Modern Marvels


Modern Marvels
Modern Marvels
Modern Marvels title credits.jpg
Title card since 2007
Genre Documentary
Created by Bruce Nash
Narrated by Max Raphael (current)
Harlan Saperstein
Will Lyman
Greg Stebner
Bill Ratner
Jack Perkins
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 14
No. of episodes 546+ (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Don Cambou
Running time 44 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel History, H2
Original run January 1, 1995 (1995-01-01) – present
External links
Website

Modern Marvels is a documentary television series that premiered on January 1, 1995 on History. The program focuses on how technologies affect and are used in today's society.

Since its debut in 1995, Modern Marvels has produced over 500 episodes covering various topics involving (to list a few) science, technology, electronics, mechanics, engineering, architecture, industry, mass production, manufacturing, and agriculture. Part of the appeal of Modern Marvels and the reason the show has been on the air for this long is the fact that it covers a wide range of subjects. Unlike most other science and technology shows,[citation needed] Modern Marvels focuses a significant portion of the episode on the history of the subject.[1]

The show began to premiere new episodes in January 2010, not having done so through all of 2009.[2] In August 2010, History began to air older episodes that had been edited to fit a 30-minute time slot, under the title Modern Marvels: Essentials.

In October 2011, Modern Marvels began airing first-run episodes on History 2 (formerly History International) in addition to its main run on History.

Contents

Engineering Disasters (sub-series)

Occasionally, the show airs a special sub-series called Engineering Disasters. These periodic episodes describe the circumstances of situations in which technology doesn't work correctly, such as building collapses and airplane crashes, resulting in spectacular (and sometimes fatal) failures. Including an episode on New Orleans, there have been 22 original Engineering Disasters episodes on Modern Marvels.

A former title screenshot of Modern Marvels.

Introduction

Distinct from other History series, the introduction of Modern Marvels features visuals and sounds of a bolt being turned by a ratchet wrench, followed by a partially computer-generated sequence involving construction workers building and hanging the title.

Narration

There have been a few narrators in the history of the series. The most current and longest running is Max Raphael, who has also narrated other History series, such as Command Decisions.

The History Channel has re-packaged some episodes that originally aired in other series and stand-alone specials into episodes of Modern Marvels, such as "Ice Road Truckers," which originally aired in 2000 as part of the series Suicide Missions. These episodes are not narrated by Raphael.

Production

Bruce Nash is credited with creating the series. Don Cambou has acted as executive producer on over 350 episodes for Actuality Productions, the production company behind the series.

Episodes

See also

References

External links



Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • List of Modern Marvels episodes — This is an episode list of the long running documentary television series Modern Marvels. Contents 1 Season 1: 1993 1994 2 Season 2: 1994 1995 3 Season 3: 1995 1996 4 …   Wikipedia

  • Modern Inventions — Donald Duck series Your hat, sir. Directed by Jack King …   Wikipedia

  • Marvels of the Modern Age — Genre Documentary Presented by Dan Cruickshank Country of origin   …   Wikipedia

  • Modern Primitive — oder Urban Primitive (engl. für „moderner Primitiver“ bzw. „urbaner Primitiver“) bezeichnet Vertreter einer subkulturellen Bewegung in entwickelten Ländern, die sich intensiv mit Körpermodifikationen befassen und diese praktizieren. Dabei… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Modern Primitives — Modern Primitive Modern Primitive (modern primitiv) bezeichnet eine subkulturelle Bewegung von Menschen in westlichen Zivilisationsländern, die sich intensiv mit Körpermodifikation befassen, sich dabei an den Ritualen und Verfahren älterer… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Modern Greek literature — Greek literature Ancient Greek literature (until 4th century AD) Byzantine literature (4th – 15th century) Modern Greek literature (post 11th century) Modern Greek literature refers to literature written in the Greek language from the 11th… …   Wikipedia

  • Seattle Knights — The Seattle Knights is a stage fighting and jousting acting troupe, specializing in Medieval Fantasy. The troupe was founded in 1993 by current Director Dameon Willich.cite news last = Jensen first = J.J title = Fellowship of the armor:… …   Wikipedia

  • Jeff Scheftel — est un producteur, scénariste, réalisateur, monteur, directeur de la photographie et acteur. Sommaire 1 Filmographie 1.1 comme producteur 1.2 comme scénariste 1.3 comme réalisateur …   Wikipédia en Français

  • History (TV channel) — Infobox TV channel name= History logofile=History channel us.png logoalt= logo2 = History logo in the United States logosize= 150px slogan= launch=January 1, 1995 owner= A E Television Networks former names= The History Channel (1995 2008)… …   Wikipedia

  • St Mark's Campanile — is the bell tower of St Mark s Basilica in Venice, Italy, located in the square (piazza) of the same name. It is a recognizable symbol of the city.The tower is 98.6 meters tall, and stands alone in a corner of St Mark s Square, near the front of… …   Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.