Phil Vaughan and Nina Nawalowalo host a New Zealand game show for children, based on the Carmen Sandiego computer game series. The hosts help a group of young contestants from Wellington schools solve crimes with a geographical flavour.
Sixty-five episodes of this syndicated show were produced in 1990 and 1992. The shows featured children in physical competition using unusual equipment, e.g., go-carts, tennis guns, et ... See full summary »
Six teams compete through a series of physical and mental challenges as it narrows down to only one team given the privilege to enter a mysterious temple in order to retrieve an artifact ... See full summary »
Dee Bradley Baker,
Three kids dawning the different colors blue, red, and purple compete in relatively cool-looking olympic-style games to achieve as many points as they can. At the end of every episode, they climb a big fake mountain, braving tumbling rocks made out of styrofoam, sparkling glitter, shooting steam, and loud sounds while trying to hit all the "Actuators" along their way to the summit including the ... See full summary »
One of Carmen Sandiego's many henchmen has stolen a rare cultural object. The Acme Crime Detective Agency hires three gumshoes (contestants) to find the crook and recover the loot. The gumshoe who captures the crook is then given the chance to locate and capture Carmen Sandiego by locating countries on a large map of a continent placed on the floor. The host, The Chief, and a variety of other guests help the gumshoes by supplying clues. A cappella music is performed at the beginning of the show, between game segments, and at the end by Rockapella.Written by
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The bonus round started out as identifying seven locations on a map in 45 seconds. The contestants placed flags on the spots, which were replaced by flashing lights after a few weeks. Greg Lee also read off clues of the locations prior to the location itself. By season two, contestants were required to identify eight locations in 45 seconds, the U.S. map was replaced by a map of North America, and Greg read the location directly. See more »
And this man is Acme's senior agent in charge of training new recruits: Greg Lee!
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Ah the days when TV shows could be great shows and teach kids something in the process. You had to be smart to make it through the world of Carmen unlike some recent game shows which shall go unnamed *cough* Millionaire* *cough*. I watched Carmen as a kid, but if it ever came on again I would tape them all and watch them over and over again, to this day I still know all the word to the theme song. It's shows like this that are missing in the make-up of today's television...and the sooner we can bring them back the better off we will be.
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