Zoey 101 is an American television series which originally aired on Nickelodeon from January 9, 2005 until May 2, 2008. It focuses on the lives of teenager Zoey Brooks (Jamie Lynn Spears) and her friends as they attend Pacific Coast Academy (PCA), a fictional boarding school in Southern California. It was created by Dan Schneider. It was initially filmed at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, then at stages in Valencia, California beginning in season 3. It was nominated for an "Outstanding Children's Program" Emmy in 2005. Zoey 101 was the most expensive production ever for Nickelodeon series, as it was shot completely on location in Malibu. It was also Nickelodeon's best performance for a series premiere (live action or animation) in almost eight years. Despite this, many critics have made negative comments about the show, its setting, and its characters.
In season one, Zoey Brooks (Jamie Lynn Spears) and her younger brother Dustin (Paul Butcher) arrive at the Pacific Coast Academy (PCA), a school which recently went co-ed after being a boys' school since its founding. Zoey meets her first friend Chase Matthews (Sean Flynn), who, after meeting her, realizes that he has a crush on her. Zoey then meets her roommates, tomboy Dana Cruz (Kristin Herrera) and boy-obsessed, girly-girl Nicole Bristow (Alexa Nikolas). She also meets other friends aspiring scientist/inventor Quinn Pensky (Erin Sanders) and humorous Michael Barret (Christopher Massey), and rich, spoiled and obnoxious frenemy Logan Reese (Matthew Underwood).
In season two, it's a new year at PCA, Dana has been accepted by a European student exchange program, she is now studying in Paris, much to Nicole's delight. Zoey and Nicole get a new roommate, Lola Martinez (Victoria Justice). Lola, being an actress, tricks Zoey and Nicole into thinking she's someone else. At first, they are not happy about getting a new roommate. They go to the housing office and try to talk a housing director into letting them choose their new roommate but then Nicole knocks down her shelf of antique perfume bottles breaking them to pieces. They are then told never to come back again. Worried, the next day their new roommate Lola Martinez tricks them into thinking she is a goth voodoo punk freak (she even tried piercing her tongue in their dorm) and they try to find a way for her to leave. However, they catch Lola talking on the phone to her friend telling her how well her little scheme has worked — she's been caught. Zoey and Nicole confront her and she admits to it and confesses that it was an acting exercise. Zoey and Nicole forgive her and they become the best of friends and are so thankful they've been together. Their affection can also be seen in the next two seasons.