I let my 2 year old watch TV. Go ahead, gasp. Really he’s just interested in Nick Jr, and I used to like watching it with him. It used to be awesome.
That was when they had Moose and Zee on in between shows. No ads. Moose and Zee led the kids in mini counting and alphabet games and we looked forward to seeing them.
And there was Jack’s Big Music Show.
This was such a silly, funny show that fostered music learning and crazy-dancing in kids. The characters were wonderful, as were the sets. The colors and details in the sets were so fun and well-thought out. It was one of those shows that would easily distract me from whatever stupid parent thing I was doing because I really enjoyed watching it.
I really found no flaws with Nick Jr, and obviously a ton of other people feel the same- there are petitions and scathing articles and blog posts all over the place. Why? On March 1, Nick Jr. abruptly changed to a format completely saturated with Diego and Dora, no Moose and Zee, no more Jack’s, no more awesome graphics.
I would actually pause the TV sometimes to get a screen shot of a graphic or character I particularly liked- It was so cool to see a network that seemed to care about airing quality shows with really creative, beautiful design. And then it was gone.
(Forgive the next images. They’re iPhone photos of my TV.)
I’m holding out hope that all the backlash will work and Nick Jr. will cave and bring back the quality.
Until then, I have my one DVR’ed episode of Jack’s Big Music Show to watch over and over and over again.