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A Saturday morning kids' ScienceShow based on an award winning comic strip, BeakmansWorld was a fast-paced romp through topics germane to any kid's lives, like "How is snot formed?" and "Why do we fart?" (The latter was saved for the very last episode).

The show starred Beakman, played by puppeteer Paul Zaloom, as he answered questions from viewers with a zany tower wig and a green lab-coat. Helping him on his quest for science is guy-in-a-rat-suit (and resident skeptic who would be a DeadpanSnarker if he weren't wrong all the time) Lester (played by the late puppeteer Mark Ritts), and the lovely young female assistant, of which there would eventually number three (Alanna Ubach as Josie; Eliza Schneider as Liza; and Creator/SentaMoses as Phoebe).

The structure of the show was pretty controlled for being so chaotic. Each episode started with TheTeaser, in which South Pole penguins Don and Herb (a ShoutOut to Mr. Wizard, aka Don Herbert) turned on the show after some witty hijinks. The first act focused entirely on one question (or, less often, a series of questions revolving around a single topic). The second act was Beakmania, a rapid-fire run through many short questions, followed by a longer skit with a fun experiment or The Beakman Challenge. The third act was much like the first, focusing on another single question. TheTag gave the viewer one more piece of information, then ended with Don and Herb turn off Beakman after some witty hijinks.

Some staples of the show included Famous Dead Guys who'd drop by the studio, accompanied by the sudden disappearance of one of the cast (''wink, wink''), to tackle the question at hand. There were also several skits besides the Beakman Challenge that occured on Beakmania, including "Those Disgusting Animals" and "Cooking with Art Burn".

The show lasted from September, 1992 to March, 1997. A total of three-and-a-half seasons' worth of shows stretched out to a full five seasons, first on TLC, then on CBS. The show has also run in syndication (first before moving from TLC to CBS, then more recently starting in 2007), as well as Spanish-dubbed reruns on Univision's kids block, ''Planeta U''. Zaloom himself still plays Beakman in live shows, including in places like Brazil and Mexico, where Beakman's popularity is [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff through the roof]].

As it ran during the same stretch as ''Series/BillNyeTheScienceGuy'', the two shows get [[DuelingShows compared often]].
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* AsideGlance: Lester often turns to the audience to make a snarky comment. Or a pun. [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs Or a snarky pun.]]
* BecomingTheCostume: In a way; Lester apparently has an empathic connection with his rat suit...causing him to cry when Beakman stands on the suit's tail, and causing him to burst into giggle fits when someone tickles his rat feet...when he's not even wearing them.
* BrickBreak: Done in a "Wide Beak-World of Sports Segment", with Lester breaking his hand on the board, and then Phoebe successfully breaking it.
* BrooklynRage: [[PunnyName Art Burn]]
-->'''Art Burn''': [[CatchPhrase Yo! Get outta mah kitchen!]]
* ButtMonkey: Poor Lester just cannot catch a break...
* TheCastShowoff: All the girls could sing, so the show gave 'em a chance. Senta Moses could break boards, so the show gave her a chance to do that, too.
** Mark Ritts' other job was as a puppeteer. He operates one of the penguins in the South Pole cutaways. They allow him a hand puppet (literally) in "Scratchy the Chicken".
* CatchPhrase "Bada-Bing, Bada-Bang, Bada-Boom."
** MadLibsCatchphrase: Part of kicking off Beakmania: "You [X] 'em, I'll [something that rhymes with X] 'em, let's [dance]!"
** Every time a reference to miles comes up: "Of course, YOUR MILEAGE MAY VARY."
** "Nothing disappears!" Soon replaced with "Everything goes somewhere!"
** Several screaming cut voice-overs were frequently used, most often "PENCIL ALERT!" preceding a list of things for an experiment, and "REPLAY!" for...well, replays.
* CallBack: Many props that were previously used in demonstrations are seen lying around the center, most notably the working diagram of a car engine.
** When Lester introduces Beakman to his "fiancee", Cindy the Camel, Beakman asks what happened to Rhonda the Cow from the previous season. Cue the cow puns.
* CreepyCockroaches: The second "THOSE DISGUSTING ANIMALS!" segment. So disgusting, they freaked Liza out enough to require a second take.
* {{Crossdresser}}: Lester at times will put a dress over the rat suit, most famously in the "WHAT'S 4 LUNCH?" segments.
* DeadpanSnarker: Lester ''tries'' at this, and he would be one if he wasn't always wrong.
* DelusionsOfEloquence: Art Burn: "Yo! Welcome to mah humble commode!" Lester a little: "I'm a victim of circumnavigational evidence!"
* DontExplainTheJoke: [[LampshadeHanging "See, it's not funny when you have to explain it."]] [[CompletelyMissingThePoint "Well, could you draw me a picture, then?"]]
* DontTryThisAtHome: Rarely; most experiments could be done at home if done as instructed and with parental supervision, and indeed, were often designed and were encouraged to be done by the children who watched the show.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The MadLibsCatchphrase intro to Beakmania didn't actually start until about the fifth episode. Also, in the pilot, Beakman didn't have his trademark lab coat, there was no LovelyAssistant, and Lester was a puppet (as operated by Mark Ritts).
* EmbarrassingSlide: When Beakman did a slideshow about libraries, he accidentally put one in with him in his underwear.
* EverythingsBetterWithPenguins: Don and Herb
* ExactWords: In one of the few times Lester was able to technically do the Beakman's challenge, Beakman challenged Lester to raise something without lifting up his arms. He had Beakman take it and then threatened ''him'' into lifting it.
** The other way: Lester challenges Beakman to rip a phone book with his bare hands. Beakman calls over his pet bear Bruno to rip it for him. "[[{{Pun}} This is my bear, and these are his hands!]]"
** Some other gags are set up this way. Observe:
-->'''Josie''': MAIL CALL!
-->'''Beakman''': All right, Josie, what do we got?
-->'''Josie''': Mail. That's why I yelled Mail Call.
* ExcitedKidsShowHost: Beakman is a type 2, bordering on 3.
* EyeCatch: the robotic-voiced bumpers, which, sadly, are not to be found on Netflix's copy (though, oddly, the {{BKN}} EyeCatch is on most of the first season copy.)
* TheFaceless / HeWhoMustNotBeSeen: Ray the cameraman
* FingerlessGloves: Omnipresent on Liza
* {{Flanderization}}: Lester was originally just a [[ClassicallyTrainedExtra trained actor with a bad agent]], but later became much more disgusting and obtuse.
* {{Gasshole}}: Lester, of course.
--> '''Phoebe''': We better evacuate...before ''he'' does.
* GenreSavvy: Lester would occasionally succumb to the inevitable and inform Beakman that he was not going to pooh-pooh the latest Challenge, because he knew from experience Beakman was going to turn out to be right and make Lester look foolish in the process.
* {{Gesundheit}}: When the caveman inventor of the wheel introduces himself, he gives the name "Og." "Og who?" "Gesundheit!" ...Lester [[ComicallyMissingThePoint then calls him "Mr. Gesundheit"]].
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Herb: "Turn Beakman on." Don [sensually]: "I love you, Beakman." Lester the Rat was shown on the phone to an unidentified female telling her that "I can keep the nose on if that's what you like..."
** While pretending to be a Dingo in a segment about dogs, Lester pulls off a pun that can be considered literally getting crap past the radar:
--> '''Lester''': *holds a basket of berries* And these are my ''dingo berries''.
** In one scene, Lester is reading [[{{Playboy}} A Ratboy magazine]], which he scrambles to hide when Beakman and Liza come into the scene.
** Roy G Biv is quite obviously TheStoner. Pointed out in his second appearance, when he admits that his memories of his last visit were pretty hazy, and Beakman notes afterward that they were lucky he even found his way to the lab.
** Calling a pair of doohickies that demonstrate rotational inertia "Beakman Rotational Aerodynamic Thingies"...gives way to plenty of "spinning our thingies" jokes...
** The entire last segment, on flatulence, but especially when Beakman says that the gas has to go through the...drumroll please...'''ANAL SPHINCTER'''!
* GreasySpoon: Art's Diner.
* GreekChorus: Don and Herb
* HairDecorations: So many are in the girls' hair that you lose count after awhile.
* HatesTheJobLovesTheLimelight: Lester, who routinely gripes about being stuck in a two-bit "lab rat" role.
* HoldingBothSidesOfTheConversation: Lester does this several times with a hand puppet (literally) named "Scratchy the Chicken". He also does this with a poorly-constructed facsimile of a parrot to cover for not picking up the real one they were going to use.
* HurricaneOfPuns: OnceAnEpisode by the time Phoebe came around, though the early episodes were no slouch when it came to wordplay either.
* [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters Humans Are the Real Disgusting Animals]]: The final "THOSE DISGUSTING ANIMALS!" named humans as the most disgusting animals of all, because they're the only animals that willingly feed themselves poison (smoking and drinking) and, while some animals live in the waste products of other animals, humans are disgusting enough to live in their own waste (pollution).
* HypocriticalHumor: On the question "How can birds talk?" (and remember that Don and Herb are penguins):
-->'''Don:''' Birds can talk?
-->'''Herb:''' Where do they get this stuff?
-->'''Don:''' Talking birds...
-->'''Herb:''' Of all the ideas.
* IconicItem: Who else but Beakman wears a fluorescent green labcoat? Okay, [[{{MST3K}} other than]] ''[[{{MST3K}} him]]''...
* LastSecondWordSwap: They have to get creative whenever they rhyme something ending in "ass". Example, one Beakmania introduces us to:
-->'''Phoebe''': The Ron Glass of you bet your...bass!
** Another involves Lester mixing up "Desert" and "Dessert" (so he can have a "big, beautiful banana boat")...with him saying "Well, then, I've certainly made an "s" of myself."
* {{Leitmotif}}: "Lester's theme" plays anytime the rat appears and says something off the wall...which is about every 30 seconds or so.
* LethalChef: Art Burn.
-->"An' speakin' o' boils, check out dis baby right here! I'm savin' dat one for later when I make a batch of my secret sauce!"
* LimitedWardrobe: Played a little differently with each character. Lester wore the same rat suit every episode, the girls had a rather colorful wardrobe (though not an UnlimitedWardrobe; you will see the same clothing mix-and-matched throughout the episodes), and Beakman had a fairly extensive wardrobe of ugly shirts, covered up by his trademark green labcoat.
* LogoJoke: This show had a rocket flying around the Columbia Torch Lady, which had just recently changed when the show debuted, and the music changed during the run as well (though in the first season, the 80s Columbia print logo was featured in the credits; the modern one was in the credits from season 2). Sadly, recent syndication runs plastered it with the infamous Sony "Bars of Boredom" logo, though Univision reruns, thankfully, retain the logo.
* LovelyAssistant: Featured three lovely assistants (Josie, Liza and Phoebe, depending on season), and one not-so-lovely assistant (Lester).
* NitroExpress: In the dynamite segment, guess which rodent was tasked with bringing the nitroglycerin over from the "REALLY DANGEROUS STUFF" cabinet?
** And, of course, the whole point of the segment was to let Famous Dead Guy Alfred Nobel tell us how he was able to make the NitroExpress safe.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Many of the Famous Dead Guys were done in the style of a celebrity: Ben Franklin was a Rodney Dangerfield-esque joke-cracker; Albert Einstein was a German-style Jackie Mason, and Charles Goodyear was Jim Backus as Thurston Howell from GilligansIsland.
* NoFourthWall: Normal for a mail-in-your-questions show, but they still play with it occasionally. In one episode, Lester provides an intelligent and concise explaination of the science behind a Beakman Challenge. When Beakman asks Lester how he knew that, Lester says that he read Beakman's cue cards. And then, of course, Beakman regularly converses with Ray the Cameraman.
** When discussing electrical plugs:
-->'''Beakman:''' Here's a lamp plug, this is a plug for a toaster oven, 'Be sure to watch "Beakman's World" right here on this station'; [[JustForPun this is a plug for our show...]]
* NonSequiturThud: Lester does many of these...several of them ''to himself''.
* ParentalBonus / NoodleImplements: One experiment requires "A bowling ball, a chainsaw, a Macintosh apple, a picture of Raymond Burr in short pants sitting on vinyl furniture..." Sadly, this is interrupted before we find out what it entails.
** Not only are all of the dances Beakman references in the Beakmania intro real dances (and pretty much done the way he does 'em), but the assistants always shout out actors and other people in entertainment that would have been relevant to parents of kids who would've watched the show in the mid-'90s.
* PostModernism: They don't even try to pass Lester off as a real rat, he's always just been an actor in a suit. The Famous Dead Guys are played straighter in that the cast actually plays along, but it's clear they're in on Beakman's {{Paper Thin Disguise}}s and the audience is expected to be, too. (Several times he comes back and starts talking in the style of the Dead Guy he just impersonated.)
* TheProfessor: I.M. Boring (or ocassionally I.B. Boring instead), originally of Inert State University, the resident substitute for sleeping pills.
* PunnyName: Lessee, Art Burn, Jim Shorts & Harry Pitts, Axl Greeese, Roy G. Biv, the Great Beak-ini...
* RainbowMotif: Roy G Biv is the name of a a colorful hippie who explains the visible spectrum in "Scientific Method, Beakmania & Rainbows". He returns in a second season episode to help answer the question "Why is the sky blue?"
* RepeatAfterMe: There are several examples of Beakman saying "Let's say X", with someone else (usually Lester) immediately saying X.
** An amusing version of this, after a Beakman "a-ha" moment:
-->'''Lester''': Oh, let's all say "A-ha", shall we?
-->'''All''': A-ha!
-->'''Lester''': ...shall we?
* RepeatCut: The show was quite fond of this; for both StuffBlowingUp and Lester's pratfalls.
* RulesSpiel: Done for all the do-at-home experiments: Always have adult supervision, take appropriate safety precautions, [[ReadTheFreakingManual follow directions exactly]], and don't make substitutions.
* RubeGoldbergDevice: The crazy invention Liza makes to brush Lester's teeth while he sleeps.

* SeriesFauxnale: The last episode of Season 1 contained a segment explaining to kids how they could find answers on their own. This was just in case the series wasn't picked up for Season 2. Not only was it picked up, but it also moved to CBS.
* ServiceSectorStereotypes: Art's Diner empoloys several of the Diner type 2 type of waitresses (young and slightly rude) that look suspiciously like the assistants with beehive wigs and Joisey accents.
* ShaggyDogStory: One segment (on camouflage) has Lester trying to hide from a bill collector, getting all sorts of tips on how to hide in plain sight from Beakman and Liza. The bill collector shows up at the end of the segment. Turns out his name is Bill Collector, and he just wants Lester's autograph!
* ShoutOut: Aside from Don and Herb (to Mr. Wizard), we have:
** Several letters "written in" by the kids of members of the cast and crew. If they shared a name with a cast and/or crew member, and were from the Los Angeles Metropolitan Area, you can be reasonably sure it was a kid of a crew member.
** The Nurse Phoebe segments featured a schoolboy version of Lester, the "poor boy from Mr. Guenther's class". This is referring to Al Guenther, the science consultant.
** From the Allergies/Codes Beakmania section:
-->'''Liza''': How does a robin know where the worm is?
-->'''Lester''': Answer! BatMan tells him.
* ShownTheirWork: But of course, as you can't very well teach science without knowing about it (and props to science consultant Al Guenther for aiding the cast in this.) Notably, the movie stunts segment featured a vignette featuring stuntmen Chuck Picerni, Jr. and Creator/KaneHodder (yes, ''[[Franchise/FridayThe13th that]]'' Kane Hodder), who helped coordinate and do the stunts shown.
* SmarmyHost: Parodied in "WHAT'S 4 LUNCH?!?" With your host, Steve Shallow!
* SnowMeansCold: Every episode is [[BookEnds begun, ended,]] and [[ReactionShot occasionally interrupted]] by a scene of two penguins watching the show from the South Pole. It is perpetually snowing during all of their scenes, which is particularly interesting because in one rapid-fire Q&A session, Beakman explicitly points out that the South Pole actually gets very little snow.
-->'''Herb''': Don, did you hear what Beakman said about our snow?
-->'''Don''': Yeah! He said it [[{{Pun}} melts in your mouth, not on your land!]]
* SpecialGuest: Averted. Every single Famous Dead Guy (and Girl) was some member of the cast, usually Beakman.
** Though [[AllInTheFamily Jean Stapleton]] guested as Beakman's Mom a couple of times. (Her daughter was part of the production staff.)
** Each assistant did one Famous Dead Girl: Josie as Marie Curie (nuclear reactions), Liza as astronomer Maria Mitchell (comets), Phoebe as Cleopatra (cosmetics).
** Lester was a Famous Dead Guy exactly once: As one-half of the Montgolfiers, the brothers who popularized the hot-air balloon.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Twice with the lovely young female assistant. Josie gives way to Liza, who'd give way to Phoebe.
* TakeThat: "Let's Macarena!" "'''''LET'S NOT!'''''"
** "But Mom, none of the other [[BillNyeTheScienceGuy TV science guys]] let ''their'' moms do stuff..."
** "*pointing to Russia* Aha! I think I've just discovered [[Series/WhereInTheWorldIsCarmenSandiego where in the world Carmen Sandiego is]].... *squishes and flicks "Carmen" off globe*"
* ThrowTheDogABone: In one episode, Lester proposed a Challenge of his own, where he proved to a doubting Beakman that it is indeed possible to tear a phone book in half with your bare hands.
** Subverted in another Lester Challenge, in which he challenged Beakman to make 5 squares into 4 by moving ([[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything not removing]]) 2 lines. Just when it seems that Lester's won, Beakman manages to get it.
*** Of course, Lester did get back at him by placing a "KICK ME" sign on his back.
* [[UnflinchingFaithInTheBrakes Unflinching Faith in Friction]]: Beakman does the "bowling-ball-on-a-rope" trick, and despite numerous rhinoplasty jokes by Josie and Lester, gets out of it unscathed.
* WhatsAHenway: Don and Herb use the titular joke, but also use another version:
-->'''Don''': So I'm skating down the ice, knitting a sweater, and a penguin cop tries to stop me.
-->'''Herb''': What'd he say?
-->'''Don''': He said, "Pull over"! And I said, "No! Cardigan!"
* WhyAreYouLookingAtMeLikeThat: Whenever something demeaning needs to be done, all eyes turn to Lester, who says the line.
* WikiWalk: Beakman was ahead of his time: in the episode where he gives the process to look for answers (see ScienceMarchesOn) he also mentions how looking for research on one topic can lead you to learn about other topics, a perfect definition of a WikiWalk years before wikis even existed.
* YourMom: In the episode about codes Beakman asks Lester to read a code he made that says "Your Mother Wears Rat Feet".
-->'''Lester''': That's no secret! Everybody knows that!
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