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This documentary series traces the events that led to the invention of some of humankind's greatest accomplishments. Host Mo Rocca leads viewers through each innovation in his typically humorous style. Innovation Nation is a Documentary & Biography series that is currently running and has 6 seasons (133 episodes). The series first aired on September 27, 2014. It has mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 8.1.

Innovation Nation is available for streaming on the CBS website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Innovation Nation on demand at Tubi TV Apple TV+, Amazon Prime, Tubi TV online.

Saturday 10:00 AM et/pt on CBS
6 Seasons, 133 Episodes
September 27, 2014
Documentary & Biography
8.1/10
Cast: Mo Rocca, Alie Ward, Adam Yamaguchi, Albert Lawrence
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Innovation Nation Full Episode Guide

  • Host Mo Rocca shows us the innovator creating super-strong thread from spider DNA; technology that lets firefighters see through smoke; the breathing pillow to snuggle you to sleep; and the beginning of superhero comic books. (TV-G)

  • Host Mo Rocca shows us the kitchen garden growing dinner; the robot keeping property safe; the screen filter that protects your eyes from dangerous blue light; and how refrigerated railroad cars brought food to the masses.

  • Host Mo Rocca shows us the greening of mouth care with plastic-free tablet toothpaste; the smartphone harness preventing the drop; the cane for the blind that gives directions; and the potato that started trillions of french fries.

  • Host Mo Rocca shows us the tech perfecting downhill skiing skills without snow; the engineering transforming theater seats; starting a fire with the pull of a string; and how pictures were taken before film.

  • Host Mo Rocca shows us the inventor of the Alinker bike that's changing the world for those with limited mobility; the emergency airplane slides for buildings and schools; glasses to prevent motion sickness; and when the sewing machine replaced the needle and thread. (TV-G)

  • Host Mo Rocca shows us the doorbell just for your dog; the toddler carrier that lets kids stand up for the ride; the app that counts your calories by taking a picture of your food; and when music became mobile. (TV-G)

  • Mo Rocca shows us the Amazon jungle microphones listening for deforestation; the bot that disinfects the sheets on your bed; the Braille watch letting the blind tell time; and, how eggs became a common food even if you didn't have a chicken. (TV-G)

  • Host Mo Rocca shows us the medical device giving shots with pressure instead of a needle; testing your eyes for glasses with an app on your phone; the airbag backpack saving people during avalanches; and a glimpse at family life during the Great Depression. (TV-G)

  • Mo Rocca shows us the electronic glasses that allow the blind to see; the sun-tracking umbrella shielding you from harmful rays; updates on past innovators from previous seasons; and a look at George Washington Carver, who changed the way farmers farmed. (TV-G)

  • Host Mo Rocca show us the robot helping keep hospitals running smoothly; the device that can detect if that spot on your arm is skin cancer; concrete that drinks up rainwater; and how hybrid technology goes back a lot further in history than you might think. (TV-G)

  • Mo Rocca shows us: The bot baking you the freshest bread; the crime fighting tether tripping up bad guys; the tiny drone keeping soldiers safe; and, when the big wood saw was replaced with the saw mill.

  • Mo Rocca shows us grown-up building blocks; the mechanical shoe for those who can't bend over; the breathing pillow to snuggle you to sleep; and keeping track of historic innovations. (TV-G)

  • Host Mo Rocca shows us solar power that follows the sun; the wristband lulling you to sleep; the device letting us know if our water is pure; and the beginning of superhero comic books. (TV-G)

  • Host Mo Rocca shows us a woman's rain boot stylishly keeping shoes dry; the tomato sorter swatting away the green ones; the folding origami hot drink cup with no plastic lid; and how, before super stores, there was the general store. (TV-G)

  • Host Mo Rocca shows us technology that lets firefighters see through smoke; replacing the needle with jet injected medicine; an enzyme that can eat landfill plastic; and the first car ever built. (TV-G)

  • Host Mo Rocca shows us the emergency airplane slides for buildings and schools; parking sensors for your older car; the smartest ski boots on the slopes; and the incredible tenacity it takes to be a successful inventor. (TV-G)

  • Host Mo Rocca shows us robots that grow as they slither along; the wall shelves just for cats; French igloos housing their homeless; and when glass became artistic. (TV-G)

  • Host Mo Rocca shows us: The inventor of the Alinker bike that is changing the world for those with limited mobility; the school bus tracker cutting out waiting at bus stops; a shoe sole sensor keeping track of your feet; and, when tech began to aid accessibility. (TV-G)

  • Host Mo Rocca shows us: The crime fighting tether tripping up bad guys; the woman who started the blow-drying empire; window blinds powering your place; and, when the big wood saw was replaced with the saw mill. (TV-G)

  • Host Mo Rocca shows us the bot baking you the freshest bread; the family building the air cleaner for the cleanest air; glasses to prevent motion sickness; and going way, way back to the history of the station wagon. (TV-G)

  • Host Mo Rocca shows us the innovator creating super-strong thread from spider DNA; the boxing robot dodging your jabs; the tiny drone that keeps soldiers safe; and when the sewing machine replaced the needle and thread. (TV-G)

  • Host Mo Rocca shows us saving homes from floods with an inner-tube like system; the inventor of the Pop Sockets handle for your phone; the new food made from pond scum; and when U.S. automakers became wartime plane makers. (TV-G)

  • Host Mo Rocca shows us the device that can make any light switch or outlet smart; the glass that converts the sun's rays into usable power; the historic concept of a walking office; and advice from our past innovators. (TV-G)

  • Host Mo Rocca shows us the firefighting device that blasts water through walls; the inventors of the car diagnostic module that tells you what needs to be repaired; the inventor of the smart baby bottle that keeps track of an infant's feeding; and when cars went from big to compact. (TV-G)

  • Host Mo Rocca shows us how tragedy inspired a brother to create a new kind of bike helmet; the countertop dishwasher that runs on a gallon of water; the dad-and-son team who created a computerized power drill; and the history of plastic and how it changed the world. (TV-G)

  • Host Mo Rocca shows us the artistic baker using math to create her artistic pies; the creator of the jetfoil surfboard that rides high above the waves; the handheld device saving lives by detecting peanuts and gluten in foods; and the importance of the train caboose, bringing up the rear. (TV-G)

  • Host Mo Rocca shows us the desert research center training people to live on the planet Mars; the app that helps fix your car; the life preserver in a throwable can; and when school buses began taking kids to class. (TV-G)

  • Host Mo Rocca shows us the man behind the world's most mesmerizing fountains; the new oven that cooks with light; the motorcycle helmet that is the smartest thing on your head; and the world's first manufacturing robot. (TV-G)

  • Host Mo Rocca shows us the app that ups your reading speed one word at a time; the tape helping athletes stay on the playing field; the phone case with pop-out legs to protect against falls; and how the miracle of the microwave oven changed the world. (TV-G)

  • Host Mo Rocca shows us the innovative artist turning folded paper into unbelievable sculpture; the start-up using drones to deliver lifesaving blood too hard to reach villages in Africa; turning cement pipes into compact housing; and the time the world transitioned from horses to cars.

  • Host Mo Rocca shows us the device helping save those lost at sea and in the wilderness; the patch with hundreds of needles to keep you healthy; the turbine tech charging your life outdoors; and how lighting inventions lit the world's way. (TV-G)

  • Host Mo Rocca shows us the device that prevents waves from tossing around a boat; the library giving access to the highest-tech tools; a design app laying out future floors; and the genius invention of the toaster. (TV-G)

  • Host Mo Rocca shows us the shirt that inflates to a lifejacket; the sponge keeping your kitchen cootie-free; a hydrofoil water bike; and the history of watchmaking. (TV-G)

  • Host Mo Rocca shows us the woman who tames robots; keeping your phone clean with a box of light; the headset that describes sight for the blind; and how refrigerators came to our kitchens. (TV-G)

  • Host Mo Rocca shows us the inflatable light keeping night bright; the bicycle that transforms into a stroller; the history of making furniture comfortable; and we check in on the success of our past innovators. (TV-G)

  • Host Mo Rocca shows us how to deter burglars with a fog security system; the jet hover-board that flies over 100 mph and as high as 9,000 feet; a new discovery to grow crops in deserts; and the history of ham radios keeping the world connected.

  • Host Mo Rocca shows us the soft-on-the-outside football helmet that's changing the game of safety; the earbuds that focus on listening to who's in front of you; how 3D printing is building bridges; and how a museum keeps track of and decides what to display. (TV-G)

  • Host Mo Rocca shows us the fishing cannon that fires your hook and bait hundreds of feet into the water; fighting droughts with rainwater cisterns; self-healing glass; and how tractors changed the farming world. (TV-G)

  • Host Mo Rocca shows us the inventor of the Pop Sockets handle for your phone; the skylight that turns into a balcony in Denmark; the suitcase that doubles as a travel stroller; and the evolution of the bicycle. (TV-PG)

  • Host Mo Rocca shows us the creator of the jetfoil surfboard that rides high above the waves; the device pointing the way to friends lost in crowds or wilderness; the weeding robot keeping gardens growing their best; and the importance of the train caboose, bringing up the rear. (TV-G)

  • Host Mo Rocca shows us the 24-year-old woman designing the cars of our future; the man who created the standing desk; the fruit-picking robot that could change the future of produce; and the evolution of the printing press. (TV-G)

  • Host Mo Rocca shows us the start-up using drones to deliver lifesaving blood to difficult-to-reach villages in Africa; the bed fan that's a hot leg fan; 3D-printed bicycle tires that never go flat; and how the typewriter changed the history of communication. (TV-G)

  • Host Mo Rocca shows us the bright artist using the sun's rays to make an imprint on the world; the teens creating techie tents for the homeless; the handheld device saving lives by detecting peanuts and gluten in foods; and the task of moving historic structures to Detroit to keep for posterity. (TV

  • Host Mo Rocca shows us an inner-tube-like system saving homes from floods; the artistic baker using math to create her artistic pies; a French app maker keeping travelers safe by warning of high-crime areas to avoid; and the history of ham radios keeping the world connected. (TV-G)

  • Host Mo Rocca shows us the innovative artist turning folded paper into unbelievable sculpture; the company that turns used shipping containers into indoor farms; a new discovery to grow crops in deserts; and the historic home where the Wright Brothers grew up. (TV-G)

  • Host Mo Rocca shows us how science is transforming spinach leaves into new heart tissue; how to deter burglars with a fog security system; how to turn cement pipes into compact housing; and when U.S. automakers became wartime plane makers. (TV-G)

  • Host Mo Rocca shows us the jet hoverboard that flies over 100 miles per hour as high as 9,000 feet; 3D printed homes built in a day; the new food made from pond scum; and when the world transitioned from horses to cars. (TV-G)