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List Rules The best science TV shows only--no travel or cooking shows.

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 ciricculum.

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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Planet Earth is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Science TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
Planet Earth Sigourney Weaver Planet Earth is a 2006 British television series produced by the BBC Natural History Unit. Five years in the making, it was the most expensive nature documentary series ever commissioned by the ...more

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Nova is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Science TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
Nova Jay O. Sanders, Lance Lewman, Craig Sechler Nova is a United States popular science television series produced by WGBH Boston. It is broadcast on Public Broadcasting Service in the U.S., and in more than 100 other countries. The series ...more

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MythBusters is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Science TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
Chris Abraham added MythBusters Jamie Hyneman, Adam Savage MythBusters is a science entertainment television program created by Peter Rees and produced by Australia's Beyond Television Productions for the Discovery Channel. The series is transmitted by ...more

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Cosmos: A Personal Voyage is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Science TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
Cosmos: A Personal Voyage Carl Sagan Cosmos: A Personal Voyage is a thirteen-part television series written by Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan, and Steven Soter, with Sagan as presenter. It was executive-produced by Adrian Malone, produced ...more

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Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Science TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey Neil deGrasse Tyson, Carl Sagan, Stoney Emshwiller Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey is a 2014 American science documentary television series. The show is a follow-up to the 1980 television series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, which was presented by Carl ...more

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How It's Made is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Science TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
How It's Made Mark Tewksbury, Lynne Adams, Brooks Moore How It's Made is a documentary television series that premiered on January 6, 2001 on Discovery Channel in Canada, and Science in the U.S. It's also being aired on Discovery Family. The program ...more

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Through the Wormhole is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Science TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
Tomás Isidro Noguera added Through the Wormhole Morgan Freeman, Sean Carroll, Michio Kaku Through the Wormhole is an American science documentary television series narrated and hosted by American actor Morgan Freeman. It began airing on Science in the United States on June 9, 2010.

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The Universe is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Science TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
Tomás Isidro Noguera added The Universe Erik Thompson, Clifford V. Johnson, Alex Filippenko The Universe is an American documentary television series that features computer-generated imagery and computer graphics of astronomical objects in the universe plus interviews with experts who ...more

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How the Universe Works is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Science TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
Benjamin Dunn added How the Universe Works How the Universe Works is a mini-series that originally aired on the Discovery Channel April 25, 2010 to May 24, 2010. The first and third seasons were narrated by Mike Rowe and the second by ...more

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The Blue Planet is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Science TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
The Blue Planet Tania Zaetta, Sami Lukis, Don Hany The Blue Planet is a British nature documentary series created and produced by the BBC, It premiered on 12 September 2001 in the United Kingdom. It is narrated by David Attenborough. Described ...more

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Bill Nye the Science Guy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Science TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
Chris Abraham added Bill Nye the Science Guy Bill Nye, Ed Begley Jr., Rachelle Carson Bill Nye the Science Guy is a live action educational television program that originally aired from September 10, 1993 to June 20, 1998 and was hosted by Bill Nye. The show aired on PBS Kids and ...more

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The Living Planet is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Science TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
The Living Planet David Attenborough The Living Planet: A Portrait of the Earth is a BBC nature documentary series written and presented by David Attenborough, first transmitted in the UK from 19 January 1984. The sequel to his ...more

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Beakman's World is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Science TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
Benjamin Dunn added Beakman's World Paul Zaloom, Mark Ritts, Eliza Schneider Beakman's World is an educational children's television show. The program is based on the Universal Press Syndicate syndicated comic strip You Can with Beakman and Jax created by Jok Church. The ...more

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The Planets is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Science TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
VideosMusic added The Planets Samuel West

2017 Science Channel

The Planets is an educational miniseries produced by the BBC and A&E and released in 1999. The series was remastered in 2004. It documents the Solar System and its nature, formation, and ...more

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Outrageous Acts of Science is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Science TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
VideosMusic added Outrageous Acts Of Science Scientists and amateurs conduct experiments and post their exploits online.

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Space's Deepest Secrets is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Science TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
VideosMusic added Space's Deepest Secrets

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DIY Sci with Steve Spangler is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Science TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
Bryan Higgins added DIY Sci with Steve Spangler

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Let's Get Inventin' is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Science TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
Luke Nola added Let's Get Inventin' Let's Get Inventin' is a New Zealand reality television series that takes young inventors and helps them to create inventions. If successful they go into a prize pool, as well as having a chance ...more

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Scientific American Frontiers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Science TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
Scientific American Frontiers Alan Alda, Woodie Flowers Scientific American Frontiers was an American television program primarily focused on informing the public about new technologies and discoveries in science and medicine. It was a companion ...more

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Breakthrough is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Science TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
Breakthrough Tanya Thompson

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eye of nye is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Science TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
rosemary-hallett added eye of nye

the older, funnier, more complicated version of the science guy