Friday, March 26, 2010

Can You Guess This TV Theme? #38 - Answer

Congratulations to Kate for being the fastest person to answer this week's 'Can You Guess This TV Theme?'! 'Mr. Wizard's World', the children's science show hosted by Donald Herbert, was often imitated, but never duplicated....

In 1950, the late great Donald 'Mr. Wizard' Herbert created the idea for a science experiment show for a television audience. NBC executives fell in love with idea, and 'Watch Mr. Wizard' was born in 1951. During the show, Mr. Wizard would perform exciting experiments, with a young assistant, that could be recreated in the viewers home with everyday items. 547 live episodes were created, and Mr. Wizard won a Peabody Award for excellence in Television, before the show was canceled in 1965.

Following the cancellation of 'Watch Mr. Wizard', Donald 'Mr. Wizard' Herbert wrote books on science and filmed many science-themed films and commercials.

In 1983, Mr Herbert developed 'Mr. Wizard's World', a faster-paced version of 'Watch Mr. Wizard', for Nickelodeon. "Everything on the show I learned by doing it,” Mr. Herbert said. I learned sooooooo much from Mr. Wizard. Way more than I ever learned from any science classes.

Did you know that Don Herbert was a guest on the first ever episode of Late Night with David Letterman in 1982?

Check it out..... This is an awesome example of 'Mr. Wizard's World'! Watch as he explains siphons!


  1. I met him once while on vacation. we just happened to bump into him while we were travelling. I was so geeked.

  2. WTG Kate!!!!! My hubs would be sad I missed this one. He is a big fan. I never really watched it, though. I was into Marty and Kroft shows back then:)

  3. Watched this like it was job on Nickelodeon growing up.

  4. I still have to admit: I've never heard of this tv show either!! Maybe next week!:D

  5. I used to LOVE that show! Mr Wizard was Da Bomb :)

  6. He used to creep me out. Something about him wearing goggles with young kids. I don't know, maybe it's just me.

  7. That was my friend Kate who named the tune - my friends were going nuts over it on my FB page. Ha ha! I don't think I ever really watched that show. I def heard of it though.

    Tales Of A Fourth Grade Nothing

  8. David Letterman has been around since 1982?!!!


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