Bring Back “Bill Nye the Science Guy”!

After LeVar Burton’s Reading Rainbow Kickstarter campaign exploded, millennials rejoiced over the resurrection of the educational program they loved. Some speculated about other educational shows of the 90s that should be given another chance.

The NPR blog suggested four shows worthy of a resurgence…

NPR really missed the mark on this one. There is one 90s show that was educational, hilarious, innovative and stars everyone’s favorite bow-tie aficionado… Bill Nye the Science Guy. billnye

I still get excited when I hear the theme song.

(There’s also a pretty badass Dubstep remix. Thank you, Internet)

Some of the subjects Nye covered taught kids lessons they could greatly benefit from for life, like this episode on Pseudoscience. As an adult, you probably know at least one other adult who believes or dabbles in some form of pseudoscience. And if you were an adult who grew up watching Bill Nye, you know it’s bullshit.

Then there were the song parodies. Like this gem from the pilot– Air Pressure from Nyevana. Pure genius. 

Even 16 years after the show ended, Nye routinely battles deniers of climate change and evolution. He sticks to his guns. He won’t back down. He doesn’t compromise the facts. In this video, he explains the objective of the show– “Change the world.” 

Now is the time. Science is cool again. Breaking Bad, the highest rated show of all time, is just as much about crime, power and money as it is about science. Cosmos has been reborn from the early 80s documentary TV series of the same name by Carl Sagen. Dozens of articles titled, “Things 90s Kids Remember” pop up on Buzzfeed every day. People love feeling nostalgic. They love seeing things reborn. breaking_bad_science_orange_cu_1

Many people who grew up loving watching Bill Nye the Science Guy now have kids. Just like watching Sesame Street, it’s fun to relive the same memories we had when we were kids. I’m sure many of the pledged supporters of Reading Rainbow grew up watching the series when they were young and understand its value.

If we can bring back acid-washed jeans, why can’t we bring back Bill Nye the Science Guy?

Published by Farrah

Farrah Alexander is a writer whose work focuses on feminism, parenting, social justice, politics, and current events. Her work has been featured in Huffington Post, BUST, and Scary Mommy. Her commentary has been discussed in Scientific American, Buzzfeed, Refinery 29, Yahoo, Hello Giggles, Woke Sloth, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Perez Hilton, Daily Mail, BBC, and others. Her debut book RAISE THE RESISTANCE: A Mother's Guide to Practical Activism is forthcoming from Mango set to release in the Fall of 2020. As an advocate for gun reform, she previously served on the board of Whitney/Strong, a non-profit founded by mass shooting survivor Whitney Austin. She now is a member of the Everytown Author's Council, which was designed to "harness the power of the literary community to amplify the gun safety movement." She lives outside Louisville, Ky. with her husband, son, and daughter.

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