|Number of episodes:||70|
|Last episode:||Journeys Through Your Imagination|
|Original airing:||February 24, 2003|
|Hi-5 USA on Discovery Kids and TLC in February 24, 2003|
Due to the popularity of the show in Australia, an American group was assembled and Hi-5 made it's U.S. debut in February 2003 (featuring American performers in the same roles as the original Australian version). The American version was shot in the same studios in Sydney as the Australian version. The American show had episodes airing every weekday on The Learning Channel and Discovery Kids, and was nominated for a Daytime Emmy in 2005, 2006, and 2007. In addition, the Fall 2004 Parent's Choice Award was given to their first CD, Jump and Jive with Hi-5.
As the show became increasingly popular, the cast appeared and performed in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, on CBS's Early Show, and NBC's Today Show, among others. During one Today Show appearance, Matt Lauer, the show's host, compared the group's popularity to The Beatles.
Hi-5 toured theatres and arenas in the U.S. in 2005, on the "Move Your Body" Tour, playing live to sold-out crowds in Hartford, Boston, Columbus, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Chicago, Green Bay, Tallahassee, and Raleigh. Beginning August 19, 2006, over two weeks of concerts were held at Vancouver's PNE, with additional concerts at Sesame Place and at Target book festivals in Minneapolis and New York City. Their second tour, "Hi-5 Live", was also a sell-out.
The members of Hi-5 visit families and kids alike during their 'off' time, helping in relief efforts for victims of both Hurricane Rita and Hurricane Katrina, visiting children at Target House (a facility servicing St. Jude Children's Hospital in Memphis), and helping with other benefits. Individual members often work with their own project or charity, such as Karla's work with middle school-aged kids at an after-school program.
New cast members Curtis, Jenn, Kimee, Yasmeen and Sidney last performed together on September 23, 2007 at the Sesame Place theme park in Langhorne, Pennsylvania.
Cast members and PuppetsEdit
- Curtis Cregan, from Okemos, Michigan, starred on Broadway in Rent.
- Jennifer Korbee, credited as Jennifer Peterson-Hind, a native of Madison, Wisconsin, toured with The American Folklore Theatre for three summers. Her solo album, Give a Girl a Reason, was released June 12, 2007. Her first single is "Good Night Tonight". She was seen as a contestant on season 8 of American Idol. Though she did not get much camera time during her brief stint on season 8, her appearance on the show was nonetheless notable since she was joined by husband Tom, also a Hollywood finalist. The two were American Idol's first ever married couple. Neither was selected to be in the top 36.
- Kimee Balmilero, a Filipina born and raised in Hawaii, performed in Miss Saigon on tour and made her Broadway debut in Mamma Mia!.
- Sydney James, an African-American performer who auditioned for American Idol and made it to Hollywood. He played Simba in the Lion King on Broadway.
- Yasmeen Sulieman, an African-American singer born in Oakland, California and raised in Hawaii. She toured with Little Shop of Horrors.
- Jup Jup, was the silly five-legged puppet that can be found in Kimee's "Puzzle and Patterns" segment. He continues to take ordinary things from Kimee and gives her other things she can use to help her solve the problem.
- Chatterbox (Chats), was the best friend of Jenn in her "Word Play" segment. Together Chats and Jenn sing about various topics.
Segments and songs of the programEdit
- Kimee specializes in "Puzzles and Patterns" to help with math and logical thinking.
- Yasmeen focuses on "Body Move" to emphasize physical activity and coordination. She replaced Karla in this segment in series 3.
- Curtis creates "Music" to show melody, rhythm and beat.
- Jenn works with "Word Play" to expand children's vocabulary, often using rhyming and song.
- Sydney helps identify "Shapes in Space" - visual and spacial awareness, shapes, colors and sizes. He replaced Shaun in this segment in series 3.
The season 3 have been announced in July 2007 after the entry of new members replacing Jenn, Curtis and Kimee and Sydney and Yasmeen would be returning, but it was cancelled in September 2007 due to high budget.
Titles released on VHS/DVD in America (Region 1):
All Hi-5 USA videos and DVDs are released in United States by MGM and Well Go USA Inc.
- 2004 Color Craze: 1 Song: Living In A Rainbow
- 2004 Music Magic: 1 Song: Feel The Beat
- 2004 Game Time! (Winner of the iParenting award for 2004): Ready Or Not
- 2006 Move Your Body: Songs: Five Senses, Move Your Body and North South East West
- 2006 Action Heroes: Songs: Action Hero, T.E.A.M, Underwater Discovery
- 2007 Making Music: Making Music, Robot Number 1 and Feel The Beat
- 2007 Wonderful Wishes: Some Kind Of Wonderful, Three Wishes, Sleigh Ride
- 2008 Animal Adventures: So Many Animals, Underwater Discovery, North South East West
- 2008 Summer Rainbows: Songs: Living In A Rainbow, Five Senses, Feel The Beat
- 2008 Hi-5 Hits: Features every Hi-5 song
- 2008 Season One: Five Senses, So Many Animals, Robot Number 1, North South East West
- 2009 Season Two: Ready Or Not, Move Your Body, Three Wishes, Feel The Beat
- 2009 Season Three: Living In A Rainbow, Making Music, Action Hero, T.E.A.M.
- 2009 Season Four: Some Kind Of Wonderful, Underwater Discovery
- 2010 The Best Of Curtis: Action Hero, Robot Number 1
- 2010 The Best Of Jenn: Making Music, T.E.A.M.
These both Hi-5 USA CDs are released in United States by Koch Records.
- 2004 Jump and Jive with Hi-5 **Winner of a Parents' Choice Award in 2004**
- 2005 It's a Hi-5 Christmas
Awards and nominationsEdit
The series was nominated for an Emmy in 2005, 32nd Daytime Emmy Awards 2006, 33rd Daytime Emmy Awards 2007 34th Daytime Emmy Awards.