Parents' Guide to

Odd Squad

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Lively mixed-media series solves mysteries with math skills.

TV PBS Kids Comedy 2014
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 37 parent reviews

age 5+

Clean fun and awesome learning!

I have watched many episodes and have never heard a questionable phrase out of them. The kids are respectful of each other and it teaches deductive reasoning in a silly way. My kids really like it, and so do I.

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age 14+

Good show plus bad relational role models equals negative rating.

While the writing and story is pretty decent, the attitudes and relational examples portrayed bring this show into the negatives. Rather than give positive example of how to relate to others its main goal seems to be entertainment for the writers themselves. In an attempt to be funny and make jokes, most of it is lost on children and they may begin acting like these characters (as I have observed). While there are some positive examples, such as apologizing, directly taught, I don't think there are enough positives to cancel out the negative examples. While the show can be enjoyable to watch, and the math concepts are decent, I won't let my children watch it anymore. The negatives of this show are too large to add up to a positive score.
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (37):
Kids say (45):

This show doesn't try to hide the fact that it's teaching viewers about numbers and how they work, but it's such a fun series to watch that even kids will agree it hardly feels like learning at all. There's a lot of creativity at play in Odd Squad -- in the agency's all-kid staff, in how they transport from underground headquarters through a maze of tunnels, in the tools they use to identify clues to the puzzles, and even in the humor -- and the show's mixed-media format incorporates graphics that pull off all the tricks. Of course, all that's for naught if kids can't relate to the cast, but exuberant Olive and Otto ensure their viewers will want to stick around until the story's end.

As for the learning quotient, parents will appreciate that math skills are embedded in stories that are at least meant to reflect real-life scenarios ... give or take a few romping dinosaurs or songs with magical powers, that is. Not only are addition and subtraction skills at work, each story takes kids through the problem-solving process from the very beginning, showing how the characters determine what information they need and how they can use it to work toward an answer. This focus on concepts as a whole rather than on standalone skills is a real boon to kids who watch.

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