I’ve watched nature- and science shows since I was four years old.
In fact, I’ve watched so many, that it doesn’t make sense for me to watch those types of shows on traditional television anymore. I wouldn’t go so far as to say that traditional educational programming is for idiots and very small children, but I would say that it’s not to be considered time well spent for someone who knows a thing or two about the wonders of the natural world.
Luckily, this isn’t really a problem.
Where traditional television lost their game, PBS Digital Studios has — via Youtube! — been able to pick up the slack — and then some!
So, if you’re a curious cat who wants to continuously learn more about how our world work, let me suggest four great shows in a suitable progression. Between these Youtube channels, there are close to 1,5K science videos for you to choose from (I won’t tell you how many I’ve seen), so the odds are that you should find something new to learn.
Youtube channel: “It’s Okay To Be Smart” (240+ videos)
Host Joe Hanson has a great Youtube channel where he posts science videos. This is great to watch with your science-interested kids due to the engaging pace and high rate of puns per minute. And at 2,98M subscribers, 230+ videos and 237,769,848 views, Hanson knows how to keep a knowledge-thirsty audience captivated.
Youtube channel: “SciShow” (1K+ videos)
Okay, so SciShow isn’t a PBS production per se, but it’s format fits nicely with the other shows on this list. So, I added it. The show is at a respectable 5,91M subscribers, 1K+ videos and a whopping 1,100,558,559 views.
Youtube channel: “PBS Eons” (85+ videos)
For those of you who are interested in biology and geology (who isn’t, right?), PBS Eons is a smaller yet fascinating channel focusing on several interesting topics with great storytelling narratives. The show is at 989K subscribers, 85+ videos, and 103,967,263 views.
Youtube channel: “PBS Space Time” (180+ videos)
Once your brain is properly warmed up, how about letting my favourite astrophysicist Matt O’Dowd outline how the universe work in PBS Space Time? This is by far my favourite channel on Youtube right now! The show is currently at 1,81M subscribers, 180+ videos, and 182,507,651 views.