The BEST Episodes of History 101

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 27, 2021

Network: Netflix

Infographics and archival footage deliver bite-size history lessons on scientific breakthroughs, social movements and world-changing discoveries.

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Nuclear Power

#1 - Nuclear Power

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired May 22, 2020

Over 10% of the world's electricity comes from nuclear power. But with radioactive waste and the threat of nuclear meltdown, are we playing with fire?

star 7.55
77 votes
Genetics

#2 - Genetics

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired May 22, 2020

DNA analysis has given us the tools to map disease, solve crimes and more. But in our rush to decode DNA, are we leaping before we look?

star 7.52
77 votes
The Rise of China

#3 - The Rise of China

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired May 22, 2020

In the 21st century, China has become a global economic powerhouse. Why was the rest of the world so slow to notice its rise to the top?

star 7.48
108 votes
Plastics

#4 - Plastics

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired May 22, 2020

Plastics have transformed how we live, but progress comes at a high price: 7.8 billion tons of waste. Are plastics a miracle or a catastrophe?

star 7.45
86 votes
AIDS

#5 - AIDS

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired May 22, 2020

Nearly 40 million people are living with HIV. After decades of research and activism, how far have we come in finding a cure and battling the stigma?

star 7.40
75 votes
The Space Race

#6 - The Space Race

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired May 22, 2020

Fifteen international agencies spend $62 billion every year on space travel. What's fueling our costly — and dangerous — drive to explore the universe?

star 7.29
116 votes
Robots

#7 - Robots

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired May 22, 2020

We share the planet with an estimated 9 million robots, from self-driving cars to surgical arms. Could they one day completely replace humans?

star 7.21
81 votes
Oil and the Middle East

#8 - Oil and the Middle East

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired May 22, 2020

Oil has brought great wealth to the Middle East and ignited major wars. Is it a blessing or a curse for the region, as well as the rest of the world?

star 7.19
86 votes
Feminism

#9 - Feminism

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired May 22, 2020

Feminism has ushered in sweeping changes to society, securing rights for women around the world. How much further do we have to go?

star 7.18
89 votes
Fast Food

#10 - Fast Food

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired May 22, 2020

Cheap, quick and tasty, fast food became a culinary craze in the 1950s. But has our quest for convenience created an irreversible health crisis?

star 7.10
164 votes