Biz Kid$
StarringLauren Dupree,
Kaelon Horst,
Maia Lee,
Alexander Oki,
Amanda Powers,
Miriam Schwartz,
Austin Siedentopf,
Devon Stark,
Christina Marie Taylor,
Catherine Thompson,[citation needed]
Elizabeth Wright,
Pat Cashman,
John Keister
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons6
No. of episodes71 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producersJeannine Glista,
Erren Gottlieb,
Jamie Hammond,
James McKenna
Running time26 minutes
Production companyWXXI
DistributorAmerican Public Television
PBS Kids Go! (2008-2012)
PBS Kids (2017)
Release
Original releaseJanuary 6, 2008 (2008-01-06) –
June 20, 2017 (2017-06-20)

Biz Kid$ (stylized as biz KID$) is an American educational television series that teaches financial education and entrepreneurship to kids and teenagers. It uses sketch comedy, musical guests, guest and special guest appearances, and young actors to explain basic economic concepts.[1] Its motto is: "Where kids teach kids about money and business." Biz Kid$ has been described as comparable to KING-TV’s Almost Live!.

Production

Biz Kid$ was created by the producers of Bill Nye the Science Guy, the Emmy Award winning science show from the 1990s. Comedy sketches, spoofs of old TV shows and movies, commercial parodies, and silly antics are performed by a cast of Seattle teenage actors.

The first season of Biz Kid$, comprising 26 episodes, includes the lost episodes, was filmed in 2007. The second season, comprising 13 episodes, the lost episodes were included, began filming in April 2008. The crew traveled to various locations in the United States to film young entrepreneurs.

Cast

The Biz Kid$ cast is made up largely of teenage actors from the Seattle area. Writer John Keister also has small recurring roles.

The original cast members were Lauren Dupree, Kaelon Horst, Bob Jones, Maia Lee, Alexander Oki, Amanda Powers, Miriam Schwartz, Austin Siedentopf, Devon Stark, Christina Taylor, and Elizabeth Wright.[2]

Hosts

Guest stars

Sketches

Episodes

Main article: List of Biz Kid$ episodes

Broadcasting

Biz Kid$ is produced in association with WXXI of Rochester, NY, is distributed by American Public Television in the United States, and started airing in the United States on January 6, 2008. By June 2008, the show was on 311 of the nation's 343 PBS stations in 50 states.

It airs on KCTS-TV and KBTC-TV in Seattle and Tacoma.[3] By the launch of Season Two, Biz Kid$ was airing in all 50 states and was available to over 287 million people.[4]

The show also aired in the United Kingdom on the Simply Money channel and also aired in Canada on the Knowledge Network.

Curriculum

A free curriculum is available for download for use by teachers and parents to use in classrooms, afterschool programs and at home.[5] Each episode has a specially designed curriculum with activities, reviews and tests, all of which comply with the National Endowment for Financial Education standards. Five core Biz Kid$ lesson plans are available in Spanish.

References

  1. ^ Davila, Florangela. "PBS series features local business whiz kids Archived January 9, 2009, at the Wayback Machine", SeattleTimes.com. 17 February 2008.
  2. ^ Biz Kid$ at IMDb
  3. ^ http://www.cuna.org/newsnow/printer_version.php?story_id=36369 Archived November 29, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ ""Biz Kid$", WALfeague.org". Archived from the original on 2009-01-23. Retrieved 2009-02-11.((cite web)): CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  5. ^ "Biz Kid$ Teacher Professional Development Kit", WXXI.org.