Mar. 03, 1974
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60 min.
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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.


NOVA Season 1 (1974)

1x01 1 1x01 Making of a Natural History Film (The)
NOVA premieres on public television with a behind-the-scenes look at the making of a nature film. Oxford Scientific Films Unit shows how it tackles such problems as filming a wood-wasp ...
Mar. 03, 1974
1x02 1 1x02 Where Did the Colorado Go?
NOVA explores the mighty Colorado River which today has become the life-blood of the Southwest, providing water and electricity to the farms and cities of California, Nevada, and Arizona. ...
Mar. 10, 1974
1x03 1 1x03 Whales, Dolphins, and Men
NOVA explores the impact of whaling and the goods it produces for the industry, verses the grace and beatury of this intelligent mammal of the sea.
Mar. 17, 1974
1x04 1 1x04 Search for Life (The)
Does life exist outside this planet? The Viking lander will set down on Mars in July 1976 to try to find out just that. NOVA explores how life started on Earth and examines the Viking ...
Mar. 24, 1974
1x05 1 1x05 Last of the Cuiva
How does a primitive nomadic tribe of the Amazon basin cope with the encroachment of Western settlers? NOVA looks at both sides of the story, revealing the misunderstandings between ...
Mar. 31, 1974
1x06 1 1x06 Strange Sleep
Medicine was transformed in the 19th century by the discovery of anesthesia; surgery, until then hasty, bloody and completely unable to deal with internal disorders, subsequently took ...
Apr. 07, 1974
1x07 1 1x07 Crab Nebula (The)
In 1054 AD, the Chinese recorded the explosion of a star so bright that it lit the sky for three weeks, even during the day. It was the explosion of a dying star that was bigger than ...
Apr. 14, 1974
1x08 1 1x08 Bird Brain: The Mystery of Bird Navigation
Birds migrate in search of perpetual summer, sometimes traveling as much as 20,000 miles every year. NOVA uses radar to track and identify migrating birds that travel at night, focusing ...
Apr. 21, 1974
1x09 1 1x09 Are You Doing This for Me, Doctor?
The advance of medicine depends inevitably on the testing of experimental procedures on human volunteers from either the healthy or the sick. Yet such procedures are often dangerous, ...
Apr. 28, 1974
1x10 1 1x10 First Signs of Washoe (The)
Washoe is a chimp more like a person: she talks with her hands. NOVA visits with Washoe and her teachers—Professor Allen Gardner and Dr. Trixie Gardner—to learn more about this ...
May. 05, 1974
1x11 1 1x11 Case of the Midwife Toad (The)
When Paul Kammerer committed suicide in 1926, it was taken by most of his fellow biologists as a tacit admission of guilt that he had faked his experiments purporting to show the inheritance ...
May. 12, 1974
1x12 1 1x12 Fusion: The Energy of Promise
Nuclear fusion offers the promises of an unlimited, clean source of energy. But achieving fusion has proved one of the most difficult and elusive goals of the physicist. NOVA tells ...
May. 19, 1974
1x13 1 1x13 Mystery of the Anasazi (The)
Who were the people that built the first cities -- complete with apartment blocks -- in North America? They were the Anasazi Indians, who lived in the Southwest for some eight or nine ...
May. 26, 1974
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