Odd Squad (TV series)
Odd Squad is a Canadian/American children's live action educational television series that premiered on TVOKids in Canada and PBS Kids in the United States on November 26, 2014. Similar to Cyberchase, another math-centered program aired on PBS Kids, the series involves child characters using mathematical concepts (addition, multiplication, using data in graphs, etc.) to advance each episode's plot. The series was created by Tim McKeon and Adam Peltzman and is co-produced by Fred Rogers Productions and Sinking Ship Entertainment in association with TVOKids and Ici Radio-Canada Télé. 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. The series is a general satire of the police procedural and spy fiction genres and uses humor to teach the audience basic math skills and math-related topics. In the UK, the series airs on CBBC. In Latin America, it airs on Discovery Kids. Season 3 of the series has been announced.
Odd Squad logo
|Created by||Tim McKeon|
|Written by||Tim McKeon|
|Creative director(s)||Jim Foundic|
|Country of origin||Canada|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||75 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||J.J. Johnson|
|Producer(s)||Matthew J.R. Bishop|
|Production location(s)||Toronto, Ontario|
|Running time||10-12 minutes; two episodes paired for a half-hour program|
|Production company(s)||Fred Rogers Productions|
Sinking Ship Entertainment
|Original network||TVO (Canada)|
Ici Radio-Canada Télé (Canada)
PBS Kids (U.S.)
|Picture format||720p (HDTV)|
|Audio format||5.1 Surround|
|Original release||November 26, 2014 –|
|Odd Squad on PBS Kids site|
The series follows the exploits of Odd Squad, an organization run entirely by children, that solves peculiar problems using math skills. In particular, 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 1st 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, with one exception, 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" (T.J. McGibbon), 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.
- Agent Olive (Dalila Bela, season 1): Referred to as a longtime employee of the Odd Squad, Olive began season 1 of the series adapting to working with and training her new partner, Otto. Olive is usually calm, brisk, and serious. She has a morbid fear of pies, which she acquired after saving her organization's building from a pie-related disaster instigated by her previous partner, a very gifted agent named Todd who was fired from the organization for misconduct and went on to pursue villainy. In the season 1 finale, Olive departs the series along with her partner, Otto, to run a different Odd Squad precinct as Ms. O.
- Agent Otto (Filip Geljo, season 1): Olive's partner, and in the first episode the newest employee of the organization. In contrast to his partner's more serious demeanor and personality, he is a more lenient, laid-back employee. Despite his lack of experience with his job, Otto frequently uncovers the facts needed to solve the case at hand, even doing so in the absence of his more experienced partner, proving his worth as an agent. In the season 1 finale, Otto departs the series to run another Odd Squad office as Mr. O with his partner, Olive.
- Ms. O/Oprah (Millie Davis, seasons 1–): "Ms. O" is the title of any female head of an Odd Squad division, but in-show, the title most often refers to the head of the division featured on the show. Ms. O is a very strict boss. She has the tendency to yell (a habit seen less frequently as the series progresses) and is often seen sipping a juice box. Despite appearing younger than most of the agents, Ms. O has worked for Odd Squad for several decades; her actual age remains a mystery. In-show, it is revealed that her actual name is "Oprah". In the season 2 finale, Ms. O is promoted to the rank of Big O, leaving Agent Orson to run the squad as Mr. O.
- Agent Oscar (Sean Michael Kyer, seasons 1–2): Oscar was the precinct's head scientist, in charge of the precinct's laboratory. Other employees go to him for technical solutions to their problems. Oscar is depicted as being very intelligent and having a quirky and goofy personality. He departed from the series in the Season 2 episode "Oscar Strikes Back", where he became the president of the organization's science division after the former president was dismissed for misconduct.
- Agent Olympia (Anna Cathcart, season 2): A new agent, introduced in the first episode of season 2, who joins the series to fill in the opening left by the departure of Olive in the season 1 finale. She was given early graduation from the organization's training Academy because Ms. O wanted her in the equivalent of Otto's position. She is depicted as being very social and outgoing, and having a generally happy and carefree personality.
- Agent Otis (Isaac Kragten, season 2): A new agent, introduced at the start of season 2, who joins to fill the opening left by the departure of Otto in the season 1 finale. Unlike his partner, he has a more serious and socially-reserved personality. There are no records of him attending the organization's "Academy", but he is depicted as being the more seasoned member of the new team. Possibly as part of his more socially-reserved demeanor, he has several unusual dislikes; he has a fear of ducks, initially he had a dislike of chewing gum, and once he refused a pizza party offered to him as a reward for his productivity, claiming to not like the ingredients of a pizza. The season 2 finale revealed he was once part of a family of villainous ducks, but ratted them out to Odd Squad for attempting to alter Earth's orbit to make longer summers (his fear of ducks due to anxiety of vengeance from his former duck family). Ms. O took pity on Otis, and trained him personally to become an Odd Squad agent.
- Agent Oona (Olivia Presti, season 2): The precinct's head scientist who is in charge of the laboratory, taking the role from Oscar after his departure from the series in the Season 2 episode "Oscar Strikes Back". Like her predecessor, she is depicted as having a quirky personality.
Odd Squad employeesEdit
- Dr. O (Peyton Kennedy, seasons 1–2, and Kaden Stephen, season 2): The precinct's resident medical employee, who assists others with medical-related problems. She is known for her eccentric behavior and frequently says things that make no sense, whilst frequently reminding the agents "I'm a doctor!" in a manner reminiscent of Star Trek's Dr. McCoy. It is revealed in-show that she was once a worker in the Odd Squad gift shop, but became a doctor when the gift shop was shut down so the space could be used for a laboratory. After the original Dr. O leaves to work as a doctor in space, she is replaced with a new male doctor who previously worked in another department.
- Agent Obfusco (Jaeden J. Noel, season 1): An Odd Squad agent and cross-cultural expert who speaks in obscure riddles. He is difficult for the other agents to understand, and has a generally extremely peculiar and eccentric demeanor, which leads the other employees to try and avoid working with him. He has a sister named Obfuscolina who is even more eccentric than he is, to the point where he cannot understand anything she says and considers himself "normal" when compared to her.
- Agent Ocean (Elijah Sandiford, season 2): The precinct's director of the 'Creature Room', which houses many bizarre "creatures" and plants which Odd Squad agents may need to know about. Ocean has a laid-back and easy-going personality.
- Agent Octavia (Julia Lalonde, season 1): Agent Oz's partner. It was noted in an episode that she is one of the precinct's best employees. She is usually looking for her partner because he is invisible.
- Oksana (Madeleine Barbeau, seasons 1–): The precinct's resident cook, in charge of providing the employees with food. In the show it is mentioned that she has to prepare all the meals by herself. She has a deadpan and sarcastic personality.
- Agent Olaf (Eshaan Buadwal, seasons 1–): Agent Oren's partner. Olaf is happy-go-lucky and jovial in nature but tends to be very simple-minded. Despite this, he has shown to have moments of intelligence, often to the shock and amazement of his fellow agents. He shares Oren's penchant for laziness. He dreams of becoming a dentist and fears not becoming one. He has an unusual obsession with potatoes. Later on in the series it is revealed that he is a werewolf.
- Agent Orchid (Michela Luci, seasons 1–): One of the younger agents. She tends to be extremely stubborn and is often sarcastic and difficult.
- Agent Oren (Brendan Heard, seasons 1–): Agent Olaf's partner. Oren is depicted as snarky and arrogant. Oren and his partner have an ongoing rivalry with Olive and Otto. Oren has an unusual fear of pancakes and dreams of becoming an Odd Squad director and running his own precinct.
- Agent Owen (Christian Distefano, seasons 1–): The head of the precinct's Security department (the department in charge of defending against intruders, checking the precinct's assigned city/town for "oddness", and making sure the more dangerous "creatures" do not escape their containment).
- Agent Orson (Nashton Avila, Nathan Avila. seasons 1-): one of the baby agents. Seen answering the phone in a public service announcement; an excellent driver (Undercover Olive - season 1); perpetual winner of the Agent of the Month Award, until Otis discovered him masquerading as the records clerk Opa (Taylor Thorn), and his twin disguised as Ms O; Was a cry baby when he lost the award. In the season 2 finale, Agent Orson is promoted to Mr. O after the former Ms. O is promoted to the rank of Big O.
- Agent Ohlm (Jaiden Cannatelli, seasons 1-): A thoroughly slow-witted agent who briefly served as a partner for Agent Otto, later on partnering with Agent Orchid when Otto and Olive became Mr. and Ms. O. Ohlm is best-known for his unpredictability and causing confusion, and constantly correcting people for pronouncing his name wrong (despite the fact they pronounce it the same way he does). In the season 2 finale, it's revealed that Ohlm is in reality a clever, intelligent, calculating individual, but played at being dumb in order to bring down Odd Squad out of spite for not being promoted to Big O after graduating the Academy. Olympia, Otis, Ms. O and Oona eventually foiled his plans, and he is currently punished by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ohlm.
- Agent Ozlyn (Arista Arhin, season 2): Worker in the Security Department.
- Agent Olly (Sasha Steiner, season 2): A former doctor who now assists Oksana with maintaining the building's break room and cafeteria.
- Agent Xavier (Leonidas Castrounis, season 2) from Odd Squad's Department X Special Task Force who oversee the agency's work, enforce rules (similar to Internal Affairs) and have the power to temporarily shut Odd Squad down.
- Agent Xena (Sheena Darnley, season 2) Agent Xavier's partner.
- Delivery Debbie (Ashley Botting): A female pizzeria owner who has appeared in numerous episodes and played a key part in the series movie, Odd Squad: The Movie (2016). Her arch rival is Delivery Doug who specializes in the sale of egg-salad sandwiches.
- Polly Graph (Ava Preston): A girl who runs a stand selling hot chocolate or lemonade, depending on the season, outside her house. Employees of the local 'Odd Squad' precinct frequently patronize her stand. She is very fond of graphs and has just the right visual representation to deal with the situation at hand. While she is not an agent, she offers data of all sorts to employees who visit her stand. Ms. O has asked her to come in to assist on cases and internal business within the organization on occasion.
- Soundcheck (Lucas Meeuse, Matthew Armet, Thomas Alderson, Stephan Dickson): A fictitious and satirical boy band made up of Tony D., Danny T., Ringo, and Johnny J., and is well liked by all the precinct employees with the exception of Agent Olive, who later admits to liking them in Odd Squad: The Movie (2016). Songs by the group include Take Away Four, The Force of Gravity and Up, Down, Left, Right. Sound Check as a group appears on the album Odd Squad: Stop the Music.
- Rivka (Meghan Allen): The caretaker for the unseen Baby Genius. Agents meet with them in a dark alley, and have to give gifts that amuse Baby Genius, to get their help.
- Fladam (Martin Roach, seasons 1–): A villain with glasses capable of transforming anything into a two-dimensional form.
- Noisemaker (David Tompa, seasons 1–): A villain who wants to fill the world with odd noises. He wears a variety of instruments all over his body that make sounds whenever he moves.
- Odd Todd (Joshua Kilimnik, seasons 1–): Previously an employee of the organization, Todd was fired for misconduct and began to pursue villainy, taking the name of 'Odd Todd'. A recurring villain in the first season, he was outsmarted by Agent Otto and renounced villainy for other interests. In the second season, he has taken up gardening and has been seen providing assistance to the precinct's employees; he briefly returns as a villain in an alternate timeline in "World Turned Odd". In the season 2 finale, he is running a center to help other villains reform. Early in the first season before Todd was introduced, a running gag was in place where characters would comment about Otto being "so much better than Olive's last partner"; upon Otto's asking about who was her last partner, they would change the subject. Another running gag in place was that the number 43—his badge number—was hidden in various places for viewers to find.
- Puppetmaster (Stacey McGunnigle, season 1): A villainess who not only turns people into Muppet-based puppets, but also plays with sock puppets she presumably makes. She has long hair styled in an updo.
- Shapeshifter (Laura Landauer, seasons 1–): A villain who can transform anything or anyone, including herself, into a different object or person (Examples: In one episode she transforms a briefcase into a pie; in the same episode she also took the form of another character) but the resulting object or person weighs the same as the object/person they were before. A younger version of Shapeshifter is seen in the movie produced to accompany the series, "Odd Squad: The Movie" (2016).
- Tiny Dancer (Danielle Benton, seasons 1–): A villain that makes inanimate objects dance on command.
Awards and nominationsEdit
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|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, Mark DeAngelis||Nominated|
|Outstanding Single Camera Editing||Jennifer Essex-Chew, Courtney Goldman, 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, 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||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||Canadian Screen Awardss||Best Direction in a Children's or Youth Program or Series||Craig Wallace, Sinking Ship Entertainment||Nominated|
|Best Writing in a Children's or Youth Program or Series||Tim McKeon, 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||Delila 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, Sinking Ship Entertainment||Nominated|
|Interactive Media – Enhancement to Daytime Series||Blair Powers, Paul Siefken, Gavin Friesen, Ronald Ruslim, Dave Peth, 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, Virginia Storey||Nominated|
|Outstanding Writing in a Children’s or Pre-School Children’s Series||Tim McKeon, Charles Johnston, 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, 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||Canadian Screen Awards||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 Movie Sinking Ship Entertainment||Nominated|
|Best Writing in a Children's or Youth Series||Tim McKeon, Adam Peltzman, Mark DeAngelis||Nominated|
|Best Children's or Youth Fiction Program or Series||Sinking Ship Entertainment||Won|
|Daytime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Children's or Family Viewing Series||J.J. Johnson, Tim McKeon, Blair Powers, Paul Siefken, Matthew J.R. Bishop, Georgina Lopez, 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, 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, Robby Hoffman||Nominated|
|Outstanding Directing in a Children's or Pre-School Children's Series||J.J. Johnson, Stephen Reynolds, Stefan Scaini, Warren P. Sonoda||Nominated|
|Outstanding Single Camera Editing||Jennifer Essex-Chew, Courtney Goldman, Christopher Minns||Nominated|
|Outstanding Performer in a Children's, Pre-School Children's or Family Viewing Program||Issak Kragten||Won|
|Outstanding Costume Design||Christine Toye||Won|
|Outstanding Hairstyling||Liz Roelands||Won|
|Outstanding Make-up||Jenna Servatius||Won|
|Kidscreen||Best Non-Animated or Mixed Series - KIDS PROGRAMING||Sinking Ship Entertainment||Nominated|
|Parents' Choice Award||Parents’ Choice Gold Honor||Sinking Ship Entertainment||Won|
|Youth Media Alliance||Best Program, Live Action, Ages 6–9||Sinking Ship Entertainment||Nominated|
|2018||Canadian Screen Awards||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, Adam Peltzman||Won|
|Best Performance, Children’s or Youth||Anna Cathcart||Nominated|
|Best Cross-Platform Project||Odd Squad 1.5||Won|
|Kidscreen||Best Non-Animated or Mixed Series - KIDS PROGRAMING||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, Sinking Ship Entertainment||Nominated|
|Outstanding Writing in a Children’s, Preschool Children’s, Family Viewing||Tim McKeon, Adam Peltzman, Mark De Angelis, Robby Hoffman||Nominated|
|Outstanding Directing in a Children's, Preschool Children's or Family Viewing Program||J.J. Johnson, Stephen Reynolds, Warren P. Sonoda||Nominated|
|Outstanding Art Direction/Set Decoration/Scenic Design||Ron Stefaniuk, Diana Magnus, Amanda Vernuccio, Danielle Dobbyn, Jennifer Bryson, Sinking Ship Entertainment||Nominated|
|Outstanding Lighting Direction||George Lajtai, C.S.C, Sinking Ship Entertainment||Nominated|
|Outstanding Sound Mixing||Igor Bezuglov, Andrew McDonnell, John Bradshaw, Sean Karp, Sinking Ship Entertainment||Nominated|
|Outstanding Costume Design/Styling||Christine Toye||Nominated|
|Outstanding Hairstyling||Liz Roelands||Nominated|
|2019||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, 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||Best Program, Live Action, Ages 6–9||Sinking Ship Entertainment||Won|
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Flatastrophe - Olive and Otto must stop Fladam, a villain with a vendetta against cubes.
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Fladam: Martin Roach