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Sid the Science Kid
Genre Children's television series
Created by Jim Henson Company
Opening theme Sid the Science Kid
Ending theme Sid the Science Kid (instrumental)
Country of origin United States United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 40
Production
Executive producer(s) Jim Henson Company
Running time 30-minutes
Broadcast
Original channel PBS Kids
Original run September 1, 2008 – present
External links
Official website
Production website

Sid the Science Kid is a half-hour PBS Kids series that debuted on September 1, 2008. The computer generated show is produced by Jim Henson Productions and KCET in Los Angeles, California using the Henson Digital Puppetry Studio, which allows puppeteers to voice digitally animated characters in real time.[1] Production began in the fall of 2007 with 40 half-hour episodes of Sid the Science Kid having been ordered. The series debuted on PBS Kids on September 1, 2008[2], with a two-year on-air commitment.[3] The original working title for the series was "What's the Big Idea?" and the central character, Sid, was originally named Josh.[4]

Contents

Premise

The main character in the show is Sid, a curious little boy who uses tries to answer questions kids have about basic scientific principles. In his search to discover why things work the way they do, he elicits the help of his family, friends, and teacher. Main characters include Sid's mother Alice, his father Mort, his Grandma, his baby brother Zeke, friends Gabriella, Gerald, and May, and teacher Susie. In the episode "Hello Doggie", Sid's Grandma adopts a dog from the animal shelter, which she names Philbert. Emphasis is placed on developing scientific reasoning and introduction of scientific vocabulary.

The conceptual content of Sid is based in national science learning standards, cognitive learning theory, and on the preschool science curriculum, Preschool Pathways to Science.[5]

Each week's episodes are built around a single scientific theme or concept. The first week (episodes 1 - 5) focus on scientific tools and concepts (such as charts, observation, estimation, and measuring). The second week (episodes 6 - 10) focuses on changes and transformation (including decay, growth, freezing, melting, and the effects of heat). The third week (episodes 11 - 15) focuses on the senses (including touch, smell, sight, and hearing). The fourth week (episodes 16 - 20) focuses on health. The fifth week (episodes 21 - 25) focuses on simple machines. The sixth week (episodes 26 - 30) focuses on backyard science. The seventh week (episodes 31 - 35) focuses on weather. The eighth week (episodes 36 - 40) focuses on the human body. The Friday shows are designed to review, reinforce, and summarize the central concept of the week.

One recurring segment, "Good Laughternoon", features the kids opening panels in a brightly-colored playground structure and telling jokes. The format and set borrow heavily from the closing "joke wall" of Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, but for a pre-school audience and Sid would end the segment by saying, "Now that's funny!" along with pre-recorded laughter from his toy microphone. Other recurring segments include "what's the big idea?", when Sid introduces the problem to the audience; "Breakfast Time", when either Alice or Mort teaches Sid something that has anything to do with the problem; "The Sid Survey", the segment where Sid asks questions to Gabriella, Gerald, and May; "Rug Time", where Sid shows his friends and his teacher something with the problem; "The Super Fab Lab", where the scientists do the lab along with live-action class; "Playtime"; "Singing with Susie"; "Backseat Driving with Grandma"; "Scientist in the House!", when Sid solves the problem and/or plays with his family; and "Sid's Super-Duper-Ooper-Schmooper Big Idea!", where Sid would think about what will he do to solve a problem like the one he had from each episode. Sometimes, Sid would have his play date with Gabriella after school making it "Two Scientists in the House!".

Characters

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Sid

Sid is a five-year-old[6] who wants to be a scientist when he grows up. Sid is the most practical character on the show and is often portrayed as a very supportive friend. He wants to know everything about everything. He seems to enjoy singing and dancing, too. He is a well-noted observer, and possibly the brightest of the group. His day consists of playing in his room, coming up with a question, asking people about his question, studying his question in school, going home, and presenting his "Super-duper-ooper-schmooper Big Idea!"

Gabriela

Gabriela is five years old and the most composed character of the group. Unlike her friends, Gabriela is the most sensible character and often comes up with the most reasonable jokes during Good Laughternoon. She is the most authoritative figure of the quartet, often being the leader of the group activities. She is usually the one to propose playing Pretend, always opting to be the mommy. She is believed to have climbed higher on the jungle gym than anyone else of the group, and can allegedly read (albeit evidence toward this is negligible). Sometimes, she comes over to Sid's to have a play date with him. She is much fun to work and play with. She has a crush on Sid.

Gerald

Gerald is Sid's vivacious good friend. He is five years old and distinguished by an unusual tuft of hair on his head and remarkably reddened skin. He often stalls at the start of Rug Time, attempting a very appreciated light-humored gig. He has a dog, a Jack Russell terrier called Chester. Though his behavior suggests a dim mind on his part, he is a very valued character of the quartet, perhaps the most vivid character of the group, often being the life and soul of activities. A running gag is that he is always trying to be funny, but fails miserably. Aside from his silliness, he's a good friend.

May

May is Sid's Chinese friend, marked by her striping stockings and fairness. May is five years old and the most sentimental character of the group. She is very polite and is characterized by her charming, courteous ways. May often sympathizes with everyone and everything, appreciating even inanimate things like decayed pumpkins and brown, mushy bananas. In the eponymous episode as Sid asks whether she would ever eat a mushy banana, she replies, "Aw, he probably thinks no one likes him. Yes! Yes I would definitely eat him and be his friend!" In The Perfect Pancake when Sid recalls his father's burnt pancakes, she suggests that the oven might be angry. May has a Manx cat called Mooshu. While her conduct is quite silly at times, May is exceptionally smart, often performing at peak excellence in school.

Susie

Susie is the teacher at Sid's school. She begins the day with "Rug Time" where she summons the children to sit in a circle and asks them if they have anything to share with the class or talk about. (Usually the topic brought up is what was discussed during "Sid's Survey" and what Sid was thinking about earlier in the day.) She also conducts the experiments with her class. She sings to the children during the "Singing With Susie" segment at the end of the school day.

Episodes

Tools and Measurement
1. The Sticker Chart
2. The Rolie Polie
3. Enough with the Seashells!
4. The Whale Episode
5. Super Science Tools

Change and Transformation
6. My Mushy Banana
7. My Shrinking Shoes
8. My Ice Pops
9. The Perfect Pancake
10. No More Changes!

Senses
11. The Itchy Tag
12. What's That Smell?
13. Grandma's Glasses
14. Too Much Noise?
15. All My Senses

Health
16. A Brush With Teeth
17. I Want Cake
18. The Big Sneeze
19. Must See TV!
20. Sid's Health Day

Simple Machines
21. The Broken Wheel
22. My Slide
23. Sid's Amazing Invention
24. The Tree House
25. Climb, Ignatz, Climb!

Backyard Science
26. Hello, Doggie!
27. Home Tweet Home
28. The Dirt on Dirt
29. Don't Forget the Leaves!
30. The Bug Club

Weather
31. Sid's Rainy Play Date
32. Special Sunny Dad Day
33. Sid's Holiday Adventure
34. The Wind Did It
35. Sid the Weatherman

The Body
36. Special Mom Day Meal
37. I Have Muscles Where?
38. Sid's Amazing Lungs
39. How Did My Dog Do That?
40. Now That's Using Your Brain

Funding

Cast

Crew

  • Directors: Brian Henson, Hugh Martin, Katy Garretson, Allan Trautman, David Gumpel
  • Head Writer: Bradley Zweig
  • Writers: Craig Bartlett, Jim Lewis, Corey Powell, Joseph Purdy, Eric Shaw, Bradley Zweig
  • Story Editors: Craig Bartlett, Joe Purdy
  • Character Designs: Elanna Allen, Peter Brooke
  • Executive Producers: Brian Henson, Lisa Henson, Halle Stanford, Bradley Zweig
  • Producer: Chris Plourde
  • Layouts: Joseph Ansolabehere, Steven Viksten
  • Production Designer: Bernie Vyzga
  • KCET Executive Producer: Joyce Campbell
  • KCET Educational Outreach: Lynne Christan
  • KCET Legal Counsel: Susan Reardon
  • KCET Client Services: Noreen Huang
  • KCET Production Services: Robert McDonnell
  • KCET Executive In Charge Of Production: Mary Mazur
  • Music and Songs Conductor: Mike Himelstein

References

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