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15 Netflix Educational Shows For Feeding Your Brain

Updated May 13, 2020 435 votes 121 voters 15.4k views15 items

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As great as The Magic School Bus is, it's high time there were more educational television shows for adults. And in case you haven't heard, Netflix has officially made learning fun for adults. That's right, learning shows aren't just for kids anymore. In fact, there are a ton of noteworthy educational TV series to watch on Netflix. Whether you're looking to learn about humpback whales, super massive black holes, or the history of G.I. Joe, there's a show for that. The best educational shows on Netflix cover a wide variety of topics. There's truly something for every interest. If you're a foodie, you'll want to sink your teeth into Samin Nosrat's phenomenal food/travel show Salt Fat Acid Heat. If you fancy yourself more of a nature fiendOur Planet and Night On Earth are two exquisite choices. The truth is, you really can't go wrong with any of these shows. Even if you don't like it, hey! At least you learned something. 

So now, without further ado, here is a list of the most fascinating educational shows streaming on Netflix. Keep reading to learn more about these informative series, and vote up which popular Netflix educational shows taught you the most!

  • Netflix's original documentary series isn't just breath-takingly beautiful — it's very informative. The minds behind The Blue Planet and Planet Earth have returned with Our Planet, a show that focuses on our natural world and more importantly, our impact on it. Besides the incredible camera-work and stirring score, Our Planet forces us humans to examine how our decisions affect the homes of these magnificent creatures. 

    If you're looking for a nature documentary that will also keep you "woke", this one's for you. 

    • Actors: David Attenborough
    • Premiered: 2019
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    Conducting your own research is all well and good, but sometimes you just want someone to explain things to you. Netflix's Explained series aims to do just that. The premise is simple — each episode has a different topic with a different narrator. The episodes are short, just 16 to 18 minutes, so you can pack quite a few in within one watch.

    With subjects as varied as astrology, cryptocurrency, and K-Pop, you'll never get bored while watching Explained. Plus, think about all the new knowledge you'll have for your next party conversation!


    • Actors: Maria Bello, Estelle Caswell, Joss Fong
    • Premiered: May 23, 2018
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  • Netflix's original documentary series is as provocative as it is informative. Rotten blows the lid open on the secrets of food supply businesses, and how unseen forces influence what we eat. Each hour-long episode zeroes in on a different aspect of the food supply chain, and you may not always like what you see. From exploited sugar cane farmers to the hidden additives in honey, there's a lot we don't know about the stuff that makes it onto our tables. 

    If you can stomach it, Rotten is an eye-opening investigation that might make you think more about what you buy at the grocery store. You are what you eat, as they say. 

    • Actors: Gudrun Beckh, Susan Berfield, Andrew Boutros
    • Premiered: 2019
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  • Photo: Salt Fat Acid Heat / Netflix

    Salt, fat, acid, and heat. According to chef Samin Nosrat, these are the four basic elements when it comes to good cooking. Based on her book of the same name, this Netflix original documentary series follows Nosrat as she travels to culinary hotspots all over the world.

    In each location she visits, she breaks down one of the elements and why it makes food so delicious. The best part is that she'll give you useful tips to incorporate flavor into your own cooking. Score!

    • Actors: Samin Nosrat
    • Premiered: October 11, 2018
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