PBS Kids Odd Squad

Coming Soon: Odd Squad on PBS Kids

Nerds unite. It’s “Get Smart” for 5-8 year olds with humor that both parents and kids can enjoy. I loved seeing a preview of Odd Squad earlier in the year at the PBS Annual Meeting, and even though my son is 12, he has still enjoyed the clips and games I have shown him after PBS Kids unveiled the website for the show. The show focuses on two young agents, Olive and Otto, who are part of “Odd Squad,” an agency whose mission is to save the day whenever something unusual happens in their town. But really – it’s all about learning and enjoying math.

There is also the tech whiz Oscar and Miss O, the team’s boss, who I personally think will steal the show pretty much all of the time. Ms. O is always barking orders and talking about how she’s “getting too young for this.” As you can see in the photo below, the kids are adorable – and the set is kid-sized to make everyone feel at home.

OBS Kids Odd Squad Oscar & Miss O

Odd Squad was created by Tim McKeon (Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, Adventure Time, The Electric Company) and Adam Peltzman (The Electric CompanyThe Backyardigans, Wallykazam!) and produced by Sinking Ship Entertainment and The Fred Rogers Company. (Yeah, that Fred Rogers Company). Tim and Adam came to talk to us at PBSam, and they were just as fun and engaging as the show is which, well, makes sense.

Odd Squad’s website offers a variety of  games, activities and videos for kids, as well as parent resources. Children can sign up to become Odd Squad agents online and earn rewards as they play math games inspired by the series.

The show itself will premiere on November 26th, so check your PBS Kids stations for local listings!

This article has 7 comments

  1. Sarah Patterson

    HOW CUTE ARE THEY???

  2. Stephen Ritchings

    I’m an adult Odd Squad watcher. I love the show. But I have a question: Why are the great child actors allowed to fast-talk, dropping syllables left and right ? Do kids get everything that’s said, as I (almost) do ?

    My hearing is fine. I realize this is the new normal; I find it in many places now. Even our most recent president was apt to drop the final syllable of his words when speaking. An attorney I know mumbles, swallowing syllables or whole words. I’m surprised more mistakes aren’t made in business and at school, with this habit seemingly spreading.

    Wouldn’t it be great to set a different example for the kids ? Or am I missing something, here ? Should I be addressing this question elsewhere ?

    Thanks !

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