526 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.

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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 from 161 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 from 174 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 from 90 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 from 146 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 from 149 votes.

Explained - S2E1

#6 - Cults


Season 2 - Episode 1

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

The episode was rated from 165 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 from 233 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 from 164 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 from 134 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 from 138 votes.

Explained - S1E1
#11 - 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 254 votes.
Explained - S3E6
#12 - Chess
Season 3 - Episode 6

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

The episode was rated from 80 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 176 votes.
Explained - S1E15
#14 - 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 169 votes.
Explained - S1E9
#15 - 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 189 votes.
Explained - S3E1
#16 - 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 97 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 176 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 170 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 79 votes.
Explained - S2E6
#20 - Pirates
Season 2 - Episode 6

In pop culture, pirates are often depicted as booty-looting rogues, but their history is far more complicated. See how they became enemies of humanity.

The episode was rated from 130 votes.

Last updated: may 20, 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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