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The Fresh Beat Band
The Fresh Beats' logo
Also known asThe JumpArounds
GenreMusical fiction
Children's television series
Comedy
Created by
Developed byAlice Prodanou
Written by
  • Kim Duran
  • Heather MacGillvray
  • Linda Mathious
  • Carla Banks Waddles
  • Scott Kraft
  • Nadine van der Velde
  • Kerri Grant
  • Calvin Leung
  • Alice Prodanou
  • Dan Danko
  • Tom Mason
  • Tom Saunders
  • Matt Sheppo
  • Bradley Zweig
  • Laurie Israel
  • Rachel Ruderman
  • John Ritchie
  • Amy Keating Rogers
  • Ursula Ziegler-Sullivan
Directed by
Starring
Opening theme"The Fresh Beat Band!"
Ending theme"The Fresh Beat Band!" (instrumental)
ComposerMatter Music
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes60 + 1 stand-alone special[1] (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
  • Nadine van der Velde
  • Scott Kraft
Producers
  • Jim Kukucka
  • Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg
  • Chris Robinson
Production locationsParamount Studios, Hollywood
Cinematography
  • Tim Gonuos
  • Carlos Gonzalez
Editors
  • Mitch Sinoway
  • Cindy Parisotto
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time23 minutes
Production companyNickelodeon Productions
Original release
Network
ReleaseAugust 24, 2009 (2009-08-24) –
December 7, 2013 (2013-12-07)
Related
Fresh Beat Band of Spies

The Fresh Beat Band (originally known as The JumpArounds) is an American live-action musical children's television series created by the husband-and-wife duo of Scott Kraft and Nadine van der Velde and developed by Alice Prodanou for Nickelodeon. The show stars Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer, Thomas Hobson, Shayna Rose (later Tara Perry), and Jon Beavers as the "Fresh Beats" (Kiki, Shout, Marina, and Twist), described as four best friends in a band who are determined to follow their dreams.

Kraft and van der Velde additionally serve as executive producers of the series. During the first season, Prodanou, Dan Danko, Tom Mason, and Kerri Grant served as the primary writers, with additional contributions from Tom Saunders, Matt Sheppo, Bradley Zweig, Laurie Israel, Rachel Ruderman, John Ritchie, and Amy Keating Rogers. Beginning with the second season, Kraft and van der Velde took over the writing positions, and co-wrote most of the episodes for that season alongside Carla Banks Waddles, Kim Duran, Heather MacGillvray, and Linda Mathious, with an additional one-episode contribution from Ursula Ziegler-Sullivan. Kraft, van der Velde, Duran, MacGillvray, and Mathious returned to write the episodes for the third season, and were briefly rejoined by Banks Waddles, who co-wrote several more episodes before departing to work on other projects. Calvin Leung, who additionally serves as script supervisor alongside Grant, also co-wrote an episode alongside Kraft, van der Velde, Duran, MacGillvray, and Mathious. Additionally, MacGillvray and Mathious serve as consulting producers with Grant as executive consultant. Jim Kukucka and Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg serve as producers, and Chris Robinson serves as line producer. Kraft also directed several of the episodes; other directors include James Wahlberg, Jonathan Judge, Linda Mendoza, Henry Chan, Neal Israel, Savage Steve Holland, and Jody Margolin Hahn.

The series aired from August 24, 2009 to December 7, 2013. In 2015, an animated television series, Fresh Beat Band of Spies, premiered on Nickelodeon. All four members of the band lend their voices to their respective characters in the spin-off.

Also, they appeared in the Nickelodeon Mega Music Fest.

Premise

All episodes follow the same basic structure:

Episodes

Main article: List of the Fresh Beat Band episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
120August 24, 2009 (2009-08-24)May 28, 2010 (2010-05-28)
220August 30, 2010 (2010-08-30)July 24, 2011 (2011-07-24)
320June 24, 2011 (2011-06-24)December 7, 2013 (2013-12-07)
SpecialApril 21, 2013 (2013-04-21)

During the buildup to the show's debut, the band was initially advertised as The JumpArounds. Commercials promoting the band under that name were in heavy rotation on Nickelodeon prior to the series debut. The change occurred approximately in mid July 2009. The name was revealed on NickJr.com, then made its debut on television.[3]

Characters

Main

The show's main characters are:[4]
Kiki of "The Fresh Beat Band"
Kiki (Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer) – guitar, violin, vocals
Shout of "The Fresh Beat Band"
Shout (Thomas Hobson) – keyboards, vocals
Marina of "The Fresh Beat Band"
Marina (Tara Perry - who replaced Shayna Rose) – drums, vocals
Twist of "The Fresh Beat Band"
Twist (Jon Beavers) – turntables, beatbox, vocals

Recurring

There are also four children known as "The Junior Beats" who are essentially the child equivalent of their grown-up counterparts. They sing, dance, and dress as a corresponding character.

Music

The Fresh Beat Band: Music From the Hit TV Show was released on January 31, 2012.[5] The album sold 189,000 copies in the US in 2012.[6] A second collection, Vol 2.0: More Music From The Hit TV Show, was released later that year on October 9, 2012.[7] The soundtracks contain songs from multiple episodes of the series, as well as songs that did not get performed in the episodes. Most of these songs, including the opening and closing themes, were written by the series' creators and executive producers Scott Kraft and Nadine van der Velde, as well as the trio of Ric Markmann, Dan Pinnella, and Christopher Wagner (collectively known as Matter Music). Other composers and producers included Matthew Gerrard, Elizabeth Ashley Saunig-Gerrard, Chip Whitewood, Peter Zizzo, Andrew Schlesinger, Shelley Rosenberg, Michael Smith, Matthew Tishler, and Phil Galdston.

Singles

Four singles were released to iTunes; "Great Day" was released on February 2, 2010, "Here We Go" was released on June 28, 2011, "A Friend Like You" was released on September 13, 2011, and "Just Like a Rockstar" was released on November 29, 2011.[8][9][10][11]

Music from the Hit TV Show
The Fresh Beats (from left: Shout, Marina, Kiki, Twist), pictured at an angle holding their respective instruments in front of a background of sun rays, colored pink, light blue, light green, yellow and orange, in that order, each separated by a white sunray
The Fresh Beats’ album cover
Studio album by
The Fresh Beat Band
ReleasedJanuary 31, 2012
Recorded2009–2011
Genre
Length40:13
LanguageEnglish
LabelViacom International Inc., Legacy Recordings, KRU Music, Varèse Sarabande
DirectorThomas Hobson
Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer
Zendaya
ProducerNorman, Yusry, Edry
CompilerArena Wan
The Fresh Beat Band chronology
The JumpArounds
(2007)
''Music from the Hit TV Show''
(January 31, 2012)
Let’s Get Loud - EP
(2012)
Singles from The Fresh Beat Band
  1. "Great Day"
    Released: February 2, 2010
  2. "Here We Go"
    Released: June 28, 2011
  3. "A Friend Like You"
    Released: September 13, 2011
  4. "Just Like a Rockstar"
    Released: November 29, 2011

Track listing

No.TitleLength
1."Fresh Beat Band Theme Song"0:49
2."Here We Go"1:53
3."A Friend Like You"2:19
4."Just Like a Rockstar"2:02
5."Reach for the Sky"1:55
6."I Can Do Anything"2:01
7."Bananas"1:47
8."Music (Keeps Me Movin')"2:09
9."Good Times"2:00
10."Loco Legs"2:37
11."Get Up and Go Go"2:08
12."Another Perfect Day"2:12
13."Shine"2:19
14."Stomp the House"2:15
15."Surprise Yourself"2:10
16."We're Unstoppable"2:06
17."Friends Give Friends a Hand"1:20
18."Freeze Dance"1:53
19."Great Day"2:08
20."Sun Beautiful Sun" (Bonus track by the Bubble Guppies)2:10

Home media

Retail releases

Name Release Date Number of Episodes Episode Titles
The Wizard of Song August 14, 2012 3
  • "The Wizard of Song"
  • "Ghost Band"
  • "Chimps in Charge"

Manufacture on-demand releases

Name Release Date Number of Episodes Episode Titles
Season 1 March 6, 2012[12] 5 (Disc 1)
5 (Disc 2)
5 (Disc 3)
5 (Disc 4)

Disc 1:

  • "Loco Legs"
  • "Stick Together"
  • "Stomp the House"
  • "Let's Boogie"
  • "Hippity Hop"

Disc 2:

  • "Quack Shoes"
  • "Bounce the House"
  • "Band Together"
  • "Freeze Dance"
  • "Sing with Me"

Disc 3:

  • "Rock to Sleep"
  • "Glow for It"
  • "Hip Hop Hoedown"
  • "Smoothies to Go Go"
  • "March Our Way"

Disc 4:

  • "Rhyme Time"
  • "Doggone It"
  • "Rock the Luau"
  • "Hocus Pocus"
  • "Bubble Blast"
Season 2 March 6, 2012[13] 5 (Disc 1)
5 (Disc 2)
5 (Disc 3)
4 (Disc 4)

Disc 1:

  • "Jungle Jazz"
  • "Balloon Buddy"
  • "Honk Honk"
  • "Camping with the Stars"
  • "Circus Mojo"

Disc 2:

  • "Singin' in the Rain"
  • "Presto Pants"
  • "Giant Pumpkin"
  • "Back to School"
  • "The Case of the Missing Violin"

Disc 3:

  • "Fresh Beats in Toyland"
  • "Zydeco Music Parade"
  • "Car Wash Dance"
  • "Follow the Leader"
  • "Kiki's Kickin' Chorus"

Disc 4:

  • "Drum Party"
  • "Mixed Up Musical"
  • "Band in a Jam"
  • "Step It Up"
Season 3 April 10, 2014[14] 5 (Disc 1)
5 (Disc 2)
5 (Disc 3)
4 (Disc 4)

Disc 1:

  • "Graduation Day"
  • "Giant Pizza"
  • "Dance Floor Superhero"
  • "Cool Pool Party"
  • "Snow Day"

Disc 2:

  • "Rock Star"
  • "The Fresh Bots"
  • "Chimps in Charge"
  • "Pink Swan"
  • "Hoop Dreams"

Disc 3:

  • "Bollywood Beats"
  • "Yo Fresh Beats Go Gabba Gabba"
  • "Ghost Band"
  • "Veloci-Rap-Star"
  • "Laughing Dance Master"

Disc 4:

  • "Royal Wedding"
  • "Keeping It Green"
  • "Dance-A-Thon"
  • "The Wizard of Song"

Episodes on Nick Jr. compilation DVDs

Name Release Date Number of Episodes Episode Titles
Nickelodeon: Rootin' Tootin' Wild West January 29, 2013 (Walmart)
August 6, 2013 (retail)
1
  • "Hip Hop Hoedown"
Nickelodeon: Once Upon a Rhyme April 30, 2013
  • "Royal Wedding"
Nickelodeon: Celebrate Fall! August 18, 2015
  • "Giant Pumpkin"

Episodes on Nick Jr. iTunes compilations

Name Release Date Number of Episodes Episode Titles
To School We Go! August 16, 2010 1
  • "March Our Way"
Haunted Halloween Vol. 3 October 25, 2010
  • "Glow for It"
Bundle of Love Vol. 2 January 31, 2011
  • "Freeze Dance"
Move to the Music June 6, 2011
  • "Band Together"
Let's Learn Music November 12, 2012
  • "Rock Star"
Let's Learn Science November 12, 2012
  • "Keepin' it Green"
Let's Learn Weather November 12, 2012
  • "Singin' in the Rain"
Circus March 4, 2013
  • "Circus Mojo"
Let's Drive! April 15, 2013
  • "Car Wash Dance"
Royal Playdates Vol. 1 July 8, 2013
  • "Royal Wedding"
Let's Go to the Rainforest! July 29, 2013
  • "Jungle Jazz"
Back to School August 13, 2013
  • "Back to School"
Happy Halloween October 23, 2013
  • "Ghost Band"
Treasure Hunt Vol. 2 March 31, 2014
  • "The Case of the Missing Violin"
Bedtime Stories September 29, 2014
  • "Rock to Sleep"

Reception

Critical response

Drew Magary of Deadspin describes the show as "pure evil, as much as an innocent and friendly show about good friends can be pure evil".[15]

Nominations and awards

References

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