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What’s the name of Album 67? Is Morrie going to work with Mr. Skint? Will there be another cruise or live show? Are Buck and Jules in a relationship? The Odyssey team answers your questions!

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019

Executive producer Dave Arnold, producer Nathan Hoobler, writers/directors Kathy Buchanan, Phil Lollar, and Paul McCusker answer fan questions about recent albums and preview upcoming adventures. Plus, hear an audio preview of Album 67!

The Avery Awards have closed. Thank you for your votes. Listen to the podcast later to summer to hear the winners! 

65: Expect the UnexpectedAlbum 65: Expect the Unexpected

There’s never a dull moment in the town of Odyssey! From a mysterious police investigation to an internship at a funeral home, every situation leads to unexpected results. When Zoe Grant and Olivia Parker start a new talk show, they reluctantly choose Jay Smouse as their first guest. But his talent of stuffing his mouth with jelly beans leads to frantic and frightening consequences. An impromptu Parker family picnic turns into an unusual opportunity for David as he decides to go to extreme lengths to prove a point to his kids about initiative. And Buck and the Meltsners face a sudden dilemma when a social worker questions Eugene and Katrina’s role as Buck’s guardians. Don’t miss out on a single shock, twist, or turn as the folks in Odyssey learn about fame, friendship, family, and more in these six exciting stories.

Album 66: Trial by Fire

After years of searching for his true identity, Buck Oliver may finally get some answers. But along with clues about his family, he also is subjected to the dangers of his past. Buck’s old mentor Mr. Skint arrives in town with an offer that would take Buck away from Odyssey for good. Elsewhere, Connie feels unappreciated when Jules starts looking up to new roommate Jillian more than her own sister. And the crew at B-TV chart a course deep into the ocean to learn more about the concept of the Trinity. Dramatic conclusions and fresh beginnings abound in these six entertaining and inspiring adventures in Odyssey!

Album 67: More than Meets the EyeAlbum 67: More than Meets the Eye – Coming Soon!

When Emily and Matthew find themselves trapped inside an unfinished escape room in the basement of Whit’s End, their only way out is to follow the clues to unlock the steel door before time runs out. Meanwhile new wide receiver Buck Oliver faces some unexpected challenges on the way to the high school football state championship when the team hires a new assistant coach – Eugene Meltsner. Across town, Connie Kendall’s wedding planning business becomes more complicated than she ever imagined when a family member raises suspicions about the groom’s past. Don’t
miss a single twist or turn in these six adventure-filled stories.

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Writers Bob Smithouser (!) and Phil Lollar (plus surprise guest) dive deep into “Out to Sea”

Wednesday, December 5th, 2018

Out to Sea

Three years ago, Bob Smithouser didn’t want to make waves when his boss Dave Arnold asked him to write an Odyssey script, but he felt like a fish out of water. He was green around the gills in the ways of script-writing and it was sink or swim. Over the long voyage of writing the script, Bob weathered the storm to get to final draft with the help of Phil Lollar and others to keep things on course. Don’t rock the boat as we hear the story of how that happened!

Got Questions about Album 65…or anything Odyssey?
Call 1-855-784-WHIT (9448) to leave a question for the producers to answer on a future podcast. (Always be sure to have your parent’s permission before you call!)

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Gifts for the Adventures in Odyssey Fan in your Home

Adventures in Odyssey Club Christmas Gift Set

With the purchase of a new 12-month membership in the Adventures in Odyssey Club, you will receive the NIrV® Adventures in Odyssey Bible. This special limited time offer provides more than $140 value for just $107.88. Sign up before December 10 to make sure you get the Bible in time for Christmas. 

Adventures in Odyssey Fun Pack

Adventures in Odyssey Fun Pack

It’s a great set of activities, games, devotionals, puzzles, and more. Perfect for those times when you’re on Christmas break and you’re looking for something to do.  It also has Christmas cards to give to your friends that include a free Odyssey episode download. 

Young Whit and the Traitor’s Treasure

Whit and his family have just moved to Provenance, NC, in the middle of the Great Depression. Harold will be teaching at nearby Duke University. Not-quite-10-year-old Johnny soon makes a friend in Emmy, who lives across the street and joins him in his adventures.

Adventures in Odyssey Club Christmas Cards

In 2015, young fans submitted drawings of Adventures in Odyssey characters within a Christmas scene. The Focus on the Family team selected some of our favorite designs for a unique package of festive cards and envelopes. Blank inside, you have flexibility to pass along Christmas greetings or say thank you for a holiday gift.

Album 65: Expect the UnexpectedAlbum 65: Expect the Unexpected

There’s never a dull moment in the town of Odyssey! From a mysterious police investigation to an internship at a funeral home, every situation leads to unexpected results.

Travel back in time to Whit’s childhood in a new book series and learn what inspired Odyssey legends Phil Lollar and Dave Arnold

Tuesday, August 28th, 2018

Book 1: Young Whit and the Traitor’s Treasure

Book 2: Young Whit and the Shroud of Secrecy

Available September 4.
Pre-order now.

Coming April 2019

Something sinister happened decades ago to disgrace the Whittaker name. Can young Whit discover the truth – and find the traitor’s treasure – before it’s gone forever? Find out in Young Whit and the Traitor’s Treasure, book one in a new series exploring the childhood escapades of the most beloved character in town. And find out more about the series from the authors, Odyssey legends Phil Lollar and Dave Arnold.

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What’s the name of Album 65? Can you give us any hints about Morrie? What happened to Whit’s End Connellsville? Can we watch the whole cruise show? The producers answer! (Plus, Avery nominations!)

Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

Executive producer Dave Arnold, producer Nathan Hoobler, writer/director Sam Suksiri, and writer/director Phil Lollar answer fan questions about recent albums and preview the upcoming Album 65 and look at future books and releases. Then, Bob and Jesse reveal the nominations in the “Up in the Air” and “Under the Surface” Avery Awards.

Voting for the Avery Awards has closed, but stay tuned to the podcast cast to hear who won in the categories of Best Actress, Best B-TV Sketch, Best Actor, Best Scene, Best Sound Design, Best Place Wooton and Penny Visited on their Honeymoon, Best Script, Best Villain, and Best Overall Episode!

Album 63: Up in the Air

Wooton Bassett returns from his honeymoon with two major problems – Penny is missing and his memory is gone! The journey to find his new bride means probing the depths of Wooton’s crazy mind while also reliving his honeymoon – everything from skydiving in Nicaragua to singing on stage with Wooton’s favorite band, the Pool Boys! Meanwhile, Eugene and Connie deal with the highs and lows of raising teenagers. Connie’s half-sister Jules tries to recreate her life in Los Angeles by making a new friend – school troublemaker Valerie Swanson. And when Connie’s driving lessons leave fingernail marks on the dashboard, Jules turns to another source to teach her — Odyssey’s new licensed driver, Buck Oliver. You’ll learn the meaning of true friendship and love as you come along for the heart-changing, risk-taking experience of a lifetime!

Album 64: Under the SurfaceAlbum 64: Under the Surface

A scuba diving adventure leads to an unlikely investigation as Wooton and Penny try to find the owner of a camera they discovered at the bottom of Trickle Lake. And that’s not the only long-hidden secret being uncovered in Odyssey! When Whit sends Olivia and Matthew on an Imagination Station adventure to the Old Testament, the pair discover that their heroes have unpleasant dark sides, too. The Jones & Parker Detective Agency investigates an author’s long-lost final manuscript and discovers that the mystery may be bigger than they ever imagined. And after Buck laments his lack of family connections, Eugene takes him on a road trip to find out more about his personal history. In these six thrilling adventures, you’ll discover why millions of people can’t wait to hear another exciting adventure in Odyssey!

65: Expect the Unexpected

Coming later this year!
Album 65: Expect the Unexpected

There’s never a dull moment in the town of Odyssey! From a mysterious police investigation to an internship at a funeral home, every situation leads to unexpected results. When Zoe Grant and Olivia Parker start a new talk show, they reluctantly choose Jay Smouse as their first guest. But his talent of stuffing his mouth with jelly beans leads to frantic and frightening consequences. An impromptu Parker family picnic turns into an unusual opportunity for David as he decides to go to extreme lengths to prove a point to his kids about initiative. And Buck and the Meltsners face a sudden dilemma when a social worker questions Eugene and Katrina’s role as Buck’s guardians. Don’t miss out on a single shock, twist, or turn as the folks in Odyssey learn about fame, friendship, family, and more in these six exciting stories.

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Watch the Adventures in Odyssey 30th Birthday Live Show, plus other cruise events

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

Come aboard the Focus on the Family 40th anniversary cruise and see the Adventures in Odyssey cast and crew sign autographs, answer questions, and perform the 30th Birthday Show live on stage. Plus, see birthday greetings from our wonderful fans!

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