10 Best Episodes of NOVA - Season 44

PBS' premier science series helps viewers of all ages explore the science behind the headlines. Along the way, NOVA demystifies science and technology, and highlights the people involved in scientific pursuits.

Written by Sophie and last updated on feb 10, 2023.

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NOVA - S44E18

#15 - Killer Floods (Season 44 - Episode 18)

Efforts to uncover the geologic footprints of colossal megafloods in Iceland and on the seabed of the English Channel.

The episode was rated 7.76 from 29 votes.

NOVA - S44E15

#14 - Secrets of the Forbidden City (Season 44 - Episode 15)


The architectural design of Beijing's ancient complex of palaces and temples enabled it to survive centuries of earthquake shocks.

The episode was rated 7.78 from 105 votes.

NOVA - S44E13

#13 - Secrets of the Shining Knight (Season 44 - Episode 13)

A re-engineering of Greenwich armor to get a sense of what it was like to be a knight and how the armor was manufactured in medieval times.

The episode was rated 7.78 from 97 votes.

NOVA - S44E16

#12 - Killer Volcanoes (Season 44 - Episode 16)


The hunt for a volcanic mega-eruption that plunged medieval Earth into a deep freeze includes geologic evidence from Greenland to Antarctica.

The episode was rated 7.79 from 89 votes.

NOVA - S44E3

#11 - Search for the Super Battery (Season 44 - Episode 3)

David Pogue investigates how batteries work and what the future may hold for technical innovation.

The episode was rated 7.81 from 95 votes.

NOVA - S44E10

#10 - Poisoned Water (Season 44 - Episode 10)


The water crisis in Flint, Mich., brings awareness to the vulnerabilities of water systems across the U.S.

The episode was rated 7.86 from 138 votes.

NOVA - S44E8

#9 - Building Chernobyl's MegaTomb (Season 44 - Episode 8)

Engineers build a dome to contain the crumbling remains of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor.

The episode was rated 7.87 from 92 votes.

NOVA - S44E5

#8 - The Origami Revolution (Season 44 - Episode 5)


The art of origami reshapes the world, affecting drug development and future NASA space missions.

The episode was rated 7.87 from 124 votes.

NOVA - S44E20

#7 - Bird Brain (Season 44 - Episode 20)

Scientists test avian aptitude with brainteasers that reveal acute intelligence.

The episode was rated 7.88 from 33 votes.

NOVA - S44E6

#6 - Why Trains Crash (Season 44 - Episode 6)


Investigators study wreckage of train accidents; safety experts test crash prevention designs.

The episode was rated 7.92 from 103 votes.

NOVA - S44E17

#5 - Killer Hurricanes (Season 44 - Episode 17)

Researching the Great Hurricane of 1780, which blasted its way across the Caribbean, why it was so dangerous and the potential for more mega-storms in the future.

The episode was rated 7.93 from 92 votes.

NOVA - S44E7

#4 - Holocaust Escape Tunnel (Season 44 - Episode 7)


Archaeologists discover a tunnel near Vilnius, Lithuania, which served as an escape route for Jews fleeing the Nazis during World War II.

The episode was rated 7.96 from 97 votes.

NOVA - S44E21

#3 - Day the Dinosaurs Died (Season 44 - Episode 21)

Scientists discover new clues as to the catastrophe that ended the reign of the dinosaurs on Earth.

The episode was rated 8.05 from 65 votes.

NOVA - S44E12

#2 - Death Dive to Saturn (Season 44 - Episode 12)


The Cassini space probe attempts to dive between the innermost ring and top of Saturn's atmosphere.

The episode was rated 8.20 from 127 votes.

NOVA - S44E9

#1 - Chinese Chariot Revealed (Season 44 - Episode 9)

Design secrets that made chariots a war machine for hundreds of years; how they were used and how they helped unify China.

The episode was rated 8.29 from 101 votes.

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