21 Science Shows for Kids on Netflix

[This post has been updated to include ELEVEN more shows!]

Sometimes we want to switch it up and get away from the textbooks. Science projects and field trips are an awesome way to do that. You can also get some science learning in with videos! Yes, the good ol’ television can offer your student school time. Remember when we were young and our teacher rolled in the big tv from the A/V room? Or when she pulled down the shades and the projector screen? Best. Ever! Enjoy this list of science shows available for streaming on Netflix. Be sure to share any we may have missed in the comments below.

Note: We have included this shows and current number of episodes available at the time of writing. There may be updates that remove shows or add episodes to the lineup. Please be sure to let us know if you notice any updates!


1. Adventure Planet

Adventure Planet

After getting himself lost in the jungle, Sam is rescued by Jorpe, and his older sister Norva. After uncovering the truth about a government program that will destroy the ozone layer, they must find a way to save humanity and all of nature!

Rating: PG
Year: 2014
Topics: Nature
Episodes Available: 1

More About the Show | Watch Now


 

2. Amazing Planet

National Geographic: Amazing Planet

A stunning documentary series about planet Earth.

Rating: TV-PG
Year: 2005
Topics: Planet Earth
Episodes Available: 3

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3. Bill Nye the Science Guy

Host Bill Nye gets kids fired up about science, sharing his enthusiasm for all its branches, from astronomy to complex ideas about genetics.

Rating: TV-Y
Year: 1993
Topics: General Science
Episodes Available: 31

More About the Show | Watch Now


4. Dinosaur Train

Dinosaur Train

Preschoolers get to hop on board the “Dinosaur Train” to learn about natural science, natural history and paleontology.

Rating: TV-Y
Year: 2009
Topics: Dinosaurs, Nature
Episodes Available: 1 Season, 26 Episodes

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5. Disney Nature: Wings of Life

Disney Nature: Wings of Life

A documentary that delves into the realm of flowers and their pollinators.

Rating: G
Year: 2011
Topics: Nature, flying creatures (bats, butterflies, hummingbirds, bees)
Episodes Available: 1

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6. Fetch with Ruff Ruffman

Part game show, part reality TV, and part spoof, FETCH! features real kids, real challenges, real science, and an unreal host named Ruff Ruffman (yes, he’s an animated dog!)!

Rating: TV-Y
Year: 2009
Topics: General Science
Episodes Available: 2 Seasons, 40 Episodes

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7. Fishtronaut

Fishtronaut

This interactive animated kids’ show follows the exciting adventures of Fishtronaut, a water-suit-wearing fish who travels on land to solve mysteries with his pals Marina and Zeek, all while teaching young viewers about protecting the environment.

Rating: TV-G
Year: 2009
Topics: Environment
Episodes Available: 2 Seasons, 52 Episodes

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8. Microcosmos

Microcosmos

A documentary on insect life in meadows and ponds.

Rating: G
Year: 1996
Topics: Insects
Episodes Available: 1

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9. Nature: Animal Odd Couples

Nature: Animal Odd Couples (PBS)

Despite the odds, there are countless stories of the most unlikely cross-species relationships imaginable.

Rating: TV-PG
Year: 2012
Topics: Nature, Animals
Episodes Available: 1

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10. Peep and the Big Wide World

Peep and the Big Wide World

Peep, Chirp, and Quack explore the “Big Wide World” around them, leading to mischief and adventures. Offers basic science lessons to preschoolers.

Rating: TV-Y
Year: 2004
Topics: General Science
Episodes Available: 4 Seasons, 26 Episodes

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11. Puffin Rock

Puffin Rock

Puffin Rock follows the adventures of Oona, her little brother Baba and their family and friends on a gorgeous and wild Irish island.

Rating: TV-Y
Year: 2015
Topics: Nature
Episodes Available: 1 Season, 13 Episodes

More About the Show | Watch Now


 

12. Schoolhouse Rock!: Earth

Schoolhouse Rock!: Earth

Schoolhouse Rock is going green! Schoolhouse Rock! Earth has all the heart and musical soul of the original Schoolhouse Rock, designed for a new generation of fans! Eleven all-new songs with all-new animation prove that caring about the environment can be rockin’ fun!

Rating: TV-G
Year: 2009
Topics: Earth/Environment
Episodes Available: 1

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13. SciGirls

SciGirls

SciGirls is a PBS series for kids ages 8-12 that showcases bright, curious real tween girls putting science and engineering to work in their everyday lives.

Rating: TV-G
Year: 2010
Topics: Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics
Episodes Available: 2 Seasons, 22 Episodes

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14. Secret Yellowstone

Secret Yellowstone

It’s a giant swatch of terrain – much of it remote, some of it dangerous, but all of it commands awe and respect.

 

Rating: TV-PG
Year: 2007
Topics: Nature
Episodes Available: 1

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15. Sid the Science Kid

Sid the Science Kid

A young and curious boy constantly wonders the fields of science.

Rating: TV-Y
Year: 2008
Topics: General Science
Episodes Available: 1 Season, 40 Episodes

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16. The Animal Train

The Animal Train

A little boy sets off on a round-the-world night train to dreamland with only his toy dog for company. But soon all sorts of endangered animals are asking if they can jump up and join them on their journey.

Rating: TV-G
Year: 1998
Topics: Animals
Episodes Available: 1

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17. The Blue Planet: A Natural History of the Oceans

The Blue Planet

The first ever comprehensive series on the natural history of the world’s oceans.

Rating: TV-G
Year: 2001
Topics: Ocean/Aquatic Life
Episodes Available: 1 Season, 8 Episodes

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18. The Magic School Bus

Magic School Bus

An eccentric schoolteacher takes her class on wondrous educational field trips with the help of a magical school bus.

Rating: TV-Y
Year: 1994
Topics: General Science
Episodes Available: 4 Seasons, 52 Episodes

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19. The Octonauts

Octonauts

An intrepid band of explorers roam the oceans in search of adventure and fun. Led by a valiant polar bear and a daredevil kitten, these eight talented critters are always ready to embark on an exciting new mission.

Rating: TV-Y
Year: 2010
Topics: Ocean, Aquatic creatures
Episodes Available: 3 Seasons, 53 Episodes

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20. Wild Kratts

This show follows the adventures of animated versions of brothers Chris and Martin Kratt, hosts of such educational shows as “Kratts’ Creatures” and “Zoboomafoo.” In the show, the animated Kratts encounter wildanimals during stories of adventure and mystery.

Rating: TV-Y
Year: 2010
Topics: Animals
Episodes Available: 3 Season, 66 Episodes

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21. Zoo Clues

Zoo Clues

Amazing animal facts and fun trivia for children, adults, and families.

Rating: TV-G
Year: 2012
Topics: Animals
Episodes Available: 13 Episodes

More About the Show | Watch Now


 

Last updated: September 30, 2016
Photo credit: Martin Cron

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  • Alice

    Adventure Planet features extremely rude characters. I would never show such rude behavior to my kids, regardless what they are trying to teach.

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