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>
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 »
[opening her window]
Yo? Yes, yo?
What has three feet but cannot walk?
A yard! Get it, yard? He he, guess I mowed you down, huh? Mowed!
Oh, Larry, you are such a cut-up.
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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 »
I remember watching this show and absolutely loving it. It was thoroughly entertaining. It was so entertaining that you forgot they were trying to teach you math. Mathman (a pacman-like character) and Mathnet were my favorite parts of the show, but it was overall good entertaining math learnin' fun. It should be revived for today's generation. They could use some good entertainment, not to mention the basic math skills they would learn.
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