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
E3 Live
E3 Live
How It's Made
How It's Made
The Magic School Bus
The Magic School Bus
How Do They Do It?
How Do They Do It?
Monsuno
Monsuno
The Ghost Inside My Child
The Ghost Inside My Child
Psycho-Pass
Psycho-Pass
Build It Bigger
Build It Bigger
Bill Nye the Science Guy
Bill Nye the Science Guy
Walking with Dinosaurs
Walking with Dinosaurs
Building Alaska
Building Alaska
Deadman Wonderland
Deadman Wonderland
Planet Earth
Planet Earth
The Universe
The Universe
Hemlock Grove
Hemlock Grove
Monsterquest
Monsterquest
This Emotional Life
This Emotional Life
Mighty Planes
Mighty Planes
Fight Science
Fight Science
Sense8
Sense8
Secrets of the Dead
Secrets of the Dead
The Alaska Experiment
The Alaska Experiment
Iconoclasts
Iconoclasts
Naked Science
Naked Science
LIFE: Discovery Channel
LIFE: Discovery Channel
Discover: Prehistoric Planet
Discover: Prehistoric Planet
Vampire High
Vampire High
Toy Hunters
Toy Hunters
Science Channel Specials
Science Channel Specials
Secrets of the Universe
Secrets of the Universe
Dr. G: Medical Examiner
Dr. G: Medical Examiner
Mystery Gorillas
Mystery Gorillas
Weapon Masters
Weapon Masters
Jurrasic C.S.I.
Jurrasic C.S.I.
Incredible Human Machine
Incredible Human Machine
TEDTalks: For Kids
TEDTalks: For Kids
SilverHawks
SilverHawks
Unsealed: Alien Files
Unsealed: Alien Files
Beyond Human
Beyond Human
MOJO's The Circuit
MOJO's The Circuit
Mystery Diagnosis
Mystery Diagnosis
How the Earth Was Made
How the Earth Was Made
Big Stuff
Big Stuff
Click
Click
The Nobel Prize
The Nobel Prize
Explorer: 25 Years
Explorer: 25 Years
Amazing Stories
Amazing Stories
Animal X
Animal X
TEDTalks: Rebel Design
TEDTalks: Rebel Design
Thunderstone
Thunderstone
Torchwood Declassified
Torchwood Declassified
Ancient Aliens: Special Edition
Ancient Aliens: Special Edition
First Peoples
First Peoples
CNET News
CNET News
Time Warp
Time Warp
Cosmos
Cosmos
Seconds From Disaster
Seconds From Disaster
Your Kid Ate What?
Your Kid Ate What?
Walking with Prehistoric Beasts
Walking with Prehistoric Beasts
Extreme Engineering
Extreme Engineering
Wild China
Wild China
Rocket City Rednecks
Rocket City Rednecks
Extreme Bodies
Extreme Bodies
The Bionic Vet
The Bionic Vet
Space Precinct
Space Precinct
Who Was Jesus?
Who Was Jesus?
TED Talks: Building Wonder
TED Talks: Building Wonder
TED Talks: Crime & Punishment
TED Talks: Crime & Punishment
TED Talks: Cyber Awe
TED Talks: Cyber Awe
TED Talks: Defying Disease
TED Talks: Defying Disease
TEDTalks: Rad Invention
TEDTalks: Rad Invention
TEDTalks: Brave Neuro World
TEDTalks: Brave Neuro World
Final Days of Planet Earth
Final Days of Planet Earth
Psychic Detectives
Psychic Detectives
Haunted Encounters: Face To Face
Haunted Encounters: Face To Face
Forbidden Science
Forbidden Science
Deep South Paranormal
Deep South Paranormal
Howcast Tech
Howcast Tech
Rewind
Rewind
The Safecrackers
The Safecrackers
Nature's Weirdest Events
Nature's Weirdest Events
UFO Conspiracies
UFO Conspiracies
Secrets of the Arsenal
Secrets of the Arsenal
All-American Makers
All-American Makers
MythBusters' Favorites, Tory's Picks
MythBusters' Favorites, Tory's Picks
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
Insider Secrets
Insider Secrets
Quick Tips
Quick Tips
Scientific American Frontiers
Scientific American Frontiers
Special Features
Special Features
Wired Science
Wired Science
Fight Quest
Fight Quest
Against the Elements
Against the Elements
Web Soup
Web Soup