5 Informative TV Shows on Science
Use your daily TV time to find an engaging and enriching show for yourself or the whole family. We’ve compiled five of the most informative TV shows about science and scientists to cut through the endless scrolling.
1. My Octopus Teacher
This surprising addition to our list, shot by South African naturalist and filmmaker Craig Foster in 2020, became an Oscar winner and received acclaim from critics worldwide. Aside from gorgeous cinematography through the underwater kelp forests of False Bay in the Cape Peninsula, it makes us think twice about forming meaningful relationships with animals and shows us how much we still have to learn.
2. Pandemic: How to Prevent an Outbreak
One of the notable facts about this science show is that it premiered mere days before the COVID-19 pandemic began. The series follows doctors, scientists and activists preparing for the next viral outbreak and eerily recounts how the next respiratory virus will overwhelm the planet. Full of “what ifs” that have become a reality, Pandemic is a must-see in modern times.
3. Breaking Boundaries: The Science of Our Planet
This show combines work from David Attenborough and scientist Johan Rockström to offer an informative and impactful look at the role of knowledge in our future and our ability to change our trajectory. Backed by scientific evidence, the key message is that we still have time while a stark reality check.
The original 1978 “Connections” spearheaded the onset of TV shows about science. It was a 10-part BBC documentary hosted by renowned science historian James Burke, demonstrating the staggering connections between the world’s outstanding scientific achievements. Another reason to watch this groundbreaking classic is its exciting reboot on Curiosity Stream, hosted by James Burke. Running a double feature makes this show the perfect weekend viewing for curious minds.
5. A Year in Space
Despite our many televised forays into the world of science fiction and space travel, science TV shows have never considered what happens to the human body under those conditions. “A Year in Space” answers many of those questions. It centers around astronaut Scott Kelly's year-long stay on the International Space Station while his twin brother Mark — another astronaut — stayed on Earth. NASA tests them both throughout the experience, showing us what the results could mean for the future of space exploration.
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