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->''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, [[TitleDrop where in the world is Carmen Sandiego?]]''
-->Theme song, by Rockapella.

[[EdutainmentShow Educational]] GameShow, based on the ''CarmenSandiego'' computer games by Brøderbund, that ran for five seasons and 295 episodes on Creator/{{PBS}} from September 30, 1991 to December 22, 1995 (with repeats continuing on PBS until October 4, 1996). Three children answered multiple-choice geography questions while pursuing a member of Carmen's gang, who had stolen a famous landmark.

Instead of playing for cash, the young "detectives" played for points, here called "Acme Crime Bucks". Halfway through the show, the lowest scorer was eliminated. The two remaining children played a game akin to ''{{Concentration}}'', looking for the loot, the warrant and the crook, in that order. The winner of that round played the end game, placing markers on a large floor map, hoping to arrest Carmen herself and win the grand prize of a trip anywhere in the 48 contiguous United States. In the second season, this was expanded to all of North America; presumably, Hawaii was never an option.

Much of the show's memorability can be attributed to the terrific cast: host Greg Lee, Lynne Thigpen as DaChief and "house band" Rockapella, who provided an a-cappella soundtrack (including the famous theme song, not to mention all the wacky sound effects).

In the successor series, ''WhereInTimeIsCarmenSandiego?'' (1996-97), the focus shifted from geography to history, and Kevin Shinick succeeded Lee as quizmaster. Lynne Thigpen was the only regular cast member in both Carmen Sandiego series.
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!!GameShow Tropes in use:
* BigWinSirens: A standard police siren sounded every time a match was successful. Winning the bonus round resulted in the siren speeding up and various bells and horns accompanying it.
* BonusRound: Here's a map of a country or continent. Place these markers on seven (later eight) locations within 45 seconds (or 60 seconds on the Asia map in the first season) and win a trip.
* ConfettiDrop: When the ''crook'' was captured (thus winning the main game), and not if Carmen was captured in the bonus round.
* ConsolationPrize
* GoldenSnitch: The final clue of each round was sometimes this. Earlier clues and games awarded 5 or 10 Crime Bucks per answer, but in the final round contestants could risk, in increments of 10, up to 50. Often this resulted in the final clue being the sole determiner of the finishing order of the contestants.
** The ''{{Concentration}}''-esque memory game. The points from the trivia rounds no longer mattered. It was just a matter of luck and memory as far as who made it to the BonusRound, making everything leading up to this game ''almost'' meaningless. (All that it did was to determine who was the first to choose in that second round.)
* HomeGame: Inverted; the game show was based off the home computer game.
* Personnel:
** TheAnnouncer: Lynne Thigpen.
** GameShowHost: Greg Lee.
** StudioAudience
** Rockapella
* ThinkMusic: Two songs, both performed by Rockapella - "How much you wanna risk?" during the wagering portion of the game, and "Where do you wanna go?" as the winning contestant wrote down his desired trip destination if he captured Carmen.
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!!This show contains examples of:
* AcmeProducts: Sort of. The sleuths worked for the Acme Detective Agency.
** Played straight during the clue segments of the show, especially when they involved guest stars. Scott Weinger was said to have come from "Acme Voice of Aladdin Net," James Avery came from "Acme Shredder Net," and Katie Couric from "Acme 'Don't Call Me Perky' Net."
* BlackBossLady: Lynne Thigpen, of course.
* BrickJoke: The intro for the "Chase" round often contained an element from another sketch earlier on. Also, during the "Training Exercise," where the contestants had to race to dig a clue card out of a trash can (first to finish got first shot over the question for 10 points), Greg's can often contained either a gag from earlier in the show or a camera (cue cut to the camera in the can).
* [[CallAHitPointASmeerp Call a Point a Smeerp]]: Acme Crime Bucks.
** The contestants are also called "gumshoes".
* CanonImmigrant: The Chief was created for the game show, but she proved to be so popular that she eventually made it into newer editions of the computer games.
* CardboardPrison: Done to such an absurd extent that you wonder why the kids even bothered arresting the criminals. Adding to the frustration is the show's closing CreditsGag.
* CarriedByTheHost: The goofy Greg Lee's chemistry with the straight-faced Chief, along with Rockapella's musical accompaniment. Without them, it would have been just another dull edutainment show.
* CatchPhrase: "I salute you!"
** "Do it, Rockapella!"
** "All these people want to know: [[TitleDrop Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?]]"
* CoolOldLady: Nana Raps.
* {{Corpsing}}: Rockapella's Round 2 snarkery (see below) would sometimes make Greg have to stifle his laughter as he would continue to move the round along.
* CreditsGag: Oh, no! The Mooks are out already! They're stealing the credits! Back to work...
* DancePartyEnding: Every episode ended with the audience joining Greg and Rockapella on the giant map for a dance.
* DeadpanSnarker: Rockapella will snark in song if Round 2 starts dragging.
** "Tension's mounting!"
** "Pressure building!"
** "Any day now!"
** "Nothing!"
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Some gems:
** Rockapella wearing modern street clothes rather than 1940's fashions in the 1st pilot.
** Greg spending entire episodes with his hat on.
** The Chief in a green and yellow suit.
** Different sound effects, mostly from ''[[DoubleDare1986 Double Dare]]''.
** Getting answers right actually results in gumshoes ''losing'' Crime Bucks.
** The second round did not require gumshoes to find the loot, warrant, and crook in that order.
** A map that was United States only, and the markers contained state flags instead of police lights, which the gumshoes had to match with their respective states.
** No rhyme by The Chief at the end, and no "Do it, Rockapella!"
** 60 Seconds for the bonus round instead of 45
* EducationalSong: Some of Rockapella's full-length songs used when the show ran short. There was one about the [[TopTenList five largest]] islands in the world.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: As hinted by the "MOM" tattoo on Top Grunge's arm.
* EvolvingMusic: Czechoslovakia's 1992 split into Slovakia and the Czech Republic necessitated a change to the theme song.
* FilmingForEasyDub: The only times the animated villains speak during the show are in the phone tap skit and when the captured crook calls to rat out Carmen. In both cases, they budget-savingly hold the phone over their mouths, allowing the same animation to be used with different dialogue in other episodes.
* [[GameOverMan Game Over Woman]]: A failure on the map is indicated by a newspaper graphic with Carmen on the front page and the headline "Carmen Escapes Again!"
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: One of the first taped episodes featured Rockapella singing a song called "Zombie Jamboree" at the end instead of the theme song... complete with the line "I don't give a damn." On a ''PBS kids' show''.
* HesOkay: A few sketches involved Rockapella or some other informant taking a really nasty hit. Greg would assure the audience that nobody was hurt by saying this.
** Inverted in the unaired episode "Auld Lang Gone", where the winning gumshoe broke her arm on the Europe map.
* HurricaneOfPuns: The ending theme. Seriously.
** The Chief uses quite a few of these, as well.
* IncrediblyLamePun: IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming aside, this show goes nuts with this trope!
* ListSong: This ties into CrowningMusicOfAwesome.
* LargeHam: Both Rockapella and Greg Lee to some degree.
* LuckBasedMission: The concentration game they played as round 2.
* MonumentalTheft: On the low end, Carmen and her crew take things like the Titanic, the Pyramids of Giza, and the Great Wall of China. Watch the show to see the high end {{Monumental Theft}}s.
* MookFaceTurn: Immediately following Round 2, the winning gumshoe gets a phone call from the apprehended crook. This reveals where (i.e., on which map/continent) the winner will be searching for Carmen that day.
* NiceHat: Greg and the contestants usually came in wearing some cool hats. Hats and detectives just go together.
* NintendoHard: The SurpriseDifficulty was in the bonus game, where the contestant carried around posts and marked off countries on a giant floor map starting from the north side, which made the map appear upside down to the contestant. Even if you knew all the answers, the fact that they needed ''exact'' placement (seriously, the posts didn't work if they weren't perfectly on top of the target), the actual shuttle running and keeping the things from falling over, coupled with a brutal time limit, made it extremely hard to win. Usually, one double-miss meant Carmen could safely escape.
** And then it got worse, because they changed it from seven to eight markers necessary to win.
** The reason was apparently that PBS, being PBS, really couldn't afford to pay for many grand prizes.
** One episode has gone unaired because a contestant fell and suffered an arm fracture during the bonus round. It's now an OldShame for the stations that produced the show.
* NoHonorAmongThieves: The MookFaceTurn phone call that preceeded the BonusRound.
** (The) Contessa even references this trope by name. "Honor among thieves? Surely you jest! If I'm going to prison, I'm taking Carmen with me!"
* NonLethalWarfare
* OpeningNarration:
--> '''Chief:''' All these people want to know: \\
'''Rockapella:''' ''Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?''
* OutOfOrder: The two pilot episodes would air much later in the season.
* PhraseCatcher: Indeed. "Do it, Rockapella!"
* PaintingTheMedium: On one episode, The Chief shows Greg a camera-switching device. When Greg starts playing with it, he switches to a shot so wide that it exposes the studio surrounding the office set.
* PunnyName
* ResetButton: No doubt a result of the CardboardPrison.
* RhymesOnADime: The Chief:
-->'''The Chief''': This is Double Trouble.\\
'''Rockapella''': Double Trouble!\\
'''The Chief''': They're not too bright, but full of tricks. [[ImprobablyLowIQ Their IQ's, total: thirty-six.]]
* RogerRabbitEffect: As {{Lampshaded}} by Greg Lee's "father" in "Mining Crime Station":
-->'''Gus Lee''': Listen, son, I've been meaning to talk to. Are you aware that this, uh, [[MyNameIsNotDurwood "Carmine Santiago"]] lady you've been chasing around is... she's a cartoon, son. She's not a real person. You're aware of that.\\
'''Greg''': Dad, that's how the show works.\\
'''Gus Lee''': As a matter of fact, all the crooks are cartoons! And to put them in jail, you just pull on a chain that's connected to nothing! That is ridiculous!
* RoguesGallery featuring:
** RummageSaleRejects: Vic the Slick.
** PutOnABus: (The) Contessa. [[TheBusCameBack She comes back, though.]]
** DumbMuscle: Eartha Brute.
** BlondesAreEvil: Patty Larceny.
** NonIdenticalTwins: Double Trouble (Trouble!).
** AmusingAlien: Kneemoi. [[ShoutOut Learned]] [[LeonardNimoy Kneemoi]]. [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Talk about a]] ParentalBonus!
** CanonImmigrant[=/=]IdolSinger: Sarah Nade.
** ThePigPen: The appropriately named Top Grunge.
** RoboSpeak: Robocrook.
** BroughtToYouByTheLetterS: [[AffectionateParody WONDER RAAAAAT!]]
* ShoutOut: One gumshoe does the Arsenio Hall "woof" hand motion when introduced.
* SpellMyNameWithAThe: Subverted with Contessa. While everyone else just called her Contessa, Greg had a habit of adding "The." It makes sense, since ''contessa'' is [[GratuitousItalian Italian]] for "countess" instead of being a real name.
* StockFootage: Footage of unusual ways of travel were used in seasons 3 and 4 as a transition from ACME HQ to the final round.
-->'''Greg:''' Wow! How can we afford this cool monorail, Chief?
-->'''Chief:''' [[TwoWordsObviousTrope Three words]], Greg: "ViewersLikeYou"!
* ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish: In "Scrolldies but Goodies", Greg needs a password to unlock a trash can (which is protected by the "Garbage Club"). He doesn't know what the password is, but everyone else does. It actually is "swordfish".
* ThrowItIn: Most of Rockapella's sound effects. Many of their antics were ''built'' around this.
* TimedMission: The map.
** The memory game they played as the second round: when it came to a player's turn, they were on a 10-second shot clock before losing their turn. Subverted, though, since it didn't come into play much, and the round continued until someone won.
* TitleThemeTune: "Do it, Rockapella!"
* TransatlanticEquivalent: A French-Canadian version appears to have debuted right around the time the PBS series left first-run and ran until about 1997 or so. It pretty much copied the PBS series, including a localized version of the main theme done by their own version of Rockapella; just watching the credits will provide the bittersweet proof that PBS couldn't keep a good show down.
* WhyWereBummedCommunismFell: The run of this show on PBS coincided with a period of extremely-short map shelf life, which made the Asia and Europe maps in the final round particularly difficult ("Turkmenistan! Tajikistan!") and forced the Chief to end the show with a disclaimer that "All geographical information was correct as of the date this program was recorded!" (along with the ''recording date'', very rare for a game show to air on purpose) in case some other [[BalkanizeMe former Yugoslav republic]] declared independence while the episode was on the cutting-room floor.
** Czechoslovakia was actually named in the theme song, and it also ceased to exist during the show's run, necessitating a change from "Chicago to Czechoslovakia and back!" to "Chicago to Czech ''and'' Slovakia and back!" (emphasis ours).
*** And in later seasons, the whole verse was changed to "Botswana to Thailand, Milan via Amsterdam, Mali to Bali, Ohio, and Back!" Rockapella used both the outdated verse and the new one in an extended version whenever they performed the song live and on albums.
** The second round (the part with the ''Concentration'' game) of the episode "The Spot Lifter" took place in Leningrad, U.S.S.R. By the time the episode aired, the city had been renamed St. Petersburg for three months. The U.S.S.R. itself did still exist when the episode aired... barely. The episode aired on a Monday. The U.S.S.R. ceased to exist on the Thursday of that same week.
* WorldOfHam: [[IncrediblyLamePun Amusingly enough]]. Every episode was Greg vs. The Chief vs. Rockapella.
* WorldOfPun: What, too easy?
----
Do it, Rockapella!

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->''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, [[TitleDrop where in the world is Carmen Sandiego?]]''
-->Theme song, by Rockapella.

[[EdutainmentShow Educational]] GameShow, based on the ''CarmenSandiego'' computer games by Brøderbund, that ran for five seasons and 295 episodes on Creator/{{PBS}} from September 30, 1991 to December 22, 1995 (with repeats continuing on PBS until October 4, 1996). Three children answered multiple-choice geography questions while pursuing a member of Carmen's gang, who had stolen a famous landmark.

Instead of playing for cash, the young "detectives" played for points, here called "Acme Crime Bucks". Halfway through the show, the lowest scorer was eliminated. The two remaining children played a game akin to ''{{Concentration}}'', looking for the loot, the warrant and the crook, in that order. The winner of that round played the end game, placing markers on a large floor map, hoping to arrest Carmen herself and win the grand prize of a trip anywhere in the 48 contiguous United States. In the second season, this was expanded to all of North America; presumably, Hawaii was never an option.

Much of the show's memorability can be attributed to the terrific cast: host Greg Lee, Lynne Thigpen as DaChief and "house band" Rockapella, who provided an a-cappella soundtrack (including the famous theme song, not to mention all the wacky sound effects).

In the successor series, ''WhereInTimeIsCarmenSandiego?'' (1996-97), the focus shifted from geography to history, and Kevin Shinick succeeded Lee as quizmaster. Lynne Thigpen was the only regular cast member in both Carmen Sandiego series.
----
!!GameShow Tropes in use:
* BigWinSirens: A standard police siren sounded every time a match was successful. Winning the bonus round resulted in the siren speeding up and various bells and horns accompanying it.
* BonusRound: Here's a map of a country or continent. Place these markers on seven (later eight) locations within 45 seconds (or 60 seconds on the Asia map in the first season) and win a trip.
* ConfettiDrop: When the ''crook'' was captured (thus winning the main game), and not if Carmen was captured in the bonus round.
* ConsolationPrize
* GoldenSnitch: The final clue of each round was sometimes this. Earlier clues and games awarded 5 or 10 Crime Bucks per answer, but in the final round contestants could risk, in increments of 10, up to 50. Often this resulted in the final clue being the sole determiner of the finishing order of the contestants.
** The ''{{Concentration}}''-esque memory game. The points from the trivia rounds no longer mattered. It was just a matter of luck and memory as far as who made it to the BonusRound, making everything leading up to this game ''almost'' meaningless. (All that it did was to determine who was the first to choose in that second round.)
* HomeGame: Inverted; the game show was based off the home computer game.
* Personnel:
** TheAnnouncer: Lynne Thigpen.
** GameShowHost: Greg Lee.
** StudioAudience
** Rockapella
* ThinkMusic: Two songs, both performed by Rockapella - "How much you wanna risk?" during the wagering portion of the game, and "Where do you wanna go?" as the winning contestant wrote down his desired trip destination if he captured Carmen.
----
!!This show contains examples of:
* AcmeProducts: Sort of. The sleuths worked for the Acme Detective Agency.
** Played straight during the clue segments of the show, especially when they involved guest stars. Scott Weinger was said to have come from "Acme Voice of Aladdin Net," James Avery came from "Acme Shredder Net," and Katie Couric from "Acme 'Don't Call Me Perky' Net."
* BlackBossLady: Lynne Thigpen, of course.
* BrickJoke: The intro for the "Chase" round often contained an element from another sketch earlier on. Also, during the "Training Exercise," where the contestants had to race to dig a clue card out of a trash can (first to finish got first shot over the question for 10 points), Greg's can often contained either a gag from earlier in the show or a camera (cue cut to the camera in the can).
* [[CallAHitPointASmeerp Call a Point a Smeerp]]: Acme Crime Bucks.
** The contestants are also called "gumshoes".
* CanonImmigrant: The Chief was created for the game show, but she proved to be so popular that she eventually made it into newer editions of the computer games.
* CardboardPrison: Done to such an absurd extent that you wonder why the kids even bothered arresting the criminals. Adding to the frustration is the show's closing CreditsGag.
* CarriedByTheHost: The goofy Greg Lee's chemistry with the straight-faced Chief, along with Rockapella's musical accompaniment. Without them, it would have been just another dull edutainment show.
* CatchPhrase: "I salute you!"
** "Do it, Rockapella!"
** "All these people want to know: [[TitleDrop Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?]]"
* CoolOldLady: Nana Raps.
* {{Corpsing}}: Rockapella's Round 2 snarkery (see below) would sometimes make Greg have to stifle his laughter as he would continue to move the round along.
* CreditsGag: Oh, no! The Mooks are out already! They're stealing the credits! Back to work...
* DancePartyEnding: Every episode ended with the audience joining Greg and Rockapella on the giant map for a dance.
* DeadpanSnarker: Rockapella will snark in song if Round 2 starts dragging.
** "Tension's mounting!"
** "Pressure building!"
** "Any day now!"
** "Nothing!"
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Some gems:
** Rockapella wearing modern street clothes rather than 1940's fashions in the 1st pilot.
** Greg spending entire episodes with his hat on.
** The Chief in a green and yellow suit.
** Different sound effects, mostly from ''[[DoubleDare1986 Double Dare]]''.
** Getting answers right actually results in gumshoes ''losing'' Crime Bucks.
** The second round did not require gumshoes to find the loot, warrant, and crook in that order.
** A map that was United States only, and the markers contained state flags instead of police lights, which the gumshoes had to match with their respective states.
** No rhyme by The Chief at the end, and no "Do it, Rockapella!"
** 60 Seconds for the bonus round instead of 45
* EducationalSong: Some of Rockapella's full-length songs used when the show ran short. There was one about the [[TopTenList five largest]] islands in the world.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: As hinted by the "MOM" tattoo on Top Grunge's arm.
* EvolvingMusic: Czechoslovakia's 1992 split into Slovakia and the Czech Republic necessitated a change to the theme song.
* FilmingForEasyDub: The only times the animated villains speak during the show are in the phone tap skit and when the captured crook calls to rat out Carmen. In both cases, they budget-savingly hold the phone over their mouths, allowing the same animation to be used with different dialogue in other episodes.
* [[GameOverMan Game Over Woman]]: A failure on the map is indicated by a newspaper graphic with Carmen on the front page and the headline "Carmen Escapes Again!"
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: One of the first taped episodes featured Rockapella singing a song called "Zombie Jamboree" at the end instead of the theme song... complete with the line "I don't give a damn." On a ''PBS kids' show''.
* HesOkay: A few sketches involved Rockapella or some other informant taking a really nasty hit. Greg would assure the audience that nobody was hurt by saying this.
** Inverted in the unaired episode "Auld Lang Gone", where the winning gumshoe broke her arm on the Europe map.
* HurricaneOfPuns: The ending theme. Seriously.
** The Chief uses quite a few of these, as well.
* IncrediblyLamePun: IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming aside, this show goes nuts with this trope!
* ListSong: This ties into CrowningMusicOfAwesome.
* LargeHam: Both Rockapella and Greg Lee to some degree.
* LuckBasedMission: The concentration game they played as round 2.
* MonumentalTheft: On the low end, Carmen and her crew take things like the Titanic, the Pyramids of Giza, and the Great Wall of China. Watch the show to see the high end {{Monumental Theft}}s.
* MookFaceTurn: Immediately following Round 2, the winning gumshoe gets a phone call from the apprehended crook. This reveals where (i.e., on which map/continent) the winner will be searching for Carmen that day.
* NiceHat: Greg and the contestants usually came in wearing some cool hats. Hats and detectives just go together.
* NintendoHard: The SurpriseDifficulty was in the bonus game, where the contestant carried around posts and marked off countries on a giant floor map starting from the north side, which made the map appear upside down to the contestant. Even if you knew all the answers, the fact that they needed ''exact'' placement (seriously, the posts didn't work if they weren't perfectly on top of the target), the actual shuttle running and keeping the things from falling over, coupled with a brutal time limit, made it extremely hard to win. Usually, one double-miss meant Carmen could safely escape.
** And then it got worse, because they changed it from seven to eight markers necessary to win.
** The reason was apparently that PBS, being PBS, really couldn't afford to pay for many grand prizes.
** One episode has gone unaired because a contestant fell and suffered an arm fracture during the bonus round. It's now an OldShame for the stations that produced the show.
* NoHonorAmongThieves: The MookFaceTurn phone call that preceeded the BonusRound.
** (The) Contessa even references this trope by name. "Honor among thieves? Surely you jest! If I'm going to prison, I'm taking Carmen with me!"
* NonLethalWarfare
* OpeningNarration:
--> '''Chief:''' All these people want to know: \\
'''Rockapella:''' ''Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?''
* OutOfOrder: The two pilot episodes would air much later in the season.
* PhraseCatcher: Indeed. "Do it, Rockapella!"
* PaintingTheMedium: On one episode, The Chief shows Greg a camera-switching device. When Greg starts playing with it, he switches to a shot so wide that it exposes the studio surrounding the office set.
* PunnyName
* ResetButton: No doubt a result of the CardboardPrison.
* RhymesOnADime: The Chief:
-->'''The Chief''': This is Double Trouble.\\
'''Rockapella''': Double Trouble!\\
'''The Chief''': They're not too bright, but full of tricks. [[ImprobablyLowIQ Their IQ's, total: thirty-six.]]
* RogerRabbitEffect: As {{Lampshaded}} by Greg Lee's "father" in "Mining Crime Station":
-->'''Gus Lee''': Listen, son, I've been meaning to talk to. Are you aware that this, uh, [[MyNameIsNotDurwood "Carmine Santiago"]] lady you've been chasing around is... she's a cartoon, son. She's not a real person. You're aware of that.\\
'''Greg''': Dad, that's how the show works.\\
'''Gus Lee''': As a matter of fact, all the crooks are cartoons! And to put them in jail, you just pull on a chain that's connected to nothing! That is ridiculous!
* RoguesGallery featuring:
** RummageSaleRejects: Vic the Slick.
** PutOnABus: (The) Contessa. [[TheBusCameBack She comes back, though.]]
** DumbMuscle: Eartha Brute.
** BlondesAreEvil: Patty Larceny.
** NonIdenticalTwins: Double Trouble (Trouble!).
** AmusingAlien: Kneemoi. [[ShoutOut Learned]] [[LeonardNimoy Kneemoi]]. [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Talk about a]] ParentalBonus!
** CanonImmigrant[=/=]IdolSinger: Sarah Nade.
** ThePigPen: The appropriately named Top Grunge.
** RoboSpeak: Robocrook.
** BroughtToYouByTheLetterS: [[AffectionateParody WONDER RAAAAAT!]]
* ShoutOut: One gumshoe does the Arsenio Hall "woof" hand motion when introduced.
* SpellMyNameWithAThe: Subverted with Contessa. While everyone else just called her Contessa, Greg had a habit of adding "The." It makes sense, since ''contessa'' is [[GratuitousItalian Italian]] for "countess" instead of being a real name.
* StockFootage: Footage of unusual ways of travel were used in seasons 3 and 4 as a transition from ACME HQ to the final round.
-->'''Greg:''' Wow! How can we afford this cool monorail, Chief?
-->'''Chief:''' [[TwoWordsObviousTrope Three words]], Greg: "ViewersLikeYou"!
* ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish: In "Scrolldies but Goodies", Greg needs a password to unlock a trash can (which is protected by the "Garbage Club"). He doesn't know what the password is, but everyone else does. It actually is "swordfish".
* ThrowItIn: Most of Rockapella's sound effects. Many of their antics were ''built'' around this.
* TimedMission: The map.
** The memory game they played as the second round: when it came to a player's turn, they were on a 10-second shot clock before losing their turn. Subverted, though, since it didn't come into play much, and the round continued until someone won.
* TitleThemeTune: "Do it, Rockapella!"
* TransatlanticEquivalent: A French-Canadian version appears to have debuted right around the time the PBS series left first-run and ran until about 1997 or so. It pretty much copied the PBS series, including a localized version of the main theme done by their own version of Rockapella; just watching the credits will provide the bittersweet proof that PBS couldn't keep a good show down.
* WhyWereBummedCommunismFell: The run of this show on PBS coincided with a period of extremely-short map shelf life, which made the Asia and Europe maps in the final round particularly difficult ("Turkmenistan! Tajikistan!") and forced the Chief to end the show with a disclaimer that "All geographical information was correct as of the date this program was recorded!" (along with the ''recording date'', very rare for a game show to air on purpose) in case some other [[BalkanizeMe former Yugoslav republic]] declared independence while the episode was on the cutting-room floor.
** Czechoslovakia was actually named in the theme song, and it also ceased to exist during the show's run, necessitating a change from "Chicago to Czechoslovakia and back!" to "Chicago to Czech ''and'' Slovakia and back!" (emphasis ours).
*** And in later seasons, the whole verse was changed to "Botswana to Thailand, Milan via Amsterdam, Mali to Bali, Ohio, and Back!" Rockapella used both the outdated verse and the new one in an extended version whenever they performed the song live and on albums.
** The second round (the part with the ''Concentration'' game) of the episode "The Spot Lifter" took place in Leningrad, U.S.S.R. By the time the episode aired, the city had been renamed St. Petersburg for three months. The U.S.S.R. itself did still exist when the episode aired... barely. The episode aired on a Monday. The U.S.S.R. ceased to exist on the Thursday of that same week.
* WorldOfHam: [[IncrediblyLamePun Amusingly enough]]. Every episode was Greg vs. The Chief vs. Rockapella.
* WorldOfPun: What, too easy?
----
Do it, Rockapella!
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27th Feb '13 10:18:14 AM slomoto
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** Played straight during the clue segments of the show, especially when they involved guest stars. Scot Weinger was said to have come from "Acme Voice of Aladdin Net," James Avery came from "Shredder Net," and Katie Couric came from "Acme 'Don't Call Me Perky' Net."

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** Played straight during the clue segments of the show, especially when they involved guest stars. Scot Scott Weinger was said to have come from "Acme Voice of Aladdin Net," James Avery came from "Shredder "Acme Shredder Net," and Katie Couric came from "Acme 'Don't Call Me Perky' Net."



*** And in later seasons, the whole verse was changed to "Botswana to Thailand, Milan via Amsterdam, Mali to Bali, Ohio, and Back! Rockapella used both the outdated verse and the new one in an extended version whenever they performed the song live and on albums.

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*** And in later seasons, the whole verse was changed to "Botswana to Thailand, Milan via Amsterdam, Mali to Bali, Ohio, and Back! Back!" Rockapella used both the outdated verse and the new one in an extended version whenever they performed the song live and on albums.
27th Feb '13 10:16:22 AM slomoto
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*** And in later seasons, the whole verse was changed to "Botswana to Thailand, Milan via Amsterdam, Mali to Bali, Ohio, and Back! Rockapella used both the outdated verse and the new one in an extended version whenever they performed the song live and on albums.
27th Feb '13 9:58:46 AM slomoto
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**Played straight during the clue segments of the show, especially when they involved guest stars. Scot Weinger was said to have come from "Acme Voice of Aladdin Net," James Avery came from "Shredder Net," and Katie Couric came from "Acme 'Don't Call Me Perky' Net."
2nd Feb '13 7:56:53 AM thevisualboy37
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* ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish: In "Scrolldies but Goodies", Greg needs a password to unlock a trash can (which is protected by the "Garbage Club"). He doesn't know what the password is, but everyone else does. It actually is "swordfish".
8th Jan '13 2:59:51 PM tyrekecorrea
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'''The Chief''': They're not too bright, but full of tricks. [[ImprobablyLowIQ Their IQ's, total, thirty-six.]]

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'''The Chief''': They're not too bright, but full of tricks. [[ImprobablyLowIQ Their IQ's, total, total: thirty-six.]]
8th Jan '13 7:27:36 AM CJO123
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In the successor series, ''WhereInTimeIsCarmenSandiego?'' (1996-98), the focus shifted from geography to history, and Kevin Shinick succeeded Lee as quizmaster. Lynne Thigpen was the only regular cast member in both Carmen Sandiego series.

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In the successor series, ''WhereInTimeIsCarmenSandiego?'' (1996-98), (1996-97), the focus shifted from geography to history, and Kevin Shinick succeeded Lee as quizmaster. Lynne Thigpen was the only regular cast member in both Carmen Sandiego series.
8th Jan '13 7:26:53 AM CJO123
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[[EdutainmentShow Educational]] GameShow, based on the ''CarmenSandiego'' computer games by Brøderbund, that ran on Creator/{{PBS}} from September 30, 1991 to December 22, 1995 (with repeats continuing on PBS until October 4, 1996). Three children answered multiple-choice geography questions while pursuing a member of Carmen's gang, who had stolen a famous landmark.

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[[EdutainmentShow Educational]] GameShow, based on the ''CarmenSandiego'' computer games by Brøderbund, that ran for five seasons and 295 episodes on Creator/{{PBS}} from September 30, 1991 to December 22, 1995 (with repeats continuing on PBS until October 4, 1996). Three children answered multiple-choice geography questions while pursuing a member of Carmen's gang, who had stolen a famous landmark.
4th Jan '13 6:29:05 PM orvillethird
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** (The) Contessa even references this trope by name. "Honor among thieves? Surely you jest! If I'm going to prison, I'm taking Carmen with me!"
11th Dec '12 6:26:30 AM SeptimusHeap
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* PaintingTheFourthWall: On one episode, The Chief shows Greg a camera-switching device. When Greg starts playing with it, he switches to a shot so wide that it exposes the studio surrounding the office set.

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* PaintingTheFourthWall: PaintingTheMedium: On one episode, The Chief shows Greg a camera-switching device. When Greg starts playing with it, he switches to a shot so wide that it exposes the studio surrounding the office set.
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