The Fresh Beat BandSpring 2011 Television
Nickelodeon presents The Fresh Beat Band, a half-hour live-action program targeting preschoolers. Marina, Kiki, Twist, and Shout are The Fresh Beats, a band of four friends who go to music school together. The show's simple storylines focus on the friends' adventures outside the classroom.
The program is billed as a "musical sitcom", and the cast displays solid singing and dancing skills when the plot inevitably leads them to break into peppy musical numbers. The storylines are never very complicated. In "Singin' in the Rain", Marina brainstorms new song ideas, working with her friends to use a rainy weather forecast as inspiration. In "Circus Mojo", the Fresh Beats pitch in to put on a show when the regular circus performers are delayed. The situations lend themselves to plenty of slapstick comedy and silly jokes, and the actors flash mega-bright smiles as they ultimately figure out that teamwork and positive attitudes are enough to solve most of the problems they encounter.
The Fresh Beat Band offers bright sets, kicky costumes and a likable cast that probably will appeal to preschoolers. The songs are bouncy and lyrics impart a positive message, as in the song "Friends Give Friends a Hand," but plot lines are very light, serving mainly as stepping stones between musical numbers. If you're looking for a deep educational viewing experience for your preschooler, look elsewhere, but when it's time for a little dance party break with friends, The Fresh Beat Band is a harmless, enjoyable, tuneful treat.