I’m in tween heaven: The Aquabats have their own show. Don’t confuse this band with The Monkees, a band that was created by tv producers in order to create The Monkees tv show. The Aquabats are a real-live band. Originally formed in 1994 in Orange County, California, they’ve released five full-length studio albums and have toured internationally. And they’ve found new life in the world of kid’s television, thanks to front man Christian Jacobs (The MC Bat Commander) who co-created, writes, and directs Yo Gabba Gabba! for the littlest hipsters. Jacobs seems awfully fond of exclamation points, but his shows are worthy of all the excitement.
Your preschooler will love Mike the Knight, a modern story set in the era of chivalry. Mike’s not a page or even a squire. He’s a knight in training. Don’t look to this show for historical accuracy. It cherry-picks the age of knights as well as the world of superheroes to create a fun, lively world where “mom” is the queen, sister Evie is a wizard in training, and a pair of talking dragons are half pets/half pals. “Dad,” better known as the king, is off somewhere doing knightly things. Mike uses exclamations like “by the king’s crown” and everybody is very free with their “huzzahs.”
The slogan for the show is, “Be a Knight. Do it Right,” and episodes touch on the issues of thoughtfulness and the perils of cutting corners in all endeavors. Mike learns the “power of responsibility” as the show drives home the simple yet important idea that great things are achieved through hard work and persistence.
You can see Mike the Knight on Nickelodeon.