Nickelodeon’s new preschool series, Ryan’s Mystery Playdate, starring seven-year-old YouTuber Ryan of Ryan ToysReview, will premiere on Friday, April 19, at 12:30 p.m. (ET/PT).
Created and produced by pocket.watch, the live-action series (20 episodes) tags along with Ryan as he tackles a series of imaginative, physical challenges and solves mystery box puzzles to reveal the identity of his playdate. A brand-new episode of Ryan’s Mystery Playdate will also premiere Saturday, April 20, at 12:30 p.m. (ET/PT), before the series moves to its regular times lot on Fridays at 12:30 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon.
In the series, Ryan is joined by his parents and animated friends Gus the Gummy Gator and Combo Panda. The series encourages physical play, models positive family relationships and features a creative problem-solving curriculum.
In the series’ premiere, “Ryan’s Kickin’ Playdate/Ryan’s Viral Playdate,” Ryan is put to the test with challenges ranging from stacking pancakes to catching slimy frogs before meeting his highly skilled playdate. Then, Ryan must deflate a room full of whoopee cushions to reveal the identity of his internet superstar playdate.
Following the linear series premiere of Ryan’s Mystery Playdate, NickJr.com and the Nick Jr. App will feature original short-form content and full-length episodes. Episodes will also be available on Nick Jr. On Demand and DTO.
From Friday, April 19, through Sunday, April 21, Nickelodeon will launch the Ryan’s Mystery Playdate Sweepstakes. Each episode of Ryan’s Mystery Playdate will feature a mystery word that parents can enter on RyansMysterySweepstakes.com, giving kids a chance to win a playdate with Ryan.
Production of Ryan’s Mystery Playdate for Nickelodeon is overseen by Cathy Galeota, senior vice-president, Preschool Content.