The original spring 2000 season was to have been at least three episodes longer (including four more split shows and one full-length episode). Several episodes were written and recorded for this season which never made it to the air before the team decided to rethink their approach to AIO and shift the style of production to also appeal to older audiences instead of just younger audiences. The episodes originally intended for the spring 2000 season but were later lost included “The Hoax's on You” (split), Fads (split), “Turning Paige” (full), and “The Dangerous Haircut” (split, which was fully produced but later incorporated into #568: “The Power of One”).
However, before the spring 2000 season was over or the album was released, Paul McCusker became executive producer of AIO and wanted the team to rethink their approach to AIO. He thought they had been appealing too much to the younger audiences and not enough to more mature audiences. They decided to completely switch styles (as can be seen in the drastic difference between the spring and fall 2000 seasons. Among other major changes in format and style, the team decided to abandon the split episode format forever and decided that none of them should be included in future albums. The spring 2000 season was ended early (even after some of the lost episodes had been announced on the official site) so as to include only twelve episodes that could be used to create an album. However, McCusker felt that album 34 would have been severely undermined by only containing the generally negatively received episodes from spring 2000, which was widely considered the worst season ever by the fan base at the time. He also did not want the album to consist of more than half of the episodes in the split-episode format for fear that this could damage the reputation of AIO and the ability to market future albums.
The decision was made to remove three of the weakest split episodes and the weak and semi-offensive B-TV episode and include the extremely well-reviewed Passages episodes and a special un-aired split episode (“Bethany's Flood”) as a bonus to provide incentive for fans to go ahead and purchase the album. These episodes, along with #440: “I Slap Floor” and #445: “No Boundaries”, actually did have the intended affect and saved the album from dismal sales numbers. The team originally wanted to remove #441b: “Idol Minds” instead of “Career Moves” from the album, but that was impossible because the cover art for the album, which featured a scene from that episode, had already been commissioned and finished. The decision was made to pull the above four episodes even though “Idol Minds” had received the most negative response. Another change made was that two split episodes that had originally been aired as “It's All My Fault” and “I'll Do It My Way” were combined into #448: “Mandy's Debut” so the package would not appear to include so many split episodes. This was also done to set up for an episode in the next season.
The three split episodes that were aired but not included in this album, “The Telltale Cat”, “Sticks and Stones”, and “Career Moves”, along with the full episode “B-TV: Grace”, were all pulled from all subsequent airings. There is one other split episode, “The Hoax's on You", which has been confirmed as being fully produced but never aired. These three full episodes could later be included in an album as a special feature, but are currently considered “lost”.
Adventures in Odyssey
The 2000 Season contains 30 episodes that have an average rating of 84.1%.