Science & Technology TV Shows

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
Bill Nye the Science Guy
Bill Nye the Science Guy
The Magic School Bus
The Magic School Bus
How It's Made
How It's Made
The Universe
The Universe
Building Alaska
Building Alaska
All-American Makers
All-American Makers
Planet Earth
Planet Earth
Monsterquest
Monsterquest
The Ghost Inside My Child
The Ghost Inside My Child
Dr. G: Medical Examiner
Dr. G: Medical Examiner
This Emotional Life
This Emotional Life
Forbidden Science
Forbidden Science
Unsealed: Alien Files
Unsealed: Alien Files
How the Earth Was Made
How the Earth Was Made
Monsuno
Monsuno
Fight Science
Fight Science
Secrets of the Universe
Secrets of the Universe
Deadman Wonderland
Deadman Wonderland
Secrets of the Dead
Secrets of the Dead
Mystery Diagnosis
Mystery Diagnosis
LIFE: Discovery Channel
LIFE: Discovery Channel
Amazing Stories
Amazing Stories
SilverHawks
SilverHawks
Build It Bigger
Build It Bigger
Walking with Dinosaurs
Walking with Dinosaurs
Mighty Planes
Mighty Planes
Journey to Planet X
Journey to Planet X
Rocket City Rednecks
Rocket City Rednecks
Animal X
Animal X
Time Warp
Time Warp
Naked Science
Naked Science
Factory Made
Factory Made
Wild China
Wild China
Top 5 in Tech
Top 5 in Tech
Who Was Jesus?
Who Was Jesus?
TEDTalks: For Kids
TEDTalks: For Kids
Vampire High
Vampire High
Toy Hunters
Toy Hunters
Science Channel Specials
Science Channel Specials
Eve of Destruction
Eve of Destruction
Black Mirror
Black Mirror
Iconoclasts
Iconoclasts
The Alaska Experiment
The Alaska Experiment
Cosmos
Cosmos
The Farm Revealed
The Farm Revealed
Discover: Prehistoric Planet
Discover: Prehistoric Planet
TED Talks: Crime & Punishment
TED Talks: Crime & Punishment
TED Talks: Defying Disease
TED Talks: Defying Disease
Ray
Ray
Psycho-Pass
Psycho-Pass
Appleseed XIII
Appleseed XIII
Hemlock Grove
Hemlock Grove
Psychic Detectives
Psychic Detectives
Getting Started with OS X Mountain Lion (Institutional Use)
Getting Started with OS X Mountain Lion (Institutional Use)
Sense8
Sense8
First Peoples
First Peoples
Big Ideas for a Small Planet
Big Ideas for a Small Planet
Insider Secrets
Insider Secrets
Seconds From Disaster
Seconds From Disaster
How Do They Do It?
How Do They Do It?
Is It Real?
Is It Real?
Your Kid Ate What?
Your Kid Ate What?
Extreme Engineering
Extreme Engineering
Edge of the Universe
Edge of the Universe
Wired
Wired
The Nobel Prize
The Nobel Prize
Weapon Masters
Weapon Masters
Discovery Atlas: Uncovering Earth
Discovery Atlas: Uncovering Earth
Brave New World with Stephen Hawking
Brave New World with Stephen Hawking
The Human Family Tree
The Human Family Tree
The Incredible Human Body
The Incredible Human Body
TEDTalks: Ancient Clues
TEDTalks: Ancient Clues
TEDTalks: Numbers Speak Louder than Words
TEDTalks: Numbers Speak Louder than Words
TEDTalks: Rad Invention
TEDTalks: Rad Invention
Best of AOTS
Best of AOTS
Ancient X-Files
Ancient X-Files
Howcast Tech
Howcast Tech
Patlabor The Mobile Police
Patlabor The Mobile Police
Rewind
Rewind
Brink: Masdar
Brink: Masdar
Nature's Weirdest Events
Nature's Weirdest Events
Rivers of North America
Rivers of North America
Fire in the Hole
Fire in the Hole
Atmospheric Pressure
Atmospheric Pressure
Bad Astronomy
Bad Astronomy
Beyond Human
Beyond Human
Car Tech
Car Tech
Exploring the Solar System
Exploring the Solar System
MOJO's The Circuit
MOJO's The Circuit
Quick Tips
Quick Tips
Scientific American Frontiers
Scientific American Frontiers
Special Features
Special Features
Wired Science
Wired Science
CNET News
CNET News
Fight Quest
Fight Quest
Against the Elements
Against the Elements
Web Soup
Web Soup
Popular Science's Future of
Popular Science's Future of