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Host
Kevin Shinick
Co-Host/Announcer
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)
Broadcast
WITICarmenSandiego
Witics season 2
PBS: October 7, 1996-December 12, 1997 (Reruns aired until October 2, 1998)
Packagers
WQED Pittsburgh & WGBH Boston

A short-lived half-hour game show based on Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?, it followed 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, at the start of the show, the Chief introduced the ACME Time Pilot Squadron Leader as he entered from the left of the Chronoskimmer.

In the second and final season, at the start of the show, the Chief tries to call for the ACME Time Pilot Squadron Leader who goofed around in his room, when the Chief said "Kevin?, KEVIN!".

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 on what was stolen and from what time it was stolen.

In the second and final season, the ship's Nano-Probes showed the time and place where Carmen sent her henchman, so the team warped 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 that gave clues to the location the villain went to, based on the Cluefinder from World that was locked-in to someone from the past or the future. After the skit, three possible answers or locations were shown to the contestants. They simultaneously chose their answers, then showed them to the ACME Time Pilot Squadron Leader. The viewer could see the individual choices represented by an individual color pink, green, or blue, and which choice the pilots made by the lights in front of them, before they actually told their answer. Any contestant with the right answer got 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 and final season, they would appear neither in front of the players in a projector tube, on the ACME Time Net Nano-Probe, nor, if delivering a message to Carmen which was also shown on the ACME Time Net Nano-Probe, would appear 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

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Data Boost

At two points during the game one in the second and final 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 and final season. It happened when the ACME Time Pilot Squadron Leader announced that the only fuel/solution was by activating the Data Boost. It also happened when in the second and final season, the ship's Engine Crew reported what was going on and told the ACME Time Pilot Squadron Leader, "Better do a Data Boost!" Ex: the time-probes launcher malfunctioning, the Engine Crew being teleported to Times Square, engine problems, etc. the ACME Time Pilot Squadron Leader read clues in a given subject and gave the players a choice of 2 or 3 answers for example, "Bill Cullen - game show host or pilot?". The first to buzz in with the right answer scored 5 Power Points; if they were wrong, 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 the Time Pilot Squadron Leader said with a salute, "All our fact fuel/data is verified by (ding) Encyclopedia Brittanica!"

Sketches UsedEdit

One of the sketches in the second and final 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 ACME Time Pilot Squadron Leader 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 were:

  • Omnitia: On occasion, the ACME Time Pilot Squadron Leader 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.
  • Intruder Alert: The Intruder Alert alarm alerted the ACME Time Pilot Squadron Leader to an intruder in his bedroom. When he got there, he found his mother that gave him info about a specific point in the ACME Time Pilot Squadron Leader's life.
  • Nano Probe Intercept: This was the ACME Time Net equivalent of the Phone Tap on Where in The World is Carmen Sandiego. Sometimes the Nano Probes would Intercept a message to Carmen from one of her gangsters.

Global PursuitEdit

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Global Pursuit in progress

After one skit was performed, the Global Pursuit round was played in the second and final season, this replaced the second regular Data Boost. This was played based on "The Chase" round, 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.

Ultimate Data BoostEdit

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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, but 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 Two, and the third-placed one would be eliminated, but would receive the official ACME Time Net Mission Pack. In case of a tie for 2nd place, the ACME Time Pilot Squadron Leader read clues to a famous person and place. The first person to buzz in with the right answer moved on to Round Two. Like in World, the last clue, if needed, would contain the correct answer.

Afterwards, in the second and final season, the eliminated pilot waved goodbye to the contestants as they went back to Time Net Command the present via the teleporter, with the ACME Time Pilot Squadron Leader and the other two contestants doing the same.

Round 2 - The Chronological Order GameEdit

With the ACME Time Pilot Squadron Leader on command, the two remaining pilots warped to the present day nor 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 2nd and final 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 8 events, related to the artifact that was stolen. The events appeared on a board, and the pilot leading after Round One had the option on who would go first. If there was a tie between the pilots, a coin toss was decided who would choose they were shown in the 2nd and final season. Whoever went first had to list the 8 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 contestant to successfully list all eight events in reverse chronological order saved history, retrieved the artifact in the 2nd and final season, the contestant activated a transporter to automatically transport the loot back from whence it was stolen, wins, and played the Final Round to catch Carmen and that villain, while the eliminated player was sent to pilot the Chronoskimmer back to the present day, and got the Time Net Mission Pack and a portable CD player.

Final Round - Trail Of TimeEdit

In the 1st season, the Chief told the ACME Time Pilot Squadron Leader and the contestant to go to the escape pod and head for the final round, as he warned, "Look out, Carmen! We're on our way!". In the second and final season, the ACME Time Pilot Squadron Leader and the contestant 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 sing the end part, "And they're chasing us through history!" used in the first season only.

In the second and final 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 contestant with a bicycle helmet on in the 1st season, and in the second and final season, the contestant without a bicycle helmet on. they had 90 seconds to pass through 6 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 nor stage hands pointed 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 the ACME Time Pilot Squadron Leader had, on several occasions, noted that each question used up six seconds of the player's time to ask.

Following the Engine Crew's directions, the contestant ran to the first gate and pressed a button to activate the question. If the contestant answered correctly indicated by a ding, the gate opened automatically. If the contestant answered incorrectly indicated by a buzzer, they would have 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 contestant captured the villain that stole the artifact from the beginning of the show.

If the contestant 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 contestant failed, Carmen escaped, and the contestant wins a set of encyclopedias and a portable music system with a collection of music in the 2nd and final 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 player 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 and final season, Carmen was captured in a Capture Crystal.

In the first season, the episode's winning time contestants always wear bicycle helmets, while in the second and final season, the episode's winning time contestants don't wear bicycle helmets anymore.

At the end of the show, the ACME Time Pilot Squadron Leader, the contestant, and both along with the Engine Crew as they're getting 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 are heard with the show's theme song.

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GalleryEdit

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Villain CastEdit

Carmen Sandiego
Janine LaManna (1996-1997)
Brenda Burke (1997)

Sir Vile
John Lathan (1996-1997)

Baron Wasteland (Season 1 only)
James Greenburg (1996-1997)

Buggs Zapper (Season 2 only)
James Greenburg (1997)

Jacqueline Hyde
Alaine Kashian (1996-1997)

Medeva
Paula Leggett Chase (1996-1997)

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

RatingEdit

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MusicEdit

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.

Chrono Skimmer, 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!

CloseEdit

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

Throttle open, thrusters on,
Chrono Skimmer, 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!

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Where in time is Carmen Sandiego?

InventorEdit

Based on the computer game by Broderbund Software

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

EpisodesEdit

For more info on Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Airdates, click here.

MerchandiseEdit

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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.

A toy camera

Watch and T shirts

Facts about the Engine CrewEdit

  • Alaine Kashian portrays two different roles on the same show. She portrays the villain Jacqueline Hyde and she is one of 3 members of the engine crew.
  • Owen Taylor also portrays two different roles on the same show. He portrays Dr. Belljar and he is one of the 3 members of the engine crew for season 1.
  • Jamie Gustis also portrays two different roles on the same show. He portrays Dr. Belljar and he is one of the 3 members of the engine crew for season 2.
  • John Lathan also portrays two different roles on the same show as well. He portrays the villain Sir Vile and he is one of the 3 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 describes the tutorial rules in the Trail of Time and one of the engine crew members explains the action tutorial rules in the Trail of Time.
  • Carmen Sandiego was captured on the day it made it's series premiere.

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)01:59

    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 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. 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?

FundingsEdit

Corporation for Public Broadcasting (1996-1997)

Viewers Like You (1996-1997)

The National Endowment for Children's Educational Television (1996-1997, Season 1 Only)

Delta Air Lines (1996-1997, Season 1 Only)

Additional PagesEdit

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

LinksEdit

The complete episode guide of Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego?

YouTube VideosEdit

Full EpisodesEdit

Season 1 episodesEdit

Series Premiere

Second Episode

Carmen Sandiego gets captured from Season One

Season 2 episodesEdit

A Season 2 Episode

Intros & CreditsEdit

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