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Season 20 1993

  • 1993-01-06T02:00:00+00:00 on PBS
  • 55 mins
  • 18 hours, 14 mins (20 episodes)
  • United States
  • English
  • Documentary

Seen in more than 100 countries, NOVA is the most watched science television series in the world and the most watched documentary series on PBS. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won every major television award, most of them many times over.


20 episodes

20x01 The Hunt for Saddam's Secret Weapons

  • Season Premiere

    1993-01-06T02:00:00+00:00 — 55 mins

After an agreement was made by members of the United Nations, which mandated Iraq to end its pursuit in creating weapons of mass destruction, an international group of advisors and inspectors are on a mission to find and stop any threats that may remain. From nuclear and chemical weaponry, to missiles and guns, the team must face real dangers while searching for any illegal weapon activity in Iraq

20x02 Can Bombing Win a War?

  • 1993-01-20T02:00:00+00:00 — 55 mins

The Gulf War was fought in 38 days of non-stop bombing and four days of swift ground action. Did bombing win it? NOVA looks at the history of strategic bombing and asks whether bombing has now achieved preeminence in warfare.

20x03 The Deadly Deception

  • 1993-01-27T02:00:00+00:00 — 52 mins

For four decades, 400 African American men from Macon, Alabama were unwitting participants in a government study of untreated syphilis. NOVA tells the story of this notorious human experiment. George Strait, ABC News Medical Correspondent, hosts.

20x04 Nazis and the Russian Bomb

  • 1993-02-03T02:00:00+00:00 — 55 mins

NOVA tells the story of the German scientists abducted to the Soviet Union after World War II to help build an atomic bomb. The success of the crash program in 1949, with the explosion of the first Soviet nuclear weapon, shocked the world.

20x05 In the Path of a Killer Volcano

  • 1993-02-10T02:00:00+00:00 — 52 mins

NOVA covers scientists on the brink of a sputtering, shaking, impatient volcano, trying to forecast when it will go off. When it does, Mt. Pinatubo in the Philippines goes big time, producing the largest volcanic eruption in 80 years.

Athletes are training smarter, running faster, jumping higher and generally outperforming their predecessors—thanks to high technology. NOVA covers the record-setting trend for improving sports performance with science.

20x07 Diving for Pirate Gold

  • 1993-02-24T02:00:00+00:00 — 55 mins

These days, piracy on the high seas often involves sonar, magnometers, metal detectors and other high-tech equipment for finding and plundering sunken ships. NOVA explores the swashbuckling seafaring pirates of old and their present-day successors.

20x08 Murder, Rape and DNA

  • 1993-03-03T02:00:00+00:00 — 55 mins

Wherever we shed our body cells, we leave an indisputable identity card: our DNA. NOVA investigates the new science of DNA typing which is putting increasing numbers of murderers and rapists behind bars.

20x09 The Lost Tribe

  • 1993-03-31T03:00:00+01:00 — 55 mins

NOVA covers both sides of the stormy controversy over the Tasaday tribe. When these isolated cave dwellers were discovered in the Philippines in 1971, they were hailed as a Stone Age relic. Now, many anthropologists denounce them as fakes.

20x10 The NOVA Quiz

  • 1993-10-06T02:00:00+01:00 — 55 mins

NOVA fans from around the country match wits in a fast-paced contest of general science knowledge celebrating NOVA's 20th anniversary. Famous guests pose questions for the viewers at home. Marc Summers hosts.

20x11 Wanted: Butch and Sundance

  • 1993-10-13T02:00:00+01:00 — 55 mins

Forensic sleuth Clyde Snow and a posse of experts travel to Bolivia in search of the remains of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. They find Hollywood and legend got a few things wrong.

20x12 Secrets of the Psychics

  • 1993-10-20T02:00:00+01:00 — 55 mins

Magician James "The Amazing" Randi tests the claims of mind readers, fortune tellers, faith healers and others with purported paranormal powers. As a magician, "I know how people are deceived," Randi says.

20x13 Dying to Breathe

  • 1993-10-27T01:00:00+00:00 — 55 mins

NOVA covers the tense vigil of three people with terminal lung disease as they await the most complex of all organ transplants—a new lung. Months of waiting end in a few frenzied hours of intricate surgery.

20x14 Shadow of the Condor

  • 1993-11-03T02:00:00+00:00 — 55 mins

NOVA soars with the condor, an extraordinary bird that lives a tenuous existence in the California mountains and the Andes of South America. Footage includes never-before-photographed nesting sites in the cliffs of Patagonia.

20x15 The Real Jurassic Park

  • 1993-11-10T02:00:00+00:00 — 55 mins

With help from director Steven Spielberg, author Michael Crichton and a host of scientific experts , NOVA investigates what it would take to recreate the dinosaur theme park in Jurassic Park. It won't be as easy as it was for Hollywood.

20x16 Roller Coaster!

  • 1993-11-17T02:00:00+00:00 — 55 mins

NOVA takes viewers on the ride of their lives as it explores the science of roller coasters, where physics and psychology meet. New rides of the future may take place entirely in the mind—with virtual reality.

20x17 Mysterious Crash of Flight 201

  • 1993-12-01T02:00:00+00:00 — 55 mins

US federal investigators are called in to determine the cause of a mysterious jetliner crash in Panama. Nothing about the accident makes sense, until a key clue emerges.

20x18 Great Moments from NOVA

  • 1993-12-08T02:00:00+00:00 — 55 mins

Bill Cosby guides viewers through the most exciting footage from two decades of NOVA in a 20th anniversary salute. Real-life action, adventure, mystery, drama and non-stop discovery fill this 90-minute special.

20x19 The Best Mind Since Einstein

  • 1993-12-22T02:00:00+00:00 — 55 mins

A profile of the late Richard Feynman—atomic bomb pioneer, Nobel prize-winning physicist, acclaimed teacher and all-around eccentric, who helped solve the mystery of the space shuttle Challenger explosion.

20x20 Stranger in the Mirror

  • 1993-12-29T02:00:00+00:00 — 55 mins

NOVA explores the nature of human perception through the puzzling condition called visual agnosia, the inability to recognize faces and familiar objects, made famous in Oliver Sacks' book, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.