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
W
W
The Magic School Bus
The Magic School Bus
How It's Made
How It's Made
NOVA
NOVA
Planet Earth
Planet Earth
Unsealed: Alien Files
Unsealed: Alien Files
Deadman Wonderland
Deadman Wonderland
Building Alaska
Building Alaska
StartUp
StartUp
Amazing Stories
Amazing Stories
Original Sin: Sex
Original Sin: Sex
Psycho-Pass
Psycho-Pass
Monsterquest
Monsterquest
Monsters Resurrected
Monsters Resurrected
Psychic Detectives
Psychic Detectives
The Universe
The Universe
Dr. G: Medical Examiner
Dr. G: Medical Examiner
How Do They Do It?
How Do They Do It?
Build It Bigger
Build It Bigger
Wild China
Wild China
Vampire High
Vampire High
NASA X
NASA X
The Safecrackers
The Safecrackers
First Peoples
First Peoples
Star Trek: Discovery
Star Trek: Discovery
Mystery Diagnosis
Mystery Diagnosis
The Ghost Inside My Child
The Ghost Inside My Child
Forbidden Science
Forbidden Science
Cosmos
Cosmos
Walking with Dinosaurs
Walking with Dinosaurs
Monsuno
Monsuno
Jurrasic C.S.I.
Jurrasic C.S.I.
UFO Conspiracies
UFO Conspiracies
Chef's Table: France
Chef's Table: France
Beyond Human
Beyond Human
MOJO's The Circuit
MOJO's The Circuit
Time Warp
Time Warp
Fight Quest
Fight Quest
Naked Science
Naked Science
Your Kid Ate What?
Your Kid Ate What?
Extreme Engineering
Extreme Engineering
E3 Live
E3 Live
The Difference
The Difference
How Big Can You Get?
How Big Can You Get?
Tech Toys 360
Tech Toys 360
Asteroids: Deadly Impact
Asteroids: Deadly Impact
Forces of Nature
Forces of Nature
Nightmare in Jamestown
Nightmare in Jamestown
Mighty Planes
Mighty Planes
Defenders of the Earth
Defenders of the Earth
Ray
Ray
Hemlock Grove
Hemlock Grove
SilverHawks
SilverHawks
Packages from Planet X
Packages from Planet X
Alien Files
Alien Files
Rewind
Rewind
Charles Darwin & The Tree of Life
Charles Darwin & The Tree of Life
Sense8
Sense8
Alaska Mega Machines
Alaska Mega Machines
Fight Science
Fight Science
Who Was Jesus?
Who Was Jesus?
Toy Hunters
Toy Hunters
Black Mirror
Black Mirror
All-American Makers
All-American Makers
Space's Deepest Secrets
Space's Deepest Secrets
Atmospheric Pressure
Atmospheric Pressure
Bad Astronomy
Bad Astronomy
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
Quick Tips
Quick Tips
Scientific American Frontiers
Scientific American Frontiers
Special Features
Special Features
Wired Science
Wired Science
CNET News
CNET News
Against the Elements
Against the Elements
How the Earth Was Made
How the Earth Was Made
Web Soup
Web Soup
Seconds From Disaster
Seconds From Disaster
Is It Real?
Is It Real?
Popular Science's Future of
Popular Science's Future of
Secrets of the Dead
Secrets of the Dead
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
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
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
Catastrophe
Catastrophe
FutureStates
FutureStates