Get a Sneak Peek at PBS Kids’ Wacky New Show Odd Squad

Credit: Courtesy of ODD SQUAD © 2014 The Fred Rogers Company
Courtesy of Odd Squad © 2014 The Fred Rogers Company

PBS Kids has a new show this fall for kids 5-8 who love the weird, wacky world of math! Well, they might not love math yet, but that’s because they haven’t seen Odd Squad. Odd Squad premieres on PBS Kids on November 26, but if you have the PBS Kids app or visit the official web site now, your kids can get a first glimpse into the extraordinary world of these math whiz kids.

Odd Squad is like Warehouse 13 for the smaller crowd. Agents Otto and Olive—who very much remind me of Warehouse 13‘s Pete and Myka—investigate the weird goings-on reported to the Squad by flummoxed grownups and kids.

Olive, who never seems to be flustered no matter what the team encounters, works with her donut-loving partner Otto to solve the problem with math skills and a good gadget or two. Their boss, Ms. O, is simultaneously hilarious, adorable, and terrifying, which isn’t easy for an actor of any age to pull off. But all of these kids make these first few mini-episodes a lot of fun and engaging for their young target audience.

The diverse and talented cast, the unique concept, and obvious educational value (my daughter explained symmetry to me after watching just one 15-minute episode) make Odd Squad another fantastic addition to the PBS Kids lineup. Check out the first few mini-episodes now and play Odd Squad games at the PBS Kids web site.

Kelly Knox is a freelance writer in Seattle, WA, where she contributes to local parenting magazines. She also writes for, Geek & Sundry, Forever Young Adult, and more. You can find crafts and art projects for geeky families at her blog The St{art} Button.