As Apple enters the highly competitive grounds of streaming services, the wide array of content lined up for release shows how prepared it is to make a place for itself in the world ruled by the likes of Netflix, Prime Video and Hulu. The digital giant anticipated the scope of its service, knowing that all age-groups are invested in this game. The scale of the series that it promises to the subscribes shows how dedicated it is to keep them hooked to itself. There is ‘The Morning Show’ with the likes of Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon in the lead. In the slate of science-fiction, it has tapped Steven Knight (who is known for making shows like ‘Peaky Blinders’ and ‘Taboo’) to create ‘See’. Then there is the biographical-comedy, ‘Dickinson’; and the crime drama, ‘Defending Jacob’, which stars none other than our beloved Captain America, Chris Evans.
With so much on the plate, it seems like Apple TV+ has its hands full, and doesn’t need more to keep itself occupied. Well, the streaming service doesn’t think so. In fact, it is committed to looping in the audience of all age-groups and that involves everyone from pre-schoolers to octogenarians and beyond. It has a bunch of shows that are specifically made for children, to keep them entertained while educating them.
‘Helpsters’ is one of those tricks from its bag and comes from the makers of another popular pre-schooler series, ‘Sesame Street’. It features a bunch of muppets, in the form of likeable monsters, who face various challenges and come up with technical solutions by carefully planning every step. It is different from other pre-schooler shows because it introduces something new in the curriculum. Instead of helping children with the basics of the English language, or any other subject, it jumps to the art of coding.
The brain behind ‘Helpsters’ is Tim McKeon. He has worked extensively on children’s show. He has created a couple of series that became widely popular and has also served as a writer on a number of kids’ series. Some of his best-known works include ‘Gravity Falls’, ‘The Life and Times of Juniper Lee’, ‘Old Squad’ and ‘The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy’.
Helpsters Cast: Who’s in it?
The cast of ‘Helpsters’ consists of a team of muppets who use creative problem-solving techniques to inspire learning in children. The head of this gang is Cody. It is voiced by Stephanie D’Abruzzo, who has previously been associated with ‘Sesame Street’. Another important character is Mr Primm. He is voiced by another Street-vet, Martin Robinson. Additional cast includes Tim Lagasse as Scatter, Ingrid Hansen as Heart, and Jennifer Barnhart as Jackie.
Helpsters Plot: What’s It About?
The official synopsis of ‘Helpsters’ reads: “Meet Cody and the Helpsters, a team of vibrant monsters who love to solve problems. Whether it’s planning a party, climbing a mountain, or mastering a magic trick, the Helpsters can figure anything out- because everything starts with a plan.”
The head of the team of Helpsters is Cody. With the help of its friends, it comes up with creative solutions to various problems. And the “plan” that they are talking about has something to do with coding. In fact, with the primary problem-solver names “Cody”, it looks like there is a lot of computer programming that the children will be familiarised within this show.
Considering Apple to be at the helm of an entertainment service, it seems logical for them to come up with an educational program that brings awareness about a language that the future will largely depend on. With the increasing influence and impact of all sorts of programs on the devices that our lives depend on, it is necessary for kids to understand the basics of it. However, coding might not come across as an attractive learning tool.
To make learning fun for children, to help them grasp the basic idea of what later turns into a complicated language, Helpsters uses problem-solving techniques that children can connect to. They learn to approach difficult situations systematically and come up with a logic to draw up a plan. The colourful world of the puppets keeps them engaged. And if nothing else works, they have dance and music to keep the children glued to the screen.
Helpsters Season 1 Release Date
Helpsters released on Apple TV+ on November 1, 2019 with first four episodes. The first season consists of a total of 13 episodes.
The series comes from the team behind ‘Sesame Street’, and we all know what an influencing show it is. Generations have grown up watching it and learning from it. But times have changed and a shift in education is necessary, which is what makes ‘Helpsters’ a highly relevant show.
The creators of the series know how to get children invested in the team of Helpsters. The puppets are loved by children and are a tried-and-tested formula to connect with them. Also, there is no other show that tackles the concept of coding in the way that this one does. Hence, we can expect it to be very popular among the kids. They have a lot to learn and with every new season, we can expect the show to up the level of its teaching. Speaking of which, let’s talk about the future of the series.
Coding isn’t something that can be learned in one season. Even ‘Sesame Street’ is ready for its fiftieth run. So, we can definitely expect ‘Helpsters’ to return for a second season. Apple TV+ hasn’t made any official announcements yet, but, safe to say, that the show will most likely also get renewed for another season.
If you are looking to keep your children busy, but also, you don’t want them to get caught up in the wrong stuff, ‘Helpsters’ is the one that you can rely on. This show promises to make learning fun for your children, and they will learn a lot about something that can shape their future. All episodes of this series are available to watch on Apple TV+. To get a gist of what it’s about and if it is suitable for children, you can watch the trailer of its first season here.
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