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Popular Mechanics for Kids
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Directed by Jean-Louis Cote, Serge Marcil, Zsolt Luka, Sid Goldberg
Starring
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 72
Production
Producer(s) Jonathan Finkelstein
Production company(s) Global Television Network
Hearst Entertainment
Distributor Hearst Entertainment
Release
Original network Global TV
Original release 7 September 1997 (1997-09-07) – 11 February 2001 (2001-02-11)

Popular Mechanics for Kids (sometimes abbreviated to PMK) is a Canadian educational television program based on Popular Mechanics magazine. The program aired on Global TV from 1997 to 2001. It was notable for starting the careers of Elisha Cuthbert, Jay Baruchel, Tyler Kyte, and Vanessa Lengies. The show's intent was to teach viewers how things work. It was awarded the Parents Choice Award in 2003, and was nominated for the Gemini Awards.

Along with Elisha Cuthbert and Jay Baruchel, the cast included Charles Powell, nicknamed "Charlie" for the program, Tyler Kyte (who joined the show in the second season), and eventually Vanessa Lengies.

Overview

The program starts off with an overview of the episode. The hosts (Elisha, Tyler, Jay, and later Vanessa) then start their adventures on the show (amusement park, snowboarding, surfing, visiting a science museum, etc.) Throughout the adventures, short, educational segments are shown.

In the segment "Charlie's Experiment / Tip", host Charlie, and sometimes the other hosts, demonstrate an experiment. He sometimes answers frequently asked questions about related science topics. At the start of season 3, one of the hosts (usually Vanessa) would go on a third adventure. The show then comes to a close, with the co-hosts saying "See you next week!".

There have been four VHS videos called "How Do They Build?", hosted by a boy named Mike and a miniaturized man named Pop.

Segments

  • Maniac Brainiac
  • Cool Tool
  • Charlie's Experiment/Tip
  • Mechanix with Nix and Tix, later known as just Nix & Tix
  • Action!
  • Coming Up on PMK
  • Rewind
  • Fast Forward
  • FACTory
  • Under the Hood
  • Gear Gutz
  • Sparks
  • System Error
  • eXtreme

Episodes

List of Popular Mechanics for Kids episodes

Cast

Popular Mechanics for Kids cast
Popular Mechanics for Kids cast

Broadcast

The series aired in syndication in the United States, before moving to moving to Discovery Kids on Saturday mornings by the program's final season in 2001. Re-runs of the show continued to air on many channels until 2008. It piloted on BBC Kids and Discovery Kids in Canada until December 31, 2009. After the closure of Discovery Kids Canada, BBC Kids stopped airing reruns in all countries except Canada. The reruns on BBC Kids in Canada ended on May 14, 2011. As of 2013 re-runs of the show continue to air on Knowledge Network.

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