When learning about science at a young age, it never hurts to make the process as fun as possible. After all, absorbing large amounts of complex information can be made much easier – and more attention-grabbing – if one only adds a little entertainment value to the equation. For a large swath of millennials, there was no more entertaining source for scientific knowledge than Bill Nye, a mechanical engineer turned TV host.
From 1993 to 1998, Nye wrote, produced, and hosted Bill Nye the Science Guy, a PBS series dedicated to making science education both a fun and interesting experience for kids. Appropriately enough, many kids were likely introduced to Nye’s show in an actual classroom, as Nye’s segments proved popular with teachers. Still, that association with schoolwork hasn’t stopped both the show and Nye himself from being elevated to almost rock star status among those who grew up with his amusing lessons.
This spring, Nye begins the next phase of his TV career, hosting a science-based talk show called Bill Nye Saves the World on Netflix. The streaming giant has released the official trailer for Saves the World season 1 – which is set to drop all at once, just like Netflix’s original narrative programs – which looks to provide both new and old fans of the “Science Guy” with a hilarious good time. Like most Netflix shows, season 1 will consist of 13 episodes.
Despite having his name in the title, Nye won’t be shouldering the burden of saving the world alone, as he’ll be joined a regular panel of contributors. This four-person team includes former Victoria’s Secret model Karlie Kloss, popular YouTube presenter Derek Muller, stand-up comedian Nazeem Hussain, and fellow science TV show host/producer Emily Calandrelli. Each episode is set to tackle a different main topic, examining it from a scientific point of view, as well as debunking myths and factual inaccuracies related to the subject.
In addition to Nye and his regular correspondents, Saves the World season 1 will also welcome appearances by multiple celebrities. Just some of these famous guests include former Community star Joel McHale, Scrubs‘ resident best buds Zach Braff and Donald Faison, and The CW’s titular Crazy Ex-Girlfriend herself, Rachel Bloom. It’s unclear whether Netflix plans to continue the series past season 1, but one assumes that if Saves the World proves even half as popular as Science Guy, its renewal chances will end up being quite high indeed.
Bill Nye Saves the World season 1 premieres Friday, April 21, on Netflix.