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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.

Bill Nye Saves the World
Bill Nye Saves the World.jpg
Genre Talk show
Directed by Nick Murray
Presented by Bill Nye
Starring
Theme music composer Tyler, The Creator
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13 (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 25–32 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 www.netflix.com/title/80117748

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 show also features guest appearances from Zach Braff, Desiigner, Donald Faison, Rachel Bloom, Gus Sorola, Geoff Ramsey, Joel McHale, Wil Wheaton, Martin Starr, Jonna Mae,[6] Steve Aoki, and Tim Gunn.[7] The thirteen-episode series premiered on April 21, 2017.[7] The show's theme song was produced by Tyler, The Creator.[8]

On June 15, 2017, Nye announced on his Facebook page that the series has been renewed for a second season.[9]

Contents

Episodes

No. Title Original 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

Reception

Bill Nye Saves the World received mixed-to-positive reviews from critics[11] and audiences.[12] The show has an aggregate rating of 63/100 based on 5 reviews from Metacritic[13] and a Rotten Tomatoes score of 75% based on 8 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" and "out of place".[12] Conversely, NPR's Fresh Air said the show is "fun to watch," working well with Nye's "consistent reliance on scientific and provable facts."[15] Vox praised Nye's unapologetic talking style, though worried this may alienate some viewers.[16]

References

  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. ^ Mae, Jonna [@themissesmae] (April 21, 2017). "OMG IT'S FINALLY OUT! Check out EP7 of @BillNyeSaves (Bill Nye Saves The World) on @netflix" (Tweet). Retrieved April 21, 2017 – via Twitter. 
  7. ^ a b Schwartz, Ryan; Schwartz, Ryan (February 8, 2017). "Bill Nye Saves the World Gets Netflix Premiere Date, Star-Studded Trailer". TVLine. Retrieved February 8, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Tyler, The Creator Did the Theme Song For Bill Nye's Netflix Show | Pitchfork". pitchfork.com. Retrieved April 16, 2017. 
  9. ^ "'Bill Nye Saves the World' Renewed for Season 2 on Netflix". variety.com. 15 June 2017. Retrieved 16 June 2017. 
  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. ^ [1] Retrieved on May 10, 2017.
  14. ^ Rotten Tomatoes page for Bill Nye Saves the World. Retrieved on May 9, 2017.
  15. ^ David Bianculli (April 19, 2017). "'Fargo' and Bill Nye Make Promising Returns to the Small Screen". Fresh Air. NPR. Retrieved May 7, 2017. 
  16. ^ Aja Romano (April 21, 2017). "Bill Nye Saves the World brings us an updated, unapologetically political science guy". Vox. 

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