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 16+
Based on 20 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 9 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 13, 15, and 17-year-old Written byMedia expert 27 April 25, 2017

There's a big difference between science and atheism mr nye

I grew up watching this guy even in school​ and never had any problems with him yes he was stupid but that was about it then years later I found out ol bill wa... Continue reading
Adult Written byJames L. May 3, 2017

Don't Bother Watching This Garbage

When I first began seeing the ads for this show, I will admit I was optimistic, but the second I watched it myself those feelings quickly died down. This show... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written bybggfeb26 January 5, 2018

A really great advance in Bill Nye’s career

What so many people on this sight are obviously confused about is that this show is not targeted at elementary schoolers and this is not the same Bill Nye’s the... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byDravenW August 6, 2017

Great for Teens (But Older I Repeat Older Teens)

This show was great to watch as a 14 year old! It reminds me of the old Bill Nye The Science guy show, but less cheesy, and covers important world issues we fac... 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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