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Bill Nye the Science Guy

Bill Nye the Science Guy

Bill Nye the Science Guy is an American half-hour live action science program that originally was syndicated by Walt Disney Television to local stations from September 10, 1993 to June 20, 1998 and also aired on PBS from 1994 to 1999. It was hosted by Bill Nye. The show aired for 100 half-hour episodes spanning five seasons. Known for its quirky humor and rapid-fire MTV-style pacing, the show won critical acclaim and was nominated for 23 Emmy Awards, winning nineteen.[1] Studies also found that people that viewed Bill Nye regularly were better able to generate explanations and extensions of scientific ideas than non-viewers.[2]

Bill Nye the Science Guy
Created byBill Nye
James McKenna
Erren Gottlieb
Presented byBill Nye
StarringChais Dean
Suzanne Mikawa
Ivyann Schwan
Jaffar Smith
Narrated byPat Cashman
Theme music composerMike Greene
Opening theme"Bill Nye the Science Guy"
Composer(s)Mike Greene
Tom McGurk
Tiny Hat Orchestra
Charlotte S. Landberg
Jonathan S. Merrill
Country of originUnited States
No.of seasons5
No.of episodes100
Executiveproducer(s)Elizabeth Brock
Erren Gottlieb
James McKenna
Producer(s)Simon Griffith
Running time30 minutes
Productioncompany(s)KCTS Seattle
McKenna/Gottlieb Producers, Inc.
Rabbit Ears Productions
Walt Disney Television
DistributorBuena Vista Television
Original networkSyndicated (1993–1998)
PBS (1994–1999)
Picture format480i SDTV
Audio formatDolby Surround
Original releaseSeptember 10, 1993 (1993-09-10) –
June 20, 1998 (1998-06-20)

Origins and creation

While performing in a sketch comedy television show in Seattle called Almost Live! during the 1980s, Nye cultivated a science-explaining TV persona. One famous incident on the show led to his stage name. He corrected another host, John Keister, on his pronunciation of the word "gigawatt", and the nickname was born when Keister responded, "Who do you think you are—Bill Nye the Science Guy?"[3] In 1993, he developed a Bill Nye the Science Guy pilot for PBS member station KCTS-TV in Seattle. Nye collaborated with James McKenna, Erren Gottlieb and Elizabeth Brock to plan and create the show for KCTS.[4] The group pitched the show as Mr. Wizard meets Pee-wee's Playhouse.[5] He successfully obtained underwriting from the National Science Foundation and the US Department of Energy. Nye's program became part of a package of syndicated series that local stations could schedule to fulfill Children's Television Act requirements.[6] Because of this, Bill Nye the Science Guy became the first program to run concurrently on both public and commercial stations.[6]


Bill Nye the Science Guy, wearing his trademark blue lab coat and bowtie

Bill Nye the Science Guy, wearing his trademark blue lab coat and bowtie

Nye plays a hyper-kinetic tall and slender scientist wearing a blue lab coat and a bow-tie.[7] He combines the serious science of everyday things with fast-paced action and humor. Each half-hour show begins with a cold open, where Nye introduces the episode's topic, which leads into an opening credit sequence, and featuring Nye in a computer animated scientific world, along with his head spinning, radio frequencies, and plastic toy dinosaurs flying. In later seasons, the theme song was cut short by a static screen. After the opening credits, announcer Pat Cashman would say "Brought to you by...", in which a product name was related to the episode's topic, followed by Nye walking onto the set, called "Nye Laboratories", which is filled with scientific visuals including many "of science" contraptions announced dramatically, relevant to the topic of the episode. Parodies of movies and television shows configure the facts of the episode's topic. Guest appearances included Christopher Walken, Samuel L. Jackson, Harrison Schmitt, Jenna von Oÿ, Robin Leach, John Ratzenberger, Ross Shafer, Graham Kerr, Gene Siskel, Roger Ebert, Bob Ross, Willard Scott, Richard Karn, Soundgarden, Kenny G, Pat Sajak, Vanna White, Cirque Du Soleil, Suzanne Somers, The Flying Karamazov Brothers, Pat Cashman, John Keister, Candace Cameron, Alfonso Ribeiro, Sinbad, Edgar Martínez, Nate McMillan, Mudhoney, Drew Barrymore, and Taran Noah Smith. Each episode also featured Nye in diverse places, where he interviews people to talk about their work and other contributions, that was focusing on the episode's topic. "Vivian Cupcake" was a recurring skit on Bill Nye the Science Guy. In these skits, Nye portrayed Vivian Cupcake, where she demonstrated scientific recipes, and "Richie, Eat Your Crust" was a recurring skit, featuring Nye and the Family Crust.

There are several individual segments that are featured in each episode, such as "Way Cool Scientist", which features an expert on the episode's topic, "Consider the Following", where Nye discusses a certain aspect of the episode's topic, "Nifty Home Experiment", where the audience is shown how to do a simple home experiment relating to the episode's topic, "Try This", where the audience is shown how to try a simple demonstration relating to the episode's topic, "Hey! Look at This", where the expert shows us how to give us a closer look by relating to the episode's topic, "Check it Out", where the audience is shown how to affect their environmental issues by relating to the episode's topic, "Clever Science Trick", where the audience is shown how to do a simple science trick relating to the episode's topic, and "Did you know that...", where an interesting factoid related to the episode's topic was presented. "Luna Van Dyke, Private Eye" was one of the recurring segments on the show. The segments featured private eye Luna Van Dyke focusing on a story, that was related to the episode's topic.

Most half-hour episodes contain a mock song parody and music video in the "Soundtrack of Science" by "Not That Bad Records". "Not that bad" is a catchphrase that Nye will often say in those episodes, substituting a scientific roundup of the episode for the lyrics to a popular song. This is usually the last segment of each episode. Each half-hour show ends with Nye saying, "Well, that's our show. Thanks for watching. If you'll excuse me, I've got some..." before explaining his departure in a clever description of an activity on topic, followed by him saying "See ya!" afterwards. After that, a female announcer says "Produced in association with the National Science Foundation" (or "Produced in association with the Walt Disney Television" in the PBS editions). The credits rolled over bloopers from the episode.

In a study that evaluated the pacing of 87 popular children's programs, Bill Nye the Science Guy was found to be the fastest-paced show on television, with a pacing score of 56.90.[8]


The show was created in 1992 by Bill Nye, James McKenna and Erren Gottlieb, produced by McKenna/Gottlieb Producers, Inc, in partnership with KCTS in Seattle. The following year, the production companies entered a distribution agreement with Buena Vista Television, a subsidiary of Disney.[9] As part of the agreement, the profits of the show were split between Disney and the production team, with Disney owning full distribution rights across broadcasting, home video, and digital streaming. McKenna and Gottlieb all met while McKenna was a producer on Almost Live!, a Seattle-based comedy show.[10]

The announcer for the program was Pat Cashman, whom Nye knew from his time on Almost Live!.

Before his show launched, Nye had previously worked alongside Christopher Lloyd in Back to the Future: The Animated Series, where he played Doc Brown's assistant and demonstrated several experiments.[11]

The show has been likened to the next-generation version of Watch Mr. Wizard.[12][13] 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.[14]

The show was primarily funded by the National Science Foundation, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the annual financial support from the viewers/stations of the PBS network. Other funding sponsors included Ore Ida, The Boeing Company, and Intel.

Despite Disney's association and ownership with the show, it has never aired on ABC or any network owned by the Disney-ABC Television Group.

Theme song

The Bill Nye the Science Guy theme song was written by former math teacher Mike Greene.[15] "The thing that they told me was they did not want it to sound like a kid’s theme song," Greene explained. "They didn’t want it to be safe, basically. They didn’t want to make it sound like stuff that’s already been done. They wanted it to be something that was adventurous and a little bit more daring than what a theme song, at that time, would be. It was much more common to have a song that would be like, 'Bill Nye’s gonna teach you some science.' Something that’s a little bit cheesier. They wanted to go as far away from cheesy or safe as they could get."[15]

Greene said that he was inspired by Danny Elfman and Oingo Boingo when composing the theme and used his voice for singing the "Bill Nye the Science Guy" refrain.[15] "I used my voice for the first demo to send to the producers, Jim and Erren," he said. "After they approved it, I hired singers because I wanted to make it better. I hired a guy to sing it who sounded pretty cool. He had like a rock‑and‑roll kind of voice, so it sounded pretty slick. Then as another option, I hired a girl to sing it to give it a bit more R&B kind of sound. Then I sent those versions to Jim and Erren, and they said, 'Why have you got them on it? We want your voice. It’s funnier.' I thought, 'My voice is funnier??? Good thing I’m not touchy about my singing!' So we kept my voice on there."[15]

Set to a house beat, Greene enlisted rappers to repeat the word "Bill!" as a percussive shout. "I can’t name them, because it was against their contract to do outside things without permission from their record company," Greene noted. "It was kinda funny, because they were in my studio one day to record a song. I was working on the Nye theme as they walked in and I told them, 'Hey, do me a favor and go in the booth and chant ‘Bill, Bill, Bill’ over and over again.' They had no idea what it was for, but they’re cool, so they did. It sounded great, so that’s the version we kept. The show didn’t air until a year later, so it wasn’t until then that they understood what this was really for."[15]


In conjunction with the production of Bill Nye the Science Guy, KCTS-TV conducted several research studies that evaluated how effective the program was as an educational tool. In one study, it was found that viewers of the program made more observations and sophisticated classifications than non-viewers.[2] In surveys of elementary students who watched the program, most children concluded that Nye made “kids like science more.” When surveyed whether Nye was a scientist or actor and comedian, most students asserted he was a scientist, though many said both. Students also described Nye almost equally as both “funny” and “smart,” and believed he was a "source of good information."[16]

Series overview

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
120September 10, 1993 (1993-09-10)February 11, 1994 (1994-02-11)
220February 18, 1994 (1994-02-18)January 7, 1995 (1995-01-07)
320January 14, 1995 (1995-01-14)October 27, 1995 (1995-10-27)
420November 3, 1995 (1995-11-03)September 12, 1997 (1997-09-12)
520September 19, 1997 (1997-09-19)June 20, 1998 (1998-06-20)


100 half-hour episodes were produced.

Season 1 (1993–94)

  • Season 1 of Bill Nye the Science Guy consisted of 20 episodes.

Series No.No.Title"Soundtrack of Science" Parody songOriginal Airdate
11Flight (Series Premiere)Nyevana – "Smells Like Air Pressure" Parody of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by NirvanaSeptember 10, 1993
22Earth's CrustMagmadonna – "Crust" Parody of "Vogue" by MadonnaSeptember 17, 1993
33DinosaursJ.C. – "Mr. Dino" Parody of "Mr. Wendal" by Arrested DevelopmentSeptember 24, 1993
44SkinNo music videoOctober 1, 1993
55BuoyancySure Floats-a lot – "Bill's Got Boat" Parody of "Baby Got Back" by Sir Mix-a-LotOctober 8, 1993
66GravityAttraction Action – "G-R-A-V-I-T-Y" Parody of "Twilight Zone" by 2 UnlimitedOctober 15, 1993
77DigestionDy Gestion – "Can't Eat This" Parody of "Can't Truss It" by Public EnemyOctober 22, 1993
88Phases of MatterPhaze Change – "Solid Liquid Gas" Parody of "Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)" by Digable PlanetsOctober 29, 1993
99BiodiversityBio Di Versity – "We're all Connected" Parody of "Connected" by Stereo MC'sNovember 5, 1993
1010Simple MachinesThe Pulley Ramp Five – "ABC's of Machinery" Parody of "ABC" by The Jackson 5November 12, 1993
1111The MoonThe Lunatics – "Moon Cycle" Parody of "Bicycle Race" by QueenNovember 19, 1993
1212SoundGloria Wavelength and the Vibrations – "Sound is a VIBE" Parody of "I Will Survive" by Gloria GaynorNovember 26, 1993
1313GarbageTrash E. Trash – "R.E.C.Y.C.L.E." Parody of "Respect" by Aretha Franklin; artist name is a parody of Doug E. FreshDecember 3, 1993
1414StructureStress N' Tension – "Let's Talk About Stress" Parody of "Let's Talk About Sex" by Salt-n-PepaDecember 10, 1993
1515SeasonsA Tilted Development – "Rhyme and Season"; artist name is a parody of Arrested Development(Note: Former Almost Live! host Ross Shafer guest stars in this episode on The Tilted Planet Game segment.)December 17, 1993
1616Light and ColorThe Bent Wavelengths – "Light and Colour" Parody of "Sweating Bullets" by MegadethDecember 24, 1993
1717CellsMighty Chondria – "Cellular Haze" Parody of "Purple Haze" by Jimi HendrixJanuary 21, 1994
1818ElectricityBilly Ray Cyrcuits – "AC/DC Charge" Parody of "Achy Breaky Heart" by Billy Ray CyrusJanuary 28, 1994
1919Outer SpaceElvi Centuri – "Celestial Hotel" Parody of "Heartbreak Hotel" by Elvis PresleyFebruary 4, 1994
2020EyeballThe Eye Doctors – "Two Eyes" Parody of "Two Princes" by The Spin DoctorsFebruary 11, 1994

Season 2 (1994–95)

  • Season 2 of Bill Nye the Science Guy consisted of 20 episodes.

Series No.No.Title"Soundtrack of Science" Parody songOriginal Airdate
211MagnetismN.S. Kool J. – "Opposites Attract" Parody of "Jump" by Kriss Kross; artist name is a parody of LL Cool JFebruary 18, 1994
222WindWind Dee – "Wind Is In Your Hair" Parody of "Groove Is in the Heart" by Deee-LiteFebruary 25, 1994
233Blood and CirculationAB+ – "Blood Stream" Parody of "Love Shack" by The B-52'sMarch 4, 1994
244Chemical ReactionsChemical Reactions – "Don't Try This at Home" Parody of "State of Attraction" by Paula AbdulMarch 11, 1994
255Static ElectricityThe Sticky Socks – "Static Electricity" Parody of "Turning Japanese" by The VaporsMarch 18, 1994
266Food WebFood Webby Web – "(It's The) Food Web" Parody of "Who Am I (What's My Name)?" by Snoop DoggMarch 25, 1994
277Light OpticsQueen Lighteefa – "B.E.N.T." Parody of "U.N.I.T.Y." by Queen LatifahSeptember 10, 1994
288Bones and MusclesSteppenbone – "Bones In My Body" Parody of "Born to Be Wild" by SteppenwolfSeptember 17, 1994
299OceanographyGulfstream Girls – "Deep Ocean Currents" Parody of "California Girls" by The Beach BoysSeptember 24, 1994
3010HeatLeHot – "LeHeat" Parody of "Le Freak" by ChicOctober 1, 1994
3111InsectsUB Buggy – "Jah Mon, Insects Rule" Style Parody of UB40October 8, 1994
3212BalanceTorquer – "Balance This" Parody of "Get Off This" by CrackerOctober 15, 1994
3313The SunDeep Yellow – "My Favorite Star" Parody of "Highway Star" by Deep PurpleOctober 22, 1994
3414BrainEn Lobe – "Whatta Brain" Parody of "Whatta Man" by En Vogue with Salt-n-PepaOctober 29, 1994
3515ForestsJohn Cougar Loggincamp – "Second Growth" Style Parody of John MellencampNovember 5, 1994
3616CommunicationMary Chapin Communicator – "How Can We Communicate?" Parody of "He Thinks He'll Keep Her" by Mary Chapin CarpenterNovember 12, 1994
3717MomentumMomentisey – "The Faster You Push Me" Parody of "The More You Ignore Me, the Closer I Get" by MorrisseyNovember 19, 1994
3818ReptilesNo music video – the commercial-free PBS version of the episode, however, had a brief spoof entitled "Cold Blooded". Parody of "Hot Blooded" by ForeignerNovember 26, 1994
3919AtmosphereWarm -n- Wetta – "Fresh Aire"; artist name is a parody of Salt N PepaDecember 2, 1994
4020RespirationAli Veoli – "What A Pair" Style Parody of Tatyana AliJanuary 7, 1995

Season 3 (1995)

  • Season 3 of Bill Nye the Science Guy consisted of 20 episodes.

Series No.No.Title"Soundtrack of Science" Parody songOriginal Airdate
411The PlanetsNo music videoJanuary 14, 1995
422PressurePSI Garden – "Pressure" Parody of "Spoonman" by SoundgardenJanuary 21, 1995
433PlantsRhoda Dendron – "Cross Pollination" Parody of "Human Behaviour" by BjörkJanuary 28, 1995
444Rocks and SoilSedimentary Fools – "Rocks Rock Harder" Parody of "Basket Case" by Green DayFebruary 3, 1995
455EnergyThe ERG's – "N-R-G" Parody of "Sabotage" by the Beastie BoysFebruary 10, 1995
466EvolutionEvolver – "Survival" Style parody ofSeetherby Veruca SaltFebruary 17, 1995
477Water CycleJ.A.C. – "Water Cycle Jump" Parody of "Jump" by Kris KrossMarch 24, 1995 (filmed in 1993)
488FrictionGrace Slip – "Friction Happens"; artist name is a parody of Grace SlickMarch 31, 1995
499GermsDose of Soap – "Just Wash Your Hands" Parody of "Don't Turn Around" by Ace of BaseApril 7, 1995
5010ClimatesClimate Report – "Whether the Weather" Parody of "Lucas with the Lid Off" by Lucas SeconApril 14, 1995
5111WavesBig Amplitude – "Baby I Love Your Wave" Parody of "Baby, I Love Your Way" by Big Mountain (originally by Peter Frampton)April 21, 1995
5212Ocean LifeJames Baleen – "Power To The Plankton" Style Parody of James BrownApril 28, 1995
5313MammalsFake Fur – "Jennifer's A Mammal" Parody of "Institutionalized" by Suicidal TendenciesSeptember 8, 1995
5414Spinning ThingsHouse of Spin – "Spin Around" Parody of "Jump Around" by House of PainSeptember 15, 1995
5515FishSalmon Dave – "I'm a Sole Man" Parody of "Soul Man" by Sam & DaveSeptember 22, 1995
5616Human TransportationCarpoolio – "Move Groove" Parody of "Fantastic Voyage" by CoolioSeptember 29, 1995
5717WetlandsMaria and the Mudflats – "Where the Land is Wet"October 6, 1995
5818BirdsLL Bloo J. – "Talkin' Bout Birds"; artist name is a parody of LL Cool JOctober 13, 1995
5919PopulationsShirell Crow – "All We Need To Do" Parody of "All I Wanna Do" by Sheryl CrowOctober 20, 1995
6020Animal LocomotionBjorn Turun – "Loco Motion" Parody of "Everything Zen" by BushOctober 27, 1995

Season 4 (1995–97)

  • Season 4 of Bill Nye the Science Guy consisted of 20 episodes.

Series No.No.Title"Soundtrack of Science" Parody songOriginal Airdate
611Rivers and StreamsTalking Headwaters – "Take Me to the River" Parody of "Take Me to the River" by Talking HeadsNovember 3, 1995
622NutritionKnute Trishan – "Good Food" Style Parody of Nine Inch Nails/Trent ReznorNovember 10, 1995
633Marine MammalsMarina Cesealia – "Breathe Like Me" Parody of "I Know" by Dionne FarrisNovember 17, 1995
644EarthquakesMistah Richter – "Earthquake Rumble" Style Parody of the Dave Matthews BandNovember 24, 1995
655NTV Top 11 CountdownMudhoney – "Bill Nye The Science Guy Theme"December 1, 1995
666SpidersFoo Spighters – "This is A Spiders Life" Parody of "This Is a Call" by Foo FightersJanuary 5, 1996
677Pollution SolutionsNo music videoJanuary 12, 1996
688ProbabilitySteven Odd – "50 Fifty" Parody of "Loser" by BeckJanuary 19, 1996
699PseudoscienceDare L. Pseudo – "Pure Proof" Parody of "100% Pure Love" by Crystal WatersJanuary 26, 1996
7010FlowersDaisy Birdsenbees – "So Many Flowers"February 2, 1996
7111ArchaeologyMob Barley – "Diggin'" Parody of "Jamming" by Bob MarleyFebruary 9, 1996
7212DesertsDeserette – "Always Dry" Parody of "You Oughta Know" by Alanis MorissetteFebruary 16, 1996
7313AmphibiansP-Swamp All Stars with DJ Hoppy – "The Amphidelic Mothership Metamorphisis" Style Parody of George Clinton the P-Funk All StarsFebruary 23, 1996
7414VolcanoesVolcanique – "Lavaflows" Parody of "Waterfalls" by TLCJanuary 31, 1997
7515InvertebratesS. Khar Go – "Crawl Away" Parody of "Runaway" by Janet JacksonFebruary 7, 1997
7616HeartVinny Vein and the Pumpers – "Gimme Back My Heart"February 14, 1997
7717InventionsEn Vent and the Process – "It's An 'ing Thing"February 21, 1997
7818ComputersLa Binary – "One Zero 001" Parody of "Be My Lover" by La BoucheApril 25, 1997
7919FossilsEtchton Stone – "Fossil Man" Parody of "Rocket Man" by Elton JohnSeptember 5, 1997
8020TimeThe Tim E. Zone Experience – "Time Time Time Time Time..." Parody of "Time Has Come Today" by The Chambers BrothersSeptember 12, 1997

Season 5 (1997–98)

  • Season 5 of Bill Nye the Science Guy consisted of 20 episodes.

Series No.No.Title"Soundtrack of Science" Parody songOriginal Airdate
811ForensicsKrime Seen – "We Will Find You" Parody of "We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions" by QueenSeptember 19, 1997
822Space ExplorationThe Space Princess of Galactic Grooviness – "Planets All" Parody of "Set U Free" by Planet SoulSeptember 26, 1997
833GenesAlice 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 ChainsOctober 17, 1997
844ArchitectureThe 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 PrinceOctober 24, 1997
855FarmingChris Ballew – "Farm Food" Parody of "Peaches" by The Presidents of the United States of America, of which Ballew himself is a memberOctober 31, 1997
866Life CyclesRoberta Fungi – "Everything Has A Life Cycle" Parody of "Killing Me Softly" by Roberta FlackNovember 14, 1997
877Do-It-Yourself ScienceNye & The Family Crust – "Do It Yourself Science" Parody of "Hell" by Squirrel Nut Zippers; artist name is a parody of Sly and the Family StoneNovember 21, 1997
888AtomsThird Nye Blind – "Atoms in My Life" Parody of "Semi Charmed Life" by Third Eye BlindNovember 28, 1997
899Ocean ExplorationThe Posies – "Voyage of the Aquanauts" A parody of their 1993 song "Flavor of the Month". The Posies are an alternative rock group from Bellingham, Washington.December 5, 1997
9010Lakes and PondsThe Froggy Boyz – "Fond of Lakes and Ponds" Parody of "Tha Crossroads" by Bone Thugs-n-HarmonyFebruary 21, 1998
9111SmellTurbinator Two – "Come On Use Your Brain (Smell This)" Parody of "C'mon N' Ride It (The Train)" by Quad City DJ'sFebruary 28, 1998
9212CavesBatilda & Guano – "Cave Thing" Parody of "Shake Your Groove Thing" by Peaches & HerbApril 25, 1998
9313FluidsWeflo – "Drip it" Parody of "Whip It" by DevoMay 2, 1998
9414ErosionEarth, Wind & Ice – "Causing the Erosion" Style Parody of No Doubt; artist name is a parody of Earth, Wind & FireMay 9, 1998
9515Comets and MeteorsHalley Comet – "Got Me Looking" Parody of "Shadowboxer" by Fiona AppleMay 16, 1998
9616StormsMighty Mighty Thundertones – "Stormin" Style Parody of The Mighty Mighty BosstonesMay 23, 1998
9717MeasurementThe Meter Men – "Every Measurement You Make" Parody of "Every Breath You Take" by The PoliceMay 30, 1998
9818PatternsDownward Spiral – "Patterns of Joy" Parody of "Breathe" by The Prodigy; artist name reference to Nine Inch Nails.June 6, 1998
9919Music"There's Science In Music" Melodic Style Similar To That Of "The Time Warp" by Richard O'BrienJune 13, 1998
10020Motion (series finale)Slow Moe – "All in Motion" Parody of "Hot for Teacher" by Van HalenJune 20, 1998


During its run, Bill Nye the Science Guy was nominated for 23 Emmy Awards, winning nineteen.[1]

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, Sony Felberg, Vince Werner, 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, Sony Felberg, Vince Werner, 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)

Home media

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment released the series in its entirety on DVD, as part of the series' 20th anniversary.[17] In the United Kingdom, it was distributed on VHS by ViewTech, Bristol.

As of March 24, 2019, a 31 episode collection is available for streaming on various platforms through Netflix.[18] As of May 2017, the 1996 episode "Probability" is edited from its original airing, with a segment removed featuring a cast member saying there are only two genders. Netflix denied allegations they edited it (their new series Bill Nye Saves the World features Nye stating gender is on a spectrum) saying "It was delivered to us that way by Buena Vista TV."[19]

The same set of 31 episodes is also available for purchase on the iTunes Store, though they have been split into two separate volumes; one containing 14 episodes[20] and the other containing 17 episodes.[21]

Video game

A computer game based on the series, titled Bill Nye: The Science Guy - Stop the Rock!, was released in 1996 for Windows and Macintosh by Pacific Interactive.


Reruns of Bill Nye the Science Guy aired on Noggin (now Nick Jr.) from 2000 to 2002. Since 2016, reruns of the program have been aired on MeTV on Sunday mornings.[22]

See also

  • Bill Nye Saves the World

  • Stuff Happens

  • The Eyes of Nye

  • Carl Sagan

  • Universe of Energy – an attraction at Walt Disney World's Epcot starring Bill Nye.

  • Bill Nye–Ken Ham debate


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