Shows that attempt to teach valuable science lessons in the basic format of a Saturday Morning Kids Show
or Sketch Comedy
. Usually, each episode is focused on a specific field. The host of such a show is often an endearing Mad Scientist
type in a lab coat.
A common format is that the audience/viewers are invited to ask questions about science and the show's resident experts set about to answer them, typically in the most entertaining way possible.
Very common in The '80s
, when making educational programs had major benefits under Reagan administration policy. (See And Knowing Is Half the Battle
The Edutainment Show
is its parent trope, the Experiment Show
is a common form of it.
- Bill Nye the Science Guy
- Beakman's World
- The Curiosity Show is an Aussie example.
- Doctor Who began as this combined with a history show. Considering that it now involves fighting alien cyborgs with 'scientific' terms like "instantaneous biological meta-crisis" you can see that its experienced something of a Genre Shift in the last 50 years.
- Don't Ask Me, a 1970s UK series with professional crazy scientist Magnus Pyke.
- Mystery Hunters, which showed the science that can be used to explain paranormal activities.
- How, a science show aimed at kids that ran for nearly thirty years on ITV.
- Newton's Apple
- Not Another Science Show
- Mr. Wizard
- Science Court (later Squigglevision)
- Square One TV, but with mathematics instead of science.
- Mixed with Cooking Show to create Alton Brown's Good Eats.
- 3-2-1 Contact, a Re Tool of The Curiosity Show for American audiences.
- The BBC series Tomorrows World ran for over 30 years.
- Some shows are aimed at young adults rather than children, e.g. Brainiac: Science Abuse, Mythbusters.
- Parodied by Bob & Ray in the "Mr. Science" skits.
- Marie & Gali is a rare Japanese example. Its view on Curie temperature is highly creative, to say the least.
- Definitely at the hard science end are Rough Science and Science Shack, by The Open University.
- Wonder Why, appearing at the beginning of 1990s.
- Science Time with Susan Tieman is what it would look like if Aperture Science made one.
- What Could Possibly Go Wrong?