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->''"Oh, believe me, you don't want to mess with Bill Nye. [[MemeticBadass He will end your ass]], with SCIENCE!"''
-->-- '''Doctor Insano''', ''WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment''

''"Science rules!"''

One of the best examples of the kids' ScienceShow genre from the '90s. Each episode is centered on an area of scientific study, varying in level of focus from a single concept to an entire discipline. The show's eponymous host, dressed like a cross between a MadScientist and a birthday party magician, would teach the subject with a genuine level of excitement and interest most men reserve for the SuperBowl.

The show was hosted by [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Bill Nye, a scientist,]] comedian and former Boeing engineer who got his start in television on the UsefulNotes/{{Seattle}} local comedy show ''Series/AlmostLive'' (where he got the "[[AppropriatedAppellation Science Guy]]" epithet after correcting the host's pronunciation of [[Film/BackToTheFuture Gigawatt]]) before starting his Creator/{{PBS}} show in 1993. (He also made several appearances on Disney shows prior to this, specifically the new version of the MickeyMouseClub. Fitting, as this was produced by Disney.)

The show has a few internal {{Catch Phrase}}s and idioms, most notably the introduction of new experimental equipment via the following formula: "[Somewhat-Generic-Description-of-Device] ''[[PrepositionalPhraseEqualsCoolness Of Science!]]''" *fanfare*

Then, in almost every episode, they'd take a well-known song (usually AlternativeRock), cut the song length in half, then replace the lyrics with [[EducationalSong lyrics related to the show's topic]]. And a guy on Website/YouTube uploaded [[http://www.youtube.com/user/NyeTunes every single one of them]]. On three occasions, actual rock artists did the song: Chris Ballew of the Presidents of the United States of America did a parody of his band's hit "Peaches", ThePosies reworked their song "Flavor of the Month" with lyrics about ocean exploration, and grunge rockers {{Mudhoney}} did a cover of the show's theme song.

This show ran on PBS in the mid-1990s, but Bill Nye is still on TV. He has a series of specials called ''The Eyes of Nye'', which are much closer in form to a TVDocumentary series (like ''Series/{{Nova}}'') than his previous show. Today, he's an outspoken environmental activist. His series on Planet Green, ''Stuff Happens'', is a show about the unintended environmental consequences of the stuff we do and use. He also occasionally guest-stars on the reality show ''Living With Ed''; he's really Ed Begley Jr.'s neighbor, within a few miles, and the two have an ongoing rivalry to "out-green" each other. Bill Nye is also the go-to guy to explain interesting science stories on Cable news Outlets Creator/{{CNN}} and {{MSNBC}}.

As it ran during the same stretch as ''BeakmansWorld'', the two shows get [[DuelingShows compared often,]] though ''Beakman's World'' tended to leer more on other aspects of knowledge than simply on science.

Pacific Interactive adapted the series into an adventure game, ''VideoGame/BillNyeTheScienceGuyStopTheRock'', in 1996.

He also has a series of Website/YouTube videos called ''Consider the Following'' that are located on the [[http://www.youtube.com/user/planetarysociety Planetary Society's channel]] and continue his mission of spreading science.

Oh, and Bill Nye was [[http://www.americanhumanist.org/who_we_are/about_the_AHA/Humanists_of_the_Year Humanist of the Year]] in 2010. Make of that what you will.

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!!'''This show provides examples of:'''
* AdamWesting: [[Series/TheJoyOfPainting Bob Ross]] appeared on an episode about the human eye painting a giant eyeball with "happy little rods and cones".
* AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle: DID YOU KNOW THAT this would often be done OnceAnEpisode to reveal two or three interesting, random facts related to the Topic of the Day? NOW YOU KNOW!
* BigWordShout: ''SCIENCE!''
* BleachedUnderpants: Fans from ''outside'' the {{Seattle}} area are sometimes surprised when they find out about the mildly risque sketches he sometimes did for ''AlmostLive''.
* BreakoutCharacter: He was [[WesternAnimation/BackToTheFuture Doc Brown's assistant]].
* BowtiesAreCool: He may not be [[Series/DoctorWho a doctor]] (although the honorary doctorates might say otherwise), but he's still a TropeCodifier!
* {{Catchphrase}}: Bill has several. Notably, "Take a look at this!" before showing off models and experiments, "For crying out loud!" during his more ranty moments, and "Isn't that wild?" after dispensing some interesting information.
* ChannelHop: Let's see. It started on PBS, then hopped to Disney, only to get ScrewedByTheNetwork, and it's reruns ended up on Noggin before Noggin itself got merged into Nick Jr.
* ClipShow: The episode "NTV Top 11 Video Countdown" is little more than a compilation of music videos from previous episodes, with an exclusive performance of the show's theme by Mudhoney at the end.
* CloudCuckooLander: [insert sciencey topic here]-Girl, a recurring character who's there to... well, rant enthusiastically about the topic at hand.
* CouchGag: Sound effects relevant to an episode's topic would get added to the intro where appropriate (e.g. Chomping noises over the StockFootage of the dinosaur eating for the episode "Digestion" where normally it would be silent).
* CrossOver: On an episode of ''TheBigBangTheory'', Bill [[AsHimself plays himself]] meeting the actor who plays that show's ''Mister Wizard'' {{Expy}} ''Prof. Proton'', Arthur Jefferies.
-->'''Bill''': Arthur Jefferies! This is certainly an honor meeting you. Without ''Prof. Proton'' I wouldn't have ''my'' show.\\
'''Arthur Jefferies''': I know, that's what I told my lawyers!
* DoNotTryThisAtHome:
** Kids were encouraged to try most of the experiments shown on their own, sometimes with recommended adult supervision. For the exceptions, such as lying on a bed of nails, they were sure to say this two or three times.
** Parodied with a SpoofAesop when Bill goes off to demonstrate how much space there is between the Sun and its closest stellar neighbor (the Sun is in a soccer stadium, Alpha Centauri is on a beach a few hundred miles away). Bill goes racing off in a car with the camera running on fast-forward and the announcer remarks, "Don't drive like this at home, kids! You could leave tire marks on the living room carpet!"
* EducationalSong: The various songs at the end of every episode.
* EverythingsLouderWithBagpipes: Bagpipes are mentioned twice in a gag describing sources of noise pollution.
* ExcitedKidsShowHost
* EyePop: Bill does one when he sees a skeleton in the "Bones" episode. But because he's a real human, [[UncannyValley it looks a little off.]]
* FunWithFlushing: In the episode on digestion, every time Bill says "all the way" a toilet flushes off-screen.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUbjx4xPYeU&feature=related Here.]] Just look at how positively ''gleeful'' he is while doing it. "That's a lot of ''dam'' power!"
** "'''ANAL SPHINCTER'''"
** "'''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcOZtGC0zs0 Let's Talk About Stress]]'''" (the title of one of the said {{Educational Song}}s. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzfo4txaQJA Guess what song it's parodying]]).
** [[ColePorter "Birds do it. Bees do it.]] Practically every animal does it. Let's do some right now!" It's the introduction to the episode on Animal Locomotion.
** The flower episode has a bee (or a woman in a bee costume) on a gossip show suggestively talking about how she pollinated a snapdragon. That's not the only instance in the flower episode--quite frankly it's hard to talk about flowers ''without'' getting suggestive since they're all about sex.
** The stoners lying on their car in the space episode. ''Whoooooooa.''
* [[InertiaIsACruelMistress Inertia Is A Property Of Matter]]
* JumpCut: Used in the pseudoscience episode as [[LampshadeHanging "cheap TV trick"]].
* LargeHam: Bill Nye. Probably should be law for all science teachers.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: The "T-minus 7 seconds" in the opening sequence occurs about 7 seconds before the end.
* LemonyNarrator: [[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: "Uh, Bill?" ]]
Voiced by none other than Pat Cashman, announcer of AlmostLive! and SuperSmashBrothersBrawl.
* MadLibsCatchphrase: "It's the/our X of SCIENCE!"
* MetaGuy: Part of the show's humor was [[TheNarrator Pat Cashman's]] reactions to some of Bill's... unorthodox teaching methods.
-->'''Bill''': If you were going to eat a hot dog the same way a spider eats its food, first you'd wrap it up. ''(Pops a hot dog wrapped in a croissant into a food processor)'' Then you'd soak it in digestive juices. ''(Squirts mustard on the hot dog)''\\
'''Narrator''': Oh no. Bill, don't do this.\\
'''Bill''': Now, because we gotta keep this show moving...\\
'''Narrator''': Um...\\
'''Bill''': ...I'm gonna grind it up. Real spiders don't do that.\\
'''Narrator''': Oh, no. Bill, don't--''(Food processor turns on) ''OH NO. Bill, c'mon! Aw! Oh, man...\\
'''Bill''': ''(Turns off food processor)'' Then when a spider's ready to eat, it eats its food with its sucking mouth parts. ''(Takes out a straw and proceeds to [[{{Squick}} suck up the hot dog sludge]])''\\
'''Narrator''': ...Bill?! '''*SLURP*'''--[[ScrewThisImOuttaHere Okay--That's it, I'm outta here.]]
* NamesTheSame: Bill Nye was also the name of a famous (at the time) 19th-century humorist.
* OnceAnEpisode:
** Plenty of them - ''Consider The Following'', ''Did You Know...'' (might be multiple times per episode), ''Way Cool Scientist'', ''Nifty Home Experiment'', and of course, the Soundtrack Of Science segment that closed each episode.
** As well as signing off each episode with a science-related "now if you will excuse me I have an X to Y."
** A trumpet will sound, sometimes accompanied by an image of two Renaissance angels with said trumpets.
* ParentalBonus: Plenty, whether it's GettingCrapPastTheRadar or more subtle humor.
* ParodyAssistance: Chris Ballew, lead singer of the group The Presidents of the United States, showed up to sing "Farm Food", which spoofed the POTUS song "Peaches".
* ParodyCommercial: At least OnceAnEpisode. It's one of the things that made the show popular with both the intended and periphery demographic alike.
* RepeatCut: Used many times. Lots of phrases would get repeated by looping footage for comedic effect. Also, possibly to help get the knowledge through to the viewers' heads since the show was aimed at children.
* {{Retraux}}: Some of the skits, most notably "Richie, Eat Your Crust" and subsequent skits starring the same family.
* QuicksandSucks: {{Deconstructed}} in the Wetlands episode, where Bill explains what causes quicksand with a model in the lab, and by going out and getting stuck in some mudflats.
* {{Running Gag}}: Multiple examples.
** Did you know that this is the compass that Compass Man uses?"
* SmashCut: Many skits would get cut off mid-sentence onto the next skit for humorous effect.
* StockFootage: Lots and lots of it. Often used for {{Cutaway Gag}}s.
* ToTheTuneOf: Nearly every song featured near the end of an episode. See second sub-entry of ''GettingCrapPastTheRadar'' above for the most popular example.
* {{Transplant}}: Bill Nye from Almost Live. Billy Quan(Once again played by Darrel Suto) from the "Mind your Manners Will Billy Quan" sketch also joins in with Almost Live host John Keister still continuing to give him a hard time.
* WeAreExperiencingTechnicalDifficulties: Happens whenever the camera gets damaged or broken on set. Most memorably when a red-kneed tarantula was flicked onto the cameraman, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5x_r3-iO-I causing him to drop the camera]]!
--> "''THE TARANTULA'S GOIN' IN MY PAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANTS!!!'''"
* YouLookFamiliar: Cashman, noted above as the narrator, also appeared on-screen whenever a salesman or talk show host was needed. He returns in the same capacity for ''The Eyes of Nye'', looking [[OlderThanTheyLook exactly the same as he did fifteen years ago.]]
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