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Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist: Cast and Characters

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A show/ character guide for NBC’s Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist featuring who plays who, character descriptions, storylines, and general information.


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General Information

Network
NBC
Creator(s)Austin Winsberg
Air Date1/7/2020 – Present
Genre(s)Comedy, Musical, Drama

Notable Locations

  • Sprq Point: Zoey, Joan, Max, Simon, and many others, workplace.
    • Number of Floors (2.1): There are 16 floors
  • Hand-Picked: A restaurant Max is a big-time advocate for, that ends up the place of his first date with Autumn.
  • Golden Gate Grind: The local coffee shop Autumn works at.
  • Maximo (2.7): Max and Mo’s restaurant which officially opens this episode

Noteworthy Events

  • 1.2: At this point, Zoey and Mo have known each other for three weeks.

Zoey (Jane Levy)

Zoey (Jane Levy) smiling.

Zoey (Jane Levy)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1 Episode 1 “Pilot”

Zoey is a coder living in San Francisco who works for Sprq Point. From what we’re told, she is single, and hasn’t really had the best luck in dating, is one of the top coders at her job, and is very close to her family – specifically her dad.

Additional Information

  • 1.1: Zoey is claustrophobic
  • 1.4: Is a Capricorn
    • Is apartment 3
  • 1.9: Taking apart microwaves often made her feel better
  • The Big 3-0 (2.8): Zoey turned 30
  • Tenure (2.13): Has worked at Sprq Point for 6 years.

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I was so focused on coming up with a solution that I wasn’t hearing what was behind the problem.
— Zoey (2.6)


Mo (Alex Newell)

Mo (Alex Newell) shocked Zoey just walked right into their apartment.

Mo (Alex Newell)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1 Episode 1 “Pilot”

Zoey’s neighbor who acts as a human alarm clock. But, when not singing to the point of their voice permeating the walls, Mo DJs, among other gigs to pay the rent.

Additional Information

  • 1.2: Dolly Parton is his spirit animal
    • Likes Cory Booker
    • Was a drum major in high school.
  • 1.4: Is building management
    • Is a Leo
    • Has perfect pitch and learned this through being in their church choir

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Mitch (Peter Gallagher)

Mitch (Peter Gallagher) after his dance and song number with Zoey.

Mitch (Peter Gallagher)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1 Episode 1 “Pilot”

Zoey’s father who, approximately 6 months ago, due to a rare neurological disorder, lost his ability to speak, has balance issues and isn’t the most responsive. Thus leaving his wife of 40 years committed to taking care of him.

Additional Information

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Max (Skylar Astin)

Max (Skylar Astin) talking to Zoey.

Max (Skylar Astin)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1 Episode 1 “Pilot”

Zoey’s co-worker and best friend, who is by no means her competition when it comes to promotions, but is more than willing to compete for her heart.

Additional Information

  • 1.4: Is Jewish
  • 1.8: Grew up on Billy Joel music
    • Also, he is from the east coast.
  • 1.9: Name is Maxwell
  • 1.10: Spent 5 years working for Joan
  • 2.2: Is 31 and his father has never told him that he is proud of him.
  • 2.3: Likes Wrestling, but the specific federation isn’t mentioned.

Quotes & Gifs


Simon (John Clarence Stewart)

Simon (John Clarence Stewart) opening up to Zoey.

Simon (John Clarence Stewart)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1 Episode 1 “Pilot”

One of the newest members of Sprq Point, who catches Zoey’s eye and, when she develops the ability to hear people’s thoughts through song, Simon is the first person she gets to know. Thus leading to her learning his dad died 5 months ago and that he is engaged. A devastating piece of news for Zoey but with having a connection to Simon comes some pleasant feelings.

Additional Information

  • Daddy’s Role (2.10): His father was the coach in the family
  • The Boss (2.13): After convincing Danny Michael Davis to buy Sky Talker, a tech company owned by people of color, DMD makes him the boss of it and their operations – under the SprqPoint brand

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Tobin (Kapil Talwalkar)

Tobin (Kapil Talwalkar) hating that he didn't solve the app issue.

Tobin (Kapil Talwalkar)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1 Episode 1 “Pilot”

A sexist and antagonistic co-worker of Zoey who claims part of the reason he is the way he is stems from his mom abandoning him when he was young and consistent rejection from women.

Additional Information

  • 1.2: It’s noted he is a legend in the hacking community and had the ability to go to MIT and Harvard at one time. However, instead, he hacked into the CIA and got put into prison for 3 years.
  • 1.9: Can converse in ASL.
  • First-Gen Blues (2.6): Is a first-generation Indian American
  • Delivery Boy (2.7): Helped to deliver his baby sister

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Leif (Michael Thomas Grant)

Leif (Michael Thomas Grant) being fake, as usual.

Leif (Michael Thomas Grant)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1 Episode 1 “Pilot”

Someone who appears to be a nice guy but, in reality, he is Zoey’s fiercest rival and masquerades as someone nice to throw her off.

Additional Information

  • 1.11: Worked with Joan for over 7 years.

Quotes & Gifs


 

Maggie

Maggie (Mary Steenburgen) talking to Zoey.

Maggie (Mary Steenburgen)

Played ByMary Steenburgen
First Noted InSeason 1 Episode 2 “Zoey’s Extraordinary Best Friend”

Character Introduction

Zoey’s mother who spends most of her day taking care of her husband Mitch.

Additional Information About The Character

  •  1.4: Is a landscape architect
    • Father was Catholic and mother spiritual
  • 1.9: Has been with Mitch for 40 years
  • 2.4: Speaks a bit of Italian

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David (Andrew Leeds)

David (Andrew Leeds) at the reveal of his child's gender.

David (Andrew Leeds)

Character Introduction

First Noted In – Season 1 Episode 4 “Zoey’s Extraordinary Neighbor”

Zoey’s older brother who is a public defender.

Additional Information About David

  • Baby Name (2.1): The baby’s name is Miles
  • The Best Public Defender That Can Be Assigned (2.4): Officially got 100 won cases in court
  • Let Me Be In The Band Man (2.7): David is a talented keyboard player and was in a band during his youth

Quotes & Gifs


Emily Kang (Alice Lee)

David and Emily (Alice Lee) talking in their room.

David and Emily (Alice Lee)

Character Introduction

First Noted In – Season 1 Episode 4 “Zoey’s Extraordinary Neighbor”

Zoey’s sister in law, David’s wife, who is pregnant with their son and a lawyer, as he is.

Additional Information About Emily

  • 1.9: Works in corporate law.
  • Former TA Loving (2.12): When in college, she dated her teacher’s assistant, David, while she was in a legal ethics class

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Danny Michael Davis (Noah Weisberg)

Danny Michael Davis (Noah Weisberg) waiting for Zoey's part of the Chirp pitch.

Danny Michael Davis (Noah Weisberg)

Character Introduction

First Noted In – Season 1 Episode 8 “Zoey’s Extraordinary Glitch”

The CEO of SprqPoint, and it is revealed that the company was also one of his first. Alongside that, he came up with the cereal bar and is known to be quite eccentric and intense.

Additional Information About Danny

  • 1.8: Assisted Simon in securing his current position.

Quotes & Gifs


Deb (Bernadette Peters)

Deb (Bernadette Peters) sipping her tea.

Deb (Bernadette Peters)

First Noted In – Season 1 Episode 11 “Zoey’s Extraordinary Mother”

Brief Description

A widower that Maggie meets through Zoey that assists her in the planning Mitch’s funeral.

Additional Information About Deb

  • 1.11: Her husband’s name was Arthur and they were together for 38 years.

Quotes & Gifs


 

McKenzie (Morgan Taylor Campbell)

Cass (Beta Chan), McKenzie (Morgan Taylor Campbell), and Yasmeen (Melanie Hidalgo-Cruz) joining the fourth floor

L to R: Cass (Beta Chan), McKenzie (Morgan Taylor Campbell), and Yasmeen (Melanie Hidalgo-Cruz)

Part of the new members of the 4th floor.

Additional Information

Quotes & Gifs

Tatiana (Alvin August)

Tatiana (Alvina August) interviewing Simon

Tatiana (Alvina August)

A reporter for Wired that befriends both Simon and Mo.

Additional Information

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Aiden (Felix Mallard)

Aiden (Felix Mallard) talking to Zoey

Aiden (Felix Mallard)

Zoey’s neighbor, who is a little younger than her, and lives a rather carefree life, practicing music with his band.

Additional Information

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Rosanna “Rose” Williams (Katie Findlay)

Rose (Katie Findlay) starting some cute banter with Max

Rose (Katie Findlay) starting some cute banter with Max

Max’s first crush who is working as an art curator at the San Fransisco Museum of Modern Art for a few months.

Additional Information

  • Introduced In Season 2/ Episode 7
  • The Backstory (2.7): Rose hasn’t seen max in ten years and they went to camp together and Max was her first kiss. Since last seeing each other, they have both followed (stalked) each other on social media to keep tabs on one another.
  • Music Taste (2.9): Likes country music, like Blake Shelton.
  • Sober Living (2.9): For about a year now, Rose hasn’t drunk alcohol.

Quotes & Gifs

Fire Marshall Perry Haskins (David St. Louis)

Haskins (David St. Louis) coming to Maximo's opening and talking to Mo

Haskins (David St. Louis) coming to Maximo’s opening and talking to Mo

The fire marshall for the area Maximo is in, originally, Fire Marshall Haskins seemed like a hard ass with a good eye for design that Mo could appreciate. However, after all the violations were cleared, it seemed he could be more to Mo than someone wishing them well.

Additional Information

  • Introduced In Season 2/ Episode 7
  • Background (2.8): Has been married, and currently has a 9 and 7-year-old.

Quotes & Gifs

August (Rocco Morris)

August (Rocco Morris) playing with his sister

August (Rocco Morris) playing with his sister

Perry’s son who is really into foxes.

Additional Information

Quotes & Gifs

Allan (Chip Zien)

Allan (Chip Zien) talking to Max

Allan (Chip Zien)

Max’s father, who like his siblings, are dentists, and even have a line of dentistry location on the east coast. But, what matters most is Allan and Max’s strained relationship since Max isn’t part of the family business.

Additional Information

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Joan (Lauren Graham)

Joan (Lauren Graham) noting she notices everything.

Character Introduction

Zoey’s boss who is invested in her, but only in terms of her career goals – not personally.

First Noted In: Season 1 Episode 1 “Pilot”

Additional Information

  • 1.4: Was married to Charlie for 30 years
  • 1.9: Runs the 4th floor.
  • 1.11: Worked at Google previously, with one of her projects being the Google Pencil.
    • Is from Bismark, North Dakota
    • Mom looked like Audrey Hepburn but had a sailor’s mouth.
  • 2.1: Leaves the show to head the Singapore office

Quotes & Gifs


Autumn

Autumn (Stephanie Styles) at her job as her barista.

Autumn (Stephanie Styles)

Played ByStephanie Styles
First Noted InSeason 1 Episode 2 “Zoey’s Extraordinary Best Friend”

Character Introduction

One of the baristas at the “Golden Gate Grind” that Zoey hooks up with Max to avoid his feelings for her.

Additional Information About The Character

  • 1.2: Has the talent of guessing people’s desired drinks

Quotes & Gifs

Charlie (Justin Kirk)

Charlie (Justin Kirk) after his musical number.

Charlie (Justin Kirk)

First Noted In – Season 1 Episode 3 “Zoey’s Extraordinary Boss”

Joan’s husband who is CEO of Rockout Games.

Additional Information About Charlie

  • 1.2: Famous for the creation of the Bigger World game

Quotes & Gifs

Jenna (Jee Young Han)

Jenna (Jee Young Han) showing up with burritos

Jenna (Jee Young Han)

Emily’s older sister who isn’t known to be the most reliable, and often can unintentionally rub people the wrong way. But, generally speaking, she means well.

Additional Information

Quotes & Gifs

Abigail (Sandra Mae Frank)

Abigail smiling while talking to Zoey and her dad - Image via NBC.

Sandra Mae Frank (Abigail)

First Noted In – Season 1 Episode 9 “Zoey’s Extraordinary Silence”

Brief Description

Howie’s daughter, who is a computer science major at Berkeley. a senior at said college, and deaf.

Additional Information About Abigail

Quotes & Gifs


Ava (Renee Elise Goldsberry)

Renee Elise Goldsberry as Ava doing a power pose | Image via NBC

Renee Elise Goldsberry as Ava

First Noted In – Season 1 Episode 9 “Zoey’s Extraordinary Silence”

Brief Description

The manager of the 6th floor who is Joan’s rival.

Additional Information About Ava

Quotes & Gifs

George (Harvey Guillén)

George (Harvey Guillen) happy that Zoey is back

George (Harvey Guillen)

One of Zoey’s newest employees, hired by Leif, who starts off his tenure being bullied by Tobin but, in time, joins the boys club and becomes one of the guys.

Additional Information

Quotes & Gifs

Yasmeen (Melanie Hidalgo-Cruz)

Cass (Beta Chan), McKenzie (Morgan Taylor Campbell), and Yasmeen (Melanie Hidalgo-Cruz) joining the fourth floor

L to R: Cass (Beta Chan), McKenzie (Morgan Taylor Campbell), and Yasmeen (Melanie Hidalgo-Cruz)

Part of the new members of the 4th floor.

Additional Information

Quotes & Gifs


Cass (Beta Chan)

Cass (Beta Chan), McKenzie (Morgan Taylor Campbell), and Yasmeen (Melanie Hidalgo-Cruz) joining the fourth floor

L to R: Cass (Beta Chan), McKenzie (Morgan Taylor Campbell), and Yasmeen (Melanie Hidalgo-Cruz)

Part of the new members of the 4th floor.

Additional Information

Quotes & Gifs

Bonnie (Naoko Mori)

Bonnie (Naoko Mori) at Mo's door.

Bonnie (Naoko Mori)

First Noted In – Season 1 Episode 4 “Zoey’s Extraordinary Neighbor”

Zoey and Max’s downstairs neighbor who has agoraphobia, but Zoey helps her leave her apartment and at least come with her upstairs.

Additional Information About Bonnie

Quotes & Gifs

Jessica (India de Beaufort)

Jessica (India de Beaufort) coming to Zoey's job.

Jessica (India de Beaufort)

Character Introduction

First Noted In – Season 1 Episode 6 “Zoey’s Extraordinary Night Out”

Simon’s fiancee.

Additional Information About Jessica

Quotes & Gifs


Eddie (Patrick Ortiz)

Eddie (Patrick Ortiz) introducing himself

Eddie (Patrick Ortiz)

Character Introduction

First Noted In – Season 1 Episode 6 “Zoey’s Extraordinary Night Out”

One of Jessica’s friends who Max helps Mo get with.

Additional Information About Eddie

Quotes & Gifs


Paul (John Ralston)

Paul (John Ralston) spending time with Mitch.

Paul (John Ralston)

Character Introduction

First Noted In – Season 1 Episode 6 “Zoey’s Extraordinary Night Out”

One of Mitch’s best friends who was a womanizer in his hey day.

Additional Information About Paul

Quotes & Gifs


Howie (Zak Orth)

Mitch's New Nurse (Zak Orth) smiling.

Mitch’s New Nurse (Zak Orth)

Character Introduction

First Noted In – Season 1 Episode 7 “Zoey’s Extraordinary Confession”

Mitch’s nurse after Maggie realizes the last thing Mitch needs is someone who would turn their home into a hospice and treat Mitch as someone who is going to die soon.

Additional Information About Howie

  • 1.9: Is an Afghan veteran who did three tours as a field medic.

Quotes & Gifs

Roger (Rob Stewart)

Roger (Rob Stewart) talking to Maggie

Roger (Rob Stewart)

Roger hires Maggie to design his backyard.

Additional Information

Quotes & Gifs

Nova (Ashlie Atkinson)

Nova (Ashlie Atkinson) before giving Zoey a reading

Nova (Ashlie Atkinson) before giving Zoey a reading

A medium that Mo often uses, that they introduce to Zoey as a birthday present.

Additional Information

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Brad (Bryan Terrell Clark)

Brad (Bryan Terrell Clark) asking Perry if he thought he and Mo wouldn't get along?

Brad (Bryan Terrell Clark) asking Perry if he thought he and Mo wouldn’t get along?

Perry’s ex-husband who is similar to Mo in personality.

Additional Information

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