Square One TV

Season 1 Episode 1

Episode 101

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Aired Unknown Jan 26, 1987 on PBS
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Skits in this Episode: "Infinity" Members of the Square One TV cast sing a song about how no matter how high you count, you'll never reach infinity. "News Interruption" Square One TV is interrupted for a "news interruption." "Mathman" The first ever installment of Square One TV's parody of Pacman. Mathman is asked to eat all of the multiples of three on the board. He does so and wins a free game. "Mathematics Problem - Always Three" Cast member Arthur Howard takes a phone call. The person on the other end of the line tells him to write down any number and no matter what number he writes down, his result will always be three. He tries the number ten. He's told to add five, double what he has, subtract four, divide by two and subtract the first number. To his surprise, it works. He tries it again on his own wiht another number, seven. He then takes another call, supposedly from the Queen of England and asks her to try it. "And on..." The people from the infinity song are still singing. It just goes "on and on..." "Battle of the Bulge Caterers" This segment features the "Sandwich Squad." Their mission is take make eleven different sandwiches using only meats ham and turkey and the cheeses swiss, provoloni and American. They find that only combining cheeses and meats won't work. 2*3=6, but they need eleven sandwiches. So they decide to do "plain" sandwiches, ones with just meat or cheese. With five different meats and cheeses, this brings them up to eleven. There's still a problem though, the group they're competing against also made eleven sandwiches. One of the crew has an idea - how about a sandwich with just bread? Some at first think this is silly, but then they realize he's done it. A bread sandwich will put them over the top to twelve sandwiches. Unfortunately, the skit has a sad ending, as the entire order ends up being canceled. "Oops! - Subtraction" A skit showing how to avoid a common mistake involving subtraction. "Square Numbers" A music piece performed by the "Square Brothers." They sing about square numbers, for example, four is a square number as 2*2=4. 14 is not a square number, although somebody wants it to be. There aren't any two whole numbers that can be multiplied to make 14. However, if you put a 4 at the end of it, then it's a square number. 12*12=144. "Bureau of Missing Numbers: 14" A parody on the idea of a "Bureau of Missing Persons." It seems the number 14 is missing. The investigator at the bureau considers some facts about the number. It's not a square number. It is a multiple of 2. It's not a prime number as it has more factors than just 1 and itself. However, it is one more than a prime number, number 13. After some investigation, the number 14 is found on a football jersey. It's returned to its proper place, between 13 and 15. "Mathnet: Problem of the Missing Monkey Part 1" The first ever installment of "Mathnet," the parody crime-solving series featuring mathematicians George Frankly and Kate Monday (replaced by Pat Tuesday in Season Four.) At the beginning of this episode, their office gets a call about a Ten-Four store. It's been burgularized... by a monkey. They get there and find that only stuff like fruits and vegetables was stolen. Kate is suspicious of the whole situation. They get another call in their patrol car. There's been another robbery. They speak with store-owner who describes a similar incident. Returning to the office, they get yet another call about a robbery. Then another call, only this time it's not about a robbery. It's the local zoo. Their gorilla, Grunt, is missing. "And on..." The last hurrah of the "Infinity" singers.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • The dawn of a classic. Introduces several key characters, and the show's style of clever, funny skits that teach the principles of mathematics.

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    Math is a challenging but very important subject. To help increase students' grasp of the material, teachers often try humor, as well as examples that relate to everyday life.



    These fine ideas were borne out in the long-running series, 'Square One TV,' the first show I can remember which focused on this particular topic. 'Square One' presented mock music videos, often starring real musical names, and clever animated bits with tough puzzles. In the sketch pieces, characters used their numerical wits to solve everything from crime cases to dilemmas in building a garden or buying groceries.



    Here, we get to see a group of singers try to figure out what's the highest number; the introduction of intrepid video game star Mathman; caterers who must set up sandwiches with as many different toppings combinations as possible; a phone call regarding a crafty gambit with the number three; and the debut of our defenders in number theory, detectives Kate Monday and George Frankly, who wouldn't go a day without solving a case by math and good police work.



    It's all here in the first effort of this genius show. Laughs, drama and a plate of fresh sandwiches-- you couldn't really ask for more.moreless
Barbara Feldon

Barbara Feldon

Anonymous Narrator (Season 1)

Joe Howard

Joe Howard

George Frankly

James Earl Jones

James Earl Jones

Chief Thad Green (Seasons 1-2), Booming Announcer Voice (Season 3)

Gary Owens

Gary Owens

Lt. Dirk Niblick

Larry Cedar

Larry Cedar

Various Roles

Beverly Leech

Beverly Leech

Kate Monday (Seasons 1-3)

Lou Cutell

Lou Cutell

Store Manager

Guest Star

Dick Wilson

Dick Wilson

Store Manager

Guest Star

Jim Thurman

Jim Thurman

Mathman's Instructor, Glitch, Minor Character Voices

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • A "bread" sandwich was an interesting solution to the sandwich dilemma, but there was actually several other solutions. They could have combined just meats, which would have made a ham and turkey sandwich. Or they could have combined just cheeses, giving them Swiss and provoloni, Swiss and American and finally provoloni and American. They could have also made a super sandwich consisting of ham, turkey, Swiss, Provolone, and American.
      Using ALL possible combinations, they could have easily made APPROXIMATELY three times as many sandwiches as their competition (32 to be exact), The Well-Bread Caterers.

  • QUOTES (13)

  • NOTES (3)

    • The following skits in this episode do not appear in the version of this episode shown on the cable/satellite channel Noggin:

      "News Interruption," "Mathman" "Oops - Subtraction" and two of the "And On..." segments, including one that followed the display of the PBS logo. Additionally the "Infinity" trick on the PBS logo was lost by Oct. 1989, when PBS changed its closing ID animation.

    • Includes a segment at the end showing what's coming up on the next episode. This continued throughout the first season of Square One TV, but was dropped afterwards.

    • This first Square One TV episode introduces several recurring skits including "Mathman" (very popular, appeared throughout all five seasons of Square One TV), the "Bureau of Missing Numbers" (an occasional skit that continued throughout the series) and the first ever episode of "Mathnet." It also featured two musical numbers, which were very common on the series.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • "Mathnet" is an obvious parody of the well-known TV series "Dragnet" (1951-1959 and 1967-1970). The theme music and opening narration to "Mathnet" are a close copy of "Dragnet"'s, and the name of Kate Monday (and later, Pat Tuesday) is a nod to Dragnet's Sgt. Friday. The mug shots shown at the conclusion of each week-long case, as well as the voice-over describing the criminal's fate, are also parodies of "Dragnet."

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