Welcome to the 11 best science documentaries on Netflix streaming in 2015.
Science can often be fascinating and fun, but due to its complexity, people quickly get bored with it. They simply lack the knowledge to understand the truly cool concepts and ideas, or the patience to learn about them. Cue the science documentaries. In them, hosts, often scientists themselves, explain those concepts in a way that everyone can understand them, even us without Ph.D. That is why they are so popular. They are also a great way for kids to both learn and get interested in science, and as such are often played in classrooms all over the world. Although not many of science documentaries are listed in the best rated documentaries on Netflix, they are still very entertaining and can offer you a chance to spend some quality time with your kids, without actually going through a hassle of getting up from you couch. A win-win situation, if you ask me.
To rank 11 best science documentaries on Netflix streaming in 2015, we used our standard formula. Going simply by IMDb rating just wouldn’t cut it, although we did include it in our final ranking. We also scoured dozen of lists on most popular sites in order to get an accurate feel for public opinion. We mixed it all together and came up with a genuine Insider Monkey ranking. We hope you’ll enjoy watching them.
11. The City Dark
Site Score: 1, IMDb Score: 2, Overall Score: 3
Directed by Ian Cheney
The humankind has lost the night. Ever since our ancestors raised their heads for the first time and gazed at the vast night sky filled with stars, we have been inspired by them. But since the beginning of the 20th century and the ever spreading night lights that illuminated our cities, we have lost that ability. Ian Cheney says in the documentary that, since moving to New York, he saw the stars twice, both times during the infamous New York blackouts. The stars have been with us since the beginning and now we are deprived of them by the urban sprawl spreading the light pollution all over the planet. How does this affect us as a species? The City Dark won awards at several film festivals, including Hardacre Film Festival and SXSW Film Festival.