National Geographic Explorer

National Geographic Explorer is an American documentary television series that originally premiered on Nickelodeon on April 7, 1985, after having been produced as a less costly and intensive alternative to PBS's National Geographic Specials by Pittsburgh station WQED. read more

National Geographic Explorer is an American documentary television series that originally premiered on Nickelodeon on April 7, 1985, after having been produced as a less costly and intensive alternative to PBS's National Geographic Specials by Pittsburgh station WQED. The first episode was produced by WQED and featured long-time Explorer camerman Mark Knobil, who is the few staff members with the franchise during all 24 seasons. The program is the longest-running documentary television series on cable television. Presented every Sunday from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, the original series was three hours in length, containing five to ten short films. Although the National Geographic Society had been producing specials for television for 20 years prior to Explorer, the premiere of the series required an increase in production from 4 hours of programming a year to 156 hours. Tim Cowling and Tim Kelly were the executive producers for the series during this transition.

Original Release

04/07/1985 on TBS



Lisa Ling Host
Salvatore Vecchio Narrator
Gerald Durrell Himself
Peter Coyote (voice)
Peter Coyote Himself / Narrator
Lee Durrell Herself
Lisa Ling Herself - Host
Peter Coyote Narrator
Peter Coyote Himself - Narrator
Salvatore Vecchio Himself - Narrator
(see additional cast & crew)
# Title Air Date
1 Brain Games: Watch This! Sunday, 09 October 2011
2 Brain Games: Pay Attention! Sunday, 09 October 2011
3 Brain Games: Remember This! Sunday, 09 October 2011
5 The Last Days of Osama Bin Laden Sunday, 06 November 2011
6 JFK: The Lost Bullet Sunday, 20 November 2011
7 How to Build an Ancient Man Wednesday, 23 November 2011
8 To Catch a Smuggler Sunday, 27 November 2011
9 Hitler's G.I. Death Camp Sunday, 18 December 2011
10 400 Million Dollar Emerald Sunday, 29 January 2012
11 The Man Who Can Fly Sunday, 12 February 2012
12 Moon Rock Heist Sunday, 04 March 2012
13 Finding the Lost da Vinci Sunday, 18 March 2012
14 Under Cover: Tennessee Dog Fighting


Peter Yost, Anna Fitch, Philip Day, Pam Caragol, Tony Gerber, Mark Mannucci, Geoffrey Luck, Max Salomon, Noel Dockstader, Ron Bowman, Bonni Cohen, Jeanine Isabel Butler, Ray Telles, Jon Else, J.J. Kelley, John Rubin, Gareth Harvey, David Meyer, David Shadrack Smith, Justin Milne, Jean-Paul Janssen, Chris Lethbridge, Barney Broomfield, Gavan Daws, Tria Thalman, Tucker Bowen, Nick Broomfield, Todd Wendel, Charles Patey, Gregory Reading, Dave Linstrom, Wynette Yao, Paul Vander-Molen, James Lipscomb, Jonathan Gruber, Thomas Lucas, Dana Kemp, Steven Hoggard, Kirk Wolfinger, Chris Sondreal, Paul Raimondi, Jeff Morales, Ian Denyer, Lisa Quijano Wolfinger, David Elisco, Jonathan Grupper, William Canning, Jonathan Halperin, James Donald, Marc Hoeferlin, Jackie Mow, Patrick Prentice, Evy Barry, Dennis Kibby, Bruno Cusa, William Livingston, Elli Dutcher, Hank Nelson, Andrew Pike, Marc Shaffer, Kevin A. Peer, William Martens, Simon V. Kurian, D.J. Roller, Michael Davie, Juan Reina, Bob Landis, Adrian Brenard, Ayse Toprak


Max Salomon, Peter Yost, Charles Poe, Mark Mannucci, Anna Fitch, Steven R. Talley, Patrick Prentice, Robert Zakin, Pam Caragol, David Hamlin, Quinn Kanaly, Gareth Harvey, Ron Bowman, Jaime Bernanke, Clare Nolan, Jonathan Halperin, Philip Day, Noel Izon, Jeanine Isabel Butler, Toby Beach, Nancy Donnelly, Holly Taylor, John Haptas, Noel Dockstader, Tony Gerber, Jody Schiliro, David Elisco, Thomas Lucas, Alan Tomlinson, Ray Telles, Jonathan Grupper, Geoffrey Luck, William Martens, Kevin Whelan, Ann Carroll, Michael Welsh, Jennifer Beman, Elli Dutcher, Kim Woodard, Peter Bricca, Kate Culpepper, Gary Kinder, David Shadrack Smith, Dana Kemp, Tucker Bowen, Audrey Salkeld, Anna Auster, Todd Wendel, Carrie Regan, Andrew Pike, Hank Nelson, Ann Hayward, Kris Kral, Jim Schaal, James Barrat, Charley Miller, Paul Gasek, Bob Landis, Jackie Mow, Jonathan Wickham, Andy Mitchell, Michael Winship, Paul Spillenger, Sue Houghton, Michael Dolan, Eleanor Grant, Lisa Ling, Bonni Cohen, Ed Fields, Steven Hoggard, Martin Koughan, Scott Bronstein, Simon Boyce, Michael Watchulonis, Nancy LeBrun, James Lipscomb, Gary Parker, Eric Strauss, Kevin McCarey, Tony Long, Aidan Pickering, Andrew Paterson, Tom Jennings, Justin Milne, Rodney Fox, Jonathan Gruber, Marc Shaffer, Ian Denyer, Chris Sondreal, Tria Thalman, Jeanne Rawlings, John Rember, Gavan Daws, Gail Flannigan, David Keaton, Mike Welsh, Dennis Kibby, Alex Verville


Lisa Ling Host
Salvatore Vecchio Narrator
Gerald Durrell Himself
Peter Coyote (voice)
Peter Coyote Himself / Narrator
Lee Durrell Herself
Lisa Ling Herself - Host
Peter Coyote Narrator
Peter Coyote Himself - Narrator
Salvatore Vecchio Himself - Narrator
Rodd Houston Himself - Narrator
Kim Jong-il Himself
Jong-il Kim Himself (archive footage) (as Jong-il Kim)
Lisa Ling Herself - Correspondent
Lawrence Copley Thaw Himself
Peggy Thaw Herself
Richard Muller Himself
Leo Dickinson Himself
Salvatore Vecchio (voice)
Barack Obama Himself


Jonathan Halperin Executive Producer
Kathleen Cromley Executive Producer
Charles Poe Executive Producer
Robert Zakin Executive Producer
John Bowman Executive Producer
David Royle Executive Producer
Tim Kelly Executive Producer
Tim Cowling Executive Producer
Howard B. Swartz Executive Producer
Michael Rosenfeld Executive Producer
Daphna Rubin Executive Producer
Keenan Smart Executive Producer
Steven Hoggard Executive Producer
Colin Low Executive Producer
Madeleine Carter Executive Producer
John Mernit Executive Producer
Robert Palumbo Executive Producer
Noah Morowitz Executive Producer
Thomas Skinner Executive Producer
Dan Korn Executive Producer
Malvina Martin Executive Producer
Anthony Issacs Executive Producer
Dennis B. Kane Executive Producer
Max Salomon Producer
Jonathan Halperin Producer
Robert Zakin Producer
Kathleen Cromley Producer
Charles Poe Producer
Steven R. Talley Producer
John Bowman Producer
David Royle Producer
Peter Yost Producer
David Hamlin Producer
Hilary Burke Producer
William F. Swift Producer
Tim Cowling Producer
Tim Kelly Producer
William Martens Producer
Maggie Burnette Stogner Producer
Philip Day Producer
Abigail Rodriguez Producer
Ashley Bloom Producer
Kate Sweeney Producer
Mark Mannucci Producer
Pam Caragol Producer
Anna Fitch Producer
Frauke Levin Producer
Tony Gerber Producer
Grenda Norris Producer
Holly Taylor Producer
Quinn Kanaly Producer
Todd Wendel Producer
Howard B. Swartz Producer
Korin Anderson Producer
Jeanine Isabel Butler Producer
Clare Nolan Producer
Jennifer Lucene Producer
Patrick Hare Producer
Edna Alburquerque Producer
Nancy Donnelly Producer
Charley Miller Producer
Katy Jones Garrity Producer
Ron Bowman Producer
James Donald Producer
Jonathan Grupper Producer
Daniele Anastasion Producer
Geoffrey Luck Producer
Nicole Vinnola Producer
J.J. Kelley Producer
Gareth Harvey Producer
Natalie Jaime Producer
Drew Pulley Producer
Alan Tomlinson Producer
Erin Harvey Producer
Jenny Ewig Producer
Laura J. Boyd Producer
Burk Finley Producer
Ekin Calisir Producer
Kevin A. Peer Producer
Kim Woodard Producer
Noel Dockstader Producer
Anna Auster Producer
Ray Telles Producer
Keene Haywood Producer
Simon Boyce Producer
Paul Gasek Producer
Eric Hoffman Producer
Michael Rosenfeld Producer
Jeff Morales Producer
Thomas Lucas Producer
Patrick Prentice Producer
John Rubin Producer
Colette Beaudry Producer
David Elisco Producer
Cara Balog Producer
Katie Cleary Producer
David Murdock Producer
Susanna Simpson Producer
David Winter Producer
Bonni Cohen Producer
Fouad Challa Producer
Cara Biega Producer
Anna Bowers Producer
Emily Julius Producer
Marc Shaffer Producer
Eric Strauss Producer
Jody Schiliro Producer
Toby Beach Producer
Kathryn Gilbert Producer
Adam Pray Producer
Iana Porter Producer
Daniel Cesareo Producer
Lisa Modarelli Werner Producer
Alex Verville Producer
Jaime Bernanke Producer
Kendra Gahagan Producer
Gabriel Garza Producer
Tyler Mathers Producer
Alicia Decina Producer
Gail Flannigan Producer
John Benam Producer
William Livingston Producer
Andrew Tkach Producer
Jared DuBrino Producer
Noah Morowitz Producer
Rom Simon Producer
Karin Hammerberg Producer
Tom Cappello Producer
Jenny Kubo Producer
Corin Anderson Producer
Annie Azzariti Producer
Garreth Harvey Producer
Isham Randolph Producer
Chris Sondreal Producer
Ivan Manzano Producer
Cara Sullivan Producer
Carrie Regan Producer
Heeth Grantham Producer
Tria Thalman Producer
Ali Sargent Producer
Kim Woodward Producer
Wynette Yao Producer
Bryan Harvey Producer
Dave Linstrom Producer
Anne Tarrant Producer
Joey Thomas Producer
Andrew Todhunter Producer
Abigail Pilgrim Producer
Amy Mack Producer
Juan Reina Producer
Ashley Tindall Producer
John Pavlus Producer
John Heffner Producer
Jim Dutcher Producer
Alana Berry Producer
Michael Davie Producer
Sean Fine Producer
Kathryn Wallace Producer
Daniel Sheire Producer
Katy Davis Producer
Steve Burns Producer
Rodney Fox Producer
Nick Broomfield Producer
Joaquín Gutiérrez Acha Producer
Kimberly Meelin Allen Producer
Jeff Swimmer Producer
May-yi Lee Chuang Producer
Malvina Martin Producer
James Lipscomb Producer
Megan Parlen Producer
Jonathan Gruber Producer
Penny Trams Producer
Keenan Smart Producer
Ana Rivero Producer
Evy Barry Producer
Greg Scott Producer
David Clair Producer
Dave Adams Producer
Jens Afflerbach Producer
Lu Bo Producer
Peter Chinn Producer
Tom Jennings Producer
Rocky Collins Producer
Marc Hoeferlin Producer
Doug Gritzmacher Producer
Kevin Whelan Producer
Wyatt Channell Producer
Cilista Eberle Producer
Aidan Pickering Producer
Paul Raimondi Producer
Joseph Seamans Producer
Tony Long Producer
John Joseph Producer
Tresha Mabile Producer
Dan Korn Producer
Natalia Mironova Producer
Becky Beamer Producer
Jackie Mow Producer
Brook Holston Producer
William Canning Producer
Dana Kemp Producer
Charlotte Mangin Producer
Maggie Mock Producer
Martin Koughan Producer
Tim Baney Producer
John Mernit Producer
Ed Fields Producer
Arthur Harris Producer
Mike Masland Producer
Adrian Brenard Producer
Andrew Paterson Producer
Corey Ford Producer
Camille Cruse Producer
Arthur F. Binkowski Producer
Kevin McCarey Producer
David Shadrack Smith Producer
Andy Mitchell Producer
Owen Cooper Producer
Charles Patey Producer
Scott Bronstein Producer
David Wright Producer
Kate Culpepper Producer
Cici Clark Producer
Ulla Lohmann Producer
Franck Tessier Producer
Wesley Della Volla Producer
Dennis Kibby Producer
Lauren Etter Producer
Raymond Telles Producer
Steve Eder Producer
Sue Houghton Producer
Rudina Vojvoda Producer
Daphna Rubin Producer
Gregory Henry Producer
Neil Barrett Producer
Riva Marker Producer
Emma Whitlock Producer
Madeleine Carter Producer
Mira Chang Producer
Tucker Bowen Producer
Shoshana Cohen Producer
Liane Thompson Producer
Len McClure Producer
Leo Eaton Producer
Jessica Sherry Producer
Laura Rivero Producer
Mags Miller Producer
Stephan Arapovic Producer
Megan Gelstein Producer
Jennifer Beman Producer
Trip Fuchs Producer
Sue Yung Li Producer
Lea Scruggs Producer
Ann Carroll Producer
Ernie Kovacs Producer
D.J. Roller Producer
Betsy Radmore Producer
Victoria Hughes Producer
Mary Kurian Producer
Katie Gilbert Producer
Kris Kral Producer
Heidi Shin Producer
Ricardo Preve Producer
Kathryn Pasternak Producer
David Ross Smith Producer
Barney Broomfield Producer
Nura Ashimova Producer
Monica Barrios Producer
Ryan Lobo Producer
Maria Gamble Producer
James Allen Orr Producer
Alison Garrity Producer
Anthony Issacs Producer
Lawrence Cumbo Producer
Justin Milne Producer


Kris Kral, Anna Auster, Salvatore Vecchio, Andrea Barrick, Tracy Baumgardner, Mick Kaczorowski, Christopher Tuss, Emmanuel Mairesse, Christine Jameson Henry, Lars Woodruffe, Don Bernier, Jared DuBrino, James M. Felter, Penny Trams, Barbara Ballow, Tal Ben-David, Toby Hayman, Mickey Green, A.C. Warden, Stephanie Munroe, Ann Goetz, Cindy D'Agostino, Pax Wassermann, Gary Meyers, Colin Hargraves, John Haptas, Cindy Kuhn, Leila Garcia, Francesco George, Jennifer Beman, Tom Patterson, Richard Hindley, Catherine Shields, Leslie Atkins, Barbara Burst, Dale Johnson, Mathieu Borysevicz, K.M. Kral, Kathy Sheets, Adam Eisenberg, Christina Schwerin, Jeremy Carr, Daniel Sheire, Darren Costello, Ralph Fasano, Ariel Semmel, Pippa McBride, Nick Yardley, Beat Roth, Pip Guy, Daryl Ondatje, Tim Lewiston, Toby Roberts, Tony Bacon, Ruckus Skye, Arthur F. Binkowski, Glenn Farr, Gail Huddleson, Ash Jenkins, Connie Rinehart, Gilbert M. Grosvenor, Carolline Allnut, David Ewing, Wendy Wank, Darryl Ondatje, Max Salomon, Ted Remerowski, Jeremy Siefer, Erik C. Andersen, Jay Danner-McDonald, Sam Greene, Aaron McAdams, Gerald Goldman, Sam Morrison, Kristen Huntley, Lizzie Donahue, Lyman Smith, Andrew Ellis, Melanie Soich, Patrice Shannon, Bonnie Cutler-Shear, Julie A. Naff

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