3-2-1 Contact (1980)

Forty years ago today, the television show 3-2-1 Contact premiered on PBS. I loved this show, it had everything: science, mystery, adventure. There’s an episode below, you should watch it.

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Created by: Samuel Y. Gibbon Jr.
Theme music composer: Tom Anthony
No. of seasons: 7
No. of episodes: 225 (and 8 specials)
Running time: 30 minutes
Production company: Children’s Television Workshop
Original network: PBS
Stereo: (1985–1988)
Original release: January 14, 1980 – November 18, 1988

3-2-1 Contact is an American science educational television show that aired on PBS from 1980 to 1988, with an adjoining children’s magazine. The show also aired reruns on Noggin from 1999 to 2002. The show, a production of the Children’s Television Workshop (now known as Sesame Workshop), teaches scientific principles and their applications. Dr. Edward G. Atkins, who was responsible for much of the scientific content of the show, felt that the TV program would not replace a classroom but would encourage viewers to ask questions about the scientific purpose of things.

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