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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Star Trek: Discovery
Star Trek: Discovery
Black Mirror
Black Mirror
Sense8
Sense8
How It's Made
How It's Made
The Magic School Bus
The Magic School Bus
Orphan Black
Orphan Black
Planet Earth
Planet Earth
Building Alaska
Building Alaska
Bill Nye the Science Guy
Bill Nye the Science Guy
StartUp
StartUp
Amazing Stories
Amazing Stories
How Do They Do It?
How Do They Do It?
NOVA
NOVA
Build It Bigger
Build It Bigger
Planet of the Apps
Planet of the Apps
Cosmos
Cosmos
The Universe
The Universe
Wired
Wired
Space's Deepest Secrets
Space's Deepest Secrets
Deadman Wonderland
Deadman Wonderland
SilverHawks
SilverHawks
Vampire High
Vampire High
Psycho-Pass
Psycho-Pass
Psychic Detectives
Psychic Detectives
Walking with Prehistoric Beasts
Walking with Prehistoric Beasts
W
W
World's Most Epic
World's Most Epic
How Big Can You Get?
How Big Can You Get?
Dr. G: Medical Examiner
Dr. G: Medical Examiner
Mystery Diagnosis
Mystery Diagnosis
Click
Click
Walking with Dinosaurs
Walking with Dinosaurs
Monsterquest
Monsterquest
Flint Town
Flint Town
LIFE: Discovery Channel
LIFE: Discovery Channel
NASA X
NASA X
Hemlock Grove
Hemlock Grove
The Ghost Inside My Child
The Ghost Inside My Child
Animal X
Animal X
Secrets of the Dead
Secrets of the Dead
Action Bronson & Friends Watch Ancient Aliens
Action Bronson & Friends Watch Ancient Aliens
Seconds From Disaster
Seconds From Disaster
Unsealed: Alien Files
Unsealed: Alien Files
Hacking the Universe
Hacking the Universe
Doomsday: 10 Ways the World Will End
Doomsday: 10 Ways the World Will End
Discover: Prehistoric Planet
Discover: Prehistoric Planet
Crowd Control
Crowd Control
Fight Science
Fight Science
Toy Hunters
Toy Hunters
Brainiac - Science Abuse
Brainiac - Science Abuse
Weapon Masters
Weapon Masters
Chef's Table: France
Chef's Table: France
Web Soup
Web Soup
The Bear Family & Me
The Bear Family & Me
Solving History with Olly Steeds
Solving History with Olly Steeds
Extreme Engineering
Extreme Engineering
Iconoclasts
Iconoclasts
Alaska Mega Machines
Alaska Mega Machines
TED Talks: Defying Disease
TED Talks: Defying Disease
Wild China
Wild China
Defenders of the Earth
Defenders of the Earth
Rivers of North America
Rivers of North America
Alien Files
Alien Files
The World's Worst Disasters
The World's Worst Disasters
The Nobel Prize
The Nobel Prize
The Bionic Vet
The Bionic Vet
Rewind
Rewind
Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome
Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome
TEDTalks: For Kids
TEDTalks: For Kids
Beautiful Minds
Beautiful Minds
Rocket City Rednecks
Rocket City Rednecks
Mars Rising
Mars Rising
Mighty Planes
Mighty Planes
Appleseed XIII
Appleseed XIII
Deep South Paranormal
Deep South Paranormal
Building Giants
Building Giants
Forces of Nature
Forces of Nature
Naked Science
Naked Science
Catastrophe
Catastrophe
Great American Eclipse
Great American Eclipse
Shattered
Shattered
Time Warp
Time Warp
Destination Space
Destination Space
Engineering Catastrophes
Engineering Catastrophes
Monsuno
Monsuno
The Atom Smashers
The Atom Smashers
The Photographers
The Photographers
Bang Goes the Theory, Technology Special
Bang Goes the Theory, Technology Special
Secret Life of Scientists
Secret Life of Scientists
Phoenix Mars Mission: Onto the Ice
Phoenix Mars Mission: Onto the Ice
Scoring With Science
Scoring With Science
Safety Smart Science
Safety Smart Science
Edge of the Universe
Edge of the Universe
Is It Real?
Is It Real?
Tribe, Animals, and Me
Tribe, Animals, and Me
Special Features
Special Features
Super Tech
Super Tech
Incredible Human Machine
Incredible Human Machine
Survival of the Weirdest
Survival of the Weirdest
Disaster Earth
Disaster Earth