While summer may be just around the corner, there’s a new series that will have viewers wanting to spend some more time in school. Detention Adventure is the first original kids scripted series for CBC Gem and is now available for streaming. Targeted to tweens, Detention Adventure is fun for the whole family and follows three nerdy friends and the school bully, as they get themselves thrown in detention over and over again… but with good purpose. You see, they are trying to find the entrance to a labyrinth of trap-laden tunnels protecting the fabled hidden lab of Alexander Graham Bell.
Raign (Simone Miller, Snapshots), Joy (Alina Prijono, Odd Squad), and Hulk (Jack Fulton, Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments) are three straight-A students who find an old textbook with clues to Bell’s hidden lab beneath their school. They are sooned joined by Brett (Tomaso Sanelli, Titans), the school bully and a detention regular, as they all struggle to work together and use science to navigate the mysterious tunnels and open hidden passageways. As some may recall, we here at The TV Junkies first heard of Detention Adventure, created by Joe Kicak and Carmen Albano, when it was seeking IPF Funding in 2018. Now that the series has landed at CBC Gem, we’re back with a few reasons why this series is too much fun to pass up!
Who doesn’t love a good adventure?
If you’re a fan of classics such as The Goonies or The Breakfast Club then you’re going to love the similar vibe you get from Detention Adventure. While the four students are on a mission to find the hidden laboratory, they also must go through mini quests each episode by solving different puzzles or undergoing tribulations in order to proceed to the next step. The fast-paced script moves along quick and keeps viewers fully engaged, providing the perfecting binge material as you’ll be as eager as the students to get to the next clue.
No matter if you’re young or old, co-creators Kicak and Albano, along with executive producer Karen Moore, have written a series that will bring the laughs. All four of the young lead actors prove capable of handling the humor in some very sharp scripts that Detention Adventure throws their way. The only thing better than pure adventure is pure adventure with laughs! Count on Detention Adventure to deliver.
It proves that science is cool
Since the hidden lab is under the school’s detention room, that means that Joy, Raign and Hulk need to find new and inventive ways to get thrown in detention and gain access to what lies beneath. These are straight-A students we’re talking about and they don’t resort to standard means. Instead, Detention Adventure proves time and again just how cool science and being smart can be, as they come up with all kinds of interesting and fun ways to land some extra time after school. Not only that, science is used as a tool for exploration and as a backbone to every episode. From what we’ve seen so far, these extra science lessons sure don’t feel like homework.
Fun for the whole family
While Detention Adventure is aimed at tweens, this series is most definitely fun for all ages. The writing doesn’t feel juvenile and the series has a high production value. There’s so few series that are enjoyable and suitable for the entire family but Detention Adventure most definitely fits the bill. The stellar soundtrack also helps as it brings another level of fun that will have all ages rocking along together.
Every character on Detention Adventure is so much more than meets the eye. The nerds aren’t your typical nerds and the school bully who helps them on their quest isn’t a shallow one-note character either. As one of the character points out early on, “we’re all guilty of preconceptions.” Detention Adventure plays beautifully off that by bringing about great surprises and hidden depths to its characters that get viewers even more invested.
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Detention Adventure is now available for streaming on CBC Gem.
Editor in Chief Bridget Liszewski comes from a long line of TV Junkies who fostered her love of television from a very young age. She's channeled that passion into covering both US and Canadian television shows, and is thankful everyday for the invention of the DVR. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, she loves college football and is a fan of sports in general. Bridget is always up for talking TV and you can follow her on twitter at @BridgetOnTV.