Hi-5 (American TV series)

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Hi-5
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Genre
Based onHi-5
by Helena Harris
Posie Graeme-Evans
Directed byRob Cotterill
Presented by
Opening theme"Hi-5 Theme"
Ending theme"Hi-5 Theme (Reprise)"
Composer(s)Chris Harriott
Country of originUnited States
Australia
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes70
Production
Executive producer(s)Helena Harris
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorSouthern Star International
Release
Original networkDiscovery Kids
TLC
Picture format
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseFebruary 24, 2003 (2003-02-24) –
October 6, 2006 (2006-10-06)
Chronology
Related showsHi-5 (Australian TV series)

Hi-5 (also known as Hi-5 USA) is a children's television series produced by Kids Like Us, which aired on Discovery Kids and TLC on the Ready Set Learn blocks of both networks. It is based on the Australian series of the same name, created by Helena Harris and Posie Graeme-Evans. The program is known for its educational content, and pop music appeal, with the cast of the show known collectively as Hi-5. The series premiered on February 24, 2003. The program was nominated for three Emmy Awards.

Format[edit]

Hi-5 is a variety-style series for preschoolers which features music as an integral part of its premise.[1][2] The program features five presenters who are collectively known as Hi-5, and perform songs as a group as well as presenting individual segments.[2]

The Puzzles and Patterns segment has a focus on logical thinking and mathematics, with a puppet named Jup Jup used as a tool for the presenter to complete puzzles or solve problems.[1] The presenter of Body Move encourages children to participate in movement and dance, developing physical coordination and motor development.[1] Linguistics and aural skills are at the centre of the Word Play segment, featuring a puppet named Chatterbox who assists in the exploration of language through stories and rhymes.[1] Shapes in Space focuses on visual and spatial awareness, with the presenter exploring shapes, colour and everyday materials such as boxes and playdough.[1] Musicality is explored through Making Music, with an emphasis on pitch, rhythm, beat, melody, and using a variety of real and pretend instruments.[1] The final segment in which the cast comes together is entitled Sharing Stories, where a story is told that explores interpersonal relationships and emotions.[3]

The episodes are bookended with a Song of the Week; a pop-style feature song which corresponds with the weekly theme and sets an educational topic for the week's episodes.[3]

Production[edit]

Due to the popularity and international appeal of the original Hi-5 series in Australia, it was announced in 2002 that a local American series would be introduced.[2] The U.S. version was filmed in the Australian studios from September 2002 to February 2003 and made its debut in February, premiering on TLC and Discovery Kids.[1][4] The cast consisted of Kimee Balmilero, Karla Cheatham Mosley, Curtis Cregan, Jennifer Korbee (née Peterson-Hind) and Shaun Taylor-Corbett.[1] The series was nominated for a Daytime Emmy in 2005, 2006, and 2007.[1][5]

The final group of 10 episodes from the second season premiered on September 25, 2006.[6]

In late 2006, Cheatham Mosley and Taylor-Corbett left the cast to pursue other ventures.[vague] New touring members Sydney James and Yasmeen Sulieman joined Balmilero, Cregan, and Korbee, but were not featured in the television series. The group last performed together on September 23, 2007 at the Sesame Place theme park in Langhorne, Pennsylvania.[7]

Cast[edit]

Presenters[edit]

Sydney James and Yasmeen Sulieman joined the group in late 2006, replacing Taylor-Corbett and Cheatham Mosley, respectively, but were not featured in the television series.

Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
14525February 24, 2003 (2003-02-24)March 28, 2003 (2003-03-28)
20April 19, 2004 (2004-04-19)May 14, 2004 (2004-05-14)
22515September 26, 2005 (2005-09-26)October 14, 2005 (2005-10-14)
10September 25, 2006 (2006-09-25)[6]October 6, 2006 (2006-10-06)

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2003–04)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleSong of the WeekThemeOriginal air date
Part 1
11"Touching"Five SensesSensesFebruary 24, 2003 (2003-02-24)
22"Hearing"Five SensesSensesFebruary 25, 2003 (2003-02-25)
33"Seeing"Five SensesSensesFebruary 26, 2003 (2003-02-26)
44"Smelling"Five SensesSensesFebruary 27, 2003 (2003-02-27)
55"Tasting"Five SensesSensesFebruary 28, 2003 (2003-02-28)
66"Jungle Animals"So Many AnimalsAnimalsMarch 3, 2003 (2003-03-03)
77"Insects"So Many AnimalsAnimalsMarch 4, 2003 (2003-03-04)
88"Farm Animals"So Many AnimalsAnimalsMarch 5, 2003 (2003-03-05)
99"Water Animals"So Many AnimalsAnimalsMarch 6, 2003 (2003-03-06)
1010"Animals in the Neighborhood"So Many AnimalsAnimalsMarch 7, 2003 (2003-03-07)
1111"Machines in the House"Robot Number OneMachinesMarch 10, 2003 (2003-03-10)
1212"Machines in the City"Robot Number OneMachinesMarch 11, 2003 (2003-03-11)
1313"Machines in the Country"Robot Number OneMachinesMarch 12, 2003 (2003-03-12)
1414"Machines That Carry People"Robot Number OneMachinesMarch 13, 2003 (2003-03-13)
1515"Fun Machines"Robot Number OneMachinesMarch 14, 2003 (2003-03-14)
1616"Adventures to Other Countries"North, South, East and WestAdventureMarch 17, 2003 (2003-03-17)
1717"Adventures Around Your House"North, South, East and WestAdventureMarch 18, 2003 (2003-03-18)
1818"Adventures Around Your Town"North, South, East and WestAdventureMarch 19, 2003 (2003-03-19)
1919"Adventures to the Universe"North, South, East and WestAdventureMarch 20, 2003 (2003-03-20)
2020"Underground"North, South, East and WestAdventureMarch 21, 2003 (2003-03-21)
2121"Outside"Ready or NotGamesMarch 24, 2003 (2003-03-24)
2222"Rainy Days"Ready or NotGamesMarch 25, 2003 (2003-03-25)
2323"Fantasy Games"Ready or NotGamesMarch 26, 2003 (2003-03-26)
2424"Physical Games"Ready or NotGamesMarch 27, 2003 (2003-03-27)
2525"Silly Day"Ready or NotGamesMarch 28, 2003 (2003-03-28)
Part 2
2626"Faces"Move Your BodyBodiesApril 19, 2004 (2004-04-19)
2727"Arms and Legs"Move Your BodyBodiesApril 20, 2004 (2004-04-20)
2828"Movement"Move Your BodyBodiesApril 21, 2004 (2004-04-21)
2929"Inside and Outside"Move Your BodyBodiesApril 22, 2004 (2004-04-22)
3030"Games and Sports"Move Your BodyBodiesApril 23, 2004 (2004-04-23)
3131"Imaginary Friends"Three WishesWishesApril 26, 2004 (2004-04-26)
3232"When I Grow Up"Three WishesWishesApril 27, 2004 (2004-04-27)
3333"Imaginary Places"Three WishesWishesApril 28, 2004 (2004-04-28)
3434"Daydreams"Three WishesWishesApril 29, 2004 (2004-04-29)
3535"What If?"Three WishesWishesApril 30, 2004 (2004-04-30)
3636"Instruments"Feel the BeatMusicMay 3, 2004 (2004-05-03)
3737"Styles of Music"Feel the BeatMusicMay 4, 2004 (2004-05-04)
3838"Music from Around the World"Feel the BeatMusicMay 5, 2004 (2004-05-05)
3939"Music and Movement"Feel the BeatMusicMay 6, 2004 (2004-05-06)
4040"Silly Music"Feel the BeatMusicMay 7, 2004 (2004-05-07)
4141"Imagination"Living in a RainbowColorsMay 10, 2004 (2004-05-10)
4242"Animals"Living in a RainbowColorsMay 11, 2004 (2004-05-11)
4343"Nature"Living in a RainbowColorsMay 12, 2004 (2004-05-12)
4444"Favourites and Feelings"Living in a RainbowColorsMay 13, 2004 (2004-05-13)
4545"Playing"Living in a RainbowColorsMay 14, 2004 (2004-05-14)

Season 2 (2005–06)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleSong of the WeekThemeOriginal air date
Part 1
461"Making in Nature"Making MusicMakingSeptember 26, 2005 (2005-09-26)
472"Making a Work of Art"Making MusicMakingSeptember 27, 2005 (2005-09-27)
483"Making a Space for Me"Making MusicMakingSeptember 28, 2005 (2005-09-28)
494"Making a Surprise"Making MusicMakingSeptember 29, 2005 (2005-09-29)
505"Things That Animals Create"Making MusicMakingSeptember 30, 2005 (2005-09-30)
516"Games and Sports"Action HeroActionOctober 3, 2005 (2005-10-03)
527"Jobs"Action HeroActionOctober 4, 2005 (2005-10-04)
538"Machines and Other Things That Move"Action HeroActionOctober 5, 2005 (2005-10-05)
549"Action Heroes"Action HeroActionOctober 6, 2005 (2005-10-06)
5510"Health and Fitness"Action HeroActionOctober 7, 2005 (2005-10-07)
5611"Sports"T.E.A.M.TeamsOctober 10, 2005 (2005-10-10)
5712"When Am I a Team Player?"T.E.A.M.TeamsOctober 11, 2005 (2005-10-11)
5813"Animals"T.E.A.M.TeamsOctober 12, 2005 (2005-10-12)
5914"Cooperation and Communities"T.E.A.M.TeamsOctober 13, 2005 (2005-10-13)
6015"Teams"T.E.A.M.TeamsOctober 14, 2005 (2005-10-14)
Part 2
6116"Wonderful World"Some Kind of WonderfulWonderfulSeptember 25, 2006 (2006-09-25)
6217"Wonderful People"Some Kind of WonderfulWonderfulSeptember 26, 2006 (2006-09-26)
6318"Wonderful Places"Some Kind of WonderfulWonderfulSeptember 27, 2006 (2006-09-27)
6419"Wonderful Days"Some Kind of WonderfulWonderfulSeptember 28, 2006 (2006-09-28)
6520"Wonderful Gifts and Treasures"Some Kind of WonderfulWonderfulSeptember 29, 2006 (2006-09-29)
6621"Animals"Underwater DiscoveryJourneysOctober 2, 2006 (2006-10-02)
6722"People"Underwater DiscoveryJourneysOctober 3, 2006 (2006-10-03)
6823"Places"Underwater DiscoveryJourneysOctober 4, 2006 (2006-10-04)
6924"Journeys Through Life"Underwater DiscoveryJourneysOctober 5, 2006 (2006-10-05)
7025"Journeys Through Your Imagination"Underwater DiscoveryJourneysOctober 6, 2006 (2006-10-06)

Other media[edit]

Music[edit]

The program uses music as an integral part of its concept, and like the original Australian group, the cast of the American series became a recognised musical group for children outside of the show, known collectively as Hi-5.[5] The debut album of the group, Jump and Jive with Hi-5, corresponded with the first season of the show and was released in September 2004 by Koch Entertainment.[8] A special holiday album, It's a Hi-5 Christmas, was released in October 2005.[9] The cast also toured malls and theaters in the U.S., performing songs from the television series.[3] After Cheatham Mosley and Taylor-Corbett departed, the group continued to tour around America with Sulieman and James throughout 2007 before the group's final performance on September 23. Chris Harriott is the primary composer of the show, with the songs written for the Australian group also being used for the American cast.[10]

Home media[edit]

MGM Home Entertainment, through the MGM Kids label, released 3 VHS/DVD's on August 3, 2004, titled "Color Craze", "Music Magic" and "Game Time!". Each volume contained three episodes.

In 2006, the home video rights were transferred over to Well Go USA, who would release many DVDs based on the show, eventually releasing the complete series on four DVD boxsets from 2008 until 2009.

Awards and nominations[edit]

The series was nominated for an Emmy in 2005, 32nd Daytime Emmy Awards 2006, 33rd Daytime Emmy Awards 2007 34th Daytime Emmy Awards.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Ryan, Tim (25 February 2003). "Hi time". Starbulletin.com. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
  2. ^ a b c Fraser, Fiona (14 January 2003). "Discovery take Hi-5 to US". C21Media. C21 Media Limited. Retrieved 11 March 2018.
  3. ^ a b c Nowak, Dan (16 April 2004). "The lowdown on Australian import Hi-5". CTCentral.com. Archived from the original on 1 February 2008. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  4. ^ Harada, Wayne (19 September 2002). "Kim-e J. Balmilero shooting show Down Under". The Honolulu Advertiser. Archived from the original on 31 March 2005. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  5. ^ a b Tessier, Nicole (8 January 2013). "Driven to Succeed – The Kimmee Balmilero Interview". Hitting the Stage. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
  6. ^ a b "Emmy-Nominated Hi-5 Charges Into All-New Season with Hi-Stepping, Hi-Energy Fun!" (PDF). Hi-5 US. 7 August 2006. Archived (PDF) from the original on 10 October 2008. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  7. ^ Bucks County Courier Times (September 21, 2007) String thing Section: Life local; Page B1. Also see, sesameplace.com. Sesame Place - Events - Hi-5 Concert.[permanent dead link] Accessed March 12, 2008.
  8. ^ https://www.amazon.com/Jump-Jive-Hi-5-HI-5/dp/B0002O06X0
  9. ^ http://m.marketwired.com/press-release/Hi-5-Rings-in-the-Holiday-Season-With-Its-a-Hi-5-Christmas-664298.htm
  10. ^ "Hi-5 Make It 5 ARIAs". Girl.com.au. 2004. Retrieved 24 February 2016.

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