History Main / ThreeTwoOneContact

25th Nov '13 1:24:47 PM MarkLungo
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[[quoteright:304:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/321_Contact_9817.jpeg]]
[[caption-width-right:304:"Let's make contact!"]]


->''3! 2! 1! Contact is the secret, is the moment/When everything happens!''
-->-- Opening theme

This Creator/{{PBS}} series, created by the [[SesameWorkshop Children's Television Workshop]], was the CTW's 1980s attempt to engage young viewers in science. The original series lasted from January, 1980 to November, 1988. Edited versions of older episodes were broadcast to 1992.

To that end, ''3-2-1 Contact'' took the equivalent format of ''SesameStreet'' and adjusted it for a preteen audience with comedy sketches, cartoons as well as demonstrations of scientific principles not only on the set, but also in filmed segments in which the hosts went around America to explore interesting things about science.

However, the most popular section was "The Bloodhound Gang'', about a private detective agency staffed primarily by [[KidDetective kids]] due to the seemingly perpetual absence of their boss, Mr. Bloodhound. In a world where nearly every adult other than the arresting police officers appears to be a gullible idiot, the young sleuths find themselves busting frauds and other nonviolent crimes all around them with their knowledge of science (and, in one case, communication -- in one episode, the Gang visits a diner and the waitress appears able to read minds -- until TheReveal, which shows that it was all due to non-verbal hand-signals used commonly by the staff of many diners).

The show also had a tie-in magazine that ran about ten years longer than the original series (although it became rechristened as ''Contact Kids'' near the end of its publication).

Nothing to do with [[Film/{{Contact}} the 1997 movie with Jodie Foster]].

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!!Tropes featured include:

* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: The show explains why giant insects ala ''Film/{{Them}}'' are simply not possible.
* AnimateInanimateObject: {{Lampshaded}} in an animated sequence by a chart questioning the smugness of a "smart" scientist explaining human speech.
-->'''Chart:''' Dumb
-->'''Scientist''': What?
-->'''Chart''': Dumb. Charts can't talk. (chart comically rolls up)
* BalloonBurstingBird: The tie-in magazine would publish computer games written in BASIC to run on your computer during TheEighties. One of the games, called "Pop!", carried an illustration of a computer blowing bubble gum and spotting a bird ready to [[BubbleGumPopping pop the bubble]].
* HeyItsThatGuy: Jim Boyd of TheElectricCompany had a recurring role in the first season as a friend to the teens.
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: CrackIsCheaper if you're going for the VHS releases, and you can forget about DVD.
* MickeyMousing: The 83-86 version of the intro does this.
* ReCut: A condensed version of the series, titled ''3-2-1 Classroom Contact'', was produced in 1992, after the original series was dropped from syndication.
* {{Retool}}: The first version was of three college-age kids and a fancy college studyhouse, then there was a second version with younger kids in a plain basement playroom. The show was retooled a second time in 1986 (season 5), being hosted by David Quinn and taking place mainly on-location.
* ScoobyDooHoax: The Bloodhound Gang exposed a few of these.
* SesameWorkshop: Produced this show.
* SesameStreetCred - The first version had short spots of various stars and media characters explaining various scientific facts.
** And yes, Big Bird did appear once.
* ShowWithinAShow: "The Bloodhound Gang"
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[[caption-width-right:304:"Let's make contact!"]]


->''3! 2! 1! Contact is the secret, is the moment/When everything happens!''
-->-- Opening theme

This Creator/{{PBS}} series, created by the [[SesameWorkshop Children's Television Workshop]], was the CTW's 1980s attempt to engage young viewers in science. The original series lasted from January, 1980 to November, 1988. Edited versions of older episodes were broadcast to 1992.

To that end, ''3-2-1 Contact'' took the equivalent format of ''SesameStreet'' and adjusted it for a preteen audience with comedy sketches, cartoons as well as demonstrations of scientific principles not only on the set, but also in filmed segments in which the hosts went around America to explore interesting things about science.

However, the most popular section was "The Bloodhound Gang'', about a private detective agency staffed primarily by [[KidDetective kids]] due to the seemingly perpetual absence of their boss, Mr. Bloodhound. In a world where nearly every adult other than the arresting police officers appears to be a gullible idiot, the young sleuths find themselves busting frauds and other nonviolent crimes all around them with their knowledge of science (and, in one case, communication -- in one episode, the Gang visits a diner and the waitress appears able to read minds -- until TheReveal, which shows that it was all due to non-verbal hand-signals used commonly by the staff of many diners).

The show also had a tie-in magazine that ran about ten years longer than the original series (although it became rechristened as ''Contact Kids'' near the end of its publication).

Nothing to do with [[Film/{{Contact}} the 1997 movie with Jodie Foster]].

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!!Tropes featured include:

* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: The show explains why giant insects ala ''Film/{{Them}}'' are simply not possible.
* AnimateInanimateObject: {{Lampshaded}} in an animated sequence by a chart questioning the smugness of a "smart" scientist explaining human speech.
-->'''Chart:''' Dumb
-->'''Scientist''': What?
-->'''Chart''': Dumb. Charts can't talk. (chart comically rolls up)
* BalloonBurstingBird: The tie-in magazine would publish computer games written in BASIC to run on your computer during TheEighties. One of the games, called "Pop!", carried an illustration of a computer blowing bubble gum and spotting a bird ready to [[BubbleGumPopping pop the bubble]].
* HeyItsThatGuy: Jim Boyd of TheElectricCompany had a recurring role in the first season as a friend to the teens.
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: CrackIsCheaper if you're going for the VHS releases, and you can forget about DVD.
* MickeyMousing: The 83-86 version of the intro does this.
* ReCut: A condensed version of the series, titled ''3-2-1 Classroom Contact'', was produced in 1992, after the original series was dropped from syndication.
* {{Retool}}: The first version was of three college-age kids and a fancy college studyhouse, then there was a second version with younger kids in a plain basement playroom. The show was retooled a second time in 1986 (season 5), being hosted by David Quinn and taking place mainly on-location.
* ScoobyDooHoax: The Bloodhound Gang exposed a few of these.
* SesameWorkshop: Produced this show.
* SesameStreetCred - The first version had short spots of various stars and media characters explaining various scientific facts.
** And yes, Big Bird did appear once.
* ShowWithinAShow: "The Bloodhound Gang"
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19th Oct '13 10:25:16 AM pittsburghmuggle
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Nothing to do with the 1997 movie with Jodie Foster.

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Nothing to do with [[Film/{{Contact}} the 1997 movie with Jodie Foster.
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8th Sep '13 3:53:07 AM erforce
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* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: The show explains why giant insects ala ''{{Them}}'' are simply not possible.

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* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: The show explains why giant insects ala ''{{Them}}'' ''Film/{{Them}}'' are simply not possible.
18th Jul '13 5:26:11 PM morenohijazo
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* BalloonBurstingBird: The tie-in magazine would publish computer games written in BASIC to run on your computer during TheEighties. One of the games, called "Pop!", carried an illustration of a computer blowing bubble gum and spotting a bird ready to [[BubbleGumPopping pop the bubble]].
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* HeyItsThatGuy: Jim Boyd of TheElectricCompany had a recurring role in the first season as a friend to the teens.
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* AnimateInanimateObject: {{Lampshaded}} in an animated sequence by a chart questioning the smugness of a "smart" scientist explaining human speech.
-->'''Chart:''' Dumb
-->'''Scientist''': What?
-->'''Chart''': Dumb. Charts can't talk. (chart comically rolls up)
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* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: The show explains why giant insects ala ''{{Them}}'' are simply not possible.
25th Aug '12 5:41:59 AM FELH2
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This {{PBS}} series, created by the [[SesameWorkshop Children's Television Workshop]], was the CTW's 1980s attempt to engage young viewers in science. The original series lasted from January, 1980 to November, 1988. Edited versions of older episodes were broadcast to 1992.

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This {{PBS}} Creator/{{PBS}} series, created by the [[SesameWorkshop Children's Television Workshop]], was the CTW's 1980s attempt to engage young viewers in science. The original series lasted from January, 1980 to November, 1988. Edited versions of older episodes were broadcast to 1992.
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13th Aug '12 4:26:07 PM Statalyzer
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* {{Synthesizeritis}}: Arguably, the 1987-1988 opening theme arrangement.
13th Aug '12 4:25:58 PM Statalyzer
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* Synthesizeritis: Arguably, the 1987-1988 opening theme arrangement.

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* Synthesizeritis: {{Synthesizeritis}}: Arguably, the 1987-1988 opening theme arrangement.
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