When my first son was a baby I swore he would not lay eyes on a cartoon until he was at least 4 years old. That was until we discovered DJ Lance Rock and the wonderful world of Yo Gabba Gabba. My son was not quite 12 months old, and I was not quite 9 months pregnant. On a particularly desperate morning I flipped through the channels and landed on the previously forbidden Nick Jr. channel. When that little boy heard the music and saw the mysterious creatures dancing, he was hooked! His tiny little body began to move with the music, and a love for television was born.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I am not a fan of incessant TV watching at any age. However, it does have its benefits, especially for an exhausted mommy. Earlier in life I can remember going to friends’ houses who had children and wondering how they themselves could stand watching Nick.com/activate these ridiculous cartoons all the time. That brings us to our purpose for today. On more than one occasion I have found myself plopped down in front of the TV completely absorbed in the storyline of one of my kids’ favorite shows, only to discover that I’m the only one still watching. Even upon making this discovery, I generally keep watching long enough to see what’s going to happen! The following are my, personal, favorite Nick Jr. shows.
1. Jack’s Big Music Show: This is my all time favorite, for a number of reasons. First and foremost, I love to hear my son talk about it. He doesn’t call it “Jack’s Big Music Show”, because he hasn’t quite mastered the art of pronunciation. Nope, he calls it “Jack’s Baby Hoe”, which is so much cuter. After a particularly good episode a few weeks ago, he turned to me and said, “Momma, I love that hoe!” Well, truth be told, I too love that hoe, and often watch it when I’m alone. The music that is featured on the show is not cheesy Barney & Friends-type melodies. They feature Dr. Stringz (Andrew Bird), as well as the fabulous Laurie Berkner. The music is catchy, it quirky, and it is extremely entertaining.
2. Yo Gabba Gabba: As I mentioned earlier, this was the show that spawned our relationship with Nick Jr. DJ Lance Rock hosts the half hour show featuring a crazy troupe of colorful creatures who go by the names Brobee, Muno, Plex, Foofa, and Toodee. As if this show couldn’t get any more fantastic, also featured is Mark Mothersbaugh… ring a bell? That’s right, the crazy cat from Devo. If that didn’t trigger an automatic “Whip it!” in your mind, you need to take a refresher course on classic 80s music. Now, if this doesn’t sound like the recipe for motherhood entertainment, I don’t know what is!
3. Miss Spider’s Sunny Patch Friends: Now, this show is just sweet. Miss Spider is the mother of all bugs. She loves them in spite of their different diets, web-spinning abilities, or slimy excretions. This was actually the show that prompted me to write this article. As I sat watching it with my boys this morning I realized that I was crying. One of the bugs was searching for her birth mother, and when she couldn’t find her “hatch-day tree”, she gave up. Miss Spider was so sweet and tender, encouraging the searching, but also comforting the tiny bug when it didn’t end as she had hoped. This is just a sweet little show, with a good moral thrown in here and there.