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SciShow logo
Created byHank Green
Presented byHank Green
Michael Aranda
Olivia Gordon
Stefan Chin
Original language(s)English
Production location(s)Missoula, Montana
Production company(s)Complexly
Original releaseJanuary 2, 2012
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SciShow is a series of science-related videos on YouTube. The program is mainly hosted by Hank Green of the VlogBrothers and Michael Aranda.[1] SciShow was launched as an original channel.[2]

Hosting and production[edit]

Hank Green, host of SciShow

Though Green hosts the majority of episodes, the show has alternate hosts; Michael Aranda has been with the show since its inception, and Olivia Gordon of the Missoula Insectarium joined in June 2016.[3] Prior to her move to Chicago, Emily Graslie of The Brain Scoop, also occasionally hosted on the channel. There have also been guest appearances by Lindsey Doe, who hosts Sexplanations, another channel launched by Green; and by longtime SciShow staffer Stefan Chin, who since 2017 has been a regular host. SciShow has grown since its 2012 launch; since then it has employed a full editorial, production, and operations staff.[4]

SciShow Space has three rotating hosts: Hank Green, Reid Reimers, and Caitlin Hofmeister.

SciShow Kids is primarily hosted by Jessi Knudsen Castañeda.[5]

Promotion and funding[edit]

The channel was launched as an "original channel", which meant that YouTube funded the channel.[6][7] The show's initial grant was projected to expire in 2014, and in response, on September 12, 2013 SciShow joined the viewer-funding site Subbable, created in part by Green.[8][9]

In 2014, the channel landed a national advertisement deal with YouTube. The educational program was featured on platforms such as billboards and television commercials, as a result.[10] Green details that the advertisements had a positive effect on SciShow, stating, "My Twitter exploded, our followers and subscribers exploded."[4]

After Patreon acquired Subbable, the channel switched over to Patreon where it continues to receive support in exchange for various perks. SciShow currently has over five thousand patrons.[11]


Several different scientific fields are covered by SciShow, including chemistry, physics, biology, zoology, entomology, botany, meteorology, astronomy, medicine, psychology, anthropology, and computer science.[12] The videos on SciShow have a vast variety of different topics, such as nutrition,[13] and "science superlatives".[14] As of February 2016, SciShow has released 820 videos.[15]

A spin-off channel, SciShow Space, launched in April 2014 to specialize in space topics.[16] A second spin-off, SciShow Kids, launched in March 2015 to specialize in delivering science topics to children.[17] A third spinoff channel was announced in February 2017, SciShow Psych, which debuted in March 2017, specializing in psychology and neuroscience.[18] A podcast, SciShow Tangents, was launched in November 2018; it features entertaining exchanges of scientific facts among many of the shows' staffers, and is directed at a mature audience.[19]

List of segments[edit]

Show Debut
Dose January 2, 2012
Infusion January 8, 2012
Breaking February 8, 2012
News February 10, 2012
Great Minds February 23, 2012
I Don't Think It Means What You Think It Means May 8, 2012
Talk Show January 27, 2013
Quick Questions (QQ's) January 23, 2014
Quiz Show March 27, 2014
World's Most Asked Questions October 15, 2014


In November 2018, a co-branded podcast titled SciShow Tangents was launched as a co-production with WNYC Studios. It consists of a panel format where Hank Green, Ceri Riley, Stefan Chin, and Sam Schulz share facts about science on a weekly theme; each episode has multiple segments, several of which are competitive.


As SciShow has amassed a large following, the channel has been featured on several media outlets.[20][21][22][23]

As for the channel's success on YouTube, it was documented that by October 2014, the channel amassed over two million subscribers and earned over 210 million video views.[4] As of August 2019, the channel has over 5.8 million subscribers and has over 1 billion views. [24]

SciShow has been criticized by fellow science YouTuber Myles Power for presenting biased and incorrect information about genetic modification.[25][26] Criticisms were later responded to in a separate response video.[27]

In 2017, SciShow won Complexly's People's Voice award. [28]


  1. ^ Leib, Bart (March 23, 2012). "Scishow & Crash Course: Why Isn't School This Cool?". Geekdad. Wired. Retrieved March 6, 2013.
  2. ^ Eördögh, Fruzsina (January 3, 2012). "Watch the premiere of Hank Green's SciShow". Daily Dot. Retrieved March 6, 2013.
  3. ^ "New Ancient Human Fossils!". SciShow. YouTube. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  4. ^ a b c Stone, Madeline (October 15, 2014). "Meet The Science Nerd Whose Face Is About To Be Plastered On YouTube Ads Everywhere". Business Insider. Retrieved October 25, 2014.
  5. ^ "SciShow Kids". Youtube. SciShow. Retrieved July 30, 2015.
  6. ^ "Vlogbrother Hank Green Launches Science Channel as One of YouTube's Much-Publicized Original Programming Channels". Market Wired. January 3, 2012. Retrieved October 25, 2014.
  7. ^ Hale, Mike (April 25, 2012). "Genres Stretch, for Better and Worse, as YouTube Takes On TV". New York Times. Retrieved October 25, 2014.
  8. ^ Green, Hank (September 12, 2013). "SciShow Needs You!". SciShow. YouTube. Retrieved October 17, 2013.
  9. ^ Eifler, Emily (August 20, 2013). "Crowdfunding Matures with a Lesson from Public Broadcasting". KQED. Retrieved December 6, 2013.
  10. ^ DeSimone, Evan (October 16, 2014). "Hank Green Will Soon Be Stalking You With Science". New Media Rockstars. Retrieved October 25, 2014.
  11. ^ "SciShow is creating YouTube Videos about Science | Patreon". Patreon. Retrieved 2017-03-11.
  12. ^ "SciShow: Chemistry". Watch Documentary Films. Retrieved March 6, 2013.
  13. ^ Proefrock, Philip (April 11, 2012). "SciShow: The Dark Lord of Nutrition". EcoGeek. Retrieved March 6, 2013.
  14. ^ Leroux-Lindsey, Angela (January 18, 2013). "YouTube's SciShow Hails Hot Quark-Gluon Plasma as "Superlative Science"". Brookhaven National Laboratory. Retrieved March 6, 2013.
  15. ^ "SciShow: Winter Compilation". YouTube. December 23, 2015. Retrieved December 27, 2015.
  16. ^ Green, Hank (March 26, 2014). SciShow Space Launch. SciShow. YouTube. Retrieved January 19, 2015.
  17. ^ Knudsen Castañeda, Jessi (February 23, 2015). SciShow Kids. SciShow. YouTube. Retrieved February 23, 2015.
  18. ^ Green, Hank (February 27, 2017). SciShow Psych Trailer. SciShow. YouTube. Retrieved February 27, 2017.
  19. ^ "SciShow Tangents". WNYC Studios. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  20. ^ Goodman, Will (September 6, 2012). "A double-dose of Internet education for you (on the history of "cute" and "spam")". The Feed. CBS. Retrieved March 9, 2013.
  21. ^ Chant, Ian (July 8, 2013). "Recover From The Long Weekend With Weird Science From SciShow [Video]". Geekosystem. Retrieved December 6, 2013.
  22. ^ Condliffe, Jamie (July 15, 2014). "A Crash Course In Transistors, Processors And Moore's Law". Gizmodo Australia. Retrieved August 1, 2014.
  23. ^ Ryan, Jessica (July 22, 2014). "RYAN: Boulder's The Story Group explores stories behind climate change". Colorado Daily. Retrieved August 1, 2014.
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  25. ^ Myles Power (February 5, 2013). "The Biased Views of Hank Green and SciShow". Myles Power. Retrieved September 9, 2015.
  26. ^ Power, Miles. "SciShow – How Even the Best Science Communicators Can Still Be Wrong". Retrieved 9 September 2015.
  27. ^ Green, Hank (10 July 2015). "Why are GMOs Bad?". Retrieved 9 September 2015.
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