Blaze and the Monster Machines is a CGI interactive musical educational children's television series produced and created by Nickelodeon. It follows the adventures of a monster truck named Blaze and his best friend and driver, AJ, as they explore and teach viewers the concepts of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). It is a show that airs on Nick Jr. and Nickelodeon. The show's first episode aired on October 13, 2014.
Blaze: The main protagonist, a red monster truck who loves racing and going on adventures. He asks the viewers at home to help him on his missions and to teach the STEM concept featured. His signature power is Blazing Speed, which allows him to go super fast. He can also transform into various other vehicles and artifacts.
Crusher: Blaze and AJ's rival and the show's anti-hero. A dark blue monster truck who's sneaky and cunning, and is so determined to win every race that he even cheats, and gets upset when he doesn’t get what he wants. He constructs various inventions using junk from the bag on his chassis.
Pickle: A small green monster truck and Crusher's underappreciated and goofy sidekick. He often watches out for Crusher and always looks on the good side of things. He's good friends with Blaze and the others.
All episodes generally follow a similar format, featuring the following:
Blaze and AJ doing something that sets up the episode's plot.
Breaking the fourth wall and viewer participation. Blaze and AJ will often ask the viewers at home to help them with what's going on at the moment to solve the problem, either finding something, counting to a specific number, choosing the right object or path, or other reasons. Usually three major problems would occur throughout the episode.
The STEM concepts. Each episode focuses on a specific topic, which becomes the main theme of the episode and is used several times throughout. The "Wild Wheels" episodes do not feature STEM concepts, instead focusing on various animal facts.
The various episodic songs. Usually two songs would play per episode, the first when Blaze and AJ are starting their mission, the second focusing on the episode's featured STEM concept and the two demonstrate such. Songs are normally sung by Blaze and AJ, and are usually sung offscreen during montages, though there are rare occasions where characters sing onscreen as well.
Crusher sending out an invention of his to stop Blaze from following him, but Blaze finds a way to stop it.
Blaze transforming into something else to get through an obstacle.
In some episodes, Crusher and Pickle have their own subplot that's related to the episode's plot, but is separate from the main story. In these subplots, Crusher is trying to do something but keeps messing up and always fails at what he wants to do. The subplots show up three times, with the third usually being the episode's final scene.
Blazing Speed. When the time is running short, Blaze will use Blazing Speed to go super fast and get there just in time. He will deploy his special speed boosters and ask the viewer to help him go super fast by saying "Let's Blaze!". After such, he will unleash the speed. It is used usually once per episode.
Crusher getting the episode's last laugh, followed by an iris out on him.
So far, every season consists of 20 episodes each.
The first season started on October 13, 2014 and ended on February 18, 2016. This is the first season of the show, which began with the premiere movie Blaze of Glory. The last episode didn't air until a few episodes after Season 2 began airing. Unlike other seasons, this does not feature special themed episodes.
The second season started on September 25, 2015 and ended on April 14, 2017. Season 1 still had one episode left to air when it started. This season featured the "Race Car Adventures" themed episodes, which feature Blaze going to VelocityVille and turning into a race car; the STEM concepts featured in those episodes are congruent to what race cars use. Six episodes were planned for this theme, but only four aired this season, with the last two airing as part of Season 3. Similar to Season 1, the last episode was not aired until a little while into Season 3.
The third season was announced June 15, 2015. It started on October 10, 2016 and ended on February 22, 2018. Like Season 1, the past season had only one episode left to air when it began. Like Season 2, this episode features six special episodes with a theme of "Wild Wheels", which feature Blaze going to Animal Island and hanging out with all kinds of animals. Unlike other episodes, these episodes don't feature STEM concepts but instead feature various animal facts and focus on one particular animal.
The fourth season was announced June 21, 2016. It started on March 26, 2018. Like the past two seasons, it features six special themed episodes, this time the theme is "Robot Riders". These episodes feature Blaze transforming into a robot to handle really dangerous tasks a monster truck can't do. The STEM concepts featured in these episodes generally involve robotics and are congruent to what robots are meant for.