Growing up in the 90s, especially in Canada, there was one show that was the most important part of your day. Popular Mechanics For Kids was the absolute best way to learn about all the coolest things you could imagine.
The show started off with Jay Baruchel and Elisha Cuthbert as the main hosts. They would go on some kind of adventure to a theme park or museum, and then Charlie would come around with his experiment or tip that would make it feel a bit like Mythbusters.
The show was educational and would teach kids a lot of little things in between their little clips. It was basically required viewing for all kids.
Jay Baruchel left the show after the first season and was replaced by Tyler Kyte and then after another season Vanessa Lengies was added. The cast stayed the same for the rest of the show’s run. It lasted for 4 years, and reruns made it feel like it was on forever.
They all got to go on a lot of really cool adventures that as a kid would keep you captivated. I still remember the episode where Elisha got to try out the new Hulk roller coaster.
Did you know there was a mini PMK reunion back in 2015? Jay, Elisha and Tyler all made an appearance together on a show called “The Plateaus”. They were playing fictional versions of themselves as the members of a band called “Kiss Me I’m Stylish”. It was actually the first time Tyler met Jay because they weren’t on the show at the same time.
Ready to feel old? Popular Mechanics for Kids started 20 years ago. That’s right…. TWENTY. It ran from September 1997 until February 2001 and now I feel like I am a thousand years old.
Who was your favorite host? I mean, obviously Elisha right? She’s the best one for sure!