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Last updated October 29, 2020

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Cosmos

1980 | NR | 4.4 out of 5 Stars

Renowned astronomer and author Carl Sagan explores the mysteries of the universe in this award-winning series, presenting fascinating and controversial insights into astronomy, biology, religion, evolution and more. With a focus on mankind's place in the grand scheme, universally speaking, Sagan takes viewers on an educational intergalactic journey through topics such as the Big Bang theory, early civilizations, purported UFO abductions and more.
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Long Way Round

2004 | NR | 4.4 out of 5 Stars

A sort of Motorcycle Diaries for the Hollywood set, this documentary miniseries chronicles the cross-continental adventures of actors Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman as they set out on their BMW bikes to travel round the world. Embarking from London and arriving 115 exhausting days later in New York, the duo tackles 20,000 miles of tough terrain, explores offbeat destinations and takes in colorful local culture.
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Long Way Round

2004 | NR | 4.4 out of 5 Stars

This documentary miniseries chronicles the cross-continental adventures of actors Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman as they set out on their BMW bikes to travel the world, embarking from London and arriving 115 exhausting days later in New York.
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Cosmos: The Complete Collection

1980 | NR | 4.4 out of 5 Stars

Renowned astronomer and author Carl Sagan explores the mysteries of the universe in this award-winning series, presenting fascinating and controversial insights into astronomy, biology, religion, evolution and more. With a focus on mankind's place in the grand scheme, universally speaking, Sagan takes viewers on an educational intergalactic journey through topics such as the Big Bang theory, early civilizations, purported UFO abductions and more.
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How the Universe Works

2010 | NR | 4.3 out of 5 Stars

Host Mike Rowe brings viewers on an enlightening tour of our current cosmic knowledge in this miniseries that starts with the Big Bang and covers alien galaxies and solar systems, as well as the space-shattering properties of a supernova event.
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Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

2012 | NR | 4.3 out of 5 Stars

Filmed in 10 countries, this series introduces women who are struggling with some of the most difficult and oppressive circumstances imaginable -- including sex slavery and the systematic murder of women -- and are bravely fighting to change them.
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Elon Musk: Bloomberg Risk Takers

2011 | NR | 4.3 out of 5 Stars

Born and raised in South Africa, entrepreneur Elon Musk is the driving force behind SpaceX, a private company exploring commercial space travel. Musk also co-founded PayPal and Tesla Motors -- all before the age of 40.
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The Blue Planet: A Natural History of the Oceans

2001 | NR | 4.3 out of 5 Stars

David Attenborough narrates this definitive exploration of the marine world, from the familiar to the unknown, revealing the sea and its communities at their most fearsome and alluring.
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Long Way Down

2007 | NR | 4.3 out of 5 Stars

Together again, Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman make another outrageous excursion in this Fox Reality Channel follow-up to the actors' first trip, which was documented in the series "Long Way Round." Kicking off their travels in the Scottish village of John o' Groats, the pair eventually make their way to Cape Town, South Africa, journeying through Europe and Africa to reach their final destination.
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The Blue Planet: A Natural History of the Oceans Poster

The Blue Planet: A Natural History of the Oceans

2001 | NR | 4.3 out of 5 Stars

David Attenborough narrates this definitive exploration of the marine world, from the familiar to the unknown, revealing the sea and its communities at their most fearsome and alluring.
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How the Universe Works Poster

How the Universe Works

2010 | NR | 4.3 out of 5 Stars

Host Mike Rowe brings viewers on an enlightening tour of our current cosmic knowledge in this miniseries that starts with the Big Bang and covers alien galaxies and solar systems, as well as the space-shattering properties of a supernova event.
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Art of Flight: The Series

2012 | NR | 4.3 out of 5 Stars

This documentary series follows professional snowboarder Travis Rice, director Curt Morgan and their ragtag crew over the course of two years as they risk it all to make the film of their dreams.
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Art of Flight: The Series

2012 | NR | 4.3 out of 5 Stars

This documentary series follows professional snowboarder Travis Rice, director Curt Morgan and their ragtag crew over the course of two years as they risk it all to make the film of their dreams.
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The Mind of a Chef

2012 | NR | 4.3 out of 5 Stars

This mouth-watering series produced by Anthony Bourdain takes viewers inside the world of culinary artist and restaurateur David Chang. Traveling the globe to research what we eat, the Momofuku founder brings an exotic dash to all his creations.
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Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide Poster

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

2012 | NR | 4.3 out of 5 Stars

Shot in 10 countries, this series introduces women who are struggling with some of the most difficult and oppressive circumstances imaginable -- such as sex slavery, inferior postpartum care and gendercide -- and are fighting to change them.
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The Mind of a Chef: Season 1

2012 | NR | 4.3 out of 5 Stars

From PBS: Join Executive Producer Anthony Bourdain as he takes viewers inside the mind of noted chef and restaurateur David Chang. Bourdain narrates these 16 half-hour episodes as The Mind of a Chef explores the kitchen, world, and mind of Chef Chang. Named by TIME Magazine as one of the world's "100 most influential people," Chang is the creative force behind New York's City's wildly popular Momofuku restaurants and the The New York Times best-selling cookbooks Momofuku and Momofuku Milk Bar. From ramen to rotting bananas, pork buns to golf clubs.
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Long Way Down

2007 | NR | 4.3 out of 5 Stars

Reunited for another outrageous excursion, Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman take an epic road trip across 18 countries via motorcycle. In this followup to their documented journey, "Long Way Round," the actors trek from Scotland to South Africa.
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30 for 30: You Don't Know Bo

2012 | NR | 4.3 out of 5 Stars

A close look at two-sport athlete Bo Jackson and the creation of a legend. Even without winning a Super Bowl or World Series, Bo will forever be known as a cultural icon and one of the most famous athletes of all time.
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American Masters: Johnny Carson: King of Late Night

2012 | NR | 4.3 out of 5 Stars

As host of "The Tonight Show" for 30 years, Johnny Carson was seen by more people on more occasions than anyone else in American history. Explore Carson's life and career, as well as the history of his beloved television program.
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Too Cute!: Season 1

2011 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

Three remarkable litters, three fascinating breeds, and one amazing story: puppies and kittens coming of age. The first few months of their lives are an adorable adventure in a world where cuddly knows no bounds.
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Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl

2012 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

This TV miniseries chronicles the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history, when a frenzied wheat boom on the southern Plains -- followed by a decade-long drought during the 1930s -- nearly swept away the breadbasket of the nation.
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Too Cute!

2011 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

Witness the coming-of-age stories of kittens and puppies from special litters. You'll see them grow from helpless furballs to rambunctious young kittens and puppies in this epic story. These animals are Too Cute!
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Yellowstone: Battle for Life

2009 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

Filmed over the course of three seasons, this epic documentary captures the daily struggle for survival waged by the grey wolves, grizzly bears, buffalo, antelope and other wildlife that call Yellowstone National Park home.
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Yellowstone: Battle for Life

2009 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

Filmed over the course of three seasons, this epic documentary captures the daily struggle for survival waged by the wildlife at Yellowstone National Park. Cold winters, hot summers and an active volcano make for a harsh environment for the animals.
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Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl Poster

Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl

2012 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

This TV miniseries chronicles the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history, when a frenzied wheat boom on the southern Plains -- followed by a decade-long drought during the 1930s -- nearly swept away the breadbasket of the nation.
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