The Zack Files
was a Canadian live-action paranormal show that aired in the early Noughties that was based off of a willfully strange and off-the wall children's book series
. The show revolved around Zack Greenburg and his friends Cameron
, and Gwen
as they experience various paranormal hijinks thanks to Zack essentially having a literal Weirdness Magnet
-gene. Spencer chronicles these adventures, which he dubs "The Zack Files
" in his hopes of studying and proving the existence of the paranormal.
Coincidentally, this show has pretty much the same cast
as Black Hole High
, and a number of the actors wound up on Degrassi
The series provides examples of:
- Alone with the Psycho
- Clip Show: The penultimate episode, "Who Did You Say I Was?", Zack gets amnesia and the others have to remind him of his adventures.
- Cultural Translation: The book series took place in New York City; the TV show, being made in Canada, moved the setting to Toronto.
- Gender Bender: In one episode, Zack turns into a girl after trying some girls' deodorant.
- Gender-Bender Friendship: In a slight twist on the usual trope, he spends his time trying to set Gwen up with Cameron, not with himself.
- Imagine the Audience Naked: Subverted. Zack is told to imagine himself in his underwear (his friend getting the advice wrong), which causes his pants, and any subsequent pants he tries to put on to disappear until he can confront his fear of not only giving a speech, but doing it in his underwear, too.
- Instructional Title: The book series has a book entitled How To Speak Dolphin in Three Easy Lessons.
- I've Never Seen Anything Like This Before: Spencer's Catch Phrase.
- Kiss of Life: One episode had Cameron attempt this on Zack. Zack is NOT amused.
- Least Rhymable Word
- One-Gender School: The main characters all attend Horace White High School for Boys. Gwen is the only girl at the school, because her father is the principal.
- Truman Show Plot: One season two episode involves Zack's life being broadcast as a reality show on an alien planet.
- Weirdness Magnet: Pretty much the whole premise.
- Will They or Won't They?: Gwen and Cameron.
- Wondrous Ladies Room: Inverted! Gwen bursts in to the Boys' Room to yell at Zack, and has no idea what the urinals are. He tells her they are planters. For vegetables. She believes it.