Bill Nye the Science Guy was an Emmy Award-winning educational television program, hosted by Bill Nye.
The show aired on PBS syndication for a brief time. It still airs on some educational PBS stations as part of the itv schedule. Each of the 100 episodes aims to teach a specific topic in science to a preteen audience. The show is frequently used in schools. KCTS of Seattle and Buena Vista Television (now known as Disney-ABC Domestic Television) produced the show. The show ran about the same time as and covered similar topics to Beakman's World. He made an appearance on the Disney Channel's New Mickey Mouse Club in its forty-eighth episode Anything Can Happen Day.
Bill Nye the Science Guy has been likened to a modern Mr. Wizard. Bill's TV person is a tall and slender scientist wearing a lab coat and a bow-tie. He mixes the serious science of everyday things with fast-paced action and humor. Each show begins with Bill walking onto the set, called "Nye Labs", which is filled with scientific visuals (including many "of science" contraptions announced dramatically, such as "The slingshots of Science!") relevant to the topic of the show. Each show has a mock music video in the "Soundtrack of Science" by "Not That Bad Records", substituting a scientific roundup of the episode for the lyrics to a popular song. Each show ends with Bill explaining his departure in a clever description of an activity on topic. The credits sometimes rolled next to a series of outtakes from the episode. Other times, outtakes are shown at the time they actually happened.
Another popular member of the cast is the announcer Pat Cashman, whom Nye knew from his time on Almost Live!. Some announcers who subbed in for Cashman include Ernie Anderson, Gary Owens, and Brian Cummings. In 1996, Bill made a guest appearance on Cartoon Network (United States)'s talk-show Space Ghost Coast to Coast in its twenty-fourth episode,Boo! with Michael Norman. A year later, he made a guest appearance on the long-running PBS series Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.
List of episodes
Episode number Episode name "Soundtrack of Science" Video / Real artist (in bold)
1 Flight Nyevana - Smells Like Air Pressure / Nirvana "Smells Like Teen Spirit"
2 Earth's Crust Magmadonna - Crust / Madonna "Vogue"
3 Dinosaurs J.C. - Mr. Dino / Arrested Development "Mr. Wendal"
28 Bones and Muscles Steppenbone - Bones in my Body / Steppenwolf "Born to be Wild"
29 Oceans Gulfstream Girls - Deep Ocean Currents / The Beach Boys "California Girls"
30 Heat LeHot - LeHeat / Chic "Le Freak"
31 Insects UB Buggy - Jah Mon, Insects Rule
32 Balance Torquer - Balance This / Cracker "Get Off This"
33 Sun Deep Yellow - My Favorite Star
34 Brain En Lobe - Whatta Brain / En Vogue with Salt-n-Pepa "Whatta Man"
35 Forests John Cougar Loggincamp - Second Growth
36 Communication Mary Chapin Communicator - How Can We Communicate / Mary Chapin Carpenter "He Thinks He'll Keep Her"
37 Momentum Momentisey - The Faster You Push Me / Morrissey "The More You Ignore Me, the Closer I Get"
38 Reptiles No music video - the commercial-free PBS version of the episode, however, had a brief spoof of Foreigner's "Hot Blooded" entitled "Cold Blooded", which appeared a couple times throughout the episode. All but one very brief glimpse of this song appears in the Disney edit.