Fresh Beat Band of Spies

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Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Animated spin-off touts problem-solving skills, plus music.

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Educational Value

Excellent messages about getting along with others and working together to achieve a common goal. 

Positive Messages

Kids see the band members work as a team to solve the day's mystery. Everyone has a job to do, and each member is important to the group's success. Problem-solving skills often come into play in the stories, so viewers see the value of cooperation in taking on a challenge. The characters are a diverse bunch. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Every Fresh Beat Band member is helpful, industrious, and committed to solving the day's mystery, which creates effective teamwork. Other characters' negative qualities such as vanity and selfishness have repercussions for them. 

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The show is an animated spin-off of The Fresh Beat Band and features a lot of the quartet's music, which is available for purchase. Pop culture parodies such as a TV show called The Wow Factor (instead of The X Factor) and a band called Three Directions (instead of One Direction).

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Fresh Beat Band of Spies is an animated version of The Fresh Beat Band, in which the popular bandmates moonlight as sleuths. Designed for preschoolers, this series shows the characters working together to solve problems while they piece together clues to mysteries that happen around them. For a whodunit, the show favors quirky villains over any real scares, and the upbeat soundtrack helps lighten the mood. If your preschoolers aren't familiar with the Fresh Beat Band's work, this show will change that, likely making fans out of both them and you. 

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Adult Written bymeandmyfriends July 7, 2015

Not Educational, But Entertaining

Fresh Beat Band of Spies, unlike monotonous educational shows on channels such as Disney Jr, never exactly teaches anything at all. The characters display teamw... Continue reading

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What's the story?

In FRESH BEAT BAND OF SPIES, best friends and bandmates Kiki (voiced by Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer), Marina (Tara Perry), Twist (Jon Beavers), and Shout (Thomas Hobson) team up to solve mysteries as undercover spies when they're not making music together. Armed with all kinds of super spy gadgets, these four gumshoes go on location to unmask the perpetrators of wacky happenings and restore order to their town. 

Is it any good?

This animated series puts a Scooby-Doo twist on Nickelodeon's popular original live-action show, The Fresh Beat Band. Geared toward preschoolers, this lively version puts a premium on messages about cooperation and problem-solving. One situation after another force the characters to use critical thinking to outwit the bad guys, offering kids fun adventures with some decent messages to boot.

Of course, in so doing, Fresh Beat Band of Spies also introduces a whole new group of viewers to the musical talents of the successful Fresh Beat Band, creating a new, younger clientele of fans for the prolific group that provides the soundtrack to this series. Fortunately the music is easy on the ears (even parents'), and its content is entirely appropriate for this age group, but know that by watching, your kids may take an interest in checking out the original series as well as the band's musical projects

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the band members work together to solve the problems they face in Fresh Beat Band of Spies. Does the group have a leader, or do they each take on that role at some point? How do they respond when their plans don't work out at first?

  • How do their spy gadgets help them? What kinds of gadgets do we use in our daily lives? Kids: If you could invent a gadget to solve a problem, what would it be and how would it work? 

  • Kids: Do you like the music on this show? Which songs are your favorites? Now that you've seen this how, are you inclined to want to watch The Fresh Beat Band

  • How do the characters in Fresh Beat Band of Spies demonstrate teamwork? Why is this an important character strength?

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