A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Songs cover things like the names of the planets, but there's more discussion about drumsticks and the band playing than anything else.
Making friends is fun -- the more the merrier. Playing music is a great way to meet new people.
Positive Role Models
Jonny and Matty are fun dudes who like to play music and jam with new friends.
Violence & Scariness
A character crashes into the guys' van and destroys stuff, but she helps them out in the end.
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Products & Purchases
A fan from a different planet is so excited she can meet the BeatBuds that it feels like promotion of the brand itself.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The BeatBuds: Let's Jam! is a fast-paced musical series for preschoolers. It's got the Scooby Doo-style van and the California-casual attitude, but very little character development or educational substance. The BeatBuds basically drive around different locations (jungles, other planets, dinosaur era) and meet characters who join them to jam. A musical number unfolds, and that's it. Nothing perilous or harmful in this show, but the content doesn't really add value either.
Is It Any Good?
Though BeatBuds fans might enjoy this show, there's not much else on offer besides the promise of a musical number.The BeatBuds: Let's Jam! is colorful, jumpy, and pretty fun, but it misses an opportunity to develop interesting characters and meaningful themes. The attempts to add educational content or develop social engagement are second-rate. Little ones might be excited to see monkeys playing instruments, and the van itself is pretty cool. But adults will find the music kind of meh and might wish that there was more to the show.
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