Beakman’s World

Beakman's World

In the 50s, there was Mr. Wizard’s World to explain the ways of science to young television viewers. The torch, or Bunsen burner, as it were, was passed in the 90s to Beakman’s World, an educational series featuring a scientist with humongous hair named Beakman, who would answer questions sent in by young viewers.

How do cats purr? Why are bubbles round? What are fossils? All of life’s mysteries (well, a portion of them at least) have been answered by Beakman (known in real life as Paul Zaloom) during the show’s respectable run. That’s why a successful experiment often resulted in Beakman exclaiming “Zaloom!” (There, another of life’s little mysteries solved).

Based on the comic strip You Can With Beakman and Jax, Beakman used his laboratory environment to conduct experiments that would answer various questions. A group of assistants including Liza, Josie, Phoebe, and a sarcastic human dressed as a rat named Lester would do their best to help Beakman.

And far away in the South Pole, a couple of puppet penguins named Don and Herb (a nod to Don Herbert, TVs Mister Wizard) would watch along via their half-frozen television and offer their own running commentary.

Debuting in 1992 on The Learning Channel (as well as in syndication) the show garnered almost-immediate acclaim from teachers, parents and critics and became a quick hit with the kids, who appreciated the quirky characters and fun approach to science. Original episodes were created until 1998 but Beakman’s World still appears around the world in syndication to this day.

If you learned a thing or two from Beakman’s World as a kid, we’d love to hear all of your memories of this classic educational show in our comments section below.

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