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    The Alaska Experiment

    The Alaska Experiment

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    Discovery Channel (ended 2008)
    Four teams of city people try to tough out the extreme conditions of the Alaskan wilderness in this Discovery Channel series. Each team of two to three people were sent to a different area of the wilderness, and had different dangers to avoid and difficulties to overcome. Hunger and exhaustion wears them all down, and the constant threat from bears and wolves shows them that they are no longer at the top of their food chains.moreless
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    Smash Lab

    Smash Lab

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    Discovery Channel
    Smash Lab features a team of skilled engineers as they take on everyday technology and apply it in fun new ways. For example, would the material used in a bulletproof Kevlar vest be able to protect an airliner from bombs? The Smash Lab team will test it and see!moreless
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    Boston Med

    Boston Med

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    ABC
    Filmed over four months at Massachusetts General, Brigham and Women's, and Children's Hospital Boston, go inside the daily lives of the doctors, nurses and patients there.
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    Desert Car Kings

    Desert Car Kings

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    Discovery Channel
    The McClures' family business, "Desert Valley Auto Parts", has over 10,000 vehicles in Arizona and they are constantly on the hunt to find more cars to restore.
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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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    Ultimate Factories

    Ultimate Factories

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    National Geographic
    This docu-series looks at the inner workings of various factories across the United States. It shows the process behind producing the final product.
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    Some Assembly Required

    Some Assembly Required

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    Discovery Channel (ended 2008)
    Did you ever wonder how a television is put together or what goes into the making of mundane items around the house? Some Assembly Required dives in to take a look at how things are made, from high tech to toothpaste.moreless
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    Scientific American Frontiers

    Scientific American Frontiers

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    PBS (ended 2005)
    Welcome to the Scientific American Frontiers guide at TV.com.

    This show was a TV version of the venerable popular science magazineScientific American. Host Alan Alda interviewed those who were exploring the cutting edge of research in all areas of science.moreless
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    Going Tribal

    Going Tribal

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    Discovery Channel
    Extreme explorer and former Royal Marine Bruce Parry scours the globe in search of ancient tribes as he tests his limits while living alongside people in the world’s most remote areas.
    Going Tribal follows Parry as he sheds his Western cultural accouterments and fully immerses himself in each society for a month’s time. He is accompanied by a translator and does his best to learn the basics of tribal language. He must learn to hunt and cook using traditional methods as taught to him by his hosts.
    Going Tribal offers a unique look into some of the world’s most isolated peoples and disappearing tribes, exposing the viewers to languages and customs like never before.moreless
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    Walking with Dinosaurs

    Walking with Dinosaurs

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    BBC (ended 2004)
    This six-part series, developed by Framestore Ltd. and the BBC, follows the life of Earth's greatest life forms through their reign over the Mesozoic world, from their humble beginning in the late Triassic, to their fall in the Cretaceous. Along the way, we are also witnessed to their reptilian cousins that ruled the seas and air during this fantastic time in Earth's history. Though one must keep in mind that the stories are mere speculation, the filmmakers enlisted the aide of scientists to provide them with as many facts as possible for this series. Walking with Dinosaurs scored the highest ratings for a cable series ever when it aired on the Discovery Channel. The series won an Annie, two BAFTAs, a Broadcasting Press Guild award, three Emmys Awards for Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming More Than One Hour), Outstanding Sound Editing in Non-Fiction Program & Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special (out of six nominations), the Peabody Award, three Royal Television Society awards, a TV Quick Award, a Television and Radio Industries Club Award, and a Young Artist Award. Since this series aired, it has spawned several follow-up series, including The Ballad of Big Al, Walking with Beasts, Walking with Cavemen, and at least three specials hosted by naturalist Nigel Marven.moreless
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    The Life of Mammals

    The Life of Mammals

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    BBC (ended 2003)
    This is the fourth of David Attenborough's nature series exploring the complexities of various mammal species in the animal kingdom. The series features 10 episodes exploring in depth the day to day habits of mammals in the wild.moreless
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    Prehistoric Park

    Prehistoric Park

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    ITV (ended 2006)
    Nigel Marven stars in this six-part series mixing science and computer-graphic-aided speculation in order to show what it would be like to bring prehistoric animals out of the past and into the present day. In a blend of science and theory, the show reveals new data and updates our visaual notions of animals that once roamed the earth.moreless
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    The Planets

    The Planets

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    BBC Two (ended 1999)
    Welcome to The Planets guide at TV.com.

    Screening over eight episodes, The Planets presents the incredible story of the discovery and exploration of our solar system, revealing the deepest secrets of our neighbors in space.

    From the first faltering attempts to magnify the sky with crude telescopic lenses to the sophisticated probes revealing even the most distant planets today, this amazing footage relive the gripping stories of adventure and discovery.

    Using a unique blend of state of the art computer graphics, unseen space race archive and first hand testimony from scientists around the world, The Planets is the most comprehensive account of space explorations ever compiled for television.moreless
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    Super Structures of the World

    Super Structures of the World

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    Content Film (ended 2004)
    This documentary goes inside the construction of some of the most interesting and challenging structures to ever be built.
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    Underdog to Wonderdog

    Underdog to Wonderdog

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    Animal Planet
    Animal Planet turns the lives on dogs left without adoptive families around when it rescues lucky puppies and gives them a new lease on life in this series. Strays are rescued, rehabilitated and ultimately placed in loving homes courtesy of the Doggie Wonder Team.moreless
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    Armageddon

    Armageddon

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    The History Channel
    Armageddon from The History Channel is a series that delves into the deep secret fear we all have: that one day soon the world will come to an end. Interestingly enough, nearly every major religion and society past and present has a concept of the end of days; the time during which destruction of the world will begin to wipe out evil so good may live forever. With this series different aspects of the Armageddon myths are explored and mysterious ancient figures discussed. The famous predictions of Nostradamus are dissected as well as Mayan myths and theories on what really killed the dinosaurs. The show speculates on phenomena that could destroy the Earth such as a gamma ray burst and offers opinions on what life would be life after humans are gone. For anyone who is interested in mythology, theology and the science that interweaves the two, this is the series to watch.moreless
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    Pitchmen

    Pitchmen

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    Discovery Channel (ended 2011)
    From the invention, to the pitch, to the infomercial, Pitchmen follows the journey of how an invented product becomes the next hot consumer commodity.
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    Decoding Immortality

    Decoding Immortality

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    Smithsonian Channel
    Nobel Prize-winning scientist Elizabeth Blackburn may have found the fountain of youth in Australia. Blackburn has worked with molecular biologist Carol Greider for years trying to find out all about this enzyme.moreless
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    Heavy Metal Task Force

    Heavy Metal Task Force

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    The Science Channel
    Heavy Metal Task Force drills deep underground, slashes through ice and soars about the clouds.
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    Animal Armageddon

    Animal Armageddon

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    Animal Planet
    This new series explores the evolution and extinction of all animal life that has ever lived on earth. Find out about animals over 600 million years extinct as well those they most closely resemble today.moreless
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