Odd Squad
A yellow badge shape with a starburst coming from its center, emblazoned with the words "Odd Squad"
GenreEducational,[1] Comedy[2]
Created byTim McKeon
Adam Peltzman
Written byTim McKeon
Starring
ComposerPaul Buckley
Country of originCanada
United States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes108 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
ProducersMatthew J.R. Bishop
Georgina Lopez
Ellen Doherty
Production locationsToronto, Ontario
EditorsJennifer Essex-Chew
Courtney Goldman
Christopher Minns
Laura Bower
Running time10-13 minutes; two episodes paired for a half-hour program
Production companiesSinking Ship Entertainment
Fred Rogers Productions
Original release
NetworkTVO Kids (Canada)
PBS Kids (United States)
ReleaseNovember 26, 2014 (2014-11-26)[3] –
present (present)

Odd Squad (stylized as ODD SQUAD) is a children's live action educational television series[4][5] created by Tim McKeon and Adam Peltzman. The series premiered on TVOKids in Canada and PBS Kids in the United States on November 26, 2014. Similar to Cyberchase and Peg + Cat, the series involves child characters using mathematical concepts (addition, multiplication, using data in graphs, etc.) to advance each episode's plot. The series features child actors (whose characters are the employees of the "Odd Squad") who use indirect reasoning and basic math to solve and investigate strange happenings in their town.

Description

The series follows the exploits of Odd Squad, an organization run entirely by children, that solves peculiar problems using math skills. In the first two seasons, it typically features two employees of the organization's investigation division that work in precinct 13579 of the organization—Agents Olive (Dalila Bela) and Otto (Filip Geljo) in the first season and Olympia (Anna Cathcart) and Otis (Isaac Kragten) in the second season. Selected episodes feature other types of employees of the fictional organization, like security officers, so-called "tube operators" and scientists. The names of the employees nearly always start with the letter O. Agents are typically assigned cases by their boss, Ms. O (Millie Davis), and travel via a system of interconnected tubes to get to their destinations. They deduce the solution to the problem or how to detain the perpetrator by using basic mathematical principles that are typically the focus of the episode. Often, they cannot solve the problem at the scene and must go back to their precinct's headquarters or to the "Mathroom", a sentient space that communicates through large paper fortune tellers and can unfold them to display information to help the agents see connections and better solve their case. Along with math, agents also use "gadgets" designed by the scientists; in the first season, Agent Oscar (Sean Michael Kyer) heads the lab, gaining an assistant, Agent Oona (Olivia Presti), in early season two who eventually takes over the lab after Oscar is promoted. The characters also have to deal with a variety of recurring villains who often put a mathematical spin on their plots. The seal of the Odd Squad headquarters depicts a jackalope carrying a shield in front of it (bearing an image of the seal—an instance of the Droste effect) and bananas at each side of it. The third season, dubbed Odd Squad Mobile Unit, sees a setting change from precinct 13579 to a van; in this season, four agents are assigned by the Big O (Davis) to work in the van and travel the world solving cases where local precincts either can't reach or need extra help. The fourth season, dubbed Odd Squad UK',' will be set in an Odd Squad location in the United Kingdom.[6]

Cast and characters

Character Portrayed by Appearances
Season 1 Season 2 Season 3 Specials
3A 3B
Agent Olive Dalila Bela Main[a] Does not appear Guest[b] Main
Agent Otto Filip Geljo Main[a] Does not appear Guest[b] Main
Ms. O / Big O Millie Davis Main[b][c]
Agent Oscar Sean Michael Kyer Main[d] Does not appear Guest[b] Main
Agent Olympia Anna Cathcart Does not appear Main Does not appear Guest[b] Main
Agent Otis Isaac Kragten Does not appear Main Does not appear Guest[b] Main
Agent Oona Olivia Presti Does not appear Main[e] Guest Guest[b] Main
Agent Opal Valentina Herrera Does not appear Main Guest[b] Does not appear
Agent Omar Jayce Alexander Does not appear Main Does not appear
Agent Oswald Gavin Maclver-Wright Does not appear Main Does not appear
Agent Orla Alyssa Hidalgo Does not appear Main Does not appear
Agent Osmeralda Glee Dango Does not appear Recurring Main Does not appear
Orpita / Little O Shazdeh Kapadia Does not appear Guest Main Does not appear
  1. ^ a b Bela and Geljo are credited as main cast members until the first episode of season 2, "First Day", where they depart the series.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h These actors are credited as guest stars in the final episode of the series, "Odd Together Now", for their appearance in archival footage. They do not appear in new footage here.
  3. ^ Davis is credited as a main cast member until the twenty-first episode of season 3, "Odd Off the Press", where she departed the series.
  4. ^ Kyer is credited as a main cast member until the sixth episode of season 2, "Oscar Strikes Back", where he departed the series.
  5. ^ Presti is credited as a main cast member as of the seventh episode of season 2, "Olympia's Day/Otis' Day". Prior to this, she is credited as a guest star.

Main

Cast of season 1 and 2 from left to right: Sean Michael Kyer as Oscar, Dalila Bela as Olive, Filip Geljo as Otto, Millie Davis as Ms. O, Olivia Presti as Oona, Isaac Kragten as Otis, Anna Cathcart as Olympia.

Recurring

Odd Squad employees

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Others

Antagonists

Episode list

Main article: List of Odd Squad episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
140November 26, 2014 (2014-11-26)[10]May 30, 2016 (2016-05-30)
235June 20, 2016 (2016-06-20)January 12, 2019 (2019-01-12)
333February 17, 2020 (2020-02-17)July 8, 2022 (2022-07-08)
4122024 (2024)[11]TBA
SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
Odd Squad: The MovieAugust 1, 2016 (2016-08-01)
World Turned OddJanuary 15, 2018 (2018-01-15)

Production

In the UK, the series aired on CBBC[12] and BBC Two.[13] In Australia, it aired on ABC Kids and ABC Me.

Odd Squad films the series throughout Ontario. Part of season 3 was filmed in Cambridge, Ontario.[14]

The final episode of season 3 aired on July 8, 2022. A fourth season, dubbed Odd Squad UK, is set to be released in late 2024.[6]

The fourth will be filmed in the United Kingdom. It will also be produced in association with BBC Studios Kids & Family.[6]

Reception

Critical Response

Odd Squad has received positive reviews from television critics and parents of young children. Monica of Mommy Maestra Blog wrote, "Funny, clever, and sooo creative!"[15]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Recipients Result
2015 Banff World Media Festival Best Show – Pre-School Category Sinking Ship Entertainment Won
Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Children's Series Sinking Ship Entertainment Nominated
Outstanding Writing in a Children's or Pre-School Children's Series Tim McKeon, Alexandra Fox, Rachel Lewis, Adam Peltzman and Mark DeAngelis Nominated
Outstanding Single Camera Editing Jennifer Essex-Chew, Courtney Goldman and Sinking Ship Entertainment Nominated
Outstanding Sound Editing – Live Action P. Jason MacNeil, James Robinson, Earl Torno, Bill Turchinetz, John D. Smith, Dave Yonson, Virginia Storey and Sinking Ship Entertainment Nominated
Outstanding Directing in a Children's or Pre-School Children's Series J. J. Johnson Won
Outstanding Hairstyling Patricia Cuthbert Won
Kidscreen Awards[16] Kids: Best Non-Animated or Mixed Series Sinking Ship Entertainment Nominated
Parents' Choice Award Parents' Choice Gold Honor Sinking Ship Entertainment Won
Youth Media Alliance Award of Excellence, Best Convergent Website Sinking Ship Entertainment Nominated
Award of Excellence for Best Television Program, All Genres, Ages 6–8 Category Sinking Ship Entertainment Won
2016 TCA Awards[17] Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming Odd Squad Nominated
Canadian Screen Awards Best Direction in a Children's or Youth Program or Series Craig Wallace and Sinking Ship Entertainment Nominated
Best Writing in a Children's or Youth Program or Series Tim McKeon and Sinking Ship Entertainment Nominated
Best Picture Editing in a Variety or Sketch Comedy Program or Series Sinking Ship Entertainment Nominated
Best Performance in a Children's or Youth Series Dalila Bela Nominated
Best Pre-School Program or Series Sinking Ship Entertainment Won
Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Children's Series Paul Siefken, J.J. Johnson, Tim McKeon, Blair Powers, Adam Peltzman, Emily Helfgot, Matthew J.R. Bishop, Mark De Angelis, Georgina Lopez and Sinking Ship Entertainment Nominated
Interactive Media – Enhancement to Daytime Series Blair Powers, Paul Siefken, Gavin Friesen, Ronald Ruslim, Dave Peth and Sinking Ship Entertainment Nominated
Outstanding Stunt Coordination Regan Moore Nominated
Outstanding Performer in a Children's Series or Pre-School Series - Oscar Sean Michael Kyer Nominated
Outstanding Sound Editing – Live Action John Douglas Smith, P. Jason MacNeil, Bill Turchinetz, Dave Yonson and Virginia Storey Nominated
Outstanding Writing in a Children's or Pre-School Children's Series Tim McKeon, Charles Johnston and Mark De Angelis Won
Outstanding Directing in a Children's or Pre-School Children's Series J.J. Johnson, Stephen Reynolds, Brian K. Roberts, Stefan Scaini, Craig David Wallace and Sinking Ship Entertainment Won
Outstanding Costume Design Christine Toye Won
Outstanding Hairstyling Patricia Cuthbert Won
Parents' Choice Award Parents' Choice Gold Honor Sinking Ship Entertainment Won
2017 TCA Awards[18] Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming Odd Squad Nominated
Canadian Screen Awards[19] Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Limited Series Millie Davis Nominated
Best Direction in a Children's or Youth Program or Series J.J. Johnson Nominated
Best Direction in a Children's or Youth Program or Series Stefan Scaini Nominated
Best Original Music Score for a Program Paul Buckley Nominated
Best Performance in a Children's or Youth Program Sean Michael Kyer Nominated
Best TV Movie or Limited Series Odd Squad: The MovieSinking Ship Entertainment Nominated
Best Writing in a Children's or Youth Series Tim McKeon, Adam Peltzman and Mark DeAngelis Nominated
Best Children's or Youth Fiction Program or Series Sinking Ship Entertainment Won
Daytime Emmy Awards[20][21] Outstanding Children's or Family Viewing Series J.J. Johnson, Tim McKeon, Blair Powers, Paul Siefken, Matthew J.R. Bishop, Georgina Lopez and Stephen J. Turnbull Nominated
Outstanding Interactive – Enhancement to Daytime Program or Series Ellen Doherty, Tim McKeon, Adam Peltzman, Blair Powers, Gavin Friesen, Ronald Ruslim, Stephen J. Turnbull, Dave Peth and Anna Cathcart Nominated
Outstanding Writing in a Children's or Pre-School Children's Series Tim McKeon, Amy Benham, Charles Johnston, Adam Peltzman, Mark De Angelis and Robby Hoffman Nominated
Outstanding Directing in a Children's or Pre-School Children's Series J.J. Johnson, Stephen Reynolds, Stefan Scaini and Warren P. Sonoda Nominated
Outstanding Single Camera Editing Jennifer Essex-Chew, Courtney Goldman and Christopher Minns Nominated
Outstanding Performer in a Children's, Pre-School Children's or Family Viewing Program Isaac Kragten Won
Outstanding Costume Design Christine Toye Won
Outstanding Hairstyling Liz Roelands Won
Outstanding Make-up Jenna Servatius Won
Parents' Choice Award Parents' Choice Gold Honor[22] Sinking Ship Entertainment Won
Youth Media Alliance[23] Best Program, Live Action, Ages 6–9 Sinking Ship Entertainment Nominated
Kidscreen Awards[24] Best Non-Animated or Mixed Series - KIDS PROGRAMING Sinking Ship Entertainment Won
2018 TCA Awards[25] Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming Odd Squad Nominated
Canadian Screen Awards[26] Best Children's or Youth Fiction Program or Series Sinking Ship Entertainment Won
Best Direction, Children's or Youth J.J. Johnson Nominated
Best Writing, Children's or Youth Tim McKeon and Adam Peltzman Won
Best Performance, Children's or Youth Anna Cathcart Nominated
Best Cross-Platform Project Odd Squad 1.5 Won
US International Film Festival Second Place – Silver Screen Award Sinking Ship Entertainment Won
Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Children's or Family Viewing Series J.J. Johnson, Tim McKeon, Blair Powers, Paul Siefken, Ellen Doherty, Matthew J.R. Bishop, Adam Peltzman, Mark De Angelis, Stephen J. Turnbull and Sinking Ship Entertainment Nominated
Outstanding Writing in a Children's, Preschool Children's, Family Viewing Tim McKeon, Adam Peltzman, Mark De Angelis and Robby Hoffman Nominated
Outstanding Directing in a Children's, Preschool Children's or Family Viewing Program J.J. Johnson, Stephen Reynolds and Warren P. Sonoda Nominated
Outstanding Art Direction/Set Decoration/Scenic Design Ron Stefaniuk, Diana Magnus, Amanda Vernuccio, Danielle Dobbyn, Jennifer Bryson and Sinking Ship Entertainment Nominated
Outstanding Lighting Direction George Lajtai, C.S.C and Sinking Ship Entertainment Nominated
Outstanding Sound Mixing Igor Bezuglov, Andrew McDonnell, John Bradshaw, Sean Karp and Sinking Ship Entertainment Nominated
Outstanding Costume Design/Styling Christine Toye Nominated
Outstanding Hairstyling Liz Roelands Nominated
2019 TCA Awards[27] Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming Odd Squad Nominated
Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Children's or Family Viewing Series Ellen Doherty, J.J. Johnson, Timothy McKeon, Blair Powers, Matthew J.R. Bishop, Mark De Angelis, Adam Peltzman and Stephen J. Turnbull Won
Outstanding Writing in a Children's, Preschool Children's, Family Viewing Timothy McKeon, Mark De Angelis, Adam Peltzman and Robby Hoffman Won
Outstanding Directing for a Children's, Preschool Children's or Family Viewing Program Nominated
Outstanding Art Direction/Set Decoration/Scenic Design Nominated
Outstanding Costume Design/Styling Nominated
Youth Media Alliance[28] Best Program, Live Action, Ages 6–9 Sinking Ship Entertainment Won
Best Interactive Content, Ages 6–9 Odd Squad 2.0 Nominated
Outstanding Youth Performer Anna Cathcart Nominated
Outstanding Youth Performer Millie Davis Nominated
Outstanding Youth Performer Isaac Kragten Nominated
Canadian Screen Awards[29] Best Children's or Youth Fiction Program or Series J.J. Johnson, Tim McKeon, Blair Powers, Paul Siefken, Matthew R.J. Bishop, Adam Peltzman, Mark De Angelis and Stephen J. Turnbull Won
Best Direction, Children's or Youth J.J. Johnson Won
Best Performance, Children's or Youth Anna Cathcart[30] Won
Best Performance, Children's or Youth Millie Davis Nominated
Best Performance, Children's or Youth Isaac Kragten Nominated
Best Writing, Children's or Youth Mark De Angelis and Leah Gotcsik (for "Where There's a Wolf, There's a Way" and "New Jacket Required") Won
Parent's Choice Gold Honour 2019 Parent's Choice Award Won
Kidscreen Awards[31] Best Non-Animated or Mixed Series Won
Best in Class Won
Best Non-Animated or Mixed Series Nominated
Best Website Won
British Academy Children's Awards[32] International Live-Action Scott Montgomery, Warren P. Sonoda, Mark D'Angelis Nominated
2020 TCA Awards[33] Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming Odd Squad Nominated
Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Sound Editing for a Live Action Program James Robinson, Bill Turchinetz, John Douglas Smith, Jason MacNeill, Ryan Lukasik, Jason Charbonneau and Brandon Bak Won
2021 TCA Awards[34] Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming Odd Squad Nominated
Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Art Direction/Set Decoration/Scenic Design Amanda Vernuccio, Sean Moore, Stephen Depko and Darren Pickering Won
Outstanding Lighting Direction Gayle Ye Won
2022 TCA Awards[35] Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming Odd Squad Nominated

Other media

Several Odd Squad themed video games have been created for the PBS Kids website and TVO Kids.[36][37] An official series tie-in book titled: 'The Odd Squad Agent's Handbook' was released in 2020. It was written by the show's creators, Tim McKeon and Adam Peltzman.[38]

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