“Mystery League” Is Coming to Arkansas PBS

27 Jul 2023 in

We’re excited to share that our original show “Mystery League” – a new 20-episode, live-action series to teach kids in kindergarten through second grades about friendship and community –will premiere this fall on the statewide public media network.

Millie and Marta

“We are thrilled to produce a television series for Arkansas children that is filmed in Arkansas by Arkansans,” Arkansas PBS CEO and Executive Director Courtney Pledger said. “Our Arkansas kids will see themselves in these stories and characters and recognize their home state.

“‘Mystery League’ showcases the remarkable production skills of our Arkansas PBS team and draws on our many relationships with the talented, larger Arkansas creative community.”

Millie and Marta

“Mystery League” follows three fifth grade “detectives” – Millie, Mike and Marta – as they solve the never-ending mysteries of the fictional, small, Arkansas town of Mulberry Springs. Each episode of “Mystery League” features relevant storylines that encourage Arkansas kids to problem solve and build relationships. Free resources will be offered to families and classrooms to support learning targets that align with Arkansas educational standards.  

“We are proud to offer parents locally produced programming that is positive, relatable and relevant, while spotlighting the communities and landscape of Arkansas,” Arkansas PBS Education Director and “Mystery League” producer Sajni Kumpuris said. “To help achieve that end, more than 500 crew, cast, and supply and service vendors were hired in Arkansas to execute the series, boosting the state’s economy with over $1.5 million in revenue from a federal grant.”

Arkansans will see many familiar faces and familiar places in the series, including:

  • Lawson Elementary School in Little Rock.
  • The Old State House Museum.
  • Parkview High School in Little Rock.
  • The Saline County Courthouse.
  • The Burger Shack in Benton.
  • Ouachita River in the cities of Malvern and Rockport.
  • Remmel Dam at Jones Mills, powered by Entergy.
  • The Bauxite Animal Shelter.
  • MacArthur Park in Little Rock.
  • A family farm in Scott.
  • Value Foods in Little Rock.
  • Haskell Hardware in Haskell.
  • Benton School District.


“‘Mystery League’ is filmed entirely in Arkansas, and we were very deliberate in featuring the qualities and experiences found in our small towns,” Kumpuris said.

The series will be available digitally to families and classrooms across the state beginning in fall 2023. The statewide broadcast premiere of “Mystery League” on Arkansas PBS is slated for October 2023, with episodes also livestreaming at myarpbs.org/watch. The series will also be available on demand in the PBS App and at youtube.com/arkansaspbs, as well as via YouTube TV. In conjunction with the broadcast and digital distribution of the series, Arkansas PBS will offer activities for the classroom and at home.  

“Mystery League” is written and produced by the award-winning, cross-sectional Arkansas PBS team of producers and licensed K-12 educators who helped create “Arkansas AMI,” “Blueberry’s Clubhouse,” “Rise and Shine” and ArkansasIDEAS.

Make sure to tune in this fall and join in the mystery on Arkansas PBS!