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Over the past 30 years, National Geographic has been known for its specials on things such as nature, foreign culture, scientific breakthroughs, and many more neat and unique topics. National Geographic Specials explore topics that range from phenomena in our natural world to well known and often misunderstood man-made objects, the infamous terrorist network, al Qaeda, or something as simple as the largest organ of our bodies, skin.

National Geographic Specials amazing films that are designed to both educate and entertain its viewers as they explore all of these interesting subjects and many more.

National Geographic Specials is a Documentary & Biography series that is currently running and has 3 seasons (70 episodes). The series first aired on November 17, 2008. It has mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 8.5.

National Geographic Specials is available for streaming on the National Geographic website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch National Geographic Specials on demand at Amazon, iTunes online.

National Geographic
3 Seasons, 70 Episodes
November 17, 2008
Documentary & Biography
Cast: Alexander Scourby, Leslie Nielsen, Joseph Campanella
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National Geographic Specials Full Episode Guide

  • In this one-hour special, National Geographic Channel explores the Bermuda Triangle's ominous reputation by draining the water from it to see what exactly lies below the surface of the mythical triangle. With the aid of data from sophisticated sonar surveys, see what the ocean floor looks like below the Bermuda Triangle.

  • Go inside a full-size T. rex for the first time ever to reveal how the 65-million-year-old beast may have lived.

  • Life endures in a tiny Buddhist kingdom where nature and religion have combined to form the world's last Shangri-La.

  • The Tyrannosaurus rex was the top predator of its day. But new fossils reveal that the life of the Tyrannosaurus rex and its cousins was brutal, and devastating injuries were routine. Probing fossils using cutting-edge techniques, we reveal the source of injuries, reconstructing predation attempts that went wrong and titanic battles where T. rex teeth were sunk into adversaries.

  • The story of the VW Beetle's American debut is stranger than fiction.

  • Airplanes and bush pilots are critical to life in Alaska, but the rugged terrain and extreme weather make flying a dangerous and sometimes deadly proposition. In this compilation of Alaska Wing Men, a group of climbers get stranded on a mountain, a veteran pilot hits a dangerous cloud of ice and a chopper pilot races fog to extract a team of scientists.

  • Investigating the final minutes and hours following the fatal bullets fired by Lee Harvey Oswald on Nov. 22, 1963. The assassination of President John F. Kennedy has been analyzed repeatedly from every angle and every perspective.

  • Imagine the possibility of a national power failure in the United States caused by a cyberattack. What would it mean to be absolutely powerless?

  • At Washington National Airport, air traffic control reported seven slow-moving blips over D.C. in 1952, causing the Air Force to send up fighter jets. During the 1980s, an increasing number of people claimed they were abducted by aliens Â… from their own bedrooms.

  • Host Michael Kosta explores the science behind popular viral videos.

  • The Philadelphia SPCA undercover team are on surveillance, following the movements of two big players in the dog-fighting world.

  • In celebration of the National Geographic Society's 125th anniversary, this one hour special features original interviews and footage from the field with celebrated photographers Steve McCurry, Steve Winter, Emory Kristof, Jodi Cobb, William Allard, Joel Sartore, Nick Nichols and many more.

  • Veteran cameraman Andrew Manske and outdoorsman Brian Bildson journey into one of North America's most remote regions in an attempt to capture extraordinary footage of North America's largest wolves taking down the continent's largest land animal: the wood bison.

  • A simple thought took photojournalist Roger Horrocks on a journey around the world to Costa Rica on a mission to find Chito, a man many referred to as the “crocodile shaman.” Many years ago, Chito nursed an injured crocodile, which he calls Pocho, back to health.

  • The amazing discovery of a perfectly preserved baby woolly mammoth on a Siberian riverbank.

  • Exploring what we would find if we were able to travel the entire length of our universe.

  • The story of a young dentist who built a cocaine empire in the 1980s.

  • NGC follows hardcore collectors who must cope with letting go of their childhood hobbies to succeed as adults.

  • Join us on an A-to-Z tour of slang, from the amusingly outdated to the very latest.

  • The Chinese New Year Evening Gala, an annual variety show extravaganza with a viewership of nearly 1 billion, is one of the premiere television events of Mainland China and the most watched variety show in the world. National Geographic Channel will go inside to witness the preparations and challenges of the event's key organizers. Will the pressure of making this blowout a successful hit prove to be too much?

  • The saga of the 840-lb. Bahia Emerald, which was unearthed in Brazil in 2001, and has eight people claiming to be its rightful owner.

  • The background of the 2009 discovery of a massive Anglo-Saxon gold hoard by an amateur metal-detecting enthusiast in Staffordshire, England. Included is a look at the archaeological excavations and conservation work that followed, and the academic debate the discovery has sparked.

  • Exploring one of the world's most popular pastimes: sex.

  • Exploring British preppers whose anticipation of disaster has driven them to build escape vehicles, construct shelters and hoard supplies in order to prepare for survival.

  • In April 2006, an American sports hunter shot and killed a mysterious bear in the arctic which unleashes a scientific investigation and a criminal inquiry into the exact nature of its identity.

  • For the first time in history, National Geographic Channel and a group of scientists comb the ocean floor for a series of shipwrecks many Americans have never even heard of.

  • The Shaolin Temple produced one of the greatest martial art forms: kung fu. For over a thousand years Shaolin has trained the top students but now must contend with influences of the modern world.

  • Ango, a cricket fighting master from Taiwan's rural countryside, ventures to China to witness the face off between his ‘black dragon and China's smaller but well-trained ‘Qu Qu. – Plus, the latest technology that could lead to new developments to aid the hearing impaired.

  • 100% Planes features amazing stories of aviation and flying. From military planes to recreational planes to stunt planes, we fly high and learn more about the world's 400,000+ aircraft from the pilots and engineers that work closely with them.

  • The Northern Territory Government's Crocodile Management team sets out to capture rogue crocs that slip into the city through its many waterways. Tommy and Joey are called to help capture a monster-sized croc that has become a community's worst nightmare.

  • For the first time in history, National Geographic Channel and a group of scientists search the ocean floor for a series of shipwrecks many Americans never heard about. Everyone knows that on December 7, 1941, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. But what most don't know is just days later, Hitler sent his own force to devastate the East Coast. On December 19, the German Naval War Staff sent three U-boats to American waters. It was an assault so deadly, it was covered up by the U.S. government.

  • From harrowing images of despair and destruction to compelling battle strategies, go behind the front lines of the bloodiest WWII conflicts for intimate tales from veterans and everyday citizens.

  • Ten recovering service men and women retreat to Martha's Vineyard for a whole week of serious fishing and powerful healing.

  • A documentary on the American ascent of Mount Everest in 1963. Cameras follow the team as it trains in Washington; its arrival in Katmandu, Nepal; the trek across the ice-fall at the base of the mountain; and the slow battle to the top. Filmed by Norman G. Dyhrenfurth. Orson Welles narrates.

  • A look at how the millions of plant and animal species intertwine on Earth.

  • A team of international scientists explore the secrets of a deadly cave filled with giant crystals.

  • Explore with leading astronomers as they search for life among other planets.

  • The incredible true story of Heyerdahl's expedition from Peru to Polynesia on a primitive balsa wood raft in an effort to prove that it was possible for South Americans to settle in Polynesia in pre-Columbian times.

  • Quest for the Lost Maya follows American archaeologists George Bey and Bill Ringle and their Mexico colleague Tomas Gallareta Negrón as they find startling evidence of a forgotten Mayan society in the Yucatan, Buried beneath an ancient pyramid deep in the Yucatan jungle, the team discovers a still more ancient royal palace complex.

  • Leonardo da Vinci's "The Battle of Anghiari" vanished 500 years ago, with only copies rendered by other artists left behind to confirm its existence. Scientist and art enthusiast Maurizio Seracini, has dedicated 36 years to tracking down the missing mural, and seems to be on the verge of uncovering the hidden fresco behind the walls of the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy.

  • Vladimir Putin, after eight years as President of Russia and four more as Prime Minister, is stubbornly holding onto power. He has announced his intention to return as President and declared his party the winner in parliamentary elections that are widely seen as fraudulent. In December, tens of thousands took to the streets in Moscow in the largest protests since Putin came to power. Putin began his career as a KGB spy. But when he became President, he made himself a valued ally of the West. How did he do it? And where did things go wrong with Washington and London? For the first time Putin's top colleagues - and the Western statesmen who eventually clashed with him - tell the inside story of one of the world's most powerful men.

  • In the 1990s, a high Himalayan cave in Upper Mustang, Nepal, was discovered that contained 42 ancient people, buried on wooden bunk beds. American archaeologist, Dr. Mark Aldenderfer, believes there must be more burial caves but the challenge is how to find them, deep within cliff faces in the cold and inhospitable environment of the Himalaya. He needs the world's best technical climbers to do the searching.

  • Italian Cruise Ship Disaster: The Untold Stories weaves together in-depth stories from passengers and staff on board as well as Coast Guard rescuers with stunning home video and CGI to reconstruct the sinking of the Costa Concordia as it happened. Working to understand this current headline tragedy more fully, National Geographic uncovers the decisions that cost lives and the heroes who saved them.

  • Africa's species who live there - from forest elephants to spectacular lowland gorillas, sea-going hippos and the largest concentrations of mandrills ever recorded. But Gabon is an embattled paradise, surrounded by war-torn nations and rampant exploitation of natural resources. Fortunately, a dedicated group is determined to preserve Gabon's natural riches, with an unprecedented, 10,000-square-mile network of national parks unlike anything Africa has ever seen. Now, with breathtaking wildlife imagery captured by National Geographic, witness the inspiring campaign to save an irreplaceable Last Eden! Narrated by Glenn Close.