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Zoom (1999 TV series)

Created by Christopher Sarson
Developed by WGBH Boston
Opening theme "Come On And Zoom"
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 7
No. of episodes 201
Executive producer(s) Kate Taylor
Producer(s) Jonathan Meath[1][2]
Location(s) Boston, Massachusetts
Running time approx. 30 minutes[3]
Production company(s) WGBH-TV
Original channel PBS Kids
Picture format Closed-Captioned, Color
Audio format Mono
First shown in USA
Original run January 4, 1999 (1999-01-04) – June 24, 2005 (2005-06-24)
Preceded by Zoom (1972 TV series)
External links

Zoom is an American television program for ages eight and up, created almost entirely by children. It originally aired on PBS from January 4, 1999 to June 24, 2005. It was a remake of a 1972 TV series by the same name. Both versions were produced by WGBH-TV in Boston. Reruns were aired until around early 2007.


  • Description 1
  • Cast members 2
  • Season Overview 3
  • Merchandise 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


Zoom made a comeback in 1999 in largely the same format, with many of the same games and continued to feature content and ideas submitted by viewers. This second Zoom series ran for seven seasons (1999–2005) and featured 32 Zoomers but was not renewed after the 2005 season due to falling ratings blamed on the increased competition in children's programming.[4]

Cast members

ZOOM Cast Member 1 Cast Member 2 Cast Member 3 Cast Member 4 Cast Member 5 Cast Member 6 Cast Member 7
Season 1 (1999) Zoe Costello Jared Nathan Keiko Yoshida Pablo Velez, Jr. Alisa Besher David Toropov Lynese Browder
Season 2 (2000) Ray MacMore Caroline Botelho Claudio Schwartz Alisa Besher Jessie Ogungbadero Kenny Yates Zoe Costello
Season 3 (2001) Frances Domond Kenny Yates Rachel Redd Eric Rollins Kaleigh Cronin Buzz Barrette Caroline Botelho
Season 4 (2002) Aline Toupi Garrett DiBona Rachel Redd Matthew Runyon Estuardo Alvizures Kaleigh Cronin Caroline Botelho
Season 5 (2003) Caroline Botelho Aline Toupi Estuardo Alvizures Garrett DiBona Mike Hansen Kortney Sumner Elena "Shing Ying" Shieh
Season 6 (2004) Mike Hansen Kortney Sumner Francesco Tena Cara Harvey Kyle Larrow Maya Morales Elena "Shing Ying" Shieh
Season 7 (2005) Nick Henry Taylor Garron Francesco Tena Noreen Raja Emily Marshall Kyle Larrow Elena "Shing Ying" Shieh

Season Overview

Season Episodes Originally aired (U.S. dates)
Season premiere Season finale
1 41 January 4, 1999 (1999-01-04) November 29, 1999 (1999-11-29)
2 40 February 7, 2000 (2000-02-07) March 31, 2000 (2000-03-31)
3 40 March 12, 2001 (2001-03-12) May 4, 2001 (2001-05-04)
4 20 January 25, 2002 (2002-01-25) June 7, 2002 (2002-06-07)
5 20 March 31, 2003 (2003-03-31) July 18, 2003 (2003-07-18)
6 20 April 19, 2004 (2004-04-19) June 25, 2004 (2004-06-25)
7 20 April 4, 2005 (2005-04-04) June 24, 2005 (2005-06-24)


Four videos were released based on the show: Party with Zoom (June 22, 1999, ISBN 157807200X), The Zoomers Video Special: The Making of ZOOM! (January 11, 2000), America Kids Respond (March 20, 2001), and Zoom: America's Kids Remember (October 8, 2002). Additionally, a two-disc set with four full episodes plus various footage from all six seasons of the 1970s version was released on October 28, 2008.[5]

Four books by Amy E. Sklansky compiled from material submitted by viewers were published by Little, Brown and Company:

  • Zoom Zingers (1999, ISBN 0316952613)
  • Zoom Fun With Friends (1999, ISBN 0316952753)
  • Zoomdos You Can Do! (2000, ISBN 0316952761)
  • Zoomfun Outside (2000, ISBN 0316952788)

See also

  • Studio See (another PBS children's program that used content from viewers)


  1. ^ "About This Person: Jonathan Meath". The New York Times: Movies & TV. 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-13. Jonathan Meath Filmography: Zoom (TV Series) 
  2. ^ "Jonathan Meath". Yahoo! TV. 2010-11-13. Retrieved 2010-11-13. The Making of Zoom. Producer. Zoom. Senior producer. 
  3. ^ Zoom, Internet Movie Database, September 5, 2014
  4. ^ "Children's show 'Zoom' a victim of ratings drop". Boston Globe. December 9, 2004. 
  5. ^ Zoom - Cover art and contents for Zoom - Back to the '70s 2-DVD set,, October 7, 2008

External links

  • The Boston Globe: "Children's Show ZOOM a victim of ratings drop," at the Wayback Machine (archived April 30, 2009) story about the 2006 cancellation of Zoom
  • "Zoom: America's kids respond"
  • - Hard 'N Phirm: "Pi" (QuickTime & Windows Media)
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