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
The Magic School Bus
The Magic School Bus
How It's Made
How It's Made
Bill Nye the Science Guy
Bill Nye the Science Guy
How Do They Do It?
How Do They Do It?
The Ghost Inside My Child
The Ghost Inside My Child
Unsealed: Alien Files
Unsealed: Alien Files
The Universe
The Universe
Fight Science
Fight Science
Forbidden Science
Forbidden Science
Planet Earth
Planet Earth
Monsuno
Monsuno
Psycho-Pass
Psycho-Pass
Mystery Diagnosis
Mystery Diagnosis
First Peoples
First Peoples
Build It Bigger
Build It Bigger
Walking with Dinosaurs
Walking with Dinosaurs
Monsterquest
Monsterquest
Hemlock Grove
Hemlock Grove
LIFE: Discovery Channel
LIFE: Discovery Channel
Building Alaska
Building Alaska
Secrets of the Dead
Secrets of the Dead
This Emotional Life
This Emotional Life
Voyage of the Continents
Voyage of the Continents
Deep South Paranormal
Deep South Paranormal
Rewind
Rewind
Sense8
Sense8
Iconoclasts
Iconoclasts
The Alaska Experiment
The Alaska Experiment
Cosmos
Cosmos
Discover: Prehistoric Planet
Discover: Prehistoric Planet
Who Was Jesus?
Who Was Jesus?
Vampire High
Vampire High
Ancient Aliens: Special Edition
Ancient Aliens: Special Edition
What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
Extreme Engineering
Extreme Engineering
Click
Click
Weaponology
Weaponology
Incredible Human Machine
Incredible Human Machine
Deadman Wonderland
Deadman Wonderland
TED Talks: Video & Photo Mojo
TED Talks: Video & Photo Mojo
TEDTalks: For Kids
TEDTalks: For Kids
Psychic Detectives
Psychic Detectives
Fireball XL-5
Fireball XL-5
Extreme Escapes
Extreme Escapes
Secrets of the Arsenal
Secrets of the Arsenal
Beyond Human
Beyond Human
MOJO's The Circuit
MOJO's The Circuit
Scientific American Frontiers
Scientific American Frontiers
Dr. G: Medical Examiner
Dr. G: Medical Examiner
Time Warp
Time Warp
Naked Science
Naked Science
Big Stuff
Big Stuff
The Nobel Prize
The Nobel Prize
Catalyst
Catalyst
Moon Machines
Moon Machines
Amazing Stories
Amazing Stories
TED Talks: Defying Disease
TED Talks: Defying Disease
Journey to Planet X
Journey to Planet X
The Safecrackers
The Safecrackers
Quick Tips
Quick Tips
Special Features
Special Features
CNET News
CNET News
Against the Elements
Against the Elements
How the Earth Was Made
How the Earth Was Made
Seconds From Disaster
Seconds From Disaster
Is It Real?
Is It Real?
The Human Spark
The Human Spark
Meteorite Men
Meteorite Men
Your Kid Ate What?
Your Kid Ate What?
Mystery Gorillas
Mystery Gorillas
Walking with Prehistoric Beasts
Walking with Prehistoric Beasts
Wild China
Wild China
E3 Live
E3 Live
The Difference
The Difference
Beyond Tomorrow
Beyond Tomorrow
Weapon Masters
Weapon Masters
Modern Marvels: Energy
Modern Marvels: Energy
The Re-Inventors
The Re-Inventors
Safety Smart Science
Safety Smart Science
Rocket City Rednecks
Rocket City Rednecks
Jurrasic C.S.I.
Jurrasic C.S.I.
Lunar Landing
Lunar Landing
Human Body Collection
Human Body Collection
Extreme Bodies
Extreme Bodies
Sleek Geeks
Sleek Geeks
Brave New World with Stephen Hawking
Brave New World with Stephen Hawking
The Human Family Tree
The Human Family Tree
King Tut's Final Secrets
King Tut's Final Secrets
Life Beyond Earth
Life Beyond Earth
The Bionic Vet
The Bionic Vet
Moment of Death
Moment of Death
Most Amazing Moments
Most Amazing Moments
Asteroids: Deadly Impact
Asteroids: Deadly Impact
Egypt: Quest for Eternity
Egypt: Quest for Eternity
Explorer: 25 Years
Explorer: 25 Years
Sky Monsters
Sky Monsters
Super Croc
Super Croc
Prehistoric Disasters
Prehistoric Disasters