Weird But True!
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes43
External links

Weird But True! is an American educational television show created by and starring Charlie Engelman and co-starring his sister Kirby Engelman (seasons 1 and 2) and Carly Ciarrocchi (season 3). Originally airing on National Geographic Kids, it became a Disney+ Original for its third season, which debuted 14 August 2020.[1]

Inspired by the National Geographic book series of the same name, much of its style and heavy use of paper models created by the Engelmans are continued from their earlier National Geographic short video series Nature Boom Time.[2][3]


Using crafting with paper products,[3] the Engelman siblings explore "weird but true" things about a broad-range of subjects, mostly focusing on science. They visit interview experts and travel to locations such as crime labs, amusement parks, and the Everglades to find answers to their questions and discover weird but true facts, often having their experts share their favorite one. Their other sister Casey appears as a guest star.


While recommending season three on Disney+, The Washington Post describes Weird But True! as "humorous and informative tween-oriented show looks at a wide range of topics from a variety of science perspectives" and "[i]t's a great pick for tweens and grade school-age kids".[4]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Recipients Result
2017 Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Writing in a Children's, Pre-School Children's or Family Viewing Program Charlie Engelman Nominated
Outstanding Single Camera Editing Mike Varga (senior editor), Arthur 'Art' Citron (editor), Michael Novak (editor), Jocelyn Rose Tarquini (editor) Nominated
2018 Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Sound Editing - Live Action Mike Varga (supervising sound editor) Nominated
Outstanding Special Class Short Format Daytime James Introcaso (executive producer), Nathan Moore (executive producer). "Weird But True! Shorts". Nominated
2019 Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Educational or Informational Series National Geographic Kids Won[5]
Outstanding Directing for a Single Camera Lifestyle, Culinary, Travel or Educational and Informational Program Brandon Gulish (director), National Geographic Kids Nominated[6]


  1. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (July 15, 2020). "Nat Geo's 'Weird But True!' Moves To Disney+ For Season 3".
  2. ^ Swartz, Tracy. "Northfield resident, Northwestern graduate co-host kids science show coming to Disney Plus".
  3. ^ a b "Nature Boom Time". Jackson Wild: Nature. Media. Impact.
  4. ^ "What to watch with your kids: 'Weird But True!,' 'The Grizzlies' and more" – via
  5. ^ "Nominees (Program – Non-Drama) – 2019 Daytime Emmy® Awards – The Emmys".
  6. ^ "Nominees (Craft – Non-Drama) – 2019 Daytime Emmy® Awards – The Emmys".