Last week, the folks at Hulu gave us an early preview of Jim Henson’s DOOZERS, with my little ones and I enjoying five episodes right here at Rock Father HQ. Like many of you who are parents now, I grew up in the 1980s, and the original HBO run of FRAGGLE ROCK was a big part of that experience. It was immersive, imaginative, and something special that became unforgettable. While the Fraggles may have been the namesake stars, I always wondered about the Doozers. Their architecture and engineering skills were always impressive (and according to the Fraggles, delicious), but I don’t think it was ever really revealed why they were building all of those radish-flavored structures.
Jim Henson’s DOOZERS is the first original program for Hulu Kids, brought to life by The Jim Henson Company (DINOSAUR TRAIN, SID THE SCIENCE KID) and DHX Media (YO GABBA GABBA, CAILLOU). The series takes these little, green builders, and places them in the town of Doozer Creek, a modern and eco-friendly environment, “on the edges of our world.” A quartet of four Doozer Kids – Spike, Molly Bolt, Flex and Daisy Wheel – are known as “The Pod Squad,” and viewers can follow their adventures as they learn and explore as part of a curriculum based on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math).
The episodes we’ve viewed were plucked from throughout the first season (4, 21, 24, 37 and 50), but as of today, the series is rolling out to the public in proper order, with five episodes on the ad-supported Hulu, and seven episodes on the subscription service, Hulu Plus. New episodes will be added every three weeks, with holiday specials popping up throughout the year.
Watch: DOOZERS Episode 1 – “Big Stars”
My girls were both excited for DOOZERS, but it was Addie (who will be five this year) that became instantly enamored with it. There’s even a Doozer song that by the third episode, she was singing along with and asking for more of. In fact, if your experience is at all like ours, don’t be surprised if these 12-minute episodes get some repeat action as a new generation of kids become familiar and enthralled by these little guys and gals.
This reminds me… I always wanted a Doozer action figure as a kid.