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
Bill Nye the Science Guy
Bill Nye the Science Guy
NOVA
NOVA
The Magic School Bus
The Magic School Bus
How It's Made
How It's Made
Building Alaska
Building Alaska
Planet Earth
Planet Earth
Mystery Diagnosis
Mystery Diagnosis
Deadman Wonderland
Deadman Wonderland
Psycho-Pass
Psycho-Pass
Dr. G: Medical Examiner
Dr. G: Medical Examiner
Amazing Stories
Amazing Stories
Monsuno
Monsuno
Unsealed: Alien Files
Unsealed: Alien Files
Walking with Dinosaurs
Walking with Dinosaurs
Journey to Planet X
Journey to Planet X
The Universe
The Universe
Vampire High
Vampire High
The Ghost Inside My Child
The Ghost Inside My Child
First Peoples
First Peoples
Toy Hunters
Toy Hunters
Mighty Planes
Mighty Planes
TED Talks: Video & Photo Mojo
TED Talks: Video & Photo Mojo
Psychic Detectives
Psychic Detectives
Rewind
Rewind
Hashtags
Hashtags
Fight Science
Fight Science
Build It Bigger
Build It Bigger
Forbidden Science
Forbidden Science
Iconoclasts
Iconoclasts
Weapon Masters
Weapon Masters
Deep South Paranormal
Deep South Paranormal
UFO Conspiracies
UFO Conspiracies
America's Greatest Makers
America's Greatest Makers
Scientific American Frontiers
Scientific American Frontiers
Special Features
Special Features
Time Warp
Time Warp
Web Soup
Web Soup
Solving History with Olly Steeds
Solving History with Olly Steeds
NOVA: The Fabric of the Cosmos
NOVA: The Fabric of the Cosmos
The Bionic Vet
The Bionic Vet
TED Talks: Crime & Punishment
TED Talks: Crime & Punishment
TED Talks: Defying Disease
TED Talks: Defying Disease
TEDTalks: For Kids
TEDTalks: For Kids
Ray
Ray
Miami Marlins Game Highlights
Miami Marlins Game Highlights
Black Mirror
Black Mirror
Ancient Aliens: Special Edition
Ancient Aliens: Special Edition
Rivers of North America
Rivers of North America
Getting Started with OS X Mountain Lion (Institutional Use)
Getting Started with OS X Mountain Lion (Institutional Use)
Science Presents
Science Presents
Secrets of the Dead
Secrets of the Dead
All-American Makers
All-American Makers
How the Earth Was Made
How the Earth Was Made
Monsterquest
Monsterquest
Naked Science
Naked Science
How Do They Do It?
How Do They Do It?
Extreme Engineering
Extreme Engineering
Wild China
Wild China
Wired
Wired
Weaponology
Weaponology
Safety Smart Science
Safety Smart Science
Catalyst
Catalyst
Discover: Prehistoric Planet
Discover: Prehistoric Planet
Monsters Resurrected
Monsters Resurrected
Who Was Jesus?
Who Was Jesus?
Voyage of the Continents
Voyage of the Continents
NASA X
NASA X
Dirty Pair
Dirty Pair
Secrets of the Universe
Secrets of the Universe
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
Insider Secrets
Insider Secrets
MOJO's The Circuit
MOJO's The Circuit
Quick Tips
Quick Tips
Wired Science
Wired Science
CNET News
CNET News
Fight Quest
Fight Quest
The Alaska Experiment
The Alaska Experiment
Against the Elements
Against the Elements
Cosmos
Cosmos
Seconds From Disaster
Seconds From Disaster
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
Meteorite Men
Meteorite Men
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
Alan Alda in Scientific American Frontiers
Alan Alda in Scientific American Frontiers