Crash Course

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  • TV-PG
  • 2009
  • 1 Season
  • 5.3  (498)

Crash Course is an educational YouTube channel started by brothers John and Hank Green in 2012. Originally launched as part of an educational video blog called Vlogbrothers, Crash Course was spun off to focus specifically on creating short videos that help high school and college students quickly learn or review subjects like science, history, literature, film and more.

The show's name comes from the idea that the episodes can metaphorically "crash course" you on the topics, giving you a high-level overview meant to supplement more traditional education. While not comprehensive, the goal is to make learning more approachable, engaging and even fun.

Structurally, Crash Course episodes are typically between 10 to 15 minutes long. They feature high production value with quick editing, quality graphics, comedic animations and even occasional special effects and props to illustrate concepts.

The show is hosted primarily by John and Hank Green themselves, although they do bring in other hosts with specific expertise from time to time. The hosts combine facts and analysis with an irreverent, casual style meant to connect with younger viewers. Even while digging into serious academic subjects, their playful and conversational tone helps overcome the intimidation some may feel in traditional learning environments.

Popular series within Crash Course include World History, US History, Literature, Film History, Anatomy & Physiology, Biology, Ecology, Chemistry, Psychology and Economics among others. The episodes walk students chronologically or systematically through major events, works, discoveries and concepts that have defined these fields. They break down both the crucial specifics worth understanding, as well big picture context for why these subjects matter to begin with.

The show has proven very popular partly due to a hunger for more engaging, 21st century educational resources. While not meant to wholly replace formal education, Crash Course does try to supplement it with digital media better tailored to today's media consumption habits.

With over 11 million subscribers and more than a billion total views, Crash Course demonstrates there is clearly demand for educational content presented in faster, livelier formats not always found in schools and textbooks. Its hosts have even suggested much of the show's popularity comes from students secretly watching episodes to fill in gaps where their formal studies have fallen short.

While mainly focused on academic subjects, Crash Course also features some episodes on topics around philosophy, media analysis or current events when they want to explore issues around ethics, citizenship or cultural dialogue as well.

Overall the show represents an experiment in using new media to make education more accessible and less intimidating. By combining rigorous study of traditionally dense topics with modern presentation styles, Crash Course aims to empower both lifelong learners and reluctant students alike.

Crash Course is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (10 episodes). The series first aired on August 26, 2009.

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The End. The Beginning
10. The End. The Beginning
August 5, 2022
The finale of Season 1 begins on a high note for Jindal as he celebrates how the faith of one student sealed the deal on his triumph over Batra Institute. The students have their hopes pinned on Binny fighting for justice, but he is a completely defeated man. That is until he sees a message left behind on RJ Institute
Free Falling
9. Free Falling
August 5, 2022
Red Handed
8. Red Handed
August 5, 2022
A jilted Anil declares that he has given up on love and decides to concentrate solely on his studies. Sathya and Anil find themselves arguing with each other. The timing couldn
Brothers in Arms
7. Brothers in Arms
August 5, 2022
Shanaya believes the worst is behind her after a harrowing operation takes place to save her life. She is unaware that the operation costs a lot of money and Panthers are behind Sathya to pay up quickly, pushing Sathya into committing a crime. The Panthers are not just troubling Sathya, but are also behind Aviral to shift into their Panthers hostel as he is officially a Panthers member. When Rakesh gets back to his room after catching Antara with another man, he finds the Panthers harrowing Aviral, and unleashes his fury on them. Anil is unaware of the problems in his hostel as he carries out a secret mission for Binny. The dirt he finds helps Jindal and Binny blindside KD and force his hand into staying put at RJ Institute. It seems like Jindal is now unbeatable as he also has a plan in place for the Batra Institute
The Loyalty Tests
6. The Loyalty Tests
August 5, 2022
Tejal is stressed out living under the shadow of her naturally talented roommate, as they both try for a spot in the AIR Top 10. Vidhi and Ashutosh have a tuition lesson in an unconventional manner and Vidhi can
Bell Curve
5. Bell Curve
August 5, 2022
Anil admits to his father that he was unable to get into Section B, and offers to go back home to Khurja so that his genius younger brother can attend coaching instead. Binny comes to the rescue and helps secure the future of both the brothers. Jindal realises the importance of having Binny at his corner, after Shashank secures a merger with HMI. Shashank is already planning his next move, as he realises that the number of students coming to the city has reached a saturation point. To compete with RJ Institute they need to open a new door of IIT aspirants by targeting Female Toppers. His focus is on Tejal Patel who shows the most potential to secure a place in the AIR top 10 from his institute. Jindal and Binny join hands to end HMI in association with Batra Institute, before it can even take off. An institute is made up of students, teachers and a few buildings, and they realise that targeting one of these is the quickest way to end any coaching class. While Rakesh delivers a tiffin f
Week 4
4. Week 4
September 16, 2009
This episode features a pastor and his assistant, a pair of friends who love fashion, a competitive wedded couple from Michigan, dancing siblings and funny male roommates. Their challenges will include "car bowling" and "roof slide."
Week 3
3. Week 3
September 9, 2009
Five teams tackle an extreme driving course to try to win $50,000.
Week 2
2. Week 2
September 2, 2009
Five new teams test their driving skills and their relationships.
Series Premiere
1. Series Premiere
August 26, 2009
Five sets of 2-member teams face a driving course of challenges, including car bowling and a backwards drag race.
Where to Watch Crash Course
Crash Course is available for streaming on the ABC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Crash Course on demand at Amazon Prime.
  • Premiere Date
    August 26, 2009
  • IMDB Rating
    5.3  (498)