The BEST Episodes of Breakthrough

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 18, 2021

BREAKTHROUGH explores the remarkable scientific discoveries in brain science, longevity, water, energy, pandemics and cyborg technology. Lifesaving, mind-boggling innovation is a part of everyday life, so we sometimes take it for granted. It happens in the blink of an eye – on battlefields and playgrounds, in supercolliders and the International Space Station, in smart homes and smart cars. These are modern-day revolutions in how we live. Each hour-long episode is directed by a Hollywood visionary – Angela Bassett, Peter Berg, Paul Giamatti, Akiva Goldsman, Ron Howard and Brett Ratner.

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Fighting Pandemics

#1 - Fighting Pandemics

Season 2015 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 1, 2015

Viral outbreaks can become deadly pandemics in a matter of days. To prevent catastrophe, courageous scientists are fighting back with new treatments and vaccines.

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28 votes
Directors: Peter Berg
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More than Human

#2 - More than Human

Season 2015 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 8, 2015

Scientific advancements are challenging the concept of what it means to be human. In the near future, enhancing the human body with technology could lead to the next stage of our evolution.

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Directors: Paul Giamatti
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Decoding the Brain

#3 - Decoding the Brain

Season 2015 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 15, 2015

Using powerful new technologies, scientists are seeking solutions to a variety of mental illnesses by exploring unmapped facets of the human brain.

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Directors: Brett Ratner
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The Age of Aging

#4 - The Age of Aging

Season 2015 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 29, 2015

New discoveries may help us slow or even turn back our biological clocks.

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Directors: Ron Howard
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Energy on the Edge

#5 - Energy on the Edge

Season 2015 - Episode 5 - Aired Dec 6, 2015

Reliance on fossil fuels is leading us into a global energy crisis. If we act now, developments in energy production could avert disaster and usher in a new era of clean, safe energy.

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Directors: Akiva Goldsman
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Water Apocalypse

#6 - Water Apocalypse

Season 2015 - Episode 6 - Aired Dec 13, 2015

Earth is facing the devastating loss of a vital resource: clean water. Now, innovators across the globe are seeking solutions in emergent technologies to prevent a planet-wide water crisis.

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Directors: Angela Bassett
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Addiction: A Psychedelic Cure

#7 - Addiction: A Psychedelic Cure

Season 2017 - Episode 1 - Aired May 2, 2017

Renegade researchers are fighting the medical establishment by exploring a controversial cure for our vices: psychedelic drugs.

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Cyber Terror

#8 - Cyber Terror

Season 2017 - Episode 2 - Aired May 9, 2017

Inside the hidden world of hackers: “White-hat” hackers stage a risky raid on a bank; a “black-hat” ISIS recruiter organizes a terrorist attack.

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Curing Cancer

#9 - Curing Cancer

Season 2017 - Episode 3 - Aired May 16, 2017

Using T cells taken from cancer patients and deactivated HIV virus, maverick doctors have created a stunning new therapy for a dreaded disease.

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Game Of Drones

#10 - Game Of Drones

Season 2017 - Episode 4 - Aired May 23, 2017

The military and defense industry are looking for ways to defend against a mass drone attack, and they’ll learn how at the Game of Drones competition.

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Predicting The Future

#11 - Predicting The Future

Season 2017 - Episode 5 - Aired May 30, 2017

By finding hidden patterns in big data, computers powered by a new form of artificial intelligence can predict the future with amazing accuracy.

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Power To The People

#12 - Power To The People

Season 2017 - Episode 6 - Aired Jun 6, 2017

The world’s electric grids are aging and vulnerable. Now, engineers are making a dangerous trek to prove there is a better way to bring power to the people. Engineers make a dangerous trek across the Himalayas to bring power to a remote monastery.

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Mars InSight: Seven Minutes to Touchdown

#13 - Mars InSight: Seven Minutes to Touchdown

Season 2018 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 27, 2018

The fate of the Mars InSight lander will all come down to a fiery seven-minute freefall into the Red Planet. Will it survive and reveal new insight into our planetary neighbour, or will the atmosphere of Mars prove to be too much for our new planetary explorer?

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The Earliest Americans

#14 - The Earliest Americans

Season 2018 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 9, 2018

New evidence suggests humans arrived in North America far earlier than previously thought, and that they may have travelled along paths now buried deep beneath the sea.

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Drilling for Marsquakes Mars InSight

#15 - Drilling for Marsquakes Mars InSight

Season 2018 - Episode 2 - Aired May 18, 2018

The Mars InSight lander is on a 6-month journey to the Red Planet, with hopes of uncovering some of our planetary neighbor's secrets. Digging deep into Martian soil, the lander will measure marsquakes and also study the deep interior of Mars - perhaps revealing the origins of the planet.

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