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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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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.
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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?
- Premiere date: June 15, 2015
- Cast: Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer, Jon Beavers, Thomas Hobson, Tara Perry
- Network: Nick Jr.
- Genre: Kids' Animation
- Topics: Friendship, Great Boy Role Models, Great Girl Role Models, Music and Sing-Along
- Character Strengths: Teamwork
- TV rating: TV-Y
- Available on: Streaming
- Award: Common Sense Seal
- Last updated: September 20, 2019
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