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.
Odd Squad was created by Tim McKeon (Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, Adventure Time, The Electric Company) and Adam Peltzman (The Electric Company, The 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.