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The Best Science TV Shows of All Time, Ranked

Updated April 28, 2021 3.8k votes 1.1k voters 92.7k views46 items

List RulesVote up the best science shows that have ever aired.

The best science TV shows not only entertain, but also educate audiences. They’ve been popular among audiences of all ages for decades and show no sign of going away. In fact, they’re getting even more popular as people's desires for learning continue to grow. But which science TV shows are the most popular and are truly worth watching? Find out below, as fans have voted on their favorites.

The very best science TV shows, like Cosmos: A Personal Journey make learning fun and never feel dull. In fact, Cosmos with Carl Sagan was so popular that over twenty years after it aired, a follow up series titled Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey was produced. In the second Cosmos series, Neil deGrasse Tyson explained complicated theories and proofs in an easily digestible way.

For children, good science TV shows provide an excellent alternative to cartoons and animated shows. And it’s not like kids don’t love educational TV shows, as Bill Nye the Science Guy was a popular science show for years. Bill Nye made science fun and not just something a boring part of the curicculum.

So help people find out which science shows were the best and vote up your favorites, whether from your childhood or not. If you don’t see a science show that you feel should be on the list, feel free to add it. After all, this is supposed to be a comprehensive ranking of the best science TV shows.

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    Nova

    Jay O. Sanders, Lance Lewman

    Premiered1974

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    MythBusters

    Jamie Hyneman, Adam Savage

    PremieredJanuary 23, 2003

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    Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey

    Neil deGrasse Tyson, Carl Sagan

    PremieredSeptember 28, 1980

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    Planet Earth

    avid Attenborough, Sigourney Weaver

    PremieredMarch 5, 2006

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    Premiered1980

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    How It's Made

    Mark Tewksbury, Lynne Adams

    PremieredJanuary 6, 2001

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    Through the Wormhole

    Morgan Freeman, Sean Carroll

    PremieredJune 15, 2010

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    How the Universe Works

    Mike Rowe, Erik Todd Dellums

    PremieredApril 25, 2010

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    The Universe

    Erik Thompson, Clifford V. Johnson

    PremieredMay 29, 2007

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    The Blue Planet

    Tania Zaetta, Sami Lukis

    Premiered2001

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    Beakman's World

    Paul Zaloom, Mark Ritts

    Premiered1992

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    Bill Nye the Science Guy

    Bill Nye, Ed Begley Jr.

    PremieredSeptember 10, 1993

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    The Living Planet

    David Attenborough

    Premiered1984

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    DIY Sci with Steve Spangler

    Steve Spangler, Bryan Higgins

    Premiered2016

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    Outrageous Acts Of Science

    Gareth Cornick, Tim Dadabo

    PremieredApril 20, 2013

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    Cosmos: Possible Worlds

    Neil deGrasse Tyson, Trang Vo

    Premiered2020

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    Space's Deepest Secrets

    David O'Brien

    Premiered2016

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    Scientific American Frontiers

    Alan Alda, Woodie Flowers

    Premiered1990

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    The Planets

    Samuel West

    PremieredOctober 9, 1999

    2017 Science Channel

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    The Secrets of Quantum Physics

    Jim Al-Khalili

    Premiered2014

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    Wonders of the Universe

    Brian Cox, Steven Mackintosh

    Premiered2011

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    Shock and Awe: The Story of Electricity

    Jim Al-Khalili

    Premiered2011

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    The Story of Science

    Michael Mosley

    Premiered2010

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    Secrets of the Viking Stone

    Elroy Balgaard, Peter Stormare

    PremieredJuly 5, 2020

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    The Great Escapists

    Tory Belleci, Richard Hammond

    PremieredJanuary 29, 2021

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