The Zack Files
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The Zack Files is a science fiction television program based on a book series of the same name. The series is based on a series of books with the same name, written by Dan Greenburg. This series was shot in Toronto, Ontario. In August 2004, Goldhill Home Media released the first season on DVD.
|The Zack Files|
|Developed by||Kathy Slevin|
|Country of origin||Canada|
|No. of episodes||52|
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Production company||Decode Entertainment|
|Original release||September 17, 2000 –|
May 5, 2002
The series revolves around a teenage boy, played by Robert Clark, who is a magnet for paranormal activity and attends Horace White High School for Boys along with his three friends Cam, Gwen, and Spencer. Zack manages to get himself into trouble with his paranormal adventures and it is up to his friends to help him set things straight.
- Zachary "Zack" Greenburg (played by Robert Clark): The main protagonist. A relatively normal kid but often becomes a magnet for the paranormal.
- Cameron "Cam" Dunleavey (played by Jake Epstein): One of Zack's best friends who will do anything to make a quick buck.
- Spencer "Spence" Sharpe (played by Michael Seater): Another of Zack's best friends and the keeper of The Zack Files who is obsessed with paranormal activity and is attempting to win the Nobel Prize by proving the paranormal exists.
- Gwendolyn "Gwen" Killerby (played by Katie Boland): Doesn't believe in paranormal activity and her father is headmaster of their school, which allows her to be the only girl at an all-boys academy.
- Vernon Mantueffel (played by Noah Giffin): The series' main antagonist. He is jealous of Cam, Spence and Zack. He is Zack's nemesis, the richest kid in school and is in love with Gwen. He also sweats a lot.
- Daniel "Dan" Greenburg (played by Jeff Clarke): Zack's father, divorced and kind of clueless.
- Jennifer "Woman From 302" (played by Collette Micks): Downstairs neighbor and sometime girlfriend of Zack's dad.
The First Season of The Zack Files was broadcast between September 17, 2000 and April 2, 2001.
- Robert Clark and Michael Seater appear in every episode.
- Jake Epstein and Jeff Clarke are absent for one episode each.
- Katie Boland is absent for three episodes.
- Noah Giffin is absent for five episodes.
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Production|
|1||1||"The Library of No Return"||E.J.Thompson||Kathy Slevin||September 17, 2000||1.01|
Zack forgets to return Alice in Wonderland and the characters come to life. Spencer and Cam must become Zack's lawyer and find proof who disculp him and identify the real thief: Vernon.Absent: Gwen. She appears in the next episode.
|2||2||"You Don't Say"||William Fruet||James Nadler||September 18, 2000||1.02|
|When Principal Killerby starts his career at Zack's school, he meets his daughter Gwen. Meanwhile, when Zack picks up a book on ventriloquism at a magic shop and learns to throw his voice, his voice escapes from his body.|
|3||3||"It's a Wonderful School"||Michael DeCarlo||Kathy Slevin||September 25, 2000||1.03|
|Zack loses the class president election and is so angry that he breaks the voting machine which sends him to an alternate future in which he is a junkie while Vernon is now the headmaster.|
|4||4||"Quiet Please, I'm Reading Your Mind"||John Bell||Kathy Slevin||October 2, 2000||1.04|
|An incident causes Zack to read other's minds.|
|5||5||"Sock World"||William Fruet||James Nadler||October 9, 2000||1.05|
Zack finds himself in a world which is dominated by socks while trying to obtain a sock which reminded him of the time when his parents were together.Absent: Gwen.
|6||6||"Total Rewind"||Michael DeCarlo||Kathy Slevin||October 16, 2000||1.06|
|Dan buys a Digital Video Recorder from Vernon's father but the machine has aliens who want an human specimen: Vernon.|
|7||7||"Loose Lips: A Dog's Story"||John Bell||Kathy Slevin||October 23, 2000||1.07|
Zack discovers he can only talk with dogs if they're in a vehicle which functions.Absent: Cam and Vernon.
|8||8||"Crypt Seeker"||Ross Clyde||Chris Dickie||October 30, 2000||1.08|
|It's video game week and Zack buys a new game that is called Crypt Seeker. While playing, he allows Tara Bond arriving in the real world while Spencer ends in the game world. Zack and Cam must find a way to send Tara back and deliver their friend before Tara can seduce Dan.|
|9||9||"Misfortune Cookie"||John Bell||James Nadler||November 13, 2000||1.09|
|Chinese cookies can sometimes done the wrong prediction. That's the thing Zack learns when he discovers that all his wishes will be granted. As Gwen faints while waiting her idol with Zack, Spencer and Cam end in a car's cemetery.|
|10||10||"Run Zack Run"||Ron Oliver||Kathy Slevin||November 20, 2000||1.10|
|When Zack buys magic shoes, he can't stop running.|
|11||11||"Deja Vudoo"||William Fruet||Kathy Slevin||November 27, 2000||1.11|
|When Gwen celebrates her birthday, Zack immediately falls in love with a girl named Rita and tries to seduce her but fails. While manipulating Spencer's camera, he goes back in the time each time he wants. He is naturally the only one to notice it.|
|12||12||"But I'm Too Young to Be My Dad"||Ross Clyde||Kathy Slevin||January 15, 2001||1.12|
Zack receives a visit from his future son (played by Daniel Clark who is Robert's older brother in real life).Absent: Vernon
|13||13||"Photo Double"||Craig Pryce||Kathy Slevin||January 8, 2001||1.13|
|When Zack gets a photo class, his soul is stuck in the photo, leaving him in a zombie state.|
|14||14||"One Bad Seed"||Ron Oliver||Sheila Presscott Vessey||December 4, 2000||1.14|
|When Zack complains about his height, he accidentally swallows an orange seed and becomes taller.|
|15||15||"Fiber!"||Gail Harvey||Katayoun A Marciano||January 1, 2001||1.15|
When Dan insists that Zack should only eat sane food, he buys old cereals whose date of expiration come the day after. Zack eats it and becomes older and older. But his friend have to help him and reverse the process before Zack turns into dust.Absent: Vernon.
|16||16||"Anchovy of Doom"||Craig Pryce||Kathy Slevin||January 22, 2001||1.16|
|Zack, while working on a scientific project, commands an anchovy's pizza. He discovers he has the power to shrink people (Gwen, Dickie, Tad, Todd and Vernon) and to put them in a terrarium.|
|17||17||"Exit, Stage Fright"||John Bell||Kathy Slevin||January 29, 2001||1.17|
|Zack and his friends lose their pants while trying to vanquish their stage fright.|
|18||18||"Talented Mr. Talisman"||William Fruet||Chris Dickie||February 5, 2001||1.18|
|After borrowing Gwen's lucky guess, Dan becomes extremely lucky while Gwen receives all the bad luck.|
|19||19||"This Is Your Conscience Calling"||John Bell||Kathy Slevin||February 19, 2001||1.20|
|Zack receives a call from his conscience after he forgot his promise to spend less money.|
|20||20||"The Switch"||Harvey Crossland||Peter Colley||February 26, 2001||1.21|
Zack accidentally switches place with Vernon and begins to enjoy great life while Vernon must confront ordinary life. After that, Charles (Vernon's butler) intervenes which causes Vernon to find his body back and Charles to switch his with Zack.Absent: Gwen.
|21||21||"The Bottom Line"||Ross Clyde||Lorianne T Overton||March 5, 2001||1.22|
|Zack obtains glasses which allows him to see the future.|
|22||22||"Sparkin'"||William Fruet||Kathy Slevin||February 12, 2001||1.19|
Zack and Rita break-up and Zack creates some weird sparks who bring love between Cam and Gwen, Spencer and his reflection and Zack with a girl named Sarah.Absent : Vernon
|23||23||"Gone"||Ross Clyde||James Nadler||March 12, 2001||1.23|
Zack drinks Gwen's ink and becomes invisible.Absent : Dan
|24||24||"It's a Jungle in There"||William Fruet||Michael Maurer||March 20, 2001||1.24|
|Zack forgets to feed his neighbor's cat and plants which turns her apartment into a jungle.|
|25||25||"A Place of My Own"||Craig Pryce||Sheila Presscott||March 27, 2001||1.25|
|When Zack finally receives the key for his own apartment, he leaves his father and seems to enjoy adult life. That's until he organizes a party and gets expelled by mistake. Not even that, but he can't return to his old place since Dan converted his room into an office. Meanwhile, Dan tries again to seduce Jennifer.|
|26||26||"Dinner with Grandpa"||John Bell||Kathy Slevin||April 2, 2001||1.26|
Zack and Dan have a familial dinner in which Zack's deceased grandfather Maurice wants to participate too.Notes: This is the last episode to feature Grandma Leah and Charles.
The Second Season of The Zack Files was broadcast between September 17, 2001 and May 5, 2002
- Robert Clark, Michael Seater, Jake Epstein and Katie Boland appear in every episode.
- Jeff Clarke and Noah Giffin are absent for seven episodes each.
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Production|
|27||1||"Blast from the Past"||Ross Clyde||Julie Lacey||September 17, 2001||2.01|
|While working on their class project, Zack and his friends turn the clock back in order to stay longer in the library. They travel in 1912 and manage to rediscover their time with a bonus: a past student who has fallen love with Gwen.|
|28||2||"Searching for Zack Greenburg"||William Fruet||Heather Conkie||September 24, 2001||2.02|
|When Zack receives an F on his physics quiz a day before a huge test, he agrees to participate in an experiment which suddently makes him smarter and smarter. After getting accused of cheating by Mr. Munk and Vernon after he gets an A+ on the test, Zack agrees to enter a physics competition due to his high level of sudden intelligence, causing a rift between him and Spence.|
|29||3||"The Terrible Truth"||Don McBrearty||Steven Wresten||October 1, 2001||2.03|
|30||4||"Groovin'"||Harvey Crossland||William Nadler||October 8, 2001||2.04|
|Gwen desperately searches for a DJ and both Zack and Vernon want to participate. However, they both get possessed by an evil spirit.|
|31||5||"What's Eating Zack Greenburg"||Ross Clyde||Julie Nadler||October 15, 2001||2.05|
|When Dan finally decides to join Zack in his camping tips, he, Spence and Cam find themselves into a parallel world.|
|32||6||"In Your Dreams"||William Fruet||Esta Spalding||October 22, 2001||2.06|
|33||7||"Captain Sonic"||Don Shebib||David Young||November 5, 2001||2.07|
|Zack quickly develops telekinetic powers.|
|34||8||"Zack Zero"||Anthony Brown||Ann McNaughton||November 12, 2001||2.08|
|35||9||"Zack Girl"||Don McBrearty||Dennis Foon||November 19, 2001||2.09|
|36||10||"Dead Men Do Wear Plaid"||Don McBrearty||Peter Smith||November 26, 2001||2.10|
|Dan decides to coach Zack's football team but is possessed by an evil ghost of a former player whose only wish is to win.|
|37||11||"Frog Prince"||Craig Pryce||Gail Collins||December 3, 2001||2.11|
|When a swim team is organized to the school, both Cam and Zack want to join in but Zack's competences are terrible. As Cam makes fun of him, Zack finds a frog lucky charm which turns Cam into a frog. However, Spence and Zack must find the way to restore Cam before Vernon takes his place on the swim team.|
|38||12||"Things to Do at Horace Hyde White When You're Dead"||Don Shebib||Steven Wresten||January 7, 2002||2.12|
|When a ghost named Gilbert mysteriously reappears at school, he begins to wreak havoc by making several stupid pranks. As Zack is the only one to see him, he gets blamed by Mr. Munk and Dan and must find Gilbert's reason to come back before getting expelled.|
|39||13||"Bionic Zack"||Ross Clyde||Steven Barwin||January 14, 2002||2.13|
|Cam and Zack are on the same sports team when Zack complains about his lack of energy. However, when he saves his father's life by preventing a car from crushing him, he becomes stronger and stronger.|
|40||14||"Attack of the Killer Zack - Uum"||William Fruet||Denise Fordham||January 21, 2002||2.14|
While cleaning up his room with Spence, Zack and his friend are swallowed by the vacuum and it's up to Cam and Gwen to save them before an enormous spider eats them.Absent: Vernon.
|41||15||"Once and Future Zack"||John Bell||Heather Conkie||February 3, 2002||2.15|
Zack becomes the new king of Broceliande after he rescued Merlin.Absent: Dan and Vernon.
|42||16||"Kleptomanizack"||Mary Lewis||Elta Spalding||February 10, 2002||2.16|
When Zack decides to buy a birthday present for Sarah, he opts for a CD. He becomes a magnet field which attracts so many items that the policewoman accuses him of thief. He is finally released but in exchange is forbidden to return to the store.Notes: Noah Giffin is credited but does not speak. Also, the last appearance of Shadia Simmons as Sarah.
|43||17||"Zack Times Two"||Don McBrearty||James Nadler||February 17, 2002||2.17|
|Zack joins almost every club in high school when a new mirror is installed and his reflection comes to life. However, Zack's double appears to be very arrogant and ruthless. And he tries to join more and more clubs.|
|44||18||"Pop"||Ross Clyde||James Nadler||February 24, 2002||2.18|
Zack's mother decides to pay a visit and brings him his favorite soda. However, Zack is torn between his two parents sice his father wanted to spend more masculine time with him. Every time Zack burps, he can teleport where he wants but Spence discovers his new power is limited.Absent: Vernon.
|45||19||"Zack and White"||Harvey Crossland||David A Young||March 3, 2002||2.19|
When Zack and Spence both have a hard time choosing between Cam and Gwen in the election for class president, Zack admits that making a choice is very difficult until Spence suggests him to participate in a experience which has drastic effects as Zack finds himself in a black and white dimension where choices do not exist. Zack decides to become a rebel and enlist the help of Orwell, a new student who admires him because he has decided to lead and not to be a sheep. At the end, Zack finally chooses to run too for the class president and Cam and Gwen dislike him while Spence complains about how his choices are now harder to make.Absent: Vernon.
|46||20||"Little Big Zack"||Graeme Lynch||Julie Lacey||March 10, 2002||2.20|
It's time for Zack to have his Bar-Mitzvah. But because he is afraid to grow up, he regresses back to his childhood and is now seven. Spence has to convince him to become a teenager again by saying to him that if he does not leave his kid status, he never will know how to drive, get a girlfriend or have forest trips. However, when the rabbi tells young Zack that everybody is afraid of unknown, but heroes have to face their fears while coward always hide, Zack is convinced and is back to normal.Absent: Vernon.
|47||21||"The Eyes of Gwen Killerby"||Ross Clyde||Steven Wresten||March 17, 2002||2.21|
|48||22||"Zack Greenburg's Day Off"||Don Shebib||Michael Kramer||March 24, 2002||2.22|
|49||23||"Almost Famous Almost"||Gail Harvey||Mary Crawford and Alan Templeton||March 31, 2002||2.23|
|50||24||"The Zack Show"||William Fruet||Skander Haley||April 7, 2002||2.24|
|Zack receives a magical TV in his room and learns that the last channel shows his live on another dimension. Unless he wants his planet to be destroyed, Zack has to fight with Vernon while Cam must express his feelings for Gwen and Spence has to make more experiments. However, Vernon decides to finally give up his rivalry with Zack and become his friend.|
|51||25||"Who Did You Say I Was?"||Stuart J C Williams||Jennifer Conway||April 14, 2002||2.25|
|52||26||"Zackeo and Juliet"||John Bell||Peter Lieberman||May 5, 2002||2.26|
|As the series finale, Zack must learn Romeo's role in order to pass his English theater exam. However, he has learnt nothing, even the story, he finds himself in another dimension where he plays Romeo while Gwen is Juliet, Cam Tybalt and Spence the monk.|