Being a child of the late ’80s and ’90s; I’m very well acquainted with the Carmen Sandiego franchise. I grew up playing many different variations of the computer game, watching the game shows, and of course the 90’s cartoon. I wanted the jacket from the game show and wished that the internet worked the way that the 90’s cartoon made it seem. It’s no hyperbole to say that this franchise was a big help in my understanding of geography in my elementary days. So when I heard that Netflix was doing a brand new series, I was very interested. But is it worth watching? Does it live up to my expectations?
Wait? Carmen’s the Good Guy?
Still as Educational?
Carmen Sandiego is one of the few educational franchises that were actually entertaining in my opinion. In case you were not aware; back in the 90’s the FCC force network TV to star a certain amount of their programming educational. This started the slow decline and death of the traditional Saturday Morning cartoons. In response, they began to make their morning’s shows do just that. The 90’s cartoon did a great job of balancing entertainment with education. So how does this one compare? While there is certainly a lot of fact bombs dropped in each episode, I feel that the absorption of information is more passive. Whereas commercial breaks were bookended with a question and answer slides; this one just throws information out. So yes; it’s educational-ish.
Is it worth watching?
At the end of the day, this 10 episode series isn’t bad. It’s a fun series for kids to watch and get some neat information out of. At the same time, this is my personal favorite thing, it’s a good show for parents to sit down, watch a show with their kids, and enjoy some nostalgic memories. So win-win.
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