A favorite childhood memory for several millennials is watching Bill Nye the Science Guy's 30 minute show on PBS. Both informative and entertaining, Nye was such an instrumental part of children of the 90's upbringings that even today, the show’s theme song is still embedded in people’s minds. Just singing the very first part of the song will be met with a resounding chant of “BILL BILL BILL BILL." To thousands of people, ‘Bill Nye’ is synonymous with learning, 90’s nostalgia, and a fun and exciting introduction to the fundamentals of science.

Rarely are generational stereotypes fully representative of every single group, but a love of Bill Nye is applicable to virtually all 90’s kids. And guess what? Everyone’s favorite scientist is coming to a screen near you, if Netflix has their way.

Who is Bill Nye?

William Sanford “Bill” Nye received a mechanical engineering degree from Cornell University. He has received over 6 honorary doctorates from notable universities like Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has served as a professor at Cornell, written various books dealing with climate change and other scientific topics, been the acting CEO of The Planetary Society, and has even created several patents in conjunction with NASA.

He’s more than qualified to teach a widespread amount of people science. He’s much more of a scientist than, say, Sarah Palin.

Why target millennials?

Netflix is well aware of the captive audience it holds, and the new series will be targeted towards adults. After all, 90’s nostalgia is alive and well. Just look at how well Pokémon Go is doing. An app with less than 50 people working on it, few features, and more bugs than the likelihood of that newly spawned Pokémon being a Pidgey, and yet it has over 500 million downloads.

Nye’s audience may be all grown up, but now they’re the ones with spending power. Unlike other 90’s television icons named Bill, Nye has never really done anything to tarnish that love. In fact, he’s continually fostered that love throughout the years via YouTube videos. He’s often featured on videos dealing with hot button science issues like climate change, not to mention he’s expanded his brand by going on ABC’s ‘Dancing with the Stars.” Less than a month ago Nye was featured in a video hypothesizing ‘what if all the ice melted on Earth?” and it already has almost 3.5 million views.

The new series

The Science Guy has refused to fade into obscurity and has remained a constant source of scientifically accurate information. The IndieWire reports that the show will be called “Bill Nye Saves the World,” and is set to premiere next spring. According to the Netflix synopsis: “Each episode will tackle a topic from a scientific point of view, dispelling myths, and refuting anti-scientific claims that may be espoused by politicians, religious leaders or titans of industry.” This is going to be a show about facts, rather than partisan politics on both sides.

The show is set to have demonstrations, experiments, and guest stars.

Neil deGrasse Tyson and Bill Nye are known friends. If viewers are lucky, they may even collaborate on an episode or two.

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