Pythagora Switch is a Japanese children's TV show that airs on NHK; in the United States it's carried on NHK's co-owned network TV Japan. The show features several disjointed sketches that are both educational and entertaining. Each sketch is followed by a Pythagora switch (the Japanese term for a Rube Goldberg Device), that features prominently on the show. Each 15-minute episode starts with a puppet skit where two young penguins, Pita and Gora, learn a new concept with the help of an anthropomorphic encyclopedia and a television dog. And each show ends with either the Algorithm March or algorithm exercises hosted by Kazunari Yamada and Hidenori Kikuchi.
Recurring sketches include:
- Today's Topic
- 10 stick anime
- Father Switch
- What Is the Dot Doing?
- Square and Triangle Groups
- Algorithm Exercises/March
- You Can't Do This (Konna Koto Dekimasen)
This show provides examples of:
- Edutainment Show
- Everything's Better with Penguins
- Mundane Made Awesome: Biitama Biisuke's Big Adventure, in which three marbles live together in peace, until one day two of them are kidnapped by the enemy. The remaining marble, Biisuke, goes on a search-and-rescue mission to save them, which is framed as an extra long Rube Goldberg Device complete with his own theme song. Two years later, a sequel was released, in which his brothers rescue him.
- Punny Name: TeleviJohn
- Rube Goldberg Device: One between every two segments
- Widget Series