WATCH | On Sept. 30, 1991, the popular computer game "Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego" premiered as a children's game show on PBS. In honor of the TV show's 25th anniversary, here are five ways the nostalgic favorite was like nothing else on TV.
1. It helped launch the a cappella revolution.
Rockapella has no need for your so-called musical instruments.
Still touring, they paved the way for a surge in college a cappella groups, the "Pitch Perfect" movies, and Pentatonix. Do it, Rockapella!
2. It put its child contestants in these absurd detective costumes and fedoras.
Anyone can go on a game show and wear a suit. "Carmen Sandiego" shoehorned its kids into frocks so colorful, they could have been extras in the "Dick Tracy" movie.
Seriously, what the hell?
3. Greg Lee and the late Lynne Thigpen were a dynamic duo.
And partners in crime (solving).
4. It was a game show on PBS.
Yes, that PBS. The series only lasted five seasons, so it didn't have the kind of longevity to inspire other modestly paying children's game shows funded, in part, by "viewers like you."
It's a shame, because "Wheel of Grover" had so much potential.
5. It was legitimately educational.
Its lightning round wasn't just seriously intense, it was the kind of experience that left you both rooting for an earnest kid to win a trip to anywhere in North America, and remembering where Djibouti is on a map.
(It's right here, by the way. But you knew that.)
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