Kristin Smith

TV Series Review

By definition, mysteries can be hard to uncover. But amateur detectives, known as the Inbestigators to their clients, work hard to sleuth out these secrets—even as they try to keep up with their homework.

The team consists of four kids with complimentary talents: the inquisitive, awkward Maudy; silly, athletic Kyle; calculated, factual Ezra; and kind and dramatic Ava. Together, these fifth-grade besties work together to uncover everyday conundrums both at school and around the neighborhood.

Cracking the Case

Crime-solving kids have been popular since Nancy Drew first picked up a magnifying glass, and they’re still popular today.

Originally airing on the Australian children’s channel, ABC Me, and now landing on Netflix, The InBESTigators offers a new wrinkle on the genre—one with a little less spy glass and a little more  teamwork.

What happened to the cheese? Who misplaced the tickets? Why exactly does that chair seem so much bigger today than yesterday? There isn’t an issue that’s too big, or too little, for these kiddos. And they figure out more than mysteries along the way.

Two seasons in, this TV-Y kids show, with each episode split into two, 15-minute mini-segments, focuses on friendship, kindness, moral responsibility and problem-solving skills. Sure, some kids might lie or say mildly hurtful things, but each error is resolved, and every feeling mended by the show’s end.

Episode Reviews

Jan. 10, 2020: “The Case of the Concert Catastrophe/The Case of the Soccer Saga”

In the first half of this series premiere, Maudie searches for lost concert tickets. In the second half, Maudie and Ava uncover a secret during a soccer game.

Ava calls her dad “annoying.” Kyle says that he often lies about brushing his teeth. A few kids fall during a soccer match. Ava says, “oh my goodness.”

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on email
Kristin Smith

Kristin Smith joined the Plugged In team in 2017. Formerly a Spanish and English teacher, Kristin loves reading literature and eating authentic Mexican tacos. She and her husband, Eddy, love raising their children Judah and Selah. Kristin also has a deep affection for coffee, music, her dog (Cali) and cat (Aslan).

Latest Reviews



This rebooted, late-‘90s cartoon “classic” is a lot like the original—including the subtle ways it pushes the envelope.


Saved by the Bell

This Peacock reboot corrects some problems from the beloved 1990s sitcom—but adds a few others.


Virgin River

This show has become a sensation on Netflix—and it’s cleaner than some. But before you walk into this small town, know that not everything is fit for families.


Big Sky

For a show that tries so hard to be unpredictable, we’re sure exposed to plenty of very predictable issues.