Modern Marvels

  • 1993
  • TV Show
  • TV-PG

Architectural and engineering landmarks of the 19th and 20th centuries. The programs previously aired on A&E's `Time Machine' series. Among the subjects: the Brooklyn Bridge, the Maginot Line, the Erie Canal, the Aswan Dam and the Trans-Siberian Railroad.

Available to Stream

Next on TV

Latest NewsSee all »

The Bible

Rewriting History: What's Next As Hits The Bible, Vikings Change The Cable Network's Course

The Bible and Vikings made History last month in more ways than one. Both the religious miniseries and the period drama helped the channel ascend to the No. 1 spot among cable networks during March. That means less than a year after Hatfields & M… Read more

Latest Full EpisodesSee all »

Hottest Rides Countdown Season 20, Episode 1 Jun 15, 2014 Paid

For this countdown special, we're buckling up and punching it--as we raid the Modern Marvels archives for the hottest rides we've ever presented. From the retro to the rugged to the reckless, our top ten picks showcase our love affair with vehicles that blow back our hair or quicken our pulses. Our only limitation: they've got to stay earthbound--so no sea or aircraft. Other than that, anything goes...from one of Jay Leno's vintage autos to a sleek battery-driven roadster to a motorcycle you've got to see to believe. Our number 1 choice: a ride so hot that one passionate owner applied for a license to marry it.

Strangest Countdown Season 19, Episode 4 Sep 28, 2013 Paid

This countdown special kisses the conventional goodbye, raiding the Modern Marvels archives for the most bizarre wonders we've ever presented. Our top ten contenders demonstrate that the inside scoop on innovation often lies outside the norm. You'll be scratching your head at the weird assortment of oddities--technologies ranging from a gooey slime that could be a terrorist's worst nightmare...to an exacting art form requiring the help of millions of ravenous beetles. The final destination at number 1: a devise so strange and destructive that its inventor allegedly destroyed it to avert a catastrophe.

Amazing Job Countdown Season 19, Episode 3 Sep 21, 2013 Paid

The variety of jobs in America is endless--but some have to be seen to be believed. Our countdown of the top ten most fascinating jobs from our archives proves how daring and innovative the American worker can be. A nationwide quest finds amazing jobholders in the wild blue yonder and the depths of a secret underworld...in occupations ranging from the daffy to the dangerous to the downright creepy. And at the end of our journey, we find two business partners performing a job so perilous that one misstep can be deadly.

Super Strong Countdown Season 19, Episode 2 Sep 14, 2013 Paid

America has always prided itself on its technological strength--and this countdown embarks on an odyssey featuring the strongest of the strong. Whether they lift, pull, hold or haul, every heavy-duty titan among our top ten choices has the muscle to reshape our world. Our contenders take our cameras on land, sea and air as they push the limits of power and endurance beyond the imaginable. And our choice at number 1 pulses with so much strength it could destroy our other nine finalists with one push of a button.

Video ClipsSee all »

Episodes 21-25
05:43 — Episodes 21-25: Master storyteller Stephen King presents a revolutionary new form of entertainment: his short story "N.”"brought to vibrant life throu (more…)
Three Things You Didn't Know About: Vacuums
44:15 — What kind of vacuum do you need for a real disaster? Where is the largest vacuum chamber? What's the rarest home vacuum collectible?
George Washington Carver Tech
45:23 — One of the 20th century's greatest scientists, George Washington Carver's influence is still felt. Rising from slavery to become one of the world's mo (more…)
The Tool Bench: Power Tools
46:46 — The history of civilization could easily be measured in terms of our ability to make, use, and improve tools--an activity that is at least 4 million y (more…)

Watch See all »

Wed Apr 26 7:00am
American Trucking(Season 17, Episode 14) HIST

American trucks and trucking are examined. Included: Brad Paisley and his roadies are followed as their trucks travel to a concert; a Ford F-150 is tested in Dearborn, Mich.; and a Mack truck collector shows off his vintage collection.

I’ll Watch67 Watching
Wed Apr 26 8:00am
Coin Operated(Season 15, Episode 24) HIST

The history of coin-operated machines is examined. Included: pinball machines; a gumball machine that holds 40,000 gumballs; and Coinstar. Also: a trip to Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum in Farmington Hills, Mich.

I’ll Watch12 Watching
Wed Apr 26 9:00am
Sticky Stuff(Season 14, Episode 26) HIST

Sticky adhesive substances are examined. Included: duct tape, fly paper and denture adhesives.

More NewsSee all »

So You Think You Can Dance
Tonight's TV Hot List: Thursday, June 10, 2010

So You Think You Can Dance9/8c Fox People invoke the catchphrase, "What happens in Vegas, stays in V…

Burn Notice
Tonight's TV Hot List: Thursday, June 3, 2010

Burn Notice9/8c USA Michael, Fiona and Sam are back for a fourth season as the show moves to a new 9…

Cast & Details See all »

  • Premiered: December 10, 1993
  • Rating: TV-PG
  • Premise: Architectural and engineering landmarks of the 19th and 20th centuries. The programs previously aired on A&E's `Time Machine' series. Among the subjects: the Brooklyn Bridge, the Maginot Line, the Erie Canal, the Aswan Dam and the Trans-Siberian Railroad. (more)

Show More »

Trending TonightSee all »

Watch This

Geoffrey Rush, Genius
Genius: Is Albert Einstein's Story… Sexy?

The cast weighs in