Kevin Shinick
Lynne Thigpen as "The Chief"
Engine Crew
Owen Taylor as Engine Crew #1 (Yellow) (Season 1)
Jamie Gustis as Engine Crew #1 (Yellow) (Season 2)
Alaine Kashian as Engine Crew #2 (Orange)
John Lathan as Engine Crew #3 (Red)
Witics season 2
PBS: 10/7/1996 – 12/12/1997 (Reruns aired until 10/2/1998)
WGBH Boston and WQED Pittsburgh

Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? was a short-lived, half-hour spinoff game show based on Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?, following the same theme but with several differences to the format, not to mention the set had been updated to a more futuristic look.


Round 1Edit

In the first season, after the opening credits, the Chief introduced Kevin (the show's ACME Time Pilot Squadron Leader) as he made his entrance from the left of the Chronoskimmer.

In the second season, after the opening credits, the Chief introduced Kevin as he goofed around in his room doing a certain activity, when the Chief said, "Kevin? KEVIN!". After that, he made his entrance from the right of the Chronoskimmer.

Three contestants ages 10-14, known as "Time Pilots", competed, and were given 100 Power Points to begin the game. The Chief then told them what was stolen and from what time it was stolen.

In the second season, the ship's Nano-Probes showed the time and place where Carmen sent her henchman, so the team warp-traveled through space, straight to the time of the crime. Once they got to their time target, the Chief would give them their briefing. Sometimes, the ship arrived upside-down or sideways, but would always right itself.

Various skits were performed. These skits gave clues to the location the villain went to, and were locked in to someone from the past or the future. After the skit, three possible answers or locations were shown to the Time Pilots. They simultaneously chose their answers, and then told Kevin what they were. The viewer could see what the individual choices were (each was represented by an individual color (pink, green, and/or blue)) and which choice the pilots made by looking at the lights in front of them, before they actually told their answer. Any contestant with the right answer scored 10 Power Points; otherwise, their score would still be the same.

At one point in the game, Carmen's henchman would provide a clue from the viewscreen; in the second season, they would appear in front of the players in a projector tube, on the ACME Time Net Nano-Probe, or, if delivering a message to Carmen (which was also shown on the ACME Time Net Nano-Probe), on her monitor. The points in time visited followed the historical progression of the "seed" that was originally stolen and it was repeatedly emphasized that all the history traveled through was erased unless the artifact was returned. Therefore, the final point in time would always be the present or else very near the present. The typical course of the round would be as follows:

Data BoostEdit


Data Boost

At two points during the game (one in the second season), there was a Data Boost. The first one happened when the ship's Fact Fuel was low after warping to the time of the crime (used in the first season only); the second happened after Carmen's henchman attacked and damaged the ship or did strange things to engine crew (which was shown on the ACME Time Net Nano-Probe in the second season). It happened when Kevin announced that the only fuel/solution was by activating the Data Boost. It also happened when in the second season, the ship's Engine Crew reported what was going on and told Kevin, "Better do a Data Boost!" (Ex: the time-probes launcher malfunctioning, the Engine Crew being teleported to Times Square, engine problems, etc.)

Kevin asked questions about a given subject and gave the players a choice of two or three answers for example, "Bill Cullen - game show host or pilot?". The first pilot to buzz in with the right answer scored 5 Power Points; if they were incorrect, they would lose 5 Power Points. The example above, however, is a trick question - Cullen flew airplanes and even owned an airport briefly during his career as a game show host. If such a question were used, however, the answer accepted as correct would be "game show host".

Several questions like this were asked according to time. As Kevin said with a salute, "All our fact fuel/data is verified by (ding) Encyclopedia Brittanica!"

Sketches UsedEdit

Click here for a full list of the sketches used on Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego?

One of the sketches in the second season had the Chronoskimmer being pulled into a parallel universe, which seemed to be quite similar to Star Trek’s Mirror Universe. There, ACME was evil and V.I.L.E. was good. On at least one occasion, a future Kevin would give clues to himself three episodes in the past (the current episode). The fictional contestants in the future episode usually had scores in the 500s or higher, though the highest possible score was 260. Other skits included:

  • Cluefinder – The Cluefinder was an alarm identifying a clue, whereupon a historical figure or object appeared aboard the Chronoskimmer to reveal more clues.
  • V.I.L.E. Villain – The show's villain was shown revealing a clue; ostensibly against his or her intention. When this happened, Kevin often exclaimed, "We're losing communications!", if the villain was taking over the ship. On other occasions, the ship's nano-probes filmed the villain reporting to Carmen, still giving the clue to the contestants (this was called a Nano Probe Intercept, and was similar to the Phone Tap from World).
  • Omnitia – On occasion, Kevin would run out of clues and ask the Chief to contact the spiritual informant known as Omnitia
  • Engine Crew's Clues – The Engine Crew sang the clues of the year from the Engine Room. On other occasions, the Engine Crew were in the Chronoskimmer's cafeteria and talking with Libby the Cafeteria Robot (played by Lynn Thigpen).
  • Intruder Alert – The Intruder Alert alarm alerted Kevin to an intruder in his bedroom. When he got there, he found his mother that gave him info about a specific point in Kevin's life.
  • Millenia. – "The world's oldest woman" (played by Lynn Thigpen), she ostensibly had been around for almost everything.
  • Elephant Guy – A businessman being chased by an elephant (played by Owen Taylor) gave clues to the time pilots.
  • The Unknown Explorer – An old bearded sailor riding on a float (played by John Latham) provided a clue.
  • ACME Street Entertainers – Three street entertainers (portrayed by The Engine Crew) performed in front of some of the studio audience members and gave out a clue.
  • Molecular Generator Clue – Kevin found clues inside the Chronoskimmer's Molecular Generator.
  • TIMENET Weather Report – A weather woman with a southern accent (played by Alaine Kashian) gave clues during her weather report.

Global PursuitEdit


Global Pursuit in progress

After one skit was performed, the Global Pursuit round was played (in the second season, this replaced the second regular Data Boost). This was based on "The Chase" round from World, for a series of questions with three possible answers (all places in the world) were asked. Only one player could buzz in, for 5 Power Points, up or down. This came before the Data Boost in some Season 1 episodes.

Ultimate Data BoostEdit


Ultimate Data Boost

This series of questions were the final ones for the round. For the end of Round 1, the team had to make one last jump through time. To do that, they needed all the Fact Fuel to generate, by answering this final round of questions. This was similar to a normal Data Boost, though the questions were worth double (10 Power Points), and again, several questions were asked according to time.

The two pilots with the highest score moved on to Round 2, and the third-place pilot would be eliminated, but would receive the official ACME Time Net Mission Pack. In case of a tie for second place, Kevin read clues about a famous person or place. The first person to buzz in with the right answer moved on to Round 2. Like in World, the last clue, if needed, would contain the correct answer.

Afterwards, in the second season, the eliminated pilot waved goodbye to the contestants as they went back to Time Net Command (the present) via the teleporter, with Kevin and the other two contestants doing the same.

Round 2: The Chronological Order GameEdit

With Kevin on command, the two remaining pilots warped to the present day (or near-present day), where they had to activate the Loot Tractor Beam to bring back the stolen artifact away from the day's villain and make them upset (shown in the ACME Time Net Nano-Probe in the second season) and place it safely on board. The Cybersphere that the loot was in could be seen glowing in the center of the big HyperSpin wheel in the engine room.

The Chief then listed eight events, related to the artifact that was stolen. The events appeared on a board, and the pilot leading after Round 1 had the option of who would go first. If there was a tie between the pilots, a coin toss was decided who would choose (the coin toss was shown in the second season). Whoever went first had to list the eight events in reverse chronological order thus, starting with the most recent event, and finishing with the least recent event. As long as the current pilot continued to list events in chronological order, they could continue playing. If the pilot chose an event that broke chronological order or took too long, that contestant’s turn ended, and the opponent had to start again from the beginning.

The first pilot to successfully list all eight events in reverse chronological order saved history, retrieved the artifact (in the second season, the pilot activated a transporter to automatically transport the loot back from whence it was stolen), won the game, and played the Final Round to catch Carmen and that villain, while the eliminated pilot was sent to the Chronoskimmer and back to the present day, and got the Time Net Mission Pack and a portable CD player.

Final Round: Trail of TimeEdit

In the first season, the Chief told Kevin and the contestant to go to the escape pod and head for the final round, as he warned and said, "Look out, Carmen! We're on our way!" In the second season, Kevin and the pilot would go to the escape pod on their own and warned Carmen. Either way, this was followed by the Engine Crew performing the theme song from the engine room to the final round set. Sometimes in the first season, the song was shortened and edited after the crew sang "We're on the case" and the villains would say, "And they're chasing us through history!" (used in the first season only). In the second season, when the contestant headed for The Trail of Time, the ending was normal rather than the villains singing the end part. Then, everyone would race across the studio to the starting point of the round.

The pilot (with a bicycle helmet on in only the first season) had 90 seconds to pass through six gates by answering a history question on each gate posed by Carmen herself on The Trail of Time, which went from the past to the 20th Century.

The Engine Crew used stage hands to point the pilot to the next gate along the trail. All questions were related to the artifact that was stolen in that day's show and dual-choice; on several occasions, each question used up six seconds of the player's time to ask.

Following the Engine Crew's directions, the pilot ran to the first gate and pressed a button to activate the question. If the pilot answered correctly (indicated by a ding), the gate opened automatically. If the pilot answered incorrectly (indicated by a buzzer), they would have to operate a device (pulling a rope, turning a wheel, etc.) to manually open the gate, using up time. They then ran to the next gate and the process was repeated. After the first three gates (sometimes two), the pilot captured the villain who stole the artifact from the beginning of the show.

If the pilot could get through all six gates before time ran out, they energized the Capture Crystal, took it over, and placed it in the Chronolog Chamber at the edge of the studio, catching Carmen Sandiego and winning a new multimedia computer. If the pilot failed, Carmen escaped, and the pilot would win a set of encyclopedias and a portable music system with a collection of music. In the second season, the encyclopedias were replaced with a Time Net mission pack.

The set looked slightly confusing, and required the engine crew and stage hands to be on-stage to wave the contestant to the next gate by using airport-style marshaling wands. Despite this, contestants would occasionally arrive at the wrong gate, wasting precious time. It should be noted that almost all contestants getting five out of six questions right won, and contestants answering four correctly could complete the run if they operated the gate devices rapidly enough. Some contestants got a perfect score.

In the first season, Carmen was captured in a spherical cage with a clock in the background, while in the second season, she was captured in a Capture Crystal.

At the end of the show, Kevin, the pilot, and the Engine Crew got ready to head back to the present day by saying, "At ACME Time Net, History is Our Job; And the Future is Yours!". Then they all went back to the present day and the closing credits were shown with the show's theme song playing over various shots of the empty set (mostly used in the first season, but by the second season, shots of the empty set were shown after the Engine Crew performed for a period of time). In the second season, the Engine Crew was seen on the Trail of Time set, often seen with open gates, dancing and performing the theme song.

Villain CastEdit

Carmen Sandiego
Janine LaManna (Season 1)
Brenda Burke (Season 2)

Sir Vile
John Lathan

Baron Wasteland (Season 1 only)
James Greenburg

Buggs Zapper (Season 2 only)
James Greenburg

Jacqueline Hyde
Alaine Kashian

Paula Leggett Chase

Dr. Belljar
Owen Taylor (Season 1)
Jamie Gustis (Season 2)

Production Edit

The program was recorded at Kaufman Astoria Studios, in New York City, home to its previous incarnation, Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? and another hit PBS show, Sesame Street. Just like in World, contestants were required to live in the NYC metropolitan area.

  • Directors: David Turner and Dean Gordon
  • Producers: Charles Norlander, James Greenburg, and Dana Calderwood
  • Executive Producers: Kate Taylor and Jay Rayvid
  • Writers: James Greenburg, Susan M. Clarke, Andrew Todhunter, and Fern Feller

The set design was by Hank Liebeskind, Eric Cheripka, Laura Brock, James Fenhagen, and Erik Ulfers.

Rating Edit

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1st SeasonEdit

D. Norman Yazbek & Sean Altman

2nd SeasonEdit

Robert D'Agnello

Theme LyricsEdit

Open/Final RoundEdit

We're on the case and were chasing her through history.

Chronoskimmer, engine's hot.
Vile villains, evil plot.

Our brave squadron leader will help us defeat her,
And bring back the loot to its rightful place in time.

Tell me, where in time is Carmen Sandiego?
Stop her crime, and solve this mystery.
Tell me, where in time is Carmen Sandiego?

We're on the case and we're chasing her through history!


We're on the case and we're chasing her through history.

Throttle open, thrusters on,
Chronoskimmer, gets us gone.

Pack extra socks, and we'll all beat the clock,
From the stone age, the middle age, the space age and back.

Tell me, where in time is Carmen Sandiego?
Stop her crime, and solve this mystery.
Tell me, where in time is Carmen Sandiego?
We're on the case and we're chasing her through history!

Nero's fiddle, Lincoln's beard,
Newton's apple, disappeared.

The finest tea from the Ming Dynasty,
And the Nina, the Pinta, the Santa Maria, we've got to get them back.

Tell me, where in time is Carmen Sandiego?
Stop her crime, and solve this mystery.
Tell me, where in time is Carmen Sandiego?
We're on the case and we're chasing her through history!


Where in time is Carmen Sandiego?


Based on the computer game by Broderbund Software

Also a spinoff of its previous incarnation Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?


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CD-Rom Game

A CD-ROM of the same name as the show that was released in 1997 when Time aired its second season. This version of the CD-ROM featured the Chief and the voices of the villains from the hit TV show. The theme was also heard in the game as well. By 1999, it was renamed to "Carmen Sandiego's Great Chase Through Time".

A toy camera

Watch and T shirts

Facts about the Engine CrewEdit

  • Alaine Kashian portrayed two different roles on the same show. She portrayed the villain Jacqueline Hyde and she was one of three members of the engine crew.
  • Owen Taylor also portrayed two different roles on the same show. He portrayed Dr. Belljar and he was one of the three members of the engine crew for season 1.
  • Jamie Gustis also portrayed two different roles on the same show. He portrayed Dr. Belljar and he was one of the three members of the engine crew for season 2.
  • John Lathan also portrayed two different roles on the same show as well. He portrayed the villain Sir Vile and he was one of the three members of the engine crew.
  • All the engine crew members were once Broadway performers in New York City.

Other TriviaEdit

  • Jacqueline Hyde became the very first villain to appear on the series premiere.
  • No music played when Carmen Sandiego was captured on the early episodes but on later episodes, music played when Carmen Sandiego was captured.
  • The Chief's face didn't appear in the very center square on the series premiere when the chronological order rules was explained. However her face did appear in the very center on later episodes.
  • When the chronological order round was being explained on early episodes, there was no music but the music used from the introduction of the mission profile was played on later episodes.
  • In episode 31 of the show, Kevin Shinick described the tutorial rules in the Trail of Time and John, one of the engine crew members, explained the action tutorial rules in the Trail of Time.
  • Carmen Sandiego was captured on the day it made its series premiere.
  • Carmen was also captured on the series finale.
  • In Season 1, the audience clapped along to the beat of the theme song. In Season 2, the audience did not clap along.
  • The ring-in sound effect and time's up buzzer sound effect were re-used from Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?
  • The DANGER alarm sound effect would later be used on Figure it Out.
  • The audience did not applaud when the contestants got correct answers, when The Chief congratulated the time sleuths, or after the Engine Crew performed a song unlike on World. They only applauded when Kevin was introduced, when Kevin announced the winners moving on to the second round, when the contestant saved history in the second round, when the contestant entered the trail of time (season 1 only), and when the contestant won in the trail of time. The reason is unknown.
  • The studio audience was most of the time never shown on camera (except for during the sketch of the ACME Street Entertainers).
  • There was no Chief's Office scene unlike on World.
  • In Season 1, the Egyptian time portal was the last time portal in the bonus round and the electrical time portal was the fourth in line. By Season 2, the Egyptian time portal was second in the lineup while the electrical time portal was the last time portal in order.
  • In Season 1, the Engine Crew pointed to each time portal to direct where the time pilot to go. By the second season, a spotlight flashed on the portal while the Engine Crew used airport light wands to direct the time pilot to the portal.
  • The Chinese portal had two different devices to open the gate. In Season 1, thr time pilot had to pull a rope to lift the dragon puppet. In Season 2, the time pilot had to pump to make a larger dragon puppet to breathe out streamers to look like fire.
  • The National Endowment for Children's Educational Television and Delta Airlines were removed from fundings of Season 2.
  • The show was nominated thirteen times for Emmy Awards and won their only award for Outstanding Lighting Direction in 1998.

In popular cultureEdit

  • In an episode of Robot Chicken, the Mission Profile was to get back the Brooklyn Bridge. When Kevin (who also works for Robot Chicken as co-producer & creative director) receives a phone call from his wife about a jacket, he tells everyone in the studio that they had to retrieve a lost jacket, but all did not go well for Kevin.
Robot Chicken Where in Time Is My Broken Heart (Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego Parody)

Robot Chicken Where in Time Is My Broken Heart (Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego Parody)

  • Kevin Shinick acted on the Nickelodeon show Kenan and Kel, in the episode "Attack of the Bugman", in which he played the Bugman.

International VersionsEdit

There was a Canadian French version of Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego that lasted from 1998-1999, just after the PBS version got cancelled. Patrick Labbé was the Time Pilot Squadron Leader and Brigitte Paquette as the Chief. The Engine Crew members were Daniel Do, Marie-Hélène Fortin and Widemir Normil. Joe Bocan played the role of Carmen Sandiego. Unlike the winning contestant getting the computer as a grand prize, the grand prize for this version was mountain bikes as well as a prize package. The Canadian French version was titled as À la poursuite de Carmen Sandiego (Translated: In Pursuit of Carmen Sandiego)


Corporation for Public Broadcasting (1996–1997)
Viewers Like You (1996–1997)
The National Endowment for Children's Educational Television (1996)
Delta Air Lines (1996)

Additional PagesEdit

Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego?/Villains
Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego?/Airdates
Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego?/Catchphrases
Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego?/Gallery
Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego?/Video Gallery
List of Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Sketches


List of Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Episodes

YouTube VideosEdit

Full EpisodesEdit

Season 1 episodesEdit

Series Premiere

Second Episode

Carmen Sandiego gets captured from Season 1

Season 2 episodesEdit

A Season 2 Episode

Another Season 2 episode

Intros & CreditsEdit