|Created by||Christopher Sarson|
|Developed by||WGBH Boston|
|Opening theme||"Come On and Zoom"|
|Ending theme||"Send It to Zoom" (Seasons 1–2 and 7)|
”Come On and Zoom” (instrumental)
"Send Us Z-Mail" (seasons 3–6)
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||7|
|No. of episodes||200|
|Executive producer||Kate Taylor|
Alan Catello Grazioso
|Running time||26 minutes|
|Original network||PBS (January 4, 1999 – September 6, 1999)|
PBS Kids (September 6, 1999 – May 6, 2005)
|Original release||January 4, 1999 –|
May 6, 2005
|Zoom (1972 TV series)|
Zoom is an American live-action children's television series in which child cast members present a variety of types of content, including games, recipes, science experiments, and short plays, based on ideas sent in by children, and is a remake from an existing 1972 version of the same name. Created by Christopher Sarson, the series originally aired on PBS Kids from January 4, 1999 to May 6, 2005, with reruns airing until September 2, 2007, and was produced by WGBH-TV in Boston.
Zoom premiered in 1999 in largely the same format as the original series, 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), each featuring seven children—32 in total—called "Zoomers". It completed taping a pilot episode in September 1995 with a different cast, which was circulated among funders by early 1997 and aired on television in November of that year. On December 9, 2004, it was announced that the show had been cancelled after seven seasons. The cancellation was blamed on the rising competition of kids TV, which resulted in a noticeable decline in ratings for the show. The series finale aired on May 6, 2005 on most PBS member stations, without any reference of the show’s ending. Reruns of the final three seasons aired on some PBS stations until fall 2007, when the show was pulled from the PBS lineup entirely.
|Season||Episodes||Originally aired (U.S. dates)|
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||42||January 4, 1999||April 19, 1999|
|2||40||January 4, 2000||April 24, 2000|
|3||41||January 1, 2001||April 11, 2001|
|4||21||January 25, 2002||June 7, 2002|
|5||20||March 31, 2003||July 18, 2003|
|6||20||April 19, 2004||June 7, 2004|
|7||20||April 4, 2005||May 6, 2005|
|ZOOM||Cast member 1||Cast member 2||Cast member 3||Cast member 4||Cast member 5||Cast member 6||Cast member 7|
|Pilot (1995)||Enid||Marcus||Hayley||Esther Mira||Daniel||Georgina||Chad Nelson|
|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 Jimenez||Alisa Besher||Jessie Ogungbadero||Kenny Yates||Zoe Costello|
|Season 3 (2001)||Frances Domond||Kenny Yates||Rachel Redd||Eric Rollins||Kaleigh Cronin||Kevin "Buzz" Barrette||Caroline Botelho|
|Season 4 (2002)||Aline Barta||Garrett DiBona||Rachel Redd||Matt Gornstein||Estuardo Alvizures||Kaleigh Cronin||Caroline Botelho|
|Season 5 (2003)||Caroline Botelho||Aline Barta||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|
Although the complete series was never released in any format, four videos were released based on the show:
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.
Four books by Amy E. Sklansky compiled from material submitted by viewers were published by Little, Brown and Company:
Jonathan Meath Filmography: Zoom (TV Series)
The Making of Zoom. Producer. Zoom. Senior producer.
This September, a pilot for a new series of Zoom episodes finished shooting, based this time on suggestions delivered not merely to the famous "Box three-five-oh, Boston, Mass., Oh-two-one-three-four!" but to the show's e-mail address as well.
For example, in the Zoom pilot now circulating among funders, boys at the Weston School test their designs for racing cars propelled by balloon exhaust.
Monday's pilot episode (4:30 p.m., WTTW-Ch. 11) is only dipping a toe in the water to solicit new ideas for segments from viewers; the series isn't scheduled to start until January 1999.