Watch Years of Living Dangerously

This documentary series about climate change premiered on Showtime in April 2014. It features celebrity hosts who, in each episode, investigate a different topic in regard to environmental concerns. The aim of the series is to bring fact-based explanations of environmental issues to audiences in a way that is clear and easy to understand. Celebrity hosts of the series have included Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ian Somerhalder, Don Cheadle, and America Ferrera. The series first season consisted of nine episodes, and second season, consisting of eight episodes, began airing on Showtime beginning in October 2016. The second season is scheduled to air weekly until mid-December.

Sunday 10:00 PM et/pt on SHOWTIME
2 Seasons, 17 Episodes
April 13, 2014
Documentary & Biography
8.6/10
Cast: Thomas Friedman, Don Cheadle, America Ferrera, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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Years of Living Dangerously Full Episode Guide

  • Despite the closing of numerous coal plants across the country, coal remains a major source of energy. America Ferrera travels to Illinois, where a still-functioning coal plant is creating tension between those who want to shut it down and those who want to keep it open.

  • Ty Burrell explores electric and automated vehicles; Bradley Whitford tackles climate change and politics.

  • Animal species around the world are disappearing at an alarming rate, and climate change is only worsening the trend. Former “Daily Show” correspondent Aasif Mandvi sets off on a quest to understand just how much of a threat climate change poses to endangered species. He travels to Kenya’s wildlife preserves to meet the people on the front lines of conservation efforts, discovering that increased drought and irregular rainfall are compounding poaching and loss of habitat.Actress and activist Nikki Reed explores what some believe to be the ultimate solution for climate change: putting a price on carbon. She joins a group of passionate students at Ponoma College in Southern California on a mission to put it into action and travels to Vancouver, a carbon-pricing success story, for a sit-down with the mayor.

  • Tom Friedman investigates the increasing population of climate refugees and Don Cheadle is in California, where drought is having devastating effects.

  • Action hero, politician, climate crusader and Years of Living Dangerously executive producer Arnold Schwarzenegger sets out to explore the military’s relationship with a changing climate, including how our armed forces are dealing with an increasing number of climate-related disasters and how the military is working to reduce its own carbon footprint. Schwarzenegger travels to Kuwait to visit soldiers and travel in a fuel convoy (where more than 3,000 soldiers have been killed or injured since 9/11). He learns how serious a threat the military perceives climate change to be, talks to top-level military leaders and meets the brave men and women who are dealing with climate change threats and disasters on the front lines.The battle to save the Amazon in Brazil — the “lungs of the planet” — is the ultimate race against time. There are ever-increasing threats from cattle ranching, drought, deforestation, massive hydroelectric dams and illegal mining. Supermodel and activist Gisele Bündchen travels to her home country to see the extent of the damage and investigates what’s being done to save the rainforest for all of us. Deep in the Amazon, she joins the national environmental police on a mission to put an end to illegal deforestation; in Alta Floresta, she meets with Greenpeace for a flyover of the forest, which reveals huge patches of deforested land, logs piled high on trucks and barges, drought-stricken fields, burnt rainforests and vast cattle ranches that were once lush, thousand-year-old tropical rainforests.

  • New York Times columnist Tom Friedman investigates the increasing population of climate refugees — migrants forced to leave their homes due to climate change-induced sea-level rise, natural disasters and destroyed livelihoods. He travels from the COP21 climate conference in Paris to the Sahel region of a parched and war-torn Africa, where he hears from refugees themselves. He explores this new wave and what the future may bring. Actor Don Cheadle is on the ground in California, where the worst drought in 1,200 years is devastating the nation’s most populous state and the world’s seventh-largest economy. He investigates how Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration is fighting the drought while also fighting climate change. Along the way, Cheadle meets a scientist who warns of a global water and food crisis as well as a family of farmers whose lives may never be the same as they struggle to find water in the parched Central Valley.

  • David Letterman visits India to examine the country's methods expand its inadequate energy grid, power its booming economy and bring electricity for the first time to 300 million people. He in talks Prime Minister Narendra Modi, visits rural villages where power is a rare luxury and examines the US role in India's energy future. In Florida and Nevada, Cecily Strong locates past officials and other insiders who share how utility companies are blocking the growth of solar energy in the US.

  • Michael C. Hall examines the rising sea levels on the coast of Bangladesh.

  • Matt Damon examines the effects of extreme heat on human health. Plus, the impact of rising sea levels in Bangladesh and the effects climate changes are having in Syria, Egypt and Yemen.

  • Selling corporations on sustainability. Life in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. Featuring Jessica Alba, Pulizer Prize winner Thomas L. Friedman, and MSNBC's Chris Hayes.

  • America Ferrera profiles climate-change skeptic James M. Taylor from the Heartland Institute.

  • Actress Olivia Munn profiles Washington state's Governor Jay Inslee and discusses the issues he's faced since being elected.

  • Lesley Stahl heads to Greenland to investigate the effects of global warming in the Arctic. Ian Somerhalder is in North Carolina to listen to both sides of an evangelical community's arguments about climate change.

  • A doubtful Congressman and Superstorm Sandy. Collecting important climate data.

  • Deforesting Indonesia. Plus, elite firefighters battle a new breed of fire.

  • Globetrotting docu-series on the impact of climate change.

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