Fresh Beat Band of Spies

Fresh Beat Band of Spies is an animated children's television series originally airing on Nickelodeon and the Nick Jr. Channel. It is a spin-off of Nickelodeon's live-action series The Fresh Beat Band.[2] The show was created by Nadine van der Velde and Scott Kraft, and it was produced by Jeannine Hodson. Production took place at Nickelodeon Animation Studio and 6 Point Harness, both based in California.

Fresh Beat Band of Spies
Fresh Beat Band of Spies Logo.png
GenreChildren's music
Action-adventure
Science fiction
Comedy
Created byNadine van der Velde
Scott Kraft
Developed byMichael Ryan
Directed byChuck Sheetz
Creative directorGary Janetti
Voices ofJon Beavers
Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer
Thomas Hobson
Tara Perry
Tom Kenny
Keith Silverstein
Theme music composerPeter Zizzo
Opening theme"Fresh Beat Band of Spies Theme Song"
Ending theme"Great Day Remix"
ComposerStuart Kollmorgen & Dan Pinella
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes20
Production
ProducerJeannine Hodson
Running time23 minutes
Production companiesNickelodeon Animation Studio
6point2
Nelvana
DistributorViacom Media Networks[1]
Release
Original networkNickelodeon
Nick Jr.
Original releaseJune 15, 2015 (2015-06-15) –
February 24, 2016 (2016-02-24)
Chronology
Preceded byThe Fresh Beat Band

20 episodes were made.[3] The series first previewed on the Nick Jr. Channel on June 15, 2015, before premiering on the main Nickelodeon network on June 29.[4]

PlotEdit

The Fresh Beat Band, now a group of spies, solve wacky mysteries in their town using their individual talents and cool gadgets.

CharactersEdit

MainEdit

  • Twist (voiced by Jon Beavers) – The comedic DJ of the team whose day job is as the manager of the Pet Daycare Center.
  • Kiki (voiced by Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer) – The band's beautiful lead guitarist and lead singer who owns a local hair salon.
  • Shout (voiced by Tommy Hobson) – The athletic keyboardist and leader of the spy team who is also the lifeguard at a nearby swimming pool.
  • Marina (voiced by Tara Perry) – The brainy drummer of the spy team who is the chemist for a cupcake bakery.
  • Bo Monkey (voiced by Tom Kenny) – Twist's best friend, a monkey who helps him operate the pet center.
  • Reed (voiced by Tom Kenny) – The team's "gadget guy" who wears glasses. He tends to suddenly appear out of nowhere, due to hiding in or behind various objects.
  • Commissioner Goldstar (voiced by Keith Silverstein) – The chief of police who appears at the end of almost every episode, normally to congratulate the spies on their successes.

RecurringEdit

  • Lily (voiced by Heaven White) – Commissioner Goldstar's niece and a good friend of the Fresh Beats. She has a pet dog named Goldie and plays on Shout's baseball team.
  • Lil Piggie – A pig with a hot pink mohawk and one of the many animals living at Twist's pet center. He is a friend of the Fresh Beats.

VillainsEdit

  • Champ Von Champ Von Winnerchamp (voiced by Tom Kenny) – A muscular recurring villain who steals & cheats for various objects, such as trophies, wrestling belts and party supplies. He speaks with a German accent and is assisted by his own cheer squad for stealing stuff.
  • Captain Arrrgh (voiced by Tom Kenny) – A singing pirate who steals treasure with the help of his chicken, Poulet, and his second-in-command, First Mate.
  • Yi-Haw (voiced by Kate Higgins) – A cowgirl and outlaw who hopes to surpass her outlaw ancestor by stealing buildings from all over town.
  • Squee Z. Dumpkins (voiced by Tara Strong) - A famous internet celebrity known for her cuteness.

ProductionEdit

The series was first announced in March 2014.[5] In August of the same year, it was announced that Nickelodeon was currently in production on the show and it was slated for a 2015 release.[6] From November 2014 until February 2015, several songs from Fresh Beat Band of Spies episodes were performed as part of "The Fresh Beat Band: Greatest Hits Live" tour; products such as posters and T-shirts featuring the cartoon Fresh Beat characters were sold at these concerts.[7]

EpisodesEdit

No.Title [8]Directed byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code [4]
US viewers
(millions)
1"The Wow Factor"Chuck SheetzMichael RyanJune 15, 2015 (2015-06-15) (Nick Jr. Channel)
June 30, 2015 (2015-06-30)[4] (Nickelodeon)
1010.68[9]
A singer named Sindy Sauernotes (voiced by guest star Tia Mowry) attempts to steal a crown at a musical awards show.
2"Trophy Trouble"Chuck SheetzEvan Gore & Heather LombardJune 17, 2015 (2015-06-17) (Nick Jr. Channel)
July 2, 2015 (2015-07-02)[4] (Nickelodeon)
104N/A
Champ Von Champ Von Winnerchamp (voiced by Tom Kenny) tries to steal all the trophies in the town.
3"Mummy Mayhem"Chuck SheetzHadley KleinJune 19, 2015 (2015-06-19) (Nick Jr. Channel)
June 29, 2015 (2015-06-29)[4] (Nickelodeon)
1020.61[10]
A treasure hunter named Arizona Jones (voiced by guest star Jerry O'Connell) sets his sights on an ancient Egyptian artifact.
4"Rocket Ship Alien"Chuck SheetzEvan Gore & Heather LombardJune 20, 2015 (2015-06-20) (Nick Jr. Channel)
July 1, 2015 (2015-07-01)[4] (Nickelodeon)
1030.48[11]
A stranded extraterrestrial is found at the local amusement park.
5"Fruit Racer Game"Chuck SheetzHadley KleinJune 22, 2015 (2015-06-22)1050.63[12]
Twist, Shout and Marina must free Kiki when she gets zapped inside the Angry Fruit Racers arcade game.
6"Singing Pirate"Chuck SheetzAndy Rheingold & Ray DeLaurentisJune 24, 2015 (2015-06-24)1060.48[13]
Captain Arrrgh takes a valuable emerald.
7"Werewolf Hairwolf"Chuck SheetzHadley KleinJune 26, 2015 (2015-06-26)107N/A
Twist, Reed, Bo and the townspeople are turned into werewolves by an evil hair stylist, Mojo Fauxhawk (voiced by Tom Kenny).
8"Masked Wrestler"Chuck SheetzEvan Gore & Heather LombardJune 27, 2015 (2015-06-27)1080.65[14]
Champ Von Champ Von Winnerchamp becomes a wrestler and cheats to win championship belts.
9"Cute Crook"Chuck SheetzKevin SullivanJune 29, 2015 (2015-06-29)1090.58[15]
A villain named Squee Z. Dumpkins (voiced by Tara Strong) plans to make the ultimate viral video by stealing cute pets.
10"Wild Outlaw"Chuck SheetzHadley KleinJuly 1, 2015 (2015-07-01)1120.56[16]
A fugitive cowgirl and outlaw named Yi-Haw (voiced by Kate Higgins) attempts to steal buildings from the Spies' city.
11"Bo's Birthday Bash"Chuck SheetzDavid LewmanJuly 3, 2015 (2015-07-03)1110.39[17]
Champ Von Champ Von Winnerchamp steals Bo Monkey's entire birthday party and more parties in the city.
12"Fake Fresh Beats"Chuck SheetzEvan Gore & Heather LombardJuly 27, 2015 (2015-07-27)113[18]0.63[19]
The Fresh Beats must prove to Commissioner Goldstar and the rest of the city that they have been framed for two robberies by a group of villains, Rubberface Rudy (voiced by Khary Payton), Captain Arrrgh, Yi-Haw and Champ Von Champ Von Winnerchamp.
13"Dance Bots"Chuck SheetzTom KrajewskiJuly 29, 2015 (2015-07-29)114[20]0.40[21]
The Fresh Beats have to stop a villainous inventor named Dakota Koder (voiced by Cree Summer) from rampaging through the city with her robot.
14"Band of Pirates"Chuck SheetzDave LewmanJuly 31, 2015 (2015-07-31)115[22]0.40[23]
Captain Arrrgh and First Mate use half of a stolen pirate map to dig holes around the town in search of the valuable treasure of Captain McPlunder.
15"Frozen Fresh Beats"Chuck SheetzTom KrajewskiSeptember 21, 2015 (2015-09-21)116[24]0.54[25]
The Fresh Beat Band of Spies have to save summer, thanks to a villainous Viking (voiced by Nolan North) who freezes the town.
16"Bunnies Go Bananas"Chuck SheetzHadley KleinSeptember 23, 2015 (2015-09-23)117[26]0.36[27]
A heap of bunnies inadvertently create a gigantic banana monster.
17"Ghost of Rock"[28]Chuck SheetzTom KrajewskiOctober 19, 2015 (2015-10-19)110[29]0.59[30]
The spies encounter a rockstar ghost named Spooky Spooks (voiced by Eden Riegel) inside a haunted theater.
18"Christmas 2.0"Chuck SheetzAnalise McNeillDecember 15, 2015 (2015-12-15)118[31]0.50[32]
The spies stop an out-of-control present delivery machine from ruining Christmas.
19"Sneaky Sneakers"Ian FreedmanGary JanettiFebruary 22, 2016 (2016-02-22)119[33]N/A
Two villainous basketball players trick Reed into giving them Shout's robotic sneakers.
20"Fresh Beat Babies"Mike SheillAnne FryerFebruary 24, 2016 (2016-02-24)120[34]N/A
The spies find out that Commissioner Goldstar has been turned into a baby by Squee Z. Dumpkins. Will the band save the day or will the whole town be turned into babies?

BroadcastEdit

Fresh Beat Band of Spies aired on both Nickelodeon and the Nick Jr. Channel in the United States. It previewed on the Nick Jr. Channel on June 15, 2015, before premiering on Nickelodeon on June 29.[4] The first eleven episodes were put on Nickelodeon's schedule throughout late July 2015,[4] but only the first four episodes ended up airing on the main network.[4]

Internationally, the series was first shown on Nickelodeon Canada on September 1, 2015. It also aired on Treehouse TV.[35] The series debuted on Nick Jr. in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland on January 11, 2016,[36] in Italy on January 18, 2016,[37] in the Middle East and North Africa on January 25, 2016,[38] and in Australia on February 1, 2016.[39] The series premiered on Nick Jr. UK on February 6, 2016.[40]

ReceptionEdit

Critical responseEdit

The series has received generally positive reviews from critics. Common Sense Media reviewer Emily Ashby gave the show four out of five stars, praising the show's use of "quirky villains" rather than "real scares."[41] In October 2015, USA Today listed the series as one of the twenty-five best family programs of the year.[42]

AccoladesEdit

The episode "Singing Pirate" was nominated for "Outstanding Achievement, Production Design in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production" in the 43rd Annie Awards.[43] The series was also the recipient of a 2019 Parents' Choice Award.[44]

Awards and nominations
Year Award Category Nominee Result Refs
2016 43rd Annie Awards Outstanding Achievement, Production Design in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production Ernie Gilbert
(for "Singing Pirate")
Nominated [43]
2016 Parents' Choice Awards "Fun Stuff" Award Nickelodeon Won [44]

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