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Clockwise from left:Shout, Twist, Kiki, and Marina.

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The Fresh Beat Band (formerly called The JumpArounds) is a children's TV series that premiered on Nick Jr. on August 24, 2009 and ended on December 7, 2013. It focuses on Twist, Kiki, Shout and Marina - four best friends in a band who go to music school together and love to sing and dance. The series features a variety of pop songs performed by the Fresh Beats, and has grown very popular among kids and their parents. An album was released in 2012 as well as a live concert tour.

An Animated Adaptation, Fresh Beat Band of Spies, premiered on June 15, 2015.


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The series has examples of the following tropes:

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Marina is a redhead/brunette in the live action series, but a blonde in the Animated Adaptation.
  • Aerith and Bob: Marina and Kiki.....and Twist and Shout. They had fun with this when they covered "Twist and Shout" by The Beatles.
  • Bad Vibrations: The Fresh Beats cause this when wearing the dinosaur suits in "Veloci-Rap Star". It's a direct parody of the iconic "shaking glass" from Jurassic Park.
  • Bowdlerization: When they covered "Jai Ho" by The Pussycat Dolls, they removed some of the lyrics and also added new ones to make it kid-friendly.
  • Catchphrase:
    • There's this Once an Episode exchange between Twist and Marina.
      • "Wouldn't it be cool if..." (Twist)
      • "That would be cool, but..." (Marina)
      • "Well that's fine, if you want to do it the easy way." (Twist)
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    • "Hip hop and pop!" (Marina)
    • "Kickin'!" (Kiki)
    • "Cool beans!" (Shout)
  • Color-Coded Characters: Each of the characters has their trademark color - blue for Marina, pink for Kiki, orange for Shout, and yellow for Twist. This extends to the bedrooms and cell phones of the band members.
  • Couch Gag: Something funny related to the preceding episode is inserted into the dance break for "Great Day", which may be extended in order to accommodate it.
  • Crossover: In August of 2012, The Gabba gang came over for a visit.
  • Crowd Chant: "Fresh Beat Band! Fresh Beat Band! Fresh Beat Band!"
  • Dance Sensation: "Loco Legs".
  • Every Episode Ending: The song "Great Day" is used to cap off every show, usually alluded to with the line "What a great day!".
  • Gender-Equal Ensemble: Two guys and two girls compose the band.
  • Gonna Need More X: "We're gonna need a bigger rag!"
  • Legacy Character: Marina has been played by two people.
    • The Junior Beats also got switched around during seasons.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • A reed is a very important musical accessory. It is used to help certain woodwind instruments create the vibration that is necessary for sound.
    • The name "Melody" is meaningful, too. It's a sequence of single notes that is musically satisfying.
    • For Ms. Piccolo, it comes from the instrument, a small flute sounding an octave higher than the ordinary one.
    • Harper, the owner of the Singin' Pizza Cafe, gets his name from a harp.
  • Rearrange the Song: "Great Day" is rearranged for one episode, so that the band can sing it around a campfire.
  • Recurring Character: A few - Reed, Melody, Harper, and Ms. Piccolo.
  • Recycled IN SPACE!: The cartoon spin-off, right in the name: "Fresh Beat Band OF SPIES!"
  • Running Gag: Twist getting his foot stuck in a bucket.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Theme Tune Roll Call: On Guitar... KIKI! On keyboard... SHOUT! On drums... MARINA! And the real MC... T-TW-TW-TW-TW-Twist in the house!
  • The Power of Friendship: "Friends Give Friends a Hand".
  • Token Minority: Shout is the only black member of the band.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Marina and Kiki, respectively.

We had a great day
It was a super way
To spend some time together
We had a great day
The very best day
With friends it's always better
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