Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist (2020) Season 1
Jane Levy, Skylar Astin, Alex Newell.
Drama, Comedy, Musical.
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A twenty-something year old software developer suddenly gains the ability to hear people's innermost thoughts and feelings as musical numbers.
Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist is predictably, given the premise, not meant to be taken ultra seriously. Essentially the young woman will at random be exposed to a musical number by people she may or may not already know which will reveal some sort of issue they are having and it is Zoey's 'job' to try to assist them otherwise she will be continually haunted with secret private concerts.
I admit after one episode I was less than eager to continue on as I found the execution of the premise a little cringe-worthy and basically a less technically proficient, kind of subconscious inner-turmoil version of Glee. However this is definitely a show that grows on you, and after about three episodes you can't help but carry on. Once I got used to it, there was something quite appealing about hearing popular songs in extremely relevant contexts, being sung by those who were bleeding every word.
Though overall a fun experience with laugh out loud moments, there is enough depth and poignancy to keep the show quite balanced and will no doubt require the more emotional of us to keep the tear tissues handy on more than one occasion. This is not the greatest show ever produced, not even the greatest musical, however it is an extremely 'easy' watch - and if there is enough appeal from what you've read so far you will not be disappointed. We do worry about a potential decline in quality as seasons go on though.
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