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|Format||Animated television series
|Directed by||Larry Jacobs
|Starring||Christopher Lloyd as The Hacker
Gilbert Gottfried as Digit
Matthew A. Wilson
|Country of origin||United States
|No. of seasons||9|
|No. of episodes||97 (List of episodes)|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Original channel||PBS Kids (2002-2004, 2013 - Present)
PBS Kids Go! (2004 - 2010)
|Picture format||16:9 1080i (HDTV) (Season 9-present)|
|Original run||January 21, 2002 – present|
Cyberchase is an American/Canadian television series for children ages 6-12. The series takes place in Cyberspace, a virtual world, and chronicles the adventures of three children, Jackie, Inez, and Matt, as they use math and problem solving skills to save Cyberspace and its leader, Motherboard, from The Hacker, the villain. Cyberchase has received generally positive reviews and won numerous awards. Thirteen/WNET New York and Nelvana produced the first five seasons, while Thirteen, in association with Title Entertainment, Inc. and WNET.ORG, produced seasons six through eight. The show airs on PBS and PBS Kids GO! in the U.S. All episodes (season 1-8) have been released free on the Cyberchase Website. Since July 2010, Cyberchase has been put on hiatus, but was announced that starting in November 2013, Cyberchase will be revived and start airing new episodes with its 9th season. Seasons 1-5 were recently put on Netflix, along with other PBS Kids Go shows. In April 2013, it was announced via Cyberchase's official Facebook page that Cyberchase would return for a ninth season, which has premiered on November 4, 2013. 
The show stars three Earth mathematician children—Jackie, Matt and Inez—and Digit, a bird-like cyborg. The series takes place in Cyberspace, the electronic medium of computer networks, in which online communication takes place, with planet-like bodies called "Cybersites", which are based on locations such as Ancient Egypt, the American Old West, mythological Greece, and Carnival. The guardian of all Cyberspace is Motherboard; her repairman is Dr. Marbles. The three kids and Digit use their math and problem solving skills to stop the evil deeds of The Hacker, a villain who breaks into Motherboard and her networks, and his two cyborg henchmen, Buzz and Delete.
Each Cyberchase episode is followed by "Cyberchase For Real", a live-action educational supplement linking concepts learned in the show to real life experiences. The actors Bianca DeGroat and Harry Matthew A. Wilson are in their thirties, but amusingly act in a manner similar to the age of the target audience. "For Real" is produced by WNET in and around New York City after production is completed on the animated segments. These "For Real" segments are broadcast exclusively on PBS in the United States where the program runs longer and fill the time gap where there might be breaks for commercials. Some "For Real" segments can also be viewed online. As of September 17, 2012, "Oh Noah!", shorts that teach kids to speak Spanish, have replaced the "For Real" segments.
According to the Website, Motherboard (sometimes referred to as "Mother B.") is the "Brain of the giant computer system that oversees all of Cyberspace. Her technician computer scientist, Dr. Marbles, keeps her functioning properly. Dr. Marbles creates The Hacker as an assistant, but Hacker turns against Motherboard. Digit is the assistant to The Hacker and watches as Hacker steals the Encryptor Chip. He eventually escapes Hacker, after Dr. Marbles banishes Hacker to the Northern Frontier.
Cyberchase aims to show kids that math is everywhere and everyone can be good at it. The series encourages viewers to see, think, and do mathematics in their world. The show and supporting activities have been designed to support math education and reflect the curriculum standards of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. The show’s philosophy is to foster enthusiasm for math, to model mathematic reasoning, to help children improve their problem-solving skills and to inspire all children to approach math with confidence and a "can-do" attitude.
Also known as "Earthlies" by Digit, excluding him. Known as "Earthbrats" by Hacker.
- Jackie (voiced by Novie Edwards) is an 11-year-old African American girl. She has a room of her own that has a bed, computer, window and etc. Her favorite activities include gymnastics, double Dutch, skipping, drawing, and writing plays about herself. She likes adventures and her friends when they're in Cyberspace. She mostly wears a yellow sweater with a light blue denim skirt, red Jewelry, and dull lavender hi-tops. Her sense of neatness and organization often helps the kids solve their problems faster. Her biggest pet peeve is slimy and icky stuff like bugs and many other "gross" things. Whenever something gross is even near her she responds by screaming "Ew, Ew, and Double Ew!" (She once said "Ew, Ew, and Triple Ew!" in episode 109.) Whenever she needs to think, she will say, "Make room, I gotta pace." She said it differently twice by saying "Make room, I gotta ace-pay." in episode 116. And by saying, "Make room, I gotta pace or...paddle.", in episode 308. Like Inez, she was very fond of Slider. Wicked called her Jacqueline once in episode 409 to try to be nice her. Matt called her that in the same episode just to tease her. In a running gag, Jackie sometimes freaks out when they're in a crisis. This encourages Matt to taunt her by making an Academy Awards-like "Award goes to" comment. Jackie: Cyberspace is doomed! Doomed, I tell you! DOOOOO-HOO-HOO-HOO-HOO-HOO-HOO-OOMED!!! Matt: And the award for best dramatic outburst of the day goes to...Jackie! Jackie: Matt!
- Iconic Line: "Make room! -- I gotta pace" and "Ew Ew and Double Ew!"
- Matt (voiced by Jacqueline Pillon) is an 11-year old Irish American boy. He likes skateboards and collecting things (his backpack is always full of useful items). He is impulsive, impatient, tells jokes, and knows a lot about Greek Mythology and Star Wars. He usually wears a long green turtle neck, a red backpack, neon blue jeans, and red hi-tops. According to episode 403, Jackie mentions that Matt is impatient. He also has a pig named Sherman on his family farm. He also has lizards and frogs. Playing with a yo-yo helps him when he's thinking. He frequently calls Inez by the nickname "Nezzie," much to her annoyance. He can sometimes be a little too complacent. It is also shown that he has a crush on Inez. However, He seems to reciprocate those feelings due to his jealousy at Inez's closeness with Slider. It is also shown he can be quite protective of her at times. Shari Spotter and Ms. Fileshare call him Matthew. But no one else calls him that. Inez called him Matthew twice in season 2, episodes 205 and 214 just to tease him.
- Iconic Line: "Touchdown!"
- Inez (voiced by Annick Obonsawin) is a 9-year-old Hispanic girl and is well known for her excellent vocabulary, for which Matt often teases her. She mostly wears a long-sleeved pink shirt with a yellow star on the front, teal shorts, a purple vest, and dark blue boots. Despite being the youngest human member of the gang (only by a year), she's really the most educated, but isn't good at tracking and cracking cases as Matt is and can sing in episode 803. She is the only member of the Cybersquad to wear glasses. Her most common catchphrases are "This is not good; this is not good at all!", when something terrible happens. Sometimes other people said that and she would respond by saying, "My seniments exactly!". Her other common catchphrase is "Don't call me Nezzie!" whenever Matt calls her that. Inez often acts as a buffer for the Cybersquad since she knows how to compromise and mediate when there is a disagreement. She stands on her head and hands to think better. It has been shown that Matt has a small crush on her. It is suggested that she has, or had, a soft spot for Slider. He has called her "Nezzie" without annoying her in episodes 310 and 606. When Matt asked why, she replied that Slider is "different" because she likes him, but didn't explain any further. However, there have also been other occasions when others, such as Digit, have called her "Nezzie" without making her mad, so she might only have a problem with Matt doing it. It is shown that she has an inner fondness for Matt.
- Iconic Line: "Ohhh This is not good. This is not good at all!"
- Digit (voiced by Gilbert Gottfried) is a cyboid who works for Motherboard and is the kids' best friend. He and the kids protect Cyberspace and Motherboard from Hacker. Digit was created by Hacker and worked for him for a long time, along with Buzz and Delete. He escaped after learning of Hacker's evil doings. He became one of Motherboard's helpers, serving as Dr. Marbles' assistant. He would later join the Cybersquad. Digit can fly by spinning his tail feathers in a helicopter-fashion, or simply by flapping his wings(There are a few episodes where it shows Digit flying with his wings). But he has a fear of heights and prefers to walk, despite the fact that he can fly. If someone has a problem, he can fix it by saying, "Never fear, the Didge is here." He also says "bada-bing bada-boom!" whenever he just comes in from a portal. He's a cook and wrote his two popular cookbooks 'The Cyber Chef' and 'Cookin' with the Didge'. He carries many objects in his chest, including Widget. He used to try building virtual nests and didn't have such accurate practice. He can turn his beak into just about anything, and bends it on usual occasion. In 107, he doesn't appear. He also can disguise his voice very well.
- Iconic Line: "Yoikes" and "The Didg is always prepared"
- Motherboard (voiced by Kristina Nicoll) is the relaxed and benevolent ruler of Cyberspace and lives in the Cybersite Control Central. She looks similar to a mainframe. Her former assistant was Hacker who put a virus in her, but because her firewall wasn't fully uploaded before the virus hit, she was only left weak. The Cybersquad tries to recover the Encryptor Chip and keep Motherboard safe from Hacker. In another episode, the Encryptor Chip is destroyed. In episode 114, when she is poisoned by green liquid and her tank is one-third full of a blue liquid called cryoxide, she attempts to sing some opera.
- Iconic Line: "Hacker Alert!"
- Dr. Marbles (voiced by Richard Binsley) is the smart and brilliant inventor who serves Motherboard. He's full of ideas, as the lightbulb on his head suggests. His speech is peppered with computer terms, like "Backspace!" instead of "Hold on a minute!" He is the one responsible for creating Hacker to help and defend Motherboard, although Hacker would later rebel against Motherboard and tried to destroy her. A guilty Marbles would then downgrade Hacker's power and banish him to the Northern Frontier for his wrongful actions, right after Hacker vowing to return to finish Motherboard and Marbles before taking over Cyberspace. He's seen in episodes: 101, 102, 109, 110, 111, 113, 120, 121, 201, 205, 304, 309, 310, and 605. In 304, he doesn't talk. He appears in season 1 the most.
- Widget (voiced by Gilbert Gottfried) is a small likeness of Digit. His hat, tail feathers, and bowtie are not screwed on properly. He's seen in episodes 124, 206, 308, and 504. In episode 124, it is revealed that he can't fly yet. He is younger than Digit and helps Digit when it is neccessary. For example, Widget has a backup library card when Digit's isn't working and Widget will also help Digit during events such as Mother's Day. Widget also can fit into tight spaces and fly easily without being seen because he is small, which comes in handy to the Cybersquad more than once.
- TW (Teeny Weeny Parallini) is a small square girl Parallini. She is not scared of Hacker, and despite the fact that her mother wouldn't let her help the cybersquad, she does help them find Diamond Joe. She is seen in 506 and 801. In 801, she helps in the Hacker's challenge. She broke the rules put in place by her parents by flexing her angles, but that ultimately gave way to her helping the Cybersquad defeat Hacker for that episode. Voiced by Isabel de Carteret.
- Fluff is a penguin that plays hockey, which is hard in Cyberia. He is logical and does not buy into advertisements. Fluff is determined to follow in his father's footsteps and to make his family proud. He was also the leader of delivering gifts on Starlight Night. and is seen in episodes: 403, 602, 702, 801, and 802. He helped the Cybersquad with the hacker's challenge. He is voiced by Austin Dilulio.
- Creech is the young princess-like ruler in the Cybersite, Tikiville. She became the apparent Big Kahuna (the term for their rulers in Tikiville) after competing in a race with other Tikiville-inhabitants as well as Hacker. Creech had mentioned that her first run for the crown was disastrous since she failed to go to the correct direction. Creech is in some ways similar to Inez, and those ways helped the two to become friends easily. Both have a fairly similar outlook, which is optimistic until something goes completely wrong, and they both have a large vocabulary, which, in Inez's case, causes her to be made fun of. She also is the person in charge of Tikiville's Egg of Benedicta. She's found in episodes 305, 410, 505, 601, 607, 705, and 801. In 505 and 601 she does not talk. She's voiced by Stephanie Beard.
- Jules, who was first seen as a cave guard in episode 507, is a good friend of the Cybersquad, but is often timid, and was scared of the dark (which is why he sleeps with a night light). He appears again in episode 607, where Hacker tricks him into pressing the nose of the Jam Master, causing Matt, Jackie, Creech and himself to get sucked into the chamber of Jimaya. After that he appeared in 801 where he helped in Hacker's Challenge. He is often trying to find a job, but Hacker continuously tries to ruin it for him. He does not let Hacker (or anyone for that matter) push him around. He is voiced by Scott McCord.
- Slider is a serious and James Dean-style 13-year-old skateboarder in Radopolis who builds and repairs skateboards and bikes. Since season three, he has been a recurring character in the series. According to Slider, his father Coop had abandoned him when he was younger because The Hacker had hunted Coop for many years. However, in the episode "Measure for Measure" he finds out that his father abandoned him to protect him. He can be somewhat touchy about the subject of his father, to the extent that he raised his voice at Jackie in the episode Past Perfect Prediction for trying to give him unwanted comfort. Throughout the remainder of the series, Jackie and Inez seem to have a crush on him (shown in the first time he is shown in the series Jackie calls him the "Quiet sensitive type" much to Matt's dismay), which at some times embarrasses him. When Matt asked Inez why she wasn't offended when Slider called her "Nezzie", and she replied, "Because he's different". Matt became very jealous. Slider is voiced by Tim Hamaguchi and was in: 302, 309, 310, 404, 405, 408, 502, 601, 606, 704, and 801, but in 601, he doesn't talk. His name is probably due to the fact that he is a skateboarder, although it could also be one of the many references to other science fiction television shows on the show. It could also be a spoof of Strider from the Lord of the Rings, or a reference to the sci-fi drama series, Sliders. He has about neck-long brown hair with originally large black eyes which were changed in the later seasons to be smaller. He wears a red short-sleeved sweat-shirt with a yellow spot on it with a long-sleeved white shirt underneath with light brown shorts and orange and blue sneakers with white socks.
- Hacker is the main antagonist in the series, voiced by Christopher Lloyd. In almost every episode, he is trying to conquer all or a part of Cyberspace, but is thwarted each time by the Cybersquad. He resembles Elvis Presley, a fact he appears to be aware of, but is green-faced and wears a black wig and has a pointy chin of which he is vain. He also wears a bicoloured cape. Occasionally, working too hard to take over Cyberspace can make his skin very pale or his chin saggy. He always prefers to be called "The Hacker" because mostly everyone calls him that and if someone calls him Hacker, he usually say in an angry voice in response, "That's THE Hacker to you!". He was created by Dr. Marbles to assist Motherboard, but he rebelled and was exiled to a cybersite called the Northern Frontier. Nevertheless, he does have potential to become good again, as shown in one of the episodes where he became a peaceful artist (temporarily). He has two cyborg lackeys, Buzz and Delete, whose reliability is quite variable; sometimes, he gets very peeved when he has to do things himself that Buzz and Delete can't. He travels in his large spaceship, the Grim Wreaker (parody of The Grim Reaper). Hacker has several rude, and many times alliterative, names for the Cybersquad (most common "Earth brats" and a couple times "goody-goody gang" and "terrestrial termites"), Digit (most commonly "Cyber-turkey"), and Buzz and Delete (including "(despicable) duncebuckets", "nickel-plated twits", "maladroit melonheads", and "(half-brained) bucket of bolts"). He is also known to have arachnophobia (fear of spiders), as shown in episode 108, when the Spider from Little Miss Muffet demanded him to give back their King, and some phasmophobia, (fear of ghosts) after encountering Ivanka The Invincible in episode 205. Hacker's main weakness is his limited amount of energy; when the pens in his pocket protector glow and he starts to cough, he has to be taken back to his ship, the Grim Wreaker to recharge.
- Iconic Line “That's The HACKER to YOU!!!”
- Buzz is one of Hacker's henchmen, a small spherical cyborg with a large mouth and scrawny limbs, but he seems to think he's a big tough guy; however, he can be kind at times. One thing Buzz hates doing is Hacker's work and in episode 609, he admitted that he didn't like Hacker much after he wouldn't let Buzz play slugball. He also has a pair of antennae that can apparently be used as joysticks (as seen in episode 214.) Buzz's friend Delete calls him "Buzzy" and Buzz's favorite food is doughnuts. He's a bit smarter than Delete. During seasons 1 through 4 and for four episodes in Season 5, Buzz was voiced by Len Carlson. Beginning in Season 5, actor Phillip Williams became the voice of Buzz because Carlson died from a heart attack on January 26, 2006. Episode 504 was dedicated to Carlson.
- Iconic line: “The boss isn't going to happy about that!” or “The boss really isn’t going to happy about that!”
- Delete (Voiced by [[Rob Tinkler]]) is the skinnier of the two of Hacker's henchman, the other being Buzz. He is loyal to Hacker. Unlike Buzz, who is more rough around the edges, Delete is softer and more vulnerable to trickery and deceit. He cares deeply for three things: Buzz, whom he has a brotherly friendship with, his pet bunny George, and Zanko , his fairy borg father. Though Delete can still make simple mistakes, he becomes slightly more intelligent as the series progresses. According to the Cyberchase website's newest game Buzz and Delete Save the Day, Buzz and Delete came from a cybersite called Botsopolis, led by a Delete-look-alike named Princess Deia (an obvious reference to Leia from Star Wars). In Hacker's earlier days, he bought robotic parts from that cybersite and constructed Buzz and Delete from them. Based on the dialogue all three characters share, it can be assummed that they both have a good relationship with her.
- Iconic Line: "I'm gonna love him, and keep him, and call him George!"
"Cyberchase For Real"
- Bianca is one of the three people who are the main protagonists in the "For Real" segment of the series. She often uses the original plot (the animated main plot) to solve everyday real world problems. She owns a dog named Mojo and hates anchovies. As a character, she is rather absent-minded,arrogant, and self-centered, and does not think before she acts. She is seen to get carried away very easily. In one episode, she was seen driving a green VW Beetle. In another episode she was seen driving a white Mercedes Benz which she could not afford. (played by Bianca DeGroat)
- Iconic line: “I wonder what would happen if I …”
- Harry Wilson is another protagonist in the "For Real" segment. He often dresses in a nerdish style and wears horn-rimmed glasses and Converse shoes. In many of the segments, he's often rather careless, which usually costs him his current job. Harry's wardrobe, including vintage eyewear, is drawn from Matt Wilson's real life wardrobe. He is also a fan of the Mets, as shown in Chaos as Usual. He also is an expert unicycle rider, as is shown in many episodes. (played by Matthew A. Wilson). It is believed that the show's writers changed his first name to Harry instead of Matt so as not to confuse him with the cartoon character. Note: Matthew A. Wilson who plays Harry Wilson also plays Mr. Sleazé.
See More Characters: List of Cyberchase Minor Characters
The series has had a generally positive response.
On the site common sense media, the show was for ages 5 and up and rated 4/5 stars. The reviewer, Joly Herman, commented that "the adventures aren't scary, violent, or sexually inappropriate" but "require fortitude and brain power". Proposed discussion points sprouting from the series include "Can your child take the skills learned in each episode and figure out how to apply it to everyday life?" Herman noted that the only downside was that the adventures did not take place in the "real world" but added that the "For Real" segments solved this problem. The show was given a rating of 3/5 smiley faces under the "The Good Stuff" section.
Carey Bryson of About.com gave the show a rating of 4/5 stars. Bryson noted that the series' explanations of "simple mathematical idea[s]" are "usually explained well and woven throughout the story in a fun and interesting way". The review commended the series for its accessibility: "Children can easily learn from the example in the cartoon story" and praised the "Cyberchase For Real segment that follows each episode". Citing an example from the series using codes, Bryson explained how the show could be used to expand upon the curriculum: "Not only did [her five-year-old] learn about codes, but she also got in a ton of spelling practice". Bryson commended the series: "Educationally, Cyberchase delivers".
|2007||Outstanding Broadband Program - Children's||See below||Won|
|2008||Outstanding New Approaches - Children's||See below||Nominated|
|Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program||Christopher Lloyd||Nominated|
|2009||Outstanding New Approaches - Daytime Children's||See below||Nominated|
|2012||Outstanding New Approaches - Daytime Children's||See below||Nominated|
^2007 Outstanding Broadband Program nominees : Frances Nankin, Sandra Sheppard, Ellen Doherty, Jill Peters, Bob Morris, Suzanne Rose, Michelle Chen, Elizabeth Hummer, Arash Hoda, Anthony Chapman, David Hirmes, Bianca DeGroat, Matthew A. Wilson, George Arthur Bloom
^2008 Outstanding New Approaches nominees : Sandra Sheppard, Frances Nankin, Ellen Doherty, Jill Peters, David Hirmes, Kelly Lafferty, Michelle Chen, Tanner Vea, Bob Morris, Matthew A. Wilson
^2009 Outstanding New Approaches nominees : Sandra Sheppard, Frances Nankin, Ellen Doherty, David Hirmes, Tanner Vea, Denyse Ouellette, Gilbert Gottfried, Philip Williams, Robert Tinkler
^2012 Outstanding New Approaches nominees : Frances Nankin, Sandra Sheppard, Jill Peters, Marj Kleinman, Ellen Doherty, Kristin DiQuollo, Michelle Chen
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- Northrop Grumman
- Corporation for Public Broadcasting
- The Volckhausen Family
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