Zoom (partially lost revival of PBS children's series; 1999-2005)

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The show's revamped logo.

Status: Partially Lost

Zoom was a live-action children's series that aired from January 4th, 1999 to May 6th, 2005, produced by WGBH (now GBH) that aired on PBS. It was a revival of another live-action series of the same name that aired from 1972-1978. The show is in the same vain as other popular children's shows that aired on PBS like Sesame Street and The Electric Company, but its cast is made up of kids ages 8 and up and perform various activities like games, plays, poems, songs, and would occasionally start conversations on various topics like prejudice and hospitals, with most topics being submitted by the home audience. The revival became a ratings winner for PBS and switched to the channel's children's block "PBS Kids" halfway through the show's first season. The revival lasted 7 seasons with 200 episodes (outliving its precursor in episode length), ending in May 2005 due to poor ratings.[1]

Lost Footage

ZOOMsci

Season & Episode Name Status
S1 E5 Mystery Seeds Found
S1 E5 Cup Tower Found
S1 E6 Spool Racers Found
S1 E7 Film Canister Rockets Found
S1 E8 Plastic Bag Parachute Found
S1 E10 Newspaper Tower I Found
S1 E10 Tongue Roller Survey Lost
S1 E11 Box Arch Found
S1 E11 Counting Bugs Found
S1 E13 Color Symphony Lost
S1 E14 Balloon Cars Lost
S1 E15 Baking Soda Vinegar Boat Found
S1 E16 Windmills Found
S1 E17 Newspaper Chair Found
S1 E17 Moldy Soup Found
S1 E18 Cantilever Found
S1 E19 Egg Drop Found
S1 E20 Glider Lost
S1 E21 Compost & Biodome Lost
S1 E22 Rocking Structure Found
S1 E23 Playing Card Structure Lost
S1 E24 Waterwheel Lost
S1 E25 Crazy Straw Bridge Lost (archived)
S1 E25 Germinator Found
S1 E26 Baking Soda Submarines Found
S1 E27 Naked Egg Drop Found (Poor-Quality)
S1 E29 Newspaper Tower II Found
S1 E31 Salt Pendulum Lost
S1 E33 (?) Strongest Shape Found (Poor-Quality)

ZOOMdo

Season & Episode Name Status
S1 E5 String Sculpture Found
S1 E6 Bean Mosaic Found
S1 E7 Tie-Dye T-Shirt Lost
S1 E8 Pet Can Found
S1 E13 Rainstick Found
S1 E14 Permanent Sand Castle Found
S1 E15 (?) Serpent Tie Creature Lost
S1 E15 Flipbook Found
S1 E17 (?) Worry Doll Lost
S1 E18 Marble Painting Found
S1 E18 Straw Painting Found
S1 E18 String Painting Found
S1 E19 Gum Wrapper Chain Found
S1 E20 (?) Magazine Beads Lost
S1 E23 (?) Comic Book File Box Lost
S1 E25 Friendship Bracelet Lost (archived)
S1 E26 Ping Pong Paddles Found
S1 E27 Pantyhose Face Doll Lost (archived)
S1 E33 Yarn Doll Lost

Café ZOOM

Season & Episode Name Status
S1 E8 Pizza Bagels Found
S1 E10 Banana On a Stick Found
S1 E11 Homemade Ice Cream Found
S1 E14 (?) Lemon Slush Lost
S1 E15 (?) Bagel Faces Lost
S1 E16 ZOOMspread Found
S1 E18 (?) Marshmallow Mountain Lost
S1 E19 Homemade Pretzels Found
S1 E20 Yogurt Parfaits Lost
S1 E21 Tortilla Sandwiches Lost
S1 E23 Baked Apples Found
S1 E24 Peanut Butter Treats Lost
S1 E26 Fabulous Fruit Kabobs Lost
S1 E29 Calzone Lost
S1 E31 (?) Stained Glass Cookies Lost
S1 E31 (?) Pinwheel Cookies Lost
S1 E33 (?) Apple Triangles Lost
S1 E36 Banana Orange Frost Found
S1 E36 Frozen Fruit Smoothie Found
S1 E36 Peanut Butter Surprise Found

ZOOMalong

Season & Episode Name Status
S1 E6 Water/Balloon Trick Found
S1 E11 Magnet Hands Found
S1 E13 Paper Worm Found
S1 E16 Door Trick Found
S1 E18 (?) Walking Through Paper Lost
S1 E19 (?) Hoop Glider Found
S1 E24 Gravity Lost
S1 E25 Penny Pinch Lost (archived)
S1 E29 The Flying Trick Lost
S1 E36 Paper Helicopter Found

ZOOMgames

Season & Episode Name Status
S1 E5 Ice Cube Race Found
S1 E6 The Slide Lost (archived)
S1 E7 Peanut Roll Race Found
S1 E8 Human Knot Found
S1 E8 Snatch the Hanky Found
S1 E10 Bubblegum Race Lost
S1 E10 Dots Found
S1 E10 Pileup Lost
S1 E11 (?) Toe-to-Toe Lost
S1 E11 Simon Says Not Found
S1 E13 Dr. Pretzel Lost
S1 E14 The Cup Game Partially Found
S1 E15 Cracker Whistle Found
S1 E16 Feelings Found
S1 E16 Beetle Found
S1 E16 Tag Found
S1 E17 Concentration I Found
S1 E17 (?) Balloon Bounce On Head Relay Lost
S1 E18 Walk On Knees Found
S1 E19 The Wind Blows Lost
S1 E20 Turkey Chase Lost
S1 E21 (?) Head Ball Race Found
S1 E22 (?) Keiko and another ZOOMer play a clapping game Lost
S1 E23 (?) Octopus Tag Lost
S1 E24 Funny Bones Lost
S1 E25 Shoe Relay Lost (archived)
S1 E26 Ping Pong Circle Found
S1 E27 Staring Contest Found (Poor-Quality)
S1 E27 Down Down Baby Lost (archived)
S1 E27 Back-to-Back Dash Lost (archived)
S1 E29 Bubble Race Lost
S1 E31 Wink (1 | 2 | 3) Found (Poor-Quality)
S1 E33 (?) Jellybean Transfer Lost

Zingers

Season & Episode Name Status
S1 E5 Hands Up! Found
S1 E6 Back-to-Back Zinger Found
S1 E7 (?) Ha Ha Found
S1 E11 (?) Name 10 Body Parts Using 3 Letters Lost
S1 E11 Toss 'n Clap Found
S1 E11 Toothpick Puzzles Found
S1 E13 (?) Run, Rabbit, Run Lost
S1 E13 Knot Zinger Found
S1 E14 Psychic Zinger Found
S1 E15 Sock Zinger Found
S1 E16 "Guess What" Zinger Found
S1 E17 Card Trick I Found (Listed as "Card Trick 2")
S1 E17 Body Zinger Found
S1 E18 Headstands Partially Lost (Poor-Quality)
S1 E18 Homonyms II Found
S1 E19 Sucking Lemon Wedges Found
S1 E19 (?) Group Juggling Lost
S1 E20 (?) Step Through Your Hands Lost
S1 E22 Sour Candies Partially Lost (Poor-Quality)
S1 E22 Word Game Found
S1 E23 Balloon Bouncing Found
S1 E24 ZOOM Acronyms Lost
S1 E25 Toe Writing Lost (archived)
S1 E26 Card Trick II Found (Part 2 is Listed as Part 1)
S1 E27 How Low Can You Go? Lost (archived)
S1 E29 (?) Draw Your Name On Your Forehead Lost
S1 E31 (?) Penny Drops Found
S1 E33 (?) Connect Nine Dots Lost
S1 E36 Shoelace Zinger Found

ZOOMplayhouse

Season & Episode Name Status
S1 E6 The Mixed-Up Genie Lost (archived)
S1 E7 (?) Jared rides a bus Lost
S1 E13 Trouble In Candy Kingdom Found
S1 E15 Where's Your Homework? Found
S1 E19 The Present Partially Lost
S1 E21 Little Red Riding Hood: An Ubbi Dubbi Fairy Tale Lost
S1 E22 The Fortune Teller Found
S1 E24 Hot Dog Experiment Lost
S1 E29 The Sweet Roll Found (Poor-Quality)
S1 E33 (?) Jared plays as a TV talk show host interviewing Greek gods played by David and Zoe Lost

Ubbi Dubbi Skits

Season & Episode Name Status
S1 E5 Singing Voice Found
S1 E6 Sneezing Powder Found
S1 E7 (?) Weather Update: Sun Lost
S1 E8 Dancing Shoes Lost (archived)
S1 E10 Row, Row, Row Your Boat Lost
S1 E11 Cough Drops Found
S1 E13 (?) Hiccups Lost
S1 E14 Ring Pop Lost
S1 E15 Giant Pencil Found
S1 E17 Weather Report: Earthquake Found
S1 E18 Jokes Found
S1 E19 Chips and Dip Found
S1 E20 Peanut Butter Lost
S1 E23 Keiko the Magician Lost
S1 E25 Remote Lost (archived)
S1 E29 (?) Jared the Chef: Toast Found (Poor-Quality)
S1 E31 (?) Spot the Dog II Found
S1 E33 Jared the Chef: Chocolate Milk Lost
S1 E36 Unknown Weather Skit Lost

ZOOMChats

Season & Episode Name Status
S1 E5 Siblings Lost (archived)
S1 E8 Competition Found
S1 E10 Being Left Out Lost
S1 E15 Embarrassing Moments Found
S1 E17 Friends Found
S1 E18 Boys and Girls Found
S1 E20 (?) Sports Lost
S1 E23 Meeting New People Lost
S1 E25 Cheating Lost (archived)
S1 E26 Peer Pressure Found
S1 E33 (?) In 10 Years Found

ZMails

Season & Episode Name Status
S1 E6 With Lynese, Pablo, David and Zoe Found
S1 E16 (?) Unknown Lost
S1 E19 Unknown Lost
S1 E21 (?) With Keiko, David, Jared and Pablo Found
S1 E22 With Lynese, Pablo, Keiko and Alisa Found
S1 E24 With Keiko, Alisa and David Lost
S1 E27 With Lynese, Zoe, Alisa and Keiko Lost (archived)
S1 E29 (?) Unknown Lost
S1 E36 (?) Unknown Lost

Miscellaneous

Season & Episode Name Status
S1 E22 Zoe's Flea Circus Found

Additional Segments

In addition to the above, most segments that didn't feature the ZOOMers ("ZOOMGuest", "What's Zup?", etc.) are at large. Other miscellaneous things, such as jokes, poems, the "Today on ZOOM" openings (some of which, in season 1, would feature a ZOOMer introducing the episode's ZOOMAlong) and the stingers after the credits also remain at large.

Availability

The revival only saw four home media releases in the form of four VHS tapes that were released between 1999 and 2002. After PBS Kids stopped rerunning the show in 2007, a large majority of the show's run has never been seen since and is mostly lost.

As of January 2024, all episodes from seasons 2-7 and 16 episodes from season 1 have been found and uploaded onto YouTube. 14 from the first season were uploaded by YouTube user ZOOMFan1 and 2 more by Facebook user Nathan Ng.

Uploads of Season 1

Unfortunately, by the time ZOOMFan1 started watching, season 1 would only be syndicated once more from December 2002 to January 2003 and episodes 105-133 that were originally a part of the season would be skipped over.

Also, he accidentally taped over one of the episodes that aired when he recorded season 1 (136), and the episode has yet to surface online in its entirety.

So far, episodes 105-108, 110-111, 113-127, 129, 131, 133 and 136 are the only episodes currently unavailable online. Episodes 105, 106, 108, 125, and 127 that have all been fully digitized and archived by GBH are unavailable for viewing.

Unaired Footage

Additionally, many segments that were filmed for the show remain unaired. Some, if not all of them, are listed on the website. A full list of known unaired segments can be found on the ZOOMerpedia Wiki.

Additional Stuff

Currently, almost everything from the first two seasons is available online aside from some of the original “ZOOM a Cum Laudes”. The episodes online without their original ZCL are 101, 104, 134, 135, 139, 201, 234, 238 and 240. (101, 104 and 234 are local airings, while the rest are WGBY airings). In addition, approximately 40 seconds of the ZOOMGuest segment in 236 is missing due to a glitch in the recording. (It also blacks out briefly in episode 301 right after Caroline eats the edible spiders.)

Season 3 is currently missing three of its’ original stingers. Two are incomplete versions (318 and 329) while one is missing entirely (306).

Some "ZOOM Into Action!" segments from seasons 4-7 narrated by the ZOOMers are also missing (as ZOOMfan1 often recorded off of WGBY, which used different versions of the segment with prerecorded voiceovers). Currently, episodes 401, 404, 405, 410, 412, 413, 501, 503, 505, 507, 508, 509, 512, 518, 716, 717 and 718 are the only episodes from those seasons to have “ZOOM Into Action” segments narrated by the ZOOMers.

All episodes of season 6 notably showed the ZOOMers backstage during the credits, but on WGBY, it showed a select group of kids thanking viewers for "ZOOMing on WGBY." Episodes 703-709 of season 7 do this as well. All of the remaining uploads aside from 701, 712, 718 and 720 show standard credits (the first two were specials). Since several of the episodes with the groups of kids are from WGBY, it's possible that some of those featured the ZOOMers on the local versions. Meanwhile, episodes 602 (from a different source), 603, 616 and 618 are the only episodes with the local credits available. Both versions of the credits for episode 604 are missing, as ZOOMFan1's recording reuses episode 603's credits. It's also worth noting that episodes 610, 612, 615, and 620 are all missing “WhatZup” segments that were shown in local airings and as a result run undertime.

Local airings of seasons 4 and 5, meanwhile, featured brief shots of scenes from the respective episodes in the openings. Currently, only the versions of episodes 401, 405, 408, 503, 505, 507, and 508 (from a different source) and 518 are available.

Also, from August to November of 2004, promos to support the election featuring current ZOOMers were featured on local airings in place of "Today on ZOOM" and the stingers. A few have been found and uploaded by ZOOMFan1, although some are still at large. As ZOOM also aired during the 2000 election, it's possible that similar promos were aired at the time. As ZOOM also aired during the 2000 election, similar promos were not made.

Gallery

Stills (Season 1)

Behind the Scenes (Season 1)

Pictures (Season 1)

Stills (Season 2)

Behind the Scenes (Season 2)

Stills (Season 5)

Behind the Scenes (Season 5)

See Also

Zoom

Bumpers

PBS

PBS Kids

References