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3-2-1 Contact 

TV-Y7 | | Family | TV Series (1980–1992)
A children's show explaining various principles of science and their applications.
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1988   1987   1986   1984   1983   1980  
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 13 wins & 34 nominations. See more awards »

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In this series, we follow the explorations of kids as they explore science in its various fields with experiments, films, cartoons and demonstrations. To highlight these principles application in an entertaining way, we also watch the cases of the Bloodhound Gang, a group of kids who are junior detectives for a private detective agency who use simple scientific knowledge, research and deduction to solve the crimes they encounter. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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14 January 1980 (USA)  »

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3, 2, 1, Contacto  »

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(225 episodes and 8 specials)

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1.33 : 1
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There was a special four part Bloodhound Gang segment involving the lnstitute for the Study of ldentical Twins; the director's twin brother portrayed the villain. l have no ldea why this segment was so long, but it was either meant to be aired as a seperate show for copyright purposes or to advertise the lnstitute. See more »

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A little "Zoom" mingled with some "Mr. Wizard"
15 September 2000 | by See all my reviews

I saw probably the entire first season and I agree the show gradually became a little stale in following years.

Of course there was the bouncy theme song with a disco vibe, that included lines like "Contact/ it's the reason/ it's the moment/ when everything happens./ Contact.../ Let's make contact." Sounds vaguely like a proposition. Making science sexy, maybe. Someone should record a club remix.

Part of the footage that played along with this (aside from a Saturn V lift-off, an arc lamp, and I think an earth-mover) was of a frog wiping spittle off its eye in slow motion. This made me gag, especially since it came right before a slobbering infant. Of all the stock footage available, they chose two cuts with saliva to illustrate the wonders of the natural world.

All in all, it was a pretty good show. I didn't care for the fictional segment ("The Bloodhound Gang"), and I was embarrassed by its theme song.

It is probably difficult to make a show like this, since the children with an interest in science probably know a lot of the basics already, yet the ones with only a passing interest are the real target audience, since the makers wanted more to instill curiosity than to inform. There is no way this show could be considered to teach with any degree of rigor. It was essentially a succession of appealing or curious images that could be easily explained, with a sort of Encyclopedia Brown show tacked on.


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