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Zoey 101
Zoey 101
Background Information
Genre

Teen sitcom, comedy-drama

Created by

Dan Schneider

Opening theme

Follow Me performed by Jamie Lynn Spears

Composer

Britney Spears

Country of Origin

United States

Language

English

Seasons

4

Episodes

65

Production
Executive Producers

Dan Schneider
Bill O'Dowd

Location

L.A. California

Camera setup

Film, single-camera

Running time

approx. 23-25 minutes

Production company

Schneider's Bakery
Apollo ProMovie
Nickelodeon Productions

Broadcast
Series run

January 9, 2005–May 2, 2008

Network

Nickelodeon (original), Teennick (re-runs)

Picture format

480i 16:9 (SDTV)

Status

Series ended, reruns

Zoey 101 is an American live-action situation comedy-drama television series starring Jamie Lynn Spears. The series was originally run as a TEENick show on Nickelodeon, beginning on January 9, 2005. Zoey 101 follows the lives of teenager Zoey Brooks along with several of her friends that attend the boarding school Pacific Coast Academy.

The show was initially filmed at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, then at stages in Valencia, Santa Clarita, California beginning Season 3. It was nominated for an "Outstanding Children's Program" Emmy in 2005. The future of the show came into question after Jamie Lynn Spears announced her pregnancy at the age of 16, but Nickelodeon continued to air the series with its fourth and final season, which began on January 27, 2008 and ended on May 2, 2008. Reruns of the show were also halted on November 27, 2009. Reruns returned to TeenNick on May 31, 2010, and has run in syndication ever since.


Plot

The series starts off with Welcome to PCA, where Zoey and her younger brother Dustin Brooks driving with their father on their way to Pacific Coast Academy. Zoey is in the eighth grade, while Dustin is in the sixth. When Chase Matthews first notices Zoey stepping out of her father's car, he falls in love at first site with her and falls crashes into a flagpole. Chase is the first person at PCA that Zoey meets, and the two become best of friends.

Cast

Main cast

Actor Character Episodes Seasons
1 2 3 4
Jamie Lynn Spears Zoey Brooks 65 Main
Paul Butcher Dustin Brooks 24 Main
Sean Flynn Chase Matthews 55 MainGuest
Austin Butler James Garrett 10 Guest Main
Kristin Herrera Dana Cruz 13 Main
Victoria Justice Lola Martinez 50 Main
Christopher Massey Michael Barret 64 Main
Alexa Nikolas Nicole Bristow 26 Main
Erin Sanders Quinn Pensky 63 Main
Matthew Underwood Logan Reese 61 Main

Recurring cast

Cast Character Season(s) Years credited First Appearance Final Appearance

Episode Count

Jessica Chaffin Coco Wexler 1-4 2005-2008 Defending Dustin PCA Confidential 13
Jack Salvatore Jr Mark Del Figgalo 1-4 2005-2008 New Roomies Chasing Zoey 28
Creagen Dow Jeremiah Trottman 2-4 2005-2008 The Election Chasing Zoey 12
Lisa Tucker Lisa Perkins 3-4 2007-2008 Michael Loves Lisa Chasing Zoey 4
Miki Ishikawa Vicky 1 2005-2006 Welcome to PCA Backpack 5
Daniella Monet Rebecca Martin 3 2006-2007 Surprise Zoey's Balloon 3
Abby Wilde Stacey Dillsen 3-4 2006-2008 Chase's Girlfriend Chasing Zoey 17
Brando Eaton Vince Blake

3-4

2006-2008 The Great Vince Blake Chasing Zoey 4

Episodes

Main article: List of Episodes

Season Episodes Air date
Season premiere Season finale
1 13 January 9, 2005 May 1, 2005
2 13 September 11, 2005 April 16, 2006
3 25 September 24, 2006 January 4, 2008
4 14 January 27, 2008 May 2, 2008

TV films

Film Airdate Episode #
Spring Break-Up March 10, 2006 Ep 23-24
The Curse of PCA October 13, 2007 Ep 43-44
Goodbye Zoey? January 4, 2008 Ep 51-52
Chasing Zoey May 2, 2008 Ep 64-65

DVD Releases

Title Release date Episodes
Spring Break-Up May 19, 2006 (USA) 8,13, 23-24
Bonus features include season one bloopers, behind-the-scenes tours and two bonus episodes from the first season, "Quinn's Date" and "Little Beach Party".
Title Release date Episodes
The Complete 1st Season February 13, 2007 (USA) 1-13, 36
This two-disc release includes all thirteen episodes from the first season. Bonus features include bloopers, original cast member audition tapes, and a bonus episode, "Quarantine", from the third season. Alexa Nikolas (Nicole) and Kristin Herrera (Dana) do not appear on the cover.
Title Release date Episodes
The Complete 2nd Season August 29, 2008 (USA)

September 10, 2008 (AUS)

14-26
(USA) Three-disc release, all 13 episodes, available just in Amazon.com, as a "CreateSpace" program of "Burn-On-Demand" DVDs. Alexa Nikolas (Nicole) and Paul Butcher do not feature on the cover.(AUS) This two-disc release includes all thirteen episodes from the second season. Released by Madman Entertainment in Australia and New Zealand (Region 4).
Title Release date Episodes
The Complete 3rd Season June 14, 2009 (USA) 27-52
(USA) Five-disc release, all 24 episodes, available just in Amazon.com, as a "CreateSpace" program of "Burn-On-Demand" DVDs.

This disc is expected to play back in DVD Video "play only" devices, and may not play in other DVD devices, including recorders and PC drives.

Title Release date Episodes
The Complete 4th Season June 16, 2009 (USA) 53-65
(USA) Three-disc release, all 13 episodes, available just in Amazon.com, as a "CreateSpace" program of "Burn-On-Demand" DVDs.

This disc is expected to play back in DVD Video "play only" devices, and may not play in other DVD devices, including recorders and PC drives.

Soundtrack

Main article: Zoey 101: Music Mix
ZoeyCD

Zoey 101 Soundtrack

Awards

Won
Nominated
  • 2005 Primetime Emmy Award: Outstanding Children's Program
  • 2007 Kids' Choice Awards: Jamie Lynn Spears (Favorite TV Actress)
  • 2008 Kids' Choice Awards: Jamie Lynn Spears (Favorite TV Actress)
  • 2009 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite TV Show

Trivia

  • Despite being a sitcom, the show is more like a teen's drama series
  • Zoey Brooks, the main character, is the only character to appear in all 65 episodes of the show; Dustin was absent in 40 episodes, Chase didn't appear in season four, except for Trading Places and Chasing Zoey, James only appeared in season four, Dana only appeared in season one, Lola was absent during season one episodes, Haunted House, and PCA Confidential, Michael didn't appear in "PCA Confidential", Nicole only appeared in seasons one and two, Quinn didn't appear in Defending Dustin, School Dance, and "PCA Confidential", and Logan didn't appear in "Defending Dustin", Quinn's Date, Spring Fling, Backpack, and "PCA Confidential."
  • Jamie Lynn Spears and Alexa Nikolas share the same birthday April 4 with Jamie Lynn born in 1991 and Alexa in 1992.
  • Zoey101.com now redirects to iCarly.com due to its series finale.
  • This is Dan Schneider's only show without a laugh track, or other studio audience sound effects, due to the fact that this show is more of a drama.
  • The PCA campus library is named The Harry Schneider Library, named after the father of Dan Schneider, the show's creator.
  • Erin Sanders originally auditioned for the part of Nicole but lost it to Alexa Nikolas.
  • Season 3 is the longest season with 26 episodes. Every other season aired for 13 episodes each.
  • Throughout the show's four-season run, Nicole, Dana, Dustin and James are the only main characters to not end up with a boyfriend or girlfriend.
  • According to the PCA Survival Guide, Dana's full name is Dana Ramsey not Dana Cruz.
  • Jessica Chaffin (Coco), Jack Salvatore Jr (Mark), Christopher Murray (Dean Rivers) and Brian Tee (Kazu) are the only four recurring characters to appear in all four seasons of the show.
  • Austin Butler is the only actor on the show to have played more than one role: Danifer, and James Garrett.
  • In the episode Vince Is Back when Michael and Logan were in their dorm, before Zoey and Quinn went in, a brief second of the iCarly episode iDon`t Want to Fight was heard.
  • Contrary to popular belief, Zoey 101 did not end due to Jamie Lynn Spears' pregnancy : the cast and the producers had decided that the show was showing its age, so they wrapped up filming in August of 2007. It would be a year before the series finale aired (this is a common mistake made by many, as they assume filming ended in 2008). Spears did not announce her pregnancy until October. It should be noted that Spears gave birth to her baby after the final episode aired.
  • A predecessor to Zoey 101 is "Moody's Point" a recurring sketch that aired on The Amanda Show. "Moody's Point" parodied "Dawson's Creek". Like Zoey 101, the series was serious in terms of the story, but the dialogue was meant to be comical.
  • 2 actors who would later go on to star in FOX's Glee appeared on Zoey 101: Harry Shum, Jr. played Roy in Trading Places, and Kevin McHale had a recurring role as the nerd Dooley.
  • The working title of the series was Totally Zoey, but it was changed due to Dan Schneider finding it too cheesy. The name was a reference to Totally Kyle from The Amanda Show (played by Drake Bell), and would be used again as Totally Terri in the iCarly episode "iTake on Dingo."
  • Originally, Dana was to become Logan's girlfriend, but when Kristin Herrera left the series, Quinn took over this role.
  • Since iCarly and Victorious established a crossover, along with the fact that iCarly is 'hinted' in Zoey 101, it is apparent that all three shows exist in the same universe.
    • Additionally, Sam & Cat is a spin-off show of both iCarly and Victorious, meaning that it is also set in the same universe as these three shows.
  • A notable concept is that iCarly can be a 'prequel' to Zoey 101. In the episode iWas a Pageant Girl, a girl says that her name is Quinn Pensky. In Zoey 101, it is revealed that her character competed in pageants when she was little, meaning that the events of iCarly happened prior to Zoey 101. However, there are several other things that contradict this theory, so it may be impossible as well.
  • Miranda Cosgrove's and Jennette McCurdy's roles as Paige Howard and Trisha Kirby are similar to the actresses' respective roles on iCarly. Carly Shay and Paige Howard are both intellectuals and well behaved, while Sam Puckett and Trisha Kirby are both uneducated and obnoxious.
  • The protagonist, Zoey Brooks and her room number, 101 are references to the title of the show.
  • Victoria Justice's and Daniella Monet's roles as Lola Martinez and Rebecca Martin are similar to their roles on Victorious. Tori Vega and Lola Martinez are both well behaved, while Trina Vega and Rebecca Martin are both sassy and attitudinal.
  • Zoey 101 shared some of the same cast of another Nickelodeon comedy/drama, Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide (the two shows also shared similar concepts):
    • Teo Olivares played Ollie Biallo on Zoey 101 in the episode "School Dance" and played a bully on Ned's Declassified.
    • One of the girls in the Zoey 101 episode "School Dance" is portrayed by Christian Serratos, who played Suzie Crabgrass on Ned's Declassified.
  • Mark Del Figgalo was originally only planned to be in one episode, but the producers of the show liked Jack Salvatore Jr's performance so much that they decided to make Mark a recurring character.
  • Every Zoey 101 season often results in a cast member leaving and being replaced with someone else (i.e. Dana Cruz doesn't return in Season 2, Lola Martinez appears in her place for the rest of the series. Another example is when Chase Matthews is replaced by James Garrett for a majority of Season 4)

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