A week or so ago, I was doing some work in the basement and my wife was in the living room with our daughter. She put something on Netflix as background noise, picking the first thing she saw that could have some potential. When I came upstairs, she casually pointed at the tv and said "So...the sun is rapping." Sure enough, there was the sun, rapping out how damn hot the sun is. I was intrigued because not only was the sun rapping, but it was a shockingly good rap, especially in the realm of rap songs intended for children (granted, a very, VERY low bar to clear).
Seriously, bump this shit.
I can appreciate that both as a father who wants his daughter to learn while watching, and as someone who has grown to hate a lot of the music associated with children's products ("Welcome to our learning farm, we have lots to shooow you!") So I immediately stopped my basement work and sat down to keep up with the greatness that is StoryBots Super Songs.
The premise of the show is simple. There are these robots that tackle two different subjects each episode. They include the solar system, dinosaurs, emotions and more. They play songs, interact with real life kids, there are skits, etc. It's pretty standard children's show fare but they strike such a good balance between being entertaining for kids and for parents. I legitimately laughed at this show. Not a courtesy laugh because hey, at least they're trying. No there is funny material here and the songs manage to pack in a ridiculous amount of information on the subject that my wife, a teacher, immediately decided this was getting a spot in the classroom one day.
The only criticism I have offhand doesn't even feel fair to lay against a kid's show - some parts are repetitive. Certain bits go on for a little too long but I'm not supposed to be the target audience on this one. I should just be thankful they put in the effort they did to make this something for the adults as well.
I mean, here is a kid's show where a cow rap all of a sudden takes on the exact beat of Move Bitch by Ludacris. No joke, check it out.
Or if that doesn't do it for you, maybe some Kris Kross pigs?
Right?! It's so good!
We burned through all 5 episodes of this show in one go and it has found its way back on our TV numerous times since. I really hope a season 2 is on the way as this is one of the better examples I've seen of a show that manages to be both entertaining and educational without being cheesy or irritating. Highly recommended.