Bill Nye

Bill Nye Information

Bill Nye the Science Guy is an educational television program that originally aired from September 10, 1993 to June 20, 1998, hosted by William "Bill" Nye and produced by Buena Vista Television. The show aired on PBS Kids and was also syndicated to local stations. Each of the 100 episodes aims to teach a specific topic in science to a preteen audience. The show is frequently used in schools as an education medium, and it still airs on some PBS stations for this reason.

Created by comedian Ross Shafer and based on sketches on KING-TV's sketch program Almost Live!, Bill Nye the Science Guy was produced by Disney Educational Productions and KCTS-TV of Seattle.

Bill Nye the Science Guy won nineteen Emmy Awards during its run.


The show ran about the same time as and covered similar topics to Beakman's World, in fact sharing one crew member, editor/writer/director Michael Gross. Before this show, Bill Nye had previously worked alongside Christopher Lloyd in Back to the Future: The Animated Series, where Nye played Doc Brown's assistant and demonstrated several experiments.

Bill Nye the Science Guy has been likened to the next generation version of Watch Mr. Wizard. Bill's TV persona is a tall and slender scientist wearing a blue lab coat and a bow-tie. He mixes the serious science of everyday things with fast-paced action and humor. Each show begins with Bill walking onto the set, called "Nye Labs", which is filled with scientific visuals (including many "of science" contraptions announced dramatically, such as "The slingshots of Science!") relevant to the topic of the show. Most episodes contain a mock song parody and music video in the "Soundtrack of Science" by "Not That Bad Records", substituting a scientific roundup of the episode for the lyrics to a popular song. Each show ends with Bill explaining his departure in a clever description of an activity on topic. The credits sometimes rolled next to a series of outtakes from the episode.

Another popular member of the cast is the announcer Pat Cashman, whom Nye knew from his time on Almost Live!. Some announcers who subbed in for Cashman include Ernie Anderson, Gary Owens, and Brian Cummings. In 1996, Bill made a guest appearance on Cartoon Network's talk-show Space Ghost Coast to Coast in its twenty-fourth episode, Boo! with Michael Norman. A year later, he made an appearance on PBS Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.

Theme song

Aside from Bill himself, one of the most memorable things about Bill Nye the Science Guy is its theme song. The bass-heavy theme is set to a house beat with Bill's name shouted throughout the duration of the song. The sound and speed fluctuations of the voice were accomplished through a vocoder and electronic pitch fluctuation. The theme song is credited to Mike Greene.

Production music

The show's episodes consisted of several compositions from Associated Production Music. Some featured tracks include:

  • "Acts of Heroism (C)"
  • "Blood in the Gutter" by Laurie Johnson
  • "Dramatic Impact #3" by Ivor Slaney
  • "The Gunfighter" by Ennio Morricone
  • "Hit and Run" by Ralph Dollimore
  • "Killer Birds" by Gregor Narholz
  • "Saw Theme"
  • "Spindlelegs" by King Palmer
  • "Graveyard"
Many of these tracks were also featured in SpongeBob SquarePants and The Ren and Stimpy Show. Another common track used was the theme from the English show Dave Allen At Large, here used as the theme from "The Jackie Smazz Show." "Killer Birds" was used in an All That episode.

Video game

A computer game for the series, titled Bill Nye the Science Guy: Stop the Rock!, was released in 1996 for Windows and Macintosh by Pacific Interactive. In the game, a large meteoroid called "Impending Dumé" threatens to make a catastrophic collision with the Earth. A team of scientists develop a laser satellite-controlling computer system called MAAX (Meteoroid and Asteroid Exploder) to destroy the meteoroid; however, MAAX develops a personality of its own (in an obvious parody of the sentient computer HAL from the film and novel 2001: A Space Odyssey) and refuses to save the planet unless Earth's scientists can solve seven science riddles. Nye Labs decides to take on MAAX's challenge, and the player, depicted as the newest member of the Nye Labs team, is asked to solve these riddles using Nye Labs' equipment before Impending Dumé hits (represented through an in-game timer). The game featured a fully explorable Nye Labs, as well as video cut scenes featuring Bill Nye and other Nye Labs scientists. However, the characters and cast members from the TV series, sans Bill Nye and a few others, do not appear in this game, instead being replaced by game-exclusive Nye Labs team members and new actors.

Home media

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment released the series in its entirety on DVD, as part of the series' 20th anniversary. In the United Kingdom, it was distributed on VHS by ViewTech, Bristol.

List of episodes

Season Episode number Episode Title "Soundtrack of Science" Parody song Episode airdate

1 Flight (series premiere) Nyevana " "Smells Like Air Pressure" Parody of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana

September 10, 1993
2 Earth's Crust Magmadonna " "Crust" Parody of "Vogue" by Madonna

September 17, 1993
3 Dinosaurs J.C. " "Mr. Dino" Parody of "Mr. Wendal" by Arrested Development

September 24, 1993
4 Skin No music video October 1, 1993
5 Buoyancy Sure Floats-a lot " "Bill's Got Boat" Parody of "Baby Got Back" by Sir Mix-a-Lot

October 8, 1993
6 Gravity Attraction Action " "G-R-A-V-I-T-Y" Parody of "Twilight Zone" by 2 Unlimited

October 15, 1993
7 Digestion Dy Gestion " "Can't Eat This" Parody of "Can't Truss It" by Public Enemy

October 22, 1993
8 Phases of Matter Phaze Change " "Solid Liquid Gas" Parody of "Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)" by Digable Planets

October 29, 1993
9 Biodiversity Bio Di Versity " "We're all Connected" Parody of "Connected" by Stereo MC's

November 5, 1993
10 Simple Machines The Pulley Ramp Five " "ABC's of Machinery" Parody of "ABC" by The Jackson 5

November 12, 1993
11 The Moon The Lunatics " "Moon Cycle" Parody of "Bicycle Race" by Queen

November 19, 1993
12 Sound Gloria Wavelength and the Vibrations " "Sound is a VIBE" Parody of "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor

November 26, 1993
13 Garbage Trash E. Trash " "R.E.C.Y.C.L.E." Parody of "Respect" by Aretha Franklin; artist name is a parody of Doug E. Fresh

December 3, 1993
14 Structure Stress N' Tension " "Let's Talk About Stress" Parody of "Let's Talk About Sex" by Salt-n-Pepa

December 10, 1993
15 Seasons A Tilted Development " "Rhyme and Season"; artist name is a parody of Arrested Development (Note: Ross Shafer guest stars in this episode on The Tilted Planet Game segment.)

December 17, 1993
16 Light & Color The Bent Wavelengths " "Light and Colour"
Parody of "Sweating Bullets" by Megadeth
December 24, 1993
17 Cells Mighty Chondria " "Cellular Haze" Parody of "Purple Haze" by Jimi Hendrix

January 21, 1994
18 Electricity Billy Ray Cyrcuits " "AC/DC Charge" Parody of "Achy Breaky Heart" by Billy Ray Cyrus

January 28, 1994
19 Outer Space Elve Centuri " "Celestial Hotel" Parody of "Heartbreak Hotel" by Elvis Presley

February 4, 1994
20 Eyeball The Eye Doctors " "Two Eyes" Parody of "Two Princes" by The Spin Doctors

February 11, 1994
2 21 Magnetism N.S. Cool J. " "Opposites Attract" Parody of "Jump" by Kriss Kross; artist name is a parody of LL Cool J

February 18, 1994
22 Wind Wind Dee " "Wind Is In Your Hair" Parody of "Groove Is in the Heart" by Deee-Lite

February 25, 1994
23 Blood and Circulation AB+ " "Blood Stream" Parody of "Love Shack" by The B-52's

March 4, 1994
24 Chemical Reactions Chemical Reactions " "Don't Try This at Home" Parody of "State of Attraction" by Paula Abdul

March 11, 1994
25 Static Electricity The Sticky Socks " "Static Electricity" Parody of "Turning Japanese" by The Vapors

March 18, 1994
26 Food Web Food Webby Web " "(It's The) Food Web" Parody of "Who Am I (What's My Name)?" by Snoop Dogg

March 25, 1994
27 Light Optics Queen Lighteefa " "B.E.N.T." Parody of "U.N.I.T.Y." by Queen Latifah

September 10, 1994
28 Bones and Muscles Steppenbone " "Bones in my Body" Parody of "Born to Be Wild" by Steppenwolf

September 17, 1994
29 Oceanography Gulfstream Girls " "Deep Ocean Currents" Parody of "California Girls" by The Beach Boys

September 24, 1994
30 Heat LeHot " "LeHeat" Parody of "Le Freak" by Chic

October 1, 1994
31 Insects UB Buggy " "Jah Mon, Insects Rule"
Style Parody of UB40

October 8, 1994
32 Balance Torquer " "Balance This"
Parody of "Get Off This" by Cracker

October 15, 1994
33 The Sun Deep Yellow " "My Favorite Star"
Parody of "Highway Star" by Deep Purple

October 22, 1994
34 Brain En Lobe " "Whatta Brain"
Parody of "Whatta Man" by En Vogue with Salt-n-Pepa

October 29, 1994
35 Forests John Cougar Loggincamp " "Second Growth"
Style Parody of John Mellencamp

November 5, 1994
36 Communication Mary Chapin Communicator " "How Can We Communicate"
Parody of "He Thinks He'll Keep Her" by Mary Chapin Carpenter

November 12, 1994
37 Momentum Momentisey " "The Faster You Push Me" Parody of "The More You Ignore Me, the Closer I Get" by Morrissey

November 19, 1994
38 Reptiles No music video " the commercial-free PBS version of the episode, however, had a brief spoof entitled "Cold Blooded".
Parody of "Hot Blooded" by Foreigner

November 26, 1994
39 Atmosphere Warm -n- Wetta " "Fresh Aire"; artist name is a parody of Salt N Pepa December 2, 1994
40 Respiration Ali Veoli " "What A Pair"
Style Parody of Tatyana Ali

January 7, 1995
3 41 The Planets No music video January 14, 1995
42 Pressure PSI Garden " "Pressure"
Parody of "Spoonman" by Soundgarden

January 21, 1995
43 Plants Rhoda Dendron " "Cross Pollination"
Parody of "Human Behaviour" by Björk

January 28, 1995
44 Rocks and Soil Sedimentary Fools " "Rocks Rock Harder"
Parody of "Basket Case" by Green Day

February 3, 1995
45 Energy The ERG's " "N-R-G"
Sabotage Parody of the Beastie Boys

February 10, 1995
46 Evolution Evolver " "Survival"
Style Parody of Veruca Salt

February 17, 1995
47 Water Cycle J.A.C. " "Water Cycle Jump"
Parody of "Jump" by Kris Kross

March 24, 1995
48 Friction Grace Slip " "Friction Happens"; artist name is a parody of Grace Slick March 31, 1995
49 Germs Dose of Soap " "Just Wash Your Hands"
Parody of "Don't Turn Around" by Ace of Base

April 7, 1995
50 Climates Climate Report " "Whether the Weather"
Parody of "Lucas With The Lid Off" by Lucas Secon

April 14, 1995
51 Waves Big Amplitude " "Baby I Love Your Wave"
Parody of "Baby, I Love Your Way" by Big Mountain (originally by Peter Frampton)

April 21, 1995
52 Ocean Life James Baleen " "Power To The Plankton"
Style Parody of James Brown

April 28, 1995
53 Mammals Fake Fur " "Jennifer's A Mammal"
Parody of "Institutionalized" by Suicidal Tendencies

September 8, 1995
54 Spinning Things House of Spin " "Spin Around"
Parody of "Jump Around" by House of Pain

September 15, 1995
55 Fish Salmon Dave " "I'm a Sole Man"
Parody of "Soul Man" by Sam & Dave

September 22, 1995
56 Human Transportation Carpoolio " "Move Groove"
Parody of "Fantastic Voyage" by Coolio

September 29, 1995
57 Wetlands Maria and the Mudflats " "Where The Land is Wet" October 6, 1995
58 Birds LL Bloo J. " "Talkin' Bout Birds"; artist name is a parody of LL Cool J October 13, 1995
59 Populations Shirell Crow " "All We Need To Do"
Parody of "All I Wanna Do" by Sheryl Crow

October 20, 1995
60 Animal Locomotion Bjorn Turun " "Loco Motion"
Parody of "Everything Zen" by Bush

October 27, 1995
4 61 Rivers and Streams Talking Headwaters " "Take Me To The River"
Parody of "Take Me to the River" by Talking Heads

November 3, 1995
62 Nutrition Knute Trishan " "Good Food" November 10, 1995
63 Marine Mammals Marina Cesealia " "Breathe Like Me"
Parody of "I Know" by Dionne Farris

November 17, 1995
64 Earthquakes Mistah Richter " "Earthquake Rumble" November 24, 1995
65 NTV Top 11 Video Countdown Mudhoney " "Bill Nye The Science Guy Theme" December 1, 1995
66 Spiders Foo Spighters " "This is A Spiders Life"
Parody of "This Is a Call" by Foo Fighters

January 5, 1996
67 Pollution Solutions No music video January 12, 1996
68 Probability Steven Odd " "50 Fifty"
Parody of "Loser" by Beck

January 19, 1996
69 Pseudoscience Dare L. Pseudo " "Pure Proof"
Parody of "100% Pure Love" by Crystal Waters

January 26, 1996
70 Flowers Daisy Birdsenbees " "So Many Flowers" February 2, 1996
71 Archaeology Mob Barley " "Diggin'"
Parody of "Jamming" by Bob Marley

February 9, 1996
72 Deserts Deserette " "Always Dry"
Parody of "You Oughta Know" by Alanis Morissette

February 16, 1996
73 Amphibians P-Swamp All Stars with DJ Hoppy " "The Amphidelic Mothership Metamorphisis"
Style Parody of George Clinton the P-Funk All Stars

February 23, 1996
74 Volcanoes Volcanque " "Lavaflows"
Parody of "Waterfalls" by TLC

January 31, 1997
75 Invertebrates S. Khar Go " "Crawl Away"
Parody of "Runaway" by Janet Jackson

February 7, 1997
76 Heart Vinny Vein and the Pumpers " "Gimme Back My Heart" February 14, 1997
77 Inventions En Vent and the Process " "It's An 'ing Thing" February 21, 1997
78 Computers La Binary " "One Zero 001"
Parody of "Be My Lover" by La Bouche

April 25, 1997
79 Fossils Etchton Stone " "Fossil Man"
Parody of "Rocket Man" by Elton John

September 5, 1997
80 Time The Tim E. Zone Experience " "Time Time Time Time Time..."
Parody of "Time Has Come Today" by The Chambers Brothers

September 12, 1997
5 81 Forensics Krime Seen " "We Will Find You"
Parody of "We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions" by Queen

September 19, 1997
82 Space Exploration The Space Princess of Galactic Grooviness " "Planets All"
Parody of "Set You Free" by Planet Soul

September 26, 1997
83 Genes Alice in Genes " "It's Called Genetics"
Parody of "Killing in the Name" by Rage Against the Machine'; artist name is a parody of Alice In Chains

October 17, 1997
84 Architecture The Artist Formerly Known as Archie T. " "Makin' Plans"
Parody of "All Mixed Up" by 311; artist name is a parody of The Artist Formerly Known As Prince

October 24, 1997
85 Farming Chris Ballew " "Farm Food"
Parody of "Peaches" by The Presidents of the United States of America, of which Ballew himself is a member

October 31, 1997
86 Life Cycles Roberta Fungi " "Everything Has A Life Cycle"
Parody of "Killing Me Softly" by Roberta Flack

November 14, 1997
87 Do-It-Yourself Science Nye & The Family Crust " "Do It Yourself Science"
Parody of "Hell" by Squirrel Nut Zippers; artist name is a parody of Sly and the Family Stone

November 21, 1997
88 Atoms Third Nye Blind " "Atoms in My Life"
Parody of "Semi Charmed Life" by Third Eye Blind

November 28, 1997
89 Ocean Exploration The Posies " "Voyage of the Aquanauts"; The Posies are an alternative rock group from Bellingham, Washington. December 5, 1997
90 Lakes and Ponds The Foggy Boyz " "Fond of Lakes and Ponds"
Parody of "Tha Crossroads" by Bone Thugs-n-Harmony

February 21, 1998
91 Smell Turbinator Two " "Come On Use Your Brain (Smell This)"
Parody of "C'mon N' Ride It (The Train)" by Quad City DJ's; artist name is a parody of Terminator 2

February 28, 1998
92 Caves Batilda & Guano " "Cave Thing"
Parody of "Shake Your Groove Thing" by Peaches & Herb

April 25, 1998
93 Fluids Weflo " "Drip it"
Parody of "Whip It" by Devo

May 2, 1998
94 Erosion Earth, Wind & Ice " "Causing the Erosion"
Style Parody of No Doubt; artist name is a parody of Earth, Wind & Fire

May 9, 1998
95 Comets and Meteors Halley Comet " "Got Me Looking"
Parody of "Shadowboxer" by Fiona Apple

May 16, 1998
96 Storms Mighty Might Thundertones " "Stormin'"
Style Parody of The Mighty Mighty Bosstones

May 23, 1998
97 Measurement The Meter Men " "Every Measurement You Make"
Parody of "Every Breath You Take" by The Police

May 30, 1998
98 Patterns Downward Spiral " "Patterns of Joy"
Style Parody of The Prodigy; artist name reference to Nine Inch Nails.

June 6, 1998
99 Music "There's Science In Music"
Parody of "The Time Warp" by Richard O'Brien

June 13, 1998
100 Motion (series finale) Slow Moe " "All in Motion"
Parody of "Hot for Teacher" by Van Halen

June 20, 1998

Lost Episodes

  1. Bill Nye The Science Guy Lost Episode (June 27, 1998)
  2. Bill Nye The Science Guy Lost Episode (Part 2) (July 4, 1998)
  3. Engines (July 11, 1998)
  4. Floating (July 18, 1998)
  5. Floating (Part 2) (July 25, 1998)


Daytime Emmy Awards

  • 1996 " Outstanding Writing in a Children's Series " Erren Gottlieb, Bill Nye, James McKenna, Scott Schaefer, Adam Gross and Seth Gross
  • 1996 " Outstanding Sound Editing " Michael McAuliffe, Dave Howe, Ella Brackett, Thomas McGurk and Jim Wilson
  • 1997 " Outstanding Writing in a Children's Series " Kit Boss,Erren Gottlieb, Michael Gross, James McKenna, Bill Nye, Ian G. Saunders, Scott Schaefer and Darrell Suto
  • 1997 " Outstanding Directing in a Children's Series " Darrell Suto, Michael Gross, Erren Gottlieb and James McKenna
  • 1997 " Outstanding Single Camera Editing " Darrell Suto, Michael Gross, Felicity Oram and John Reul
  • 1997 " Outstanding Sound Editing " Thomas McGurk, Michael McAuliffe and Dave Howe
  • 1998 " Outstanding Writing in a Children's Series " Erren Gottlieb, James McKenna, Bill Nye, Michael Gross, Darrell Suto, Scott Schaefer, Kit Boss, Lynn Brunelle, Michael Palleschi, Ian G. Saunders and Simon Griffith (Tied with Sesame Street)
  • 1998 " Outstanding Performer in a Children's Series " Bill Nye
  • 1998 " Outstanding Single Camera Editing " Darrell Suto, Michael Gross, Felicity Oram and John Reul
  • 1998 " Outstanding Sound Editing " Dave Howe, Thomas McGurk and Michael McAuliffe
  • 1998 " Outstanding Sound Mixing " Dave Howe, Thomas McGurk, Michael McAuliffe, Bob O'Hern, Resti Bagcal and Marion Smith
  • 1999 " Outstanding Children's Series " Erren Gottlieb, James McKenna, Elizabeth Brock, Jamie Hammond, Hamilton McCulloch and Bill Nye
  • 1999 " Outstanding Directing in a Children's Series " Michael Gross and Darrell Suto
  • 1999 " Outstanding Single Camera Editing " Felicity Oram, John Reul, Michael Gross and Darrell Suto
  • 1999 " Outstanding Sound Editing " Dave Howe, Thomas McGurk and Michael McAuliffe
  • 2000 " Outstanding Writing in a Children's Series " Bill Nye, Michael Gross, Darrell Suto, Ian G. Saunders, Michael Palleschi, Lynn Brunelle and Mike Greene
  • 2000 " Outstanding Children's Series " James McKenna, Erren Gottlieb, Elizabeth Brock, Jamie Hammond and Bill Nye
  • 2000 " Outstanding Sound Editing " Dave Howe, Michael McAuliffe and Thomas McGurk
  • 2000 " Outstanding Sound Mixing " Dave Howe, Michael McAuliffe, Thomas McGurk, Myron Partman and Resti Bagcal (Tied with Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show and Bear in the Big Blue House)

See also

  • The Eyes of Nye
  • Universe of Energy - an attraction at Walt Disney World's Epcot starring Bill Nye.
  • Stuff Happens

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