PBS NOVA Library on Netflix Refreshes on July 1st, 2019

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The PBS docu-series NOVA on Netflix is due to get a big refresh in July 2019. Here’s a breakdown of the comings and goings. 

In case you’re not familiar, NOVA is a long-running PBS series that covers all manner of different subjects. It’s been on the air since 1974 and has seen 857 episodes released carrying the banner across 46 seasons.

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The series covers a whole range of topics whether it’s from geopolitics, science, nature, geography or history.

Every year, the PBS library on Netflix gets refreshed as license renewals come around and PBS offers Netflix a brand new set of content while taking away some others.

NOVA Documentaries Leaving Netflix on July 1st

Let’s begin with the NOVA documentaries scheduled to leave on July 1st, 2019.

  • NOVA: 15 Years of Terror (2016)
  • NOVA: Arctic Ghost Ship (2015)
  • NOVA: Creatures of Light (2016)
  • NOVA: CyberWar Threat (2015)
  • NOVA: Dawn of Humanity (2015)
  • NOVA: Himalayan Megaquake (2016)
  • NOVA: Inside Einstein’s Mind (2015)
  • NOVA: Life’s Rocky Start (2016)
  • NOVA: Memory Hackers (2016)
  • NOVA: Mystery Beneath the Ice (2016)
  • [NOVA:] Oklahoma’s Deadliest Tornadoes (2013)
  • NOVA: Rise of the Robots (2017)
  • NOVA: School of the Future (2016)
  • NOVA: Search for the Super Battery (2017)
  • NOVA: Secret Tunnel Warfare (2016)
  • NOVA: Secrets of Noah’s Ark (2015)
  • NOVA: Secrets of the Sky Tombs (2017)
  • NOVA: The Nuclear Option (2017)
  • NOVA: Ultimate Cruise Ship (2017)
  • NOVA: Why Trains Crash (2017)

Here are our picks at the three NOVA documentaries you should absolutely watch before their removal on July 1st, 2019.

CyberWar Threat – comes from season 42 episode 16 and covers how we’re more reliant on technology than ever and the damaging effects an attack on infrastructure can be.

CyberWar Threat leaving Netflix on July 1st

Mystery Beneath the Ice – David Attenborough’s Netflix series, Our Planet touched on the topic of this episode briefly in episode 2. The episode from season 43 takes a look at the damaging and long last effects that the loss of krill in the artic has caused.

Why Trains Crash – Investigators in this episode from season 44 take a look into a range of train accidents and look into the reasons of why they occur.

Important note: while all of the titles above currently exhibit removal dates, they could still be renewed. 

NOVA Documentaries Coming to Netflix on July 1st

Here’s the full list of NOVA documentaries scheduled to arrive on July 1st. Most of the new episodes come from either season 44 which aired between 2016 and 2017 and season 45 which released between 2017 and 2018.

  • NOVA: Bird Dream
  • NOVA: Black Hole Apocolypse
  • NOVA: Building Chernobyl’s MegaTomb
  • NOVA: Chinese Chariot Revealed
  • NOVA: Day the Dinosaurs Died
  • NOVA: Death Dive to Saturn
  • NOVA: Decoding the Weather Machine
  • NOVA: Eclipse Over America
  • NOVA: Extreme Animal Weapons
  • NOVA: Killer Floods
  • NOVA: Killer Hurricanes
  • NOVA: Killer Volcanoes
  • NOVA: Poisoned Water
  • NOVA: Prediction by the Numbers
  • NOVA: Secrets of the Shining Knight
  • NOVA: Thai Cave Rescue
  • NOVA: The Impossible Flight

Again, here are our picks of the new additions coming to Netflix on July 1st.

Building Chernobyl’s MegaTomb – With the recent success of the HBO mini-series Chernobyl, it’s no surprise we’ve picked this one. It fast forwards time on the series and looks at the more recent efforts to contain the damaging effects of Chernobyl.

Building Chernobyl’s MegaTomb coming on July 1st

Death Dive to Saturn – this documentary from season 44 takes a look at the lesser-known efforts of one the probes that’s currently circling and taking photographs of Saturn.

Thai Cave Rescue – You may recall the recent news story regarding a bunch of kids stuck in a Thai cave and the various efforts that were taken to rescue them. This documentary covers those efforts.

Important note: more NOVA documentaries could be included in the July 1st additions but we only have access to this list so far. 

What NOVA episodes are you looking forward to? Let us know in the comments.

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Founder of What's on Netflix and based in Norwich in the United Kingdom, Kasey has been tracking the comings and goings of the Netflix library for a decade having started the site in 2013. Kasey maintains the what's new on Netflix library, keeps the coming soon lists up-to-date and writes about new and upcoming projects. Contact: kasey@whats-on-netflix.com