We might not be able to answer where in the world is Carmen Sandiego, but we can say when Carmen Sandiego will be. Netflix announced today via Twitter that “Carmen Sandiego” will debut on January 18th, 2019. Start studying your geography now.
Unlike the earlier iterations of the character, “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?,” which aired on public television from 1991 to 1995 on public television, and “Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego?,” which aired on public television from 1996 to 1997, this will not be a live action gameshow but a fully animated endeavor. That makes it closer to the fully animated Fox Saturday morning television show “Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego?,” which ran from 1994 to 1999. (All of the series were based on a 1985 educational videogame that inspired a number of sequels, including one set in outer space.)
This new show will serve as something of an origin story for the character (voiced here by Gina Rodriguez), an international thief and raconteur, as well as her sidekick Player (voiced by Finn Wolfhard). According to the official release, “We will follow her escapades and get to determine not only where but WHO in the world is Carmen Sandiego?” Intriguing!
Hopefully the new series will utilize the same charming combination of education and entertainment that the original series did, since nobody minds learning stuff when it’s this fun.