Television has been entertaining families for decades, but these days it is not enough to simply sit back and watch a mindless program. Families want to watch TV shows that teach them a little something, too. Here is a look at five science-based TV shows for educational entertainment:
1. MythBusters: MythBusters has been airing on the Discovery Channel since 2003, and over a decade later, it continues to be a hit with kids and adults alike. Each episode takes a look at a few common myths or rumors and puts them to the test to find out if they are true or not. MythBusters has tested everything from the behavior of sharks to possible moon landing conspiracy theories.
2. Sid the Science Kid: When it comes to the youngest members of the family, Sid the Science Kid on PBS has been a kid-friendly favorite since 2008. The show focuses on an inquisitive little boy named Sid who is always attempting to solve problems related to science with the help of his friends and family. The show is based on National Science Education Standards for preschoolers.
3. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Since it aired on CBS in 2000, CSI has been one of the most popular fictional television shows in the United States. It focuses on a team of investigators who work to solve crimes using forensic evidence. Many law enforcement agencies have criticized the show over the years for what they call misconceptions, but there is no denying how much CSI is based on scientific facts. The show has even prompted a rise in the number of people who want to apply for careers in related fields.
4. The Big Bang Theory: One of the most popular sitcoms in America, The Big Bang Theory is known for its lighthearted look at the lives of a few young professionals who work in the scientific community. Many of the show’s conversations and jokes revolve around physics and scientific theories.
5. Ghost Hunters: Whether you believe in ghosts or not, there is no denying that some of the information presented on the show Ghost Hunters is based on science. Two former plumbers travel to allegedly haunted places and use equipment such as thermometers and computers to test for signs of the paranormal. While some may argue that much of the show is fact versus fiction, viewers will learn a thing or two about science and technology in almost every episode.