The BEST Episodes of Breakthrough
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Feb 28, 2021
Network: National Geographic
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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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?
#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.
#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.