Bill Nye Saves the World

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Science guy proves points on more grown-up talk show.

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 22 reviews

Kids say

age 16+
Based on 8 reviews

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Positive Messages

A mixed bag. Nye's passion for his subjects can't be denied, and he's obviously well-read and prepared for the show. On the other hand, he has no use for contradicting opinions (even those also supported by science) and encourages his audience to laugh at those who oppose him. He does encourage viewers to get involved and be politically active for causes related to the issues.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Nye makes science fun, even if it is through a persona that's somewhat juvenile for this show's target audience. He and other experts raise matters that may make you think differently about what you believe, which is never a bad thing.

Violence
Sex

Some episodes raise issues related to human sexuality.

Language

"Sucks" infrequently.

 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Bill Nye Saves the World is intended for an audience older than the kids who have learned about science topics from the science guy's educational PBS series. Bill Nye takes strong positions on issues -- especially the timely matter of climate change, as well as pseudoscience and debunked myths. Some of the content deals with mature topics such as sex (from a scientific standpoint), and all of it requires a certain level of prior understanding to follow the show's discussions. There's less tangible science at work than in Nye's previous projects as well, so the quirky engineer plays talk show host more than lab instructor. His approach is also less than measured, often poking fun at those he's attempting to prove wrong. Older teens may appreciate this super-skeptical talk show, but little ones will want to stick to his earlier kid-friendly work.

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Adult Written byEric C April 26, 2017

Perverse brainwashing

I remember Bill Nye from my childhood and was excited to share it with my son. I very much regret that choice now.

This show has nothing to do with real scienc... Continue reading
Parent of a 9 and 11-year-old Written bykarenh11 April 25, 2017

Absolutely NOT for children.

The 13+ rating given here is too low, given the lewd content in the sexuality episode. I can't speak about the rest of the episodes yet, but because of th... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byAjone178 April 30, 2017

Disappointing for someone who was taught science on the originals

I am barely old enough to remember Bill Nye treaching lots of science to me in primary school, and was exited to see he would come back in 2017 for a more matur... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byCooltiger37 August 20, 2018

Disgusting

It's really, really sad that Bill Nye had to turn from a wonderful host of a great kids' show into an obnoxious jerk who mocks anyone who disagrees wi... Continue reading

What's the story?

Celebrated science guy Bill Nye returns to the screen on BILL NYE SAVES THE WORLD, in which he tackles controversial issues such as the applications of artificial intelligence and the importance of space travel with the help of correspondents. Using basic lab demonstrations, Nye introduces a topic and talks about its implications now and as they're projected for the future. He also moderates panel discussions with scientists and writers, attempts to debunk fake science, and encourages viewers to take action in support of related causes.

Is it any good?

In contrast with Nye's previous work for young audiences, this series takes a much more serious tone in contemplating the issues it raises. He doesn't beat around the bush in taking a position on each matter, always presenting his stance as fact supported by "real science" and dismissing opposing views as the stuff of deniers. Viewers who come to this show without solid opinions on either side of the issues he raises will find themselves swayed by his obvious passion for the subjects, but he can be a bit mean-spirited, which might be a turnoff to some. 

While Nye's goofy demeanor has always worked well for young viewers and helped him teach scientific truths in a fun way, it doesn't quite match the intelligence of the teens and adults in Bill Nye Saves the World's audience. Even the studio audience seems hesitant to laugh at his quips and play to his silly gags, which often dumb down the grown-up content he presents. The bottom line? If you love Bill Nye in every form and can overlook his uneasiness in this new role, then this series will make you think about issues you may or may not have contemplated before.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • What determines science or news that's real or fake? Does opinion have any place in that discussion? Do you agree with all of Nye's stances in Bill Nye Saves the World? If not, where do you get facts to support your side?

  • How well do you think Nye's unique brand of humor translates to this kind of show? Did it keep your interest throughout? Did you learn anything?

  • About which issues are you most passionate? Do you take action on them? Are you involved in politics?

  • How does Nye demonstrate curiosity? Why is this an important character strength

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