Watch Mr. Wizard December 29, 1956-USA VHS
NBC-TV, sponsored by The Cereal Institute. DON HERBERT and his young visitor Susan study "Explosions." Starting with bursting balloons and ending with the hydrogen bomb! One of televisions better educational shows; the experiments performed by "Mr. Wizard" are fascinating even to adults. Several explosions take place in the studio, the H-Bomb is detonated by analogy, fortunately for the TV studio. One experiment realizes it was on live TV and fails to work. The rest go off with a satisfying roar. In its 16 years on the air, a whole generation of scientists was introduced to physics and chemistry through "Mr. Wizard." 30 minutes.
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Look at this - 1956 - way ahead of Sputnik and the push for science education, Don Herbert was there. View it from an historical perspective, it's cool. Watch it for the science, it's still cool.
(For some reason, mine arrived with a DVD version, too, probably because VHS was heading the way of Beta, Super-8 and ASA10 Kodachrome I.)
The forth item on this DVD is an episode of arguably the first truely interactive series ever aired on a major TV network. It's called "Winky Dink and You", and though it's of considerable historic interest as an example of innovative 50's TV, it's not very watchable as a program, and is the weakest aspect of this budget DVD (plus, it's in fairly poor condition, unlike the 3 "Mr Wizard" episodes, which look very good for their age).
Each of the 3 "Mr Wizard" episodes runs about 28 minutes, "Winky Dink" runs approx half-hour, though I don't remember the exact time.
Regardless, those interested in the history of television will find much to enjoy here, and yes, it does have considerable nostalgia value too.