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Release Date:
14 January 1980 (USA) See more »
A children's show explaining various principles of science and their applications. Full summary »
Won Primetime Emmy. Another 13 wins & 34 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
One of my favorite shows growing up. See more (13 total) »


 (Series Cast Summary - 3 of 31)
David Quinn ... Himself (78 episodes, 1986-1988)
Debra Shapiro ... Herself (36 episodes, 1986-1988)
Todd A. Rolle ... Himself (33 episodes, 1986-1988)

Series Directed by
Ozzie Alfonso (73 episodes, 1983-1988)

Christopher Dixon (unknown episodes)
Alan Goldstein (unknown episodes)
Katerina Monemvassitis (unknown episodes)
Series Writing credits
Ozzie Alfonso (8 episodes, 1986)
Franklin Getchel (3 episodes, 1986)

Michael Winship (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Ginger Brown .... producer (107 episodes, 1980-1988)
Joan Ganz Cooney .... executive producer (107 episodes, 1980-1988)
Sheila L. Kogan .... field producer (6 episodes, 1988)
Al Hyslop .... executive producer (1 episode, 1983-1988)

Kathy Mendoza .... executive producer (unknown episodes, 1980)
Sue Jett .... producer (unknown episodes)
Anne MacLeod Hoffman .... executive producer (unknown episodes)
Linda Marmelstein .... executive producer / producer (unknown episodes)
Series Original Music by
Tom Anthony (1 episode, 1980)
Series Film Editing by
Iris Cahn (10 episodes, 1983-1988)
John Purcell (4 episodes, 1983-1988)
Series Makeup Department
Lee Halls .... makeup artist (unknown episodes)
Michael R. Thomas .... makeup artist (unknown episodes)
Series Production Management
Judith Webb .... production manager (1 episode, 1983)

Debbie Sarjeant .... production manager: exteriors (unknown episodes)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jan Cornell .... associate director (1 episode, 1980)
Don Sullivan .... associate director (1 episode, 1980)
Series Sound Department
John Purcell .... sound editor (5 episodes, 1988)
Ken Hahn .... sound re-recording mixer (1 episode, 1983)

Mel Becker .... sound (unknown episodes)
Philip F. Falcone .... sound (unknown episodes)
Michael Kirchberger .... supervising sound editor (unknown episodes)
Tim Lester .... sound (unknown episodes)
Dick Maitland .... sound effects (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Stephen H. Lewis .... still photographer (5 episodes, 1988)

Miguel Armstrong .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
Frank Biondo .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
John Feher .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
Ed Hinch .... tape operator (unknown episodes)
Ferdinand Manning .... lighting director (unknown episodes)
Jay Millard .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
Paul Mirasola .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
Randy Nordstrom .... lighting director (unknown episodes)
Alain Onesto .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
Charles Shoemaker .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
Dick Smith .... tape operator (unknown episodes)
Ben Wilder .... tape operator (unknown episodes)
Steve Zinn .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
Series Animation Department
Helena Fierlinger .... animator: specific segments (unknown episodes, 1980)
Paul Fierlinger .... animator: specific segments (unknown episodes, 1980)
Cliff Roberts .... animator: specific segments (unknown episodes, 1980)
Series Editorial Department
Mark Oberthaler .... on-line editor (88 episodes, 1983-1988)

Sharon Blackwell .... post-production coordinator (unknown episodes)
Series Music Department
Susan Ring .... composer: additional music (1 episode, 1988)

Martha Jane Webber .... composer: theme "The Bloodhound Gang" (unknown episodes)
Series Other crew
Martin Begley .... technical director (19 episodes, 1980)

Dana Calderwood .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Janet Cohen .... associate director (unknown episodes)
Rita Devlin .... production coordinator (unknown episodes)
Marty Gaujenieks .... video (unknown episodes)
Renee Goldkorn .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Charlene Harrington .... stage manager (unknown episodes)
Jean MacLean .... associate director (unknown episodes)
Lee Matis .... travel coordinator (unknown episodes)
Gordon McClelland .... associate director (unknown episodes)
Eleanor McIntosh .... studio manager (unknown episodes)
Ralph Mensch .... technical director (unknown episodes)
Richard Norton .... finance director (unknown episodes)
Don Sullivan .... stage manager (unknown episodes)
Jo Umans .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Hal Warner .... technical director (unknown episodes)
Ron Weaver .... director of operations (unknown episodes)
Ben Wilder .... video (unknown episodes)
Andrew Carl Wilk .... associate director (unknown episodes)
Joan Wood .... associate director (unknown episodes)
Paul C. York .... video (unknown episodes)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
USA:30 min (225 episodes and 8 specials)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
USA:TV-Y7 | USA:TV-G (1980-1992)

Did You Know?

This children's program has a connection to the movie "The Warriors"as 2 of the 3 original hosts Leon W. Grant and Ginny Ortiz had small cameos in the movie, along with the late Marcelino Sánchez who was featured in both The "Bloodhound Gang" segments on 321 Contact and as "Rembrandt" one of the titular "Warriors".See more »


Who sings/plays the theme song?
Who sings/plays the theme song to the skit know as "The Bloodhound Gang?"
What are the lyrics to the theme song to the skit known as "The Bloodhound Gang?"
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
One of my favorite shows growing up., 24 April 2001
Author: Timothy R. Winters (SiKnight) from Northern California

Back in 1980, when I was in 3rd grade, I remember a brand new show premiering on PBS called 3-2-1 Contact. At that time, I had just started getting interested in science. Since I didn't have cable, and Mr. Wizard I had never heard of at the time, I found this show to be very interesting. It became an after school routine for me to watch, looking forward to what they had planned to teach that week. For those of you who've never watched it, they would to devote an entire week on a particular subject, which really kept you watching if it was something that interested you (or kept you changing the channel if you were bored by it, something that never happened to me on this show).

3-2-1 Contact really inspired me to maintain an interest in science ever since then. It was 3-2-1 Contact that got my interest in computers back then, which turned out to be a lucrative career for me. I also used to subscribe to the magazine they had by the same name (also published by Children's Television Workshop who created Sesame Street and The Electric Company).

All in all, I'd have to say that this was a very wonderful series to learn from, and now that it's on Noggin a new generation of kids can learn from it. My young son and I watch it together now, and he's learning a lot from it.

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