Nickelodeon will unbox its new preschool series, Ryan’s Mystery Playdate, on Friday, April 19, at 12:30 p.m. (ET/PT).

The series, starring 7-year-old YouTube superstar Ryan of Ryan ToysReview, was formally announced last month. Created and produced by, the first season of the live-action series includes 20 episodes.

Kids will follow Ryan, his parents, and animated friends such as Gus the Gummy Gator and Combo Panda as they work together to tackle a series of imaginative, physical challenges, and solve mystery box puzzles to reveal the identity of his playdate.

Following the premiere, a new episode of Ryan’s Mystery Playdate will debut Saturday, April 20, at 12:30 p.m. (ET/PT). The series then moves to its regular timeslot, Fridays at 12:30 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon. The series will be supported by digital content on and the Nick Jr. App, in addition to episodes available on demand.

Nickelodeon will drive buzz with the Ryan’s Mystery Playdate Sweepstakes, which will run for three days. Beginning Friday, April 19, through Sunday, April 21, each episode of Ryan’s Mystery Playdate will feature a mystery word that parents can enter on a special website, giving kids a chance to win a playdate with Ryan.

The expansion of the Ryan’s World brand has been swift this year, with more than 40 licensees getting on board. New toys and consumer products from Bonkers Toys, Just Play, Jada Toys, Far Out Toys, and more will hit retail in the months ahead.

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James Zahn

James Zahn

James Zahn, AKA The Rock Father, is Editor-in-Chief of The Toy Book, a Senior Editor at The Toy Insider and The Pop Insider, and Editor of The Toy Report, The Toy Book‘s weekly industry newsletter. As a pop culture and toy industry expert, Zahn has appeared as a panelist and guest at events including Comic-Con International: San Diego (SDCC) Wizard World Chicago, and the ASTRA Marketplace & Academy. Zahn has more than 30 years of experience in the entertainment, retail, and publishing industries, and is frequently called upon to offer expert commentary for publications such as Forbes, Marketwatch, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, USA Today, Reuters, the Washington Post, and more. James has appeared on History Channel’s Modern Marvels, was interviewed by Larry King and Anderson Cooper, and has been seen on Yahoo! Finance, CNN, CNBC, FOX Business, NBC, ABC, CBS, WGN, The CW, and more. Zahn joined the Adventure Media & Events family in 2016, initially serving as a member of the Parent Advisory Board after penning articles for the Netflix Stream Team, Fandango Family, PBS KIDS, Sprout Parents (now Universal Kids), PopSugar, and Chicago Parent. He eventually joined the company full time as a Senior Editor and moved up the ranks to Deputy Editor and Editor-in-Chief.