Modern Marvels

Modern Marvels is an American worldwide television series that formerly aired on the History Channel and is currently shown on Story Television. The program focuses on how technologies affect and are used in modern society. It is History's first and longest-running program. It was first aired on A&E on December 10, 1992 under the banner "Time Machine." The series began airing on the History Channel in 1995 under its current title.

Modern Marvels
Modern Marvels title credits.jpg
Created byBruce Nash
Narrated byMax Raphael
Harlan Saperstein
Will Lyman
Greg Stebner
Bill Ratner
Jack Perkins
David Ackroyd
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons20
No. of episodes690 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producerDon Cambou
Running time44 minutes
Production companyJupiter Entertainment
Release
Original network
Original releaseDecember 10, 1992 (1992-12-10) –
present (present)

IntroductionEdit

Distinct from other History Channel 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.

ProductionEdit

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

Modern Marvels has produced over 650 one-hour episodes topics that include science, technology, electronics, mechanics, engineering, architecture, industry, mass production, manufacturing, and agriculture. Each episode typically discusses the history and production of several related items. For instance, an episode on distilled spirits discusses the production of bourbon in Kentucky, scotch whisky in Scotland, and tequila in Mexico. To fit the network's format, Modern Marvels focuses a significant portion of the episode on the history of the subject.[1]

 
A former title screenshot of Modern Marvels

The show premiered new episodes in January 2010, not having done so through all of 2009.[2] In August 2010, History Channel 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 Channel.

Reruns of the series air on the digital broadcast networks Quest and Story Television. The series can also be found on YouTube.

On January 14, 2021, revival of the series was announced; it premiered on History February 21, 2021.[3]


NarrationEdit

Modern Marvels has had several narrators. The last and longest-running is Max Raphael, who also narrated other History Channel series such as Command Decisions.

The History Channel repackaged 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.

Former Man vs. Food host Adam Richman hosts the 2021 revival.

Engineering DisastersEdit

Occasionally, Modern Marvels aired a special spin-off called Engineering Disasters. These periodic episodes describe the circumstances of situations in which technology does not work correctly, such as building collapses and airplane crashes, resulting in spectacular (and sometimes fatal) failures. Including an episode on New Orleans and another on the 1970s, 24 original Engineering Disasters episodes have been on Modern Marvels. The packaging on the box set of Engineering Disasters 4-20 plus New Orleans describes the series as such: "Dark clouds with silver linings, Modern Marvels: Engineering Disasters presents the tragic, yet invaluable, handmaidens of technological progress."[4]

EpisodesEdit

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
11[5]November 11, 1992 (1992-11-11)November 11, 1992 (1992-11-11)
232[6]January 3, 1996 (1996-01-03)June 22, 1997 (1997-06-22)
317[7]August 17, 1997 (1997-08-17)February 14, 1998 (1998-02-14)
429[8]August 3, 1998 (1998-08-03)February 22, 1999 (1999-02-22)
522[9]March 3, 1999 (1999-03-03)December 13, 1999 (1999-12-13)
646[10]February 3, 2000 (2000-02-03)December 18, 2000 (2000-12-18)
765[11]January 3, 2001 (2001-01-03)December 1, 2001 (2001-12-01)
848[12]December 2, 2002 (2002-12-02)December 5, 2002 (2002-12-05)
959[13]January 7, 2003 (2003-01-07)December 23, 2003 (2003-12-23)
1069[14]February 4, 2004 (2004-02-04)December 28, 2004 (2004-12-28)
1160[15]January 12, 2005 (2005-01-12)December 30, 2005 (2005-12-30)
1254[16]January 4, 2006 (2006-01-04)December 20, 2006 (2006-12-20)
1344[17]January 17, 2007 (2007-01-17)December 26, 2007 (2007-12-26)
1438[18]January 14, 2008 (2008-01-14)December 23, 2008 (2008-12-23)
1533[19]October 28, 2009 (2009-10-28)December 29, 2010 (2010-12-29)
1622[20]January 14, 2011 (2011-01-14)February 27, 2012 (2012-02-27)
1710[21]July 16, 2012 (2012-07-16)June 15, 2014 (2014-06-15)
188[22]February 21, 2021 (2021-02-21)April 11, 2021 (2021-04-11)
1911[23]July 25, 2021 (2021-07-25)August 15, 2021 (2021-08-15)
202[24]November 28, 2021 (2021-11-28)December 5, 2021 (2021-12-05)
2115[25]February 16, 2022 (2022-02-16)August 8, 2022 (2022-08-08)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ [1] Archived September 12, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Modern Marvels Episode Guide. History.com.
  3. ^ "The History Channel Unwraps the Incredible Stories Behind Beloved Foods, Brands and the Titans That Shaped America in Bold New Ways in Two Returning Nonfiction Series "The Food That Built America" and "Modern Marvels"" (Press release). History. January 14, 2021 – via The Futon Critic.
  4. ^ Modern Marvels: Engineering Disasters - (5 DVD set, back panel)
  5. ^ "Watch Modern Marvels Full Episodes, Video & More | History Vault". watch.historyvault.com. Retrieved January 10, 2023.
  6. ^ "Watch Modern Marvels Season 2 Online | HISTORY Channel". The HISTORY Channel. Retrieved January 10, 2023.
  7. ^ "Watch Modern Marvels Season 3 Online | HISTORY Channel". The HISTORY Channel. Retrieved January 10, 2023.
  8. ^ "Watch Modern Marvels Season 4 Online | HISTORY Channel". The HISTORY Channel. Retrieved January 10, 2023.
  9. ^ "Watch Modern Marvels Season 5 Online | HISTORY Channel". The HISTORY Channel. Retrieved January 10, 2023.
  10. ^ "Watch Modern Marvels Season 6 Online | HISTORY Channel". The HISTORY Channel. Retrieved January 10, 2023.
  11. ^ "Watch Modern Marvels Season 7 Online | HISTORY Channel". The HISTORY Channel. Retrieved January 10, 2023.
  12. ^ "Watch Modern Marvels Season 8 Online | HISTORY Channel". The HISTORY Channel. Retrieved January 10, 2023.
  13. ^ "Watch Modern Marvels Season 9 Online | HISTORY Channel". The HISTORY Channel. Retrieved January 10, 2023.
  14. ^ "Watch Modern Marvels Season 10 Online | HISTORY Channel". The HISTORY Channel. Retrieved January 10, 2023.
  15. ^ "Watch Modern Marvels Season 11 Online | HISTORY Channel". The HISTORY Channel. Retrieved January 10, 2023.
  16. ^ "Watch Modern Marvels Season 12 Online | HISTORY Channel". The HISTORY Channel. Retrieved January 10, 2023.
  17. ^ "Watch Modern Marvels Season 13 Online | HISTORY Channel". The HISTORY Channel. Retrieved January 10, 2023.
  18. ^ "Watch Modern Marvels Season 14 Online | HISTORY Channel". The HISTORY Channel. Retrieved January 10, 2023.
  19. ^ "Watch Modern Marvels Season 15 Online | HISTORY Channel". The HISTORY Channel. Retrieved January 10, 2023.
  20. ^ "Watch Modern Marvels Season 16 Online | HISTORY Channel". The HISTORY Channel. Retrieved January 10, 2023.
  21. ^ "Watch Modern Marvels Season 17 Online | HISTORY Channel". The HISTORY Channel. Retrieved January 10, 2023.
  22. ^ "Watch Modern Marvels Season 18 Online | HISTORY Channel". The HISTORY Channel. Retrieved January 10, 2023.
  23. ^ "Watch Modern Marvels Season 19 Online | HISTORY Channel". The HISTORY Channel. Retrieved January 10, 2023.
  24. ^ "Watch Modern Marvels Season 20 Online | HISTORY Channel". The HISTORY Channel. Retrieved January 10, 2023.
  25. ^ "Watch Modern Marvels Season 21 Online | HISTORY Channel". The HISTORY Channel. Retrieved January 10, 2023.

External linksEdit

External video
  Official Modern Marvels – (Full Episodes) playlist on YouTube by History