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Bill Nye the Science Guy
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A shot of the opening sequence.
Format Children's television series/Education
Starring Bill Nye,
Suzanne Mikawa,
Ivyann Schwan,
Jaffar Smith,
Pat Cashman,
et al.
Country of origin  United States
Language(s) English
No. of episodes 100
Production
Executive producer(s) Elizabeth Brock,
Erren Gottlieb,
James McKenna
Producer(s) Bill Nye
Running time 26 minutes
Production company(s) KCTS Seatle
Rabbit Ears Productions
Buena Vista Television
Broadcast
Original channel PBS
Audio format Dolby Surround
Original run September 10, 1993 – October 3, 1997

Bill Nye the Science Guy is an educational television program that originally aired from 1993 to 1997, hosted by Bill Nye and produced by Disney. The show aired on PBS and was also syndicated to local stations. It still airs on some PBS stations as an educational program for in-school use. Each of the 100 episodes aims to teach a specific topic in science to a preteen audience. The show is frequently used in schools.

Created by comedian Ross Shafer and based on sketches on KING-TV's sketch program Almost Live!, Bill Nye the Science Guy is produced by KCTS-TV of Seattle.

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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[1]. He made an appearance on the Disney Channel's New Mickey Mouse Club in its forty-eighth episode Anything Can Happen Day. Before this show, Bill Nye had previously worked alongside Christopher Lloyd in Back to the Future: The Animated Series, where Nye played Doc Brown's assistant and demonstrated several experiments.

Bill Nye the Science Guy has been likened to a modern Mr. Wizard. Bill's TV persona 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. Most 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 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'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

Episodes
Season Episode number Episode name "Soundtrack of Science" Parody song

1

1 Flight Nyevana - "Smells Like Air Pressure"


Parody of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana

2 Earth's Crust Magmadonna - "Crust"


Parody of "Vogue" by Madonna

3 Dinosaurs J.C. - "Mr. Dino"


Parody of "Mr. Wendal" by Arrested Development

4 Skin No music video
5 Buoyancy Sure Floats-a lot - "Bill's Got Boat"


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

6 Gravity Attraction Action - "G-R-A-V-I-T-Y"


Parody of "Twilight Zone" by 2 Unlimited

7 Digestion Dy Gestion - "Can't Eat This"


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

8 Phases of Matter Phaze Change - "Solid Liquid Gas"


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

9 Biodiversity Bio Di Versity - "We're all Connected"


Parody of "Connected" by Stereo MC's

10 Simple Machines The Pulley Ramp Five - "ABC's of Machinery"


Parody of "ABC" by The Jackson 5

11 The Moon The Lunatics - "Moon Cycle"


Parody of "Bicycle Race" by Queen

12 Sound Gloria Wavelength and the Vibrations - "Sound is a VIBE"


Parody of "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor

13 Garbage Trash E. Trash - "R.E.C.Y.C.L.E."


Parody of "Respect" by Aretha Franklin

14 Structure Stress N' Tension - "Let's Talk About Stress"


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

15 Earth's Seasons A Tilted Development - "Rhyme and Season"
16 Light & Color The Bent Wavelengths - "Light and Colour"


Parody of "Trust and Dread and the Fugitive Mind" by Megadeth

17 Cells Mighty Chondria - "Cellular Haze"


Parody of "Purple Haze" by Jimi Hendrix

18 Electrical Current Billy Ray Cyrcuits - "AC/DC Charge"


Parody of "Achy Breaky Heart" by Billy Ray Cyrus

19 Outer Space Elve Centuri - "Celestial Hotel"


Parody of "Heartbreak Hotel" by Elvis Presley

20 Eyeball The Eye Doctors - "Two Eyes"


Parody of "Two Princes" by The Spin Doctors

2 21 Magnetism N.S. Cool J. - "Opposites Attract"


Parody of "Insane in the Brain" by Cypress Hill

22 Wind Wind Dee - "Wind Is In Your Hair"


Parody of "Groove Is In The Heart" by Deee-Lite

23 Blood and Circulation AB+ - "Blood Stream"


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

24 Chemical Reactions Chemical Reactions - "Don't Try This at Home"


Parody of "State of Attraction" by Paula Abdul

25 Static Electricity The Sticky Socks - "Static Electricity"


Parody of "Turning Japanese" by The Vapors

26 Food Web Food Webby Web - "(It's The) Food Web"


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

27 Light Optics Queen Lighteefa - "B.E.N.T."


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

28 Bones and Muscles Steppenbone - "Bones in my Body"


Parody of "Born to be Wild" by Steppenwolf

29 Oceanography Gulfstream Girls - "Deep Ocean Currents"


Parody of "California Girls" by The Beach Boys

30 Heat LeHot - "LeHeat"


Parody of "Le Freak" by Chic

31 Insects UB Buggy - "Jah Mon, Insects Rule"


Style Parody of UB40

32 Balance Torquer - "Balance This"


Parody of "Get Off This" by Cracker

33 The Sun Deep Yellow - "My Favorite Star"


Parody of "Highway Star" by Deep Purple

34 Brain En Lobe - "Whatta Brain"


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

35 Forests John Cougar Loggincamp - "Second Growth"


Style Parody of John Mellencamp

36 Communication Mary Chapin Communicator - "How Can We Communicate"


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

37 Momentum Momentisey - "The Faster You Push Me"


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

38 Reptiles No music video - the commercial-free PBS version of the episode, however, had a brief spoof entitled "Cold Blooded".


Parody of "Hot Blooded" by Foreigner

39 Atmosphere Warm -n- Wetta - "Fresh Aire"
40 Respiration Ali Veoli - "What A Pair"


Style Parody of Tatyana Ali

3 41 The Planets No music video
42 Pressure PSI Garden - "Pressure"


Parody of "Spoonman" by Soundgarden

43 Plants Rhoda Dendron - "Cross Pollination"


Parody of "Human Behaviour" by Björk

44 Rocks and Soil Sedimentary Fools - "Rocks Rock Harder"
45 Energy The ERG's - "N-R-G"


Style Parody of the Beastie Boys

46 Evolution Evolver - "Survival"


Style Parody of Veruca Salt

47 Water Cycle J.A.C. - "Water Cycle Jump"


Parody of "Jump" by Kris Kross

48 Friction Grace Slip - "Friction Happens"
49 Germs Dose of Soap - "Just Wash Your Hands"


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

50 Climates Climate Report - "Whether the Weather"


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

51 Waves Big Amplitude - "Baby I Love Your Wave"


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

52 Ocean Life James Baleen - "Power To The Plankton"


Style Parody of James Brown

53 Mammals Fake Fur - "Jennifer's A Mammal"


Parody of "Institutionalized" by Suicidal Tendencies

54 Spinning Things House of Spin - "Spin Around"


Parody of "Jump Around" by House of Pain

55 Fish Salmon Dave - "I'm a Sole Man"


Parody of "Soul Man" by Sam & Dave

56 Human Transportation Carpoolio - "Move Groove"


Parody of "Fantastic Voyage" by Coolio

57 Wetlands Maria and the Mudflaps - "Where The Land is Wet"
58 Birds LL Bloo J. - "Talkin' Bout Birds"
59 Populations Shirell Crow - "All We Need To Do"


Parody of "All I Wanna Do" by Sheryl Crow

60 Animal Locomotion Bjorn Turun - "Loco Motion"


Parody of "Everything Zen" by Bush

4 61 Rivers and Streams Talking Headwaters - "Take Me To The River"


Parody of "Take Me To The River" by Talking Heads

62 Nutrition Knute Trishan - "Good Food"
63 Marine Mammals Marina Cesealia - "Breathe Like Me"


Parody of "I Know" by Dionne Farris

64 Earthquakes Mistah Richter - "Earthquake Rumble"
65 NTV Top 11 Video Countdown Mudhoney - "Bill Nye The Science Guy Theme"
66 Spiders Foo Spighters - "This is A Spiders Life"


Parody of "This Is a Call" by Foo Fighters

67 Pollution Solutions No music video
68 Probability Steven Odd - "50 Fifty"


Parody of "Loser" by Beck

69 Pseudoscience Dare L. Pseudo - "Pure Proof"


Parody of "100% Pure Love" by Crystal Waters

70 Flowers Daisy Birdsenbees - "So Many Flowers"
71 Archaeology Mob Barley - "Diggin'"


Parody of "Jamming" by Bob Marley

72 Deserts Deserette - "Always Dry"


Parody of "You Oughta Know" by Alanis Morissette

73 Amphibians P-Swamp All Stars with DJ Hoppy - "The Amphidelic Mothership Metamorphisis"


Style Parody of George Clinton the P-Funk All Stars

74 Volcanoes Volcanque - "Lavaflows"


Parody of "Waterfalls" by TLC

75 Invertebrates S. Khar Go - "Crawl Away"


Parody of "Runaway" by Janet Jackson

76 Heart Vinny Vein and the Pumpers - "Gimme Back My Heart"
77 Inventions En Vent and the Process - "It's An 'ing Thing"
78 Computers La Binary - "One Zero 001"


Parody of "Be My Lover" by La Bouche

79 Fossils Etchton Stone - "Fossil Man"


Parody of "Rocket Man" by Elton John

80 Time The Tim E. Zone Experience - "Time Time Time Time Time..."


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

5 81 Forensics Krime Seen - "We Will Find You"


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

82 Space Exploration The Space Princess of Galactic Grooviness - "Planets All"


Parody of "Set You Free" by Planet Soul

83 Genes Alice in Genes - "It's Called Genetics"


Parody of "Killing in the Name" by Rage Against the Machine'

84 Architecture The Artist Formerly Known as Archie T. - "Makin' Plans"


Parody of "All Mixed Up" by 311

85 Farming Chris Ballew - "Farm Food"


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

86 Life Cycle Roberta Fungi - "Everything Has A Life Cycle"


Parody of "Killing Me Softly" by Roberta Flack

87 Do-It-Yourself Science Nye & The Family Crust - "Do It Yourself Science"


Parody of "Hell" by Squirrel Nut Zippers

88 Atoms and Molecules Third Nye Blind - "Atoms in My Life"


Parody of "Semi Charmed Life" by Third Eye Blind

89 Ocean Exploration The Posies "Voyage of the Aquanauts"
90 Lakes and Ponds The Foggy Boyz - "Found of Lakes and Ponds"


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

91 Smell Turbinator Two - "Come On Use Your Brain (Smell This)"


Parody of "C'mon N' Ride It (The Train)" by Quad City DJ's

92 Caves Batilda & Guano - "Cave Thing"


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

93 Fluids Weflo - "Drip it"


Parody of "Whip It" by Devo

94 Erosion Earth, Wind & Ice - "Causing the Erosion"


Style Parody of No Doubt

95 Comets and Meteors Halley Comet - "Got Me Looking"


Parody of "Shadowboxer" by Fiona Apple

96 Storms Mighty Might Thundertones - "Stormin'"


Style Parody of The Mighty Mighty Bosstones

97 Measurement The Meter Men - "Every Measurement You Make"


Parody of "Every Breath You Take" by The Police

98 Patterns Downward Spiral - "Patterns of Joy"


Style Parody of The Prodigy

99 Music "There's Science In Music"


Parody of "The Time Warp" by Richard O'Brien

100 Motion Slow Moe - "All in Motion"


Style Parody of Van Halen

Theme song

Aside from Bill himself, one of the most memorable things about Bill Nye the Science Guy is its theme song. The bass-heavy theme is set to a Hip hop 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 fluctuator. The theme song is credited to Mike Greene.

Production music

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

Many of these tracks were also featured in many Nickelodeon cartoons in the 1990s. 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."

Funding

Video Game

A computer game for the series, titled Bill Nye the Science Guy: Stop the Rock!, was released in 1996 for PC and Macintosh by Pacific Interactive. 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 MAXX to destroy the meteoroid; however, MAXX 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 MAXX's challenge, and the player, depicted as the newest member of the Nye Labs team, is asked to solve these riddles 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 Nye and other Nye Labs scientists. However, the characters and cast members from the TV series, sans Bill Nye and a few others, do not appear in this game, instead being replaced by game-exclusive Nye Labs team members and new actors.

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Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Bill Nye the Science Guy is an American science television program for children.

Stargate Atlantis

Bill Nye: I have always believed we are all more alike than we are different.

Unidentified Episodes

Unknown speaker: Science drools!

Unknown: Now that's a chemical equation.

Unknown: Chemical reactions - they're a blast!

Unknown: If you breathe even a little bit of chlorine gas, it would do you in, just like that. You'd flatline, you know?

Unknown: The whole kitchen is made of wonderful, wonderful chemicals.

Unknown: Sweden is also known for shmorgasborgs, Vikings, and svjeaking Svjedish!

Unknown: The periodic table - I never leave home without it!

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