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NOVA

NOVA

PBS 1974

Seen in more than 100 countries, NOVA is the most watched science television series in the world and the most watched documentary series on PBS. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won every major television award, most of them many times over.

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The 10 Best Episodes of NOVA

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#1 - Secrets Of Lost Empires: Medieval Siege

10.00

Season 27 - Episode 3

In the film, which is a part of the NOVA series Secrets of Lost Empires, a team of timber framers and other specialists design, build, and fire a pair of trebuchets, a devastating engine of war popular in the Middle Ages.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of NOVA from 1 votes.

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#2 - Infinite Secrets

10.00

Season 30 - Episode 10

A battered manuscript turns up after 1000 years revealing the mind of the Greek genius Archimedes

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of NOVA from 1 votes.

NOVA - S16E13

#3 - Design Wars!

10.00

Season 16 - Episode 13

NOVA examines the entries put forward by five architects and their teams, in a tough competition to choose a design for the new Chicago Public Library. The show gives viewers a chance to see the variation between the designs, as well as taking a closer look at the winning plan.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of NOVA from 1 votes.

NOVA - S16E2

#4 - The Last Journey of a Genius

10.00

Season 16 - Episode 2

NOVA looks at the bongo-playing scientist, adventurer, safecracker and yarn-spinner Richard Feynman, most recently famous for his role as gadfly of the Presidential Commission investigating the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of NOVA from 1 votes.

NOVA - S34E11

#5 - Marathon Challenge

10.00

Season 34 - Episode 11

13 amateurs train for the 26.2 mile Boston Marathon.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of NOVA from 1 votes.

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#6 - Sinking City Of Venice

10.00

Season 29 - Episode 14

Experts struggle to save the City of Canals before it vanishes beneath the waves.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of NOVA from 1 votes.

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#7 - Can Bombing Win a War?

10.00

Season 20 - Episode 2

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.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of NOVA from 1 votes.

NOVA - S13E16

#8 - Is Anybody Out There?

10.00

Season 13 - Episode 16

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.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of NOVA from 1 votes.

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#9 - Fusion: The Energy Promise

10.00

Season 1 - Episode 12

Nuclear fusion offers the promises of an unlimited, clean source of energy. But achieving fusion has proved one of the most difficult and elusive goals of the physicist. NOVA tells the story of the twists and turns and the international competition along the road toward the achievement of fusion; and details the recent breakthroughs which seem at last to have brought it within reach.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of NOVA from 2 votes.

NOVA - S34E5

#10 - Saved By The Sun

9.33

Season 34 - Episode 5

NOVA explores solar energy and its contribution towards getting humanity off of fossil fuels.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of NOVA from 3 votes.

#11 - Where Did the Colorado Go?
9.20
Season 1 - Episode 2

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.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of NOVA from 5 votes.

NOVA - S34E10
#12 - Ghost In Your Genes
9.14
Season 34 - Episode 10

Experts investigate how a mysterious "second genome" helps determine our biological fates.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of NOVA from 7 votes.

NOVA - S27E10
#13 - Lost Tribes Of Israel
9.00
Season 27 - Episode 10

At the heart of Jewish tradition lies the haunting mystery of the Lost Tribes of Israel. Ever since their defeat and banishment by the Assyrians in 722 BC., the Lost Tribes fate has inspired countless claims to Jewish ancestry by groups scattered on every continent. But now, surprisingly, new advances in genetics are dispelling myth and fantasy, and raising a curtain on the forgotten reality of the dispersal that happened so many centuries ago. This story will follow the first attempt to use the new tests to investigate a seemingly improbable African candidate for a Lost Tribe. It will dramatize a scientific quest that leads from the gene labs of London to the remote bush country of Zimbabwe and the lunar-like desert wilderness of southern Yemen.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of NOVA from 1 votes.

#14 - Three Men and a Balloon
9.00
Season 23 - Episode 13

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.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of NOVA from 3 votes.

#15 - The Deadliest Plane Crash
9.00
Season 33 - Episode 13

On March 27, 1977, on the island of Tenerife in the Canary Islands, two fully loaded 747 jumbo jets collided on a fogbound runway, killing 583 people in what is still the deadliest crash in aviation history. NOVA looks back at the crucial final hours before the disaster. Despite new technology to improve runway safety, near-misses on the ground are still the leading cause of deadly aviation accidents.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of NOVA from 2 votes.

#16 - Bird Brain: The Mystery of Bird Navigation
9.00
Season 1 - Episode 8

Birds migrate in search of perpetual summer, sometimes traveling as much as 20,000 miles every year. NOVA uses radar to track and identify migrating birds that travel at night, focusing on how they coose routes tat avoid bad weather and make the best of prevailing winds—information that can aid meteorologists.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of NOVA from 2 votes.

#17 - The Overworked Miracle
9.00
Season 3 - Episode 11

Today we take antibiotics for granted, and by doing so are steadily eroding their medical value. NOVA examines the problem of resistance to antibiotics in the bacteria they are designed to kill.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of NOVA from 1 votes.

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#18 - Why The Towers Fell
9.00
Season 29 - Episode 7

Can lessons learned from the Twin Towers' collapse make new buildings safer?

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of NOVA from 1 votes.

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#19 - Great Escape
9.00
Season 31 - Episode 17

Archeologists excavate Stalag Luft 3, the site of the greatest WWII prisoner escape. Prisoners of the camp are also interviewed.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of NOVA from 2 votes.

#20 - Salmon on the Run
9.00
Season 9 - Episode 1

NOVA captures the breathtaking power and determination of these amazing creatures and examines how business and technology are changing the fishing industry—and the salmon itself.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of NOVA from 2 votes.

Last updated: feb 25, 2021

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