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    I'm Obsessed With "Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist" And Here's Why

    There's nothing more cathartic than a musical that will make you both laugh AND cry.

    Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist just finished its first season, and if you haven’t watched it yet, now is the perfect time to binge watch.

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    At first glance it seems like a frothy, silly musical – and it definitely has those elements, which makes it super fun. But beneath the surface it’s actually a moving and powerful story of grief.

    The show centres around Zoey (Jane Levy), whose father Mitch (Peter Gallagher) is dying of progressive supranuclear palsy.

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    When Zoey goes for an MRI to see if she is at risk of the disease, an earthquake happens and she magically gets the ability to hear other people’s thoughts – through song.

    It’s a quirky set-up for a jukebox musical, but if you go along for the ride with an open mind you’re in for some delightful performances.

    .@thelaurengraham covering @MileyCyrus wrecked us in the best way possible. 😱😍 #ZoeysPlaylist

    More unexpectedly, it allows for some really raw and emotional moments – especially in scenes with Zoey and Mitch.

    Zoey singing @leannrimes' "How Do I Live" to her father will have you in a puddle of tears. 🥺 #ZoeysPlaylist Watch the full performance: https://t.co/iX8q2OvEy7

    Jane Levy and Peter Gallagher play off each other beautifully.

    Mary Steenburgen, meanwhile, often steals every scene she’s in as Zoey’s mother Maggie, who is grappling with losing the love of her life.

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    Skylar Astin is also a highlight as Zoey’s best friend/co-worker/love interest, and often has the best musical moments.

    Is there anything @SkylarAstin can't sing? #ZoeysPlaylist

    Then there's Lauren Graham, who seems to be having the best damn time as Zoey’s tough but secretly soft boss Joan.

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    But it’s Alex Newell who really owns the show, as Zoey’s genderfluid neighbor, friend, and confidante Mo.

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    The story covers Zoey’s work struggles and the way her new power complicates her life, as well as giving the supporting cast interesting arcs. But it’s the family story that is the real strength of the show.

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    While it’s incredibly sad, it’s also heartwarming. The love between the characters is palpable, and watching them slowly struggle to process what’s happening to Mitch is all too real. It will definitely have you sobbing amongst the laughs in every episode. The season finale in particular is a gut-punch, with a stunning exploration of love and grief.

    Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist is the perfect comfort show not because it’s always happy, but because it’s cathartic and allows you to move through the emotions the characters are feeling – all their highs and lows – while ultimately emerging with a sense of healing.

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    Here’s hoping we get a Season 2 – because it’s exactly the kind of show we need right now.

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