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?