Mankind: The Story of All of Us
- 1 Season
Mankind: The Story of All of Us is a 12-hour documentary covering the development of mankind as humans struggle to survive and manage their world. It starts with the earliest known people. In these early centuries, humans spent all of their time and energy just surviving. Man, the series reminds us, is not particularly strong or protected from the harsher elements of the planet. People have survived and evolved on Earth because of their creativity and desire to understand their world. The series shows how the search for food led to farming. The development of farms led to man's desire to protect his territory and warfare. Man's general inclination to live in groups and the compartmentalization of tasks led to the development of communities. As man learned to market their best skills to the community, empires rose. The documentary outlines the empires that have come and gone during man's history and the contributions they left. Ancient Egypt left us with the history of the first peace treaty and the breakthroughs in engineering with the creations of the pyramids. The Roman Empire created a plumbing system that was state-of-the-art for its time. It also gave us the first apartment buildings. It is best remembered for Christianity; the religious movement it tried to end. The series has also addressed the ways mankind has redefined his world when the empires have collapsed. The documentary explores the ways cultures developed in their own directions while they were able to remain isolated from the other peoples who occupied their planet. The series then covers the centuries as mankind's desire to explore the areas beyond his society's world has led people learning about humans living in cultures very different from their own. These discoveries allowed people to learn from each other. This increased contact has not always been a positive experience. The series covers the enormous loss caused by the Black Plague of the 14th century. Josh Brolin is the narrator for the American audience and Stephen Fry narrated the series for the UK.