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 8.28 from 167 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 8.18 from 176 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 8.11 from 97 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 8.06 from 151 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 7.93 from 152 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 7.90 from 167 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 7.87 from 242 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 7.83 from 168 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 139 votes.

Explained - S2E3

#10 - 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 7.73 from 141 votes.

Explained - S3E6
#11 - 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 from 87 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 from 260 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 from 179 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 from 101 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 from 173 votes.
Explained - S1E9
#16 - Extraterrestrial Life
Season 1 - Episode 9

Despite decades of searching, we have yet to discover extraterrestrial life. Scientists discuss the reasons, including: Are aliens just too snobby?

The episode was rated from 195 votes.
Explained - S1E16
#17 - The Female Orgasm
Season 1 - Episode 16

The female orgasm is more elusive when a man is involved. Discover the reasons why and how women are embracing hands on solutions.

The episode was rated from 179 votes.
Explained - S1E12
#18 - Weed
Season 1 - Episode 12

Marijuana experts discuss the rise of potent "sexually frustrated" cannabis plants, the quests for consistency in weed strains and the history of hemp.

The episode was rated from 172 votes.
Explained - S3E5
#19 - The End of Oil
Season 3 - Episode 5

Oil led to huge advancements - and vast inequities. As the planet warms, why is it so hard to turn away from fossil fuels, and can it be done in time?

The episode was rated from 87 votes.
Explained - S3E12
#20 - Time
Season 3 - Episode 12

Time flies… sometimes. Its passage can seem to speed up and slow down. Why do we experience time the way we do, and how do we take back some control?

The episode was rated from 84 votes.

Last updated: sep 14, 2022



Explained is exactly what it looks, a bunch of 20 minutes mini-documentaries about a variety of topics. The docs are well paced, talk to a variety of interesting experts and concerned parties, and benefit from great graphics. The episodes are reminiscent of the videos Vox publishes on its own YouTube channel, they're meant for curious individuals to broaden their awareness of topics and issues in society, tech, finance, science, sports, politics, entertainment and more. Be aware that in 20 minutes, the content obviously stays pretty top level, so feel free to skip stuff you're already familiar with.


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