Discover: The World of Science

Discover: The World of Science is an American television show that ran between 1983 and 1990.

Discover: The World of Science
Presented byPeter Graves
Narrated byPeter Graves
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Production company(s)Chedd-Angier Productions[1]
Original networkPBS

Actor Peter Graves is the on-camera host and narrator of Discover: The World of Science,[2] a monthly, one-hour magazine-style television series which provides a human perspective on new developments in robots, science, technology, medicine, the environment, behavior and natural history. The series was typically broadcast on Wednesday evenings at 8 PM on PBS. The series, with early episodes being underwritten by Atari and later episodes being underwritten by GTE, was produced by Chedd-Angier Productions[1] in association with Discover Magazine.

Peter Graves hosted 24 episodes of the series.[3] Chedd-Angier succeeded this show with Scientific American Frontiers.[1]

The series was periodically spoofed on Saturday Night Live with comedian Phil Hartman portraying Peter Graves.[4][5]

List of known episodesEdit

Episode Description Aired Date Sponsor
101 Patricia Cowlings discusses her work on "space sickness" using biofeedback techniques. Other stories include Archie Carr's work with sea turtles, two youngster's fight against childhood leukemia, new advancements in police training, and competition among M.I.T. students with their homemade robots.
Mount St. Helens January 10, 1983, 8 PM Atari
104 The first segment shows how a cochlear implant affected Dennis Dale and other recipients. Other segments focus on adult-child communication, a totally computerized helicopter simulator, the eruption of Mount St. Helens, and Ditch Day at Caltech.
201 Wild Horses
202 Sue Ferguson travels to mountains in Utah talking about predicting avalanches. Follow an airline crew on a NASA flight simulator. Discover whether the test to determine if unborn babies have cystic fibrosis is foolproof. Archie Carr discusses sea turtles' homing ability.
301 Manatees, Bionics, Solar-powered Car Race and Meditation February 4, 1987, 8 PM GTE
503 Building a faster boat, Iguanas of Belize, Secrets of hibernating bears, Aliens of the deep, A Computerized interpreter for the deaf-blind GTE
505 Stuttering, Returning caribou to Maine, Herbert the robot, Dogs in forensic research, How kids think GTE
1 New species of life on the floor of the Pacific, High-tech crime-solving methods, The World's first human-powered helicopter, Returning the red wolf to the wild GTE
2 Understanding and preventing heart attacks, Racing iguanas in the Galapagos Islands, Determining how kids think, Annual MIT student engineering competition GTE
3 The Great Barrier Reef, unique animal inhabitants, robot sheep-shearers, boomerang aero-dynamics and more GTE
4 The Guam rail, Microwavable ice cream, Shyness, Balloon Valvuloplasty GTE
5 A Computerized interpreter for the blind, Discovering dinosaurs, Musical accompanist, Dolphin communication, The Nature of lightning GTE
New advances in the fascinating field of robotic hands, and travels to Nova Scotia to study fossils linked to The Great Extinction. January 7, 1987, 8 PM GTE
Development of a rabies vaccine for raccoons and other animals in the wild. February 4, 1987, 8 PM GTE
Caring For The Caribou March 21, 1989, 8 PM GTE
Hedgehog Haven January 3, 1990, 8 PM
Samuel Fletcher's visual speech technology GTE


  1. ^ a b c
  2. ^ "Peter Graves Obituary". Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  3. ^ "Discover: The World of Science". TV Guide. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  4. ^ "DISCOVER WITH PETER GRAVES: SNAKES". NBC. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  5. ^ "DISCOVER WITH PETER GRAVES: BACTERIA". NBC. Retrieved 20 September 2016.

Further readingEdit

  • "Advertising: Gulf Oil Will Sponsor Discover TV Special". The New York Times. November 20, 1981.
  • Unger, Arthur (August 27, 1982). "Of interest". Christian Science Monitor. on Sept. 13 through 17, a new syndicated science show will be appearing mostly on independent stations in the 57 top US markets. It is Discover: The World of Science, a one-hour special, the first in a series on current developments in science. Science journalists Graham Chedd and John Angier (both past executive producers with Nova) are producing the shows in association with Discover magazine.
  • Thomas, Jack (February 6, 1985). "Light Touch to Heavy Subjects". Boston Globe.
  • Clark, Kenneth R. (February 6, 1985). "'Discover' Format Sugarcoats Science". The Chicago Tribune.
  • Buck, Jerry (October 24, 1986). "Peter Graves' Newest Mission Is Science Fun". Orlando Sentinel.
  • MacMinn, Aleene (January 27, 1989). "TV & Video". Los Angeles Times. GTE Corp. will underwrite the PBS series "Discover: The World of Science" for the next two seasons to the tune of nearly $4.5 million. GTE has been the sole underwriter for the series-five one-hour, magazine-format specials-for the past three seasons.
  • "'Discover' has found a niche for itself". St. Petersburg Times. October 8, 1989.
  • Chandler, David L. (May 6, 1990). "Mechanically Inclined: This Year's MIT Robot Contest Was an Uphill Battle". Boston Globe – via HighBeam Research. Every year, television crews from the Public Broadcasting System videotape the [Massachusetts Institute of Technology mechanical engineering competition] for what has become the most popular segment on its "Discover: the World of Science" series.[dead link]
  • "Graham Chedd". Stony Brook University - School of Journalism.