Showing you buildings, bridges, vehicles, and most notably, everyday items, Modern Marvels
is a non-fiction TV documentary
series on The History Channel
. Unlike many other documentaries that are mainly about history, Modern Marvels
doesn't spend all of the episode time on history, but also covers the specifics of what exactly it is/they are, how it is/they are made (which includes history for structures), and how it is/they are used.Modern Marvels
first aired on January 1, 1995, and is still airing new episodes
, even after more than 16 years on the air.
Other former History Series have been made into Modern Marvels
episodes, like Tales of the Gun
There is a series within Modern Marvels
called Engineering Disasters
, which focuses on things that obviously didn't
work. So far there have been twenty-two of these episodes.
- Disaster Dominoes: Far too many to count, via the show's Engineering Disasters episodes.
- Narrator: The show's format requires one. Lloyd Sherr (see Stage Names below), is the most common one by far.
- Mundane Object Amazement: A meta example, as it is frequently experienced by viewers of the show. Who knew an hour devoted to "wood" or "doors" could be so interesting?
- Non Indicative Name: It doesn't always focus on "modern" technologies. One episode focused on the technology behind mummy-making, which is just about as far from "modern" as is humanly possible within the bounds of recorded history. See also the episode on knives, which (in their flint incarnation) are probably one of mankind's earliest inventions. A large portion of that episode dealt with swords.
- Stage Names: The main narrator, Lloyd Sherr, is listed in the credits as Max Raphael.
- Technology Porn: Pretty much the reason for this show.