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Review of "Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist" 1/11/20 by Suzanne
Airs Sundays 9/8 on NBC

I really enjoyed the first episode of this show. Jane Levy plays Zoey, a young women with a stressful job (as a coder in a startup) and family life (her father's catatonic, and her mother takes care of him). She has headaches, so she goes to the doctor. While she's getting her MRI, with music playing to make her relax, there's an earthquake, and something weird happens in her brain, having to do with electricity and songs. From then on, she's able to hear what people are thinking. The gimmick of the show is that she hears and see them singing and dancing, not just thinking. The song represents whatever's going on in their head (or in hers, sometimes). She also finds out that her best friend at work is in love with her, and that a guy she has a crush on is engaged, and she's up for a big promotion.

Levy is perfect for the role. She's a little bit spunky, a little bit geeky, and very endearing. Her supporting cast is filled with a good combination of people you may vaguely recognize, and some stellar veterans (the outstanding Peter Gallagher is her dad; Mary Steenburgen is her mom; and Lauren Graham is her boss). As long as you don't mind fantasy-musicals, it's a fun show and worth watching. I think it works much better than "Crazy Ex Girlfriend." We know that most of the singing here is in her head, so you don't have to pretend to ignore the fact that people just burst out singing in the middle of the show.

Check it out. You might love this whimsical, light drama as much as I do. 


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.

Austin Winsberg will write and executive produce. Richard Shepard will direct and executive produce (pilot only). Kim Tannenbaum and Eric Tannenbaum, Paul Feig, Jessie Henderson, David Blackman and Daniel Inkeles will executive produce. Jason Wang will co-executive produce. Dan Magnante will produce.

“Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” is produced by Lionsgate and Universal Television in association with the Tannenbaum Company, Feigco Entertainment and Universal Music Group’s Polygram.

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