Bill Nye the Science Guy

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Bill Nye the Science Guy
Bill Nye the Science Guy.jpg
FormatChildren's television series
Education
Comedy
Created byBill Nye
James McKenna
Erren Gottlieb
Presented byBill Nye
StarringSuzanne Mikawa
Ivyann Schwan
Jaffar Smith
et al.
Narrated byPat Cashman
Theme music composerMike Greene
Composer(s)Mike Greene
Tom McGurk
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes100 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Elizabeth Brock
Erren Gottlieb
James McKenna
Producer(s)Bill Nye
Running time26 minutes
Production company(s)KCTS Seattle
Rabbit Ears Productions
Walt Disney Television
Broadcast
Original channelPBS
Audio formatDolby Surround
Original runSeptember 10, 1993 (1993-09-10) – June 20, 1998 (1998-06-20)
 
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This article is about educational television program. For the American science educator, see Bill Nye.
Bill Nye the Science Guy
Bill Nye the Science Guy.jpg
FormatChildren's television series
Education
Comedy
Created byBill Nye
James McKenna
Erren Gottlieb
Presented byBill Nye
StarringSuzanne Mikawa
Ivyann Schwan
Jaffar Smith
et al.
Narrated byPat Cashman
Theme music composerMike Greene
Composer(s)Mike Greene
Tom McGurk
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes100 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Elizabeth Brock
Erren Gottlieb
James McKenna
Producer(s)Bill Nye
Running time26 minutes
Production company(s)KCTS Seattle
Rabbit Ears Productions
Walt Disney Television
Broadcast
Original channelPBS
Audio formatDolby Surround
Original runSeptember 10, 1993 (1993-09-10) – June 20, 1998 (1998-06-20)

Bill Nye the Science Guy is a live action educational television program that originally aired from September 10, 1993 to June 20, 1998 and was hosted by William "Bill" Nye. The show aired on PBS Kids and was also syndicated to local stations.

Each of the 100 half-hour episodes aims to teach a specific topic in a natural science to a preteen audience. The show is frequently used in schools as an education medium, and it still airs on some PBS stations for this reason.

Synopsis[edit]

Bill's TV persona is a tall and slender scientist wearing a blue lab coat and a bow-tie.[1] He mixes the serious science of everyday things with fast-paced action and humor. Each half-hour show begins with Bill walking onto the set, called "Nye Laboratories", which is filled with scientific visuals including many "of science" contraptions announced dramatically, relevant to the topic of the show. Most half-hour episodes contain a mock song parody and 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 half-hour show ends with Bill explaining in a clever description of an activity on topic. The credits sometimes rolled next to a series of outtakes from the episode.

Soundtrack[edit]

The show's memorable bass-heavy theme song is set to a house beat with Bill's name shouted throughout the duration of the song. The sound and speed fluctuations of the voice were accomplished through a vocoder and electronic pitch fluctuation.

The show's episodes consisted of several compositions from Associated Production Music. Some featured tracks include:

Many of these tracks were also featured in SpongeBob SquarePants, Camp Lazlo, All That, KaBlam! and The Ren and Stimpy Show. Another common track used was the theme from the English show Dave Allen At Large, here used as the theme from "The Jackie Smazz Show."

Production[edit]

Created by comedian Ross Shafer and based on sketches on KING-TV's sketch program Almost Live!, the show was produced by Disney Educational Productions and KCTS-TV of Seattle.[2]

The announcer was Pat Cashman, whom Nye knew from his time on Almost Live!. The theme song is credited to Mike Greene.

Before this show, Bill had previously worked alongside Christopher Lloyd in Back to the Future: The Animated Series, where he played Doc Brown's assistant and demonstrated several experiments.[3]

In 1996, Bill made a guest appearance on Cartoon Network's talk-show Space Ghost Coast to Coast in its twenty-fourth episode, Boo! with Michael Norman.[4] In 1997, he made an appearance on PBS Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.[5]

In November 2013, Bill appeared as himself on episode 142 of The Big Bang Theory, "The Proton Displacement", along with Bob Newhart playing the role of an older former children's TV science presenter.[6]

The show has been likened to the next generation version of Watch Mr. Wizard.[7][8] The show ran about the same time as and covered similar topics to Beakman's World, in fact sharing one crew member, editor/writer/director Michael Gross.[9]

Episodes[edit]

100 half-hour episodes were produced.

Season 1[edit]

No.Title"Soundtrack of Science" Parody songAirdate
1Flight (series premiere)Nyevana – "Smells Like Air Pressure"

Parody of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana

September 10, 1993
2Earth's CrustMagmadonna – "Crust"

Parody of "Vogue" by Madonna

September 17, 1993
3DinosaursJ.C. – "Mr. Dino"

Parody of "Mr. Wendal" by Arrested Development

September 24, 1993
4SkinNo music videoOctober 1, 1993
5BuoyancySure Floats-a lot – "Bill's Got Boat"

Parody of "Baby Got Back" by Sir Mix-a-Lot

October 8, 1993
6GravityAttraction Action – "G-R-A-V-I-T-Y"

Parody of "Twilight Zone" by 2 Unlimited

October 15, 1993
7DigestionDy Gestion – "Can't Eat This"

Parody of "Can't Truss It" by Public Enemy

October 22, 1993
8Phases of MatterPhaze Change – "Solid Liquid Gas"

Parody of "Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)" by Digable Planets

October 29, 1993
9BiodiversityBio Di Versity – "We're all Connected"

Parody of "Connected" by Stereo MC's

November 5, 1993
10Simple MachinesThe Pulley Ramp Five – "ABC's of Machinery"

Parody of "ABC" by The Jackson 5

November 12, 1993
11The MoonThe Lunatics – "Moon Cycle"

Parody of "Bicycle Race" by Queen

November 19, 1993
12SoundGloria Wavelength and the Vibrations – "Sound is a VIBE"

Parody of "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor

November 26, 1993
13GarbageTrash E. Trash – "R.E.C.Y.C.L.E."

Parody of "Respect" by Aretha Franklin; artist name is a parody of Doug E. Fresh

December 3, 1993
14StructureStress N' Tension – "Let's Talk About Stress"

Parody of "Let's Talk About Sex" by Salt-n-Pepa

December 10, 1993
15SeasonsA Tilted Development – "Rhyme and Season"; artist name is a parody of Arrested Development

(Note: Ross Shafer guest stars in this episode on The Tilted Planet Game segment.)

December 17, 1993
16Light & ColorThe Bent Wavelengths – "Light and Colour"

Parody of "Sweating Bullets" by Megadeth

December 24, 1993
17CellsMighty Chondria – "Cellular Haze"

Parody of "Purple Haze" by Jimi Hendrix

January 21, 1994
18ElectricityBilly Ray Cyrcuits – "AC/DC Charge"

Parody of "Achy Breaky Heart" by Billy Ray Cyrus

January 28, 1994
19Outer SpaceElve Centuri – "Celestial Hotel"

Parody of "Heartbreak Hotel" by Elvis Presley

February 4, 1994
20EyeballThe Eye Doctors – "Two Eyes"

Parody of "Two Princes" by The Spin Doctors

February 11, 1994

Season 2[edit]

No.Title"Soundtrack of Science" Parody songAirdate
1MagnetismN.S. Cool J. – "Opposites Attract"

Parody of "Jump" by Kriss Kross; artist name is a parody of LL Cool J

February 18, 1994
2WindWind Dee – "Wind Is In Your Hair"

Parody of "Groove Is in the Heart" by Deee-Lite

February 25, 1994
3Blood and CirculationAB+ – "Blood Stream"

Parody of "Love Shack" by The B-52's

March 4, 1994
4Chemical ReactionsChemical Reactions – "Don't Try This at Home"

Parody of "State of Attraction" by Paula Abdul

March 11, 1994
5Static ElectricityThe Sticky Socks – "Static Electricity"

Parody of "Turning Japanese" by The Vapors

March 18, 1994
6Food WebFood Webby Web – "(It's The) Food Web"

Parody of "Who Am I (What's My Name)?" by Snoop Dogg

March 25, 1994
7Light OpticsQueen Lighteefa – "B.E.N.T."

Parody of "U.N.I.T.Y." by Queen Latifah

September 10, 1994
8Bones and MusclesSteppenbone – "Bones in my Body"

Parody of "Born to Be Wild" by Steppenwolf

September 17, 1994
9OceanographyGulfstream Girls – "Deep Ocean Currents"

Parody of "California Girls" by The Beach Boys

September 24, 1994
10HeatLeHot – "LeHeat"

Parody of "Le Freak" by Chic

October 1, 1994
11InsectsUB Buggy – "Jah Mon, Insects Rule"

Style Parody of UB40

October 8, 1994
12BalanceTorquer – "Balance This"

Parody of "Get Off This" by Cracker

October 15, 1994
13The SunDeep Yellow – "My Favorite Star"

Parody of "Highway Star" by Deep Purple

October 22, 1994
14BrainEn Lobe – "Whatta Brain"

Parody of "Whatta Man" by En Vogue with Salt-n-Pepa

October 29, 1994
15ForestsJohn Cougar Loggincamp – "Second Growth"

Style Parody of John Mellencamp

November 5, 1994
16CommunicationMary Chapin Communicator – "How Can We Communicate"

Parody of "He Thinks He'll Keep Her" by Mary Chapin Carpenter

November 12, 1994
17MomentumMomentisey – "The Faster You Push Me"

Parody of "The More You Ignore Me, the Closer I Get" by Morrissey

November 19, 1994
18ReptilesNo music video – the commercial-free PBS version of the episode, however, had a brief spoof entitled "Cold Blooded".

Parody of "Hot Blooded" by Foreigner

November 26, 1994
19AtmosphereWarm -n- Wetta – "Fresh Aire"; artist name is a parody of Salt N PepaDecember 2, 1994
20RespirationAli Veoli – "What A Pair"

Style Parody of Tatyana Ali

January 7, 1995

Season 3[edit]

No.Title"Soundtrack of Science" Parody songAirdate
1The PlanetsNo music videoJanuary 14, 1995
2PressurePSI Garden – "Pressure"

Parody of "Spoonman" by Soundgarden

January 21, 1995
3PlantsRhoda Dendron – "Cross Pollination"

Parody of "Human Behaviour" by Björk

January 28, 1995
4Rocks and SoilSedimentary Fools – "Rocks Rock Harder"

Parody of "Basket Case" by Green Day

February 3, 1995
5EnergyThe ERG's – "N-R-G"

Sabotage Parody of the Beastie Boys

February 10, 1995
6EvolutionEvolver – "Survival"

Style parody Revolution. By the Beatles

February 17, 1995
7Water CycleJ.A.C. – "Water Cycle Jump"

Parody of "Jump" by Kris Kross

March 24, 1995
8FrictionGrace Slip – "Friction Happens"; artist name is a parody of Grace SlickMarch 31, 1995
9GermsDose of Soap – "Just Wash Your Hands"

Parody of "Don't Turn Around" by Ace of Base

April 7, 1995
10ClimatesClimate Report – "Whether the Weather"

Parody of "Lucas With The Lid Off" by Lucas Secon

April 14, 1995
11WavesBig Amplitude – "Baby I Love Your Wave"

Parody of "Baby, I Love Your Way" by Big Mountain (originally by Peter Frampton)

April 21, 1995
12Ocean LifeJames Baleen – "Power To The Plankton"

Style Parody of James Brown

April 28, 1995
13MammalsFake Fur – "Jennifer's A Mammal"

Parody of "Institutionalized" by Suicidal Tendencies

September 8, 1995
14Spinning ThingsHouse of Spin – "Spin Around"

Parody of "Jump Around" by House of Pain

September 15, 1995
15FishSalmon Dave – "I'm a Sole Man"

Parody of "Soul Man" by Sam & Dave

September 22, 1995
16Human TransportationCarpoolio – "Move Groove"

Parody of "Fantastic Voyage" by Coolio

September 29, 1995
17WetlandsMaria and the Mudflats – "Where The Land is Wet"October 6, 1995
18BirdsLL Bloo J. – "Talkin' Bout Birds"; artist name is a parody of LL Cool JOctober 13, 1995
19PopulationsShirell Crow – "All We Need To Do"

Parody of "All I Wanna Do" by Sheryl Crow

October 20, 1995
20Animal LocomotionBjorn Turun – "Loco Motion"

Parody of "Everything Zen" by Bush

October 27, 1995

Season 4[edit]

No.Title"Soundtrack of Science" Parody songAirdate
1Rivers and StreamsTalking Headwaters – "Take Me To The River"

Parody of "Take Me to the River" by Talking Heads

November 3, 1995
2NutritionKnute Trishan – "Good Food"

Style Parody of Nine Inch Nails/Trent Reznor

November 10, 1995
3Marine MammalsMarina Cesealia – "Breathe Like Me"

Parody of "I Know" by Dionne Farris

November 17, 1995
4EarthquakesMistah Richter – "Earthquake Rumble"November 24, 1995
5NTV Top 11 Video CountdownMudhoney – "Bill Nye The Science Guy Theme"December 1, 1995
6SpidersFoo Spighters – "This is A Spiders Life"

Parody of "This Is a Call" by Foo Fighters

January 5, 1996
7Pollution SolutionsNo music videoJanuary 12, 1996
8ProbabilitySteven Odd – "50 Fifty"

Parody of "Loser" by Beck

January 19, 1996
9PseudoscienceDare L. Pseudo – "Pure Proof"

Parody of "100% Pure Love" by Crystal Waters

January 26, 1996
10FlowersDaisy Birdsenbees – "So Many Flowers"February 2, 1996
11ArchaeologyMob Barley – "Diggin'"

Parody of "Jamming" by Bob Marley

February 9, 1996
12DesertsDeserette – "Always Dry"

Parody of "You Oughta Know" by Alanis Morissette

February 16, 1996
13AmphibiansP-Swamp All Stars with DJ Hoppy – "The Amphidelic Mothership Metamorphisis"

Style Parody of George Clinton the P-Funk All Stars

February 23, 1996
14VolcanoesVolcanque – "Lavaflows"

Parody of "Waterfalls" by TLC

January 31, 1997
15InvertebratesS. Khar Go – "Crawl Away"

Parody of "Runaway" by Janet Jackson

February 7, 1997
16HeartVinny Vein and the Pumpers – "Gimme Back My Heart"February 14, 1997
17InventionsEn Vent and the Process – "It's An 'ing Thing"February 21, 1997
18ComputersLa Binary – "One Zero 001"

Parody of "Be My Lover" by La Bouche

April 25, 1997
19FossilsEtchton Stone – "Fossil Man"

Parody of "Rocket Man" by Elton John

September 5, 1997
20TimeThe Tim E. Zone Experience – "Time Time Time Time Time..."

Parody of "Time Has Come Today" by The Chambers Brothers

September 12, 1997

Season 5[edit]

No.Title"Soundtrack of Science" Parody songAirdate
1ForensicsKrime Seen – "We Will Find You"

Parody of "We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions" by Queen

September 19, 1997
2Space ExplorationThe Space Princess of Galactic Grooviness – "Planets All"

Parody of "Set You Free" by Planet Soul

September 26, 1997
3GenesAlice in Genes – "It's Called Genetics"

Parody of "Killing in the Name" by Rage Against the Machine'; artist name is a parody of Alice In Chains

October 17, 1997
4ArchitectureThe Artist Formerly Known as Archie T. – "Makin' Plans"

Parody of "All Mixed Up" by 311; artist name is a parody of The Artist Formerly Known As Prince

October 24, 1997
5FarmingChris Ballew – "Farm Food"

Parody of "Peaches" by The Presidents of the United States of America, of which Ballew himself is a member

October 31, 1997
6Life CyclesRoberta Fungi – "Everything Has A Life Cycle"

Parody of "Killing Me Softly" by Roberta Flack

November 14, 1997
7Do-It-Yourself ScienceNye & The Family Crust – "Do It Yourself Science"

Parody of " @#!*% " by Squirrel Nut Zippers; artist name is a parody of Sly and the Family Stone

November 21, 1997
8AtomsThird Nye Blind – "Atoms in My Life"

Parody of "Semi Charmed Life" by Third Eye Blind

November 28, 1997
9Ocean ExplorationThe Posies – "Voyage of the Aquanauts"; The Posies are an alternative rock group from Bellingham, Washington.December 5, 1997
10Lakes and PondsThe Foggy Boyz – "Fond of Lakes and Ponds"

Parody of "Tha Crossroads" by Bone Thugs-n-Harmony

February 21, 1998
11SmellTurbinator Two – "Come On Use Your Brain (Smell This)"

Parody of "C'mon N' Ride It (The Train)" by Quad City DJ's; artist name is a parody of Terminator 2: Judgment Day

February 28, 1998
12CavesBatilda & Guano – "Cave Thing"

Parody of "Shake Your Groove Thing" by Peaches & Herb

April 25, 1998
13FluidsWeflo – "Drip it"

Parody of "Whip It" by Devo

May 2, 1998
14ErosionEarth, Wind & Ice – "Causing the Erosion"

Style Parody of No Doubt; artist name is a parody of Earth, Wind & Fire

May 9, 1998
15Comets and MeteorsHalley Comet – "Got Me Looking"

Parody of "Shadowboxer" by Fiona Apple

May 16, 1998
16StormsMighty Might Thundertones – "Stormin'"

Style Parody of The Mighty Mighty Bosstones

May 23, 1998
17MeasurementThe Meter Men – "Every Measurement You Make"

Parody of "Every Breath You Take" by The Police

May 30, 1998
18PatternsDownward Spiral – "Patterns of Joy"

Parody of "Breathe" by The Prodigy; artist name reference to Nine Inch Nails.

June 6, 1998
19Music"There's Science In Music"

Melodic Style Similar To That Of "The Time Warp" by Richard O'Brien

June 13, 1998
20Motion (series finale)Slow Moe – "All in Motion"

Parody of "Hot for Teacher" by Van Halen

June 20, 1998

"Lost Episodes"[edit]

Airdate
1Bill Nye The Science Guy Lost EpisodeJune 27, 1998
2Bill Nye The Science Guy Lost Episode (Part 2)July 4, 1998
3EnginesJuly 11, 1998
4FloatingJuly 18, 1998
5Floating (Part 2)July 25, 1998

Awards[edit]

Bill Nye the Science Guy was nominated for twenty-three Emmy Awards and won nineteen during its run.[10]

Daytime Emmy Awards

Home media[edit]

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment released the series in its entirety on DVD, as part of the series' 20th anniversary.[11] In the United Kingdom, it was distributed on VHS by ViewTech, Bristol.

Video game[edit]

A computer game for the series, titled Bill Nye the Science Guy: Stop the Rock!, was released in 1996 for Windows and Macintosh by Pacific Interactive.[12]

In the game, a large meteoroid called "Impending Dumé" threatens to make a catastrophic collision with the Earth. A team of scientists develop a laser satellite-controlling computer system called MAAX (Meteoroid and Asteroid Exploder) to destroy the meteoroid; however, MAAX develops a personality of its own (in an obvious parody of the sentient computer HAL from the film and novel 2001: A Space Odyssey) and refuses to save the planet unless Earth's scientists can solve seven science riddles. Nye Labs decides to take on MAAX's challenge, and the player, depicted as the newest member of the Nye Labs team, is asked to solve these riddles using Nye Labs' equipment before Impending Dumé hits (represented through an in-game timer). The game featured a fully explorable Nye Labs, as well as video cut scenes featuring Bill and other Nye Labs scientists. However, the characters and cast members from the TV series, sans Bill and a few others, do not appear in this game, instead being replaced by game-exclusive Nye Labs team members and new actors.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Boss, Kit (18 December 1994). "The Bill Nye Effect". The Seattle Times. 
  2. ^ "Bill Nye, The Science Guy | Archive of American Television". Emmytvlegends.org. Retrieved 2014-02-09. 
  3. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0101042
  4. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0706035
  5. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0649744
  6. ^ Getlen, Larry (2013-11-02). "Bob Newhart returns to ‘Big Bang Theory’ with Bill Nye | New York Post". Nypost.com. Retrieved 2014-02-09. 
  7. ^ Heppner, Frank (2007). Teaching the Large College Class: A Guidebook for Instructors with Multitudes. John Wiley & Sons. p. 11. ISBN 9780470180846. 
  8. ^ Kundanis, Rose M. (2003). Children, Teens, Families, and Mass Media: The Millennial Generation. Taylor & Francis. p. 37. ISBN 9780805845631. 
  9. ^ "Michael Gross (III)". IMDb. 
  10. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0173528/awards
  11. ^ Disney Educational Productions
  12. ^ "VideoGame/Bill Nye the Science Guy: Stop the Rock! - Television Tropes & Idioms". Tvtropes.org. Retrieved 2014-02-09. 
  13. ^ Luvan, Dylan (September 24, 2012). "Bill Nye Warns: Creation Views Threaten U.S. Science". Associated Press. Retrieved September 24, 2012. 
  14. ^ Fowler, Jonathan; Rodd, Elizabeth (August 23, 2012). "Bill Nye: Creationism Is Not Appropriate For Children". YouTube. Retrieved September 24, 2012.