Thursday, August 27, 2009

The Fresh Beat Band aka our new favorite show, sort of

Let me start by saying I'm generally not a fan of Children's TV. I hate watching kid shows. Jeff on the other hand, enjoys sitting with the kids, snuggling on the couch and watching Noggin. That's not me. I'm more likely to sit with them and read books than watch children's programming. Anyway, the point is, I'm probably not the best person to be writing about a kid's show. However I just had to post about the Fresh Beat Band.

In case you're not familiar, it's a new show on Nickelodeon. It features four kids/young adults, named Kiki, Marina, Twist and Shout, singing and playing music while they smile a lot and run around. They are all attending music school and appear to live in apartments next to each other. The show airs at noon, I think. It started last Monday, but we've been seeing videos about it for the last couple of months on Noggin. Amelia loved every one of the videos. She'd get up and dance around like a crazy person. Once they ads for the show started airing, she asked when we could watch it. So I set the DVR to record all new episodes and Monday afternoon at naptime, I put the first one on.

I actually sat and watched most of the episode with her as I wanted to make sure it was appropriate (we don't usually watch shows on Nickelodeon.) Amelia and I had very different opinions of the show. She absolutely loved it. She jumped up and down and danced around for probably 90 percent of the episode. I spent a lot of time rolling my eyes and cringing. For a 4 year old, the show is great. Amelia adored it. She has asked to watch it again at least 10 times. (Most of the time she was told "No".)

While I found it a little hard to watch (the characters are way too perky for this Mom) it seems like it's an okay show for kids. The songs are catchy, and I'm sure I'll wake up singing them like I do the other kid's music I hear. I like that it features so much music and that it seems to encourage my child to get up and dance instead of sitting on her bum just watching. This definitely won't be a show I sit with my kids and watch but I think it's alright.

So I'm curious what other parents think of The Fresh Beat Band. Have you watched? Do your kids like as much as mine does? Are other parents cringing as much as I do when it's on? Leave me a comment and let me know what you think.

Here's a clip in case you haven't seen them yet. (Sorry for the poor quality video, that was all I could find.)


Tiara said...

I'm with ya....they are WAAAYYY too perky for me. Annoying. The songs are catchy and cute but I can't get passed the overly fake peppy personalities. I always wonder why they use adults, wouldn't children singing and dancing be more relatable? It always creeps me out to see grown adults acting like children LOL My kids like the songs but so far haven't shown much interest in actually watching the show.

Brianna said...

I've seen them since before they were being promoted for their own show. They were on in between shows. And they were called The Jumparounds. I like their first name better. Their songs are catchy. Trey loves them; he dances and jumps up and down when they come on.