I received The Best of Where On Earth Is Carmen Sandiego? in a DVD giveaway package I won from a blog several weeks ago. The show aired in 1994 and ended in 1998. I vaguely recall the series ever airing as I was a thirteen-year-old and I was more into horror movies at the time. The series is based on the popular pc/video game and the PBS kid's game show; both titled Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?. Thanks to Cookie Jar (Mill Creek Entertainment) this cartoon and others are now available on DVD.
The show takes place in a virtual reality where a 'live' kid known as "The Player" is playing the game as two sibling characters Zack and Ivy, who are both ACME detectives. Carmen Sandiego is the main thief along with her V.I.L.E gang, who in each episode steals an artifact and travels the world to through off the authorities. This is where Zack and Ivy come in as they must find the clues Carmen leaves behind and figure out her next move. Of course at the end of every episode, the kids recover the artifact and Carmen gets away.
A lot of cartoons in the 80s and early 90s got a lot of heat from Congress over their violence and for being non-educational. In 1994 Fox Kids aired the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and the X-Men which contained some violence, therefore Where On Earth Is Carmen Sandiego?.
If Where On Earth Is Carmen Sandiego? aired a few years earlier, I probably still wouldn't have watched it, as I was more into TMNT, Thundercats, etc... Now as an adult, I enjoyed watching these ten episodes, which does contain some G-rated adventures, while at the same time you learn a little history and geography lesson. Younger kids will like the two fun teenage detectives as they try to stop the legendary thief, while adults will like the educational aspects of the series. Overall, I enjoyed the DVD and I recommend it to others.