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For the science lover in all of us, NOVA has been providing some of the very best content for years now, and it's not available on cable programming. This PBS show shows you don't need to go out and spend money on cable and satellite just to receive interesting and in depth material. With the programming you receive on NOVA, you don't need to worry about ordering higher tier stations, as you'll receive more in-depth reporting and information right on this program. Of course, with the wide spectrum of material and content NOVA looks over, you never know what you're going to receive, night in and night out.

Every different show on NOVA is going to be a bit different from the episode prior. This is because NOVA doesn't focus on one specific set of information, but instead on different material. This ranges from Mars and the universe to animals and even history. This helps enlighten viewers on just about any subject imaginable. So, if you're watching a show during any given week and don't like the subject matter, you don't have to worry, because there is something new for you the next week which you might enjoy.

One aspect of NOVA that sets it apart from the other science based programming is the overall beauty of the content. From high-definition video content is breathtaking, as everything from animal close-ups to brilliantly rendered graphics help put you right in the middle of the action, whether it be a Viking crafting a sword or the Mars Lander scouring the alien atmosphere. Whatever the content is and whatever the camera or computer is focusing on, you can rest assured it is going to be the very best quality. The producers of NOVA obviously care a great deal about the material the show produces and doesn't want to spare any expense at pushing the subject matter across to the viewers.

For a truly remarkable treat, NOVA provides some of the very best content and programming out there, and best of all, you don't need to pay a dime for it. NOVA is fascinating, from its look in on wildlife to the very start of the universe, if you have an interest in any sort of science, there is something for you right here. Just make sure to check out the show by contacting your local PBS station and inquire as to when it airs.

Tuesday 8:00 PM et/pt on PBS
46 Seasons, 833 Episodes
March 3, 1974
Science & Technology
8.8/10
Cast: Jay O. Sanders, Lance Lewman, Craig Sechler, Will Lyman
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NOVA Full Episode Guide

  • Explore the secrets that underlie nature's battleground. Every animal has some kind of weapon, whether it's claws or horns, fangs or stings. But why are some armaments huge and extreme, far beyond any practical need?

  • All over the world, scientists are discovering traces of ancient floods on a scale that dwarfs even the most severe flood disasters of recent times. What triggered these cataclysmic floods, and could they strike again? Over a vast expanse of Washington State called the Channeled Scablands, the level prairie gives way to bizarre, gargantuan rock formations: house-sized boulders seemingly dropped from the sky; a cliff carved by a waterfall twice the height of Niagara; and potholes resembling ones scoured out by rivers today, but ten times bigger. Like forensic detectives at a crime scene, geologists study these strange features and reconstruct catastrophic Ice Age floods more powerful than all the world's top ten rivers combined. NOVA follows their efforts to uncover the geologic fingerprints of other colossal megafloods in Iceland and

  • Experts reconstruct the Great Hurricane of 1780 to help predict the risk of future storms.

  • Join NOVA and a team of volcanologists looking for an elusive volcanic mega-eruption that plunged the medieval earth into a deep freeze. Investigate the geologic evidence from Greenland all the way to Antarctica to identify the 750-year-old culprit.

  • Discover the ingenious engineering of Beijing's Forbidden City, the power center of imperial China for nearly 500 years. Discover how the design of this vast complex of palaces and temples enabled it to survive centuries of earthquake shocks.

  • Who built Stonehenge and why? Discover how the last decade of groundbreaking archaeological digs has revealed major new clues to Britain's enigmatic 5,000-year-old site and the people who constructed it.

  • A knight in shining armor may sound like a character out of a storybook, but once upon a time, knighthood was serious business, and for countless medieval fighters, their armor was what stood between life and death. But what was it really like to live beneath the metal? How was that shining armor crafted and how strong was it? Could it withstand impacts from the most lethal weapons of the day, including crossbows, muskets, and primitive hand guns? NOVA challenged blacksmith Ric Furrer and master armorer Jeff Wasson to recreate parts of an elite armor originally manufactured in the Royal Workshop founded by King Henry VIII. We trace their successes and setbacks from start to finish as they rediscover centuries-old metalworking secrets, then put their new armor to the ultimate test against a period musket!

  • For over a decade, the Cassini space probe has been sending dazzling images of Saturn's breathtaking rings and mysterious moons. Join NOVA on a suspenseful ride during Cassini's final hours as it dives into Saturn's atmosphere.

  • Join scientists and citizens alike as they observe the first total solar eclipse to traverse the US mainland in more than a generation. Discover the storied history of eclipse science and follow current, cutting-edge research into the solar corona. Airs just hours after the eclipse.

  • NOVA investigates the water disaster in Flint and unravels a disturing truth about the vulnerablilities of water systems across the country.

  • For over 1000 years, chariots thundered across China's battlefields–dominating warfare longer than anywhere else on earth. Now, a series of amazing archaeological findings enable a team of experts to reconstruct and test China's first super-weapon.

  • An international team of engineers races to construct a gargantuan dome to contain the lingering radioactive materials and crumbling remains of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, decades after being the site of the world's worst nuclear disaster.

  • For centuries, the Lithuanian city of Vilna was one of the most important Jewish centers in the world until World War II. Now, an international team of archaeologists is trying to rediscover this forgotten world, excavating the remains of its Great Synagogue and searching for proof of one of Vilna’s greatest secrets: a lost escape tunnel dug by Jewish prisoners inside a horrific Nazi execution site.

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When Turkeys Attack Clip (02:36) Extreme Animal Weapons Preview Clip (00:31) NOVAs Upcoming Special on Climate Change - Official Trailer Clip (02:01) Black Hole Apocalypse - Official Trailer Clip (03:01) Can the US Tackle Climate Change Without Federal Action? Clip (02:47) Holocaust Survival Tale: Samuel Clip (08:20) Killer Floods Preview Clip (00:31) Whats Inside the Great Pyramid? Clip (01:46)