Bill Nye is a big name on the small screen for a whole generation of kids who grew up watching his Bill Nye the Science Guy show on PBS. He shared his love of science and knowledge of how the world works with youngsters everywhere. Naturally, when news broke that Nye was coming back to television with a brand new show of his own, many figured that he was set to host another program aimed at kids. Well, Bill Nye Saves the World on Netflix is definitely not designed for a young audience, and viewers have seen episodes cover everything from marijuana to sexually transmitted diseases. Bill Nye recently spoke with CinemaBlend about his Netflix show, and he had this to say about why he went in a more adult direction:
Unbeknownst to those kids who only recognized Bill Nye for his work as a host and educator on Bill Nye the Science Guy, he has actually been furthering science on adult platforms for many years. Instead of just doing Bill Nye the Science Guy 2.0 with his new show, he decided to go in a direction that would address the adults who are ready to expand their knowledge of science beyond what they learned as kids.
There's certainly no shortage of topics to cover for adults. Nobody knows everything there is to know about science, not even Bill Nye himself! In order to cover as much information as accurately as possible while still maintaining the fun on Bill Nye Saves the World, he brings in experts to weigh in on complex issues of science. According to Nye, Netflix has really enabled him to do more on television than was ever possible on broadcast television:
Netflix is undeniably king when it comes to streaming TV shows, and the service has given Bill Nye and the rest of the team at Bill Nye Saves the World the resources and freedom to do whatever produces the best result rather than cram everything into a set number of minutes per episode. Certain topics and demonstrations on Bill Nye Saves the World simply warrant more coverage than would be possible in 22 or 28 minutes, as might be required of a show on broadcast television. The new show has been able to reinvent itself and try new things in the season and a half that have aired so far, and there are still more episodes to come.
Of course, in this day and age, not everybody is going to agree on whether or not a show works, and Bill Nye has received his fair share of attention from social media trolls. That said, he went on in our chat to reveal the kind of positive reactions he's gotten from people he meets in person:
Taking his new show in an adult direction has clearly been a good thing for some viewers who had been fans of his work back when they were kids. While seeing him use more mature language and tackle topics that definitely never came up on Bill Nye the Science Guy was undoubtedly a shock to the system to those who only knew him as the Science Guy host, he's proven that he brings the same love of science and demonstration to Bill Nye Saves the World.
The first season and a half of Bill Nye Saves the World are available streaming on Netflix now, and the second half of Season 2 will debut at some point. If you're also in the mood for some of Bill Nye's earlier work, you can find a collection of more than thirty episodes of Bill Nye the Science Guy streaming on Netflix as well. Our 2018 Netflix premiere schedule can fill you in on even more streaming options courtesy of Netflix, and our midseason TV premiere guide is worth a look as well.
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