Bill Nye the Science Guy
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. He made an appearance on the Disney Channel's New Mickey Mouse Club in its forty-eighth episode Anything Can Happen Day. 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 a modern Mr. Wizard. Bill's TV persona is a tall and slender scientist wearing a 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. Other times, outtakes are shown at the time they actually happened.
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 a guest appearance on the long-running PBS series Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.
List of episodes
"Soundtrack of Science" Parody song
Nyevana - "Smells Like Air Pressure"
Parody of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana
Magmadonna - "Crust"
Parody of "Vogue" by Madonna
J.C. - "Mr. Dino"
Parody of "Mr. Wendal" by Arrested Development
No music video
Sure Floats-alot - "Bill's Got Boat"
Parody of "Baby Got Back" by Sir Mix-a-Lot
Attraction Action - "G-R-A-V-I-T-Y"
Parody of "Twilight Zone" by 2 Unlimited
Dy Gestion - "Can't Eat This"
Parody of "Can't Truss It" by Public Enemy
Phases of Matter
Phaze Change - "Solid Liquid Gas"
Parody of "Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)" by Digable Planets
Bio Di Versity - "We're all Connected"
Parody of "Connected" by Stereo MC's
The Pulley Ramp Five - "ABC's of Machinery"
Parody of "ABC" by The Jackson 5
The Lunatics - "Moon Cycle"
Parody of "Bicycle Race" by Queen
Gloria Wavelength and the Vibrations - "Sound is a VIBE"
Parody of "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor
Trash E. Trash - "R.E.C.Y.C.L.E."
Parody of "Respect" by Aretha Franklin
Stress N' Tension - "Let's Talk About Stress"
Parody of "Let's Talk About Sex" by Salt-n-Pepa
A Tilted Development - "Rhyme and Season"
Light & Color
The Bent Wavelengths - "Light and Colour"
Parody of "Trust and Dread and the Fugitive Mind" by Megadeth
Mighty Chondria - "Cellular Haze"
Parody of "Purple Haze" by Jimi Hendrix
Billy Ray Cyrcuits - "AC/DC Charge"
Parody of "Achy Breaky Heart" by Billy Ray Cyrus
Elve Centuri - "Celestial Hotel"
Parody of "Heartbreak Hotel" by Elvis Presley
The Eye Doctors - "Two Eyes"
Parody of "Two Princes" by The Spin Doctors
N.S. Cool J. - "Opposites Attract"
Parody of "Insane in the Brain" by Cypress Hill
Wind Dee - "Wind Is In Your Hair"
Parody of "Groove Is In The Heart" by Deee-Lite
Blood and Circulation
AB+ - "Blood Stream"
Parody of "Love Shack" by The B-52's
Chemical Reactions - "Don't Try This at Home"
Parody of "State of Attraction" by Paula Abdul
The Sticky Socks - "Static Electricity"
Parody of "Turning Japanese" by The Vapors
Food Webby Web - "(It's The) Food Web"
Parody of "Who Am I (What's My Name)c" by Snoop Dogg
Queen Lighteefa - "B.E.N.T."
Parody of "U.N.I.T.Y." by Queen Latifah
Bones and Muscles
Steppenbone - "Bones in my Body"
Parody of "Born to be Wild" by Steppenwolf
Gulfstream Girls - "Deep Ocean Currents"
Parody of "California Girls" by The Beach Boys
LeHot - "LeHeat"
Parody of "Le Freak" by Chic
UB Buggy - "Jah Mon, Insects Rule"
Style Parody of UB40
Torquer - "Balance This"
Parody of "Get Off This" by Cracker
Deep Yellow - "My Favorite Star"
Parody of "Highway Star" by Deep Purple
En Lobe - "Whatta Brain"
Parody of "Whatta Man" by En Vogue with Salt-n-Pepa
John Cougar Loggincamp - "Second Growth"
Style Parody of John Mellencamp
Mary Chapin Communicator - "How Can We Communicate"
Parody of "He Thinks He'll Keep Her" by Mary Chapin Carpenter
Momentisey - "The Faster You Push Me"
Parody of "The More You Ignore Me, the Closer I Get" by Morrissey
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
Warm -n- Wetta - "Fresh Aire"
Ali Veoli - "What A Pair"
Style Parody of Tatyana Ali
No music video
PSI Garden - "Pressure"
Parody of "Spoonman" by Soundgarden
Rhoda Dendron - "Cross Pollination"
Parody of "Human Behaviour" by Bjrk
Rocks and Soil
Sedimentary Fools - "Rocks Rock Harder"
The ERG's - "N-R-G"
Style Parody of the Beastie Boys
Evolver - "Survival"
Style Parody of Veruca Salt
J.A.C. - "Water Cycle Jump"
Parody of "Jump" by Kris Kross
Grace Slip - "Friction Happens"
Dose of Soap - "Just Wash Your Hands"
Parody of "Don't Turn Around" by Ace of Base
Climate Report - "Whether the Weather"
Parody of "Lucas With The Lid Off" by Lucas Secon
Big Amplitude - "Baby I Love Your Wave"
Parody of "Baby, I Love Your Way" by Big Mountain (originally by Peter Frampton)
James Baleen - "Power To The Plankton"
Style Parody of James Brown
Fake Fur - "Jennifer's A Mammal"
Parody of "Institutionalized" by Suicidal Tendencies
House of Spin - "Spin Around"
Parody of "Jump Around" by House of Pain
Salmon Dave - "I'm a Sole Man"
Parody of "Soul Man" by Sam & Dave
Carpoolio - "Move Groove"
Parody of "Fantastic Voyage" by Coolio
Maria and the Mudflaps - "Where The Land is Wet"
LL Bloo J. - "Talkin' Bout Birds"
Shirell Crow - "All We Need To Do"
Parody of "All I Wanna Do" by Sheryl Crow
Bjorn Turun - "Loco Motion"
Parody of "Everything Zen" by Bush
Rivers and Streams
Talking Headwaters - "Take Me To The River"
Parody of "Take Me To The River" by Talking Heads
Knute Trishan - "Good Food"
Marina Cesealia - "Breathe Like Me"
Parody of "I Know" by Dionne Farris
Mistah Richter - "Earthquake Rumble"
NTV Top 11 Video Countdown
Mudhoney - "Bill Nye The Science Guy Theme"
Foo Spighters - "This is A Spiders Life"
Parody of "This Is a Call" by Foo Fighters
No music video
Steven Odd - "50 Fifty"
Parody of "Loser" by Beck
Dare L. Pseudo - "Pure Proof"
Parody of "100% Pure Love" by Crystal Waters
Daisy Birdsenbees - "So Many Flowers"
Mob Barley - "Diggin'"
Parody of "Jamming" by Bob Marley
Deserette - "Always Dry"
Parody of "You Oughta Know" by Alanis Morissette
P-Swamp All Stars with DJ Hoppy - "The Amphidelic Mothership Metamorphisis"
Style Parody of George Clinton the P-Funk All Stars
Volcanque - "Lavaflows"
Parody of "Waterfalls" by TLC
S. Khar Go - "Crawl Away"
Parody of "Runaway" by Janet Jackson
Vinny Vein and the Pumpers - "Gimme Back My Heart"
En Vent and the Process - "It's An 'ing Thing"
La Binary - "One Zero 001"
Parody of "Be My Lover" by La Bouche
Etchton Stone - "Fossil Man"
Parody of "Rocket Man" by Elton John
The Tim E. Zone Experience - "Time Time Time Time Time..."
Parody of "Time Has Come Today" by The Chambers Brothers
Krime Seen - "We Will Find You"
Parody of "We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions" by Queen
The Space Princess of Galactic Grooviness - "Planets All"
Parody of "Set You Free" by Planet Soul
Alice in Genes - "It's Called Genetics"
Parody of "Killing in the Name" by Rage Against the Machine'
The Artist Formerly Known as Archie T. - "Makin' Plans"
Parody of "All Mixed Up" by 311
Chris Ballew - "Farm Food"
Parody of "Peaches" by The Presidents of the United States of America, of which Ballew himself is a member
Roberta Fungi - "Everything Has A Life Cycle"
Parody of "Killing Me Softly" by Roberta Flack
Nye & The Family Crust - "Do It Yourself Science"
Parody of "Hell" by Squirrel Nut Zippers
Atoms and Molecules
Third Nye Blind - "Atoms in My Life"
Parody of "Semi Charmed Life" by Third Eye Blind
The Posies "Voyage of the Aquanauts"
Lakes and Ponds
The Foggy Boyz - "Found of Lakes and Ponds"
Parody of "Tha Crossroads" by Bone Thugs-n-Harmony
Turbinator Two - "Come On Use Your Brain (Smell This)"
Parody of "C'mon N' Ride It (The Train)" by Quad City DJ's
Batilda & Guano - "Cave Thing"
Parody of "Shake Your Groove Thing" by Peaches & Herb
Weflo - "Drip it"
Parody of "Whip It" by Devo
Earth, Wind & Ice - "Causing the Erosion"
Style Parody of No Doubt
Comets and Meteors
Halley Comet - "Got Me Looking"
Parody of "Shadowboxer" by Fiona Apple
Mighty Might Thundertones - "Stormin'"
Style Parody of Reel Big Fish
The Meter Men - "Every Measurement You Make"
Parody of "Every Breath You Take" by The Police
Downward Spiral - "Patterns of Joy"
Style Parody of The Prodigy
"There's Science In Music"
Parody of "The Time Warp" by Richard O'Brien
Slow Moe - "All in Motion"
Style Parody of Van Halen
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 Hip hop 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 fluctuator. The theme song is credited to Mike Greene.
The show's episodes consisted of several compositions from Associated Production Music, some featured tracks include:
"Act of Heroism (c)
"Blood in the Gutter" by Laurie Johnson
"Drama Impact #3"
"The Gunfighter" by Ennio Morricone
"Hit and Run" by Ralph Dollimore
"Killer Birds" by Gregor Narholz
Many of these tracks were also featured in many Nickelodeon cartoons in the 1990s. 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."
National Science Foundation (1993-1997)
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (1993-1997)
The Boeing Company (1993-1997)
Corporation for Public Broadcasting (1993-1997)
Viewers Like You (1993-1997)
A computer game for the series, titled Bill Nye the Science Guy: Stop the Rock!, was released in 1996 for PC and Macintosh by Pacific Interactive. In the game, a large meteoroid called "Impending Dum" threatens to make a catastrophic collision with the Earth. A team of scientists develop a laser satellite-controlling computer system called MAXX to destroy the meteoroid; however, MAXX 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 MAXX's challenge, and the player, depicted as the newest member of the Nye Labs team, is asked to solve these riddles before Impending Dum 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.
The Eyes of Nye
Universe of Energy - an attraction at Walt Disney World's EPCOT Center starring Bill Nye.
Stuff Happens (TV show)
Bill Nye, the Science Guy at the Internet Movie Database
Bill Nye the Science Guy at TV.com
Bill Nye, The Science Lab Official Site (billnye.com points to the same site)
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