PBS' premier science series helps viewers of all ages explore the science behind the headlines. Along the way, NOVA demystifies science and technology, and highlights the people involved in scientific pursuits.NOVA has one or more episodes streaming with subscription on Netflix, streaming with subscription on Prime Video, free on PBS, and 4 others. It's a biography and documentary show with 875 episodes over 44 seasons. NOVA is still airing with no announced date for the next episode or season. It has a high IMDb audience rating of 8.8 (1,891 votes).
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Season 1Prime Video | PBS | Rent or Buy
S01 E01Mar 4, 1974
The Making Of A Natural History Film Mar 4, 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 its egg inside trees, the hatching of a chick and the courtship rituals of the stickleback.
S01 E02Mar 11, 1974
Where Did the Colorado Go? Mar 11, 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 program examines the political expediency and technological over-optimism that has led to some major miscalculations of the river's capacity.
S01 E03Mar 18, 1974
Whales, Dolphins, and Men Mar 18, 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.
S01 E04Mar 25, 1974
The Search For Life Mar 25, 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 being built in its germ-free room before starting its long journey.
S01 E05Apr 1, 1974
Last of the Cuiva Apr 1, 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 cultures.
S01 E06Apr 8, 1974
Strange Sleep Apr 8, 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 in the front rank of medical practice. This NOVA docudrama depicts the pioneers of medicine.
S01 E07Apr 15, 1974
The Crab Nebula Apr 15, 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. NOVA explores this mysterious explosion that led to the discovery of Crab Nebula.
Season 2Prime Video | Rent or Buy
S02 E01Nov 4, 1974
Why Do Birds Sing? Nov 4, 1974 NOVA travels to forests and marshes to discover why birds sing and finds surprising parallels with the acquisition of speech in humans.
S02 E02Nov 11, 1974
How Much Do You Smell? Nov 11, 1974 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.
S02 E03Nov 18, 1974
The Hunting Of The Quark Nov 18, 1974 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.
S02 E04Nov 25, 1974
The Secrets Of Sleep Nov 25, 1974 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.
S02 E05Dec 2, 1974
Inside the Golden Gate Dec 2, 1974 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.
S02 E06Dec 9, 1974
The Men Who Painted Caves Dec 9, 1974 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.
S02 E07Dec 16, 1974
Red Sea Coral Dec 16, 1974 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.
Season 3Rent or Buy
S03 E01Jan 5, 1976
Predictable Disaster Jan 5, 1976 It is now possible to predict earthquakes. At least two successful predictions have already been made in the United States; and the NOVA crew was present and filming while a third prediction was being formulated. NOVA looks at why earthquakes occur, how predictions are made, the threat they pose to cities at risk, and examines the advantages and disadvantages of making an earthquake a predictable disaster.
S03 E02Jan 12, 1976
Joey Jan 12, 1976 NOVA takes viewers into the world of Joey Deacon, 54 years old and a spastic since birth. Joey has lived most of his life in institutions, unable to communicate with anyone until he met Ernie Roberts. The docudrama recreates Joey's story, with remarkable performances by two spastic actors portraying him as a boy and as a young man. Joey and Ernie themselves appear in the final sequences.
S03 E03Jan 19, 1976
Meditation and the Mind Jan 19, 1976 What do singer Peggy Lee, New York Jets Quarterback Joe Namath and Congressman Richard Nolas have in common? They all practice a ritual called TM—Transcendental Meditation. NOVA examines the recent phenomenal success of the TM movement in America.
S03 E04Jan 26, 1976
The Planets Jan 26, 1976 The last fourteen years have been a revolution in our understanding of our place in the stars, the Solar System. Beginning in 1961 with a Russian spacecraft flying to Venus, quickening with the Apollo manned missions to the Moon, it came of age in the Spring of 1974, when there were six spacecrafts traveling simultaneously from the Earth to the planets. NOVA looks at the era of manned and unmanned exploration of the Solar System.
S03 E05Feb 2, 1976
A Desert Place Feb 2, 1976 NOVA explores the mysterious ecosystem of the desert: a snowstorm; a lashing summer monsoon; and the emergence—in a pool created only minutes before—of a pair of adult spadefoot toads. Toads who had been waiting beneath the sand for a year for this brief and fortuitous moment to procreate the next generation...
S03 E06Feb 9, 1976
A Small Imperfection Feb 9, 1976 Every year, some 5,000 babies are born in the US with spina bifida, a congenital abnormality of the central nervous system. NOVA explores the mystery of what causes spina bifida and raises the issues of whether heroic measures should be taken to preserve the life of severely malformed babies.
S03 E07Feb 16, 1976
Ninety Degrees Below Feb 16, 1976 There's one place on earth where no one will ever catch a cold. And the freezing waters are so bitter there that a fish has been discovered to have developed its own anti-freeze. NOVA explores Antarctica—the coldest desert in the world.
Season 4Rent or Buy
S04 E01Jan 6, 1977
Hitler's Secret Weapon Jan 6, 1977 NOVA traces the development of Hitler's V-2 rocket through rare footage obtained from the National Archives—some never broadcast before on television.
S04 E02Jan 13, 1977
The Hot Blooded Dinosaurs Jan 13, 1977 If you were a dinosaur scientist, what would you do with a pile of fossil bones? How would you even start to put the giant jigsaw puzzle together, never mind discover anything about how these dinosaurs lived? NOVA explores the incredible world of the dinosaur scientist.
S04 E03Jan 20, 1977
What Price Coal? Jan 20, 1977 What is the price we are prepared to pay for coal? NOVA looks at the environmental and health safety issues raised by the government, industry, and the victims.
S04 E04Feb 3, 1977
The Sunspot Mystery Feb 3, 1977 NOVA explores the research on the 1976 drought in the western United States which led some solar scientists to discover the link between weather patterns and the 11 year sunspot mystery.
S04 E05Feb 10, 1977
The Plastic Prison Feb 10, 1977 NOVA follows the lives of three boys who have combined immuned deficiency—a disease that leaves its victims with no immune system.
S04 E06Feb 24, 1977
Incident at Brown's Ferry Feb 24, 1977 NOVA recreates March 1975 at Brown's Ferry, an Alabama nuclear power plant—the largest in the world—that suffered a seven-hour fire which came very close to developing into a major public disaster.
S04 E07Mar 3, 1977
Bye Bye Blackbird Mar 3, 1977 NOVA looks at blackbirds, their winter habit of nesting in the millions, and the destruction they do to crops.
Season 5Rent or Buy
S05 E01Jan 5, 1978
In The Event of Catastrophe Jan 5, 1978 Can a nuclear war be survived? Some members of the defense community say yes. NOVA explores the possibility.
S05 E02Jan 12, 1978
Blueprints in the Bloodstream Jan 12, 1978 Part one of a two-part series on the subject of man in space, NOVA examines the history of NASA—from the origin of the space race through the triumph of the Apollo programs. By tracing the history of three key programs—Mercury, Gemini, Apollo—we show how the basic challenges surrounding space flight were answered: rendezvous and docking, life support, weightlessness, space sickness, equipment reliability and so on.
S05 E03Jan 19, 1978
One Small Step (1) Jan 19, 1978 Second of the two-part series on space programs, NOVA looks ahead to the future, post-Apollo and the role that man in space will play, including the possibility of space colonization—huge orbiting space stations where people live and work in an earth atmosphere under artificial gravity.
S05 E04Jan 26, 1978
The Final Frontier (2) Jan 26, 1978 In the rain forests of Zaire, in the heart of Africa, live the Mbuti Pygmies. The Pygmy way of life has always been extraordinarily difficult to capture on film, though many have tried. NOVA presents a rare portrait of an elusive people, made by an independent filmmaker who lived with the Pygmies and won their trust.
S05 E05Feb 2, 1978
BaMiki BaNdula: Children of the Forest Feb 2, 1978 In a dramatic docudrama, NOVA reconstructs the controversial lawsuit raised against renowned heart surgeon Dr. Denton Cooley when one of his patients died after heart surgery, and examines the legal and moral issues this raises in the practice of modern medicine.
S05 E06Feb 16, 1978
Trial Of Denton Cooley Feb 16, 1978 A science-based revolution in the making of wine is underway. NOVA traces the secrets of the aging process and science's involvement with the predicting of mass production high-quality vintage wines.
S05 E07Feb 23, 1978
The Great Wine Revolution Feb 23, 1978 NOVA investigates the theories of von Daniken and others that the Earth has been visited by intelligent beings from outer space. Among claims examined are: that the building techniques used in the Great Pyramid of Cheops are so advanced that only an extraterrestrial intelligence could have built it; and that the engraved stones of Palenque in Mexico depict an ancient astronaut at the controls of a space rocket.
Season 6Rent or Buy
S06 E01Jan 5, 1979
Black Tide Jan 5, 1979 On the morning of March 16, 1978, the US owned, Liberian registered supertanker, the Amoco Cadiz, went aground off the coast of Brittany. Over the following days and weeks its entire 68 million gallons of oil drained into the sea. A NOVA production team began filmming at the scene shortly after the disaster, the biggest oil spill in history, and recorded clean-up efforts, effects of the spill on the crucial tourism and fishing industries, and the attempts of US and French marine biologists to trace the passage of the oil through the environment.
S06 E02Jan 12, 1979
Long Walk Of Fred Young Jan 12, 1979 As a child, Fred Young hunted birds and wild animals with primitive weapons, spoke only the Indian languages Ute and Navajo, went to a medicine man when he was sick, and slept under the stars. NOVA profiles Dr. Frederick Young, now a nuclear physicist working on the laser fusion project at the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory in New Mexico.
S06 E03Jan 19, 1979
A World Of Difference Jan 19, 1979 In 1945, B.F. Skinner shocked the world by putting his 13 month-old daughter, Deborah, into a "box." The box was actually a climate-controlled crib designed for comfort and protection, and the young psychologist was merely testing his theory that environment controls behavior. NOVA portrays the life of this famous behavioral psychologist now in his 70's and living quietly in Cambridge as Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Harvard University.
S06 E04Feb 2, 1979
Cashing In On The Ocean Feb 2, 1979 The bed of the northeast Pacific Ocean is covered with a "carpet" estimated to be worth a staggering ten million dollars. These manganese nodules—the bumpy carpet—are rich not only in manganese but in the key strategic minerals: copper, nickel and cobalt. NOVA examines the debate about who owns them and who has the right to exploit their use.
S06 E05Feb 9, 1979
Patterns From The Past Feb 9, 1979 Below the snow-capped peaks of the Peruvian Andes, the Q'eros Indians live a life patterned on that of their ancestors thousands of years ago. NOVA takes a look at the unchanging world of these isolated mountain people.
S06 E06Feb 23, 1979
The Invisible Flame Feb 23, 1979 Some day hydrogen may replace the gasoline that we are now using up so rapidly. NOVA looks at the potential of hydrogen as a zero-pollution fuel.
S06 E07Mar 2, 1979
The End Of The Rainbow Mar 2, 1979 Is nuclear fusion the solution to the energy crisis? NOVA examines the promise—and problems—of fusion as a future energy source.
Season 7Prime Video | Rent or Buy
S07 E01Jan 16, 1980
The Elusive Illness Jan 16, 1980 In one of the first films ever to come out of modern China, NOVA sifts through clues that Chinese scientists have uncovered in their pursuit of particularly virulent and elusive forms of cancer from which one out of every four people die.
S07 E02Jan 23, 1980
A is for Atom, B is for Bomb Jan 23, 1980 One year in the intricate life of a coastal lagoon unfolds in an hour's time when NOVA documents the fragile tidal ecosystem which supports the entire ocean.
S07 E03Feb 6, 1980
Living Machines Feb 6, 1980 Locked in the shale of the Western Rocky Mountains is more oil than in the Middle East—more than enough to solve our dependence on foreign crude oil. But will shale oil solve our gasoline shortage, or will it simply turn the Rockies into a gigantic industrial zone? NOVA explores the promise and the problems of shale oil.
S07 E04Feb 20, 1980
Portrait of a Killer Feb 20, 1980 Is interferon—known as IF in medical shorthand—the wonder drug and cure for cancer that some doctors claim? NOVA travels to London, Stockholm, Houston, San Francisco, and New Haven in search of the answer in the most complete film on interferon ever to appear on American television.
S07 E05Mar 5, 1980
Umealit: The Whale Hunters Mar 5, 1980 On Wednesday, November 12, 1980, Voyager 1 is expected to arrive at Saturn for a first time ever extensive close-up investigation of the majestic ringed planet. Astronomers can expect to gather more information than ever before possible. On the day before this historic event, NOVA documents Voyager's journey through the outer solar system.
S07 E06Mar 12, 1980
The Safety Factor Mar 12, 1980 Thomas Edison is the quintessential American hero, the Wizard whose inventions revolutionized modern living. But there was always more to Edison than met the eye. He was a complex and contradictory man; a brilliant inventor, a foolish investor; a demanding boss, a liberal benfactor—a public figure that no one ever really knew. NOVA profiles the man behind the mythical reputation.
S07 E07Mar 19, 1980
A Mediterranean Prospect Mar 19, 1980 Water, water everywhere...but just how useful is it? NOVA travels to the Adirondack Mountains where acid rain is killing many high elevation lakes; to the Mississippi River where chlorine has combined with natural and manmade organic chemicals to form cancer-causing toxic chemical susbtances; to California, where conservation recycling has had to become a way of life; and to Bedford, Massachusetts, where the town wells have been contaminated by industrial waste.
Season 8Prime Video | Rent or Buy
S08 E01Jan 7, 1981
Doctors of Nigeria Jan 7, 1981 A great secret lies locked inside the master violins created by Italian craftsmen like Antonio Stradivari in the 17th and 18th centuries. Now, a Wisconsin physicist, working alone in his cellar, may have solved the violin mystery.
S08 E02Jan 21, 1981
Message in the Rocks Jan 21, 1981 A NOVA showing the extraordinary discoveries of X-ray astronomy. This new science has revealed that our universe is much stranger and more violent than ever imagined, filled with neutrons, stars, exploding galaxies, quasars and black holes—a universe seething with energy, bursting across vast distances of space and time.
S08 E03Jan 28, 1981
The Dead Sea Lives Jan 28, 1981 Called the "teeth of the wind" by those who have battled them for centuries, locusts continue to plague hundreds of millions of people. Rare desert rains transforms locusts from harmless grasshoppers to voracious swarms capable of destroying all vegetation in their path. NOVA reveals some of man's latest attempts to rid himself of his age-old enemy, the locust.
S08 E04Feb 11, 1981
Anatomy of a Volcano Feb 11, 1981 The controversy which exploded a century ago when Charles Darwin published "The Origin of Species" is erupting again with new facts and emotion. NOVA explores challenges to the theory of evolution coming from evidence in fossils, from biology laboratories, and Creationists.
S08 E05Feb 18, 1981
The Science of Murder Feb 18, 1981 Many were delighted by the extraordinary special effects in movies like "2001" and" Star Wars," but few realized how their magic relied on technologies as futuristic as their science fiction plots. NOVA introduces 20th century pioneers who use computers and lasers to create an extraordinary array of strange, exciting new art forms.
S08 E06Feb 25, 1981
The Malady of Health Care Feb 25, 1981 You are not alone! Like it or not, every human being and virtually every living creature is, in a sense, owned and operated by legions of prehistoric organisms, hordes of them in each cell in the body. That is one of the startling revelations as NOVA explores the mysterious wonder of life with Dr. Lewis Thomas, a leading biologist and award-winning author described by Time as "quite possibly the best essayist on science anywhere in the world."
S08 E07Mar 4, 1981
Beyond the Milky Way Mar 4, 1981 William H. Whyte's insightful and humorous look at city parks, plazas and streets, and the people who use them. Whyte shows the remarkable research he did over a period of many years to find out why some city squares and small parks are enjoyable while others are so dreary. His work led to the transformation of some New York City plazas from barren to bustling. Whyte shows how any city—large or small—can lick the problem of downtown dreariness.
Season 9Prime Video | Rent or Buy
S09 E01Jan 11, 1982
Salmon on the Run Jan 11, 1982 For the first time on television a rigorous, scientific investigation into the fact, fiction, and hoax of unidentified flying objects. With vivid film and accounts from several eyewitnesses including astronauts, NOVA sifts the evidence for and against the existence of UFOs.
S09 E02Jan 18, 1982
Test-Tube Babies: A Daughter For Judy Jan 18, 1982 The Himalayas, highest peaks in the world, are crumbling. People are making them crumble, and people are the victims, as NOVA reveals in this breathtaking documentary.
S09 E03Jan 25, 1982
Field Guide to Roger Tory Peterson Jan 25, 1982 Of the 70,000 Americans hospitalized annually for severe burns, one-third are children. NOVA tells the story of extraordinary personal resilience in an 11-year-old boy's fight to recover from burns suffered over 73 percent of his body.
S09 E04Feb 1, 1982
The Hunt for the Legion Killer Feb 1, 1982 NOVA introduces some of the winners of the 1982 Westinghouse Science Talent Search: high school students whose interests range from silkworms to solar cells. With education facing a deepening financial crisis, will this year's group of well-trained young scientists be among the last of the best and the brightest?
S09 E05Feb 8, 1982
Finding a Voice Feb 8, 1982 An investigative report on US dependence on foreign sources of strategic minerals, vital to the aerospace and steel industries, which examines and questions Reagan Administration policies toward those international sources.
S09 E06Feb 15, 1982
The Television Explosion Feb 15, 1982 NOVA reports on the staggering water problems of Southern Louisiana—where the mighty Mississippi is threatening to change its course, and where last year 49 square miles of coastline disappeared into the Gulf of Mexico.
S09 E07Mar 1, 1982
Life: Patent Pending Mar 1, 1982 NOVA follows the great grey whales along their annual marathon migration from the Acrtic to the Mexican coast and reveals little known facts about the mating and feeding habits of the gentle giants.
Season 10Prime Video | Rent or Buy
S10 E01Jan 5, 1983
Hawaii: Crucible of Life Jan 5, 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.
S10 E02Jan 19, 1983
The Pleasure of Finding Things Out Jan 19, 1983 Seattle dentist Barney Clark received the first complete artificial heart implant in 1982 and lived on for three post-operative months. NOVA investigates the risk, costs and controversies surrounding the development of the artificial heart.
S10 E03Jan 26, 1983
Lassa Fever Jan 26, 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 five-year-olds can learn.
S10 E04Feb 9, 1983
The Miracle of Life Feb 9, 1983 Remote tribes and exotic islanders have been made known to the world through the lens of anthropology. But in recent years, some of these people have begun to object. NOVA travels to Margaret Mead's Papua New Guinea and looks at anthropology from the other side.
S10 E05Feb 16, 1983
Asbestos: A Lethal Legacy Feb 16, 1983 Dr. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross has become a legend in her lifetime for her work with the dying. For the first time on American television, her explorations with patients are captured in film, as NOVA presents an intimate portrait of the Swiss-born psychiatrist at work.
S10 E06Mar 2, 1983
City of Coral Mar 2, 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.
S10 E07Mar 9, 1983
Fat Chance in a Thin World Mar 9, 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 plastic surgery in mending the accidents of war and birth.
Season 11Prime Video | Rent or Buy
S11 E01Jan 11, 1984
The Case of ESP Jan 11, 1984 NOVA looks at the "blue revolution"—modern advances in the ancient art of raising aquatic animals and plants—in the United States, Japan, Scotland and other countries.
S11 E02Jan 18, 1984
Antarctica: Earth's Last Frontier Jan 18, 1984 NOVA's sequel to "A Normal Face" examines the merging of technology and art in modern reconstruction and cosmetic surgical techniques.
S11 E03Feb 1, 1984
China's Only Child Feb 1, 1984 They have been part of the United States' space program for more than 20 years. Who are these talented, courageous women? NOVA looks at astronaut Sally Ride and her colleagues, how they are trained and their role in NASA's future.
S11 E04Feb 15, 1984
Will I Walk Again? Feb 15, 1984 Acclaimed underwater cameraman Al Giddings takes NOVA viewers beneath the waves to explore the fact and fiction surrounding the Great White Shark.
S11 E05Feb 29, 1984
Visions of the Deep: The Underwater World of Al Giddings Feb 29, 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.
S11 E06Mar 7, 1984
Down on the Farm Mar 7, 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 answers in this NOVA profile.
S11 E07Mar 21, 1984
Make My People Live: The Crisis in Indian Health Care Mar 21, 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 made him the "Father of Genetics."
Season 12Prime Video | Rent or Buy
S12 E01Jan 9, 1985
Edgerton and His Incredible Seeing Machines Jan 9, 1985 Albert Einstein did not live to find the answer. NOVA follows a new generation of physicists in their search to explain the mystery of the universe.
S12 E02Jan 16, 1985
Global Village Jan 16, 1985 How are the computer and the robot affecting the way we work? NOVA chronicles the new industrial revolution reshaping the American workplace.
S12 E03Jan 23, 1985
Conquest of the Parasites Jan 23, 1985 NOVA cameras go behind-the-scenes to reveal the new art of illusion, Hollywood-style, focusing on three blockbuster films—"Return of the Jedi," "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" and "2010: The Year We Made Contact."
S12 E04Jan 30, 1985
In the Land of the Polar Bears Jan 30, 1985 NOVA charts the progress of an ambitious worldwide health program established to save the lives of millions of children who continue to die from common but curable diseases.
S12 E05Feb 6, 1985
AIDS: Chapter One Feb 6, 1985 NOVA follows a chase team—a group of scientists who chart deadly tornadoes—in an effort to learn more about predicting nature's most powerful and elusive weather phenomenon.
S12 E06Feb 13, 1985
The Shape of Things Feb 13, 1985 NOVA examines current research and its ethical implications as modern medicine confronts the era of human gene therapy.
S12 E07Feb 20, 1985
Baby Talk Feb 20, 1985 NOVA examines the intricate world of nature's construction industry and presents rare footage of unusual habits.
Season 13Prime Video | Rent or Buy
S13 E01Jan 22, 1986
Halley's Comet: Once in a Lifetime Jan 22, 1986 NOVA and Frontline combine resources to explore the Strategic Defense Initiative. The two-hour documentary contains the most comprehensive information on "Star Wars" ever produced. Bill Kurtis of WBBM-TV/Chicago hosts.
S13 E02Jan 29, 1986
Goddess of the Earth Jan 29, 1986 NOVA joins scientists in Argentina as they help locate kidnapped children and identify thousands of dead in the aftermath of a military reign of terror.
S13 E03Feb 5, 1986
Horsemen of China Feb 5, 1986 The adventures of the Voyager 2 spacecraft continue as it passes the rings of Uranus. Scientists suspect that violent events in the early history of the planet may have shaped Uranus and its strange collection of moons.
S13 E04Feb 12, 1986
Life's First Feelings Feb 12, 1986 Scientific breakthroughs now make it possible to reproduce ourselves in ways never before imagined. NOVA looks at the medical, legal and moral questions raised by this brave new technology.
S13 E05Feb 19, 1986
The Case of the Frozen Addict Feb 19, 1986 What are the prospects for halting or curing the deadliest epidemic ever to challenge modern medicine? NOVA finds cause for both hope and alarm in the battle against AIDS.
S13 E06Feb 26, 1986
Toxic Trials Feb 26, 1986 Could there be life beyond Earth? Only recently has it become possible to scan the skies in a systematic attempt to find out. NOVA joins the search with guest host Lily Tomlin.
S13 E07Mar 5, 1986
Skydive to the Rain Forest Mar 5, 1986 Birds do it; bees do it, butterflies, bats and eels do it—all leave one habitat to migrate to another, often thousands of miles away. NOVA penetrates the mystery of where animals migrate, why and how they get there.
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S14 E01Jan 14, 1987
Countdown to the Invisible Universe Jan 14, 1987 NOVA scans the universe with the infrared eye of IRAS—the Infrared Astronomical Satellite—and discovers never-before-seen comets, stars, galaxies and other celestial wonders and enigmas.
S14 E02Jan 21, 1987
Children of Eve Jan 21, 1987 NOVA examines a controversial theory that traces our ancestry to a small group of women living in Africa 300,000 years ago.
S14 E03Jan 28, 1987
Why Planes Crash Jan 28, 1987 Between 60 and 80 percent of all commercial airplane accidents are attributable to pilot error. NOVA looks at some shocking instances of pilot negligence and what airlines are doing to solve the problem.
S14 E04Feb 4, 1987
Orangutans of the Rain Forest Feb 4, 1987 NOVA cameras travel to Borneo, one of the last habitats of the wild orangutans, where scientists study the endangered ape. Who is observing whom? It is not always clear.
S14 E05Feb 11, 1987
Freud Under Analysis Feb 11, 1987 Fifty years after his death, the creator of psychoanalysis is still the subject of intense debate. Was Freud right or wrong? NOVA profiles the enigmatic man and his controversial legacy.
S14 E06Feb 18, 1987
The Hole in the Sky Feb 18, 1987 NOVA travels to Antarctica with an emergency scientific expedition to study a baffling "hole" in the Earth's protective ozone layer.
S14 E07Feb 25, 1987
Confessions of a Weaponeer Feb 25, 1987 Harvard chemist George Kistiakowsky was an anti-Bolshevik soldier in 1919 Russia, an atomic bomb scientist at Los Alamos, a presidential advisor in the Eisenhower White House and an arms control activist. Shortly before Kistiakowsky death, he recounts his eventful career to interviewer Carl Sagan.
S15 E01Jan 20, 1988
Top Gun and Beyond Jan 20, 1988 Today's sophisticated fighter jets can almost fly themselves, but well-trained pilots are still needed to win air battles. NOVA looks at how planes and pilots are adapting to high technology.
S15 E02Jan 27, 1988
How to Create a Junk Food Jan 27, 1988 Julia Child introduces NOVA's behind-the-scenes look at how science aids in the creation of snack foods.
S15 E03Feb 3, 1988
Buried in Ice Feb 3, 1988 Scientists investigate the frozen remains of members of the 19th century Franklin Expedition to the Canadian Arctic and ask why all perished.
S15 E04Feb 10, 1988
Why Planes Burn Feb 10, 1988 Airplane fires are often deadly. NOVA looks at efforts to make fires aboard planes less likely and more survivable.
S15 E05Feb 24, 1988
Battles in the War on Cancer: A Wonder Drug on Trial Feb 24, 1988 In part one of a two-part special presentation, NOVA reports on the trials to determine whether the new drug Interleukin-2—the first to make use of the body's own disease-fighting strategy—will live up to its promise as a pivotal cancer breakthrough. Jane Pauley of NBC News hosts and narrates.
S15 E06Mar 2, 1988
Battles in the War on Cancer: Turning the Tide Mar 2, 1988 Breast cancer claims the lives of four American women every hour. Jane Pauley of NBC News hosts and narrates this NOVA report on stepped-up efforts to reduce the death rate from this all-too-common killer.
S15 E07Mar 9, 1988
The Mystery of the Master Builders Mar 9, 1988 Princeton professor and author Robert Mark tracks down the engineering secrets of some of the beautiful buildings in the world including Notre Dame in Paris, St. Paul in London and the Roman Pantheon.
Season 16Rent or Buy
S16 E01Jan 18, 1989
Pioneers of Surgery: The Brutal Craft Jan 18, 1989 Part one of a four-part series on the pioneers of modern surgery relives the early days, when surgery was practiced without the benefit of anaesthesia or antisceptics and patients usually died.
S16 E02Jan 25, 1989
Pioneers of Surgery: Into the Heart Jan 25, 1989 Once unthinkable, open-heart surgery is now an everyday miracle. NOVA looks at the brave doctors and patients who make it possible.
S16 E03Feb 1, 1989
Pioneers of Surgery: New Organs for Old Feb 1, 1989 From kidneys to hearts, NOVA examines the daring attempts to replace diseased organs with transplanted ones.
S16 E04Feb 15, 1989
Pioneers of Surgery: Beyond the Knife Feb 15, 1989 Surgeons have always been eager to help patients, even at the risk of killing them. NOVA looks at some of the excesses of surgery, and at how new drugs and technologies are rendering some operations obsolete.
S16 E05Feb 22, 1989
Can the Vatican Save the Sistine Chapel? Feb 22, 1989 Science meets art in the controversial effort to restore Michelangelo's famous Sistine Chapel frescoes.
S16 E06Mar 1, 1989
Can the Next President Win the Space Race? Mar 1, 1989 Thirty years after Sputnik, the United States space program is mired in uncertainty, while the Russians, Europeans, Japanese and others sprint onward and upward.
S16 E07Mar 8, 1989
Do Scientists Cheat? Mar 8, 1989 NOVA examines the troubling question of scientific fraud: How prevalent is it? Who commits it? And what happens when the perpetrators are caught?
Season 17Rent or Buy
S17 E01Jan 10, 1990
Poison in the Rockies Jan 10, 1990 NOVA reports on the 100-year-old legacy of pollution from mining that poisons the once-pristine waters of the Rocky Mountain states. Acid Rain and economic development also contribute to stress on the West's scarce water supply.
S17 E02Jan 24, 1990
Race for the Top Jan 24, 1990 Using some of the largest machines ever built on earth, American and European physicists race to discover one of the most fundamental and most elusive objects in nature—the top quark.
S17 E03Feb 7, 1990
Disguises of War Feb 7, 1990 Sixty-five years after attempts to ban them, chemical weapons pose more of a threat than ever. NOVA looks at the problem of controlling substances that are easily produced and cruelly effective.
S17 E04Feb 14, 1990
The Bomb's Lethal Legacy Feb 14, 1990 NOVA examines an alarming nuclear waste problem at the Hanfrod Nuclear Reservation in eastern Washington state, where 45 years of mismanagement in the nuclear weapons industry will cost billions to correct.
S17 E05Feb 28, 1990
The Big Spill Feb 28, 1990 Covering last year's Exxon Valdez oil spill from an unexplored angle, NOVA focuses on how technology failed in preventing, containing and cleaning up the Alaskan disaster.
S17 E06Mar 21, 1990
The Genius That Was China: Rise of the Dragon Mar 21, 1990 China in the 13th century was the richest, most powerful, most technologically advanced civilization on earth. NOVA looks at how China achieved what it did, and what in Chinese politics, culture and economy kept it from doing more. Part one of a four part series.
S17 E07Mar 28, 1990
The Genius That Was China: Empires in Collision Mar 28, 1990 NOVA examines the extraordinary transformation that propelled Europe outward into the world from the 15th to 18th centuries, while China remained the insular middle kingdom. Part two of a four part series.
Season 18Rent or Buy
S18 E01Jan 9, 1991
Return to Mt. St. Helens Jan 9, 1991 NOVA returns to Mount St. Helens a decade after its cataclysmic eruption to learn how nature is recovering from the disaster.
S18 E02Jan 16, 1991
ConFusion in a Jar Jan 16, 1991 An experiment that could mean limitless supplies of energy sets the scientific world on its head. NOVA covers the cold fusion controversy.
S18 E03Feb 6, 1991
The Chip vs. the Chess Master Feb 6, 1991 Will machines be able to beat us at our own game? The computer chess champ matches wits with the human world titleholder.
S18 E04Feb 13, 1991
The Hunt for China's Dinosaurs (1) Feb 13, 1991 NOVA covers the most elaborate expedition ever undertaken in the search for dinosaurs—to China's Gobi desert. Paleontologists brave sandstorms, heat and worse to find their fossils.
S18 E05Feb 20, 1991
Case of the Flying Dinosaur Feb 20, 1991 Are dinosaurs still among us? NOVA looks at the contentious question of whether present-day birds are dinosaurs. Over the years, new fossil discoveries keep amending the answer.
S18 E06Feb 27, 1991
T. rex Exposed Feb 27, 1991 Tyrannosaurus rex, the terrifying kind of the dinos, recently turned up in a nearly complete skeleton in Montana. NOVA follows the dig to extract the bones and looks at the science and lore of dinosaurs in general.
S18 E07Feb 28, 1991
The Russian Right Stuff: The Invisible Spaceman Feb 28, 1991 In the first program of a three-part miniseries on the Soviet space program, NOVA profiles the mysterious genius behind the world's first satellite, the first man to orbit the earth and other early Russian triumphs in space.
Season 19PBS | Rent or Buy
S19 E01Jan 15, 1992
Hell Fighters of Kuwait Jan 15, 1992 NOVA covers the fight to put out Saddam Hussein's bonfire of oil wells in Kuwait, which has created the worst manmade pollution event in history. Fire fighting teams from Houston and elsewhere are faced with a Texas-size job.
S19 E02Jan 22, 1992
Submarine! Jan 22, 1992 NOVA takes a voyage on the newest of America's doomsday machines—the ballistic missle submarine USS Michigan. The Cold War may be won, but these submerged super arsenals continue to prowl the deep.
S19 E03Jan 29, 1992
Saddam's War on Wildlife Jan 29, 1992 Few people give any thought to wildlife in the midst of a war. During the Gulf War, environmentalist John Walsh did his best to save animals from oil spills, bullets and other dangers.
S19 E04Feb 12, 1992
What Smells? Feb 12, 1992 The nose knows. How much is the subject of NOVA's investigation of the mysterious aromas and hidden messages picked up by our sense of smell. David Suzuki hosts.
S19 E05Feb 19, 1992
Can You Believe TV Ratings? Feb 19, 1992 Rating the audience for TV shows is a classic problem in statistical analysis. NOVA finds that ratings are getting more accurate but still are far from scientific.
S19 E06Mar 4, 1992
Making a Dishonest Buck Mar 4, 1992 Criminals still make money the old-fashioned way—by counterfeiting. NOVA looks at why US currency is so easy to fake and what the government is doing about it.
S19 E07Mar 11, 1992
Rescuing Baby Whales Mar 11, 1992 NOVA examines the mysterious whale strandings along the beaches of Cape Cod Bay, as the puzzling behavior becomes more common.
S20 E01Jan 6, 1993
The Hunt for Saddam's Secret Weapons Jan 6, 1993 In a 90-minute special presentation, NOVA reveals the ancient secrets of how the pyramids were built by actually building one. A noted Egyptologist, Mark Lehner, and a professional stonemason, Roger Hopkins (This Old House), join forces in the shadow of the Great Pyramid of Giza to put clever and sometimes bizarre pyramid construction theories to the test.
S20 E02Jan 20, 1993
Can Bombing Win a War? Jan 20, 1993 The Gulf War was fought in 38 days of non-stop bombing and four days of swift ground action. Did bombing win it? NOVA looks at the history of strategic bombing and asks whether bombing has now achieved preeminence in warfare.
S20 E03Jan 27, 1993
The Deadly Deception Jan 27, 1993 For four decades, 400 African American men from Macon, Alabama were unwitting participants in a government study of untreated syphilis. NOVA tells the story of this notorious human experiment. George Strait, ABC News Medical Correspondent, hosts.
S20 E04Feb 3, 1993
Nazis and the Russian Bomb Feb 3, 1993 NOVA tells the story of the German scientists abducted to the Soviet Union after World War II to help build an atomic bomb. The success of the crash program in 1949, with the explosion of the first Soviet nuclear weapon, shocked the world.
S20 E05Feb 10, 1993
In the Path of a Killer Volcano Feb 10, 1993 NOVA covers scientists on the brink of a sputtering, shaking, impatient volcano, trying to forecast when it will go off. When it does, Mt. Pinatubo in the Philippines goes big time, producing the largest volcanic eruption in 80 years.
S20 E06Feb 17, 1993
Can Science Build a Champion Athlete? Feb 17, 1993 Athletes are training smarter, running faster, jumping higher and generally outperforming their predecessors—thanks to high technology. NOVA covers the record-setting trend for improving sports performance with science.
S20 E07Feb 24, 1993
Diving for Pirate Gold Feb 24, 1993 These days, piracy on the high seas often involves sonar, magnometers, metal detectors and other high-tech equipment for finding and plundering sunken ships. NOVA explores the swashbuckling seafaring pirates of old and their present-day successors.
S21 E01Jan 19, 1994
Codebreakers Jan 19, 1994 NOVA delves into the history of secret communications and the people who wrack their brains to decipher them. The program probes the most celebrated of all cryptographic coups: the breaking of the World War II codes used by Japan and Germany and how codebreaking helped shorten the war.
S21 E02Jan 26, 1994
Dinosaurs of the Gobi Jan 26, 1994 Velociraptors and primitive birds are among the fabulous fossil finds as NOVA accompanies an American Museum of Natural History expedition to the Gobi Desert. The trip relives the exploits of the Museum's dashing explorer of the 1920s, Roy Chapman Andrews -said to be the real-life model for Indiana Jones.
S21 E03Feb 2, 1994
Daredevils of the Sky Feb 2, 1994 NOVA follows members of the US Aerobatic Team as they prepare for and compete in the 1992 World Aerobatic Championship. The sport, as precisely choreographed as gymnastics-except that it takes place in airplanes at 200 miles per hour-has always been on the leading edge of developments in aviation.
S21 E04Feb 9, 1994
Journey to Kilimanjaro Feb 9, 1994 NOVA explores ice-capped mountains-on the equator. These African giants are magical islands of life towering above the scorched plains. Giant forest hogs, bearded vultures, the elusive bongo and other exotic creatures live in this harsh and isolated high country.
S21 E05Feb 16, 1994
Can Chimps Talk? Feb 16, 1994 NOVA covers exciting and controversial research with chimpanzees who have been trained to express themselves with human symbols. Are they speaking their minds? Or are they just aping their trainers?
S21 E06Mar 1, 1994
In Search of Human Origins, Part One Mar 1, 1994 In the first of a three-part series, noted anthropologist Donald Johanson probes the earliest ancestors of the human species - reaching back more than three million years to a strange ape who walked upright. Johanson takes viewers to the site in Ethiopia where he discovered the fossil remains of this missing link nicknamed "Lucy."
S21 E07Mar 2, 1994
In Search of Human Origins, Part Two Mar 2, 1994 Anthropologist Donald Johanson looks at how our human ancestors of two million years ago made their living. Contrary to popular myth, scavenging was a more lucrative living than hunting-and may have contributed to the development of human intelligence.
S22 E01Jan 10, 1995
Mammoths of the Ice Age Jan 10, 1995 The subjects of Stone Age cave paintings thunder onto the screen as NOVA explores Woolly Mammoths. Recent discoveries show that the hairy ancestors of elephants fought off extinction much longer than anyone thought, surviving on an isolated island in the Arctic Ocean until as recently as 4,000 year ago.
S22 E02Jan 25, 1995
Vikings in America Jan 25, 1995 NOVA investigates the myth and reality of the first known Europeans to reach North America -Vikings. These intrepid Norsemen explored and settled parts of present-day North America 500 years before Columbus set sail.
S22 E03Feb 1, 1995
Little Creatures Who Run the World Feb 1, 1995 NOVA looks at the most successful life forms on the face of the planet in Ants: Little Creatures Who Run the World, hosted by Harvard University's internationally renowned ant authority, naturalist Edward O. Wilson. What's impressive about ants is how they practice what we preach: family values. Unselfishness is the rule. Everything they do is for their colony's good. For them, socialism works.
S22 E04Feb 8, 1995
Nazi Designers of Death Feb 8, 1995 NOVA uses recently discovered documents to uncover the complicity of German architects and engineers in the Holocaust. Focusing on Auschwitz, the program tells a tale of ever-deepening evil as the prison camp was methodically converted into a super-efficient factory for genocide.
S22 E05Feb 15, 1995
Siamese Twins Feb 15, 1995 Born joined at the pelvis, Siamese twins Dao and Duan were brought to the United States from Thailand to assess their chances for being separated surgically. NOVA covers the intricate planning and protracted operations that eventually made the two girls into two distinct individuals.
S22 E06Mar 8, 1995
The Universe Within Mar 8, 1995 What amazing processes go on inside super-athletes and couch potatoes alike? NOVA uses the latest medical imaging techniques to explore the body's incredible inner workings-with the help of Olympic ice skater Bonnie Blair, world record long jumper Mike Powell and others.
S22 E07May 4, 1995
Making of a Doctor May 4, 1995 In the third installment of a 10-year project, NOVA checks up on a group of aspiring doctors who've been chronicled since their first day of medical school in 1987. Now bona fide MDs and in the middle of residency training, the group faces the awesome responsibility of curing the sick and keeping their own lives intact.
S23 E01Jan 10, 1996
Anastasia Dead or Alive? Jan 10, 1996 Investigate the massacre of Tsar Nicholas and his family, and evaluate whether modern science has resolved the mystery surrounding Princess Anastasia.
S23 E02Jan 17, 1996
Venus Unveiled Jan 17, 1996 Venus reveals its true face, recorded in detail for the first time by the radar spacecraft Magellan. Our next-door planetary neighbor turns out to be one of the most bizarre places in the solar system.
S23 E03Jan 31, 1996
Hawaii Born of Fire Jan 31, 1996 From their blistering beginnings as molten rock, the Hawiian islands have grown into a verdant paradise of unique lifeforms.
S23 E04Feb 7, 1996
The Doomsday Asteroid Feb 7, 1996 Is there an asteroid or comet out there with our name on it? NOVA scans the skies and the geological record on Earth, for evidence that giant rocks from outer space have struck before and will eventually plow into our planet again.
S23 E05Feb 21, 1996
Lightning! Feb 21, 1996 Lightning! takes you on a high-voltage trip into the most electrically charged weather in the world--culminating in a dazzling lightning show set to music that rivals the most extraordinary fireworks display. The program also visits with some of lightning's tragic victims who thought they were out of harm's way. Lightning's fleeting rivers of electricity strike Earth 6,000 times a minute; jolt every commercial airplane one to two times a year; wipe out power to entire cities; hit 1,000 people annually; and account on average for more deaths than hurricanes and tornadoes put together. Join the scientists as they tempt nature by creating the world's tallest lightning rod, a wire leading thousands of feet into storm clouds, which triggers awe-inspiring thunderbolts a few hundred feet from the observers--and creates a chunk of "petrified" lightning. "I think lightning fascinates everyone," says "stormchaser" Dan Davis. "It's a personification of the intensity, the chaos and the unpredictability of nature."
S23 E06Feb 28, 1996
Hunt for the Serial Arsonist Feb 28, 1996 In the spring of 1991, a rash of suspicious store fires in Los Angeles set fire investigators on the trail of a serial arsonist. Using ingenious techniques to "read" burn patterns and reconstruct the chain of events at each fire, the team uncovered a crucial clue—a fingerprint on a crude incendiary device. Eight months later, the team closed in on their chief suspect and revealed the shocking truth behind his identity. A classic scientific detective story with a final twist that will keep viewers guessing until the end.
S23 E07Mar 27, 1996
Treasures of the Great Barrier Reef Mar 27, 1996 Recording sights that will astonish even experienced divers, NOVA documents an extraordinary day in the life of the largest coral reef in the world, capturing for the first time the annual spawning of coral and other unusual creatures of the reef.
S24 E01Jan 15, 1997
Einstein Revealed Jan 15, 1997 This two-hour program chronicles Albert Einstein's life and scientific achievements from his birth in 1879 to his death in 1955. The first hour follows Einstein in his quest to understand the nature of light. Graphics depict some of Einstein's famous thought experiments, including his eventual understanding of the interplay between the speed of light and time and his development of the special theory of relativity. The program also goes into great depth about Einstein's personal life, including his romance with and marriage to fellow student Mileva Maric and the death of his father.The second hour unfolds with Einstein preoccupied with finding a theory that accounts for gravitation and determining what orders the universe. Einstein addresses gravitation in the universe with his general theory of relativity. This is confirmed experimentally in 1919 when a solar eclipse reveals stars in positions that could best be explained by his theory: that gravity causes light to bend.
S24 E02Jan 29, 1997
Lost City of Arabia Jan 29, 1997 Helped by remote sensing, an expedition searches Oman's vast al-Khali desert for the lost city of Ubar.
S24 E03Feb 5, 1997
Three Men and a Balloon Feb 5, 1997 One of the final aeronautics challenges left in the world today does not involve the use of a plane, a rocket, or even an engine. No one has yet been able to circumnavigate the earth in a balloon. Any team attempting the feat would have to fly higher than most planes ever fly and would need a passenger capsule that could both offer protection from extreme cold and carry the proper navigation and life support equipment. Depending on the powerful jet stream to propel them, crew members would have to plot their course carefully and plan their schedule to coincide with the most advantageous winds. Even landing would be a risky venture. This program follows a team of three adventurers as they attempt to make just such a journey.
S24 E04Feb 12, 1997
Secrets of Making Money Feb 12, 1997 With a radically redesigned bill, the U.S. Treasury fights back against a new breed of counterfeiters.
S24 E05Feb 12, 1997
Top Gun Over Moscow Feb 12, 1997 Flights in Russia's powerful fighter jets are for sale to foreign travelers. So is the Russian Air Force still in the game?
S24 E06Feb 13, 1997
Shark Attack Feb 13, 1997 Sharks are known as the "perfect predators," but sometimes they slip up and attack the wrong prey—people.
S24 E07Feb 13, 1997
Odyssey of Life: The Ultimate Journey (1) Feb 13, 1997 NOVA explores the links between our individual development and the evolution of life itself.
S25 E01Jan 7, 1998
Coma Jan 7, 1998 A famous brain surgeon struggles to save the life of a comatose child using a controversial new method of treating severe head injuries. In charge is Dr. Jan Ghajar, who gained notoriety in 1996 by successfully treating a woman who was savagely beaten in Manhattan's Central Park and expected to die. Dr. Ghajar believes the measure that helped save her life should be available to all.
S25 E02Jan 21, 1998
Faster Than Sound Jan 21, 1998 On the 50th anniversary of the first supersonic flight, Chuck Yeager relives his gutsy assault on the sound barrier and tells how it was done. Other top test pilots of the day—those who survived—describe the dangers, mysteries, and thrill of trying to fly faster than sound at the dawn of the jet age.
S25 E03Jan 28, 1998
Bomb Squad Jan 28, 1998 IRA terrorists and British bomb disposal experts tell behind-the-scenes stories of a a deadly cat-and- mouse game that pits ingenious IRA explosives officers against the most creative bomb squad in the world.
S25 E04Feb 4, 1998
The Proof Feb 4, 1998 In a tale of secrecy, obsession, dashed hopes, and brilliant insights, Princeton math sleuth Andrew Wiles goes undercover for eight years to solve history's most famous math problem: Fermat's Last Theorem. His success was front-page news around the world. But then disaster struck.
S25 E05Feb 11, 1998
Wild Wolves With David Attenborough Feb 11, 1998 Sir David Attenborough hosts a never-before-seen look at one of the most misunderstood creatures in nature. Special photography, including infrared photography, exposes the secret life of the wolf pack.
S25 E06Feb 25, 1998
Super Bridge Feb 25, 1998 Viewers are sidewalk supervisors for one of the most unusual construction projects in the U.S. - the building of the stunningly beautiful and eminently practical Clark Bridge over the Mississippi River. Contractors faced every obstacle in the book—and then some—to build this complex structure.
S25 E07Apr 1, 1998
Treasures of the Sunken City Apr 1, 1998 The Lighthouse of Alexandria, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, guided sailors in the Mediterranean Sea for 16 centuries. NOVA follows an international team of archeologists, cartographers, topographers, and divers as they catalog and map thousands of previously inaccessible ancient artifacts.
S26 E01Jan 13, 1999
Lost at Sea: The Search for Longitude Jan 13, 1999 In 1714, following a maritime disaster, British Parliament offers £20,000 for the first reliable method of determining longitude on a ship at sea. It's known that longitude can be found by comparing a ship's local time to the time at the port of origin. The challenge is finding a clock—a chronometer—that can keep time at sea, where temperature changes, humidity, gravity and a ship's movement affect accuracy.NOVA chronicles the seventeenth-century journey to determine longitude.
S26 E02Jan 20, 1999
Chasing El Nino Jan 20, 1999 A massive planet-sized machine controls our weather day-to-day, and our climate season-to-season. It takes an event of staggering proportions to disrupt a machine this large and powerful, a juggernaut with more energy than a million nuclear bombs. Signs now indicate that such an event is underway - El Niño. More than a series of storms stunning the California coastline, El Niño is second only to the seasons in its effect on global weather. In a P-3 off the coast, a team plunges into a storm front to explore its cause and effects. In a boat off the Galapagos, an array of buoys are checked for temperature and current data. On a mountan in Peru, signs of the devastation of past El Niños are revealed. As scientists push to extremes to explore this phenomenon, they understand for the first time the extent to which all the world's weather is connected, and just how delicate is the balance.
S26 E03Feb 3, 1999
Terror In Space Feb 3, 1999 Experience the harrowing and life-threatening problems aboard the aging Mir space station through the eyes of the Russian and American astronauts who lived through them. Feel the heat from the fire that erupted on board. See the collision between Mir and another space craft. Endure the power outages and the computer failures that have jeopardized lives. Hear the debate over whether NASA should continue to risk its astronauts by sending them to Mir in preparation for the launch later this year of the most ambitious space project yet—the International Space Station.
S26 E04Feb 17, 1999
Special Effects: Titanic and Beyond Feb 17, 1999 NOVA goes behind the scenes in Hollywood, where the art of illusion meets the science of perception.
S26 E05Feb 17, 1999
Deadly Shadow of Vesuvius Feb 17, 1999 The shattered remnants of the Roman city of Pompeii bear witness to the risk that the people of Naples still face today.
S26 E06Feb 18, 1999
Ice Mummies: Frozen in Heaven (1) Feb 18, 1999 This is the bizarre and fascinating story of the remains of Inca culture, frozen for posterity high in the mountains of the Andes. Evidence has emerged of sacrifice to the mountain gods, whose existence dominated the civilization over 500 years ago. The film traces the frozen bodies of children uncovered by archaeologists in South America, and follows an archaeological expedition to a high-altitude sacred site in search of ritual remains and another body. How did they come to be there? Why did they go to their deaths willingly? What was the religious framework that dictated their sacrifice to fierce gods?
S26 E07Nov 25, 1998
Ice Mummies: Siberian Ice Maiden (2) Nov 25, 1998 The Siberian Ice Maiden, discovered in the Pastures of Heaven, on the high Steppes, is believed to have been a shamaness of the lost Pazyryk culture. She had been mummified and then frozen by freak climatic conditions around 2400 years ago, along with six decorated horses and a symbolic meal for her last journey. Her body was covered with vivid blue tattoos of mythical animal figures. Together with the newly discovered body of a man, nicknamed "Conan," her body has now been restored, and is providing new clues to the role and power of women in the nomadic peoples of ancient Siberia.
Season 27Rent or Buy
S27 E01Jan 5, 2000
Fall of the Leaning Tower Jan 5, 2000 Even before it was finished 800 years ago, the Leaning Tower of Pisa - a masterpiece of medieval architecture - began to topple, shaken by earthquakes and sinking slowly into the unstable soil. Today, the top hangs just 16 feet over the base and collapse seems imminent. NOVA follows a decade-long search for a solution to correct the lean and save the unique building. State-of-the-art computer models, ingenious experiments with models and a string of near-disasters eventually push an international committee of prominent engineers and architects into an 11th-hour decision. A suspenseful tale of engineering hopes and frustrations, the program is both high comedy and a hands-on engineering adventure, guiding viewers into the minds of daring medieval architects and their ingenious modern successors.
S27 E02Jan 19, 2000
Time Travel Jan 19, 2000 In the program, leading physicists delve into the mystery of whether time travel is possible, and if so, how one might go about building a time machine.
S27 E03Feb 2, 2000
The Killer's Trail Feb 2, 2000 The death of Marilyn Sheppard in 1954 is one of the most famous unsolved murders in America. The indictment of her husband, Dr. Sam Sheppard, quickly became the "Trial of the Century," then the "Re-Trial of the Century," making a celebrity out of lawyer F. Lee Bailey. Although most of the forensic evidence gathered in 1954 was ignored during Sheppard's trial, it is being re-examined with today's advanced technology. Like an intricate puzzle, the clues come together to overturn previous assumptions about the killer and point to an entirely new suspect. NOVA assembles a notable team of experts—including Barry Scheck, a well-known lawyer from the O.J. Simpson trial—and builds a precise replica of the Sheppard house, complete with the original furniture. With this unique revisiting of a vanished crime scene, NOVA investigates a horrifying and sensational milestone in forensic science.
S27 E04Feb 2, 2000
Island of the Spirits Feb 2, 2000 In the far north of Japan, thrust out into the north Pacific, is the remote island of Hokkaido. It's a land of towering volcanoes and steaming lakes, marshy valleys and fairy tale forests. Among this magical scenery, where summers are brief and winters are fierce, lives an extraordinary spectrum of life, found nowhere else in Japan. Here among the coastal lowlands, grizzly bears plunge into icy streams for salmon, Japanese cranes perform balletic courtship dances to one another, the rare and enormous Blakistons fish owl swoops on flying squirrels, and white-tailed eagles scan the rugged ocean cliffs for unsuspecting seabirds. HIgh on the mountains Asiatic pikas, arctic hares and Siberian chipmunks gather food, ever-watchful for the predatory sable. We think of Japan as a highly-populated, ultra modern society, and yet it remains a highly spiritual place where wildlife is treasured and carefully protected. Weaving Ainu legend with fascinating natural behavior, this film will follow the lives of Hokkaido's special creatures through the seasons, to capture the true essence and beauty of this other-worldly place.
S27 E05Feb 9, 2000
Decoding Nazi Secrets Feb 9, 2000 Most historians agree that by enabling Allied commanders to eavesdrop on German plans, Station X shortened the war by 2 or 3 years. Its decoded messages played a vital role in defeating the U-boat menace, cutting off Rommel's supplies in North Africa, and launching the D-Day landings. Now, for the first time on television, a 2-hour NOVA Special tells the full story of Station X, drawing on vivid interviews with many of the colorful geniuses and eccentrics who attacked the Enigma. Wartime survivors recall such vivid episodes as the British capture of the German submarine U-110; one of its officers describes how he saved a book of love poems inscribed to his sweetheart but failed to destroy vital Enigma documents on board. "Decoding Nazi Secrets" also features meticulous period reenactments shot inside the original buildings at Station X, including recreations of the world's first computing devices that aided codebreakers with their breakthroughs. Station X not only helped reverse the onslaught of the Third Reich, but also laid the groundwork for the invention of the digital computer that continues to transform all our lives.
S27 E06Feb 9, 2000
Voyage of Doom Feb 9, 2000 Buried in mud beneath the shallow waters of Matagorda Bay in Texas, lay a glorious remnant of one of the most ill-fated voyages of the Age of Discovery. After years of searching the area, nautical archaeologists doing a magnetometer survey honed in on a promising site. And on the first day of diving, they were astounded to feel the distinctive outlines of a cannon, and sense the massive size of the wreck. When the cannon was hauled from the water, their hunch was confirmed: This ship, called La Belle, belonged to the 17th Century French explorer Robert Cavelier de La Salle. NOVA follows the building of a coffer dam and subsequent complete excavation of this remarkable site. Preserved were not only armaments and trade beads, but also a wealth of organic material—the wooden hull, leather shoes, and even a skeleton—that brings the voyage to life.
S27 E07Feb 16, 2000
Electric Heart Feb 16, 2000 The program tells the story of a handful of brilliant, obsessed surgeons and researchers who have pursued the target of a practical artificial heart for decades.
Season 28Prime Video | Rent or Buy
S28 E01Jan 17, 2001
Lincoln's Secret Weapon Jan 17, 2001 The film chronicles an expedition to study and retrieve parts of the USS Monitor, the famous Civil War ironclad, which sank off North Carolina only months after its famous battle with the CSS Virginia.
S28 E02Jan 31, 2001
Holocaust on Trial Jan 31, 2001 The film uses a celebrated recent trial as a springboard to examine and successfully challenge the notion of Holocaust denial
S28 E03Feb 7, 2001
Hitler's Lost Sub Feb 7, 2001 The film follows a six-year odyssey by a group of divers to identify a mysterious U-boat they discovered in 1991 off the coast of New Jersey
S28 E04Feb 14, 2001
Runaway Universe Feb 14, 2001 The program follows the efforts of two rival teams of astronomers as they search for exploding stars, map out gigantic cosmic patterns of galaxies, and grapple with the ultimate question: What is the fate of the universe?
S28 E05Feb 28, 2001
Garden of Eden Feb 28, 2001 The film takes a look at the extraordinary natural history of the Seychelles, an ancient archipelago of about 100 islands scattered between India and Madagascar.
S28 E06Mar 28, 2001
Dying to Be Thin Mar 28, 2001 The film examines a disturbing increase in the prevalence of debilitating and sometimes life-threatening eating disorders, particularly anorexia and bulimia.
S28 E07Apr 4, 2001
Japan's Secret Garden Apr 4, 2001 The program chronicles a year in the life of wildlife and people around Lake Biwa, Japan, a cycle that has continued unchanged for thousands of years.
S29 E01Jan 9, 2002
Search for a Safe Cigarette Jan 9, 2002 The program chronicles the tobacco industry's decades long effort to create a "safer" cigarette.
S29 E02Jan 23, 2002
18 Ways to Make a Baby Jan 23, 2002 The program investigates the brave new world of assisted reproduction.
S29 E03Feb 6, 2002
Secrets of the Mind Feb 6, 2002 This NOVA program delves into the mind-tingling efforts of neuroscientist V.S. Ramachandran to discover how the brain works.
S29 E04Feb 6, 2002
Sex: Unknown Feb 6, 2002 The film investigates the complicated world of gender identity.
S29 E05Feb 27, 2002
Russia's Nuclear Warriors Feb 27, 2002 NOVA takes an intimate look at the men who are in control of Russia's nuclear missiles, standing just a heartbeat from the top Russian politicians and Armageddon. Hosted by Vladimir Pozner, Russia's top television journalist, this startling film shows that despite low pay and the tedious existence that these soldiers and their families live with, these men are motivated by a strong sense of patriotic duty and responsibility for the ultimate powers of destruction at their fingertips, in a job that requires complete perfection.
S29 E06Mar 27, 2002
Bioterror Mar 27, 2002 The film follows three New York Times reporters as they delve into the murky past of bioweapons research and grapple with the current threat of anthrax and other attacks.
S29 E07May 1, 2002
Life's Greatest Miracle May 1, 2002 A sequel to the most popular NOVA of all time, "Miracle of Life," the program once again uses the extraordinary microimagery of Swedish photographer Lennart Nilsson to track human development from embryo to newborn.
Season 30Prime Video | Rent or Buy
S30 E01Jan 8, 2003
Killer Disease on Campus Jan 8, 2003 Doctors combat the deadliest for of meningitis which strikes young people out of the blue.
S30 E02Jan 15, 2003
Mysterious Life of Caves Jan 15, 2003 Toxic caverns teaming with strange life-forms spark a brand new theory about how caves form.
S30 E03Jan 22, 2003
Lost Roman Treasure Jan 22, 2003 Experts rescue pricess mosaics from an ancient city that is about to disapear beneath a resivoir.
S30 E04Feb 5, 2003
Galileo's Battle for the Heavens Feb 5, 2003 In this two-hour special, NOVA celebrates the story of the father of modern science and his struggle to get Church authorities to accept the truth of his astonishing discoveries. The program is based on Dava Sobel's bestselling book, Galileo's Daughter, which reveals a new side to the famously stubborn scientist—that his closest confidante was his illegitimate daughter, Sister Maria Celeste, a cloistered nun.
S30 E05Feb 12, 2003
Volcano's Deadly Warning Feb 12, 2003 In January 1993, six scientists and three hikers were scalded and crushed to death when they ventured into the smoking mouth of the active volcano Galeras in Colombia, confident that no eruption was imminent. This program tells the gripping story of this controversial field trip and the quest to predict when volcanoes will blow.
S30 E06Feb 19, 2003
Sinking City of Venice Feb 19, 2003 Experts struggle to save the City of Canals before it vanishes beneath the waves.
S30 E07Feb 26, 2003
The Orchid Hunter Feb 26, 2003 For nine months in 2000, Tom Hart Dyke was a captive of guerrillas who seized him while he was collecting wild orchids in the Colombian rain forest. Now Hart Dyke is at it again in the most orchid-rich and one of the most politically unstable parts of Irian Jaya, the western half of the island of New Guinea.
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S31 E01Jan 5, 2004
Infinite Secrets Jan 5, 2004 A battered manuscript turns up after 1000 years revealing the mind of the Greek genius Archimedes
S31 E02Jan 21, 2004
Who Killed the Red Baron? Jan 21, 2004 Forensic experts investigate the most famous aviation mystery of World War 1.
S31 E03Feb 4, 2004
The Elegant Universe: Einstein's Dream (1) Feb 4, 2004 Part 1, "Einstein's Dream," introduces string theory and shows how modern physics—composed of two theories that are ferociously incompatible—reached its schizophrenic impasse: One theory, general relativity, successfully describes big things like stars and galaxies, while another, quantum mechanics, is equally successful at explaining small things like atoms and subatomic particles. Albert Einstein, the inventor of general relativity, dreamed of finding a single theory that would embrace all of nature's laws. But in this quest for the so-called unified theory, Einstein came up empty-handed, and the conflict between general relativity and quantum mechanics has stymied all who've followed. That is, until the discovery of string theory.
S31 E04Feb 11, 2004
The Elegant Universe: String's the Thing (2) Feb 11, 2004 Part 2, "String's the Thing," opens with a whimsical scene in a movie theater in which the history of the universe runs backwards to the Big Bang, the moment at which general relativity and quantum mechanics both came into play, and therefore the point at which our conventional model of reality breaks down.Then it's string theory to the rescue as Greene describes the steps that led from a forgotten 200-year-old mathematical formula to the first glimmerings of strings—quivering strands of energy whose different vibrations give rise to quarks, electrons, photons, and all other elementary particles. Strings are truly tiny, being smaller than an atom by the same factor that a tree is smaller than the solar system. But, as Greene explains, they are able to combine the laws of the large and the laws of the small into a proposal for a single, harmonious theory of everything.