The animated series, Ready Jet Go! allows earth science and anatomy to take center stage as two neighborhood kids — Sean and Sydney — befriend the new kid on the block, Jet Propulsion, who just happens to be an alien from planet Bortron 7. Together they explore the solar system and how it affects the planet, while also learning about friendship and teamwork. The series features live-action interstitials with astronomer Dr. Amy Mainzer.
The new episodes will be available on PBS stations (check local listings) and the PBS KIDS 24/7 channel and live stream. The episodes will also be available for free on pbskids.org and the PBS KIDS Video App.
Here’s what to expect.
Mindy Turns Five
Premieres Monday, April 2
Mindy has finally turned five and is super excited that she is now old enough to go to space. But she’s planned a tea party in the back yard. The kids convince Mindy to move her tea party to the Moon! In her first trip to space ever, Mindy gets to board the Propulsion family saucer and experience space travel, rounding out their Moon tea party with a quick trip out to Pluto and back.
Endless Summer/Jet Shrinks the Kids
Premieres Tuesday, April 3
Jet is amazed to find out that the entire Earth doesn’t have the same season at the same time. So he flies with Sydney and Sean from the northern hemisphere to the southern hemisphere to compare and experience holidays in winter and summer…all in one day!
Mindy feels bad that she’s the smallest kid in the group, so sympathetic Jet and friends use a shrink-ray and become her size. The plan goes awry, and Jet, Sean, Sydney, and Sunspot become the size of mice. Mindy has to follow intricate diagrams to reverse the shrink-ray!
Mindy’s Ice Rink/Measure for Measure
Premieres Wednesday, April 4
Mindy is impatient for winter, because she wants to ice skate. So Jet, Sean, Sydney, and Celery fly to Saturn’s icy rings to gather ice from them and return to build a Saturn-ringed skating rink around Jet’s house.
Jet, Sydney, Sean, Mindy, and Sunspot decide to make a scaled replica of the solar system using found items in their own neighborhood and in doing so learn that an Astronomical Unit is the distance from the Earth to the Sun.
Mindy and Carrot Bake/Commander Cressida Begins
Premieres Thursday, April 5
While making a cake, Carrot and Mindy find they are one are short one ingredient, so they head to the store. But Carrot accidentally pushes a wrong button on the wagon’s newly-updated control panel, and they take off into outer space! Using a diagram, methodical experimentation, and record keeping, Mindy and Carrot figure out how to properly fly the saucer back home, where they finally finish the cake.
Mindy has a problem: now that she’s been to space with the bigger kids, she realizes how much there is out there to see! How can she decide where to explore next? Sydney asks her mom, Dr. Skelley, who presents them with the very first edition of Commander Cressida comics! In reading the comic book, Mindy comes to appreciate that she, like Commander Cressida, can explore space “one adventure at a time.”
Mindy’s Bedtime/Galileo, Galileo!
Premieres Friday, April 6
Mindy has to go to bed when the Sun goes down, but she’s having such a fun day with her friends. She asks Jet and the others to help her keep the Sun from going down. The older kids humor Mindy and try to help “slow down the Sun.” All their efforts make Mindy so sleepy that she decides to go home and sleep.
Sydney and Jet are having a hard time explaining to Mindy that the Sun doesn’t move – the Earth is moving around the Sun, so the Sun seems to move. Then Sean comes over dressed as his science hero Galileo, getting ready to do a school report. Mindy asks “Galileo” to explain why the Sun seems to move, and Sean practices for his report by explaining how the planets move, in character as Galileo!
All five new episode will premiere during the first week in April. Happy Watching!