The Best Science Documentaries On Netflix Right Now

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Last Updated: January 31st

Science is a part of all of us. Our desire to discover, explore, and understand the world within and around us is a universal goal and science is the toolkit. Without science, we are lost on an uncaring world spinning through a hostile universe. Science gives us answers. It saves lives. The pursuit of science is an essential part of the human experience.

Below are some of the most intriguing science documentaries and series on subjects that range from the inner-workings of our brain to how we taste food to the great geniuses who helped shape our world. Enjoy!

Bill Nye: Science Guy (2017)

Bill Nye has been bringing science into American homes for three decades. His contribution to generations of kids falling in love with science is incalculable. In 2017, PBS followed Nye as he traveled around the world lecturing about and fighting against climate change. The documentary is a part nostalgic look at Bill Nye’s rise to fame and part crusade as Nye shifts from teaching kids to teaching adults. The film is a backstage look at what it’s like on the front lines of climate change discourse from the POV of a person who deeply cares about our survival.

American Experience: Tesla (2016)

It’s mind-boggling what Nikola Tesla gave us. Radio, remote controls, alternating current electricity, water turbines, wireless lighting, and the promise of free electricity for all are just a few of his innovations. The man, truly, changed our world in innumerable ways that make modern life possible. American Experience: Tesla is the perfect place to start your journey of discovery about just how pivotal Tesla was to modern science and life. The 50-minute run time makes this a perfect lazy Sunday or after work watch any day of the week.

The Most Unknown (2018)

Science is the pursuit of truth. The Most Unknown takes a trip with nine scientists as they do their job. It sounds basic. In that basic idea is brilliance. The film is an eye-opening look at what science and the people behind experimentation and discovery are really doing and who they really are. This is the sort of film that’ll make you fall in love with science for the first time or reaffirm your love for the pursuit of discovery and, ultimately, truth.

Chasing Coral (2017)

Chasing Coral comes from the same team who brought us Chasing Ice. The documentary follows photographers, divers, oceanographers, and marine biologists around the world as they examine and try to save dying coral reefs. The crew examines how the human impact and climate change are killing off reefs at unprecedented rates worldwide and what the solutions are to save one of the great wonders of planet Earth.

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