There’s a lot of crap on television, and there’s really no denying that. Yet despite this, the medium does occasionally deliver world class programing that actually is good enough to redeem its overall value. There are a huge number of shows that promote illogical thinking and unfounded claims from UFO’s to paranormal beliefs to conspiracy theories and precious few good shows with a skeptical, rational theme that portray reality for what it is.
Since others have asked for examples of such shows, and because of the general lack of programing in this nitche, I’ve started to compile a list of the few TV programs that actually do provide good rational, reality-based debunking and informing on superstition and other unfounded claims.
I will add more as I find them, so please feel free to contribute any ideas. I live in the US so this list may be skewed toward American programing, since that’s what I happen to be personally familiar with. If you know of any good additions please let me know!
Note that there are plenty of good science documentaries, so I’ve tried to keep this toward ones that focus on myths, unfounded beliefs and other areas where skepticism should be applied, as opposed to just general science-related content.
Series and Mini-Series:
Carl Sagan’s Cosmos: A Personal Voyage – PBS, 1980
James Randi: Psychic Investigator – ITV, 1991
Is it Real? – National Geographic TV, 2005-2007
Mythbusters – Discovery Communications, 2003 – Present
Penn and Teller’s Bullshit – Showtime TV, 2003- Present
Naked Science – National Geographic Television, 2004-Present
Best Evidence – Discovery Communications, 2007-Present
Single Event Shows, Documentaries:
The Search for the Loch Ness Monster – BBC Television, 2003
The Kennedy Assassination – Beyond Conspiracy – ABC News, 2004
9/11 Conspiracy Theories – Fact or Fiction? – A&E Television (the History Channel), 2007
Peter Jennings Reporting – UFOs: Seeing is Believing – ABC News, 2007
Conspiracy Moon Landing – National Geographic TV, 2007
The Enemies of Reason – Channel 4 Television Corp, 2007
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