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
W
W
How It's Made
How It's Made
Bill Nye the Science Guy
Bill Nye the Science Guy
NOVA
NOVA
The Magic School Bus
The Magic School Bus
Deadman Wonderland
Deadman Wonderland
Forbidden Science
Forbidden Science
Ancient Aliens: Special Edition
Ancient Aliens: Special Edition
Original Sin: Sex
Original Sin: Sex
Planet Earth
Planet Earth
Space's Deepest Secrets
Space's Deepest Secrets
Building Alaska
Building Alaska
Monsuno
Monsuno
SilverHawks
SilverHawks
Psycho-Pass
Psycho-Pass
Dr. G: Medical Examiner
Dr. G: Medical Examiner
Black Mirror
Black Mirror
The Universe
The Universe
Psychic Detectives
Psychic Detectives
Monsterquest
Monsterquest
Vampire High
Vampire High
Extreme Engineering
Extreme Engineering
NOVA: The Fabric of the Cosmos
NOVA: The Fabric of the Cosmos
Mystery Diagnosis
Mystery Diagnosis
The Ghost Inside My Child
The Ghost Inside My Child
Unsealed: Alien Files
Unsealed: Alien Files
Walking with Dinosaurs
Walking with Dinosaurs
Meteorite Men
Meteorite Men
Click
Click
Monsters Resurrected
Monsters Resurrected
Amazing Stories
Amazing Stories
Animal X
Animal X
NASA X
NASA X
Lavalantula
Lavalantula
Quick Tips
Quick Tips
Cosmos
Cosmos
How the Earth Was Made
How the Earth Was Made
Build It Bigger
Build It Bigger
Fight Science
Fight Science
Tech Toys 360
Tech Toys 360
TEDTalks: For Kids
TEDTalks: For Kids
Toy Hunters
Toy Hunters
Appleseed XIII
Appleseed XIII
Ancient X-Files
Ancient X-Files
The Definitive Guide to Aliens
The Definitive Guide to Aliens
Journey to Planet X
Journey to Planet X
Packages from Planet X
Packages from Planet X
Alien Files
Alien Files
Rivers of North America
Rivers of North America
Sense8
Sense8
Star Trek: Discovery
Star Trek: Discovery
Action Bronson & Friends Watch Ancient Aliens
Action Bronson & Friends Watch Ancient Aliens
Naked Science
Naked Science
Secrets of the Dead
Secrets of the Dead
Discover: Prehistoric Planet
Discover: Prehistoric Planet
Fireball XL-5
Fireball XL-5
All-American Makers
All-American Makers
Atmospheric Pressure
Atmospheric Pressure
Bad Astronomy
Bad Astronomy
Beyond Human
Beyond Human
Big Ideas for a Small Planet
Big Ideas for a Small Planet
Car Tech
Car Tech
Exploring the Solar System
Exploring the Solar System
Iconoclasts
Iconoclasts
Insider Secrets
Insider Secrets
MOJO's The Circuit
MOJO's The Circuit
Scientific American Frontiers
Scientific American Frontiers
Special Features
Special Features
Wired Science
Wired Science
CNET News
CNET News
Time Warp
Time Warp
Fight Quest
Fight Quest
Against the Elements
Against the Elements
Web Soup
Web Soup
Seconds From Disaster
Seconds From Disaster
How Do They Do It?
How Do They Do It?
Is It Real?
Is It Real?
Popular Science's Future of
Popular Science's Future of
Big Stuff
Big Stuff
The Human Spark
The Human Spark
This Emotional Life
This Emotional Life
Solving History with Olly Steeds
Solving History with Olly Steeds
Factory Made
Factory Made
Cantore Stories: On Top of the World
Cantore Stories: On Top of the World
Weather Proof
Weather Proof
Your Kid Ate What?
Your Kid Ate What?
LIFE: Discovery Channel
LIFE: Discovery Channel
Mystery Gorillas
Mystery Gorillas
Walking with Prehistoric Beasts
Walking with Prehistoric Beasts
Wild China
Wild China
Alan Alda in Scientific American Frontiers
Alan Alda in Scientific American Frontiers
Catastrophe
Catastrophe
FutureStates
FutureStates
E3 Live
E3 Live
The Difference
The Difference
Secret Life of Scientists
Secret Life of Scientists
Edge of the Universe
Edge of the Universe
Fat Plague
Fat Plague
The Farm Revealed
The Farm Revealed