Weird but True!

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Weird but True!
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Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes43
Release
Original networkNational Geographic Kids (Seasons 1-2)
Disney+ (Season 3-present)
Original releaseSeptember 10, 2016 (2016-09-10)
External links
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Weird but True! is an American educational television show created by and starring Charlie Engelman and co-starring his sister Kirby Engelman (seasons 1 and 2) and Carly Ciarrocchi (season 3). Originally airing on National Geographic Kids, it became a Disney+ Original for its third season, which debuted 14 August 2020.[1]

Inspired by the National Geographic book series of the same name, much of its style and heavy use of paper models created by the Engelmans are continued from their earlier National Geographic short video series Nature Boom Time.[2][3]

Description

Using crafting with paper products,[3] the Engelman siblings explore "weird but true" things about a broad-range of subjects, mostly focusing on science. They interview experts and travel to locations such as crime labs, amusement parks, and the Everglades to find answers to their questions and discover weird but true facts, often having their experts share their favorite one. Their other sister Casey appears as a guest star.

Episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
First releasedLast releasedNetwork
117September 10, 2016 (2016-09-10)September 30, 2017 (2017-09-30)National Geographic Kids
213October 7, 2017 (2017-10-07)October 6, 2018 (2018-10-06)
313August 14, 2020 (2020-08-14)November 6, 2020 (2020-11-06)Disney+

Season 1 (2016-2017)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
11"Space Rocks"TBATBASeptember 10, 2016 (2016-09-10)
22"Storm Chasers"TBATBASeptember 17, 2016 (2016-09-17)
33"Sunken Treasure"TBATBASeptember 24, 2016 (2016-09-24)
44"Dog Days"TBATBAOctober 1, 2016 (2016-10-01)
55"Sharks!"TBATBAOctober 8, 2016 (2016-10-08)
66"Animal Headgear"TBATBAOctober 15, 2016 (2016-10-15)
77"Survival 101"TBATBAOctober 22, 2016 (2016-10-22)
88"Alaska's Animals"TBATBAOctober 29, 2016 (2016-10-29)
99"Buggin' Out"TBATBANovember 5, 2016 (2016-11-05)
1010"Animal Invaders"TBATBANovember 12, 2016 (2016-11-12)
1111"Sense-Abilities"TBATBANovember 19, 2016 (2016-11-19)
1212"Roller Coasters"TBATBANovember 26, 2016 (2016-11-26)
1313"Kirby the Falconer"TBATBADecember 3, 2016 (2016-12-03)
1414"Caves"TBATBASeptember 9, 2017 (2017-09-09)
1515"Action Sports"TBATBASeptember 16, 2017 (2017-09-16)
1616"The Case of the Stolen Bike"TBATBASeptember 23, 2017 (2017-09-23)
1717"Astronauts"TBATBASeptember 30, 2017 (2017-09-30)

Season 2 (2017-2018)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
181"Paper Craftalanches & Recycling!"TBATBAOctober 7, 2017 (2017-10-07)
192"Race Cars"TBATBAOctober 14, 2017 (2017-10-14)
203"The Airplane Birthday"TBATBAOctober 21, 2017 (2017-10-21)
214"Sounds Good"TBATBANovember 25, 2017 (2017-11-25)
225"Trees! Big & Small"TBATBADecember 2, 2017 (2017-12-02)
236"The Volcano Science Fair Showdown"TBATBADecember 9, 2017 (2017-12-09)
247"Coral Reef Crazy"TBATBADecember 16, 2017 (2017-12-16)
258"Carnivorous Plants!"TBATBADecember 23, 2017 (2017-12-23)
269"Busy Bees"TBATBASeptember 1, 2018 (2018-09-01)
2710"The Egg Drop Challenge"TBATBASeptember 8, 2018 (2018-09-08)
2811"It's Electric!"TBATBASeptember 15, 2018 (2018-09-15)
2912"Master Crafters"TBATBASeptember 29, 2018 (2018-09-29)
3013"Animal Defense League"TBATBAOctober 6, 2018 (2018-10-06)

Season 3 (2020)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
311"Dinosaurs"TBATBAAugust 14, 2020 (2020-08-14)
322"National Parks"TBATBAAugust 21, 2020 (2020-08-21)
333"Farming"TBATBAAugust 28, 2020 (2020-08-28)
344"Germs"TBATBASeptember 4, 2020 (2020-09-04)
355"Photography"TBATBASeptember 11, 2020 (2020-09-11)
366"Trains"TBATBASeptember 18, 2020 (2020-09-18)
377"Venomous Animals"TBATBASeptember 25, 2020 (2020-09-25)
388"Our Solar System"TBATBAOctober 2, 2020 (2020-10-02)
399"Cooking"TBATBAOctober 9, 2020 (2020-10-09)
4010"Explorers"TBATBAOctober 16, 2020 (2020-10-16)
4111"Scuba Diving"TBATBAOctober 23, 2020 (2020-10-23)
4212"Rockets"TBATBAOctober 30, 2020 (2020-10-30)
4313"Camping"TBATBANovember 6, 2020 (2020-11-06)

Reception

While recommending season three on Disney+, The Washington Post describes Weird But True! as "humorous and informative tween-oriented show looks at a wide range of topics from a variety of science perspectives" and "[i]t's a great pick for tweens and grade school-age kids".[4]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Recipients Result
2017 Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Writing in a Children's, Pre-School Children's or Family Viewing Program Charlie Engelman Nominated
Outstanding Single Camera Editing Mike Varga (senior editor), Arthur 'Art' Citron (editor), Michael Novak (editor), Jocelyn Rose Tarquini (editor) Nominated
2018 Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Sound Editing - Live Action Mike Varga (supervising sound editor) Nominated
Outstanding Special Class Short Format Daytime James Introcaso (executive producer), Nathan Moore (executive producer). "Weird But True! Shorts". Nominated
2019 Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Educational or Informational Series National Geographic Kids Won[5]
Outstanding Directing for a Single Camera Lifestyle, Culinary, Travel or Educational and Informational Program Brandon Gulish (director), National Geographic Kids Nominated[6]

References

  1. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (July 15, 2020). "Nat Geo's 'Weird But True!' Moves To Disney+ For Season 3".
  2. ^ Swartz, Tracy. "Northfield resident, Northwestern graduate co-host kids science show coming to Disney Plus". chicagotribune.com.
  3. ^ a b "Nature Boom Time". Jackson Wild: Nature. Media. Impact.
  4. ^ "What to watch with your kids: 'Weird But True!,' 'The Grizzlies' and more" – via www.washingtonpost.com.
  5. ^ "Nominees (Program – Non-Drama) – 2019 Daytime Emmy® Awards – The Emmys". theemmys.tv.
  6. ^ "Nominees (Craft – Non-Drama) – 2019 Daytime Emmy® Awards – The Emmys". theemmys.tv.

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