The Truth About Educational TV Channels [PIC]

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  1. Modern Marvels is most definitely educational: Including the past present and future of a myriad of technologies that young minds are interested in these days.

  2. Modern Marvels is most definitely educational: Including the past present and future of a myriad of technologies that young minds are interested in these days.

  3. Elitist, crap assessment. Discovery does an excellent job of communicating the glory and honor of the working class.

    Who in their right mind thinks TLC provides an edumacation?

    • Well, considering TLC is SUPPOSED to mean "The Learning Channel"…

      The only show I disagree with is "Modern Marvels." Granted, it does have "Modern" right there in the name, but it covers the history of a subject really well, before moving on to the current state of that subject, and even touches on its future. So, I'll give MM a slide.

      It's a sad state of affairs that these formerly educational channels have lost sight of their focus. Of all the "theme" channels the one that's stayed the most true to its original intent….is Food Network. Every show is about food!

  4. Elitist, crap assessment. Discovery does an excellent job of communicating the glory and honor of the working class.

    Who in their right mind thinks TLC provides an edumacation?

    • Well, considering TLC is SUPPOSED to mean “The Learning Channel”…

      The only show I disagree with is “Modern Marvels.” Granted, it does have “Modern” right there in the name, but it covers the history of a subject really well, before moving on to the current state of that subject, and even touches on its future. So, I’ll give MM a slide.

      It’s a sad state of affairs that these formerly educational channels have lost sight of their focus. Of all the “theme” channels the one that’s stayed the most true to its original intent….is Food Network. Every show is about food!

  5. Seriously? Was this supposed to be funny/snarky/ironic or what? Because whoever wrote it obviously doesn't actually watch any of the listed programs.

  6. Seriously? Was this supposed to be funny/snarky/ironic or what? Because whoever wrote it obviously doesn’t actually watch any of the listed programs.

  7. To those comments before me, do any of you remember what these channels were like years ago? Real Quality programming. What they show now is a joke to your intelligence.

    @Edward TLC stands for The Learning Channel! Or at least it used to.

  8. To those comments before me, do any of you remember what these channels were like years ago? Real Quality programming. What they show now is a joke to your intelligence.
    @Edward TLC stands for The Learning Channel! Or at least it used to.

  9. The Weather Channel is now airing movies. Replacing the weather with movies! With weather scrolling along the bottom…. but movies!

  10. The Weather Channel is now airing movies. Replacing the weather with movies! With weather scrolling along the bottom…. but movies!

  11. I'm glad I'm not the only one taken aback by this chart. There is so much TV available now that you can plot "non-fiction" shows along a spectrum, from historic and scientific documentaries and news to scripted "reality" game shows. The "follow working joes in their unconventional job" shows like The Deadliest Catch are somewhere between the two, but I enjoy learning about lives that are different from mine. Many (not all) of the shows listed have some value outside of entertaining drunk rednecks. There is a line between "interesting" and "attention whore" shows, and where that the line is varies widely among those who watch TV.

  12. I’m glad I’m not the only one taken aback by this chart. There is so much TV available now that you can plot “non-fiction” shows along a spectrum, from historic and scientific documentaries and news to scripted “reality” game shows. The “follow working joes in their unconventional job” shows like The Deadliest Catch are somewhere between the two, but I enjoy learning about lives that are different from mine. Many (not all) of the shows listed have some value outside of entertaining drunk rednecks. There is a line between “interesting” and “attention whore” shows, and where that the line is varies widely among those who watch TV.

  13. Modern Marvels does have some pretty cool stuff that does educate. But I'd have to agree that all the other pseudo-reality shows are crap. Their appeal isn't limited strictly to drunks or rednecks, but certainly to a lower common denominator in the human gene pool. While we're giving networks guff, let's mention A&E, which *used* to mean Arts & Entertainment. If marathons of re-runs of "Dog, the Bounty Hunter" is *either* arts or entertainment, then I'm a British fighter pilot! Sheesh. Mindless drivel, glorifying humanity's baser elements… again.

  14. Modern Marvels does have some pretty cool stuff that does educate. But I’d have to agree that all the other pseudo-reality shows are crap. Their appeal isn’t limited strictly to drunks or rednecks, but certainly to a lower common denominator in the human gene pool. While we’re giving networks guff, let’s mention A&E, which *used* to mean Arts & Entertainment. If marathons of re-runs of “Dog, the Bounty Hunter” is *either* arts or entertainment, then I’m a British fighter pilot! Sheesh. Mindless drivel, glorifying humanity’s baser elements… again.

  15. I regularly use Dirty Jobs and Mythbusters in training programs. Despite Alex's denigration, there are a LOT more blue collar workers watching TV (and thus targeted advertising) than elitist rectal orifices.

  16. I regularly use Dirty Jobs and Mythbusters in training programs. Despite Alex’s denigration, there are a LOT more blue collar workers watching TV (and thus targeted advertising) than elitist rectal orifices.

  17. if you are worried about learning something read a book — oh wait they have a lot of red neck material there too – like fishing and hunting and war – if you dont like the tv shows simple don't watch – and spend your time making cheap photoshop quasi ads to show how everybody "hows smart u is"

  18. if you are worried about learning something read a book — oh wait they have a lot of red neck material there too – like fishing and hunting and war – if you dont like the tv shows simple don’t watch – and spend your time making cheap photoshop quasi ads to show how everybody “hows smart u is”

  19. Since the whole point of this blog is to entertain I have to ask, what was the point of this post? Is Geeks are Sexy resorting to trolling now? What does this post do, other than piss off and alienate readership?

  20. Since the whole point of this blog is to entertain I have to ask, what was the point of this post? Is Geeks are Sexy resorting to trolling now? What does this post do, other than piss off and alienate readership?

    • And educated people don't make completely ridiculous generalizations. Just because someone is educated doesn't mean they don't take some time to sit down and watch a movie or something. My American History professor watches t.v., yet I'm pretty sure he has some education…

  21. The Colony actually has some pro tips. They show you how to make a half decent water filter. That wood degasifier thing would be useful. I don't know, I think it's significantly more useful information than say, Cash Cab or Destroyed in Seconds. The only problem is that they simplify the explanations and instructions on these useful inventions and practices, and I'm willing to bet the majority of their viewers will not take the time to look up how to do these things properly.

  22. The Colony actually has some pro tips. They show you how to make a half decent water filter. That wood degasifier thing would be useful. I don’t know, I think it’s significantly more useful information than say, Cash Cab or Destroyed in Seconds. The only problem is that they simplify the explanations and instructions on these useful inventions and practices, and I’m willing to bet the majority of their viewers will not take the time to look up how to do these things properly.

  23. The person who put this together has obviously not even watched most of these shows. Pawn Stars, Prehistoric New York, American Pickers, Modern Marvels, Gangland, and Monsterquest are all extremely informative. Also, fantastic shows such as Planet Earth, Life, The Universe, Like After People, etc. weren't even mentioned. Sure, some of these channels have changed in recent years but they are enormously more educational than crap network tv. Terrible "article" and not funny in the least.

  24. The person who put this together has obviously not even watched most of these shows. Pawn Stars, Prehistoric New York, American Pickers, Modern Marvels, Gangland, and Monsterquest are all extremely informative. Also, fantastic shows such as Planet Earth, Life, The Universe, Like After People, etc. weren’t even mentioned. Sure, some of these channels have changed in recent years but they are enormously more educational than crap network tv. Terrible “article” and not funny in the least.

    • Planet Earth and Life are listed in "Shows meant for educated viewers looking to learn about history or science". Read the post next time…

  25. The Science Channel is pretty good sometimes. Tuesdays Wednesdays, and Thursdays you can catch something with Dr.Michio Kaku, or Stephen Hawking about blackholes but unfortunately I've seen all of those about 2,000 times.

    TV sucks when it comes to science, and most of our US culture is evidence of that.

    I've complained about it for years, but apparently watching Pamela Anderson shaking her booty on Dancing With The Stars is more interesting to a brain dead civilization.

  26. The Science Channel is pretty good sometimes. Tuesdays Wednesdays, and Thursdays you can catch something with Dr.Michio Kaku, or Stephen Hawking about blackholes but unfortunately I’ve seen all of those about 2,000 times.

    TV sucks when it comes to science, and most of our US culture is evidence of that.
    I’ve complained about it for years, but apparently watching Pamela Anderson shaking her booty on Dancing With The Stars is more interesting to a brain dead civilization.

  27. PBS is, or won't be any better. I can't confirm that since I don't watch PBS, but by listening to noagendashow.com, it seems that PBS main revenue is now corporate sponsors. You can bet that the learning you will get from that will be what ever the business sponsors want you to know.

  28. PBS is, or won’t be any better. I can’t confirm that since I don’t watch PBS, but by listening to noagendashow.com, it seems that PBS main revenue is now corporate sponsors. You can bet that the learning you will get from that will be what ever the business sponsors want you to know.

  29. If you're going to judge a channel's shows, at least include all of them. How many shows that teach you how to survive are on Discovery Channel but not included on this list? I'd figure someone bashing channels on an educational bases would at least include all the data…

  30. also the show on history channel called “The Universe” is extemely educational…i’ve learned so much about physics and the universe in general…ever week i’m learning thing that completely blow my mind and i end up thinking about it for days and days…and i even begin doing online research about the subjects…i also love the “History of Sex” show as well…i learn lots on that show as well
    i do think that these channels want to make education fun, and i think they have accomplished this with shows liked “Modern Marvels” and “How it’s Made”…these shows keep people interested in learning…i don’t watch them very often because I actually don’t watch very much tv at all but when I do see them i definitely feel like i have learned something new.

  31. also the show on history channel called "The Universe" is extemely educational…i've learned so much about physics and the universe in general…ever week i'm learning thing that completely blow my mind and i end up thinking about it for days and days…and i even begin doing online research about the subjects…i also love the "History of Sex" show as well…i learn lots on that show as well

    i do think that these channels want to make education fun, and i think they have accomplished this with shows liked "Modern Marvels" and "How it's Made"…these shows keep people interested in learning…i don't watch them very often because I actually don't watch very much tv at all but when I do see them i definitely feel like i have learned something new.

  32. also the show on history channel called “The Universe” is extemely educational…i’ve learned so much about physics and the universe in general…ever week i’m learning thing that completely blow my mind and i end up thinking about it for days and days…and i even begin doing online research about the subjects…i also love the “History of Sex” show as well…i learn lots on that show as well
    i do think that these channels want to make education fun, and i think they have accomplished this with shows liked “Modern Marvels” and “How it’s Made”…these shows keep people interested in learning…i don’t watch them very often because I actually don’t watch very much tv at all but when I do see them i definitely feel like i have learned something new.

  33. also the show on history channel called “The Universe” is extemely educational…i’ve learned so much about physics and the universe in general…ever week i’m learning thing that completely blow my mind and i end up thinking about it for days and days…and i even begin doing online research about the subjects…i also love the “History of Sex” show as well…i learn lots on that show as well
    i do think that these channels want to make education fun, and i think they have accomplished this with shows liked “Modern Marvels” and “How it’s Made”…these shows keep people interested in learning…i don’t watch them very often because I actually don’t watch very much tv at all but when I do see them i definitely feel like i have learned something new.

  34. Balls to the BBC, they're the reason we have to pay a TV licence. They have some good programming, but not enough to justify the tripe they broadcast!

  35. Balls to the BBC, they're the reason we have to pay a TV licence. They have some good programming, but not enough to justify the tripe they broadcast!