August 3, 2023
Coming in February 2024, PBS KIDS will debut Lyla in the Loop, a funny and engaging new animated series for kids ages 4-8. The series follows Lyla, a dynamic 7-year-old girl who lives in a big city with her close-knit family, fantastical blue sidekick Stu, and a host of relatable and quirky characters in her community, who use creative and strategic problem-solving and critical thinking skills to address a range of everyday problems together. The new series will debut in both English and Spanish.
"Lyla is curious and resourceful, and when it comes to figuring out solutions to everyday problems, she doesn't give up, even when it takes several tries to get it right," said Sara DeWitt, Senior Vice President and General Manager of PBS KIDS. "We know audiences will quickly be drawn to Lyla's determination and can-do-attitude, and we're excited to introduce this warm, funny, and smart series to our viewers."
Lyla in the Loop centers on Lyla and her family – mom Lydia and dad Louis, who run Loops Lunch diner; older twin sisters Liana and Louisa; younger brother Luke; and sidekick Stu, who always does exactly, literally, what was asked. With her family and best friend Everett Phan, Lyla tackles all sorts of challenges, from building her own homemade carnival games using repurposed materials, to riding along and lending a hand on the neighborhood trash and recycling route, to making a puppet show that recreates the Jamaican folktale, Anansi and the Goat. Lyla even helps her sister navigate the ethics of creating an art project with the help of Stu, showcasing an age-appropriate example of current questions surrounding the use of real-world AI tools.
In every adventure, Lyla and Stu introduce and explore foundational computational thinking concepts, leading to comedic disasters and creative solutions while helping others in their community. The series will support a wide range of learners, modeling flexible approaches to finding and designing solutions and creative self-expression.
"Kids are natural creative problem-solvers, experimenting and investigating the world around them with joyful curiosity," says Series Creator and Showrunner Dave Peth. "Lyla in the Loop celebrates and encourages kids and the grownups in their lives to recognize those innate abilities and see them as a powerful tool to help others, express themselves, and solve all kinds of problems in everyday life."