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Breakthrough (TV series)

Breakthrough is a scientific documentary television series on National Geographic Channel that premiered on November 1, 2015. It is produced by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer.[1] All of the episodes are directed by guest directors such as Friday Night Lights creator Peter Berg, actors Paul Giamatti and Angela Bassett, screenwriter Akiva Goldsman and director Brett Ratner.[1]

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GenreScientific documentary
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes12
Executive producer(s)Ron Howard
Brian Grazer
Original networkNational Geographic Channel
Original releaseNovember 1, 2015 (2015-11-01) –

The series covers the history of current scientific "breakthroughs" in science, including aviation, fighting pandemics, robotics, and aging. A similar series, Scientific American Frontiers aired on PBS from 1990 to 2005. A new PBS series, Breakthrough: The Ideas That Changed the World, hosted by Patrick Stewart began airing in 2019.

In July 2016, the series was renewed for a second season, with Ana Lily Amirpour, David Lowery, Shane Carruth, Shalini Kantayya, Emmett Malloy, Brendan Malloy and A.G. Rojas serving as directors.[2]


  1. ^ a b Bill Keveney (November 1, 2015). "'Breakthrough' science wows filmmakers Ron Howard, Brian Grazer". USA Today. Retrieved 2016-04-09.
  2. ^ "National Geographic Channel Greenlights Second Season of Critically Acclaimed Series BREAKTHROUGH". Business Wire. July 25, 2016. Retrieved January 13, 2017.

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