Netflix Spotlight: Beakman’s World

Posted on Dec 15, 2012 by 2 Comments
Netflix Spotlight: Beakman’s World

Since we dropped our cable service, my son relies on Netflix’s streaming video for his entertainment. One of his favorite shows at the moment is Beakman’s World.

I enjoyed watching Beakman’s World with my younger brother when it first came out in 1992, so it’s kind of neat for me to see my son enjoying the same show now.

If you’ve never seen this program, the basic premise is that an eccentric scientist named Beakman performs various kid-friendly experiments with the help of his friends. There are lots of jokes sprinkled throughout every episode, so it’s entertaining as well as educational.

Beakman’s lab rat Lester is my son’s favorite character in the show since he provides the “comic relief” for many of the experiments. (My son loves jokes almost as much as he loves science!)

I’m not one of those people who believes that all television shows should be educational, but I do feel like my son is learning something from watching this program. He can tell you what the scientific method is, why some people have allergies, and how electricity creates power for all his favorite electronic gadgets.

Currently, there are four seasons of Beakman’s World to watch on Netflix. Seasons 1, 2, and 4 each have 26 episodes, while Season 3 has 13 episodes. All of the episodes are 21 minutes long, so this is a good show to steer your kids toward if you don’t want them spending hours in front of the TV.

What’s really interesting about Beakman’s World being on Netflix is that you can’t buy the individual seasons on DVD. There was a 2004 DVD release called The Best of Beakman’s World, but that only features experiments and segments from The Beakman Challenge.

If you have use Netflix’s streaming video service, I’d love to hear what’s at the top of your Instant Queue!

Photo credit: Netflix

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Dana Hinders

Dana Hinders lives in Iowa with her husband and son. She has been a freelance writer since shortly after earning her degree in journalism from The University of Iowa in 2003. She writes extensively about parenting, crafts, and creative ways to save money. Visit her at

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  • Brooke

    My daughter likes Pingu, and Pocoyo. I’ve never had cable and don’t watch ANY network television, we’re netflix all the way! We both miss when netflix used to offer The Wiggles on instant streaming.


    We pretty much get all our TV from Netflix and Youtube and Amazon Prime. We don’t have cable either. I love Beakman’s world for the way he makes science interesting and fun for the kids. If your kids are a little older, I would suggest the Ted Talks and/or the Nova … especially don’t miss the Science Now shows with Neil deGrasse Tyson. Science doesn’t seem to be a big priority in public school, and these shows not only help fill that gap, they help my kids really fall in LOVE with science.