Western Animation / Sid the Science Kid

They're kind of like Muppets, but without the hand inside 'em. (L-R: May, Gerald, Gabriela, Sid)
Sid the Science Kid is a CGI children's show produced by The Jim Henson Company. The show follows young Sid and his friends, May, Gerald, and Gabriela, along with their teacher, Teacher Susie. Sid is a budding scientist who regularly asks why things happen, what causes what, and also sings songs about it.

The show debuted in September, 2008. It has not made new material since 2013, but the show is now on Sprout and DVD releases are still easily found in stores.

This show provides examples of:

  • A Boy and His X: When Sid's grandmother gets a dog, Sid begins to wonder if they can talk.
  • All-CGI Cartoon: Using the Henson Company's proprietary digital puppetry system.
  • Animal Motifs: For starters, Sid's pajamas are covered in bees.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Just look at them.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Gabriella seems to be Latina, but it's never clearly stated.
  • Archive Binge: invoked In "Must See TV," Sid decides that once he gets home from school, he wants to take a TV into his room, camp out, and go straight into a marathon all-weekend watch of his favorite television show, Firedog Brigade, about a team of dogs that seem like ordinary dogs until the bell in their fire station goes off and then they go out and do stuff like fighting crimes and saving the day. Being the show that this is, he learns that it's okay to watch television sometimes, but this sort of binge-watching isn't healthy for a growing young boy.
  • Because I Said So: Averted.
  • Blind Without 'Em: May, apparently.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Sid greets the viewers as "fellow scientists," but none of the other characters seem to recognize the presence of an audience.
    • Literally occurs in "Where Did I Come From?", where his parents tell him to walk into the kitchen counter in order to meet the animation team that created him.
  • Camping Episode: Sid, Gerald, and Mort camp out in the backyard in "Sid's Backyard Campout."
  • Class Trip: In later episodes, the class goes to a science museum to learn about their topic.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: The kids' science journals.
  • Constantly Curious & Curious as a Monkey: Sid both asks a lot of questions and does experiments to get to the bottom of things. Those are, after all, things that a good scientist does. Still, he could give the original Trope Namer for the latter a run for his money.
  • Cool Old Lady: Sid's grandmother.
  • Cool Teacher: Susie
  • Crazy Enough to Work
  • Dynamic Entry: Gerald is always the last to enter the classroom, and he's usually doing something related to the plot on the way in.
    • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: In "How Did My Dog Do That?", when Gerald doesn't do this, everyone is confused and Teacher Susie points out that he didn't do anything special. So he leaves the room and comes back in to make his special entrance.
  • Edutainment Show
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Guess Sid's favorite subject!
  • Fantasy Helmet Enforcement: When any of the kids is shown leisurely pedaling around the playground on a tricycle, the kid is never without a helmet.
  • Fiery Redhead: Gerald.
  • First-Name Basis: Sid and his classmates call their teacher by her first name, but do at least address her as "Teacher Susie." Also, somewhat unusually for a show of this type, Sid's parents, Alice and Mort, address each other by first name when talking to each other.
  • Fourth Wall Greeting: This is how the closing segment is presented, in which Sid talks with the viewers in his room at night before going to bed and presents his "Super Duper Big Idea."
  • Gender-Equal Ensemble: In Sid's class, there are 2 boys (Sid and Gerald) and 2 girls (Gabriela and May).
  • Girlish Pigtails: Gabriela wears her hair like this.
  • Good, Open Minded Parents: A large portion of what the parents do entails encouraging the children's curiosity, as well as guiding and assisting them in their exploration.
  • Growling Gut: It happens to Sid two times in the beginning of the episode "Special Mom Day Meal". Also, happens to Sid, Gabriela and Gerald in the same episode when May tries to guess what they ate for lunch. Sid's Mom's stomach rumbled in almost to the end of the episode and the characters in "Sid's Big Idea". A Cat's stomach rumbled in the episode "Sid's Pet Project" when Sid's having one of his big ideas
  • Halloween Episode: Each child is told of their costume's practical applications.
  • Hiroshima as a Unit of Measure: In "The Whale Episode," the buzz-phrase of the day was "nonstandard measurement." It all got started because Sid wanted to know how someone could measure the length of a blue whale. Teacher Susie taught the kids about the idea of "nonstandard measurement" and also that there were certain rules - like that they could use objects lying around to measure things or even themselves, but the units all had to be the same within a particular measurement. Gerald had the idea that they could use him to measure things and they found out that their classroom was "14 Geralds" long.
  • Imagine Spot: Sid and his classmates are five years old. They can be given a pass.
  • Is This Thing On?: Prior to the opening theme, Sid starts the show by tapping his microphone and asking "Hey, is thing on?"
  • It's Always Spring: Lampshaded in the Christmas Episode; Sid is about to visit a relative in Minnesota, and wonders why it's never cold and snowy where he lives.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: May.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: When Sid is horrified after discovering he is a CGI puppet character, his parents erase his memories Men in Black-style
  • Limited Wardrobe: Only subverted when Sid goes to bed, but then it's the same pajamas every night. Other than that, he's seen wearing the same clothing every episode, as well as the rest of the cast. He does end up wearing his brown dress shoes in "My Shrinking Shoes" because he's grown too big for his old pair of shoes, but at the end of the episode, his mother brings him home a pair that looks exactly the same, but is one size up.
  • Minimalist Cast: Save The Movie, the cast is Sid, his family, his friends and Teacher Susie.
  • The Movie: Released on TV in 2013, Sid the Science Kid: The Movie followed Sid and Gabriela as they toured a theme park-like science museum as their prize for winning a science fair contest. The movie also featured robot tour guides (one of whom malfunctions, leading to mildly dire consequences and numerous problem-solving opportunities) and Christopher Lloyd as an eccentric inventor.
  • Muppet: Technically, this is a Muppet production. (The phrase "Muppet" was sold to Disney before the series began.) The performers are voice actors in motion capture suits. The process is referred to as "digital puppetry."
  • No Antagonist
  • Only One Name: It's obvious that Sid, Alice, Mort, and Zeke are a family, but there's no last name given. Teacher Susie is commonly referred to as Susie.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Gerald.
  • Pluto Is Expendable: When the show covers the planets. It simply isn't mentioned - Teacher Susie simply teaches the kids about the eight planets, the four terrestrial planets and the four outer planets.
  • Primal Fear: Sid and his friends are all a bit afraid of the dark in "Discovering Darkness" and the book I'm Not Afraid of the Dark. They overcome their fear after doing some scientific experimentation and realizing that the things around them don't change simply because it's dark.
  • Punny Name: Go ahead, guess.
  • Recap Episode: "Sid's Healthy Day" is basically one giant recap of stuff about healthy habits seen in previous installments, complete with recycled footage.
  • Running Gag: When Gabriela, Gerald and Sid play house, Gerald is the daddy, Gabriela is the mommy and Sid has to be the crying baby, though he always complains about it.
  • Science Hero: Sid is a kindergarten version.
  • Shout-Out: In "Sid's Amazing Lungs," when Gerald pretends to a baby, he looks directly at the camera and says "I'm a baby, gotta love me" with the same tone and style as Baby Sinclair from Dinosaurs. Dinosaurs was an early 90s ABC comedy done in part by Jim Henson Productions, and this also counts as a Parental Bonus, since most of today's children would be entirely unfamiliar with the series.
  • Skirt over Slacks: Gabriela wears these.
  • Sick Episode: Sid's father gets a cold in the episode "Germs".
  • Something Completely Different: See just a bit below for the show's normal formula. However, both "No School Singalong Special" and "Sid's Backyard Campout" break formula by not having the kids in school and otherwise departing from the formula in many ways. The same is also true of the above-mentioned Halloween special, "Sid's Spooky Halloween."
  • Stock Footage
  • Strictly Formula: Sid proposes a hypothesis, has breakfast, and asks his mom or dad about his hypothesis. Then, Sid goes off to school. After that, he interviews his friends before school starts. Rug Time is where Sid tells his friends and teacher about his question before they run off to get their science notebooks and the actual learning takes place. During the Super Fab Lab, they conduct an experiment based on the question posed at the beginning. Next is playtime, where they either play Pretend (in which Gabriela is usually the mom), Good Laughternoon (a joke segment), or just having fun around on the playground. Finally, Teacher Susie sings an often catchy song about the topic and Sid goes home. At the end of the episode, Sid tells us his Super-Duper-Ooper-Schmooper Big Idea! and he's off to bed, ready to do it all again the next day.
    • Almost every episode (except for specials) is part of a week-long unit related to a topic. Each Friday, Sid's class has a science lab session outside, and everyone reviews what they learned.
  • Title Please: None of the episode titles are given on the episodes themselves; they're only available in listings.
  • Title Theme Tune: "I'm Sid, the Science Kid!"
  • Twofer Token Minority: Alice (mom) is black. Mort (dad) is Jewish. That makes Sid and Zeke both.
  • Very Special Episode: "Getting a Shot: You Can Do It!" This episode is available for free, and is posted on YouTube as a public service.
  • When I Was Your Age...: Sid's Grandma always tells Sid a story about her as a young girl with the topic that Sid learned about in school that day.
  • You Gotta Have Purple Hair: Sid, Alice, May, and Teacher Susie.
  • Youthful Freckles: Gerald has these.