Anyone who knows me, or has read any of my articles, knows that I adore Bill Nye. He was a big influence on me as a child, and continues to be today. For a long time I wanted to be an aeronautical engineer, which is what he used to be. Now I want to be a science educator, which is of course what he is best known for. I haven’t wanted to do these things simply to follow in his footsteps, but because it seems we have the same interests. And I’m not alone; he has quite the cult following.
Since his hit TV show, “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” started 23 years ago, he has encouraged both kids and adults to be more curious about the natural world, and taught us the scientific method so we could explore it ourselves. Many of his episodes had many famous guest stars. I remember an episode with Samuel L Jackson explaining how the divots on a golf ball work, which is never something that I thought I’d see. The 90s were a weird time. Plus, he made bow ties cool almost two decades before Matt Smith as “The Doctor” did.
Okay, I’ll stop fangirling now. Maybe. Probably not. Anyway, after a much-too-long 18 year break, he’s back! The entire point of this love letter is that he has a new show. It’s a Netflix original series, which means that we’ll be able to watch all of the episodes in one weekend. (Side note: Netflix defines “binge-watching” as two or three episodes in a row. Isn’t that cute?)
The official synopsis is: “Each episode will tackle a topic from a scientific point of view, dispelling myths, and refuting anti-scientific claims that may be espoused by politicians, religious leaders, or titans of industry.” His cult classic PBS show ran from 1993 to 1998 (18 years ago! I’m old.), and was mostly him doing science experiments and making silly jokes to the camera.
His new show, cleverly entitled “Bill Nye Saves the World,” will be more of a talk show style, with official correspondents. It seems like it will be a little of the original show, a dash of Mythbusters, and a sprinkle of Adam Ruins Everything.
Of course my love for Bill Nye knows no bounds, but I am also very excited about the other people involved. The head science writer (my literal dream job) is Phil Plait, who is my second favorite astronomer. His list of correspondents, all of whom wear bow ties, are some of my most-loved people on the internet.
First is Emily Calandrelli, who I want to grow up to be. She’s a writer at TechCrunch, and is most passionate about space travel and bringing science to young women. As the producer and host of “Xploration Outer Space,” a FOX show about the space industry, she will certainly excel here.
Next is Joanna Hausmann, who is one of the best female comedians on the Internet. A lot of her comedy is about cultural stereotypes, so I am very interested to see how she will apply her humor to a science show. However she does it will undoubtedly be hilarious, so I’m very excited.
Nazeem Hussain is an Australian comedian who, like Joanna Hausmann, focuses a lot on bringing light to racial and cultural stereotypes using humor. Bill Nye has gotten a lot of press in the last few years for not shying away from possibly controversial content(although not controversial in the scientific community), and I hope that his inclusion of a comedian who is known for talking about the kinds of issues that a lot of people would rather ignore bodes well for his show not pulling any punches.
Karlie Kloss* is probably the most surprising of correspondents, because she is an internationally known supermodel. She is a less surprising pick when you know she started a high school summer camp for girls to learn to code. This girl is besties with Taylor Swift, is the face of Swarovski, and is soon to be working with Bill Nye. She is seriously living the dream.
Last but not least is Derek Muller. He is a physicist and creator of one of my favorite YouTube channels, Veritasium. It’s about physics, obviously, but it also talks about a lot of other random science-y topics. I know I’ve given you guys a lot of links to click so far, but if you have a minute, you should definitely check out his video on the most radioactive places on Earth.
Can you tell I’m excited? I’m really excited. So the real question is, who is going to have a party with me and watch all the episodes when they come out next spring? I’ll bring the pizza.