quirky for broadcast and not quirky enough for cable.
  7. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Jan 7, 2020
    “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” is at its most charming when it allows itself to be silly. ... So, in the end, “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” is a solid dramedy that also happens to include Mary Steenburgen singing Van Morrison, Peter Gallagher tackling Cindi Lauper, and Lauren Graham nailing Katy Perry. You would need a real dirge of an inner song yourself to not at least smile a bit at that.
  8. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jan 2, 2020
    It’s filled with music and some high-energy dance numbers. But what comes between those highlights is often dull and without stakes. It’s the perfect show to do laundry to; it only beckons viewers to lean forward and pay attention during the occasional musical number.
  9. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Jan 3, 2020
    Stick with "Zoey." Get past the treacle, network cliches, and force-fed emotions, and it does improve. Earworms, too.
  10. Reviewed by: Daniel D'Addario
    Dec 30, 2019
    The ambitions of “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” seem, in its early going, more focused on assembling that legitimately impressive playlist than in making it really sing. ... The development of her family story over the show’s first two hours suggest a drama with a growing awareness about the most interesting way to use its premise.
  11. Reviewed by: Bruce Miller
    Jan 13, 2020
    There’s a germ of something here. It’s never quite clear what it could be.
  12. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Jan 2, 2020
    At times, Zoey creator Austin Winsberg makes potent use of the gimmick, particularly regarding Mitch. ... But the song choices themselves tend to be too literal-minded. ... The non-singing portions tend to be even more formulaic and literal.
  13. Reviewed by: Dave Nemetz
    Dec 30, 2019
    Really, it looks like all of the actors are having a blast filming Zoey‘s big musical numbers... but that fun never fully translates to us at home.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. Jan 13, 2020
    Don’t expect anything deep or meaningful, but it is a fun takeoff (or should I say, ripoff) of “What Women Want” and Eli Stone.

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    Don’t expect anything deep or meaningful, but it is a fun takeoff (or should I say, ripoff) of “What Women Want” and Eli Stone.

    Music and choreography are acceptable, script, plot, and acting are predictable and trite.

    Fun diversion with a few real chuckles thrown in. Will probably entertain if it stays away from trying to be too preachy.
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  2. Jan 8, 2020
    I loved it! Concept is great, music awesome. I really enjoyed this show and looking forward to rest of the season.