3-2-1 Contact

“3-2-1 Contact is the secret, is the moment… when everything happens.”

Just how great were the 80s? Well, look no further than our last two posts. Yesterday we sung the praises of the raw and unapologetic N.W.A. and their first album Straight Outta Compton. Today, we’re goin’ all PBS on yo ass with 3-2-1 Contact.


For eight years, 3-2-1 Contact was a mainstay on public television. Who says TV rots your brain, right? Not only did you not have to talk your mom into letting you watch this beloved bit of television greatness, chances are she actually insisted.

Science, art, and technology were all front and center as the Contact crew learned (and taught) all about cool new things. Whether it was how a synthesizer worked or what it was like to give birth, we were there to take it all in.

And even though we were sitting in our den with our crackers and apple juice, it was like we were still in school. But somehow we didn’t mind.

Cool songs, nifty animation, and interesting people helped make 3-2-1 Contact one of our favorite shows in the 80s. From ‘nice’ topics like ecology and computers to harder-edged fare like AIDS and the effects of drugs, we ate it all up like it was, well… crackers and apple juice.

Plus, every so often we also got to tag along with The Bloodhound Gang as they solved the mystery du jour. It was like Encyclopedia Brown had come to life on our TV! Sweet!

The show came to an end in 1988, but it managed to continue on in repeats and in a ‘classroom’ version until 1992. Not that we’re biased, but if there was ever a show that could stand to be revived for today’s Spongebob-saturated children, it’s this one.

3-2-1 Contact is brought to you by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Viewers Like You… and Best of the 80s.

We ♥ 3-2-1 Contact.


~ by weheart80s on July 14, 2011.

2 Responses to “3-2-1 Contact”

  1. I absolutely loved 3-2-1 contact. I remember racing home to make sure I caught the beginning. Who were the hosts of the program? I remember thinking they were all cool. And the Bloodhound Gang were awesome! I loved every story. Remember when they formed that Rap/Punk band? Huh? Not the same thing? Sorry, my bad.

  2. Jeffrey– I never realized it at the time, but there seemed to be a revolving door of hosts. According to Wiki, there were no fewer than a dozen different hosts during the show’s run: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3-2-1_Contact

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