“And this man is Acme’s senior agent in charge of training new recruits: Greg Lee!” – The Chief (Lynne Thigpen), WHERE IN THE WORLD IS CARMEN SANDIEGO?
I don’t know about you but on a day like today I just need a little Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego?
There are loads of private investigators to choose from on the many series UNC-TV has broadcast over the decades. One series alone (Mystery!) is pretty much devoted to the genre. So I started thinking: who are my personal favorite detectives?
I tried to gravitate towards characters that are sleuths first and foremost rather than police constables who utilize procedure to apprehend criminals. A fine line, I agree – but it narrowed the focus a bit.
As always, these are MY TOP FIVE. Not the best, not the most popular – just my personal favorites. Thus, without further ado, here are MY TOP FIVE: DETECTIVES…
5) The Gumshoes of ACME, Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego? – The sleuths of ACME come perilously close to falling under the “police” category since they are part of an organization, but they are gumshoes (it’s in their name) so I had to include them. Throw in Special Agent Greg Lee and Lynne Thigpen as The Chief and the WITWICS gumshoes will always be cool. Continue reading
“Do it, Rockapella!” – Greg Lee (with a little help from a Gumshoe and the audience), Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego?
Since the beginning, kids shows have been a staple of PBS programming. If you grew up watching them, you know full well how catchy the theme songs to most kids shows are. And these are theme songs that still resonate decades after you watched them as a kid. That’s why I put together MY TOP FIVE in the following category: Kids Show Theme Songs.
5. The Electric Company – “HEY, YOU GUYS!!!!” I’m talking about the 1970s version here (nothing against the newer one). It’s groovy and poppy and so energetic (befitting, of course, its source).
4. Wishbone – He’s the little dog with the big imagination and he’s got a great theme. What’s the story? The story is I’ll find myself singing this cute, catchy ditty without prompting.
3. Bill Nye The Science Guy – If you know that science rules, you’ve probably caught the Science Guy in action back in the 90s. That electropop theme almost seems like a dance remix of another theme, which is pretty cool. And though it hasn’t been necessary yet, I am ever ready to chant “Bill! Bill! Bill! Bill!” at the drop of a hat. Continue reading
“Well, she sneaks around the world from Kiev to Carolina. She’s a sticky-fingered filcher 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?” – Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego? Theme Song, as sung by Rockapella
Rockapella served as the in-house band and comedy troupe for what PBS Kids show? Continue reading