Science & Technology TV Shows

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.

Black Mirror
Black Mirror
Star Trek: Discovery
Star Trek: Discovery
The Magic School Bus
The Magic School Bus
How It's Made
How It's Made
Orphan Black
Orphan Black
Building Alaska
Building Alaska
Sense8
Sense8
Planet Earth
Planet Earth
Shattered
Shattered
Psycho-Pass
Psycho-Pass
NOVA
NOVA
Amazing Stories
Amazing Stories
StartUp
StartUp
Deadman Wonderland
Deadman Wonderland
Walking with Dinosaurs
Walking with Dinosaurs
Dr. G: Medical Examiner
Dr. G: Medical Examiner
The Ghost Inside My Child
The Ghost Inside My Child
Monsterquest
Monsterquest
Bill Nye the Science Guy
Bill Nye the Science Guy
Action Bronson & Friends Watch Ancient Aliens
Action Bronson & Friends Watch Ancient Aliens
Doomsday: 10 Ways the World Will End
Doomsday: 10 Ways the World Will End
Hemlock Grove
Hemlock Grove
Secrets of the Dead
Secrets of the Dead
Catastrophe
Catastrophe
Psychic Detectives
Psychic Detectives
Fight Science
Fight Science
Brazil
Brazil
Flint Town
Flint Town
Engineering Catastrophes
Engineering Catastrophes
Building Giants
Building Giants
Space's Deepest Secrets
Space's Deepest Secrets
SilverHawks
SilverHawks
Animal X
Animal X
This Emotional Life
This Emotional Life
The Universe
The Universe
Toy Hunters
Toy Hunters
Defenders of the Earth
Defenders of the Earth
Collider
Collider
Dirty Pair
Dirty Pair
Mystery Diagnosis
Mystery Diagnosis
Wild China
Wild China
Superstructures: Engineering Marvels
Superstructures: Engineering Marvels
Planet of the Apps
Planet of the Apps
The Safecrackers
The Safecrackers
First Peoples
First Peoples
Food: Delicious Science
Food: Delicious Science
Mega Machines
Mega Machines
How the Earth Was Made
How the Earth Was Made
Monsuno
Monsuno
Earth Views
Earth Views
Unsealed: Alien Files
Unsealed: Alien Files
Monsters Resurrected
Monsters Resurrected
Universe
Universe
W
W
Seconds From Disaster
Seconds From Disaster
Extreme Engineering
Extreme Engineering
The Difference
The Difference
The Snow Wolf Family and Me
The Snow Wolf Family and Me
TEDTalks: For Kids
TEDTalks: For Kids
Deep South Paranormal
Deep South Paranormal
Walking with Prehistoric Beasts
Walking with Prehistoric Beasts
Incredible Human Machine
Incredible Human Machine
Ray
Ray
Discover: Prehistoric Planet
Discover: Prehistoric Planet
Crowd Control
Crowd Control
Patlabor The Mobile Police
Patlabor The Mobile Police
The Nobel Prize
The Nobel Prize
North to Alaska
North to Alaska
Weaponology
Weaponology
Space Precinct
Space Precinct
Ancient Aliens: Special Edition
Ancient Aliens: Special Edition
CNET News
CNET News
Rocket City Rednecks
Rocket City Rednecks
Mighty Planes
Mighty Planes
Cosmos
Cosmos
Nature's Weirdest Events
Nature's Weirdest Events
The Re-Inventors
The Re-Inventors
Time Warp
Time Warp
Solving History with Olly Steeds
Solving History with Olly Steeds
Special Features
Special Features
Who Was Jesus?
Who Was Jesus?
Factory Made
Factory Made
Fireball XL-5
Fireball XL-5
Alaska Mega Machines
Alaska Mega Machines
Insider Secrets
Insider Secrets
Human Body Collection
Human Body Collection
Jaguar vs. Croc
Jaguar vs. Croc
Atmospheric Pressure
Atmospheric Pressure
What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
LIFE: Discovery Channel
LIFE: Discovery Channel
NASA X
NASA X
Big Ideas for a Small Planet
Big Ideas for a Small Planet
Hashtags
Hashtags
Robotics;Notes
Robotics;Notes
NOVA: The Planets
NOVA: The Planets
Secrets of the Arsenal
Secrets of the Arsenal
NOVA: The Fabric of the Cosmos
NOVA: The Fabric of the Cosmos
Appleseed XIII
Appleseed XIII
Shingu: Secret of the Stellar Wars
Shingu: Secret of the Stellar Wars
Timecop
Timecop