Mr. Wizard’s World

Hey kids… wanna learn how to blow up your house? Set things on fire? Cause hours and hours of mayhem?

Well, you’ve come to the right place, because today is the day that we sing the praises of Nickelodeon’s classic kids show… Mr. Wizard’s World.

Starring everyone’s favorite creepy old man, the show debuted in 1983 and lasted until 1990, though only 78 episodes were produced. (Let’s just say there were a LOT of repeats…)

Don Herbert was a self-taught science geek who actually began his TV career in 1951 with Watch Mr. Wizard in Chicago. When the 80s rolled around, and a little channel called Nickelodeon was just starting out, Herbert decided it was time to bring Mr. Wizard back.

And, oh boy, were we glad he did.

Each half-hour show was split up into a half-dozen or so segments (“New Frontiers”, “Quick Quiz”, “Everyday Magic”), and we all got a super-fun, super-easy science lesson every day, right there in our living room.

Sometimes the experiments were on the bland side (learn how to make big bubbles using dish soap), but every so often we saw the wonderful things dry ice could do, how flashpaper would ignite into a fireball and then disappear, and how to explode the nipple on your baby sister’s bottle using a can of club soda.

Sweet.

Helping Mr. Wizard with all of his tricks was a gaggle of our-age kids (the names aren’t familiar, but we guarantee you recognized at least a few faces in that video, right?). It’s no wonder Mr. Wizard’s World was such a big hit.

These days, the late Mr. Herbert is often taken out of context, spoofed on Saturday Night Live, and is even the topic of a particularly unflattering supercut, but we’ll always love him.

Heck–– if nothing else, he was a helluva lot more interesting than our REAL science teacher.

We ♥ Mr. Wizard’s World.

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~ by weheart80s on July 19, 2012.

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