The Fresh Beat Band

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Perky pals teach musical concepts with positive messages.

Parents say

age 3+
Based on 63 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 25 reviews

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Educational Value

The series introduces preschoolers to basic musical concepts like rhythm, song structure, and a variety of instruments.

Positive Messages

The upbeat tunes and lively cast encourage kids to get up and dance as they watch. The show touches on kid-friendly themes like friendship, teamwork, cooperation, and problem solving.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The band members always treat each other with respect and are quick to look for solutions to their friends’ problems.

Violence & Scariness

There’s no violence, but a main character gets caught up in a lot of physical humor (getting his feet stuck in buckets or falling into garbage cans, for instance), which sometimes causes him to take a spill.

Sexy Stuff
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Fresh Beat Band treats preschoolers to a music-filled good time while promoting kid-friendly messages about friendship, imagination, self-expression, and cooperation. Kids are also exposed to a spectrum of musical instruments and musical concepts like lyrics, tempo, and harmony. The show’s fairly juvenile, silly humor probably won’t appeal to older kids, but it’s a fine choice for the preschool set.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byDerekRB April 11, 2020

I can't believe Nick Jr. actually OK'd this garbage

Thank GOD they canceled it. Due to all the sexual references to breasts, constant use of "a**" and *crap"
Parent of a 5-year-old Written bycry4dawn July 26, 2012
Teen, 14 years old Written bylindseyohara June 17, 2019

not for children tbh!

alright, so I was with my little cousin, Genevieve, in the summer of 10’, her favorite show was the fresh beat band, and i could see why- it was FRESH. but this... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byDogcat May 13, 2020

What's the story?

In each episode of THE FRESH BEAT BAND, the four band members -- Marina (Shayna Rose), Kiki (Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer), Twist (Jon Beavers), and Shout (Thomas Hobson) -- encounter a challenge that stops them in their tracks and calls for their combined problem-solving skills. Whether it’s joining forces to write a new song or finding a way to cheer up a friend, these perky pals are always ready to pitch in and play their part.

Is it any good?

Preschoolers will find it hard to sit still watching this upbeat series, which is overflowing with the kind of  zany comedy kids love, along with catchy original tunes and motivating dance numbers. Though the show's breathless pace at times borders on chaotic, it’s a forgivable snag, since each episode of The Fresh Beat Band includes plenty of positive messages and music appreciation. Kids will learn about musical concepts like duets, tempo, and rhythm as well as a range of musical instruments, and they'll see how multiple elements combine to form a song.

Plus, the perky stars demonstrate teamwork and consideration for others in everything they do, reminding kids that when you put friendship first, everything else falls into place. The content and musical selections in each episode tap into important issues that will ring true with kids -- like tackling new challenges, being creative, and knowing your limits -- so parents can rest assured that their preschoolers are gleaning positive messages amid all the fun.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what problem the characters faced in a particular episode of The Fresh Beat Band. How did they solve it? What resources did they use? Have you ever experienced a similar problem? What did you do?

  • What kinds of music do you like? How does music make you feel? Would you like to play an instrument? If so, which one?

  • Kids: What are some of your favorite TV shows? Why do you like them? What rules does your family have about TV?

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

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