Bill Nye Saves the World

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Bill Nye Saves the World
Bill Nye Saves the World.jpg
Genre Talk show
Directed by
  • Nick Murray
  • Liz Plonka
Presented by Bill Nye
Starring
Theme music composer Tyler, The Creator
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 25 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Gil Goldschein
  • Julie Pizzi
  • Michael Naidus
  • Bill Nye
  • Jason Spingarn-Koff
  • Terry Wood
  • Lisa Nishimura
Producer(s)
  • Dave Sambuchi
  • MC Spurlock
Cinematography Jake Kerber
Running time 25–41 minutes
Production company(s) Bunim/Murray Productions
Distributor Netflix
Release
Original network Netflix
Picture format 4K (2:1 UHDTV)
Audio format Dolby Digital 5.1
Original release April 21, 2017 (2017-04-21) – present
External links
Website

Bill Nye Saves the World is an American television show currently streaming on Netflix hosted by Bill Nye.[1] The show's byline is, "Emmy-winning host Bill Nye brings experts and famous guests to his lab for a talk show exploring scientific issues that touch our lives",[2] with the series' focus placed on science and its relationship with politics, pop culture, and society.[3] The first season explores topics such as climate change, alternative medicine, and video games from a scientific point of view, while also refuting myths and anti-scientific claims.

Though the show is hosted by Nye, five correspondents assist in the presentation of the show. These include fashion model Karlie Kloss, science YouTuber and educator Derek Muller, comedian Nazeem Hussain, comedian and writer Joanna Hausmann, and the TV host and producer Emily Calandrelli.[4][5] The thirteen-episode season premiered on April 21, 2017.[6] The show's theme song was produced by Tyler, the Creator.[7] On June 15, 2017, Nye announced on his Facebook page that the series has been renewed for a six-episodes second season,[8] which premiered on December 29, 2017.

On April 9, 2018, Netflix announced the show had been renewed for a six-episode third season, released on May 11, 2018.[9]

Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
113April 21, 2017 (2017-04-21)
26December 29, 2017 (2017-12-29)
36May 11, 2018 (2018-05-11)

Episodes[edit]

Season 1[edit]

No.TitleOriginal release date
1"Earth Is a Hot Mess"April 21, 2017 (2017-04-21)

Bill discusses climate change.

2"Tune Your Quack-o-Meter"April 21, 2017 (2017-04-21)

Bill debunks alternative medicine.

3"Machines Take Over the World"April 21, 2017 (2017-04-21)

Bill discusses artificial intelligence.

4"More Food, Less Hype"April 21, 2017 (2017-04-21)

Bill discusses genetically modified organisms.

  • Correspondent: Derek Muller
  • Panelists: Robb Fraley, Fred Gould, Julie Kennye
5"The Original Martian Invasion"April 21, 2017 (2017-04-21)

Bill discusses the theory of panspermia.

6"Do Some Shots, Save the World"April 21, 2017 (2017-04-21)

Bill discusses vaccinations.

7"Cheat Codes for Reality"April 21, 2017 (2017-04-21)

Bill discusses playing games.

8"This Diet Is Bananas"April 21, 2017 (2017-04-21)

Bill discusses diets.

9"The Sexual Spectrum"April 21, 2017 (2017-04-21)

Bill discusses sex.

10"Saving the World—with Space!"April 21, 2017 (2017-04-21)

Bill discusses space exploration.

11"Malarkey!"April 21, 2017 (2017-04-21)

Bill debunks extrasensory perception.

12"Designer Babies"April 21, 2017 (2017-04-21)

Bill discusses designer babies.

  • Correspondents: Karlie Kloss, Nazeem Hussain
  • Guests: Tim Gunn
  • Panelists: Camille Hammond, Leslie Hinkson, Paul Knoepfler
13"Earth's People Problem"April 21, 2017 (2017-04-21)

Bill discusses human overpopulation.

  • Correspondents: Emily Calandrelli, Joanna Hausmann
  • Panelists: Nerys Benfield, Travis Rieder, Rachel Snow

Season 2[edit]

No.TitleOriginal release date
14"The Marijuana Episode"December 29, 2017 (2017-12-29)

Bill discusses marijuana.

15"Your Computer Is Under Attack"December 29, 2017 (2017-12-29)

Bill discusses computer viruses, malware, and related cyber attacks.

16"We Suck at Sleeping"December 29, 2017 (2017-12-29)

Bill discusses sleep.

17"Sex, Drugs and Superbugs"December 29, 2017 (2017-12-29)

Bill discusses superbugs.

18"Extinction: Why All Our Friends Are Dying"December 29, 2017 (2017-12-29)

Bill discusses extinction and de-extinction.

19"How to Travel Through Time"December 29, 2017 (2017-12-29)

Bill discusses time travel and gravity waves.

Season 3[edit]

No.TitleOriginal release date
20"Cheating Death"May 11, 2018 (2018-05-11)

Bill discusses aging.

21"Surviving in a World Without Water"May 11, 2018 (2018-05-11)

Bill discusses water scarcity.

22"The Addiction Episode"May 11, 2018 (2018-05-11)

Bill discusses addiction.

23"Recipes from the Future"May 11, 2018 (2018-05-11)

Bill discusses the future of food.

24"Evolution: The Fact of Life"May 11, 2018 (2018-05-11)

Bill discusses evolution.

25"What is your pet really thinking?"May 11, 2018 (2018-05-11)

Bill discusses animal brains.

Reception[edit]

Bill Nye Saves the World received mixed-to-positive reviews from critics[11] and audiences.[12] The first season has an aggregate rating of 63/100 based on 5 reviews from Metacritic[13] and a Rotten Tomatoes score of 73% based on 11 reviews, with an average rating of 7/10.[14] The performance segments of the show have been the focus of criticism. In particular, Rachel Bloom's performance in episode 9 has been described as "strange", "out of place",[12] and a "painful couple of minutes".[15] Conversely, NPR's Fresh Air said the show is "fun to watch," working well with Nye's "consistent reliance on scientific and provable facts."[16] Vox praised Nye's unapologetic talking style, though worried this may alienate some viewers.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Prudom, Laura (August 31, 2016). "Bill Nye Lands Netflix Talk Show". Variety. Retrieved September 3, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Bill Nye Saves the World". Netflix. 
  3. ^ Moraes, Lisa de (August 31, 2016). "Netflix Orders Talk Show 'Bill Nye Saves The World'". Deadline. Retrieved September 3, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Bill Nye Saves the World - Correspondent Announcement - Netflix" on YouTube
  5. ^ Harwood, Erika (October 14, 2016). "Karlie Kloss Is Teaming Up with Bill Nye". Vanity Fair. Retrieved February 8, 2017. 
  6. ^ Schwartz, Ryan; Schwartz, Ryan (February 8, 2017). "Bill Nye Saves the World Gets Netflix Premiere Date, Star-Studded Trailer". TVLine. Retrieved February 8, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Tyler, The Creator Did the Theme Song For Bill Nye's Netflix Show | Pitchfork". pitchfork.com. Retrieved April 16, 2017. 
  8. ^ "'Bill Nye Saves the World' Renewed for Season 2 on Netflix". variety.com. 15 June 2017. Retrieved 16 June 2017. 
  9. ^ "'Bill Nye Saves The World' Gets Season 3 Premiere Date & First Trailer". Deadline. 9 April 2018. Retrieved 14 April 2018. 
  10. ^ a b Hammond, Pete; Hipes, Patrick (July 13, 2017). "Emmy Awards Nominations: 'Westworld', 'This Is Us', 'Stranger Things', 'Atlanta' Lead Diverse List". Deadline. Retrieved August 20, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Bill Nye Saves the World will be back for a second season". The Verge. 15 June 2017. Retrieved 18 June 2017. 
  12. ^ a b "Bill Nye's new Netflix show is being torn apart for the same reasons that made it great". Polygon. 26 April 2017. Retrieved 18 June 2017. 
  13. ^ "Bill Nye Saves the World". Metacritic. Retrieved May 10, 2017. 
  14. ^ Rotten Tomatoes page for Bill Nye Saves the World. Retrieved on May 21, 2018.
  15. ^ Hooton, Christopher (26 April 2017). "Bill Nye Saves the World jumps the shark with cringeworthy 'My Sex Junk' skit". The Independent. Retrieved 12 May 2018. 
  16. ^ David Bianculli (April 19, 2017). "'Fargo' and Bill Nye Make Promising Returns to the Small Screen". Fresh Air. NPR. Retrieved May 7, 2017. 
  17. ^ Aja Romano (April 21, 2017). "Bill Nye Saves the World brings us an updated, unapologetically political science guy". Vox. 

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