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Last updated November 23, 2020

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Serving Life

2011 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

Filmed in a notorious Louisiana prison, this moving documentary chronicles the work of some inmates who find a sense of redemption for their past crimes by volunteering in the jail's hospice, offering compassion to other prisoners as they die.
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When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions

2008 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

Follow the 20th century's space race all the way to the moon -- and beyond -- in this documentary series. The program features eye-popping footage from a host of various missions, plus in-depth interviews with NASA astronauts and engineers.
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The Life of Birds

1998 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

David Attenborough's documentary series is the definitive film exploration of Earth's most colorful creatures: birds. Researchers traverse the globe, exploring 42 countries and examining more than 300 species.
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Nature: My Life as a Turkey

2011 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

When naturalist Joe Hutto became "mother" to a clutch of 16 wild turkey eggs, he had no idea of the heartache and joy that were to become part of his daily existence for the next 18 months, as he raised the chicks and helped them leave the nest.
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The Life of Mammals

2002 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

David Attenborough introduces us to the most diverse animals to ever live on earth. From the tiny pygmy shrew to the enormous blue whale, this is the story of 4,000 species which have outlived the dinosaurs and conquered the farthest places on earth
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The Life of Mammals

2002 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

Naturalist David Attenborough hosts this in-depth examination of the most diverse class of life on Earth: mammals, from the smallest shrew to the biggest whales and the most advanced primates.
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Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking

2010 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

In this comprehensive cosmology series, Prof. Stephen Hawking looks at the entire universe, from the big bang to the end of time. Using down-to-earth language, he also discusses the prospect of time travel, black holes and what aliens may look like.
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The Life of Birds

1998 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

David Attenborough presents a series that gives insight into the evolution and behaviors of birds. Discover their remarkable strategies for finding food, their complex social systems and their ingenious and often bizarre ways of mating and breeding.
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Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking

2010 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

Celebrated theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking takes viewers on a captivating guided tour of the universe, explaining its origins and mysteries using straightforward language and state-of-the-art computer animation.
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When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions Poster

When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions

2008 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

Follow the 20th century's space race all the way to the moon -- and beyond -- in this incredible, comprehensive six-part documentary series narrated by Gary Sinise. Chronicling America's space program from the early days of the Mercury project to the era of the space shuttle, the sensational series features eye-popping footage from a host of various missions, plus in-depth interviews with NASA astronauts and engineers.
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Ken Burns: Baseball

1994 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

Award-winning documentarian Ken Burns takes a swing at a unique and much-loved aspect of life in the United States -- baseball -- chronicling the sport's signature people, places and events as well as its deep-rooted relationship to American culture. The pastime's century-and-a-half history unfolds over ten nostalgic, informative "innings," which delve into baseball's spiritual resonance with the entire nation.
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Big Cat Diary: Season 4

2002 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

Young cheetah Honey copes with three lively cubs, while the lions of the Ridge Pride encroach on the hunting grounds of the dominant Marsh Pride and a fierce battle for the prime territory ensues.
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National Geographic: Amazing Planet

2005 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

This three-part journey from National Geographic travels into the distant past to watch our planet take shape through the actions of lava, magma and time; explores Earth's magnificent seas; and reveals the awesome power of wind, water and ice.
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David Attenborough: Wildlife Specials

2008 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

World-renowned naturalist David Attenborough -- considered the father of the modern nature documentary -- headlines this collection of programs that explore the planet's most fascinating animals and most breathtaking landscapes. Attenborough travels around the world to get up-close footage of polar bears, leopards and other amazing creatures, and visits stunning locations such as the ice caves of Europe and South America's Angel Falls.
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Big Cat Diary: Season 3

2000 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

"Big Cat Diary" returns to tell the tales of Kenya's leopard, cheetah and lion families. Six-week-old Solo is the latest addition to the Ridge Pride, while Amber the cheetah is still in fine form, and leopard Shadow has a new cub named Safi.
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Nova: Mystery of a Masterpiece

2012 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

New techniques for cracking ancient mysteries are revealed in this program about the 2007 discovery of a possible Leonardo da Vinci portrait. Purchased for roughly $20,000 nine years earlier, the painting could be worth more than $100 million.
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Warren Buffett: Bloomberg Game Changers

2013 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

For decades, Warren Buffett held an unparalleled position in finance as a legendary investor, a multibillionaire and America's most respected businessman. Interviews with his family, his associates and himself reveal the secrets of his success.
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Wild China

2008 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

This series uncovers some of the most exotic and uncharted natural habitats hidden within the vast and diverse topography of China, including Yunnan's forests, the Tibetan plateau, the Silk Road and the Mongol steppes.
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National Geographic: Eternal Enemies: Lions and Hyenas

2006 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

Travel deep into the dark and mysterious animal world of Botswana where never-before-seen footage reveals the intensely brutal and often bloody conflict between lions and spotted hyenas. Filmed primarily at night, this nature documentary provides viewers a "hiding in the shadows" glimpse into the creatures' ancient rivalry -- a savage, almost ganglike feud between the powerful Southern Clan of hyenas and the Central Pride of stately lions.
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Last American Cowboy

2010 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

In the wilderness of Montana, every last American cowboy battles to protect their legacy while providing for their future. Join three ranching families in their struggle to nurture thousands of calves from birth to their one payday of the year.
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Raging Planet

1997 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

This collection of installments from the Discovery Channel series gets you up close and personal with some of the wildest weather on planet Earth, including ferocious hurricanes, lethal avalanches and fiery volcanos. Blending dramatic real-life footage of dangerous weather events, illuminating computer animations and informative interviews with scientists, this series also reveals the destructive power of tornados, lightning, floods and more.
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Big Cat Diary: Season 2

1998 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

Back in the Masai Mara game reserve, hosts Simon King and Jonathan Scott catch up with their old friends in the Marsh Pride and spend time tracking several new big cats, including Half-Tail's daughter Shadow, and Amber and her three cheetah cubs.
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Nova: Hunting the Elements

2012 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

Where do nature's building blocks, called the elements, come from? They're the hidden ingredients of everything in our world, from the carbon in our bodies to the metals in our smartphones. Watch as David Pogue unlocks their secrets.
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TEDTalks: Life Hack

2012 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

This TEDTalks collection reveals simple tricks that can transform your life. Learn how your body language shapes who you are, how to start a movement, the secret to better work and much more.
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Last American Cowboy: Season 1

2010 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

In the wilderness of Montana, every last American cowboy battles to protect their legacy while providing for their future. Join three ranching families in their struggle to nurture thousands of calves from birth to their one payday of the year.
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