Shows that attempt to teach valuable science lessons in the basic format of a SaturdayMorningKidsShow or SketchComedy. Usually, each episode is focused on a specific field. The host of such a show is often an endearing MadScientist 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 TheEighties, when making educational programs had major benefits under Reagan administration policy. (See AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle.)

The EdutainmentShow is its parent trope, the ExperimentShow is a common form of it.


* ''Series/BillNyeTheScienceGuy''
* ''[[Series/BeakmansWorld Beakman's World]]''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Cro}}''
* ''The Curiosity Show'' is an Aussie example.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' began as this combined with a history show. Considering that it now involves fighting alien cyborgs with 'scientific' terms like [[TechnoBabble "instantaneous biological meta-crisis"]] you can see that its experienced something of a GenreShift in the last 50 years.
* ''Don't Ask Me'', a 1970s UK series with professional crazy scientist Magnus Pyke.
* ''Series/MysteryHunters'', 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 Creator/{{ITV}}.
* ''Newton's Apple''
* ''Not Another Science Show''
* ''Mr. Wizard''
** Briefly parodied in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers''.
** Repeatedly parodied as a ShowWithinAShow in ''{{Series/Dinosaurs}}''. ("Ask Mr. Lizard")
* ''WesternAnimation/ScienceCourt'' (later ''Squigglevision'')
* ''Series/SquareOneTV'', but with mathematics instead of science.
* [[JustForFun/XMeetsY Mixed]] with CookingShow to create Alton Brown's ''Series/GoodEats''.
* ''[[Series/ThreeTwoOneContact 3-2-1 Contact]]'', a ReTool of ''The Curiosity Show'' for American audiences.
* Creator/TheBBC series ''Tomorrows World'' ran for over 30 years.
* ''Owl/TV''
* ''WesternAnimation/SidTheScienceKid'', aimed at preschoolers
* Some shows are aimed at young adults rather than children, e.g. ''Series/BrainiacScienceAbuse'', ''Series/{{Mythbusters}}''.
* Parodied by Radio/BobAndRay in the "Mr. Science" skits.
* ''Anime/MarieAndGali'' 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.
* ''Series/{{Oddities}}''
* ''[[ Science Time with Susan Tieman]]'' is what it would look like if [[{{VideoGame/Portal}} Aperture Science]] made one.
* ''[[Series/ScienceWhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong What Could Possibly Go Wrong]]?''
* Fictional example: ''Professor Proton'', a ShowWithinAShow on ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' and its spin-off ''Series/YoungSheldon''.
* Parodied on ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' with the "Ask Dr. Stupid" segments.
* WGBH invited Creator/IsaacAsimov, Creator/JohnHansen, and Creator/DavidOWoodbury to present on the importance of clear communication for science and technical ideas. So Dr Asimov wrote "Literature/InsertKnobAInHoleB" during the show.