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DocumentaryBiography7+1974 - Present44 Seasons

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Below you'll find every episode from all 44 season of NOVA.
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Season 1

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Season 01, Episode 01 The Making Of A Natural History Film

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Mar 4, 1974
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The Making Of A Natural History Film 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 its egg inside trees, the hatching of a chick and the courtship rituals of the stickleback.

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Season 01, Episode 02 Where Did the Colorado Go?

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Mar 11, 1974
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Where Did the Colorado Go? 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 program examines the political expediency and technological over-optimism that has led to some major miscalculations of the river's capacity.

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Season 01, Episode 03 Whales, Dolphins, and Men

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Mar 18, 1974
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Whales, Dolphins, and Men 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.

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Season 01, Episode 04 The Search For Life

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Mar 25, 1974
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The Search For Life 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 being built in its germ-free room before starting its long journey.

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Season 01, Episode 05 Last of the Cuiva

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Apr 1, 1974
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Last of the Cuiva 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 cultures.

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Season 01, Episode 06 Strange Sleep

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Apr 8, 1974
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Strange Sleep 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 in the front rank of medical practice. This NOVA docudrama depicts the pioneers of medicine.

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Season 01, Episode 07 The Crab Nebula

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Apr 15, 1974
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The Crab Nebula 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. NOVA explores this mysterious explosion that led to the discovery of Crab Nebula.

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Season 2

Season 02, Episode 01 Why Do Birds Sing?

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Nov 4, 1974
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Why Do Birds Sing? NOVA travels to forests and marshes to discover why birds sing and finds surprising parallels with the acquisition of speech in humans.

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Season 02, Episode 02 How Much Do You Smell?

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Nov 11, 1974
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How Much Do You Smell? Many insects and some mammals use smell as a primary means of communication. NOVA explains how, for example, the entire economy of an ant's nest is organized by smell, and how some moths use smell for population control—an ability we is now beginning to understand.

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Season 02, Episode 03 The Hunting Of The Quark

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Nov 18, 1974
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The Hunting Of The Quark Smashing matter into ever smaller pieces in an attempt to find its fundamental building blocks has produced a confused nightmare of particles. NOVA looks at this on-again, off-again story—one of sciences's most mysterious—and, one of the most expensive, involving some of the biggest machines in the world.

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Season 02, Episode 04 The Secrets Of Sleep

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Nov 25, 1974
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The Secrets Of Sleep Most of us spend one-third of our lives in a state of which we understand remarkably little—some people sleep for only a few minutes a night, and function perfectly well, while others declare that eight hours isn't enough. NOVA explores traditional notions about how much sleep we need; looks at effects of the sleeping pill, and, perhaps the most baffling of all aspects of sleep—dreaming.

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Season 02, Episode 05 Inside the Golden Gate

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Dec 2, 1974
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Inside the Golden Gate NOVA joins a team of U.S. Geological Survey scientists on a mission to find out just how San Francisco Bay works: its physics, its chemistry and its biology.

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Season 02, Episode 06 The Men Who Painted Caves

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Dec 9, 1974
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The Men Who Painted Caves Just why did Cro-Magnon man living in France's Dordogne Valley some 15,000 years ago take time out from the desperate business of survival to paint pictures in inaccessible corners of his cave dwellings? NOVA joins French and American archeologists as they piece together the lifestyle of these hunters of the last great Ice Age, and try to interpret the meaning of their cave art.

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Season 02, Episode 07 Red Sea Coral

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Dec 16, 1974
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Red Sea Coral NOVA joins a group of English biologists living literally on a platform in the middle of the Red Sea, who for several years have been studying the crown-of-thorns starfish, notorious for the devastation it has wrought on the coral reefs of Australia and the Pacific.

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