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Gather ‘round kids, let me learn ya something good!

I grew up watching some great TV. Some of my favorite shows were the ones that not only entertained, but taught me a thing or three. Of course, I was obsessed with mindless cartoons as well, but there was something about the science of life that has always intrigued me.


Here is a short list of some of my favorite educational shows that made me appreciate the world around me and taught me that there were infinite answers to the questions of life.

These are in no particular order.

3-2-1 Contact

You have no idea how much I love this show. Between the ever-rotating cast and the myriad science facts, this show was by far my favorite. I even sent in to get the teacher’s guide that accompanied the episodes; moreover, I STILL HAVE IT! Honestly, if you can’t sing the Bloodhound Gang theme song by heart, I might have to reevaluate our friendship.


Square One Television

I suck at math, like, big time suck at math. I had some great math teachers while at school, but nothing ever really sank in. I used to watch this show, and thanks to the visual representations, understood some concepts. I always felt kind of guilty watching this show, like I was getting private tutoring through the magic of TV. LOL


Mr. Wizard’s World

I know this show had been on for a while by the time it got to Nickelodeon, but this was the first exposure I had to it. I always wanted to be one of the kids on the show. Admit it, so did you. I loved the different categories that the show was broken into and tried to recreate as many of the experiments as I could. Don Herbert taught me a lot.


Bonus: Mr. Wizard is a dick video that cracks me up every time I see it!

"You call that a fold?"

Beakman’s World

Goofy sound effects, a guy in a rat suit and tons of break-neck-speed science facts all wrapped up in a fluorescent, visual assault geared towards the education of the masses; frankly, I can’t think of anything better. Also, the two penguins that opened the show were named Don and Herb – a tip of the hat to the original TV science teacher Mr. Wizard.


Now, what were your favorites?

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