Season 1, Episode 17
An epic 2-hour journey through time and space. This special pulls all that we know about science and history into one grand narrative of the universe and humanity, and uncovers the mysterious link between eight critical thresholds on the path from the Big Bang to modern civilization. And it peers into the future to see what life-changing thresholds are yet to come.
Season 1, Episode 16
At critical moments in history, our second place metal was the most important metal on Earth. Big History reveals how silver's place in our minds was determined by the heat of exploding stars, and how this one metal saved democracy, gave us the dollar, and had a secret power to connect the world.
Season 1, Episode 15
Water is the miracle molecule, and mankind has used its perfect properties to revolutionize our lives. It was our first superhighway, the lifeblood of civilization, and gives us 90% of all the power we use today. This episode reveals how the science behind water is the driving force behind history.
Season 1, Episode 14
Eating meat made us human...by giving us bigger brains, better tools, and spoken language. The human need for beef has driven history across the hemispheres, but how did we turn an ancient mega-beast into the cow we have today? Big History traces all the beef on earth back to a single prehistoric herd.
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