Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?

PBS (ended 1995)



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Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?

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Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?, based on the popular computer game, was first seen in September of 1991 and became one of the most popular kids' game shows of all time. The series aired on PBS, probably the best place to reach it's target audience.

Like the computer game, the game show's basic purpose was to ultimatly capture the head of an international crime syndicate. In this case, the head was Carmen Sandiego and in each episode she would send one of her henchmen out to steal a national landmark. The contestants job was to use their knowledge of geography to track each criminal from country to country and city to city with the goal of capturing the henchman, restoring the landmark to it's home, and whom ever got enough points would have the chance to capture Carmen.

The game show was hosted by Greg Lee and the contestants were given orders from The Chief, played by Lynne Thigpen, who ran the ACME Detective Agency. Rockapella was the singing group that sang the popular theme song and helped give the contestants clues. The V.I.L.E. Henchmen

Carmen's henchman consisted of Vic the Slick, The Contessa, Robocrook, Top Grunge, Eartha Brute, Patty Larceny and Double Trouble. The Contessa left at the end of the 1st season and returned in the 4th season with a new look. At the beginning of the second season, Kneemoi and Wonder Rat joined the ranks of the other henchman, followed by Sarah Nade in the 3rd Season. In 1996, the original format of the series came to an end. That fall, the series was redesigned and renamed Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego?

Theme Song: "Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?"

Written by: Sean Altman & David Yazbek
Sung by: Rockapella

Spinoffs: Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? First Telecast: September 1991
Last Telecast: September 1996

Episodes: 295 Color Episodes

PBS Broadcast History

September 1991-September 1996----Weekdays


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    • This was back when PBS had shows that were entertaining for people of all ages

      I remember this show when i was a kid. The cartoon criminals were fun to watch. I always got a kick out of double trouble. And it even cracked me up when Greg had to take the professor on some tv pad with him and she'd say "watch the hair, Greg!" This show, along with Wishbone, Kratts creatures and Bill Nye the science guy was back in the day when they actually had shows that were entertaining for adults as well as kidsmoreless
    • Educational and fun!

      Loved this show when I was young! Rockapella, The Chief, and Greg Lee all made it fun!
    • A Mysterious Detectice she is...

      Best detective cartoon ever... the graphics are close to comic books, there's a reason why there is a game after her, and she is just a smiling hero with a mask. I enjoyed the cases.
    • One of the greatest game shows of all time!

      I absolutely loved this show as a kid and even now I still have a chance to watch it thanks to youtube. My favorite villain was Robocrook. Even though the time amplified everything this one gets all the awards it deserved. I loved Rockafeller's theme and other songs. Shame Lynn Thigpenn died in 2003 but we'll always remember her. To end this let's sing along:

      Well she'll sneak around the world,

      from Kiev to Carolina.

      She's a sticky finger flicher from Berlin down to Belize

      She'll take you for a ride on a slow boat to China

      tell me where in the world is Carmen Sandiego?moreless
    • This show, was informative.

      This was a great show that I watched growing up as a kid. It was educational and entertaining at the same time. I remember watching thses episodes and I also think that it was very much good for kids. It's too bad the shows today aren't as good as the ones back then. There all about the cartoons that have watered down systems of teaching kids the basics over and over again. My favorite parts of this show was the mystery part. I think it was really a well written aspect of the show as it added interesting elements and a reason to be interested. Thank you.moreless

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