Modern Marvels

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  • TV-PG
  • 1995
  • 22 Seasons
  • 8.1  (1,985)

This documentary series takes a look at big construction projects that were pulled off by humans. The series examines the creativity and engineering that went into the projects' conceptions, and the amazing feats that were part of construction. The series aired from 1995 to 2015 on the History and A&E networks.

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Yard Tech Plus
16. Yard Tech Plus
August 8, 2022
Time to start the mower and whack those weeds as Modern Marvels cuts into the 100 billion dollar a year yard tech industry. From the latest mowers to a sprinkler system that checks the weather for you, we'll check out hi-tech gadgets and gizmos promising to keep your patch of grass beautiful and green.
Strange Machines
15. Strange Machines
August 8, 2022
Think you have seen some crazy inventions? Think again! From aerobatic boats to battle-ready robots to homemade fire tornados, join us as Modern Marvels travels the country to uncover the most mind-blowing creations ever developed.
Bathroom Tech Plus
14. Bathroom Tech Plus
August 8, 2022
Get ready for a royal flush as Modern Marvels looks at the latest and greatest in bathroom technology. From the ultimate computerized shower experience to toilets that clean themselves, getting dirty has never been so much fun. It's everything you ever wanted to know about how the bathroom evolved into one of the most beloved, and expensive, rooms in the house.
Coin Operated Plus
13. Coin Operated Plus
August 1, 2022
Time to dig through those sofa cushions as Modern Marvels changes the way you think about coin-operated machines! From parking meters and pinball machines to vending machines and coin counters, we explore the ways people spend their quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies every day.
Tech Treasures
12. Tech Treasures
August 1, 2022
Better be kind and rewind because we're diving into some blasts from technology's past! From unwieldy television sets and vintage record-making to evolving Mustang motors, join Modern Marvels as we rediscover some of the most beloved retro devices that built the tech-driven world we live in today.
Mad Electricity Plus
11. Mad Electricity Plus
July 25, 2022
Prepare to be shocked and enlightened because it's time to enter the mad world of Nikola Tesla's remarkable inventions! From his 187-foot-high wireless network tower to his lifelong rivalry with Thomas Edison to his disturbing death ray and earthquake machines, Modern Marvels illuminates the genius--and the quirks--behind an electrifying mastermind.
Harvesting Plus
10. Harvesting Plus
July 25, 2022
Let's head to the fields as Modern Marvels takes a fascinating journey from farm to table! From the dizzying heights of California's date palm trees to the soggy Wisconsin cranberry marshes to the cavernous labyrinths of Pennsylvania's mushroom farms, we pick through the most unique and timeless forms of harvesting.
Locomotives Plus
9. Locomotives Plus
July 18, 2022
All aboard! Modern Marvels takes a ride on the fastest and most powerful locomotives from around the globe. From France's 300 MPH speed train to future trains that glide on cushions of air to mining locomotives that traverse tunnels 700 feet underground, we'll catch a ride on the little-and big-engines that can.
Freight Trains Plus
8. Freight Trains Plus
July 18, 2022
Climbing aboard the complex rail network that snakes through valleys, over rivers and across prairies to get America's goods from the factory to front doors.
Car Wash Tech
7. Car Wash Tech
July 11, 2022
Two million people wash their car every single day; taking a look at all the technology used to keep those beloved vehicles sparkling clean.
Dangerous Drives
6. Dangerous Drives
March 2, 2022
Better buckle up because one of these dangerous drives could be your last! From Bolivia's "Death Road," to California's fog-smothered Highway 99, to dodging IED's on the road to Baghdad Airport, Modern Marvels puts you in the driver's seat to experience the harrowing journey down some of the world's scariest roads.
Maximum Horsepower
5. Maximum Horsepower
February 23, 2022
Buckle up as we take a rip-roaring ride through the world of extreme horsepower! From 8000 horsepower dragsters and hydroplanes with top speeds of 200 miles per hour, to a cargo ship propelled by the most powerful diesel engine on earth - a whopping 95,000 horsepower - Modern Marvels muscles through the most impressive engines ever built and how they achieve their incredible performance.
Ultimate Helicopters
4. Ultimate Helicopters
February 23, 2022
Ready to take a ride on the most thrilling helicopters in the sky? From the military's deadliest and most sophisticated choppers to homemade helicopters and million-dollar models customized with everything from bars and entertainment systems - Modern Marvels explores some of the coolest copters to ever take flight.
Wild Rides
3. Wild Rides
February 16, 2022
Sit tight and belt in because while there are over 230 million licensed drivers in America; we are going way beyond the driver's seat of your average automobile. It's time to jump behind the wheel of some of the biggest, fastest, most powerful machines on the planet. From battle tanks to blimps, helicopters to harvesters, you'll get the chance to sit in the driver's seat of some the world's most incredible vehicles for some truly Wild Rides.
Top Toys & Games
2. Top Toys & Games
December 5, 2021
Adam Richman visits the legendary factory where one of the most popular board games of all time is made: Monopoly! Then he finds out how Masters of the Universe action figures are making a comeback in a big way. Plus, see how Mattel is using the latest technology to make new models of Hot Wheels come to life.
Classic Toys
1. Classic Toys
November 28, 2021
Adam's not playing around, he's working hard to find out how some toys transform into valuable collectibles and become iconic classics. Adam gets VIP access to see how Play-Doh is created, and how every can gets that amazing smell. Plus, he visits the mecca of pinball manufacturing to see how their pinball machines have outlasted the competition and even the law! Then, how have Slinkys kept springing back? And, an inside look at how Lionel trains keep chugging.

This documentary series takes a look at big construction projects that were pulled off by humans. The series examines the creativity and engineering that went into the projects' conceptions, and the amazing feats that were part of construction. The series aired from 1995 to 2015 on the History and A&E networks.

Modern Marvels is a series that is currently running and has 22 seasons (751 episodes). The series first aired on January 1, 1995.

Where to Watch Modern Marvels

Modern Marvels is available for streaming on the History website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Modern Marvels on demand at Amazon Prime, Philo, Amazon, History, Vudu, History Vault, Microsoft Movies & TV, Google Play and Apple TV.

  • Premiere Date
    January 1, 1995
  • IMDB Rating
    8.1  (1,985)