Primetime Bioethics: Research Ethics Edition


CBHD often receives requests from educators and other individuals for popular resources that engage bioethics through various media (fiction, film, and television). In this resource, we offer a recap of materials relevant to research ethics that have premiered on television. Viewers are cautioned that the shows represent a wide variety of genres and may not be appropriate for all audiences. They are encouraged to read annotations/synopses available through such websites as or If there is a show you think we missed, email us at


Research Ethics

  • The 100 (2014- )
    • (Topics: Disaster Ethics, Genetic Engineering, Human Experimentation, Neuroethics, Research Ethics)
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013- )
    • Topics: (Human Enhancement, Neuroethics, Research Ethics)
  • Better Off Ted (2009-2010)
    • Comedy about a multinational corporation engaged in cutting-edge, and often over the edge, research. (Topics: Biotechnology, Emerging Technology, Human Subjects Research, Research Ethics)
  • Orphan Black (2013- )
    • Topics: (Biotechnology, Gene Patents, Human Cloning, Human Enhancement, Research Ethics, Stem Cell Research, Transhumanism/Posthumanism)



Updated December 2016