TV Episodes Full List of NOVA Episodes

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Below is a complete NOVA episode list that spans the show's entire TV run. Photos from the individual NOVA episodes are listed along with the NOVA episode names when available, as are the dates of the original airing of the episode. NOVA episodes from every season can be seen below, along with fun facts about who directed the episodes, the stars of the and sometimes even information like shooting locations and original air dates. Items featured on this poll include everything from “The Miracle of Life” to “Will Venice Survive Its Rescue?.” Are you remembering a funny scene but can't think of the name that the NOVA episode is from? Scroll below and you'll find what you're looking for.

Ape Genius Feb 19 2008 - As new research continues to reveal that apes are smarter than previously thought, NOVA explores just what separates humans from the great apes.

Making Stuff: Smarter Feb 09 2011 - "Making Stuff: Smarter" looks at materials that respond to their environments and even learn, such as an airplane wing that changes shape as it flies. Scientists are turning to nature ...more

Secrets Beneath the Ice Dec 28 2010 - Almost three miles of ice buries most of Antarctica, cloaking a continent half again as large as the United States. But when an Antarctic ice shelf the size of Manhattan collapsed in less than a ...more

Making Stuff: Stronger Jan 19 2011 - What is the strongest material in the world? Is it steel, Kevlar, carbon nanotubes, or something entirely new? NOVA kicks off the four-part series "Making Stuff" with a quest for the ...more

Making Stuff: Smaller Jan 26 2011 - How small can we go? Could we one day have robots taking "fantastic voyages" in our bodies to kill rogue cells? The triumphs of tiny are seen all around us in the Information Age: ...more

Making Stuff: Cleaner Feb 02 2011 - Can innovations in materials science help clean up our world? In "Making Stuff: Cleaner," David Pogue explores the rapidly developing science and business of clean energy and examines ...more

The Hidden City Oct 03 1989 - Actor Judd Hirsch narrates this behind-the scenes look at what makes New York City tick. Water, power and waste are the critical systems that usually work, but sometimes break down with ...more

Wanted: Butch and Sundance Oct 12 1993 - Forensic sleuth Clyde Snow and a posse of experts travel to Bolivia in search of the remains of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. They find Hollywood and legend got a few things wrong.

To the Moon Jul 13 1999 - The mission seemed impossible, the odds astronomical, but the results were spectacular. NOVA presents the fascinating story behind the Apollo space program, including the historic walk on the ...more

Strange Sleep Apr 07 1974 - Medicine was transformed in the 19th century by the discovery of anesthesia; surgery, until then hasty, bloody and completely unable to deal with internal disorders, subsequently took its place ...more

Bird Brain: The Mystery of Bird Navigation Apr 21 1974 - Birds migrate in search of perpetual summer, sometimes traveling as much as 20,000 miles every year. NOVA uses radar to track and identify migrating birds that travel at night, focusing on how ...more

Fusion: The Energy of Promise May 19 1974 - Nuclear fusion offers the promises of an unlimited, clean source of energy. But achieving fusion has proved one of the most difficult and elusive goals of the physicist. NOVA tells the story of ...more

Last of the Cuiva Mar 31 1974 - How does a primitive nomadic tribe of the Amazon basin cope with the encroachment of Western settlers? NOVA looks at both sides of the story, revealing the misunderstandings between the two

Are You Doing This for Me, Doctor? Apr 28 1974 - The advance of medicine depends inevitably on the testing of experimental procedures on human volunteers from either the healthy or the sick. Yet such procedures are often dangerous, and may not ...more

First Signs of Washoe (The) May 05 1974 - Washoe is a chimp more like a person: she talks with her hands. NOVA visits with Washoe and her teachers—Professor Allen Gardner and Dr. Trixie Gardner—to learn more about this unusual animal.

Case of the Midwife Toad (The) May 12 1974 - When Paul Kammerer committed suicide in 1926, it was taken by most of his fellow biologists as a tacit admission of guilt that he had faked his experiments purporting to show the inheritance of ...more

Search for Life (The) Mar 24 1974 - Does life exist outside this planet? The Viking lander will set down on Mars in July 1976 to try to find out just that. NOVA explores how life started on Earth and examines the Viking Lander ...more

Whales, Dolphins, and Men Mar 17 1974 - NOVA explores the impact of whaling and the goods it produces for the industry, verses the grace and beatury of this intelligent mammal of the sea.

Making of a Natural History Film (The) Mar 03 1974 - NOVA premieres on public television with a behind-the-scenes look at the making of a nature film. Oxford Scientific Films Unit shows how it tackles such problems as filming a wood-wasp laying ...more

Where Did the Colorado Go? Mar 10 1974 - NOVA explores the mighty Colorado River which today has become the life-blood of the Southwest, providing water and electricity to the farms and cities of California, Nevada, and Arizona. The ...more

Crab Nebula (The) Apr 14 1974 - In 1054 AD, the Chinese recorded the explosion of a star so bright that it lit the sky for three weeks, even during the day. It was the explosion of a dying star that was bigger than our sun. ...more

Mystery of the Anasazi (The) May 26 1974 - Who were the people that built the first cities -- complete with apartment blocks -- in North America? They were the Anasazi Indians, who lived in the Southwest for some eight or nine thousand ...more

Lassa Fever Feb 08 1983 - NOVA looks at computers in the classroom through the eyes of MIT's Seymour Papert, father of the Turtle—a computerized robot that crawls on the floor and talks in versatile language even ...more

The Pleasure of Finding Things Out Jan 25 1983 - NOVA captivates a remarkably candid portrait of Nobel prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman, a man of few pretensions and tremendous personal charm, who speaks with the same passion about a ...more

City of Coral Mar 08 1983 - Can the thoroughbred horse run any faster? NOVA examines the billion-dollar horse racing industry in its search for the magic combination of speed, stamina and the will to win.

Signs of the Apes, Songs of the Whales Oct 11 1983 - In the past decade, a number of researchers have begun systematic laboratory research into extrasensory perception—ESP. NOVA considers the claims for—and against—paranormal phenomena and looks ...more

The Artificial Heart Oct 18 1983 - An astronaut once observed a great white light shining out from the bottom of our world: Antarctica, the ice-covered continent we are only just beginning to understand. NOVA visits this ...more

Sixty Minutes to Meltdown Mar 29 1983 - The accident at Three Mile Island made front page news all over the world and rocked the entire nuclear power industry. In this special 90-minute broadcast, NOVA presents a docudrama chronicling ...more

Talking Turtle Oct 25 1983 - NOVA looks at computers in the classroom through the eyes of MIT's Seymour Papert, father of the Turtle—a computerized robot that crawls on the floor and talks in versatile language even ...more

A Magic Way of Going: The Story of Thoroughbreds Nov 15 1983 - Can the thoroughbred horse run any faster? NOVA examines the billion-dollar horse racing industry in its search for the magic combination of speed, stamina and the will to win.

Eyes Over China Dec 27 1983 - NOVA explores whether "yellow rain," described by members of the Hmong tribe of Laos, is a form of chemical warfare—or a naturally occurring phenomenon.

Fat Chance in a Thin World Mar 22 1983 - When plastic surgeons repair the shattered face of a soldier or rescue a child from a disfiguring disease, the victory is more than skin-deep. NOVA looks at the history, heroes and miracles of ...more

Asbestos: A Lethal Legacy Mar 01 1983 - Every 58 minutes between now and the end of the century, one American will die from asbestos exposure. NOVA turns its spotlight on the tragic consequences of asbestos use and on the current ...more

Hawaii: Crucible of Life Jan 18 1983 - The dream of talking with animals has been with us for centuries. NOVA explores the latest research, from language experiments with dolphins and apes to studies of animal calls in the wild.

Alcoholism: Life Under The Influence Jan 10 1984 - NOVA visits a tribe of Ecuadoran Indians who still maintain traditions that date back to the Stone Age—thirty years after their first contact with Western Civilization.

Nuclear Strategy for Beginners Dec 13 1983 - NOVA departs from tradition with the first National Science Test. Viewers can match wits with celebrity panelists Jane Alexander, Jules Bergman, Marva Collins and Edwin Newman. Art Fleming

Papua New Guinea: Anthropology on Trial Nov 01 1983 - Is there a cure for paralyzing spinal injuries? Most neurosurgeons are doubtful, pointing to the central nervous system's most apparent inability to heal itself. But others dispute the point. ...more

Twenty-Five Years in Space Dec 06 1983 - At a time when scientific exchange between the United States and the Soviet Union is at its lowest since the 1950s, a special hookup will allow eight leading Soviet and American scientists to ...more

The Miracle of Life Feb 15 1983 - From inside the human body and the miracle of developing life to an insects world seen from the point of view of the insect, cinematographer Lennart Nilsson shows us the world in new ways. Part ...more

A Normal Face: The Wonders of Plastic Surgery Nov 22 1983 - What are America's obligations to its native population? As an important Indian health act comes up for renewal in Congress this Spring (1984), NOVA explores the state of medical care for a ...more

The Climate Crisis Dec 20 1983 - This summer's record temperatures may be one of the signs that the earth's atmosphere is warming up. NOVA looks at the climate predictions and hazard warnings for the next century, based on the ...more

To Live Until You Die: The Work of Elizabeth Kubler-Ross Nov 08 1983 - Al Giddings is one of the greatest underwater photographers in the world. In a riveting look at the unearthly beauties and terrors of the seas, NOVA presents a portrait of Giddings at work.

Captives of Care Nov 29 1983 - Victor Weisskoff: physicist, lover of music and citizen of the world. NOVA profiles the international statesman of science and learns that one of the giants of 20th century physics is also one ...more

Down on the Farm Mar 20 1984 - What do dinosaurs, a panda's thumb and a peacock's tail have in common? Dr. Stephen Jay Gould, the internationally renowned palentologist and evolutionary theorist, provides some surprising ...more

Acid Rain: New Bad News Dec 11 1984 - The debate over acid rain continues to grow. NOVA travels to West Germany, the mid-Atlantic states and New England to examine the controversy surrounding this phenomenon.

Make My People Live: The Crisis in Indian Health Care Mar 27 1984 - In this docudrama presentation, NOVA looks at the life, times and work of Gregor Mendel, the 19th cenutry Augustinian friar whose revolutionary scientific experiments in selective breeding have ...more

Fountains of Paradise Oct 23 1984 - NOVA examines the complex world of parasites, parasitic diseases and the exciting work currently being done by a new breed of medical researchers as they meet the challenge of conquering the ...more

Jaws: The True Story Dec 04 1984 - What do Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the painter Raphael and chess champion Bobby Fischer have in common? They were all child prodigies. NOVA explores the current efforts to learn more about the ...more

The World According to Weisskopf Apr 03 1984 - Victor Weisskoff: physicist, lover of music and citizen of the world. NOVA profiles the international statesman of science and learns that one of the giants of 20th century physics is also one ...more

Frontiers of Plastic Surgery Nov 20 1984 - It's a mystery just how children acquire language. Does the process begin in the womb? And which comes first, language or thought? NOVA explores the fascinating world of baby talk and reveals ...more