The Late Movies: Science Shows for Kids

After the smashing success of the Mr. Wizard edition of the Late Movies, we thought we'd give you more childhood science shows. Here are some of our favorites. But if we left your preferred educational programming off this list, tell us in the comments!

Beakman's World

Original run: 1992"“1998
Original channel: Beakman's world premiered on TLC, but after a year, was picked up by CBS.
Fun fact: The Beakman's World theme song was composed by Mark Mothersbaugh of Devo.

Watch Mr. Wizard

Original run: 1951"“1972
Original channel: NBC
Fun fact: Before achieving television fame, Don Herbert (Mr. Wizard) acted opposite Nancy Davis Reagan at Couch House Summer Theater in 1940.

Mr. Wizard's World

Original run: 1983"“1990
Original channel: Nickelodeon
Fun fact: In 1942, Don Herbert worked as a guide at Rockefeller Center.

The Magic School Bus

Original run: September 10, 1994"“December 6, 1997
Original channel: PBS, Fox Kids, Discovery Kids
Fun fact: Ms. Frizzle was voiced by famed actress Lily Tomlin, who was awarded a Daytime Emmy for the role.

The Science Lab of Grand Hank

Original run: 1997-present
Original channel: PSTV (The School District of Philadelphia cable-access channel)
Fun fact: Tyraine Ragsdale dubbed himself "Grand Master Hank" while DJing at the University of Pittsburgh and later used a version of that nickname for his science education career.

Bill Nye the Science Guy

Original run: September 10, 1993"“February 20, 1998
Original channel: PBS
Fun fact: From 2000 to 2002, Nye was the technical expert in BattleBots, the popular combat robot show.

Newton's Apple

Original run: 1983"“1998
Original channel: PBS
Fun fact: For most of the run, the show's theme song was "Ruckzuck" by Kraftwerk.

The Dr. Fad Show

Original run: 1988-1994
Original channel:
Fun fact:
Ken Hakuta (Dr. Fad) invented the Wacky Wall Walker, a very popular toy in the 1980s.


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Netflix's Most-Binged Shows of 2017, Ranked

Netflix might know your TV habits better than you do. Recently, the entertainment company's normally tight-lipped number-crunchers looked at user data collected between November 1, 2016 and November 1, 2017 to see which series people were powering through and which ones they were digesting more slowly. By analyzing members’ average daily viewing habits, they were able to determine which programs were more likely to be “binged” (or watched for more than two hours per day) and which were more often “savored” (or watched for less than two hours per day) by viewers.

They found that the highest number of Netflix bingers glutted themselves on the true crime parody American Vandal, followed by the Brazilian sci-fi series 3%, and the drama-mystery 13 Reasons Why. Other shows that had viewers glued to the couch in 2017 included Anne with an E, the Canadian series based on L. M. Montgomery's 1908 novel Anne of Green Gables, and the live-action Archie comics-inspired Riverdale.

In contrast, TV shows that viewers enjoyed more slowly included the Emmy-winning drama The Crown, followed by Big Mouth, Neo Yokio, A Series of Unfortunate Events, GLOW, Friends from College, and Ozark.

There's a dark side to this data, though: While the company isn't around to judge your sweatpants and the chip crumbs stuck to your couch, Netflix is privy to even your most embarrassing viewing habits. The company recently used this info to publicly call out a small group of users who turned their binges into full-fledged benders:

Oh, and if you're the one person in Antarctica binging Shameless, the streaming giant just outed you, too.

Netflix broke down their full findings in the infographic below and, Big Brother vibes aside, the data is pretty fascinating. It even includes survey data on which shows prompted viewers to “Netflix cheat” on their significant others and which shows were enjoyed by the entire family.

Netflix infographic "The Year in Bingeing"


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