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Square One Television 

Square One TV (original title)
A kids anthology show that humorously illustrates various elements of mathematics.
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Joe Howard ...  Officer George Frankly 32 episodes, 1987-1992
Larry Cedar ...  Various 29 episodes, 1987-1992
Cynthia Darlow ...  Various 27 episodes, 1987-1992
Beverly Mickins Beverly Mickins ...  Various 26 episodes, 1987-1992
Arthur Howard Arthur Howard ...  Various 26 episodes, 1987-1992
Cris Franco Cris Franco ...  Various 25 episodes, 1987-1992
Reg E. Cathey ...  Various 24 episodes, 1987-1992
Luisa Leschin Luisa Leschin ...  Various 18 episodes, 1987-1992
Beverly Leech ...  Sgt. Kate Monday 18 episodes, 1987-1990
Jim Thurman Jim Thurman ...  Glitch / ... 15 episodes, 1987-1992
Toni Di Buono Toni Di Buono ...  Sgt. Pat Tuesday 14 episodes, 1991-1992
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Storyline

In this sketch comedy series for preteens, principles of mathematics are presented through parody and music videos. Also featured is a mock video game called "Mathman," the bumbling cartoon detective Dirk Niblick, and a farcical serial called "Mathnet." In "Mathnet" (a parody of "Dragnet") Los Angeles detectives George Frankly and Kate Monday (and later Pat Tuesday) solve various capers with the help of mathematics. Written by Jonathan Ruskin <JonRuskin@aol.com>

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Comedy | Family | Music

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TV-Y7 | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 January 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Square One Television See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (230 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Originally intended to be "That's Mathematics", with Tom Lehrer's song of the same name as the theme. However, the show's title was changed, so the song was dropped. See more »

Quotes

Mathman's Instructor: True or False: Curly haired people from Detroit is better in math than anybody else.
Mr. Glitch: True! Everybody in Detroit knows that!
[Eats the T, and buzzer sounds]
MathMan: [as the center screen reads it's false] That's the most absorb thing I have heard in days. Isn't it right, MathDog?
MathDog: Bark Bark!
MathMan: All source of people are good at math. Kids, Adults, Girls, And boys. I cannot believe you went for that, Mr. Glitch.
Mr. Glitch: Aw you don't, Well perhaps I did.
MathMan: Sick him, MathDog!
MathDog: MathDog, MathDog, MathDog, MathDog,
Mr. Glitch: Hey! Hey! ...
[...]
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Alternate Versions

The Mathnet segment has apparently been syndicated or released to video separately (see "Mathnet" (1987) ). At least one Mathnet movie compiled from Square One segments was broadcast by PBS. See more »

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Why is this sitting in the vaults!?!
23 August 2004 | by mileshSee all my reviews

Having seen so many of the videotapes I erased of Square One TV, I feel like such a dummy for not keeping them. The show has been gone for 10 years, and no network in my area is showing reruns of the episodes. PBS won't even air Mathnet either!

Square One TV was an amazing and fun show for the young and the old. It was more than just a math show. It also had tongue-in-cheek music videos ("Less Than Zero" is one of my favourites), David Numberman, Dirk Niblick, Piece of the Pie...and of course, MATHNET! I couldn't really decide if I liked the early ones (in LA with Kate Monday) or the later ones (in NYC with Pat Tuesday) better. But each show was quite fun! Some fans of action movies, however, probably wouldn't like Mathnet because George and Kate/Pat used calculators instead of guns. Boy, taking a stroll down Memory Lane makes me hyper!

Still, I wish PBS would quit hiding this show in the vaults, and, if they won't license it to another company, just release it on DVD. I'd buy all the episodes! Because my videotapes (if any) are wearing out, and I'd love to have a piece of my early years back again!

If anybody out there from PBS is reading this, I hope they understand my plea!


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