1956-62, The Bell Telephone Science Series
... starring Dr. Frank Baxter
. A fascinating concoction of animation, photography, symphonics, and good-natured sparring between humans and cartoon-guests. No matter your age, the shows treat you like you have a brain. There's never a wasted moment, as factual-explanations and conjecture follow a logical scientific flow to a solid conclusion. There's also a linguistic
-episode thrown in, as Baxter butts-in on Alice's
Through The Looking-Glass adventures. Baxter has a unique delivery-style, and will mix-in God whenever he feels like it, to emphasize a certain point.
The 'magic screen' concept provides a metaphysical dimension to the goings-on. In a couple episodes, it's actually depicted as Baxter's assistant's (whoever is providing comic-relief/audience mcguffin-ery) mind
. Then there's a secondary 'magic screen' which supplies functionary data-images, when somebody picks-up a microphone and says: " Roll clip, " or whatever.
They do discuss a form of global warming circa 1958, in the context of mankind may expect the unexpected, since Swedish meteorologists had just discovered 'upper-air masses' in the 1930's, and WW2 delayed their study
I'd rate the series as 8.8 out of 10, highly re-watchable.