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1. Nova (1974– )

Documentary, Biography

8.4
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Science documentaries.

Stars: Jay O. Sanders, Lance Lewman, Neil Ross, Liev Schreiber

Votes: 846

2. Horizon (1964– )

50 min | Documentary, History

8.4
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Horizon is BBC Two's flagship 50-minute science documentary series. In September 2004 it celebrated its 40th anniversary and it continues to enjoy outstanding critical acclaim. Recognised ... See full summary »

Stars: Paul Vaughan, Jack Fortune, Dilly Barlow, Martin Jarvis

Votes: 547

3. Nova ScienceNow (2005– )

60 min | Documentary

8.1
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Stars: Neil deGrasse Tyson, Ziya Tong, David Pogue, Chad Cohen

Votes: 227

4. Summer Solstice (1981 TV Movie)

75 min | Drama, Romance

7.3
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Writer: Bill Phillips | Director: Ralph Rosenblum | Stars: Henry Fonda, Myrna Loy, Stephen Collins, Lindsay Crouse

Votes: 159

5. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Darwin's Darkest Hour (2009)

104 min | Documentary, Biography

6.9
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Charles Darwin is taken aback when he receives a manuscript from a colleague, Alfred Wallace, which contains many of the same conclusions as he on evolution and the development of various ... See full summary »

Writer: John Goldsmith | Director: John Bradshaw | Stars: Henry Ian Cusick, Frances O'Connor, Nigel Bennett, Richard Donat

Votes: 139

6. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial (2007)

Documentary, Biography

8.5
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When the school board in Dover, Pennsylvania votes to require science teachers to read a statement touting Intelligent Design as a scientific alternative to Darwin's Theory of Evolution ... See full summary »

Writer: Joseph McMaster | Directors: Gary Johnstone, Joseph McMaster | Stars: Jay Benedict, Anthony Edridge, Michael Fitzpatrick, Paul Haley

Votes: 137

7. A Walk to Beautiful (2007)

85 min | Documentary

8.0
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82 Metascore

"A Walk to Beautiful" tells the story of five women in Ethiopia suffering from devastating childbirth injuries. Rejected by their husbands and ostracized by their communities, these women ... See full summary »

Director: Mary Olive Smith

Votes: 135

8. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Secrets of the Viking Sword (2012)

Documentary, Biography

7.4
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The Vikings were the most ferocious warriors of the Middle Ages. Especially fearsome were the select few who wielded a formidable weapon: a light, razor sharp, virtually indestructible ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Yost | Stars: Jay O. Sanders, John Clements, Fredrik Charpentier Ljungqvist, Niels Lynnerup

Votes: 97

9. Nova (1974– )
Episode: E=mc²: Einstein's Big Idea (2005)

Documentary, Biography

8.0
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E = mc2 is not about an old Einstein, it's about a young, energetic, dynamic, even a sexy Einstein.

Writers: David Bodanis, Gary Johnstone | Director: Gary Johnstone | Stars: John Lithgow, Aidan McArdle, Shirley Henderson, Steven Robertson

Votes: 96

10. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Dogs Decoded (2010)

Documentary, Biography

7.9
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Nova examines the special relationship that exists between human beings and dogs.

Director: Dan Child | Stars: Lance Lewman, Daniel Mills, Anais Racca, Adam Miklosi

Votes: 79

11. Einstein Revealed (1996 TV Movie)

105 min | Documentary, Biography

7.7
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A biographical study of Albert Einstein, with not only an analysis of his place in modern physics and in our understanding of the universe, but an analysis (through his and his wife's ... See full summary »

Writer: Thomas Levenson | Director: Peter Jones | Stars: Andrew Sachs, F. Murray Abraham, Jürgen Renn, Robert Schulmann

Votes: 78

12. Why the Towers Fell (2002 TV Movie)

56 min | Documentary

7.1
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The exclusive story of the investigation into the mechanism of collapse of the World Trade Center.

Writers: Garfield Kennedy, Larry Klein | Directors: Garfield Kennedy, Larry Klein | Stars: Jonathan Barnett, Brian Clark, W. Gene Corley, Sal D'Agostino

Votes: 78

13. Nova (1974– )
Episode: The Fabric of the Cosmos: The Illusion of Time (2011)

45 min | Documentary, Biography

8.3
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This program challenges our traditional questions about time such as; does it flow in one direction or does it flow at all? Does everyone experience the same now? Is time travel possible? Will time come to an end?

Writers: Brian Greene, Randall MacLowry, Joseph McMaster | Director: Randall MacLowry | Stars: David Albert, Kelly Calabrese, Sean Carroll, Albert Einstein

Votes: 71

14. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Becoming Human: First Steps (2009)

Documentary, Biography

7.8
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Nova examines the early ancestors of mankind and considers weather climate change was the driving force behind our early evolution.

Writers: Jennifer Beman White, Graham Townsley | Director: Graham Townsley | Stars: Zeresenay Alemseged, Michel Brunet, Peter de Menocal, Yannick Garcin

Votes: 70

15. Nova (1974– )
Episode: The Fabric of the Cosmos: What is Space? (2011)

45 min | Documentary, Biography

7.9
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Simple, obvious, ever-present aspects of our daily lives give scientists fits trying to understand them. One of these aspects is space which physicists are convinced is something more than ... See full summary »

Writers: Brian Greene, Graham Judd, Joseph McMaster, Sabin Streeter | Directors: Graham Judd, Sabin Streeter | Stars: Christopher Berger, Raphael Bousso, Robert Cannon, Anne DeAcetis

Votes: 68

16. Nova (1974– )
Episode: What Are Dreams? (2009)

Documentary, Biography

7.1
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Nova examines the science of dreams by investigating what dreams are and why we have them.

Directors: Charles Colville, Sarah Holt | Stars: Deirdre Barrett, Tina Cursley, Tom Cursley, G. William Domhoff

Votes: 67

17. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Mystery of Easter Island (2012)

TV-G | Documentary, Biography

7.5
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Easter Island has mystified the world ever since the first Europeans arrived in 1722.

Director: Andy Awes | Stars: Max Beach, James Diedesch, John Flenley, Rod Hall

Votes: 63

18. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Hunting the Hidden Dimension (2008)

60 min | Documentary, Biography

8.1
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A look at fractal geometry, and how it is found just about everywhere in everything, and how the mathematics of fractals can be used to model and measure such things as mountains, ... See full summary »

Directors: Bill Jersey, Michael Schwarz | Stars: Ralph Abraham, Loren Carpenter, Dana Cartwright, Hayden Christensen

Votes: 62

19. Nova (1974– )
Episode: The Fabric of the Cosmos: Quantum Leap (2011)

45 min | Documentary, Biography

8.5
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This program explains some of the weirdest aspects of quantum mechanics; uncertainty and entanglement. Despite the absurdity of these behaviors they have been confirmed time and again and ... See full summary »

Writers: Julia Cort, Brian Greene, Joseph McMaster, Josh Rosen | Directors: Julia Cort, Josh Rosen | Stars: Allan Adams, Christopher Mark Chan, Palaiseau John Clauser, Frank Cuervo

Votes: 62

20. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Becoming Human: Last Human Standing (2009)

Documentary, Biography

7.6
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Nova examines the early ancestors of mankind and examines why Homo sapiens won out over Neanderthals in the evolutionary race.

Writer: Graham Townsley | Director: Graham Townsley | Stars: Juan Luis Arsuaga, Dominique Bonjean, Stu Chase, Viktor Deak

Votes: 57

21. Nova (1974– )
Episode: The Fabric of the Cosmos: Universe or Multiverse? (2011)

45 min | Documentary, Biography

8.0
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Hard as it is to swallow, cutting-edge theories are suggesting that our universe may not be the only universe. Instead, it may be just one of an infinite number of worlds that make up the ... See full summary »

Writers: Rushmore DeNooyer, David Elisco, Brian Greene, Joseph McMaster | Director: Rushmore DeNooyer | Stars: Andreas Albrecht, Raphael Bousso, Brian Greene, David Gross

Votes: 53

22. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Hunting the Elements (2012)

TV-G | Documentary, Biography

7.7
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Where do nature's building blocks, called the elements, come from? They're the hidden ingredients of everything in our world, from the carbon in our bodies to the metals in our smartphones. Watch as David Pogue unlocks their secrets.

Writer: Chris Schmidt | Director: Chris Schmidt | Stars: Lindsay Baker, Peter Bocko, John Burba, Tim Collister

Votes: 52

23. Nova (1974– )
Episode: What Darwin Never Knew (2009)

Documentary, Biography

8.3
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A look at Charles Darwin, his book On The Origin of Species, and how his theory of evolution is explained. It includes Darwin's observations through work on the Human Genome Project.

Writers: Sean B. Carroll, John Rubin | Directors: Serena Davies, Rushmore DeNooyer, Sarah Holt, John Rubin | Stars: Ellen Becker-Gray, Jerry Chu, Kandace C. Cummings, Olivia Judson

Votes: 52

24. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Why Ships Sink (2012)

Documentary, Biography

6.7
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NOVA looks at questions about cruise ship safety and the science of the ships' buoyancy

Directors: Jonathan Challis, Christopher Amess Samantha Beddoes, Brian Leckey | Stars: Michael Bruno, Captain Rick Comeau, Ed Galea, Allan Graveson

Votes: 52

25. The Miracle of Life (1996 TV Movie)

186 min | Documentary

7.3
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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... See full summary »

Writers: Mikael Agaton, Thomas Friedman | Director: Mikael Agaton | Stars: David Ogden Stiers, Bo Moller, Hans Wigzell, Klaus Renner

Votes: 47

26. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Extreme Ice (2009)

TV-G | Documentary, Biography

7.5
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Nova offers a glimpse at the breathtaking wonders of the extreme North. The time-lapsed images collected by photojournalist James Balog show the alarming effects of climate change.

Director: Noel Dockstader | Stars: Richard Alley, James Balog, Jason Box, Sarah Das

Votes: 47

27. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Secrets of the Sun (2012)

Documentary, Biography

7.4
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Nova reviews what scientists have learned in recent years about the sun's behavior and how it works. Most significantly, astronomers are at last beginning to understand the the solar ... See full summary »

Director: Duncan Copp | Stars: Lance Lewman, Holly Gilbert, Bill Murtagh, Jim Green

Votes: 46

28. Nova (1974– )
Episode: The Pluto Files (2010)

Documentary, Biography

7.5
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Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson gives the facts on Pluto and examines the controversy over whether it is a planet.

Writer: Terri Randall | Director: Terri Randall | Stars: Mike Brown, Kenneth Chang, Stephen Colbert, Gary G. Dahl

Votes: 46

29. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Earth from Space (2013)

TV-G | Documentary, Biography

8.4
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EARTH FROM SPACE is a groundbreaking two-hour special that reveals a spectacular new space-based vision of our planet.

Stars: Waleed Abdalati, David Adamec, Charlie Bristow, Carl Feldman

Votes: 45

30. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Finding Life Beyond Earth (2011)

Documentary, Biography

8.2
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Scientists are on the verge of answering one of the greatest questions in history: Are we alone? Finding Life Beyond Earth immerses audiences in the sights and sounds of alien worlds, while... See full summary »

Writer: Oliver Twinch | Director: Oliver Twinch | Star: Jay O. Sanders

Votes: 45

31. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Rise of the Drones (2013)

TV-G | Documentary, Biography

7.4
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Discover the cutting-edge technologies that are propelling us toward a new chapter in aviation history.

Director: Peter Yost | Stars: Yiannis Antoniades, Tony Bevacqua, Corey Brixen, Missy Cummings

Votes: 43

32. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Ghosts of Machu Picchu (2010)

Documentary, Biography

7.5
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Nova examines the ruins of Machu Picchu and tries to unravel what happened there.

Stars: Valerie Andrushko, Fernando Astete, Stella Nair, Elva Torres Pino

Votes: 42

33. Nova (1974– )
Episode: The Bible's Buried Secrets (2008)

Documentary, Biography

7.3
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A powerful partnership between science and scholarship breaks exciting new ground in investigating the origins of the ancient Israelites, their faith in a single, omnipotent God and the creation of the Bible.

Writer: Gary Glassman | Director: Gary Glassman | Stars: Liev Schreiber, Stockard Channing, Gabriel Barkay, Amnon Ben Tor

Votes: 42

34. Nova (1974– )
Episode: The Spy Factory (2009)

Documentary, Biography

6.8
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Nova examines the clandestine practices of the National Security Agency and investigates changes in the Agency that are the result of 9/11.

Writer: James Bamford | Director: Scott Willis | Stars: James Bamford, Frank Blanco, David Murfee Faulk, Eric Haseltine

Votes: 42

35. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Origins: Where Are the Aliens? (2004)

Documentary, Biography

8.0
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Writers: Julia Cort, Alice Harper, Nigel Henbest, Larry Klein, Thomas Levenson, Joseph McMaster | Directors: Julia Cort, Mark Everest, Alice Harper, Larry Klein, Thomas Levenson | Star: Neil deGrasse Tyson

Votes: 40

36. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Building the Great Cathedrals (2010)

TV-G | Documentary, Biography

6.8
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Carved from a hundred million pounds of stone, soaring effortlessly atop a spiderweb of masonry, Gothic cathedrals are marvels of human achievement and artistry. But how did medieval ... See full summary »

Writer: Gary Glassman | Director: Scott Tiffany | Stars: Joan R. Branham, Mario Brassard, Michael Davis, Thibaut Desjardins

Votes: 39

37. Nova (1974– )
Episode: The Incredible Journey of the Butterflies (2009)

TV-G | 55 min | Documentary, Biography

7.9
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NOVA flies along with the monarch butterflies, visiting the spectacular locations they call home and meeting the dangers they encounter along the way.

Writers: Elizabeth Arledge, Sue Halpern | Director: Nick de Pencier | Stars: Homero Aridjis, Lincoln Brower, Bill Calvert, Stockard Channing

Votes: 39

38. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Cold Case JFK (2013)

Documentary, Biography

6.7
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From PBS and NOVA: Cold Case JFK. For decades, the assassination of John F. Kennedy has fueled dark rumors of conspiracies and mishandled evidence. Now, fifty years later, NOVA asks: Could ... See full summary »

Writer: Rushmore DeNooyer | Director: Rushmore DeNooyer | Stars: Jay O. Sanders, Luke Haag, Mike Haag, Josiah Thompson

Votes: 38

39. Nova (1974– )
Episode: 3D Spies of WWII (2012)

53 min | Documentary, Biography

7.6
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The story of British aerial military photographic reconnaissance and analysis using stereoscopic viewing techniques during World War II.

Writer: Tim Dunn | Director: Tim Dunn | Stars: Craig Sechler, John S. Blyth, Mike Mockford, Dino A. Brugioni

Votes: 37

40. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Bombing Hitler's Dams (2012)

TV-G | Documentary, Biography

7.0
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The physics and design of the World War II Dambuster attack are examined and recreated.

Writers: Ian Duncan, Oliver Morse | Director: Ian Duncan | Stars: Demetri Goritsas, Hugh Hunt, Rick Donnelly, Tod Todeschini

Votes: 36

41. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Cracking the Maya Code (2008)

Documentary, Biography

7.8
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Nova examines the fascinating history behind the scientific effort to decode the Mayan writing system.

Writers: Michael D. Coe, David Lebrun | Director: David Lebrun | Stars: Michael D. Coe, William L. Fash, Gillett Griffin, Nicholas Hopkins

Votes: 36

42. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Decoding Neanderthals (2013)

TV-G | 53 min | Documentary, Biography

7.1
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What happened when the first modern humans encountered the Neanderthals? Did they make love or war?

Director: Nick Clarke Powell | Stars: Frederick Coolidge, Metin Eren, Ed Green, John Hawks

Votes: 36

43. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Mystery of a Masterpiece (2012)

Documentary, Biography

7.4
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NOVA meets a new breed of experts who are approaching "cold case" art mysteries as if they were crime scenes, determined to discover "who committed the art," and follows art sleuths as they... See full summary »

Writer: David Murdock | Director: David Murdock | Stars: Jay O. Sanders, Peter Silverman, David Ekserdjian, Martin Kemp

Votes: 36

44. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Monster of the Milky Way (2006)

Documentary, Biography

8.3
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Writers: Julia Cort, Jonathan Grupper | Directors: Julia Cort, Thomas Lucas | Stars: Eric Becklin, Gregory Benford, Tiziana Di Matteo, Reinhard Genzel

Votes: 35

45. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Who Killed Lindbergh's Baby? (2013)

TV-G | Documentary, Biography

7.1
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NOVA is reopening one of the most confounding crime mysteries of all time as a team of expert investigators employs state-of-the-art forensic and behavioral science techniques in an effort ... See full summary »

Writers: Mark Olshaker, Larry Klein | Director: Larry Klein | Stars: Jay O. Sanders, John Douglass, Paula Fass, John Butts

Votes: 35

46. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Crash of Flight 447 (2011)

Documentary, Biography

7.2
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Forensic investigators reconstruct the final moments of the Air France disaster.

Writer: Kenny Scott | Director: Kenny Scott | Stars: Martin Alder, Tony Cable, John Cox, Jay O. Sanders

Votes: 34

47. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Ice Age Death Trap (2012)

Documentary, Biography

6.8
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In a race against developers in the Rocky Mountains, archaeologists uncover a unique fossil site packed with astonishingly well-preserved bones of mammoths, mastodons, and other giant ... See full summary »

Director: Eleanor Grant | Stars: Lance Lewman, Kirk Johnson, Daniel Fisher, Ian Miller

Votes: 34

48. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Mind of a Rampage Killer (2013)

Documentary, Biography

6.4
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Can science help us understand these crimes?

Director: Miles O'Brien | Stars: Miles O'Brien, Jeff Williams, Andy Williams, Joshua W. Buckholtz

Votes: 34

49. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Secrets of the Samurai Sword (2005)

43 min | Documentary, Biography

8.1
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Nova follows the creation of a katana from raw iron ore to finished masterpiece, through the hands of fifteen master artisans as scientists explain the chemistry and physics at each step that makes it a superb piece of engineering.

Writer: Doug Hamilton | Director: John Wate | Stars: Takako Hayashi, Rob Tinworth

Votes: 34

50. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Forensics on Trial (2012)

Documentary, Biography

7.3
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Nova investigates forensic science and examines how what is often perceived as rock solid forensic evidence can sometimes lead to wrongful convictions. It looks at a cases where false ... See full summary »

Writer: Gary Glassman | Director: Scott Tiffany | Stars: Bray Poor, Jessica Gabel, Robert Shaler, Roy Brown

Votes: 33