Big History

Big History

  • 2013
  • 1 Season
  • 7.4  (251)

Big History is a television show that details moments in the past that had a huge impact on the world, but did so without a lot of notice. Meant to chance the way we look at our history, each episode looks at one subject in great detail and describes how an event, person or thing was interwoven into the fabric of the world. All areas of history are covered and include disciplines like astronomy, geology, biology, art and economics. Once a subject or topic is introduced, its growth and influence over people, nature or government is introduced bit by bit until a global picture is presented for viewers to realize. No subject is too small or insignificant, because there are so many things, such as salt, gold and fleas, that have changed and shaped the course of history over thousands of generations. In addition to explaining how each subject has changed history, Big History poses questions for the viewers to ponder, and then slowly reveals the answers. Usually these questions are not what they seem and the answers are a very unexpected and startling. Big History episodes sheds new light on our history and present state to best describe current situations.

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Seasons
The Big History of Everything
17. The Big History of Everything
December 28, 2013
In the first season finale, links are made between seemingly random events throughout history.
Silver Supernova
16. Silver Supernova
December 21, 2013
How silver has influenced human civilization throughout history.
H2O
15. H2O
December 21, 2013
How water has influenced human civilization throughout history.
Rise of the Carnivores
14. Rise of the Carnivores
December 14, 2013
Human consumption of different meats throughout history.
The Sun
13. The Sun
December 14, 2013
How the sun has effected civilization.
Deadly Meteors
12. Deadly Meteors
December 7, 2013
Exploring how meteors affected Earth's formation - and how they could potentially destroy Earth.
Decoded
11. Decoded
December 7, 2013
Exploring codes, including DNA, language and binary.
Pocket Time Machine
10. Pocket Time Machine
November 30, 2013
How does the cellphone in your pocket link to the Big Bang, the evolution of human memory, and even the Titanic disaster? Big History reveals how cosmic forces conspired to give us the tool that has revolutionized the planet.
Mountain Machines
9. Mountain Machines
November 23, 2013
They form natural boundaries, dictate how we spread around the planet, create natural defenses, and control our weather.
World of Weapons
8. World of Weapons
November 23, 2013
Exploring the evolution of warfare.
Brain Boost
7. Brain Boost
November 18, 2013
Behind that cup of coffee or tea is a global story that goes back to the collision that created the Moon and the evolution of plant and animal life. The key is the molecule that gives your morning cup its kick: caffeine, the most popular drug in history.
Defeating Gravity
6. Defeating Gravity
November 16, 2013
Big History reveals how planet Earth is the perfect planet for flight.
Megastructers
5. Megastructers
November 16, 2013
Why do humans have the urge to build tall, and how do mega-structures on earth echo a basic principle embedded in the very structure of the universe?
Below Zero
4. Below Zero
November 9, 2013
Exploring the impact cold weather has had on civilization.
Gold Fever
3. Gold Fever
November 9, 2013
The impact gold has had on human history.
Horse Power Revolution
2. Horse Power Revolution
November 2, 2013
The horse has been a revolutionary animal in unexpected ways. It has changed how we speak, what we wear, and sets the hidden limit for the size of our most massive empires.
Salt
1. Salt
November 2, 2013
Did you know that the salt on your table is a key to unlocking the story of our planet and the cosmos?
Description

Big History is a television show that details moments in the past that had a huge impact on the world, but did so without a lot of notice. Meant to chance the way we look at our history, each episode looks at one subject in great detail and describes how an event, person or thing was interwoven into the fabric of the world. All areas of history are covered and include disciplines like astronomy, geology, biology, art and economics.

Once a subject or topic is introduced, its growth and influence over people, nature or government is introduced bit by bit until a global picture is presented for viewers to realize. No subject is too small or insignificant, because there are so many things, such as salt, gold and fleas, that have changed and shaped the course of history over thousands of generations.

In addition to explaining how each subject has changed history, Big History poses questions for the viewers to ponder, and then slowly reveals the answers. Usually these questions are not what they seem and the answers are a very unexpected and startling. Big History episodes sheds new light on our history and present state to best describe current situations.Big History is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (17 episodes). The series first aired on November 2, 2013.

Big History is available for streaming on the H2 website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Big History on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon, Vudu, History Vault, Google Play, Hoopla and Apple TV.

  • Premiere Date
    November 2, 2013
  • IMDB Rating
    7.4  (251)