The Fresh Beat Band



Perky pals teach musical concepts with positive messages.
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What parents need to know

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, cooperation, and problem solving.

Positive role models

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
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this upbeat series 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.

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 exaggerated, 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 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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what problem the characters faced in a particular episode. 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?

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Kid, 11 years old January 26, 2012

bbbooorriinnng and dumb

who wants to watch grown 27 yr. olds dance all around and act like their young
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Parent Written byjessejps May 27, 2011

the most annoying show on TV

Horrible show. the songs are not particularly catchy, the story lines are not very engaging and the characters are entirely unlikeable. The tall yellow kid in particular is like sand in your swim suit.. IRRITATING ! there are so many other great kids show out there, avoid this one and hopefully it will go away soon.
Kid, 11 years old March 15, 2011


Stupid! I hate the shows where they make adults do stupid things. If I were one of them, if quit.


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