Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? began in the fall of 1996, replacing the former PBS Carmen show, Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?, both produced by WQED Pittsburgh and WGBH Boston. This version had one of Carmen's cronies going back in time to steal something that would affect the course of history. The contestants had to travel through time to seize the crook, retrieve the stolen goods and then go on the hunt for Carmen Sandiego herself.
The first in the new show Where In Time Is Carmen Sandiego? The Chief returned from Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego? to head up ACME Time Net. Gregg Lee was replaced By Kevin who was now the new Squadran Leader. Rockapella was replaced by an ""Engine Crew"" of three in a gold orange and red engineering suite respectively. There is a differance in scoring. Now the ""Time Pilots"" start with 100 pointsa instead of 50 while still getting 10 per correct answer. They lost 10 for wrong answers. Final Round is differant too. A new Relay Race was now added replacing the locate 8 places in 45 seconds. Now they had to clear 6 checkpoints in 90 seconds to catch Carmen. At 3 the crook would be captured. This format would be used for the new show.