A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Excellent messages about getting along with others and working together to achieve a common goal.
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
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.
Products & Purchases
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).
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.
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.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.