Science & Technology TV Shows

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About Science & Technology

Television's ability to inform and educate makes it well suited to programs that teach viewers about science and technology topics. PBS has long been home to informative science programming, with series such as "Nova" and "Scientific American Frontiers," and in the 1980s, several early cable channels, including The Learning Channel and the Discovery Channel, dedicated themselves almost entirely to similar kinds of informative programming.

As cable channels have shifted their focus toward entertainment and reality programming, real science is less well represented on TV, but science and technology documentaries still have a place in the schedule. Biological science of all flavors remains popular, with programs that explore both the inner workings of animals (and humans )and the environments in which they live. Indeed, the discussion of global climate change frequently finds its way onto TV in the form of programs about climate and geographical sciences.

A popular genre of technology program illustrates the process of manufacturing well-known consumer products, going behind the scenes in factories and manufacturing facilities. Other programs concern themselves with the development and evolution of technologies; transportation technologies are an especially popular subject.

Some cable channels have been subject to controversy in recent years after they've aired programs-about, for example, mysterious creatures-that present speculative reporting and unconfirmed information in a package that looks like a serious science show.

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Orphan Black
Orphan Black
NOVA
NOVA
Fight Science
Fight Science
How It's Made
How It's Made
Deadman Wonderland
Deadman Wonderland
Cosmos
Cosmos
Secrets of the Dead
Secrets of the Dead
LIFE: Discovery Channel
LIFE: Discovery Channel
Planet Earth
Planet Earth
Dr. G: Medical Examiner
Dr. G: Medical Examiner
Monsuno
Monsuno
The Magic School Bus
The Magic School Bus
The Ghost Inside My Child
The Ghost Inside My Child
This Emotional Life
This Emotional Life
Iconoclasts
Iconoclasts
Bill Nye the Science Guy
Bill Nye the Science Guy
Monsterquest
Monsterquest
How Do They Do It?
How Do They Do It?
Psycho-Pass
Psycho-Pass
Unsealed: Alien Files
Unsealed: Alien Files
The Universe
The Universe
TED Talks: Video & Photo Mojo
TED Talks: Video & Photo Mojo
Walking with Dinosaurs
Walking with Dinosaurs
Hemlock Grove
Hemlock Grove
TEDTalks: Brave Neuro World
TEDTalks: Brave Neuro World
Build It Bigger
Build It Bigger
Big Ideas for a Small Planet
Big Ideas for a Small Planet
E2 Energy
E2 Energy
The Alaska Experiment
The Alaska Experiment
Scientific American Frontiers
Scientific American Frontiers
Mystery Diagnosis
Mystery Diagnosis
Click
Click
Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome
Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome
Forbidden Science
Forbidden Science
The Human Spark
The Human Spark
SilverHawks
SilverHawks
Building Alaska
Building Alaska
Who Was Jesus?
Who Was Jesus?
Toy Hunters
Toy Hunters
Mighty Planes
Mighty Planes
Gabon: The Last Eden
Gabon: The Last Eden
TED Talks: Building Wonder
TED Talks: Building Wonder
Psychic Detectives
Psychic Detectives
Vampire High
Vampire High
Dirty Pair
Dirty Pair
Los Angeles Angels Game Highlights
Los Angeles Angels Game Highlights
The Safecrackers
The Safecrackers
How the Earth Was Made
How the Earth Was Made
Bang Goes the Theory, Technology Special
Bang Goes the Theory, Technology Special
Beyond Human
Beyond Human
Moment of Death
Moment of Death
Tech Toys 360
Tech Toys 360
Most Amazing Moments
Most Amazing Moments
Thunderstone
Thunderstone
Web Soup
Web Soup
CES
CES
Ancient X-Files
Ancient X-Files
Rocket City Rednecks
Rocket City Rednecks
Appleseed XIII
Appleseed XIII
Mad Scientists
Mad Scientists
Christmas Celebrations
Christmas Celebrations
Prank Science
Prank Science
Discover: Space
Discover: Space
TED Talks: Crime & Punishment
TED Talks: Crime & Punishment
Alan Alda in Scientific American Frontiers
Alan Alda in Scientific American Frontiers
Safety Smart Science
Safety Smart Science
Space Precinct
Space Precinct
Meteorite Men
Meteorite Men
Walking with Prehistoric Beasts
Walking with Prehistoric Beasts
Amazing Stories
Amazing Stories
Fireball XL-5
Fireball XL-5
Explosions Gone Wrong
Explosions Gone Wrong
Ultimate Gadgets
Ultimate Gadgets
Wild China
Wild China
Stephen Fry's Greatest Gadgets
Stephen Fry's Greatest Gadgets
TEDTalks: Rad Invention
TEDTalks: Rad Invention
TEDTalks: Numbers Speak Louder than Words
TEDTalks: Numbers Speak Louder than Words
TEDTalks: Rebel Design
TEDTalks: Rebel Design
TEDTalks: Robotic Machinations
TEDTalks: Robotic Machinations
TEDTalks: TransporTED
TEDTalks: TransporTED
Secrets of Everything
Secrets of Everything
Dex Hamilton: Alien Entomologist
Dex Hamilton: Alien Entomologist
Black Mirror
Black Mirror
TEDTalks: Doctors on the Cusp
TEDTalks: Doctors on the Cusp
Timecop
Timecop
The Inexplicable Universe with Neil deGrasse Tyson
The Inexplicable Universe with Neil deGrasse Tyson
Phoenix Mars Mission: Onto the Ice
Phoenix Mars Mission: Onto the Ice
TEDTalks: For Kids
TEDTalks: For Kids
TED Talks: Cyber Awe
TED Talks: Cyber Awe
TED Talks: Defying Disease
TED Talks: Defying Disease
Torchwood Declassified
Torchwood Declassified
Defenders of the Earth
Defenders of the Earth
The New Medicine
The New Medicine
Science Channel Specials
Science Channel Specials
Animal X
Animal X
TEDTalks: Ancient Clues
TEDTalks: Ancient Clues
TED Talks: Space Trek
TED Talks: Space Trek
Super Tech
Super Tech
Final Days of Planet Earth
Final Days of Planet Earth
Brainiac - Science Abuse
Brainiac - Science Abuse