YouTube Kids Is Celebrating Turning Two With Four Original Series and a Smart TV App

Spring debuts for Hyperlinked, DanTDM Creates a Big Scene, The Kings of Atlantis, Fruit Ninja: Frenzy Force

YouTube Kids is growing up, celebrating its second birthday with four new original series for the Google-owned video site’s YouTube Red service, as well as the announcement that its application is “coming soon” to smart TVs.

Global head of family and learning Malik Ducard announced in a blog post that YouTube’s original content team, led by Susanne Daniels, is creating four series for YouTube Red “especially with the YouTube Kids app in mind,” set to debut this spring. They are:

  • Hyperlinked: This series is inspired by a true story and stars music sensation L2M. It follows five girls as they come together to create their own website by girls for girls. They also must navigate everyday tween issues involving friends and relationships.
  • DanTDM Creates a Big Scene: Catch DanTDM and his lively group of animated friends as they battle mayhem and misadventure to keep their brand new live show on the road. Each episode follows their behind-the-scenes exploits as they learn new skills, overcome challenges and find that putting on an epic show isn’t quite as easy as it looks.
  • The Kings of Atlantis: The Kings of Atlantis is an epic animated series that follows two young monarchs—Cody and Joe—in the vast underwater city of Atlantis as they seek to overthrow the brutal usurper of their kingdom, reclaim their birthright and protect their people from his cruel reign.
  • Fruit Ninja: Frenzy Force: Four Fruit Ninjas set up a juice stand as a front for the messiest secret service in the world. The new Fruit Ninja characters—Seb, Niya, Peng and Ralph—come together to fight the evil forces of Durian Grey and the Deep Fried Sensei. They will use their Juice Jitsu skills (and perhaps some help from their own Sensei) to prevail.

Ducard also revealed that the YouTube Kids app will soon be available for “a number of internet-connected LG and Samsung Smart TVs.”

Parents: What have your experiences been like with the YouTube Kids app? David Cohen is editor of Adweek's Social Pro Daily.