Talk:Nova (TV series)

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Episode list[edit]

I would lov to add a complete episode list (as well as air dates and synopsis) of this great show to wikiworld but I am unable to locate a complete list. Does anyone have a source? I'll put it together. Pattersonc 07:15, 17 December 2005 (UTC)

The NOVA site at PBS has a listing. Qutezuce 07:47, 17 December 2005 (UTC)
  • I don't know how I missed that. Thank you for the quick response. Pattersonc 18:17, 17 December 2005 (UTC)

Intro animations[edit]

How many intro animations did NOVA have? I remember the computer animated one from the 80s showing atoms jump out of a periodic table and wrap into a DNA molecule and then zoom out to show that the molecule exists in the cell of a newborn baby, etc. There have been at least 2 newer intros since then.

There has been a total of six opens to NOVA (I have all six on tape).

Capitalization consistency[edit]

NOVA is always spelt with all letters capital. 01:10, 19 January 2006 (UTC)

That may be, but please do not change the comments of other people. Qutezuce 02:25, 20 January 2006 (UTC)
  • THIS is my addition. Where does it show me changing YOUR comment? Pattersonc 02:51, 20 January 2006 (UTC)
  • Sorry, my comment was not directed at you. There was an edit conflict between when I added my comment and when you added you comment, causing my comment to remove your comment. I was refering to this edit. Qutezuce 03:04, 20 January 2006 (UTC)
  • Now it makes sense. Editing someone's non-offensive post on a discussion board is pretty rude.
  • After a little research on the NOVA webpage i was unable to find even one incidence of NOVA written with only the first letter capitalized. I am going to alter the page to reflect these changes. Pattersonc 02:22, 20 January 2006 (UTC)
Apparently the above user's change didn't stick, because the current version of the article styles the name Nova in the article text (though it be all-capsed in the article title). One or the other must change, and stay that way, for consistency. For now I'll be bold and change the article text to use the all-caps version. If there is controversy about this change, let's hammer it out in discussion here per citeable evidence and pertinent guidelines; no need for a revert war. Robert K S (talk) 19:49, 29 December 2007 (UTC)
The Wikipedia:Manual of Style (trademarks) strongly suggests that the official spelling of trademarks like NOVA instead be written as Nova. As well, a different section of the MoS suggests that article titles also follow the same convention. That said, I don't think there should be any controversy. Even though I actually prefer the current article title and the edits you've made, I agree with you that consistency is more important, but that should be across the whole site as per the MoS and not just within this article. What I suggest happen is that your edits be reverted and the article moved to Nova (TV series) which already exists and redirects here. The fact that the logo is included in the infobox should help to demonstrate the official style. If that's not enough, perhaps the first sentence in the article could be used to further clarify this situation in the same style as the Time (magazine) article. Sarilox (talk) 01:32, 30 December 2007 (UTC)
If no one objects within a few more days I will take this course of action suggested by Sarilox (move page and alter text to lower-case title). Robert K S (talk) 05:50, 11 January 2008 (UTC)
Done, just waiting for page move by an admin. Robert K S (talk) 04:18, 23 January 2008 (UTC)

Most watched?[edit]

I removed the statement "NOVA is the most-watched science television series in the world." Does anyone have a citation for this? I don't see anything to verify this. --Dr. WTF 22:33, 21 December 2006 (UTC)

NOVA's website Boringguy 09:24, 23 December 2006 (UTC)

List of Episodes page[edit]

  • This is long overdue. I am compiling a list starting with the year 1974 but it will take a few days due to my schedule and the 600+ episodes. If any one else wants to do this as well, the NOVA episodes by year are listed HERE. Note to self: update main page when episode list is complete.

"More than 100 other countries"[edit]

Source, please.

The Nova website, specifically Qutezuce 02:48, 10 May 2006 (UTC)

"You don't know how he felt"[edit]

Oh yes I do, (some ignoramus at it seems). I knew Ambrosino rather well in those days. However, I don't go in for revert wars. El Ingles 21:02, 18 June 2006 (UTC)

Try reading some of the external links, Especially this one [1]. El Ingles 21:25, 18 June 2006 (UTC)

New planets[edit]

Are they gonna make an episode that covers the whole redefinition of planet and all the drama and science that ensued from it?--Sonjaaa 16:24, 26 August 2006 (UTC)

Opening theme[edit]

Please note that the theme at MyThemes.TV wasn't used until the third season. I have a video of the second season episode 'War From the Air' which has a different theme. The theme was replaced in 1981 with a new computer animated open. Boringguy 06:11, 4 May 2007 (UTC)

WP:MOS-TM and NOVA[edit]

WP:MOS-TM for a long time now has mandated that NOVA be written as Nova within Wikipedia, regardless of how it's actally written outside of Wikipedia. —Tokek 12:08, 16 October 2007 (UTC)

NOVA Underwriters[edit]

The Dow Chemical Company is no longer a NOVA underwriter —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:40, 6 March 2008 (UTC)

Fair use rationale for Image:NOVA logo.jpg[edit]

Nuvola apps important.svg

Image:NOVA logo.jpg is being used on this article. I notice the image page specifies that the image is being used under fair use but there is no explanation or rationale as to why its use in this Wikipedia article constitutes fair use. In addition to the boilerplate fair use template, you must also write out on the image description page a specific explanation or rationale for why using this image in each article is consistent with fair use.

Please go to the image description page and edit it to include a fair use rationale. Using one of the templates at Wikipedia:Fair use rationale guideline is an easy way to ensure that your image is in compliance with Wikipedia policy, but remember that you must complete the template. Do not simply insert a blank template on an image page.

If there is other fair use media, consider checking that you have specified the fair use rationale on the other images used on this page. Note that any fair use images lacking such an explanation can be deleted one week after being tagged, as described on criteria for speedy deletion. If you have any questions please ask them at the Media copyright questions page. Thank you.

BetacommandBot (talk) 15:53, 8 March 2008 (UTC)


Hello everyone. I have replaced the logo with a clean and more legible SVG version. Hope everyone is ok with that Johnzw (talk) 22:55, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

When was the switch to high definition?[edit]

Anyone know when NOVA first moved to HDTV? --Pmsyyz (talk) 19:49, 23 April 2011 (UTC)

CAPS revisited[edit]

Certainly the page title should use full capitalization. Not only is it always referred to it that way in official sources, even WP editors on this talk page seem to prefer it that way, suggesting "common usage" is NOVA. ~E: (talk) 15:49, 29 October 2012 (UTC)

Episode code issue and motion to update[edit]

The issue relates to the season "codes" resetting for no apparent reason and it starts between seasons 6 and 7. On March 29, 1979, the episode is coded as 0610 (i.e., s06e10 for season 6, episode 10). But for some reason the next episode -- the first one in Season 7 -- is coded as 0611 -- seemingly referring to season 6, episode 11. Where did that code sequence emerge? It disrupts the sequence for the rest of the list. Subsequent seasons display similar code issues because they reset at the start of a calendar year rather than production cycle.

This is wrong, in my opinion. The season code should just continue the sequence for the remainder of the season. Therefore, I would like to change the numbering system used here. Does that seem reasonable?


Hi Eux2010, please note that new comments belong at the bottom of talk pages, not at the top. I have fixed this for you. Please also note that IMDb is not considered a reliable source by the Wikipedia community because it is user-contributed like Wikia,, TVTropes, and even Wikipedia itself. See WP:TVFAQ, WP:RS and WP:RS/IMDB. Thanks, Cyphoidbomb (talk) 03:23, 9 November 2015 (UTC)
Thank you Cyphoidbomb, duly noted and I appreciate your patience with a newbie editor. I have revised my comment above to reflect the main issue. Can you think of any reason why the codes have a seemingly arbitrary sequence?