563 votes


Netflix 2018

This documentary series, made in partnership with Vox, explain some of the world's current trends, from politics, to science to pop culture.

Warning: the following content contains spoilers!


The 10 Best Episodes of Explained

Explained - S2E7

#1 - The Next Pandemic (Season 2 - Episode 7)

If you're not worried about a looming global pandemic, you probably should be. Are we prepared for an outbreak? Bill Gates and other experts weigh in.

The episode was rated 8.30 from 169 votes.

Explained - S1E19

#2 - The World's Water Crisis (Season 1 - Episode 19)

The global water crisis is at an inflection point. How do we price our most valuable resource, while also ensuring access to it as a human right?

The episode was rated 8.17 from 177 votes.

Explained - S3E4

#3 - Dogs (Season 3 - Episode 4)

Who's a good dog? They all are! From puppy-dog eyes to feats of heroism, see how canines evolved into humankind's best friends and sources of pure love.

The episode was rated 8.09 from 98 votes.

Explained - S2E8

#4 - The Future of Meat (Season 2 - Episode 8)

The planet's current rate of meat consumption is unprecedented -- and becoming unsustainable. In the future, will meat alternatives be the answer?

The episode was rated 8.07 from 153 votes.

Explained - S2E2

#5 - Billionaires (Season 2 - Episode 2)

There are more billionaires than ever. But how does this vast accumulation of wealth affect the world? Mark Cuban and Bernie Sanders offer insights.

The episode was rated 7.94 from 154 votes.

Explained - S2E1

#6 - Cults (Season 2 - Episode 1)

How do cults lure people in and exert control? Learn a cult’s telltale signs, and how loneliness and life online makes indoctrination easier than ever.

The episode was rated 7.91 from 170 votes.

Explained - S1E2

#7 - Designer DNA (Season 1 - Episode 2)

Scientific feat or terrifying social experiment? Specialists in the field discuss the high stakes and ethical controversies of gene editing.

The episode was rated 7.86 from 244 votes.

Explained - S1E18

#8 - Why Women Are Paid Less (Season 1 - Episode 18)

Hillary Clinton and Anne-Marie Slaughter discuss the cultural norms at the center of the worldwide gender pay gap, including the "motherhood penalty."

The episode was rated 7.82 from 169 votes.

Explained - S2E5

#9 - Coding (Season 2 - Episode 5)

Computer code now controls how we live. But how did these programming languages evolve? And how can they be used to build a new and better world?

The episode was rated 7.79 from 141 votes.

Explained - S3E6

#10 - Chess (Season 3 - Episode 6)

For centuries, chess has captured hearts and minds — and pawns — and it's more popular than ever. What makes this ever-changing board game so special?

The episode was rated 7.74 from 89 votes.

Explained - S2E3

#11 - Animal Intelligence (Season 2 - Episode 3)

What goes on inside an animal's mind? Figuring out how they think and feel might just be the key to understanding our own place in the world.

The episode was rated 7.72 from 143 votes.

Explained - S1E1

#12 - The Racial Wealth Gap (Season 1 - Episode 1)

Cory Booker and others discuss how slavery, housing discrimination and centuries of inequality have compounded to create a racial wealth gap.

The episode was rated 7.71 from 261 votes.

Explained - S1E20

#13 - Music (Season 1 - Episode 20)

When does sound become music? Why are humans so uniquely able to master musicality? Researchers talk rhythm, octaves and the magic of song and dance.

The episode was rated 7.70 from 181 votes.

Explained - S3E1

#14 - Sugar (Season 3 - Episode 1)

Once crucial for survival, sugar now poses a health risk. Is there a way to satisfy our primeval craving for sweetness in a healthy, balanced way?

The episode was rated 7.68 from 104 votes.

Explained - S1E15

#15 - Can We Live Forever ? (Season 1 - Episode 15)

Can we uncover the secrets to extending the human lifespan? Experts discuss how developments in science -- even the French lilac -- hold some clues.

The episode was rated 7.64 from 174 votes.


Last updated: jan 04, 2023


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