Mathnet (1987–1992)

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Series cast summary:
 Officer George Frankly / ... (30 episodes, 1987-1992)
 Sgt. Kate Monday / ... (19 episodes, 1987-1990)


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26 January 1987 (USA)  »

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There was serious discussion of a revival of Mathnet as its own program on the ABC network. However, CTW refused to franchise the show to ABC and discussions ultimately went nowhere. See more »


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A novel way to teach math.
13 May 2004 | by (Orlando, Florida) – See all my reviews

'Mathnet' was a pretty good way of getting kids to think about practical applications of math. It also simplifies mathematical equations to show that math doesn't have to be so overwhelming, especially when dealing with geometry and algebra.

A parody of the detective series, 'Dragnet,' the detectives would embark on an investigation during each episode which required math to solve the crime. I remember it being pretty predictable when I got older, but then again, this was just a show for young kids, as was the rest of PBS's 'Square One'.

The show had a lot of familiar faces, both noteable celebrities as well as some of the main cast who still bounces around in minor television roles these days. One viewer had commented on the production values of the show, as it was usually shot on location and with film stock rather than videotape. PBS did pump money into this little show, and I think they came up with a good educational show.

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