Bill Nye the Science Guy

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Bill Nye the Science Guy is an American science education television program created by Bill Nye, James McKenna, and Erren Gottlieb, with Nye starring as a fictionalized version of himself. It was produced by television station KCTS and McKenna/Gottlieb Producers and distributed by Buena Vista Television with substantial financing from the National Science Foundation.[1] The show aired in syndication from September 10, 1993, to February 5, 1999, over the course of six seasons and 100 episodes; beginning in season 2, a concurrent run was added on PBS from October 10, 1994, to September 3, 1999, with the show's first run remaining in syndication.[2] After the show's first run was completed, Nye continued to portray the Science Guy character for a number of short interstitial segments for the cable television channel Noggin, which aired during rebroadcasts of Bill Nye the Science Guy. A video game based on the series was released in 1996, and a subsequent television show for adults, Bill Nye Saves the World, was broadcast two decades later.

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Bill Nye the Science Guy
Created byBill Nye
James McKenna
Erren Gottlieb
Presented byBill Nye
StarringMichaela Leslie-Rule
Chais Dean
Suzanne Mikawa
Ivyann Schwan
Jaffar Smith
Narrated byPat Cashman
Theme music composerMike Greene
Opening theme"Bill Nye the Science Guy"
No. of seasons6
No. of episodes100 + Pilot
Executive producersElizabeth Brock
Erren Gottlieb
James McKenna
ProducerSimon Griffith
Production locationSeattle, Washington
Running time30 minutes
Production companiesKCTS Seattle
Rabbit Ears Productions
Walt Disney Television
McKenna/Gottlieb Producers, Inc.
DistributorBuena Vista Television
Original networkPBS (1993–1998)
Syndicated (1993–1999)
Audio formatDolby Surround
Original releaseApril 14, 1993 (1993-04-14) 
February 5, 1999 (1999-02-05)

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.[3] Studies also found that people that viewed Bill Nye regularly were better able to generate explanations and extensions of scientific ideas than non-viewers.[4]