Watch on Hulu: Going Deep With David Rees

If you haven’t seen the show that has everyone talking, don’t worry–your time has come. Five full episodes are now available on Hulu, including a special new episode that we’re releasing a full week before it airs!

What have you missed so far, you ask? Well, for starters you’ve missed out on How To Tie Your Shoes, How To Dig a Hole, and How to Flip a Coin. And, for those more interested in jumping ahead, you can catch an exclusive look at How to Light a Match before it airs.

Don’t get it? A how-to show on things you already know how to do? Look a little deeper. Going Deep is all about making the familiar exotic, it’s a scientific voyage into the often-overlooked, seemingly-mundane realities of everyday-life. Brought to you by the one and only David Rees, former political cartoonist turned author/pencil-sharpening expert.

In a recent interview with Splitsider, David discussed how his book, How to Sharpen Pencils, translates into the spirit of the show. For David,

“A pencil represents 500 years of engineering and experimentation and materials research and stuff, and by extension how interesting the whole world is if you just decide to take a minute and get out a magnifying glass and just really study the shit out of shoelaces. To us, shoelaces are incredible. That was the total mission of the show. We live in this society that really values spectacle and the latest gizmos and gadgets. Part of the spirit of our show is that anything can be interesting. It’s just a matter of perspective and how obsessed with it you get. There are things that other people are obsessed with that I do not understand, like baseball. So we’re trying to bring that shift of perspective to everyday things that you would never think twice about, like opening a door. Seriously, opening a door is an incredibly complex series of psychological and physical maneuvers.”

And David’s enthusiasm and dedication to the intricate simplicities of life are not going unnoticed. As Carol Hartsell of The Huffington Post points out, “All credit goes to Rees himself, who has a supernatural ability to get excited about things most people have no emotional response to. Like holes, for instance.”

In a recent article on Motherboard, Claire L. Evans even went so far as to say that it’s the best science show since Cosmos. Evans continued,

Going Deep with David Rees is the ur-science show. Although Rees is shockingly funny—his surrealist, self-deprecating style will make you bark with laughter at unexpected moments—and slightly unhinged, he has already taught me more about the nature of reality than Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Mr. Wizard, and an entire childhood of rerun Bill Nye the Science Guy episodes combined. He may be the most able and brilliant science educator since Carl Sagan. That’s because the show’s conceit evokes no less than the nature of scientific inquiry itself.”

Strong words. Still not convinced?

Check out five full episodes on Hulu and don’t miss new episodes of Going Deep With David Rees Mondays at 10P on the National Geographic Channel.


  1. Al
    United States
    August 6, 2014, 3:55 pm

    Dave Rees show: Stop the swearing. No need for such a good show. Will stop watching if continues with the GD this and GD that. Paper airplane episode

  2. Robert
    August 6, 2014, 10:51 pm

    My children love your show but I cannot let them watch it if you continue your lanuage. You will be banned from our house if it continues.

  3. Paul
    August 11, 2014, 6:37 pm

    Agree 100% with the above posts. This is my type of show. The swearing is absolutely unnecessary and detracts greatly from an otherwise enjoyable show. Will not watch the program until it stops. I’m ashamed of National Geographoic to allow this on their channel.

  4. Sophia
    PA, USA
    August 11, 2014, 10:32 pm

    Hey David,
    I was wondering if you could do a show about how to open a jar… Cause it’s actually pretty hard sometimes… And it could be useful if I’m ever caught in a jar opening contest… Not that that’s a thing but it certainly could happen

  5. Barbara Boelkins
    United States
    August 12, 2014, 2:59 pm

    I echo the comments above about the unnecessary swearing by David Rees. I was watching the show with my granddaughter and couldn’t believe that someone would do this on a National Geographic program. The program is outstanding but the language is totally unnecessary. Our culture is coarse enough without further contributing to it on such an excellent show. For the sake of our children, we hope someone makes the right decision on this issue.

  6. mL
    Berkeley, CA
    August 19, 2014, 11:26 am

    Please don’t change a thing about this show. Just let the haters (above) hate. This show is currently one of my favorite things! Please keep talking as you do David.

  7. Mosoba
    August 31, 2014, 3:22 pm

    Quit being so uptight, you guys. They are just words and only hold the power you give them. The show is absolutely hilarious. I hope they never change a thing about it.

  8. Veronica
    September 3, 2014, 3:50 pm

    LOVE the show. My kids have been telling all their friends and anyone who comes over must watch an episode, house rule. I almost have them all memorized. We can’t wait for more, keep “em coming.