As students, our parents often told us that television shows are bad for us and that it ‘rots our brains’. But recently, studies have shown that educational programs can boost your intellect.
So here, I have compiled a list of entertaining shows that are actually educational for you to watch!
With the hosts’ witty humour and hilarious experiment-gone-wrongs on the episode, you are in for an explosive time (literally – many episodes feature explosions)
The hosts explain the science concepts used throughout each episode and how the experiment works as they conduct it. After that, they conclude whether the myth is true or not.
While watching the show, you are exposed to many topics in different fields like physics, geometry, chemistry, biology and history! Many of the concepts featured in the episodes are more relevant to students in secondary school. Still, if you are part of the younger audience, there is also a MythBuster Jr!
This series is available on Hulu and on YouTube.
Each episode features renowned historical figures and events from different timelines while presenting important historical information and facts.
While watching this series, you will find that you have a better knowledge of history while still enjoying the catchy songs and hilarious skits in every episode.
You can find Horrible Histories episodes on Amazon Prime or Hulu Plus.
Every episode features various animals, their behaviour and their biological characteristics. The characters also explain how animals evolved and adapted to their habitats over the centuries, exposing you to natural history.
As the episode develops, the characters start to use this information to solve an issue by morphing themselves into the animal (with something called a Creature Power Suit).
You can find this series on Amazon Prime!
Ted-Ed is the more education-focused branch of the TED video creation platform. It is a YouTube channel, and there are many videos covering diverse topics that you can learn more about. The videos are short and have animations to help you better understand the content.
Here are some of their more popular videos:
1. When is a pandemic over?
2. The tale of the doctor who defied Death
3. How does alcohol make you drunk?
4. The bug that poops candy
5. What really happened during the Salem Witch Trials
Many of Ted-Ed’s videos address current issues and simple topics relevant to your school curriculum!
For example, there are topics like AIDS, Bacteria, Chemistry and Electricity.
Winner of two Emmy Awards, Netflix‘s original documentary series – Our Planet, shows us the effects of climate change on wildlife and habitat. Presenting us with insight into how humans are endangering nature and marine life.
Every episode focuses on different regions like the tundra, the jungles, and grasslands. It repeats a pattern of introduction, exploration, and conservation.
Watching this documentary is an excellent way for you to stay entertained for long (each episode averaging an hour-long). Be captivated by the cute faces of baby animals while still learning about conservation and climate change.
But, this documentary is more suitable for older viewers because there are scenes that might be too sensitive for you.
72 Dangerous Animals
Another documentary of Netflix, this series goes off in search of the most dangerous animals in the world. There are three variations of this documentary – Asia, Latin America and Australia; and each series features animals that can only be found in that continent.
Here, you explore the different characteristics of each animal featured. You will also understand the different climates and conditions these animals have to survive.
Like Our Planet, this documentary is more suitable for older viewers as it contains scenes and information that might make younger viewers uncomfortable.
We hope you enjoy watching these shows! Let us know what other shows you watch that you think are educational!