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TV Series Review

Welcome to the future, where opening boxes of toys and talking about them will earn you $22 million a year. Well, if you’re 7-year-old Ryan Kaji.

Ryan began his famous “unboxing” YouTube videos in 2015 when he was 4 with the help of his parents. Focusing primarily on toys, Ryan attracted millions of fans within a few years. Now, according to Forbes, Ryan has nearly 20 million subscribers and is the highest paid YouTube influencer in the world.

ButYouTube is just the beginning.

Ryan, his mom, Loann, and his dad, Shion, have recently entered the world of Nick. Jr with their new show Ryan’s Mystery Playdate. Created by media company Pocket.watch, this live-action preschool series takes Ryan’s YouTube tactics to traditional television.

Each 23-minute episode is broken into two segments, each based on Ryan trying to discover who he’ll get to hang out with at the end of the show. The segments focus on a combination of three hints, clues and challenges that will lead Ryan to his playdate for the day. The goal? To overcome silly obstacles, laugh along the way and, of course, to find his new friend.

Shows aimed at preschoolers typically have educational value. But the educational value found here seems to be dubious at best. While Ryan’s parents are evidently loving and encouraging, this show sticks more to color and fun as Ryan tries to solve the puzzle at hand.

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Episode Reviews

June 28, 2019: “Ryan’s Jumpin’ Playdate/Ryan’s Twisty Playdate”



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Gibson Collins as Gus the Gummy Gator; Shion Kaji as Himself; Loann as Herself; Bradley William Smith as Combo Panda; Ryan Toys as Himself




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Kristin Smith

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