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Western Animation: Time Warp Trio
A 2005 Discovery Kids series based off the book series of the same name.

The show mainly focuses around ordinary kid 10-year-old Joe, who, on his birthday, is given a mysterious book by his magician uncle who he was named after. This book, simply called "The Book", uses Time Travel to send Joe and his best friends, Sam and Fred, to the time of Blackbeard. They get out okay, but more time travel ensues. They soon travel to 2105, where they meet their own great-granddaughters named after them: Jodie, Samantha, and Freddi. Soon, the six of them go on time-warping adventures-usually three an episode, mix and match- and are sometimes joined by Joe's little sister Anna.

It ran 26 episodes from 2005 to 2006. A second season was ordered but has not been announced, although it was recently moved to a new and more appropriate time slot. Now airs on The Hub.

Note: This article is NOT for the books, but the TV show adaption!

For the books, go HERE.


This show contains examples of:

  • Adaptation Expansion: A lot of it. For example, the books had no Big Bad.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Along with adding a big bad, the girls get their own adventures by themselves.
  • Arson Murder And Jay Walking: In "The Seven Blunders of the world", there's this with Hamonri and "Marduke"
    Marduke: And so you will. Or II will rain fire upon your house, dry up your wells plague you with itches in hard to scratch places!
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Joe's sister who tags along every now and then. Ironically, she's said to have more skills in using the Book than her brother.
  • Bad Future: It's not seen on screen but this apparently what becomes of Samantha's time in the episode where they accidentally allow Napoleon to win Waterloo.
  • Bears Are Bad News: One in the Lewis and Clark episode comes to steal food, trapping Samantha against a tree.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Uttered in the opening and played straight in the series; let's just say that imagining being into a historical setting compared to being IN it is two different things all together.
  • Big Bad: Mad Jack
    • Give him points for being Joe's uncle.
  • Book Dumb: Fred
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: The website had character bios back in the day and sort of implied this was the case with Samantha. According to it she's smart but isn't as into school as Sam is (she gets bored just sitting around all day).
  • Comically Small Bribe: Played with, $1 in the 30s was a lot of money, but the girls are from a time when 100s are small change so they view it this way.
  • Cliff Hanger: At the end of "Able Was I Ere I Saw Elba", the book is seen being stolen by someone. this is continued in "The 7 blunders of the world
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Fred
  • Deus ex Machina: Sam and Samantha's pocket watch, the latter who modified it to allow them to hope forward or backward in time (albeit in random locations or only a few minutes back). Allowed the crew to fix major blunders during crucial moments.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Mad Jack appeared in the background of every episode before his official appearance. no joke.
  • Foreshadowing: The episode "Breaking the Codex" reveals that at some point Joe will have a fight across time against Mad Jack. Due to the series cancellation, we never saw it.
  • Five-Man Band: If the girls are included you have:
  • Frankenstein's Monster: In "A Nightmare on Joe's street"
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: For a kids' series, the show is surprisingly violent. No blood or gore shown but a few historical characters do get killed (the camera pulls away when they do).
    • There was also a member of the press drawing a donkey (think about the other name for donkey) on his note pad when he was frustrated and thought Edison was a jerk that was wasting his time with no ideas to announce.
  • Hero of Another Story: With a show that heavily relies on Historical-Domain Character, this is a given. Notably, one episode featured this happening to one of the main characters. After Sam and Fred get back from their adventure with Jodi in "The Caveman Catastrophe", Joe runs into the room raving about his adventure with Samantha and Freddi. Turns out the past and future versions of the Book were reacting to each other.
  • Historical-Domain Character: Basically runs on this trope.
  • Historical In-Joke
  • Hitler's Time Travel Exemption Act: In one episode, Joe, Samantha and Fred accidentally cause Napoleon to win the Battle of Waterloo. When they return to the present, the U.S. is now "New France" and they are forced to go back in time and fix it.
  • How We Got Here: The preview before the opening shows the gang stuck in the past. After the opening, we figure out how the heck they get there.
  • Identical Grandfather: Sam, Joe, and Fred look just like Freddi, Jodie, and Samantha. However, the girls have personality traits that are vastly different than the guys.
  • I Kiss Your Foot: Joe was forced to kiss a female priest's foot in "See You Later, Gladiator". Not just any female's, either; he kissed his sister's, because she had The Book and wouldn't save them unless he did so.
  • Inn Between the Worlds: Mable's Diner is a diner for time travelers that exist out of any one time zone.
  • Jerk Jock: Fred's older brother is only briefly seen, but it's enough to confirm he's one. Fred is ALMOST this, but he seems to know the line between teasing and actually hurting feelings most of the time and if anything is a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
  • Megane: Sam and Samantha
  • Memento MacGuffin: The Book was given to Joe on his 10th birthday.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: More often, it's Fred's fault that they're stuck in the past.
  • Not a Game: Both trios are in real danger of being killed during their time travels, largely due to less then savory historical characters.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Sam scores the winning goal in a football game, probably the only physical achievement in his life. We mostly likely don't see it because it's been Ret-Goned.
  • One Steve Limit: Averts it hard.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: In "Dude, Where's My Karma", Fred becomes amazingly smart when he notices that Joe was a horrible magician, so he couldn't have been making himself disappear.
  • Panthera Awesome: In "Me Oh Maya", the kids are kidnapped by Mayan soldiers and taken to be eaten by jaguars.
  • Pun-Based Title: Time Warp Trio does this for the episode titles. Examples: "Me Oh Maya", "My Big Fat Greek Olympics", "You Can't, But Genghis Khan".
  • Punny Name / Unfortunate Name: A running gag is all non- Historical-Domain Character villains have names that are bad puns on insults.
  • Ridiculous Future Inflation: "Give me that hundred back you borrowed for gum". Made even funnier by the facts it's said directly after a man in Amelia Earheart's time offered them a whole dollar.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Fred being the one who's off to face whatever's in front of them, Sam being the one who wants to think logically.
  • Second Episode Introduction: The girls.
  • Shout-Out: Blink and you'll miss it, but in "2195", a boy with brown hair wearing a red vest flies by on a hover board.
  • Stable Time Loop: Most of the time when the trios go back to the past, they don't affect the future (save for a few cases). A major danger though is that the crew have to avoid being killed during their adventures and keep their book intact. Especially true for the boys cause if something happens to them in the far off past (or get stuck too long in the future), their granddaughters will never be born.
    • This was definitely played straight in the Amelia Earhart episode. Freddi wants to figure out what happened to her...only to find out that when the Female Trio got to the plane that Amelia was asking who THEY were and how they got on her plane.
  • Talking Animal: In "Harem Scarem", a monkey at first appears to be a case of Consulting Mister Puppet. It turns out to be this.
  • Stage Magician: Uncle Joe is this and Joe wants to be this.
  • Temporal Paradox: Explored in the episode "2105" where Joe, Sam, Fred, Jodie, Freddi and Samantha realize they have to get the boys back to the year 2005 or else their timeline will be altered and the girls will not be born.
  • Trade Mark Favorite Food: Samantha loves onion rings so much she regularly goes to the past or to Maples to get them. She's also fond of Marshmellows.
  • Trapped in the Past: Almost every episode (the exceptions being the time they were trapped in the future and the maybe two times they didn't loose the book.
  • Time Police: While it's mostly informal, time travelers are responsible for making sure no one screws up the way history is supposed go down (read: The Big Bad Mad Jack). Although it's implied it's a little more formal than we think (for example there's Time Agents monitoring things in specific times/locations).
  • Totally Radical: Averted mostly, but parodied nonetheless. When Fred calls a Moai Statue "Rocking" Samantha and Freddi laugh at what they his dated past slang, asking "What else is it? Cool? Groovy?" Only for it to be revealed that the statue was literally rocking back and forth.
  • Translation Convention: All other languages are translated by the book so the Trios (and the viewers) hear them in English.
  • Universal Translator: The book can translate all languages. The two times this breaks down causes problems for the Trios (almost getting attacked by a Samurai for seemingly sneaking into his house and not being able to explain themselves and accidentally setting the book to a dead language, and thus not being able to get back respectively).
  • The Unreveal: There are two instances of this: The first one is Joe fighting his uncle in an epic fight, and Sam being told he'd invent something super amazing that'd change everything.
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: at the end of the. Lewis and Clark episode. Joanie comments that she "really shouldn't have eaten those berries", then retches, and Samantha and Freddie flee the tent.
  • Walk the Plank: Subverted. Some pirates he clar them mention it and think it's a good idea. Later on, some British guy hears this and tells another British guy to write it down, as it's "a splendid idea".
  • Wayback Trip: Apparently they were SUPOSED to have kind of destroyed the hanging gardens, saved Sitting Bull, etc. as by doing so history stayed the same.
  • Wild Hair: Seems to be genetic in Sam's family (Sam's hair is an unruly black blob, Samantha's hair is styled oddly in a series of wavy bun-like things, and Sam's Russian ancestor has an unruly beard that his refusal to shave almost gets him executed over and that he uses to hide things in).
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Subverted.
  • Young Future Famous People: The boys meet Genesis Khan as a young boy, but could also be applied to Joe and Sam from the girls point of view as both grow up to be famous in the future. Joe for a famous battle against Mad Jack and Sam for inventing..........something.

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