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[[caption-width-right:320:The [=ZOOMers=], old and new.]]

''ZOOM'' is a TV show first created in 1972 by Creator/{{PBS}} affiliate WGBH in Boston, and which ran until 1978. Here, a cast of ethnically diverse kids called the [=ZOOMers=] (who change every season) do various activities requested by viewers who write in during the show, such as games, arts & crafts, poems, and jokes.

In 1999, it was given a revival, which lasted until 2005. In the latter year, it was followed by a SpiritualSuccessor called ''FetchWithRuffRuffman''.
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!!This show contains examples of:
* BrokenGlassPenalty: Jennifer (Season 5) parodies this.
* ConLang: Ubbi Dubbi, which simply involves adding an "ub" sound before each vowel sound (e.g., "ZOOM" becomes "[=ZubOOM=]").
* CouchGag: Various clips of ZOOM guests are inserted into a certain point in the opening credits.
* DancingTheme
* DoesNotLikeShoes: The [=ZOOMers=] were barefoot for the first two seasons, but they started wearing shoes in the third season.
* ExpositoryThemeTune
* FiveTokenBand
* HollywoodNewEngland: Shot in Boston.
* LateToThePunchline: Give the name Fannee Doolee a closer look.
* LimitedWardrobe:
** The original cast wore uniforms. Early, they were light blue long-sleeve shirts. Later, they wore striped rugby shirts.
** Everyone in the revival gets their own outfit, which they wear throughout the season (except during some segments where they would instead wear a T-shirt with the ZOOM logo on it, or parts requiring them to wear a different outfit, such as the Ubbi Dubbi Man segments).
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: The fourth season had ten kids. This was cut down to seven in the revival.
* OneIPreparedEarlier: During the cooking segments.
* RunningGag: A number of kids have their own.
* SpellingSong:
** F, A, double-N double-E, D double-O L double-E!
** If you didn't know what SASE (pronounced "SAY-zee") was, you soon found out: correspondence to ZOOM required a "Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope."
* StockFootage: Fannee Doolee and The Z-Mail song.
* ThemeTuneRollCall: In the opening and closing credits. In the last two seasons, the voice over kids shout out the [=ZOOMers=]' names during the theme song rather than having the [=ZOOMers=] introduce themselves.
* TitleThemeTune

!!The revival contains examples of:
* BigWordShout: By season 2, PBS shows were required to add "thank you" to the end of their funding credits. Zoom was happy to oblige.
--> '''Kids:''' (Holding up a sign) '''THANKS!'''
* BilingualBonus: Sometimes Pablo would give submission instructions in Spanish.
* BottleEpisode: "The Making of Zoom" and "How we Became Zoomers".
** WholeEpisodeFlashback
* BrandX: Brand names are covered up with brightly colored labels. Sometimes [[BlandNameProduct Bland Names]] are used such as [[SignificantAnagram Mozo]] brand fruit, with the label mimicking the Dole Food Company's logo and trade dress.
* {{Calvinball}}: Games like Crab Soccer.
* CharacterFocus: The "Zoom Out" and "Zoom In On" segments in the last two seasons show us what the kids do outside of Zoom.
* Main/DawsonCasting: A pre-teen example: The show says the Zoomers are between the ages of 9 and 13 years old, but in season two they cast Kenny. He was 14 years old at the time, but easily could pass as 10 due to his short stature, plus he hadn't reached puberty yet. He returned for season three as well, even though he had hit puberty and now looked 13. But he still looked young enough to be on the show.
* ExplodingCloset: In some Of her ID's, Caroline is a victim of this.
* FunWithAcronyms: A few pieces of Z-Mail (snail mail) feature kids sending in acronyms such as "'''Z'''ero '''O'''striches '''O'''n the '''M'''oon", with accompanying drawings.
* FunWithSubtitles: The [[ClosedCaptioning closed captions]] not only subtitle the Ubbi Dubbi, but write the sound effect descriptions in Ubbi Dubbi, too!
* HaHaHaNo: Usually done in Ubbi Dubbi, in response to terrible jokes.
* HappilyAdopted: Season 7's Nick.
* HalloweenEpisode: There's one in season three. It features instructions for making a few different costumes, and a claymation music video for "The Monster Mash" that was submitted by a third-grade class.
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: Half of season 2 was released onto Youtube, but the rest of the episodes have yet to get official release.
** As of Summer 2015, ''all'' the episodes except the majority of season one have been uploaded onto Youtube by a dedicated fan who went to the lengths of recording every episode ''twice'' while the show was on the air, but do to season one being [[ScrewedByTheNetwork quickly removed by the network]], never got the chance to record the remaining season one episodes. If you have any of those episodes, you should probably hang onto them.
* KissingDiscretionShot: Done in one episode of reenacting a fairy tale, likely because the actors were still preteens. The actual kiss is covered up by the knight's shield.
** In another episode that also reenacts ''Sleeping Beauty'', Kenny (the narrator) moves in front of the camera and talks to the audience during the kissing moment.
* Main/LampshadeHanging: In the season five finale's ZOOM Playhouse they have a skit about the zoomers reuniting for their 60th reunion. Caroline organized the event and has a lot of ZOOM activities for them all to reminisce over. Aline is surprised by how much Caroline remembered. Caroline responds that she is still on ZOOM, lampshading the fact that she was the longest running cast member of ZOOM with four seasons. This also happened to be her final episode.
* LargeHam: Jared and Pablo in season 1, among others.
* LockAndLoadMontage: The first two seasons of the revival use this in the opening credits.
* LogoJoke: A number of intertitles, the baseball mentioned below, and a giant logo that doesn't always have its letters in the right order.
* OneHeadTaller: Jared, to David. Emily is one head shorter than her fellow cast members.
* Main/Precap: Almost every episode of the revival have a "today on ZOOM" segment before the funding credits. Seasons 2-7 they last 30 seconds, while in season 1 they usually lasted between 14 and 22 seconds. Only episodes to not have a Precap include season ones The Making of ZOOM, one episode of season five, and the first two episodes of season seven.
* RearrangeTheSong: In addition to the theme song itself being rearranged in the seventh season, this is the premise of the "Twinkle Twinkle Little Bat" plays in both versions of the show.
* SequelEpisode: Applied to [=ZoomSci=] segments.
* ShoutOut: A few later seasons showed old clips from the 1970s, including one [=ZOOMer=] teaching viewers how to do Bernadette's "arm spin".
** In a behind-the-scenes episode, the girls of the first season are seen dancing to "Stop Right Now" by [[Music/SpiceGirls the Spice Girls]].
** The kids from the last season are camping out as part of their overnight training retreat. They decide to sing the theme song from ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' around their campfire. WGBH produces both shows.
** Sketches parodying ''Series/AntiquesRoadshow'' and ''This Old House'' have also been used.
* SmashCut: The Season 5 intro has the kids playing a game of baseball. It flies out of the park and into the studio, where it is caught.
* SpoiledByTheFormat: Rachel at the end of the "Things I Love" game in season 3.
-->'''Kenny:''' I wonder who it could be!
* TheScream: In the play "There's No Such Thing As Monsters".
* TheStinger: At the end of every episode before the funding credits.
* StoryArc: The Season 7 team participated in a {{Lego}} League competition. The entire experience, including training, was recorded and given a recurring segment. This was probably the genesis of ''FetchWithRuffRuffman''.
* VerySpecialEpisode: The Zoom Chat segments, [[TheWarOnTerror America's Kids Respond]], and [[SequelEpisode America's Kids Remember]].
* [[ViewersLikeYou]]: In all of the funding credits in the 1999 version.
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-->''[[TheStinger "Write ZOOM: Z-Double-O-M, Box 3-5-0, Boston, Mass.]] [[EarWorm Oh-Two-One-Three-Four!]] [[TheStinger Send it to ZOOM!"]]''