Nick Jr Changes Schedule, and Parents Protests

Let me begin by saying that before I became a mom, I vowed to never, ever allow my kids to watch TV. But then, I became a mom and had a baby within 20 months of having another baby and, well, things changed.

Now we watch TV. We don’t watch TV as much as when I brought my second child home from the hospital and didn’t have a break between breastfeeding and changing diapers and breastfeeding and changing diapers, but we still do watch TV.

Our favorite channel? Why, Nick Jr. Of course.

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I know (or knew) the Nick Jr schedule line-up like the back of my right hand. Literally. I knew that when my girls woke up at 7:30 am, I could get a 5-minute shower while they watched Little Bear. I knew that I could eat dinner at 5:40 pm while my toddler caught the end of her favorite show, The Backyardigans.

I knew this until a couple of weeks ago when Nick Jr. decided to change their regular schedule line-up.

And I, like many moms and dads who’ve been Facebook-protesting the changes made by Nick Jr, am kind of annoyed with their changes. I’m kind of annoyed that many of the older series are completely gone from the network, series like Toot & Puddle (though I hated that show), Miss Spider’s Sunny Patch Kids, Oswald (yeah, I hated that show, too), Jack’s Big Music Show, Franklin and Friends (the 90s version) and The Upside Down Show. In place of these shows, Nick Jr has added a weird-looking 3d version of Franklin and Friends, a new show called Mike the Night, and has focused on playing its more popular shows, Dora the Explorer, Go, Diego, Go!, Team Umizoomi, and The Bubble Guppies during daylight hours. Older series like Little Bear, Yo Gabba Gabba, and Little Bill have been pushed into later time slots. Booo!

Along with the schedule switch up, another big change to the channel (you’ll need to be sitting for this) are that the beloved Moose and Zee are gone! Gone!

I know. I almost cried when I learned about this news. The tagline of Nick Jr. has also changed from “It’s Like Preschool on TV” to “The Smart Place to Play.”

These changes have left a lot of parents kind of upset. Don’t believe me and need a laugh at our very real first world problems? Check out Nick Jr.’s facebook page wall. Scroll down to the post on the schedule/tagline change. Just as a little taste, one commentator wrote, “LISTEN TO THE PARENTS AND CHILDREN. BRING BACK MOOSE AND ZEE NOW!” I know! We parents are serious!

Nick Jr. has defended its scheduling changes by emphasizing that their goals are to focus more on educating toddlers and preschoolers. In their words:

“Nick Jr. now offers an even more playful and engaging environment for your preschooler with an even deeper focus on education–because we understand that kids learn best when they’re having fun.”

So, yeah, I guess you can’t hate them for their goals, but I guess as a parent and secret fan of Nick Jr., the changes will take me some time to get used to.

What are your thoughts on Nick Jrs changed schedule line-up/tagline? 

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Jessica lives in the Washington, DC metropolitan area with her husband and two girls. Once upon a time, pre-motherhood, she did many things as a “serious-looking” woman who managed to successfully balance a reality TV addiction with a career and academic pursuits. She's now a serious-acting woman whose primary job is raising her children. She writes, reads, fantasizes about minivans, and takes midday naps. She enjoys (among many other things) dancing to 80s music, photography, laughing out loud (at, usually, inappropriate moments), and writing about writing, being a writer, and becoming fearless on her blog Jessica F. Hinton

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jacob
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WE WANT MORE JACK”S BIG MUSIC SHOW AND ALL THE STUFF WITH IT!!!

melissa benjamin
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Not every 4 year old little girl likes Dino Dan…thanks Nick Jr. for replacing good, clean, simple material. Bring Little Bear back, not everything that is old has to be replaced!!! It worked 19 years ago for my oldest son and it works all these years later for my 4 year old

Robin
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I would like to see them have days occasionally that they would play some of the older things like Backyardigans and miss spider so that I can record them on the DVR.

christian
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Please put moose and zee back on Nick Jr it sucks without them I Think noggin was better than nick Jr I Grew Up watching noggin and they changed it to nick Jr Change it Back to Noggin And Put Moose and Zee back on Please

Sean
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You people really have no life’s! Really complaining about nick jr. Channels WoW very pathetic.

Andrea
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I am sitting in my living room watching my 7 year old play with her 3 year old cousin. Peppa Pig is on and happens to the the 3 year olds favorite show. It made me realize, the little ones will love whatever show is played constantly. My daughter loved the Backyardigans when she was 3 and I remember thinking back then, thank goodness they play the backyardigans so often since it’s her favorite! But I now realize it was probably her favorite because it was played so often! Just like peppa pig is today. It also prompted me to… Read more »
Chris
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Get over yourselves nick jr is so le I have a 4 yr old who cries when his favorite shows aren’t on nick jr doesn’t teach kids anything anyway my brother works for Nickelodeon writing tv shows and he says he only lets his kids watch PBS because though this station is his employer their shows suck I’d rather have my kids watch old episodes of Pete&Pete

Autumn
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Whats really troubling is that now at ten pm they now have a “moms” show that has comics referring to children as curse words, joking about all forms of abuse and neglect, and totally inappropriate content. I mean, why do you want adult programing on a preschooler channel? If I pay for nick jr that’s what I want- if I want nick mom- well that’s what the other hundreds of channels are for- and even though my three year old is normally in bed at that time- if I want to stay ip with her on a weekend, if she’s… Read more »
Michelle
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When I looked at the descriptions of the Nickmom lineup I almost died. Not only have my 4 yr olds favorites been taken off, but now there is Adult content on all of the shows…what if a child were to get up at night and go turn it on. I know my child is smart enough to find her favorite channel on the TV. I never thought I would have to put a BLOCK on NickJr. All of the great educational shows that were once on are gone so there isn’t really a reason for us to watch the channel… Read more »
Jacqueline
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I’m a parent and I’m not happy about the new changes on Nick Jr. At nite.I hope they cancel.

Andria
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Not only have them ruined the line up of shows, they’ve now added 2-4 hours an night of ADULT programming. I turned on Nick Jr tonight around 730pm MST (I let my son watch TV right before bed) – and what do my wondering eyes see !! ADULT stand up comedy about SEX!!! Are you kidding me?? We adults have all the other 1000s of channels on TV – at least leave Nick Jr alone. Cartoons 24/7 is PERFECT! I can record at night whatever shows were missed during the day that my son showed interest in. Now they have… Read more »
Brooke
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I am very upset about this change… My daughter and watch her favorite shows in the morning together and don’t watch tv the rest of the day. No all that’s on is sponge bob. It’s ridiculous.

Deborah Carver
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I really hate when the children get use to the scheduled program and then someone comes along and changes it. Its like taking a baby off of their feeding schedule..they are use to going to sleep to certain programs and waking up to certain one. I am really upset at the change that Nick Jr. has done, my daughter lives with me with her son and every night when my grandson went to bed he would go to sleep watching the upside down show, I would lye there with him until he fell asleep. There’s hardly any good children’s tv… Read more »
Lexa's Mom
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The the ‘Missing Oswald and More Poster’: You said EXACTLY what I think and feel about this situation. Oswald was our quiet cozy morning show too. It was a peaceful way to start off my two year-old daughter’s day after breakfast. As of today (3/21), Nick Jr. has changed the line up again and brought some shows back to daytime, like the very silly Pocoyo (not highly educational but fun to watch). Ni Hao Kailan was unfortunately one of our favorites that is sitll banished to late night. Team Oomi Zoomi is an excellent show, and I hope they never… Read more »
Mickey
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I hate the changes! My kids loved moose and zee and most of the shows they cancelled. I turn it off for Diego and Dora and don’t really care for the bubble guppies either. Luckily we recorded some of the ones they cancelled. Looks like we are gig to have to find a new channel to watch:(

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