Bill Nye made his first on-screen appearance in the closing live-action segments of Back to the Future: The Animated Series (1991-92), performing science experiments in the video encyclopedia files that viewers could try for themselves at home using everyday objects and/or substances, while Christopher Lloyd as Dr. Emmett Brown explained the principle in narration. Nye normally never spoke while carrying out the experiments, though he did have a single line in one episode of the show.
These segments would eventually lead to Nye getting his own science show, Bill Nye the Science Guy, in 1993, in which he retained the lab coat and bow tie he had worn for Back to the Future: The Animated Series.
In 2013, Nye appeared as himself in an episode of The Big Bang Theory, "The Proton Displacement", as a new friend of Sheldon Cooper, only to later file a restraining order on him. He reappeared in the 2018 episode "The Conjugal Configuration" briefly answering a prank call from Neil deGrasse Tyson.
Behind the scenes
- Nye's own show, Bill Nye the Science Guy, ended in 1998, the year that saw the release of The Powerpuff Girls, whose main character, Blossom, is voiced by Cathy Cavadini, who voiced Jennifer Parker in Back to the Future: The Animated Series.
- After Bill Nye the Science Guy ended, Nye's original lab coat was put on display in the "T for Television" exhibit in the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.
- Bill Nye's complete bio, which is available in PDF format on the Press Kit page of the official Bill Nye the Science Guy website (see 'External links' below)