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    Nature

    Nature

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    PBS
    Nature is a wildlife documentary program that has been airing on PBS since 1982. Its longevity is explained partly by its quality; Nature has won numerous Emmy awards. Documentaries have explored a multitude of different animals, plants, and other aspects of the natural world. Subjects vary from "Africa" to "Yellowstone Otters." Some documentaries have featured celebrities, such as "Wild Horses of Mongolia with Julia Roberts" and "John Denver: Let This Be a Voice." While the documentaries vary in creator, style and narrator, they are all educational and suitable for the entire family.moreless
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    NOVA

    NOVA

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    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. Each week NOVA takes an in depth look at a particular topic or individual in the science field. NOVA's topics cover all branches of science and engineering. NOVA's unique way of presenting each topic can be interesting to both those with no prior knowledge or those whose life's work is being covered.moreless
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    Cosmos

    Cosmos

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    PBS (ended 2005)
    Carl Sagan brings us the Cosmos, everything that ever was and ever will be, in an approach that is easily accessible even for those of us that are not science wizards. This 13 part series covers everything from the history of astronomy, the challenges it faced at its creation, how the universe was created and how it all might end, to the evolution of life on Earth, and the nature of the human brain. First aired in 1980 by the Public Broadcasting Service, Cosmos has seen multiple versions over the years. When the series was released on home video in the late 1980s, a 14th episode was included, which consisted of an interview between Dr. Sagan and Ted Turner. Dr. Sagan taped new epilogues for the 10th anniversary version in 1990, in which he addressed new discoveries and alternate viewpoints. The Science Channel rebroadcast the series on its 25th anniversary in 2005 with enhanced computer graphics. The series was awarded an Emmy and a Peabody Award. It has been broadcast in 60 countries and has been seen by an estimated 500 million to 1 billion viewers worldwide.moreless
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    Biography

    Biography

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    A&E
    This show provides an in-depth profile of the lives of people throughout history who have captured our imagination.
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    The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries

    The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries

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    ABC (ended 1984)
    The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries is the sixth of many short-lived and lesser-known Scooby-Doo shows. But this show is basically the same as Scooby And Scrappy, except that there is a new beginning song and before that Scrappy talks about what the episode is about. In this spinoff series, Daphne assumes Fred's position as leader (Fred and Velma only appear in a few episodes in this series), a tremendous departure from the days of "Dangerprone Daphne". Shaggy, Scooby, Scrappy, and Daphne solve mysteries under the pretense of being reporters for a teen magazine. The theme song is also new, sung in the same style as Michael Jackson's hit Thriller with a row of monsters doing the "Thriller" dance in the opening sequence.

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    The Nature of Things

    The Nature of Things

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    CBC
    This multi-award-winning show has been broadcast in more than 80 countries, including the United States, on The Discovery Channel and PBS. On the air since 6 November 1960, it is one of the longest-running television shows in Canada. Biologist and geneticist David Suzuki has hosted the show since 1979.moreless
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    Shark Week

    Shark Week

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    Discovery Channel
    Discovery Channel's Shark Week is an annual series of investigations into the characteristics and habits of the dangerous and often misunderstood marine predator. It is also cable television's longest-running programming event (it premiered in 1988). In Shark Week 2006, host Mike Rowe takes a closer look at one of the ocean's most feared creatures as well as the lives of the researchers, scientists and documentarians who work to find out more about them.moreless
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    Good Neighbours

    Good Neighbours

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    BBC
    Good Neighbours is the BBC comedy television series about the relationship between two couples who are polar opposites. On his 40th birthday, Tom Good (Richard Briers) and his wife Barbara (Felicity Kendal) tire of the rat race and decide to adopt a simple, back to nature lifestyle that includes pigs, chickens and animal waste induced electricity. The Good's newfound lifestyle doesn't go over well with their more conventional, social-climbing neighbors Jerry (Paul Eddington) and Margo Leadbetter (Penelope Keith).moreless
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    Explorer

    Explorer

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    National Geographic
    Explorer is an American documentary television series that premiered on Nickelodeon, produced by National Geographic, which moved to The National Geographic Channel on July 8, 2004. In the show, the host, which has so far been Bingo O'Malley, Tom Chapin, Robert Urich, Boyd Matson, and Lisa Ling, takes viewers on a journey to explore marvels around the world. From spider sex to the world's most dangerous gang to the secret mummies of China, Explorer's features vary across a wide range of interests. Some shows even feature topics that are out of this world-literally! In 2010, Explorer aired an episode about Jupiter's moon, Europa. With such a wide range of topics, and the engaging, in-depth view into each subject, as viewers have come to know and love from National Geographic, Explorer has something for everyone. The series has received much critical acclaim since its inception in 1985 and has also attracted and steadily large audience. Explorer is the longest-running documentary television series on cable television won over 400 awards, including 52 Emmy Awards, as well as being nominated for 2 Academy Awards.moreless
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    Wild

    Wild

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    National Geographic
    Learn about some of the most wild and dangerous creatures that live in the world today.
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    Ancient Lives

    Ancient Lives

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    Athena
    Ancient Lives provides an insightful and detailed look into the lives of the ancient Egyptians. Helmed by acclaimed Egyptologist John Romer, this series explores daily life as it took place several thousand years ago in a small village near Thebes. Romer and his colleagues explore residential ruins and enter lavishly decorated tombs to explore the relics inside. Artifacts found in the village ruins are used to reconstruct daily life for the average Egyptian; viewers learn how these people lived, ate, worked, and worshipped. Ancient Lives also explores many of the famed tombs of the great Pharaohs; cameras are brought inside the tombs themselves to show viewers the priceless tomb relics in their original context. Examination of these remarkable tombs also provides clues about the thousands of artisans, craftsmen and laborers who worked to build and beautify the final resting places of Egypt's royalty. Romer also provides a fascinating look into tomb raiding, and explains many methods the ancient Egyptians used to secure their tombs against future desecration and looting.moreless
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    National Geographic Specials

    National Geographic Specials

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    National Geographic
    National Geographic Specials are a collection of documentary features produced by National Geographic that explore a wide variety of pertinent issues and historic events, using high definition video, world-class cinematography, and in-depth research to reveal the compelling truths about each subject. Each documentary in this series presents a comprehensive portrait of a complex subject, whether it's a phenomenon from the natural world or a well-known but often misunderstood man-made construct. Some episodes dissect complicated foreign institutions, like "Inside al Qaeda," in which the infamous Islamic terrorist network is closely examined. Other episodes approach topics that are much closer to us, like "Skin," in which the ultra-thin shield that covers all our bodies is scientifically explained, revealing the incredible complexity of the organ we often take for granted. National Geographic Specials are riveting films that are guaranteed to both educate and entertain as they explore these fascinating subjects.moreless