• 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.
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.